ISDC on the Space Show

The Space Show Aired on May 3rd, 2009

Guests: Mark Hopkins and Tim Bailey. Topics: ISDC 2009, NSS, space solar power, continuing education credits. Mark and Tim were our guests today to discuss the upcoming ISDC 2009 in Champions Gate near Orlando, Florida. ISDC 2009 is scheduled for May 28-31, 2009. We discussed much of the programming for the conference, even some unique programming with an Estes rocket competition, continuing education credit, tours of the Kennedy Space Center and much more. Mark also told about the keynote and main speakers which are a representation of Who’s Who in space. You do not want to miss hearing what these people have to say. Space Solar Power (SSP) was mentioned as it is given extensive coverage at the conference. Mark also talked about the famous ATWG debate from Dec. 2008 where Pete Worden argued there was no business case for SSP. Mark provided some additional insights on this issue and suggested a better debate focus than the one used at the ATWG event. Tim and Mark pointed out some other interesting programming dealing with human factors, congressional advocacy training, and the gala evening, hotel and meal registration, etc. ISDC 2009 appears to be a great conference in the making and I believe it will be one of those events you will not want to miss. The ISDC 2009 website for hotel, registration, and information is

Latest News on 28th International Space Development Conference

Dear Friends,

The National Space Society’s 28th annual International Space Development Conference, ISDC 2009, is only a month away!  We are pleased to announce that Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galatic, has been added to the program. Check out the full list of speakers and program grid.
REGISTER TODAY today for the citizen space conference of the year!

Secondary Meal Registration is Now Available
The wait is over!  Meal tickets for ISDC 2009 are on sale now at  ISDC registration is a la carte.  One low registration rate permits admission into all general sessions.  Meals are purchased separately.  Professional Rate Registration includes all meals.
Projected Keynote Speaker Schedule for Meals (subject to change):

Thursday Luncheon:
Elon Musk, Co-founder of PayPal and Space Exploration Technologies
Thursday Dinner:
Richard Garriott, Sixth private citizen to conduct a space mission aboard the ISS

Friday Luncheon:
Janet Petro, Deputy Director, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Friday Gala Dinner:
Special Guests To Be Announced
Saturday Luncheon:
Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut; Founder, ShareSpace Foundation; NSS Governor
Saturday Dinner:
To Be Announced
Purchase your tickets now at before prices go up!

Don’t forget to lock in your room at the luxurious Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. RESERVE NOW! A limited number of rooms are still available at the special NSS room rate.
Surrounded by 36 holes of championship Orlando golf, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, and 15 acres of recreation, this four-diamond resort is one of the nation’s premier golf, meeting and leisure retreats.
Reserve your piece of this luxury experience now! 

Space Investment Summit Registration Still Available
ISDC is proud to again host the Space Investment Summit (SIS-6) on Wednesday, May 27.  This exclusive one day event will address the connection between the existing hospitality industry and the emerging space tourism industry.  Presentations will focus on the latest developments in the rapidly growing space tourism industry (vehicles, funding, destinations, timeframes, numbers of customers and more), as well as new cross-industry business opportunities.
Their are still a limited number of seats available to this exclusive event. Register now and get the latest information at


Brett Silcox                                                  Tim Bailey
Associate Director                                         Chairman, ISDC 2009
National Space Society                                  National Space Society                  
Don’t miss our reception and FIREWORKS on Thursday, May 28 exclusively for ISDC attendees. Register now!

Mark Hopkins on The Space Show – Sunday Discussing ISDC

The Sunday, May 3, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT show welcomes back Mark Hopkins of the National Space Society. Mark will be discussing the upcoming ISDC Conference. Listeners can talk to Mark Hopkins or the host by calling toll free 1 (866) 687-7223, by sending e-mail during the program using,,, or chatting on AOL/ICQ/CompuServe Chat using the screen name “spaceshowchat.

The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston

ISDC Preliminary Schedule Online

ISDC Schedule and Programming – Preliminary Program Grid .

Buzz Aldrin- Lunar module pilot for Apollo 11 and former Chairman of the NSS Board of Governors

Elon Musk -Co-founder of PayPal and Space Exploration Technologies

Dr. George Nield – Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

Alan Ladwig – Senior Advisor to the NASA Administrator

Eric Anderson – CEO, Space Adventures

George Whitesides – Senior Advisor to the NASA Administrator and former NSS Executive Director.

Gwen Shotwell -President, SpaceX

Steve Cook – Manager, Ares Projects, NASA

Richard Garriott- Sixth private citizen to conduct a space mission aboard the ISS

Alan Lindenmoyer – Manager, Commercial Crew & Cargo Program, NASA

Julie A. Sattler -Vice President & General Manager, Special Programs Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Brig Gen Susan Mashiko – Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA

Tim Pickens – CEO, Orion Propulsion

Ms. Lynn Cline – Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Operations, NASA HQ

Janet C. Karika – Director, Interagency Launch Programs Jacobs NASA Launch Services Program

Robert D. Richards -Founder & CEO, Odyssey Moon Ltd., Director of Space Technology, Optech Incorporated

John Mankins – President, Space Power Association

Brett Alexander – President, Personal Spaceflight Federation

Janet Petro – Deputy Director, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Chris Lewicki – Phoenix Mission Manager

Andrew Chaikin – Author and Space Historian

Robert Zubrin – Author and President of the Mars Society

Now is the time to register and make your hotel reservations for NSS’ Annual conference.

It Is Time To Register for The ISDC

It is time to register for the International Space Development Conference

The International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the annual conference for the National Space Society and has grown into the largest public space conference of the year.  It is a national gathering for space-interested leaders and citizens to connect, re-energize and make plans for the future.

Space Ambassadors Needed at the ISDC

Dear Space Ambassador Program Participants

We need your presence at the National Space Society International Space Development Conference (ISDC) 2009, in Orlando, Florida on May 28 –May 31 for what promises to be the biggest and best citizens’ space conference of the year.

The International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the annual conference for the National Space Society and has grown into the largest public space conference of the year.  It is a national gathering for space-interested leaders and citizens to connect, re-energize and make plans for the future.

There will be a Space Ambassadors Program reception on Thursday evening, a participation workshop scheduled during the conference to review the program participation rules & guidelines,  a extensive conference program of presentations/panel discussions, along with a myriad of opportunities for networking.  If you are in the space business or want to be, ISDC 2009 is the place to be.

Since the National Space Society in partnership with Virgin Galactic announced the formation of the Space Ambassador Program at the International Space Development Conference in Washington D.C. last year we have been busy transforming the concept into a viable program.  As of now we have over 3,600 very excited volunteers and enrollment is still growing.   Our goal is to train volunteer Ambassadors to go into their own communities and make presentations to students, interest advocacy groups, and civic organizations on the opportunities space offers for helping to provide for a positive future.  A future they can be a part of making real.  Our mission is to foster and excite our young people to seek educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, aerospace and aeronautical fields. We need to inform these young Pioneers about the current and future opportunities needed to grow the Space Industry in both Government and Private sectors. 

Hope you can come join us at ISDC 2009!

Lee Jones
Space Ambassadors Program Director

Affiliate Organizations needed for ISDC 2009!

The 2009 ISDC Affiliate Organization application information is now online at

We are looking for a variety of groups that share our excitement for space exploration!  Groups can be local to the Orlando area in FL or a national organization with members that might be interested in coming to ISDC.   

Bringing in Affiliate Organizations are a great way to expand our grassroots advocacy to whole new groups of people!  Please look at your local community and groups where you are a member and see if it is a fit for your organization. There is no cost to become an Affiliate Organization, just a committment to tell your members about ISDC!

ISDC 09 – Call For Presentations

The National Space Society is seeking presentations and speakers to discuss the latest issues in space technology, science, policy, commerce, medicine, exploration, settlement and more. This year’s conference highlights exciting new developments across the space community, from NASA’s Constellation program to the advent of space tourism.

Abstract Submissions – Deadline April 15

Abstracts should comprise 300-500 words text only (no pictures, graphics, charts, etc.), in English. Submitted abstracts should contain recent results of research, applications development or investigation, and implementation. Abstracts should address the purpose, scope, objectives of the work, and briefly summarize approach or methodologies, important results, and the significance and envisioned applications. Student papers from all areas are strongly encouraged. Please note that formal papers are not required for speaker consideration.

Please keep in mind that individual presentations will be limited to 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions, and group presentations and panels will be limited to 50 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.

ISDC Abstract Submission Form