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    AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference Set for September 11–13 in Pasadena
    Focus is on "Creating a Sustainable Vision for Space"

    August 14, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition September 11–13 at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, Calif. The conference theme is “Creating a Sustainable Vision for Space.”

    Speakers and panelists for AIAA SPACE 2012 include: The Honorable Lori B. Garver, deputy administrator, NASA; John P. Shannon, deputy associate administrator for exploration planning, NASA; Robert D. Cabana, director, NASA Kennedy Space Center; Michael L. Coats, director, NASA Johnson Space Center; Christopher J. Scolese, director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Jason Crusan, director, Advanced Exploration Systems, NASA; Gwynne Shotwell, president, Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; James Ball, president, Spaceport Strategies LLC; Steve Isakowitz, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Virgin Galactic; Frank Culbertson, senior vice president and deputy general manager, Orbital Sciences Corp.

    AIAA SPACE 2012 will examine the future of America’s space enterprise. Topics to be considered include: the future of U.S. access to space; the future of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Space Launch System; new commercial enterprises for delivering cargo and crew to low earth orbit; entrepreneurial space, including space tourism and research opportunities; maximizing our nation’s national security space assets; improving space situational awareness and lowering the costs of deploying assets into the space environment; the future of international partnerships for exploration and research; the importance of adequately funding space endeavors; and maintaining the primacy of our nation’s space industrial base.

    On Tuesday, September 11, the conference will feature “The Candidates’ Visions for the American Space Program,” providing an opportunity for representatives of the Obama and Romney campaigns to discuss their views on, and plans for, the future of America’s space program in front of the space community. Directly following that program, a panel discussion featuring the conference’s executive chairs will be held on the subject of “Creating a Sustainable Vision for Space.”

    Guiding the formation of the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference are its executive chairs: Charles Elachi, director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center; Roger Krone, president, Network and Space Systems, Boeing Space, Defense, and Security, The Boeing Company; and John Karas, vice president and general manager, Human Spaceflight, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

    The conference is co-chaired by NASA and the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. The conference’s sponsors are: The Boeing Company, opening day sponsor; Lockheed Martin Corporation, National Security Space Day; SpaceX, Civil Space Day Keynote Luncheon; Northrop Grumman, Cyber Café; BAE Systems, Tuesday Networking Break; Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., Thursday networking break; Dynetics, attendee bags; and Space Systems Loral, lanyards. Aerospace America and Space News are the conference’s media sponsors.

    On Wednesday, September 12, the William H. Pickering Lecture will celebrate the “Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL).” Launched on September 10, 2011, GRAIL’s primary science objectives are to determine the structure of the lunar interior, from crust to core, and to advance understanding of the thermal evolution of the Moon. As a secondary objective, GRAIL will extend knowledge gained from the Moon to the other terrestrial planets.

    For more information or to register for AIAA SPACE 2012, please visit or contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or Media registration for the conference is complimentary for credentialed members of the press.


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and nearly 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit



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