Press Release

Space 2007 To Be Held September 18-20 in Long Beach

By SpaceRef Editor
June 22, 2007
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June 20, 2007 – Reston, Virginia – An impressive line-up of government and industry leaders will take the stage at SPACE 2007, September 18-20, at the Long Beach Convention Center, in Long Beach, Calif., to host “SPACE: The Next 50 Years.” Organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), SPACE 2007 will highlight the numerous advances in space technologies and applications over the past half-century and look toward the next 50 years.

Offering their insights and expertise to the event are the executive co-chairs: Dr. Charles Elachi, director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Lt Gen Michael A. Hamel, commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center; and Roger Krone, president, Network and Space Systems, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.

The AIAA SPACE 2007 Conference & Exposition will kick off with welcome remarks by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster (invited); The Honorable Andrea Seastrand, executive director, California Space Authority; and Roger Krone.

A panel session, “Space: The Next 50 Years,” will feature John Douglass, president and chief executive officer, Aerospace Industries Association; Dr. Charles Elachi; and Lt Gen Frank G. Klotz, vice commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command (invited). The session will be moderated by Lon Rains, vice president of trade publishing (editorial), Imaginova Corporation, and editor-in-chief, Space News.

Luncheon keynote speakers include high-level government representatives and business leaders:

Tuesday: “Past, Present, and Future of Space,” Dr. William Ballhaus Jr., president and chief executive officer, The Aerospace Corporation

Wednesday: AIAA Awards Luncheon, NASA Administrator The Honorable Michael D. Griffin

Thursday: “Air Force Space Command: Defenders of the High Frontier,” Gen Kevin P. Chilton, commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command

A special event, the William H. Pickering Lecture, will be held on Wednesday, September 19. This year’s lecture will honor the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA’s Great Observatory for infrared exploration of the heavens, with presentations by Michael Werner, project scientist, and David Gallagher, project manager, both from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. The lecture is open to the public.

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Media are invited to attend the event. Please pre-register by contacting Sharon Grace,

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) advances the state of aerospace science, engineering, and technological leadership. Headquartered in suburban Washington, DC, the Institute serves over 35,000 members in 65 regional sections and 79 countries. AIAA membership is drawn from all levels of industry, academia, private research organizations, and government. For more information, visit

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