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SOVIET TECHNOLOGIST AND ACADEMICIAN, DR. GENNADY GUSKOV, TO KEYNOTE SATELLITE XI: NEW SPECTRUM OF OPPORTUNITY CONFERENCE

 SOVIET TECHNOLOGIST AND ACADEMICIAN, DR. GENNADY GUSKOV,


TO KEYNOTE SATELLITE XI: NEW SPECTRUM OF OPPORTUNITY CONFERENCE
 Phillips Publishing, Inc. (PPI), publisher of Satellite News, Via Satellite and the World Satellite Directory, announced today that the eminent Soviet scientist, technologist and academician Gennady Guskov, will present the keynote address on Thursday, March 5, for the Satellite XI: New Spectrum of Opportunity conference at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va., March 4-6.
 Guskov is a member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences and holds the highest Soviet awards for his contributions to Soviet space technology and expertise, including the Hero of Socialist Labor- Golden Star and the Order of Lenin. He is also the head of NPO ELAS which, with 60,000 employees, is the major producer of space electronics in Russia.
 In this, the International Space Year '92, Guskov is an especially appropriate keynote speaker. He was responsible for all ground operations and control of the historic Yuri Gagarin orbital mission in April 1961, the first such flight made by a man. Guskov is considered a father figure in Russia with regard to on-board computation of all satellites. He will comment on the current situation in the Commonwealth of Independent States as it relates to commercial satellite and space activities, and chart a path for active cooperation between U.S. and C.I.S. interests as the 1990s unfold.
 To conclude the keynote luncheon, PPI President Thomas L. Phillips and Via Satellite editor Scott Chase will present Via Satellite magazine's Satellite Executive of the Year award for 1991 to Radiation Systems Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Thomas. Thomas will deliver the "State of the Industry," address, offering his personal vision as to where the communications satellite industry is headed.
 PPI, in conjunction with the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), is sponsoring the 11th Annual International Conference and Exhibition, Satellite XI: New Spectrum of Opportunity. From low-earth-orbit satellite systems to satellite- delivered consumer services, evolving satellite technologies, constellations, international partnerships and services are combining to create a new spectrum of opportunity for the global commercial communications satellite industry. This year's conference will provide a forum for senior-level discussions on issues facing those who provide space-based communications services and equipment.
 The conference starts Thursday, March 5, at 8 a.m., with a brief welcoming address and immediately launches into breakout sessions on lightsats and LEOs and the first installment in an applications track series centering on VSATs. The first VSAT track is on custom networking and business communications.
 Other sessions include launch vehicles, compression and HDTV, satellite-delivered consumer services, GPS, mobile satellites, a VSAT user's forum, industry leaders roundtable and opportunities in Asia and Europe.
 In addition, on Wednesday, March 4, the SSPI will sponsor afternoon and evening activities to coincide with the celebration of the International Space Year, SSPI's 10th anniversary and the 35th anniversary of the launch of the first satellites. Activities include an informal afternoon lunch, two sessions with pioneers of the satellite industry as well as the showing of vintage film on early rockets and historic events. An afternoon English tea, champagne reception and evening dinner-dance conclude the SSPI activities.
 Satellite industry pioneers Sidney Metzger, Bill Pritchard, Sid Topol, Burt Edelson, Ed Habib, Leonard Jaffe, Howard Miller, Ken-ici Miya and Dr. Joseph Pelton will be on hand for the SSPI sessions to reminisce about the early days in the industry and predict what lies ahead.
 The SSPI once again will host its annual Satellite Hall of Fame Awards black-tie optional Dinner Dance on Wednesday, March 4. This event has become one of the key social events in the satellite industry. During the dinner, four more industry luminaries will be inducted into the SSPI Hall of Fame. They are Rene Anselmo, chairman and founder of Alpha Lyracom (PanAmSat); Stanley S. Hubbard, president and CEO of United States Satellite Broadcasting; Sidney Metzger, retired Comsat vice president and chief scientist; and Dr. Tadahiro Sekimoto of NEC Tokyo.
 NOTE: For complete registration information and pricing details for all events, call PPI, 800-777-5006 or 301-424-3338.
 CONTACT: Scott Chase, editor, Via Satellite magazine, 301-340-2100 or, after hours, 301-989-9308.
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