Space Symposium

Obama draws industry into space launches

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It’s a new day for space – and for American industry.

President Barack Obama outlined his vision for the future of the space program, placing explicit emphasis on the new role that innovation in the commercial sector will play.

During the speech at the Kennedy Space Center, Obama tried to ease fears about his “grand plan” for the space program.

“No one is more committed to human space exploration than I am,” he said. “We will have more astronauts in space in the next decade, and they will be going farther, faster and staying longer.”

He defended the decision to end the Constellation program that would take humans to the moon.

“To put it bluntly, we’ve been there,” he said. “And there are a lot of other places to go in space.”

The president said he no longer wanted to put specific destinations in place for the space program – instead he wanted to achieve the goal of human exploration, even having people live indefinitely in space.[...]

Symposium agenda

Thursday, April 15, 2010

8:00 AM

Morning Coffee

Location:
International Center
Co-sponsored by:
8:25 AM

Master Moderator

Ms. Jaisha J. Wray

Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
8:30 AM

Featured Panel – The NRO Directors’ Forum

Moderator:
William F. Ballhaus, Jr., Ph.D.

Chairman, Space Foundation Board and former President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aerospace Corporation
Panelists:
Mr. Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.

Under Secretary of the Air Force/Secretary of the Air Force and Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, 1981-1988
Mr. Martin C. Faga

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space and Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, 1989-1993
Mr. Keith R. Hall

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space and Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, 1997-2001
Mr. Jeffrey K. Harris

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space and Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, 1994-1996
Robert J. Hermann, Ph.D.

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Research, Development, and Logistics, and Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, 1979-1981
Donald M. Kerr, Ph.D.

Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force (Intelligence Space Technology) and Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, 2005-2007
Mr. Scott F. Large

Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force (Intelligence and Space Technology) and Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, 2007-2009
Hans Mark, Ph.D.

Under Secretary of the Air Force/Secretary of the Air Force and Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, 1977-1979
Mr. Peter B. Teets

Under Secretary of the Air Force and Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, 2001-2005

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