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About the Conference

The International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) brings together leaders from the commercial sector, U.S. government agencies, and academic communities to foster innovation and discovery onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The conference is hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc., manager of the ISS National Laboratory; NASA; and the American Astronautical Society (AAS). ISSRDC showcases how the space station continues to provide a valuable platform for research and technology development that benefits humanity and enables a robust and sustainable market in low Earth orbit. Additionally, the ISSRDC marketplace expo allows companies to showcase how they are advancing opportunities in low Earth orbit and provides a venue to meet with researchers, stakeholders, and policymakers.


The International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory

The International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory is a one-of-a-kind laboratory that enables research and technology development not possible on Earth. As a public service enterprise, the ISS National Lab allows researchers to leverage this multiuser facility to improve life on Earth, mature space-based business models, advance science literacy in the future workforce, and expand a sustainable and scalable market in low Earth orbit. Through this orbiting national laboratory, research resources on the ISS are available to support non-NASA science, technology, and education initiatives from U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS) manages the ISS National Lab, under Cooperative Agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent microgravity research environment, a powerful vantage point in low Earth orbit, and the extreme and varied conditions of space.

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Learn more about the ISS National Lab: www.ISSNationalLab.org

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s civil space program and the global leader in space exploration. The agency has a diverse workforce of just under 18,000 civil servants and works with many more U.S. contractors, academia, and international and commercial partners to explore, discover, and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. At its 20 centers and facilities across the country—and the only National Laboratory in space—NASA studies Earth, including its climate, our Sun, and our solar system and beyond. We conduct research, testing, and development to advance aeronautics, including electric propulsion and supersonic flight. We develop and fund space technologies that will enable future exploration and benefit life on Earth. NASA also leads a Moon to Mars exploration approach, which includes working with U.S. industry, international partners, and academia to develop new technology and send science research, and soon humans, to explore the Moon on Artemis missions that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

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Learn more about NASA: www.nasa.gov

The American Astronautical Society (AAS)

The American Astronautical Society (AAS), established in 1899, is a major international organization of professional astronomers, astronomy educators, and amateur astronomers. Its membership of approximately 8,000 also includes physicists, geologists, engineers, and others whose interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising the astronautical sciences. The mission of the AAS is to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe as a diverse and inclusive astronautical community, which it achieves through publishing, meetings, science advocacy, education and outreach, and training and professional development.

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Learn more about AAS: https://astronautical.org/

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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 through PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to make payment, if you can have any questions please contact Dalia Ruffatto.

CANCELLATION POLICY: By submitting an online registration, you agree to pay the full fee. Cancellations received no later than July 15, 2019, will be charged an $80 cancellation fee (either billed or subtracted from the refunded fee). If you do not cancel by July 15, you will be charged the full fee. You may cancel online or by calling the ISS National Lab at 321-757-6134.

Hotel Deposit/Cancellation Policy

Guests will be charged a deposit in the amount of one night’s room and tax at the time of the reservation. The deposit is non-refundable after July 14.

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