Press Release

GMU Short Course: The U.S. Government Space Sector

By SpaceRef Editor
August 22, 2004
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Short Course on “The U.S. Government Space Sector”

Oct. 19-21, 2004

George Mason University

Washington (Sept. 7, 2004) – For the second year in succession George Mason University, with the co-sponsorship of the American Astronautical Society and the Space Foundation is offering a short course on “The U.S. Government Space Sector”. Developed by the George Mason University School of Public Policy, Center for Aerospace Policy Research, the course will provide an overview of the departments and agencies, both civil and military, involved with U.S. Government space programs.

The two-and-one-half-day course will be held at the GMU School of Public Policy in Arlington, Va., just to the west of Washington, D.C., Oct. 19 to 21, 2004. The course has been developed primarily for individuals who are entering the space field – civil servants, military and non-government alike – who would benefit from a broad-based understanding of the overall extent of the U.S. Government’s involvement in space.

The scope of the government space sector, the relationships among departments and agencies and with the non-governmental sector will be explained though a series of lectures and panel sessions. Speakers and panelists have been recruited from the Administration, the Congress, the private sector, academia and the trade media.

Full details of the short course program and registration can be found on the GMU web site at:

The Center for Aerospace Policy Research is a relatively new initiative of GMU’s School of Public Policy. It is developing educational programs and conducting research across a wide range of aerospace activities. For more information visit

The American Astronautical Society, formed in 1954, is the premier independent scientific and technical group in the United States exclusively dedicated to the advancement of space science and exploration. Its programs include the AAS 51st National Conference and Annual Meeting, Nov. 16-17, 2004, in Pasadena California, and the 42nd Goddard Memorial Symposium, March 29-30, 2005, in Greenbelt, Maryland. For more information visit

The Colorado Springs based Space Foundation is a national non-profit organization, which vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. Its programs include Strategic Space 2004, scheduled October 5-7, 2004, in Omaha, Nebraska and the 21st National Space Symposium, April 4-7, 2005, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information visit

Note: When registering, identify yourself as a member of the American Astronautical Society or the Space Foundation and you qualify for a $50 [fifty] reduction on the published registration

SpaceRef staff editor.