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Entrepreneurs, Labor Representatives, Engineers And Media To Testify In Atlanta

ARLINGTON, Virginia, March 22, 2004

The President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond has invited experts from organized labor, the media, the Aerospace Engineering department of Georgia Tech, and the world of space commerce to testify at a public hearing March 24 and 25, 2004. The hearing will be held at the Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) Auditorium on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, 250 14th Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia.

On March 24, a panel of Space Entrepreneurs will lead off the hearing, which convenes at 1:00 p.m.; the next panel will provide input from the Georgia Institute of Technology; and a presentation on Developing Public/Private Partnerships will conclude the first day's testimony.

On March 25, beginning at 9:00 a.m., Building Space Jobs will feature labor representatives, followed by Lessons Learned Regarding a "System of Systems" and a National Research Council Report: "Safe on Mars." Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will address the Commission at 11:45 a.m.

At 1:15, a panel on Commercial Space and Economic Feasibility will be presented; and at 2:15, journalists who cover space will discuss the exploration vision from their perspective. At 3:00, through a lottery system, individuals in the audience will be given an opportunity to present comments to the Commissioners. And at 3:45 p.m., a news conference for accredited media journalists will be held.

The President's Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy (Moon, Mars and Beyond) is charged with building consensus, providing recommendations to the President regarding moon research activities, increasing young people's interest in space science, and bringing in industry and other countries as space partners.

Witness List and Timeline
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
1:00 - 1:15 p.m Welcome and Introductions
Chairman Pete Aldridge
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Space Entrepreneurs
Mr. Elon Musk, Founder, Zip2 and PayPal

Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chair & CEO, ZeroGravity Corp.

Mr. Jeff Greason, XCOR Aerospace
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. BREAK
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Narayanan Komerath, Professor,
School of Aerospace Engineering
- Field of Research: Developing Space-based Economy

Mr. Daniel Hegeman, Student, Aerospace Engineering
-Student government representative and research member of "Mars Desert Research Station"

Dr. Paul Ohme, Director, Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Developing Public/Private Partnerships
CAPT Winston Scott, (USN, retired) Executive Director, Florida Space Authority

Mr. John Hager, Homeland Defense, Virginia

Mr. Tim Huddleston, Aerospace States Association
4:00 p.m. Commission adjourns
Thursday, March 25, 2004
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Chairman Pete Aldridge
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Building Space Jobs
Dr. Michael Balzano, Executive Director, National Industrial Base Workforce Coalition

Mr. Charlie Bofferding, Council of Engineering and Scientists

Mr. Jeff Rainey, Business Representative of District 166, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Lessons Learned Regarding Managing a "System of Systems"
Mr. Gary Payton, Deputy for Advanced Systems
Missile Defense Agency
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. BREAK
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. National Research Council Report: "Safe on Mars"
Mr. Frederick H. Hauck, President & CEO, AXA Space

Professor Harry Y. McSween, Jr., University of Tennessee

Dr. Ronald E. Turner, Principal Physicist, ANSER Corporation
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Commercial Space & Economic Feasibility
Mr. Michael E. Kearney, President & CEO, Spacehab, Inc.

Mr. Marco H. Caceres, Senior Analyst & Director Space Studies
The Teal Group

Mr. Stephen Fleming, EGL Ventures
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. BREAK
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Media Panel
Mr. Daniel Stone, President & CEO, Space Holdings (, Space News, Starry Night)

Mr. Miles O’Brien, CNN

Mr. Gary Robbins, Orange Co. Register

Mr. Scott Heiferman, Meetups (invited)
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Audience Comments
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Press Conference
4:30 p.m. Hearing adjourns

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