Los Angeles, CA, September 17, 1999 The Space Frontier Foundation announced today that the Honorable Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chair of the House Space subcommittee, will speak at the Foundation's 8th Annual Conference "Launching the Space Millennium," scheduled Sept. 23-25 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles. Rohrabacher is scheduled to speak at noon on Sept. 25.
Rohrabacher is expected to address significant policy issues on space commercialization targeting major space industry leaders who will be present at the conference. Rohrabacher is the second central government leader to speak at this year's conference. NASA Administrator Dan Goldin is scheduled as the keynote speaker on Sept. 24.
"As the creators of the 'AlphaTown' and the CATS (Cheap Access To Space) initiatives, we welcome the opportunity to joins hands with those who are driving to commercialize the U.S. space program," said Rick Tumlinson, President of the Space Frontier Foundation. "We are pleased that Congressman Dana Rohrabacher 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. The conference will feature strategies for "Cheap Access To Space," the cornerstone to a space-faring economy, as well as space tourism, advanced technologies and breakthroughs, commercial space pilot issues, protecting Earth from asteroids, spaceproperty rights, and commercial missions to the Moon, asteroids, and Mars.
"For the past several years, these gentlemen have been a force in transforming America's aeronautics and space program," said Tumlinson. "We are working toward a transformation of a government-only exploration to a commercial industry built on space travel."
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.
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