Featured Speakers

Stevan Akerley

Space Ambassadors Program Director
National Space Society

Stevan Akerley is a retired aerospace engineer from Pratt & Whitney, UTC, with 40 years of…[more]

 

Stevan Akerley

Space Ambassadors Program Director
National Space Society

Stevan Akerley is a retired aerospace engineer from Pratt & Whitney, UTC, with…[more]

Isaac Arthur

Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur

Isaac Arthur is the creator of Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur, a science education and entertainment…[more]

 

Isaac Arthur

Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur

Isaac Arthur is the creator of Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur, a science…[more]

Haym Benaroya

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Rutgers University

Prof. Benaroya has focused his research in the disciplines of…[more]

 

Haym Benaroya

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Rutgers University

Prof. Benaroya has focused his research in the disciplines of dynamics, vibration and….[more]

Michael Fitzgerald

Exec VP, Co-Founder and Space Elevator Chief Architect
Galactic Harbour Associates, INC.

Michael (“Fitzer”) served in the USAF from…[more]

 

Michael Fitzgerald

Exec VP, Co-Founder and Space Elevator Chief Architect
Galactic Harbour Associates, INC.

Michael (“Fitzer”) served in the USAF from the 1968 until 1990. After graduation…[more]

Dr. David Gallo

Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives
RMS Titanic, Inc

Dr. David Gallo has been at the forefront of oceanographic exploration and discovery for…[more]

 

Dr. David Gallo

Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives
RMS Titanic, Inc

Dr. David Gallo has been at the forefront of oceanographic exploration and…[more]

Al Globus

Board of Directors
National Space Society

Al Globus worked for 39 years at NASA Ames on space settlement, asteroid mining, Hubble, space stations, X37…[more]

 

Al Globus

Board of Directors
National Space Society

Al Globus worked for 39 years at NASA Ames on space settlement, asteroid mining…[more]

Dr. Sandra Haeuplik-Meusburger

Researcher
The Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)

Sandra Haeuplik-Meusburger is a researcher and practicing architect in…[more]

 

Dr. Sandra Haeuplik-Meusburger

Researcher
The Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)

Sandra Haeuplik-Meusburger is a researcher and practicing architect in habitability…[more]

Loretta Hall

Author

Loretta Hall is an author and freelance writer whose work concentrates on human space exploration and its history. She serves as a member of the NSS Space…[more]

 

Loretta Hall

Author

Loretta Hall is an author and freelance writer whose work concentrates on human…[more]

Michelle Hanlon

President
National Space Society

Michelle is the President of the National Space Society and Co-Director of the Air and Space Law Program at the University of…[more]

 

Michelle Hanlon

President
National Space Society

Michelle is the President of the National Space Society and Co-Director of the Air and…[more]

Eric Harkleroad

Space Ambassador
National Space Society

Eric has been a Space Ambassador for several years and has also volunteered with the Mars Society and AIAA. He works as an engineer…[more]

 

Eric Harkleroad

Space Ambassador
National Space Society

Eric has been a Space Ambassador for several years and has also…[more]

Dr. Barbara Imhof

Managing Director
LIQUIFER Systems Group, Vienna – Bremen

Dr. Barbara Imhof is an internationally active space architect and design researcher. She is…[more]

 

Dr. Barbara Imhof

Managing Director
LIQUIFER Systems Group, Vienna – Bremen

Dr. Barbara Imhof is an internationally active space architect and design…[more]

Dr. Pekka Janhunen

Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland

Dr. Pekka Janhunen has authored over 160 peer-reviewed scientific papers on mainly space plasma physics. For example, he is…[more]

 

Dr. Pekka Janhunen

Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland

Dr. Pekka Janhunen has authored over 160 peer-reviewed scientific papers on mainly…[more]

Steve Jurvetson

Co-Founder
Future Ventures

Steve Jurvetson is an early-stage venture capitalist with a focus on founder-led, mission-driven companies at the cutting edge of…[more]

 

Steve Jurvetson

Co-Founder
Future Ventures

Steve Jurvetson is an early-stage venture capitalist with a focus on founder-led…[more]

Jeffrey Manber

CEO, NanoRacks

Jeffrey Manber has served as the CEO of NanoRacks since 2009, growing the company into the first commercial space station…[more] 

 

Jeffrey Manber

CEO, NanoRacks

Jeffrey Manber has served as the CEO of NanoRacks since 2009, growing the…[more]

John C. Mankins

Mankins Space Technologies, Inc.

John C. Mankins, President of Mankins Space Technology is an internationally recognized leader in space…[more]

 

John C. Mankins

Mankins Space Technologies, Inc.

Iohn C. Mankins, President of Mankins Space Technology is an internationally…[more]

Bryce L. Meyer

St. Louis Space Frontier

Bryce has advanced degrees in Engineering and Biology, but more importantly has thousands of hours in field work…[more]

 

Bryce L. Meyer

St. Louis Space Frontier

Bryce has advanced degrees in Engineering and Biology, but more importantly has…[more]

Phil Plait

Astronomer and Science Communicator

Dr. Plait worked for ten years with Hubble Space Telescope, first to get his PhD, and then helping to build a…[more]

 

Phil Plait

Astronomer and Science Communicator

Dr. Plait worked for ten years with Hubble Space Telescope, first to get his PhD…[more]

Henk Rogers

Founder
International MoonBase Alliance

Henk Rogers is perhaps best known for his background in computer gaming and…[more]

 

Henk Rogers

Founder
International MoonBase Alliance

Henk Rogers is perhaps best known for his background in computer gaming and…[more]

Peter Swan

President
International Space Elevator Consortium

Space Professional (over 50 years experience) – AF Space 20 years – Motorola…[more]

 

Peter Swan

President
International Space Elevator Consortium

Space Professional (over 50 years experience) – AF Space 20 years – Motorola…[more]

Dr. Peggy A. Whitson

Retired NASA Astronaut Space and Science Consultant
NSpace, LLC.

Dr. Peggy A. Whitson is a Space and Science…[more]

 

Dr. Peggy A. Whitson

Retired NASA Astronaut Space and Science Consultant
NSpace, LLC.

Dr. Peggy A. Whitson is a Space and Science Consultant for NSpace, LLC. She…[more]

Previous Featured Speakers

Tory Bruno, CEO, ULA (ISDC 2019)

Jeff Manber, CEO, NanoRacks (ISDC 2019)

Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator (ISDC 2019)

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Blue Origin (ISDC 2018)

Freeman Dyson (ISDC® 2018)

Thomas Muller, Propulsion CTO, SpaceX (ISDC® 2018)

Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, ESA (ISDC® 2017)

William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administator, NASA (ISDC® 2017)

Thomas P. Stafford, Gemini & Apollo Astronaut (ISDC® 2017)

Alan Stern, Principal Investigator, New Horizons (ISDC® 2016)

Ellen Ochoa, Director NASA’s Johnson Space Center ISDC® 2016)

Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, NASA (ISDC® 2016)

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut (ISDC® 2015)

Lori Gaver, former NASA Deputy Administrator ISDC® 2015)

Kip Thorne, Interstellar, Caltech (ISDC® 2015)

Anousheh Ansari, X Prize, private Space Traveler (ISDC® 2015)

Elon Musk, SpaceX (ISDC® 2014)

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India (ISDC® 2013)

Mae Jemison, NASA Shuttle Astronaut (ISDC® 2013)

 

Jeff Bezos at ISDC® 2018
Los Angeles, California
Photo by Keith Zacharaski/NSS

Kip Thorne at ISDC® 2015
Toronto, Canada
Photo by Gordon Hawkins/NSS

Buzz Aldrin at ISDC® 2015
Toronto, Canada
Photo by Gordon Hawkins/NSS

Tory Bruno, CEO, ULA (ISDC 2019)

Jeff Manber, CEO, NanoRacks (ISDC 2019)

Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator (ISDC 2019)

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Blue Origin (ISDC 2018)

Freeman Dyson, (ISDC® 2018)

Thomas Muller, Propulsion CTO, SpaceX (ISDC® 2018)

Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, ESA (ISDC® 2017)

William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administator, NASA (ISDC® 2017)

Thomas P. Stafford, Gemini & Apollo Astronaut (ISDC® 2017)

Alan Stern, Principal Investigator, New Horizons (ISDC® 2016)

Ellen Ochoa, Director NASA’s Johnson Space Center ISDC® 2016)

Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, NASA (ISDC® 2016)

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut (ISDC® 2015)

Lori Gaver, former NASA Deputy Administrator ISDC® 2015)

Kip Thorne, Interstellar, Caltech (ISDC® 2015)

Anousheh Ansari, X Prize, private Space Traveler (ISDC® 2015)

Elon Musk, SpaceX (ISDC® 2014)

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India (ISDC® 2013)

Mae Jemison, NASA Shuttle Astronaut (ISDC® 2013)

 

Jeff Bezos at ISDC® 2018
Los Angeles, California
Photo by Keith Zacharaski/NSS

 

Kip Thorne at ISDC® 2015
Toronto, Canada
Photo by Gordon Hawkins/NSS

 

Buzz Aldrin at ISDC® 2015
Toronto, Canada
Photo by Gordon Hawkins/NSS