Leaders of Government and Private Space Efforts to Speak at the 2005 International Space Development Conference

Rutan and Steidle to open conference

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2005 — The National Space Society today announced an impressive roster of public and private spaceflight pioneers, including the leader of NASA's new exploration efforts as well as the designer of SpaceShipOne, as confirmed speakers for the 2005 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) to be held May 19-22 in Washington, DC.

“We are honored to bring together so many of the trailblazers in space exploration, science, technology and commerce,” said George Whitesides, NSS Executive Director. “Whether part of NASA’s exploration initiatives or innovative private space enterprises, these are the people writing the history of our times. Their efforts benefit life on Earth while building the foundation for a spacefaring civilization.”

Rear Adm. Craig E. Steidle, USN (Ret.), NASA’s Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems, heads the list of ISDC speakers from government space efforts. Representing the leaders of missions to the Moon, Mars, Saturn, and beyond, these speakers will showcase the latest news from the frontiers of exploration. Other confirmed speakers include:

Burt Rutan, president of Scaled Composites and designer of SpaceShipOne, will open the conference, leading the new breed of entrepreneurs and engineers who are building the private world of space. Joining Rutan will be the leaders of many of the most exciting new ventures in space today. Confirmed speakers also include:

Finally, the conference will bring together the visionaries of tomorrow whose ability to look beyond the near term will show the way to the future of space. These confirmed speakers include:

The 2005 ISDC events, driven by the theme “Your Ticket to Space,” will examine how advances in commercial and government space efforts are enabling citizens to participate and engage in space in unprecedented ways. These advances benefit life on Earth and lead the way toward a spacefaring civilization. The conference will take place May 19–22, 2005, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. More information about the conference, including online registration, hotel information, and a call for papers, is available on the conference Web site.


About NSS

The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, international, educational, grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded in 1974 by Wernher von Braun, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space. The National Space Society's vision is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth. NSS members promote change in social, technical, economic, and political conditions to advance the day when people will live and work in space.

For more information:

Jeff Foust
ISDC 2005 Communications Manager
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(240) 277-6371

Jeremy Pyle
Vice President, Public Affairs
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(415) 713-6272