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September 12-16, 2011
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125

Corporate Sponsors

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin is an American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company with worldwide interests. It was formed by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995. It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Lockheed Martin employs 126,000 people worldwide. Robert J. Stevens is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Lockheed Martin is one of the world's largest defense contractors. In 2009, 74% of Lockheed Martin's revenues came from military sales. It received 7.1% of the funds paid out by the Pentagon.

Lockheed Martin operates in four business segments. These comprise, with respective percentages of 2009 total net sales of $45.2 billion, Aeronautics (27%), Electronic Systems (27%), Information Systems & Global Solutions (27%), and Space Systems (19%). The Corporation reported 2010 sales of $45.8 billion, a backlog of $78.2 billion, and cash flow from operations of $4 billion.

SpaceX (officially Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) is an American space transport company that operates out of Hawthorne, California. It has developed the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 rockets, both of which are built with a goal of being reusable launch vehicles. SpaceX is also developing the Dragon spacecraft to be carried to orbit by Falcon 9 launch vehicles. SpaceX designs, tests and fabricates the majority of their components in-house, including the Merlin, Kestrel, and Draco rocket engines. In December 2010, SpaceX became the first privately funded company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft (a Dragon).

SpaceX was founded in June 2002 by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk who had invested US$100 million of his own money by March 2006. In January 2005, SpaceX bought a 10% stake in Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. On August 4, 2008, SpaceX accepted a further US$20 million investment from the Founders Fund. The company has nearly doubled in size every year since it was founded in 2002, growing from 160 employees in November 2005 to more than 500 by July 2008, to over 1,100 in 2010.

Musk believes the high prices of other space-launch services are driven in part by unnecessary bureaucracy. He has stated that one of his goals is to improve the cost and reliability of access to space, ultimately by a factor of ten. SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch and return a spacecraft from orbit on December 8, 2010, after its Dragon capsule returned from a two-orbit flight. Space Foundation recognized SpaceX for its successful Dragon launch and recovery with the Space Achievement Award in 2011.

OrbitalOrbital Sciences Corporation
Orbital Sciences Corporation is one of the world's leading space technology companies. Co-founded in 1982 by Chairman and CEO David Thompson, Orbital specializes in designing, building, testing and operating small- and medium-size satellites, rockets and other space systems that are highly reliable in their operations and are affordable for U.S. government, commercial and international customers. The company provides its space systems products to U.S. government agencies such as NASA, the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies, as well as to other national space agencies. Orbital also builds and launches commercial space systems for communications and imagery service providers around the world. Since its inception, Orbital has been at the forefront of offering commercially-based and innovative solutions for space activities. Today, Orbital is developing a system for NASA that will deliver essential supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), picking up where the now-retired Space Shuttle left off. In 2012, Orbital's Taurus II rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft are scheduled to carry out the first of what is likely to be numerous resupply missions to the ISS.

Orbital employs almost 4,000 people, primarily in Virginia and Arizona. The company is expected to generate approximately $1.35 billion in 2011 revenues.

Analytical Graphics, Inc.Analytical Graphics, Inc.
AGI delivers mission-proven software for timely and cost-effective development and deployment of advanced space, defense and intelligence applications. AGI products are used for modeling, engineering and operations in the areas of space, cyberspace, aircraft, missile defense, C4ISR and electronic systems. They can be purchased as ready-to-use applications, development tools or turnkey solutions.

Individual Sponsors

Mrs. Helen Keeley: Sponsoring the students in honor of her husband, James H Keeley (Caltech Alumnus - 1931)

Dr. Louis J. Alpinieri

Dr. Fernando Fernandez (Caltech PhD in Aeronautics - 1969): Towards Student travel

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