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International Space Development Conference (ISDC) 2017
May 25, 2017 - May 29, 2017$25 – $150
The 36th annual International Space Development Conference®, hosted by National Space Society (along with local host St. Louis Space Frontier), seeks to connect knowledge seekers of all backgrounds in the spirit of Space exploration, development, and discovery. The conference, ISDC® 2017, will be held in St. Louis from May 25-29, 2017 at the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel. Once the largest and busiest passenger rail terminal in the world, St. Louis Union Station now serves as one of America’s great historic destinations and event spaces. The elegant 120-year-old National Historic Landmark includes the Grand Hall, the Midway which shepherded 100,000 travelers a day (and will be our Exhibit Hall), a AAA-approved Four Diamond hotel, and modern event space..
St. Louis first became a city of exploration when it was just a river town on the edge of a vast expanse of unknown wilderness, where Lewis and Clark set out to explore the West. So it is fitting that St. Louis has played a key role in both aviation and space history, designing, engineering and manufacturing the planes and spaceships that some of the world’s greatest explorers used to travel around the world – and out of it. Even before the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, James S. McDonnell tasked 45 engineers in St. Louis to start working on the first manned spaceship. That foresight made St. Louis ground zero for America’s first human spaceflight program, Project Mercury, and McDonnell manufactured 20 space capsules to send the first Americans – and chimpanzees – into Space, and much of the simulation and training America’s first astronauts underwent happened in St. Louis. Through the Mercury program, America sent its first man to space, Alan Shepard, and John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth in the Friendship 7 capsule.
Coming to the birthplace of the American Space program, and the North American westward expansion in an earlier era, the 2017 ISDC® will review where we are today in Space exploration and discovery and where we can go tomorrow. We will be bringing in leading scientists, academicians, and industry professionals to effectively translate the complex evolving environment into coherent clarity for Space enthusiasts, students, and NSS members. Over a dozen tracks will be designed to highlight the key phases of human expansion into Space with some of the country’s leading visionaries offering their insights and thoughts as to how we will become a true Space-faring civilization.
ISDC® 2017: where Space Exploration leaders, pioneers, researchers, scientists, astronomers, innovators, students, and enthusiasts come together…and leave inspired.