International Space Development Conference

FAQ

What is ISDC?

The International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the annual conference of the National Space Society. The conference covers several broad areas of study related to building a spacefaring civilization, including transportation to and through space, technology needed to live and work in space, and Earth-based activities to advocate for or educate others about space development. The ISDC is unique in that it brings together members of the general public with space activists, scientists, engineers, educators, astronauts, aerospace industry leaders, and government officials for one purpose: to explore humanity’s future in space.

General

ISDC 2015 Host: Canadian Space Commerce Association

The Canadian Space Commerce Association, founded in 2007, is a registered not-for-profit industry organization that advances the economic, legal and political environment for space focused companies. The Association is the voice for Canada’s commercial space sector interacting with governments at all levels and facilitating a positive growth environment for the sector. For more information about the Canadian Space Commerce Association and when our next event is, please visit our web site at: http://www.spacecommerce.ca.

When: Wednesday, May 20 through Sunday, May 24, 2015

Where: Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J9 Canada

What is the Conference Schedule? Programming Track information can be found here.

Theme: Next Breakthrough Technologies

Space activities are at a crossroads. The 70-year-old single use chemical rocket and mechanical manufacturing technologies, which drove our first space explorers to the Moon and back, have been superseded by data intensive and multidisciplinary applications which look poised to remake both this world and that final frontier we have heard so much about. These new technologies will revolutionize manufacturing, energy, resources, infrastructure and other areas in science, engineering, innovation, exploration and commercialization. So join us as we highlight the next generation of advocates, educators and experts bringing back the bucks to those budding Buck Rogers and Tony Starks creating our Next Breakthrough Technologies.

Hotels

What are the official ISDC hotels?

NSS has negotiated a special rates at the Hyatt Regency, Toronto (sold out for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday).  Some rooms are still available for the other nights.

How can I make hotel reservations for ISDC?

You can make your reservations here for the Hyatt Regency, Toronto (sold out for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) and here for the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown

How do I get from the aiport to the Hyatt Regency, Toronto?

ISDC 2015 Airport to Hotel Travel

Registration

How can I register for ISDC?

Online registration forms can be found at here.

What form of payment can I use to register for ISDC?

Online: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express via PayPal or cash (no checks). Register online.

By mail: Bank checks, certified checks, and money orders drawn from U.S. banks. Please use certified or registered mail when mailing your payment.
National Space Society
P.O. Box 98106
Washington, DC 20077-7982

Will I receive my badge prior to ISDC?

No. In support of sustainability and promoting environmentally friendly alternatives, name badges are not mailed in advance. All pre-registrants can pick up their badge at the Advance Registration Desk on-site at hotel Wednesday (time TBD) or during regular conference operating hours.

What do I need to bring to prove I’ve pre-registered?

When you register on-line you will be emailed a confirmation. Bring this confirmation to the Advance Registration Desk.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by email, mail, phone or fax. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing.

Before April 15: Full refund.
Between April 15 and May 1: 50 percent (50%) refund.
After May 1: No refund.

Refund Policy:

Registration less an administrative fee of $10 will be refunded if written notice is received up to 30 days prior to the opening of the ISDC.    

Is there a penalty for substitutions?

No. Name substitutions for paid conference registrations are welcomed without penalty and should be submitted in writing by email, mail or fax by May 1, 2015.

When does registration open onsite?

Registration will open at the hotel 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14. Guests who preregistered will have the opportunity to pick up their badges and registration materials on Wednesday at a time to be determined.

When can I sign up for meals and do you offer Kosher or vegetarian dishes?

Meals can be purchased during secondary registration when it becomes available in late April. Specific meal options will be made available during secondary registration and every effort will be made to accommodate Kosher, vegetarian, vegan, and allegy-free meal requests. However, we cannot guarantee that all situations can be accommodated. There are no refunds for meals and no substitutions after date TBD.

Exhibits and Sponsorships

ISDC 2015 provides an excellent marketing opportunity for your company or organization through our sponsorship program. We have general conference sponsorships and specific Gala sponsorships available. Whether you just want an ad in the program book or if you want all of the perks that come with being the official presenting sponsor for either the ISDC 2015 Conference or the Saturday Night Gala, there is something for every budget.

On which days will the Exhibit Hall be open?

  • Exhibit hours are Thursday, May 21Saturday, May 23, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday, May 24 from 8:00 – 12:00 noon.
  • Exhibitor set up is on Wednesday, May 20 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm or Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 am. Tear down is on Sunday, May 24 after 12:00 noon.

I’m interested in Exhibiting, Sponsoring and/or Advertising at the ISDC. Who do I contact?

To become a conference sponsor or exhibitor, please refer to the Sponsors page for more information.

Call for Abstracts and Requests for Presentations

Is ISDC 2015 accepting abstracts and requests to present?

No. The deadline to submit all abstracts and requests to present has passed.

What information is required when submitting an abstract or a request to present?

Please provide the following information when submitting an abstract or a request to present:

-Your name

-Your affiliation

-The title of your presentation

-The track in which you would like to present

When is the deadline to submit abstracts and requests to present?

No. The deadline to submit all abstracts and requests to present has passed.

Call for Volunteers

Is ISDC 2015 accepting volunteers?

Yes, of course!  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to see how you can help be a part of ISDC 2015.

Passport:

Required documentation: U.S. citizens traveling to Canada by air must have a valid passport. If traveling by land then either a passport or passport card is required. For more information go to U.S. State Department info.

Canadian Dollar to U.S. Dollar Exchange Rate:

On 15 May 2015, 1.00 Canadian Dollar(s) = 0.83 U.S. dollar(s), at an exchange rate of 0.8326 (using nominal rate).

Source: www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/exchange/daily-converter