12 March 1999
Buzz Aldrin, the Chairman of the National Space Society's Board of Directors, will speak on meeting the challenges to commercial space at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Forum on the Future Development of Space, to be held in Washington, DC Tuesday, March 16th. The forum, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NASA, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin, will detail the future of commercial space activities in the context of the broader business community.
Aldrin, a former NASA Apollo astronaut and the second human to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, will lend his expertise and more than three decades of involvement in opening space to public and commercial development. Aldrin's panel, "Meeting the challenges to Commmercial Space", will include speakers from KPMG Peat Marwick, the Space Frontier Foundation, and other entrepreneurial space firms.
The National Space Society considers this forum an important opportunity for government and business leaders to identify key issues in the growing commercialization of near-Earth space, as well as the longer term issues in bringing more industrial development to space. The Society supports the commercialization of space and the development of a healthy U.S. space industry in all sectors, from satellite technology to commercial space launch providers.
It believes that a strong U.S. space business community is a key component to advanced human spaceflight missions beyond Earth orbit. In today's constrained federal budget environment, new partnerships between the federal government and private industry are the only way such missions can be undertaken and sustained.
The National Space Society is proud to be a cooperating organization, actively involved in development and support of this meeting. For the full meeting agenda, or to register, see: http://www.uschamber.org/intl/space.