[SatNews] Charles F. Bolden, Jr., Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will be the featured speaker at the Space Technology Hall of Fame® dinner on May 22nd at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.
Wrapping up four days of the Space Foundation's 30th Space Symposium, the annual Space Technology Hall of Fame dinner honors extraordinary technologies originally developed for space that now improve life on Earth. This year's dinner is co-sponsored by SpaceX, and will be preceded by a private induction ceremony for the 2014 inductees, to be announced in April. The Space Technology Hall of Fame was created in 1988 by the Space Foundation to increase public awareness of the benefits resulting from space exploration programs, and to encourage further innovation. Since then, it has recognized dozens of technologies and hundreds of individuals who transformed space technology into commercial products that improve the quality of life for all humanity.
Bolden is the 12th NASA Administrator, and began his duties in 2009. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of JACKandPANTHER LLC. His 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA's Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the Space Shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission. Bolden's NASA astronaut career included technical assignments as lead astronaut for vehicle test and checkout at the Kennedy Space Center and Assistant Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions over North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He later earned a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. Bolden's many military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2006.
The 30th Space Symposium is scheduled for May 19-22 at The Broadmoor and will attract more than 9,000 participants, including more than 100 top-level speakers and panelists representing military, civil, commercial and academic organizations from around the globe. The Space Symposium features the latest space technology, equipment and services in the Boeing Exhibit Center, plus special events and programs for New Generation Space Leaders, international guests, educators, students and corporate partners.
The Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner is not open to the public and is limited to Space Symposium participants. Dinner seating is limited and the event tends to sell out early. Register for the Space Symposium, and reserve dinner tickets now, at http://www.spacesymposium.org/. A discount is currently available on standard industry registration, if paid by April 25, 2014.