Los Angeles, CA, September 13, 1999 The Space Frontier Foundation's 8th Annual Conference "Launching the Millennium" will feature NASA Administrator Dan Goldin as the keynote speaker. Goldin's keynote, expected to be a significant policy address on space commercialization, is targeted at major space industry leaders who will be present at the conference that is being held Sept. 23-26 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles. Goldin is scheduled to speak on Friday, Sept. 24.
"As the creators of the 'AlphaTown' initiative, we welcome Dan Goldin's call to commercialize segments of the International Space Station," said Rick Tumlinson, president of the Space Frontier Foundation. "We are pleased he has chosen to address the business community at our conference."
The Space Frontier Conference, now in its eighth year, is the world's largest annual meeting dedicated to opening space for people through commerce and free enterprise. It attracts leaders of government, industry, finance, and the media for presentations on emerging markets, ventures, and technologies that can create a free and open frontier in space. On the opening day, the conference will feature strategies for "Cheap Access To Space," the cornerstone to a space-faring economy. Goldin's keynote on Friday will begin a day devoted to Space Station commercialization. Other sessions will examine space tourism, advanced technologies and breakthroughs, commercial space pilot issues, protecting Earth from asteroids, space property rights, and commercial missions to the Moon, asteroids, and Mars.
"In his seven years as NASA's Administrator, Daniel Goldin has been a force in transforming America's aeronautics and space program," continued Tumlinson. "We hope that transformation continues because after more than thirty years of government exploration, Low Earth Orbit is ripe for the next step in the frontier process the hand off to the private sector."
The other speakers at the conference will span the range from Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut and space entrepreneur, to Ray Bradbury, best-selling author of science fiction and fantasy classics such as "The Martian Chronicles," to Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute, one of the inspirations behind the movie "Contact." For a complete listing of confirmed speakers or to register, go to http://www.space-frontier.org/Events/SFC8. Online pre-registration, $100, ends on Sept. 17. Onsite registration is $150. For hotel accommodations, call the Sheraton Gateway at (310) 642-1111.
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