The Boeing Company will spotlight its satellites, human spaceflight activities and network-enhanced technologies at the Space Foundation’s 27th National Space Symposium. This year’s event takes place April 11-14 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.
“The National Space Symposium gives Boeing the opportunity to showcase our strengths in developing and delivering innovative space and satellite capabilities,” said Roger Krone, president of the Network and Space Systems business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
“Our business is focused on bringing NASA, the Department of Defense and our commercial partners new, cost-effective capabilities for their spaceflight and satellite communication missions.”
The Boeing exhibit, at Booth #200, will showcase the company’s support for military and commercial satellite operations and the International Space Station, as well as its development of space exploration vehicles and unmanned capabilities. The centerpiece of this year’s exhibit is a 3-D, interactive satellite demonstration in which users can explore Boeing’s modeling and simulation capabilities in different satellite environments.
This year Boeing will debut its first outdoor display of innovative space equipment. The Approach and Landing Test Vehicle, which preceded the United States’ first unmanned vehicle to return from space and land on its own, the X-37B, will be on display in front of the Boeing Exhibit Center North. In addition, a mock-up of Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft and a pressurized structure of the crew module will be on display in the new Boeing Exhibit Center Showroom, located east of the Boeing Exhibit Center South.
Boeing also will participate in the symposium speaking agenda. Krone will be a panelist in the Industrial Base Mega Session on April 12 at 2:20 p.m. He will share his perspective on the economic and efficiency challenges facing space and defense industry partners and offer ideas on how to implement solutions. Also on April 12, Brewster Shaw, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space Exploration, will join other former space shuttle commanders in the Shuttle Commanders Forum at 4 p.m.
Boeing’s online press kit at www.boeing.com/bds/mediakit/2011/space11/ contains program backgrounders, biographies and a link to high-resolution photos. The site will be updated throughout the show.
Note: All briefing times are local to Colorado Springs (Mountain time). Reporters interested in the news briefings are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the contacts listed below no later than Thursday, April 7.
A toll-free number will be provided for reporters who are unable to participate in person.
WEDNESDAY, April 13—Space Foundation Media Center, The Broadmoor Hotel
10 a.m.: Commercial Crew Development
John Elbon, vice president and program manager of Boeing Space Exploration’s Commercial Crew Programs, provides an update on Boeing’s solution for a commercial crew capsule to transport people between Earth and the International Space Station and Bigelow Aerospace’s space station.
11:15 a.m.: Boeing Satellites
Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, and Jim Simpson, vice president of S&IS Business Development, discuss hosted payloads and priority satellite programs.
1:45 p.m.: Advanced Network and Space Systems
Todd Citron, director of Advanced Space and Intelligence Systems, part of Boeing Phantom Works’ Advanced Network and Space Systems, discusses nanosatellite technology.
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