Unique Hybrid Airship Conference to Bring Broad DoD Leadership to So. Md.

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. (March 23, 2010)—The Patuxent Partnership announced the “Hybrid Airships for Heavy Lift” Conference which it is sponsoring with the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center and the US European Command. The conference will be held for two days on March 31 through April 1 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Maryland.

General Duncan McNabb, Commander of US Transportation Command, will deliver the keynote speech. EUCOM and SOUTHCOM speakers will present current capability shortfalls. Additional presentations will focus on current capabilities for manned and unmanned air vehicles for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). An airship pilot employed with local firm Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc. will address airship capabilities and misperceptions. A manufacturers panel will share innovations, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA Ames will discuss government research.

“This conference offers Southern Maryland an incredible opportunity,” said Bonnie Green, Executive Director, The Patuxent Partnership. “The focus of this conference is on a myriad of challenges and issues that, if resolved, could provide a whole new class of aircraft for numerous defense and security, scientific, humanitarian and commercial uses.” She continued, “Presenters from the University of Maryland and the University of Alabama at Huntsville will also provide insights into topical academic research.”

Attendee registration is $50 per person and includes access to all presentations, meals and a Reception on Wednesday, March 31. Registration should be made at registration.paxpartnership.org. Online payment may be made by Visa or MasterCard, and checks may be payable to The Patuxent Partnership and mailed or delivered to 21789 North Coral Drive, Suite 2C, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Advance registration and payment is required. Exhibit space is available for companies and organizations interested in showcasing their services and products.

The Patuxent Partnership (TPP), a non-profit organization with over 300 members, advocates for the growth of the Southern Maryland technology base. TPP encourages relationships between government, industry and academia by hosting briefings on relevant topics. TPP offers informational resources and programs, and facilitates professional connections. TPP promotes career and professional development initiatives for working adults, along with initiatives targeted at developing science, technology, engineering and math interests in schoolchildren. TPP also supports workforce retention initiatives and regional and cultural events which encourage community engagement and workforce satisfaction. For more information, visit www.paxpartnership.org or call 301-866-1739.

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