Space Economy Career Fair Scheduled for Houston

SPACE ECONOMY CAREER FAIR SCHEDULED FOR HOUSTON

Fair brings together government leaders and space industry veterans to explore new employment opportunities and expansion plans in Houston area

HOUSTON – October 6, 2010– The Next Step in Space Coalition and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation are hosting a Space Economy Career Fair to match potential employers with the best and brightest in the space industry. The global space economy is now estimated at more than $250 billion and is expected to grow at a healthy rate in the next decade with further commercialization of the industry. The fair is designed to provide employers the opportunity to meet and interview with seasoned veterans of the space industry displaced by recent policy changes and the current economic climate. Employers and job seekers can register for the fair at www.spaceeconomyhouston.org.

Date:                      Wednesday, October 15, 2010

Time:                      9:00 am until 12:00 Noon CDT

Location:               Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake

The Atlantis Ballroom
3000 NASA Road 1
Houston, Texas 77058-4322
Hotel phone: (281) 333-9300

In light of the September 29 vote by the U.S. Congress to pass the $19 billion reauthorization of NASA, government and commercial enterprise leaders will be on hand to discuss the future of space exploration and new commercial opportunities in the new Space Economy. The vote preserved the space shuttle program through next year and extends the life of the International Space Station (ISS) while enacting most of the president’s requested cuts to the human spaceflight program, including ending most of the Constellation program.”

The space economy is the sum total of all products and services that are enabled by space. Space is not only a destination, but a platform for applications and services. It includes federal and international government investment, commercial space infrastructure, launch services, satellite services and a variety of growing support industries. According to the Space Foundation, the space economy totaled $261.61 billion in 2009.

Representatives from participating companies and sponsors will be available for interviews.

About Next Step in Space

Next Step in Space is a group of businesses, organizations, and people working toward ensuring the future of commercial human spaceflight in the US. Investment in commercial space will allow for full utilization of the International Space Station, enable NASA to focus its efforts beyond low-Earth orbit, and ensure that taxpayer dollars are reinvested in the US and not spent overseas. Visit us at: www.nextstepinspace.com. Become a fan and show support for commercial spaceflight on the Next Step in Space Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/nextstepinspace and follow on Twitter @NextStepinSpace.

About Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The Commercial Spaceflight

Federation’s member companies, which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers, and service providers, are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through

technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. For more information please visit www.commercialspaceflight.org.