From the Ground Up!

The International Space Development Conference (ISDC) covers several broad areas of study related to building a spacefaring civilization, including transportation to and through space, technology needed to live and work in space, and Earth-based activities to advocate for or educate others about space development. The overall theme for ISDC 2011 is "From the Ground Up," emphasizing the tools, resources, and social activities that must be accomplished to make a spacefaring civilization a reality. Participants are encouraged not just to describe an ideal "future state," but to think about the technical, economic, or advocacy steps that must be accomplished to achieve a specific goal.

Current News
Abstracts and Selected Papers Available

In an attempt to make the conference material available to all, NSS is planning to set up an online repository of selected past presentation materials such as abstracts, papers, presentations and/or videos. Not all presentations and videos are avalable. The repository site is still work in progress, but you can check it out here or click on the navigation link.

That's a Wrap!

From the ISDC 2011 Committee, our would like to expressed our thanks to our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers/staff for making ISDC 2011 a great success. We hoped you enjoyed the conference and our live piano music during our post-conference (technically, we just closed the conference) tornando warning evacuation to the VBC storage room.

On the behalf of the ISDC 2012 Conference Committee and NSS, we invite you to ISDC 2012 in Washington D.C.

To our out of town visitor, please come to HAL5's monthly meeting if you are happen to be in town.

Scheduled bus service to U.S. Space and Rocket Center during ISDC

U.S. Space and Rocket Center is providing a schedule shuttle bus to an from the Embassy Suites hotel to the rocket center from Wednesday through Saturday only. The bus will only run at these time. Each round trips taks about 20 minutes. No advance ticket is required. You can receive a discount when you show proof of registration or a badge.

Depart Embassy Suites: 10 AM

Depart USSRC at 1 PM

Depart Embassy Suites: 1 PM

Depart USSRC at 4 PM

Pick Up Your Registration Package on Wednesday Afternoon

Registration package can be pickup on Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Second Floor Hospitality Suites (Right outside the elevator doors). On Thursday - Sunday, you can pick up the badges and your tote bag at VBC North Hall Gallery Area.

Meals Events Tickets Purchase Are Now CLOSED

No more buyers for the meals events. If you are still looking for a ticket, you might want to check the cork board (to be placed in the VBC North Hall Gallery on Thursday) to see if anyone has any to trade.

Deeply-Discounted Registration to Space Investment Summit Offered to ISDC Participants

The organizers of Space Investment Summit 9 (SIS-9) are offering a registration fee of $50.00 (that's $75.00 off the regular price of $125!). To register for SIS-9, click on the Secondary Registration Form link to the right. If you have already registered for SIS-9 at the full price and are registered for ISDC, please do NOT use the secondary registration form. Instead, contact Mark Lorimer directly at info @ or 562-233-6400.

Limited Room Availability at our Conference Hotel (Embassy Suites)

Our conference hotel rooms have limited room nights available. Please contact them by phone to verify availability (1-256-539-7373). The following hotels are next to the Von Braun Center.

Northern Alabama Tornadoes Impact to ISDC

HAL5, ISDC 2011 Committee and NSS, express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families in Alabama and across the SouthEastern U.S. who lost thier lives. Our hearts go out to those all who have been affected by this devastation, include our own HAL5 members, friends and family. Please stay safe, and use this time to appreciate the finer things in life with your family, friends and neighbors.

As you know, the northern Alabama region was hit by tornadoes April 27, resulting in widespread damage and many deaths and injuries. After visiting the conference sites, we found that local electrical power has been restored to the Von Braun Center and Embassy Suites. Power is expected to be restored to the rest of the area within a week or two. Therefore, ISDC will occur as scheduled.

See ya'll soon!

Robert Bigelow Confirmed as our Governors Gala Keynote Speaker & Award Recipient

We are pleased to announce that Robert Bigelow, Founder and President of Bigelow Aerospace, will be our Honored Keynote speaker at our Governors' Dinner and Gala. Mr. Bigelow will also be receiving our Space Pioneers award for Space Development. In addition, we will be also presenting the Space Pioneer for Science and Engineering to the X-51A WaveRider Team. Finally, we will present the prestigious Wernher von Braun award to JAXA Hayabusa Team. The von Braun award will be presented by Dr. Curt von Braun.

Sponsor and Co-Sponsors Members Qualifies for Registration Discounts

Employees and members of our sponsors and co-sponsors qualifies a special discount when register online. They are at this time: AIAA, Bastion Technologies, Boeing, Coalition for Space Exploration, Dynetics, Ecliptic Enterprises Corp, HAL5, Makers Local 256, Moon Society, Rocket City Space Pioneers, Schafer Corporation, Science Cheerleader, Space Frontier Foundations, SPACECanada, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, UAHuntsville, Von Braun Astronomical Society, ironSclad Solutions, and Zero Point Frontiers Corp.

Just select your organization under the ISDC sponsor/co-sponsor drop down menu. Membership/employment in the company and organization is subject to verification.

MSFC Tours Closed to Foreign Nationals - Background Check File Submission Dates Expires
Full and Secondary Registrations are Now Open

What's the differences? Well. Full registration is for those who has not registered. Secondary registration allows you to pick the different registration types, including individual day and meal events, tours and workshop.

Secondary registration is for those who have pre-registered either with or without meals. It will allow you to select you meal type and purchase individual meals (if you need to), tours and workshops. Please verify your registration before proceed.

And first time in a long time, you can now select your meal type! All meals must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on May 14, 2011.

ISDC 2011 on The Space Show

ISDC 2011 Chair, Bart Leahy, and our Business Track Chair, Cliff McMurray, were on The Space Show with David Livingston. They talked about ISDC 2011, space advocacy, space policy, and space networking. Click here to listen.

Science Cheerleaders

We would like to thank the Science Cheerleaders for their support of ISDC 2011. They are a team of professional NFL and NBA cheerleaders who have careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They also support improving citizen science literacy and public participation in science-related issues.

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Thanks to our Sponsors, Co-Sponsors, Exhibitors, Supporters and Affiliates.

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