Space Symposium sets attendance records

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The Space Foundation’s 25th National Space Symposium in April broke all previous records for attendance, international involvement, exhibitor participation and educational involvement.

Almost 8,000 people, including speakers, attendees, exhibitors, teachers, students, volunteers, and journalists attended the four-day event, exceeding the Space Foundation’s estimates and surpassing previous years’ attendance of 7,500.

Supporters say this year’s showing underscores the fact that the space industry is maintaining a relatively strong position, even in a difficult economy.

This year’s attendees included more than 70 speakers, dozens of international space agencies and organizations, representatives from more than 140 corporations, 1,500 students and more than 150 teachers and school administrators, at least 200 job-seeking college students/transitioning military and more than 250 volunteers, said director of communications and public outreach Jane Stevens.

The event also drew more than 100 local, national and international journalists and 50 sponsoring companies and organizations, including founders and leaders of the nation’s space industry.

The symposium was hosted by The Broadmoor, which was filled to capacity days before, during and after March 31 – April 3 event — as were numerous other local hotels. 

“It was an outstanding booking for us,” said Antlers Hotel general manager Allen Paty.  “Our 292 rooms were full – and our dining rooms and bars were busy.  We are very supportive of the Space Foundation and pleased for the entire community.”

Summaries of 25th National Space Symposium presentations are available at www.NationalSpaceSymposium.org/highlights

Next year’s event will be held April 12-15, 2010, at The Broadmoor.