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Ex-astronaut one of two keynotes at S.C. Aerospace Conference and Expo

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Former astronaut Winston Scott will join aviation journalist Bill Garvey as the opening day keynote speakers for the third annual South Carolina South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo, to be held Aug. 24-25 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Scott began his NASA career in 1992, serving as a mission specialist on the STS-72 Endeavour mission in 1996 and the STS-87 Columbia mission and flight in 1997. The former executive director of the Florida Space Authority, Scott has also served as vice president and deputy general manager of the NASA engineering and science contract for the space shuttle, International Space Station and project Constellation. He is currently the senior vice president for external relations and economic development at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Garvey is editor-in-chief of monthly magazine Business & Commercial Aviation. He was previously the managing editor of Aviation Week Television, writing and appearing in more than 100 videos, and editor of Flying and Professional Pilot magazines. Garvey has authored or co-authored three aviation books, was an essayist for National Public Radio, wrote aviation documentaries for The Discovery Channel, and has written for numerous publications including The New York Times and Smithsonian Air & Space.

The conference is organized by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, the McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research at the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and the South Carolina Aviation Association. It aims to connect industry, academia and government to showcase South Carolina’s rapidly growing aerospace industry.

This year’s event will offer two program options for attendees:  an industry track including a business-to-business networking event and presentations from industry, higher education and government leaders; and a research track featuring the technical symposium ACE’16 and the Advance Design Concepts and Practice Workshop (ADCP), making its U.S. debut this year.

For registration and more information, visit the conference website at

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June 29, 2016

Columbia Business Report, What great keynote speakers. Definitely sounds like it'll be a great conference. I really like how attendees get to choose from two tracks. Really cool idea for the expo. Thanks for the info, Dennis