Tra i partecipanti:

Buzz Aldrin, Rusty Schweickart, Harrison Schmitt, Dennis Tito, Burt Rutan, Robert Zubrin

Peccato che abbia già impegni per quelle date… :cry:


Conference Highlights

ISDC 2006 is the 25th annual conference of the National Space Society. It is being held for the first time with The Planetary Society. The Presenting Sponsor of the conference is NASA.

The opening day of ISDC is Space Day, a national space education day.

The National Space Society will announce a new global space education initiative on Space Day. Embargoed media alert will be released on May 1.

The opening day of the conference, May 4, will be proclaimed ‘Space Venturing Day’ in Los Angeles, in an official proclamation read by LA County Supervisor Don Knabe honoring the Space Venturing Forum.

The ORBIT Awards Dinner will bring together the lea ders of suborbital and orbital space tourism for the first time in history. Leaders and customers from all of the leading companies are confirmed for this historic event, including Dennis Tito, Greg Olsen, Burt Rutan, Buzz Aldrin, Will Whitehorn, Eric Anderson, Elon Musk, Peter Diamandis, George French and Rick Homans, among others. Plus surprise Hollywood celebrities and a special video message from Sir Richard Branson. The ORBIT Awards honor the 5th anniversary of Dennis Tito’s historic first private spaceflight.

Confirmed speakers or special guests:

Apollo Astronauts:
Buzz Aldrin
Rusty Schweickart
Harrison Schmitt

Return to Flight Space Shuttle Pilot (just confirmed!)
James ‘Vegas’ Kelly

Senior astronaut , featured in IMAX movie, Space Station 3D:
Robert Curbeam

Space Tourists to the International Space Station:
Dennis Tito
Greg Olsen

SpaceShipOne Designer and X Prize winner:
Burt Rutan

Other space celebrities:
Bill Nye, the ‘Science Guy’
Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of ‘Origins’ and Director, Hayden Planetarium
Peter Diamandis, Chairman, X Prize Foundation
Robert Zubrin, President, Mars Society

Leading Space Entrepreneurs and Billionaires
Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX
Will Whitehorn, President, Virgin Galactic
Eric Anderson, CEO, Space Adventures
George French, CEO, Rocketplane Kistler (just announced!)

Sci-Fi Authors:
Jerry Pournelle (just announced!)
Greg Benford

NASA Leaders
Shana Dale, Deputy Administrator
Charles Elachi, Director, JPL
Brian Chase, Assistant Administrator, Legislative Affairs
Angela Diaz, Assistant Administrator, Education

Top Scientists and Project Managers from these missions:
Venus Express
Mars Exploration Rovers
Deep Impact

More highlights:

The Space Venturing Forum will bring together venture capitalists with space entrepreneurs, and will include a special panel with Michael Jones, CTO of Google Earth. He will discuss Google Earth’s next steps after Google Moon and Google Mars.

The conference will host the Space Art Symposium in partnership with the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium and the Carnegie Mellon STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, with an unprecedented exhibit of space art and a four-day summit of the the world’s leading space artists.

Shana Dale, the first woman to be appointed NASA’s Deputy Administrator, will give a special keynote on lunar and mars exploration.

Conference will feature three Apollo astronauts – Buzz Aldrin; Chairman of the Sharespace Foundation; Rusty Schweickart, Chairman of the B612 Foundation; and Harrison Schmitt, Chairman of the NASA Advisory Panel – will discuss space tourism, Near Earth Objects, and what to do when we get back to the Moon.

Special panel on African-Americans in Space, co-presented with the National Society of Black Engi neers, featuring Robert Curbeam, American’s most senior African-American astronaut; Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium and h os t of PBS’s ‘Origins’ seri es; and Patricia Grace Smith, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation of the FAA.

Special keynote presentations by the leaders of Virgin Galactic and Space Adventures, two companies which have recently announced multi-hundred-million dollar space tourism efforts.

Television personality Bill Nye, the Science Guy, will lead off Saturday morning’s presentations on May 6.

Legendary broadcaster Hugh Downs, chairman of the NSS Board of Governors, will kick off the opening ceremonies on Thursday, May 4.

Don Yoemans, the head of NASA’s Near Earth Object program office, will discuss the threat and promise of NEO’s.

John Mankins, the head of the SUNSAT Energy Council, will discuss how sol ar power satellites could help solve Earth’s coming energy crunch.

Seth Shostak, SETI Institute Senior Astronomer, will discuss the latest results and instruments in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.

Rick Homans, Secretary of Economic Development for the State of New Mexico, and the architect of New Mexico’s $110 million dollar private spaceflight initiative.

Neil Woodward, astronaut and a leader of NASA’s new $500 million Commercial Orbital Transportation System program, designed to build private space vehicles to resupply the International Space Station.

Special exhibits including a space elevator mock up from the Spaceward Foundation and possible full scale model spacecraft.

Centennial Challenge workshop: A special presentation and discussion featuring the leaders of NASA’s new competitions modelled on the X PRIZE.

Peter Diamandis, Chairman and Founder of the X PRIZE, will discuss in a special dinner speech concepts for a near-term mission to Mars.

Kids space program on Saturday

Gaming and space panel, with Jerry Heneghan, Executive Producer of the wildly-successful America’s Army video game.

Tours to Space Exploration Technologies, JPL and the Mojave Spaceport

International Lunar Exploration Symposium, with leaders from the Indian, European, Chinese, Canadian and American lunar programs.

John Connolly, Manager of NASA’s Lunar Lander Pre-Project, will discuss NASA’s plans for lunar exploration and outposts.

Dan Maas, graphic programmer of the pop ular NASA Mars rover animations and a key CG artist for the Roving Mars IMAX film, will discuss the connection between computer-generated imagery and space exploration.

Hei! Non hanno invitato Archipeppe per presentare l’ARIES!! :rage:
B’, scherzi a parte (mica tanto… :wink: ) questo è uno di quegli appuntamenti per i quali vorresti avere il dono dell’ubiquità… :smiley:

Il fatto è che sono davvero troppo impegnato a sviluppare ARIES & Co. che non ho il tempo di partecipare a queste manifestazioni… :wink: