- International Space Development Conference
The International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the annual conference of the
National Space Society(NSS). Now in its 26th year, these conferences connect the general public and the NSS membership with leaders of contemporary space efforts. The ISDC provides a nexus for industry, government, scientists, advocates, and the public to meet and discuss the latest issues in space technology, science, policy, commerce, medicine, exploration, settlement and much more.
The theme for ISDC 2007 was "From Old Frontiers to New: Celebrating 50 Years of Space Flight" and was hosted by The National Space Society of North Texas chapter of
Dallas, Texasover the Memorial Day weekend of May 24-28, 2007
For the third straight year the presenting sponsor for ISDC '07 was the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA). 2007's ISDC held two pre-conference events; the Symposium on Space Venture Finance on Thursday, May 24 and the bi-annual meeting of the Aerospace Technology Working Group (ATWG) from May 22 - May 24.
ISDC 2007 included programs, presentations and exhibits focused on space exploration and settlement, astronomy and scientific research, commercial space ventures, space tourism, and other exciting topics.
The conference also featured displays of real spaceflight hardware, such as
Armadillo Aerospace’s historic 'Quad' rocket vehicle. The Quad vehicles were built by space entrepreneur John Carmack and his Armadillo Aerospace team from Mesquite, Texas. One of the Quads, named "Pixel," recently competed in the Wirefly X Prize Cupin Las Cruces, New Mexico.
ISDC 2007 was held in Addison, Texas (metro Dallas area) at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Confirmed speakers included NASA
Johnson Space Centerdirector Michael Coats, U.S. Congressmen Nick Lampsonand Ralph Hall, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. Senator Harrison Schmitt, Alex Tai, chief operating officer of Virgin Galactic, local space entrepreneur John Carmack, NASA astronaut Dr. Shannon Lucid, Mars Exploration Rover project leader Dr. Steve Squyers, Mars exploration visionary Robert Zubrin, lunar advocate Dr. Paul Spudis, Space AdventuresCEO Eric Anderson, and legendary science fiction author Ben Bova.
Events included speaker tracks on Frontier Transport, Moon and Cislunar (between Moon and Earth) Space Development, The Martian Frontier, International Space Station (ISS) Science, Space Business & Law, Space Medicine, Space Sociology, Space Settlement, Education, faster than light travel, and
Solar Power Satellites.
Other conference events included DPRG robot challenges, a game room, the premiere of [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1024966/ "Postcards from the Future"] and other space movies, filk singing, a kids program, book signings, a space art show and sale, and space-related exhibits. Some exhibits and the space art show were free to the public.
For more information see the official website: [http://www.isdc2007.org]
ISDC Public Webcast
ISDC 2007 was broadcasted "live" from Dallas via
streaming videofrom May 25through May 28, 2007 -- courtesy of the [http://www.helloworld.com/nsslive helloWorld] website. Available to anyone with access to a computer and internet connection, the general public was able to follow key remarks and presentations by running their computer's mouse or cursorover the TV broadcast towergraphic entitled "Shows" and clicking the "On the Air Now!" link.
Archived files of past ISDC conferences can also be reviewed via the [http://www.islandone.org/ISDC IslandOne] website.
Although typically held over the
Memorial Dayholiday weekend, ISDC '06 was moved up to the first weekend in May to coincide with [http://www.spaceday.org Space Day] activities sponsored nationwide by Lockheed Martin.
The "Silver Anniversary" conference was held
May 4through May 7, 2006in Los Angeles, California -- coming full circle to the very first ISDC 25 years earlier. Held at the LAX Sheraton Gateway Hotel, this was also the first ISDC to be jointly co-sponsored with the Pasadena, California-based Planetary Society. Speakers and special guests included Buzz Aldrin, Burt Rutan, Elon Musk, Hugh Downs, Dennis Tito, Gregory Olsen, Bill Nye, Kim Stanley Robinson, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tysonand dozens of others from various scientific, entrepreneurial and artistic fields.
For a listing of papers scheduled to be presented at the conference, access the [http://www.islandone.org/ISDC/ ISDC Archives] , [http://www.islandone.org/ISDC/ISDC2005_DC/ ISDC2005: Your Ticket to Space] , or the ISDC 2006 [http://isdc.xisp.net/~kmiller/isdc_archive/ Call for Papers]
Additionally, the National Space Society teamed up with the
Space Tourism Societyto host the "2nd annual ORBIT Awards", celebrating leadership in space tourism on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Mr. Dennis Tito’s historic flight as the world’s first private space traveler, and the 25th anniversaries of STS-1, the first space shuttlemission and the ISDC.
ISDC 2005 was held in
Washington, DCMay 19-25, 2005 at the Sheraton National Hotel with the "NSS Space Pioneers Awards" banquet held at the National Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Centerat Dulles Airport, hosted by NSS Board of Governorschairman and former ABC-TV " 20/20" host Hugh Downs and the Honorable Norman Mineta, Secretary of Transportation.
NSS members met and debated
aerospacepioneers like Burt Rutan, Elon Musk, and Peter Diamandis, while hearing the latest on the explorations of Saturn, Marsand extrasolar planets. A few of the many highlights: Presenting sponsor Transformational Spacebrought a new twenty-foot mockup of its new space vehicle, the t/Space CXT. The Spaceward Foundationerected a forty-foot model of its upcoming space elevatorcompetition. IMAXdirector Mark Cowenwowed the crowd with the inside story of NSS Governor and Academy Award winning actor-producer Tom Hanks' latest IMAX film release, "". Apollo 9astronaut Rusty Schweickartannounced a bold new plan to study the threat of Near Earth Object2004MN4. NASA's Centennial Challengesprogram announced a new prize competition for producing oxygen from Moon rocks. Virgin Galactic's Will Whitehorn shared the latest plans for their new personal spaceflight experience. Burt Rutan of Scaled Compositesreceived the coveted Wernher Von Braunaward from German rocket engineerand Project Apollospace pioneer Konrad Dannenberg, then shared his personal vision of the future.
Previous ISDCs have rotated around the
United Statesand Canadain the following major cities:
1982- Los Angeles, California
1983- Houston, Texas
1984- San Francisco, California
1985- Washington, DC
1986- Seattle, Washington
1987- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1988- Denver, Colorado
1989- Chicago, Illinois
1990- Anaheim, California
1991- San Antonio, Texas
1992- Washington, D.C.
1993- Huntsville, Alabama
1994- Toronto, Canada
1995- Cleveland, Ohio
1996- New York City, New York
1997- Orlando, Florida
1998- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1999- Houston, Texas
2000- Tucson, Arizona
2001- Albuquerque, New Mexico
2002- Denver, Colorado
2003- San Jose, California
2004- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2005- Washington, D.C.
2006- Los Angeles, California
2007- Addison, Texas
2008- Washington, D.C.
* [http://www.isdc2007.org/ International Space Development Conference '07 website]
* [http://www.helloworld.com/nsslive LIVE Updates from ISDC '07]
* [http://www.islandone.org/ISDC Archived webcasts from previous ISDCs]
* [http://www.spaceday.org Official Space Day website of activities]
* [http://www.nss.org National Space Society website]
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