Space Weather Day on Capitol Hill

Status Report From: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Posted: Tuesday, May 2, 2006


Event Underscores Critical Role Of Space Weather Forecasting

WHAT: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) invites you to participate in Space Weather Day on Capitol Hill to learn how space weather impacts everyday life. Speakers from the Department of Defense, NASA, aerospace, airline, electric power grid, and drill/surveying industries will provide overviews of the effect space weather has on their particular industry. See how the Space Environment Center, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is the nation’s official source of space weather alerts and warnings, providing a wide range of important services to many agencies and industries impacted by space weather. A reception will follow.

WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2006

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Kickoff, Event Emcee Maj. Gen. Bob Dickman (USAF, Ret.), Executive Director, AIAA

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Reception. Light fare and cocktails provided.

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325, Washington D.C.


  • Louis Uccellini, Director, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction
  • Ron Zwickl, Acting Director, NOAA Space Environment Center
  • Dr. John R. Allen, Program Executive, Crew Health and Safety, Space Operation MissionDirectorate, NASA
  • Maj. Shannon Walker, Space Operations Plans Weather Integration, Plans and Requirements Division, USAF
  • John Malay, Director, Civil Space Programs, Lockheed Martin
  • Mike Stills, Manager, International Operations Flight Dispatch, United Airlines
  • Richard Barker, Manager, Systems Engineering and Support- Furgo Chance
  • Lou Leffler, North American Electric Reliability Council

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) advances the state of aerospace science, engineering, and technological leadership. Headquartered in suburban Washington, DC, the Institute serves over 35,000 members in 65 regional sections and 79 countries. AIAA membership is drawn from all levels of industry, academia, private research organizations, and government. For more information, visit

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