SpaceThe Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation announced Monday details of its 31st Space Symposium opening ceremony, which is set to include awards and special performances.

The kickoff event, scheduled for April 13 at The Broadmoor in southwest Colorado Springs, will “be highlighted by a stunningly unique animation-based digital performance by Enra, a visual dance troupe from Japan that combines elements of performance art, music, technology and light,” according to a Foundation news release.

Before the performance, the Foundation said it plans to present its annual awards, including:

  • the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award to June Scoobee Rodgers,
  • the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award to NASA.Industry EFT-1 Team,
  • the Space Achievement Award to X-37B OTV Team, and
  • the John L. “Jack” Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration to the Rosetta Comet Team.

The opening ceremony is co-sponsored by aerospace/defense firm Northrop Grumman, which has a large presence in the Pikes Peak region. The event will be followed by the grand opening of the Ball Aerospace Exhibit Center and Pavilion, which will feature “the world’s latest space technology, equipment and services,” according to the release.

The evening will close with lakeside fireworks co-sponsored by international aerospace company Intelsat General Corp.