Press Release

Von Braun Symposium to highlight future of space program

By SpaceRef Editor
October 15, 2009
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With a theme of “Looking Ahead: The Next Chapter in Space,” the second Von Braun Memorial Symposium will be held at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Oct. 20 and 21. The American Astronautical Society and the National Space Club of Huntsville are hosting the event in conjunction with NASA and co-sponsors ATK, The Boeing Company, JHU/Applied Physics Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, SpaceX and Teledyne Brown Engineering. The symposium will feature panel discussions and guest speakers focusing on the future of space exploration, from both a NASA and industry perspective. Space News is the media sponsor.

“We are excited to return to Huntsville for what we hope will become an annual event for the space community, since the city has played such a vital role in America’s space program,” said AAS Executive Director Jim Kirkpatrick. “The Symposium will be an excellent opportunity to hear what’s happening with the space program and human space flight directly from leaders in the field.”

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Director Robert Lightfoot, Jr. will open the event, followed by a panel focused on exploration systems updates from NASA. Industry representatives will then offer their perspectives, followed by an LRO/LCROSS update, and a panel on Science and International Partnerships. Alan Ladwig, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Liaison, will be the luncheon speaker. The second day will feature panels on Commercial Space and Technology, with Cristina Chaplain from GAO speaking at lunch, followed by remarks from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. The annual Von Braun Dinner, to be held Oct. 21 at the Davidson Center at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, will follow the symposium and feature Administrator Bolden as the guest speaker.

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All panels and discussion events will be open to the news media to attend. News media must register at no later than October 19.

Formed in 1954, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) is America’s network of space professionals, technical and non-technical, dedicated to advancing all space activities.

SpaceRef staff editor.