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ISDC 2013 Will Be The ‘Must-Attend’ Space Event This Year

By SpaceRef Editor
April 1, 2013
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ISDC 2013 Will Be The ‘Must-Attend’ Space Event This Year

NSS members know that the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the foremost space conference that brings together all subsets of the space community: the traditional and commercial aerospace industries, NASA and space activists from around the world. And this year, ISDC goes to the west coast to San Diego, California!

The theme of this year’s conference, Global Collaboration in 21st Century Space, relates directly to the NSS vision of globally bringing together “people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.” Global Collaboration in 21st Century Space reflects our need to strive for renewed emphasis on collaborative efforts that engage global space exploration and development in the post-Shuttle era and help leverage NASA’s efforts due to current budgetary challenges.

While the primary focus of the conference will be looking at advances in space exploration, development and settlement, we will also highlight our global efforts at the Governors Dinner & Gala on Friday evening, at which we will honor the work of India’s former President and a leading aerospace scientist/engineer – Dr. Abdul Kalam – with the National Space Society’s prestigious Von Braun Memorial Award. Participants can also look forward to meeting science and engineering team members from the successful GRAIL Moon gravity mapping mission, X-37 B space plane, and the inspiring “seven minutes of terror” CURIOUSITY Mars landing team. Saturday night’s dinner banquet will honor the Women of Space – women engineers and astronauts.

The ISDC 2013 Planning Committee has put together an impressive list of confirmed speakers and presenters and a comprehensive program. Confirmed speakers and VIPs include: Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, last space shuttle Commander Christopher Ferguson, shuttle astronaut and director of the “100 Year Starship” project Dr. Mae Jemison, Congressman Dana Robrabacher of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Ian O’Neill from Discovery News, Planetary Resources Chris Lewicki, and Deep Space Industries’ Rick Tumlinson.

Programming includes sessions and tracks on everything from current Administration initiatives and outlook on the U.S. space program after the shuttle, to the exciting developments coming from commercial aerospace companies aimed at closing the current manned spaceflight gap; from Mars, Moon, asteroid and exoplanet exploration and development to the latest technological advances that will enable a longer-term and, eventually, permanent human presence in space.

Be sure to visit the official ISDC website for all of the latest information and to register today!

Gain Visibility at ISDC – Become a Sponsor Today!

ISDC provides an excellent marketing opportunity for your company or organization through our sponsorship program. This year, we have general conference sponsorships and specific Gala sponsorships. Whether you just want an ad in the program book or if you want all of the perks that come with being the presenting sponsor for either the Conference or the Gala, there is something for every budget.

Among the perks offered for various levels of sponsorship are: ads in the conference and/or Gala programs, complimentary professional registrations to the conference, exhibit booth space, placement of literature in the registration bags, VIP Gala tickets, recognition of your sponsorship on signage throughout the Conference function space at the hotel and Gala, and much more.

In addition, there are opportunities to have your company’s or organization’s logo on a variety of conference materials and goodies, including the conference bags, hotel key cards, name badge lanyards, etc.

Or perhaps you would like to be a function sponsor for anything from a single program track to a lunch or a dinner. Meal event sponsors could also receive a speaking opportunity at the meal they sponsor. Click here for more information.

For more information contact:
David Dressler
Conference Coordinator

About the National Space Society: NSS is an independent, educational, membership, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space, with over 8,000 members and supporters, and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The Society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. To learn more, visit

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