24th International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2005)

Venue: Sheraton National Hotel

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Event Date/Time: May 19, 2005 End Date/Time: Apr 22, 2005
Registration Date: May 18, 2005
Early Registration Date: May 30, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 01, 2005
Paper Submission Date: Apr 22, 2005
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The conference program will feature six primary tracks: government, private, science, settlement, technology, and teens.

1) Government sector

Education. Impact of space on science education. Developments in science education programs and teacher resources. Studies of science literacy and the job market.

History. Developments in historical research, access to archives, museum exhibits. New books and documentaries.

Law & policy. Developments in space law and space policy. Reactive vs. proactive views towards space law. Impact of nascent space tourism market. Status of bills in Congress, Federal regulations, state-level legislation.

Moon, Mars & Beyond. Developments in administration space policy, status of NASA Office of Exploration Systems, status of implementation of CAIB recommendations, NASA budget request.

2) Private sector

Commerce. Space businesses (other than launch services), communication, remote sensing, photography, GPS. Terrestrial businesses that depend upon space assets.

Finance. How space related companies are financed, the structure of financial markets, the role of venture capital, case studies, how to raise funds, what the investment community is looking for.

Lobbying. Training session on how to lobby Congress effectively.

Media & entertainment. Developments in the use of space within the news, film, corporate sponsorship, and advertising industries.

Suborbital & FAA/AST. Developments in the suborbital launch market, suborbital vehicles, the role of FAA/AST in regulating the new industry, suborbital market concepts, status of Congressional legislation effecting the suborbital industry, how the AST grants licenses for vehicles and spaceports, status of license applications.

Spaceports. Developments in non-federally owned spaceports, companies that are settling around the new spaceports, economic forecasts.

Space tourism & experiences. Developments in the markets for suborbital and orbital tours, tele-tourism, space theme parks and camps, zero gravity flights.

Vehicles & hotels. New space vehicles, Ansari X Prize, space hotels, future concepts, market forecasts.

3) Science

Astrobiology/Exobiology. Developments in the search for life in the universe, such as SETI, analysis of Mars rocks, discovery of organic molecules in space.

Earth science. Developments in Earth observation satellites, weather & climate studies, resource mapping, oceanographic studies, pollution studies, crop and forestry studies.

Lunar science. Developments in the search for water ice, resource mapping.

Mars science. Reports from most recent Mars missions. Developments in the search for water, search for life, analysis of Mars rocks, resource mapping. Status of upcoming Mars missions.

Near Earth Objects & planetary defense. Progress in cataloging NEOs, the threat they pose to Earth, mitigation concepts, policy recommendations at national and international levels, status of program funding.

Saturn science. Reports from the Cassini mission. Developments in our understanding of Saturn, its moons and rings.

Space medicine & physiology. Developments in the science, status of regulations for space passengers, implications for space tourism and space settlement.

Space science. Discovery of exoplanets, reports from the Gravity B experiment to test Einstein's theory of General Relativity, developments in astronomy, status of Hubble, status of new space telescopes and space science missions.

4) Settlement

Moon. Developments in Lunar settlement concepts.

Mars. Developments in Mars settlement concepts.
L5 & other. Developments in other space settlement concepts (L5 colonies, asteroid homesteading, interstellar travel).

5) Technology track
Agriculture & Life support. Developments in agriculture and life support technology to enable space settlement.

Computers, communications & software. Developments in computer technology, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) modeling, space communications, protocols.

Open source software. Workshop on Open Source software for the space community.

Power & propulsion. Development of new engines for suborbital and orbital markets. Developments in space power and propulsion (solar, nuclear thermal, electric, fusion, other future flight concepts).

Resource utilization. Processing of lunar, Martian, asteroidal materials for life support, propellants, structures, and other markets.

Space elevator. Developments in materials, technology, economics, concepts for space elevators.

Nanotechnology. Developments in miniaturization, cost drivers, safety, policy.

6) Teen programs

Space arts competition. Present your music, poems, short stories, paintings, films, public service announcements.

Current plans call for full days of conference tracks on Thursday through Saturday (May 19-21), and a half-day on Sunday morning (May 22). More details about the conference schedule will be posted on the website as the program takes shape.

The 2005 ISDC will be held at the Sheraton National Hotel, located just across the Potomac River from downtown Washington in Arlington, Virginia. The hotel has a free shuttle to and from Reagan National Airport as well as the Metro subway system, making it an ideal place to stay not just for the conference but for any additional sightseeing in the Washington area.

Visit the conference hotel web site 9linked from our conference web site) for more information about the hotel and to book a room at the special conference rate of $109/night.


900 South Orme Street
United States