Innovation Beyond Boundaries

July 17-20, 2017 • Washington, D.C.

The ISSR&D Conference is the place to be for "Innovation Beyond Boundaries."

From commerce to academia to government, the International Space Station Research and Development Conference connects the best minds and resources for exploring the vast possibilities of research and development in microgravity. See firsthand how this growing ecosystem is powering "Innovation Beyond Boundaries" for the benefit of humankind.

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Networking and Connection Opportunities


3½ days (40 hours) of information exchange, collaboration, and networking.

Hear and meet commercial space industry experts and leaders


700+ scientists, researchers, industry experts, academic leaders, service providers and capitalists under one roof sharing ideas and experiences.

Learn through a variety of keynotes, presenttations, discussions, workshops and more


100+ keynotes, panel discussions, technical presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions.

Featured Speakers

Elon Musk Speaking Event at the ISS R&D Conference

Elon Musk

Founder, CEO and Lead Designer, SpaceX / Co-Founder, CEO and Product Architect, Tesla

Elon Musk is founder, CEO and Lead Designer at SpaceX, and co-founder, CEO and Product Architect at Tesla. At SpaceX, he oversees the development and manufacturing of advanced rockets and spacecraft for missions to and beyond Earth orbit.

Founded in 2002, SpaceX’s mission is to enable humans to become a spacefaring civilization and a multi-planet species by building a self-sustaining city on Mars. SpaceX’s Falcon 1 became the first privately developed liquid-fuel launch vehicle to orbit the Earth. SpaceX is also the first commercial provider to launch and recover a spacecraft from orbit, attach a commercial spacecraft to the ISS, and successfully land an orbital-class rocket booster.

NASA Astronaut / Molecular Biologist Kate Rubins

Kate Rubins

NASA Astronaut / Molecular Biologist

Rubins completed her first spaceflight in 2016 on Expedition 48/49. She was the first person to sequence DNA in space, eventually sequencing over 2 billion base pairs of DNA during a series of experiments to analyze sequencing in microgravity. Dr. Rubins also grew heart cells (cardiomyocytes) in cell culture, and performed quantitative, real-time PCR and microbiome experiments on orbit.


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The ISSR&D panels, technical sessions, and collaboration activities are designed to connect you to the knowledge, resources, and partners you need to propel your research and development to new heights in microgravity.

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Take advantage of discount rates by registering before April 30, 2017.

The full conference fee includes access to keynotes, technical breakout sessions, Marketplace Expo, all meals, and evening receptions. View registration policy and details.

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The Venue

The ISSR&D Conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, host to presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls. The four-diamond property is situated on 11 lush acres just steps away from the National Zoo. Exclusive conference pricing is available for July 16-21, 2017.

Discounted rates starting at $172

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The ISSR&D Conference offers sponsors full conference access for interacting with influencers. Gain extensive brand visibility throughout the venue, connect in the Marketplace Expo and conference sessions, and build momentum with your target audience.

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Registration Policies and Details

PAYMENT: Your registration is not reserved until full payment is received. We accept online payments by credit card. If paying by check or purchase order, contact

CANCELLATION POLICY: By submitting an online registration, you agree to pay the full fee. Cancellations received no later than June 30, 2017, will be charged an $80 cancellation fee (either billed or subtracted from the refunded fee). If you do not cancel by June 30, and fail to attend, you will be charged the full fee. You may cancel online or by calling the AAS Business Office at 703-866-0020.


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