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What: The 30th Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is sponsored by the National Space Society and the Huntsville, Alabama L5 (HAL5) Society. This year's theme is "From the Ground Upů How Do We Get There?" which is a reference to NSS's ongoing local, regional, national, and international efforts to foster our growth as a spacefaring civilization. The conference programming - including summits, symposia, workshops, and networking opportunities - emphasizes the people, tools, and skills that humanity will need to expand civilization into space. ISDC brings together a diverse group of NASA officials, aerospace industry leaders and interested private citizens to engage in discussions about today's prevalent space issues to create synergy, stimulate innovation and overcome the obstacles that hinder human advancement off the Earth.

National Space Society - International Space Development Conference

Washington, DC | Posted on April 25th, 2011

When: Pre-Conference Space Investment Summit - Wednesday, May 18
Main Conference Programming - Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22
International Space Solar Power Symposium - Thursday, May 19 through Saturday, May21

Where: Von Braun Center and Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa, Huntsville, Alabama

Highlights: Space Investment Summit Space Solar Power Symposium
Flight System Development Forum AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee
2nd Annual Spaceflight Lawyer Roundtable Space Ambassadors Program Workshops & Events
Space Economy Career Fair Exhibit Hall & Trade Show
NSS Board of Governors Meeting & Gala NSS Board of Directors Meeting & Committee Meetings
Education, History, and Outreach Space Sciences
Space Navigation & Communication Military Space

For additional information on programming, please visit

Who: Deborah Barnhart
CEO, U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Fred Bourgeois
Founder, President & CEO, Google Lunar X PRIZE Team FREDNET

Ed Buckbee
Director Emeritus, U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Author, Lecturer, & Space Advocate

Lowry Burgess
Artist, Leads the "Moon Arts Group" in the Studio For Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University

Owen Garriott
Skylab & Space Shuttle Astronaut, Author

Richard Garriott
Space Tourist, Video Game Pioneer

Jeff Greason
CEO & Co-Founder, XCOR Aerospace

Adam Harris
Vice President for Government Affairs, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)

Junichiro Kawaguchi
Project Manager, JAXA Hayabusa Team

John Logsdon
Author, Together in Orbit: The Origins of International Cooperation in the Space Station; John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon; Exploring the Unknown

Tim Pickens
Chief Propulsion Engineer and Commercial Space Advisor, Dynetics & Team Lead, Rocket City Space Pioneers

Paul Spudis
Senior Staff Scientist, Lunar & Planetary Institute

Rick Tumlinson
Founder/Chairman, Orbital Outfitters ; Co-Founder, Space Frontier Foundation; & Author, Return to the Moon

Simon "Pete" Worden
Director, NASA Ames Research Center

For an updated and complete speaker list, please visit

How: Media credentials are given to members of the working media whose attendance at ISDC 2011 may result in coverage, whether broadcast or print. A press room and media coordinator will be available. Requests for credentialing may be submitted using the Media Registration Form at or by sending an email to .

All sessions are open to the media unless otherwise indicated, as long as the proceedings are not disturbed. Press access to certain track programming is subject to review by the appropriate track leaders. Neither the National Space Society, nor the HAL5 Society, will be responsible for press access should requirements change.

Interviews may be conducted prior to the sessions at the discretion of the speakers, panelists or their staff. If at all possible, and to minimize last-minute confusion, all requests for interviews must be received and scheduled prior to the commencement of ISDC. Please email or call Debbie Cohen at 202.429.1600 with requests for access/scheduling.

Advanced media registration is strongly encouraged to enable appropriate review of each request by NSS staff and for registrants to provide supporting documentation for their request, if required for credentialing. Media registering on-site must bring documentation/qualifying materials to receive credentials. Non-registered media/press may experience a delay in admission to events if personnel are not immediately available to review documentation.


About National Space Society
The National Space Society is an independent, international, educational, grassroots, non-profit and non-partisan organization devoted to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. It supports the exploration and development of space for the benefit of humanity. Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space. NSS counts thousands of members and more than 50 chapters worldwide. The Society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.

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