Pioneering New Frontiers

July 23-26, 2018 • San Francisco

Make Space Your Next Frontier

The International Space Station is a one-of-a-kind platform for microgravity research and is uniting space, science, and industry in new discoveries, technology advancements, and commercialization.

Discover untapped opportunities for advancing life on earth at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference.

Announcing Keynote Speaker

Mark Vande Hei

Mark Vande Hei

NASA Astronaut

Col. Vande Hei recently returned to Earth after logging 168 days as a flight engineer onboard the International Space Station. During the mission (Expedition 53/54), the crew marked the beginning of the first long-term increase in crew size on the U.S. segment of the space station. This increase enabled NASA to double the time dedicated to research and achieve a record-setting week of research that surpassed 100 hours. The crew members worked on investigations focused on manufacturing fiber optic filaments in microgravity, improving the accuracy of an implantable glucose biosensor, and measuring the sun’s energy output to Earth.

Col. Vande Hei was selected by NASA in 2009, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Saint John's University and a Master of Science in Applied Physics from Stanford University. Prior to his selection as a NASA astronaut, Col. Vande Hei was commissioned in the U.S. Army serving as a combat engineer, and then taught physics at the United States Military Academy in West Point.

Check back soon for other exciting speaker announcements!

91% of attendees last year
rated the conference as either excellent or very good.

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Collaborate with Impact
"This is the only meeting where people from different disciplines come together. It creates a dynamic energy as people figure out the next greatest thing." Julie Robinson, ISS Chief Scientist, NASA
Fascinating Keynotes
Past conferences have attracted recognized speakers with thought-leading perspectives from space, science, finance, innovation, policy, and media. We’re working on an equally rich agenda for 2018 that is sure to fuel ideas and conversations.
Find Solutions for Every Stage
"As a biomedical researcher, knowing what opportunities and implementation partners are available to make my science happen on ISS is very important." Arun Sharma, Harvard
Unmatched Networking
"It’s impossible to walk away from this meeting without new future collaborators or ideas." National Space Agency Attendee
Meet Decision Makers
"The conference is one of the best in the industry for networking. It certainly was successful for my company this year in terms of driving business." Commercial business attendee
Actionable Best Practices
Multiple learning tracks make it easy to find interesting and practical sessions relevant to your work.
  • 5 Keynotes
  • 16 Plenary Talks
  • 80+ technical and poster sessions
Enrich Your Work
Informative case studies delivered by experts in their field expose you to new ways of thinking and opportunities to exchange experiences with peers.
Join the Movement
"There was a very real sense of active collaboration and brainstorming about maximizing utilization of the ISS, developing cutting-edge technologies and strengthening commercial companies." Lisa Thomas

Who Attends

1,000+ scientists and engineers, corporate and academic leaders,
entrepreneurs, policy makers, business development professionals, students

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

NASA Employee Registration: Contact Kathryn McLaurin



  • Regular Conference Pass
  • Technical Session Speakers*
  • Member, AAS**
  • Students with ID
  • Teachers (K-12)
  • One Conference Day Pass
  • News media

Early Bird

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May 12 - July 20

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July 20 - July 26

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* Speakers will receive a link and code to register at the discounted rates.
** AAS members and speakers will receive a link and code to register at the discounted rates.


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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, contact

CANCELLATION POLICY: By submitting an online registration, you agree to pay the full fee. Cancellations received no later than July 6, 2018, will be charged an $80 cancellation fee (either billed or subtracted from the refunded fee). If you do not cancel by July 6, 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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