Innovation Beyond Boundaries

July 23-26, 2018 • San Francisco

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. During 100-plus sessions in 2017, more than 1,000 attendees collaborated on powering "Innovation Beyond Boundaries" for the benefit of humankind.

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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.

Robert T. Bigelow

Robert T. Bigelow

Founder, President and Program Manager, Bigelow Aerospace, LLC

Robert T. Bigelow is the founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace, LLC. Bigelow Aerospace is a general contracting and research and development company that concentrates on achieving economic breakthroughs in the costs associated with the design, development, and construction of habitable space structures for private enterprise and government use. For more than 17 years, Bigelow has provided all financial support and strategic leadership at Bigelow Aerospace in its design, development, and testing of expandable habitat architectures, such as the successful launches of the Genesis I and II spacecraft and the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which is attached to the International Space Station’s Tranquility module. Bigelow also serves as the program manager for the B330 spacecraft, Bigelow Aerospace’s main habitation system for low Earth orbit and beyond.


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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