Featured Speakers

Dr. Peggy A. Whitson

Retired NASA Astronaut Space and Science Consultant
NSpace, LLC.

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

Story Musgrave

Retired NASA Astronaut

Dr. Story Musgrave was a NASA Astronaut for over 30 years, flew on six spaceflights and has spent a total of 1,281 hours, 59 minutes, 22 seconds in space. He…[more]

 

Story Musgrave

Retired NASA Astronaut

Dr. Story Musgrave was a NASA Astronaut for over 30 years, flew on six spaceflights…[more]

Al Worden

Astronaut – Apollo 15

From July 26 to August 7, 1971, Astronaut Al Worden served as the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 mission along with crewmates Dave Scott and Jim Irwin. Al is a…[more]

 

Al Worden

Astronaut – Apollo 15

From July 26 to August 7, 1971, Astronaut Al Worden served as the Command Module…[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 disruptive…[more]

 

Steve Jurvetson

Co-Founder
Future Ventures

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

 

Phil Plait

Astronomer and Science Communicator

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

Steve Kwast

CEO, Kwast Enterprises
Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Steve Kwast is the CEO of “Kwast Enterprise” a company dedicated to the moral leadership of…[more]

 

Steve Kwast

CEO, Kwast Enterprises
Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Steve Kwast is the CEO of “Kwast Enterprise” a company dedicated to the moral leadership…[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]

Greg Russell

Academy Award Nominated Sound Engineer

Greg Russell is one of the most respected and sought-after sound engineers in the film industry. He has worked on more than 200…[more]

 

Greg Russell

Academy Award Nominated Sound Engineer

Greg Russell is one of the most respected and sought-after sound engineers in…[more]

Isaac Arthur

Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur

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

 

Isaac Arthur

Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur

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

John C. Mankins

Mankins Space Technologies, Inc.

ohn C. Mankins, President of Mankins Space Technology is an internationally recognized leader in space systems and technology…[more]

 

John C. Mankins

Mankins Space Technologies, Inc.

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

Alan Stern

Principal Investigator
New Horizons mission

Dr. Alan Stern, a Boulder county native and a Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is a planetary scientist…[more]

 

Alan Stern

Principal Investigator
New Horizons mission

Dr. Alan Stern, a Boulder county native and a Vice President at the Southwest Research…[more]

Dr. Marc D. Rayman

Chief Engineer for Mission Operations and Science
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Rayman joined JPL in 1986. His work there has spanned a broad…[more]

 

Dr. Marc D. Rayman

Chief Engineer for Mission Operations and Science
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Rayman joined JPL in 1986. His work there has spanned a broad range…[more]

Session Speakers

Brendon Traxler

President
Atlantis Sea Colony

Brendon is the sole owner of Atlantis Sea Colony (ASC), which is an exciting startup with the vision to colonize the ocean through…[more]

 

Brendon Traxler

President
Atlantis Sea Colony

Brendon is the sole owner of Atlantis Sea Colony (ASC), which is an exciting startup…[more]

Linda Dao

Project Officer – Operational Space Medicine
Canadian Space Agency

Linda Dao is a Project Officer in Operational Space Medicine at the…[more]

 

Linda Dao

Project Officer – Operational Space Medicine
Canadian Space Agency

Linda Dao is a Project Officer in Operational Space Medicine at the Canadian Space…[more]

Jose Soto, MD

Medical Doctor
Soto Medical Associates

Dr. Jose A. Soto,MD is a Family Medicine specialist working in private practice in Miami, Florida. Dr. Soto graduated from the…[more]

 

Jose Soto, MD

Medical Doctor
Soto Medical Associates

Dr. Jose A. Soto,MD is a Family Medicine specialist working in private practice in…[more]

John Quinn

COO
Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.

John M. Quinn Electrical Engineer, Stock Trader, Licensed Investment Advisor…[more]

 

John Quinn

COO
Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.

John M. Quinn Electrical Engineer, Stock Trader, Licensed Investment Advisor…[more]

Peter Swan

President
International Space Elevator Consortium

Space Professional (over 50 years experience) – AF Space 20 years – Motorola Iridium System 10 years – Teaching Science…[more]

 

Peter Swan

President
International Space Elevator Consortium

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

Daniel Faber

CEO
Orbit Fab

Daniel Faber has over 20 years of space technology leadership, building and launching a dozen satellites for asteroid searches, environmental…[more]

 

Daniel Faber

CEO
Orbit Fab

Daniel Faber has over 20 years of space technology leadership, building and launching…[more]

Stevan Akerley

NSS Space Ambassador
NSS

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

 

Stevan Akerley

NSS Space Ambassador
NSS

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

Joe Quirk

President
The Seasteading Institute

Joe Quirk is President of The Seasteading Institute and co-founder of Blue Frontiers. Joe Quirk is also a science writer, novelist, and memoir…[more]

 

Joe Quirk

President
The Seasteading Institute

Joe Quirk is President of The Seasteading Institute and co-founder of Blue…[more]

Adam Jewell

Social Media Manager
Atlantis Sea Colony

Adam is the social media manager and public relations specialist for Atlantis Sea Colony. Adam brings his background in podcasting, business, and…[more]

 

Adam Jewell

Social Media Manager
Atlantis Sea Colony

Adam is the social media manager and public relations specialist for Atlantis...[more]

Sara Jennings

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Manager
University of Colorado Boulder

Sara Jennings is the team leader for Team MoonrAIders a team competing in…[more]

 

Sara Jennings

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Manager
University of Colorado Boulder

Sara Jennings is the team leader for Team MoonrAIders a team competing in the…[more]

Richard Godwin

Senior Managing Member, Space Technology Holdings
President, AlumaPower Corporation
Founding Venture Partner, Starbridge Venture Capital

Richard Godwin has been a serial entrepreneur…[more]

 

Richard Godwin

Senior Managing Member, Space Technology Holdings
President, AlumaPower Corporation
Founding Venture Partner, Starbridge Venture Capital

Richard Godwin has been a serial entrepreneur and businessman since childhood…[more]

Starr Schroeder

Registered Nurse
Lancaster General Hospital Penn Medicine

Gwendolyn Starr Schroeder graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1999. She is currently a…[more]

 

Starr Schroeder

Registered Nurse
Lancaster General Hospital Penn Medicine

Gwendolyn Starr Schroeder graduated from Indiana University with a…[more]

Jim Bell

Professor
Arizona State University

Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth & Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and President of The Planetary Society…[more]

 

Jim Bell

Professor
Arizona State University

Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth & Space Exploration at Arizona State…[more]

Sydney Do

Systems Engineer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Sydney Do is a Systems Engineer in the Mars Program Formulation Office at the NASA Jet Propulsion…[more]

 

Sydney Do

Systems Engineer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Sydney Do is a Systems Engineer in the Mars Program Formulation Office at the…[more]

Giorgio Gaviraghi

Professor
UFMT Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso

Giorgio graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic.He was involved since the beginning…[more]

 

Giorgio Gaviraghi

Professor
UFMT Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso

Giorgio graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic.He was involved since…[more]

Stefano Mangini

Student / Researcher
Politecnico di Milano

Born in Italy, graduated in Italy and New York. Worked and lived in USA, India, China and Hong Kong. Specialized in Product…[more]

 

Stefano Mangini

Student / Researcher
Politecnico di Milano

Born in Italy, graduated in Italy and New York. Worked and lived in USA, India, China…[more]

Laura Welcher

Director of Operations
The Long Now Foundation

Laura Welcher, Ph.D. has a background in linguistics and language documentation and revitalization. For the past 15 years, she has…[more]

 

Laura Welcher

Director of Operations
The Long Now Foundation

Laura Welcher, Ph.D. has a background in linguistics and language documentation…[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…[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]

Bob Krone

President
Kepler Space Institute (KSI)

Bob Krone, PhD, is President of Kepler Space Institute (KSI), www.keplerspaceinstitute.org. His long professional career includes: Combat jet…[more]

 

Bob Krone

President
Kepler Space Institute (KSI)

Bob Krone, PhD, is President of Kepler Space Institute (KSI).  His long professional…[more]

Lauren Savage

Aerospace Engineer
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Lauren Savage is an Aerospace Engineer at Lockheed Martin Advanced Development…[more]

 

Lauren Savage

Aerospace Engineer
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Lauren Savage is an Aerospace Engineer at Lockheed Martin Advanced…[more]

Seth Potter

President
SDP Space Systems

Seth Potter has worked extensively in the aerospace industry, where his experience has included space-based solar…[more]

 

Seth Potter

President
SDP Space Systems

Seth Potter has worked extensively in the aerospace industry, where his…[more]

Sheryl Bishop

Professor Emeritus
University of Texas Medical Branch

Sheryl L. Bishop, PhD is Professor Emeritus and Social Psychologist at the University of Texas Medical…[more]

 

Sheryl Bishop

Professor Emeritus
University of Texas Medical Branch

Sheryl L. Bishop, PhD is Professor Emeritus and Social Psychologist at the University…[more]

Grant Romundt

Co-Founder
Ocean Builders, Inc.

Grant has been an entrepreneur since the age of 6 and he was the first in Canada to write a software program for school…[more]

 

Grant Romundt

Co-Founder
Ocean Builders, Inc.

Grant has been an entrepreneur since the age of 6 and he was the first in Canada to…[more]

Dylan Taylor

Chairman and CEO
Voyager Space Holdings

Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration…[more]

 

Dylan Taylor

Chairman and CEO
Voyager Space Holdings

Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the…[more]

Dennis Wright

Vice President
International Space Elevator Consortium

Until his recent retirement, Dennis was a physicist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator where he was…[more]

 

Dennis Wright

Vice President
International Space Elevator Consortium

Until his recent retirement, Dennis was a physicist at the Stanford Linear…[more]

Kevin Simmons

CEO and Educator
BLUECUBE Aerospace and The Weiss School

Kevin L. Simmons leads the Wolverine CubeSat Development team (WCDT) in Palm Beach Gardens…[more]

 

Kevin Simmons

CEO and Educator
BLUECUBE Aerospace and The Weiss School

Kevin L. Simmons leads the Wolverine CubeSat Development team (WCDT) in Palm…[more]

Twyman Clements

Co-Founder / CEO
Space Tango

Kevin L. Simmons leads the Wolverine CubeSat Development team (WCDT) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He was selected by…[more]

 

Twyman Clements

Co-Founder / CEO
Space Tango

Twyman Clements is the Co-Founder and CEO of Space Tango. Since the…[more]

Mitchel Eisenstein

President
Orbit Heavy Industries

Graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a BA in Man and Science, Doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College…[more]

 

Mitchel Eisenstein

President
Orbit Heavy Industries

Graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a BA in Man and Science…[more]

Annette Toivonen

Space Tourism Teacher and Consultant
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Annette Toivonen is a tourism professional having worked globally for the industry over a decade in diverse…[more]

 

Annette Toivonen

Space Tourism Teacher and Consultant
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Annette Toivonen is a tourism professional having worked globally for the industry…[more]

Richard Griffith

Aerospace Engineering & Aviation instructor
Hollenstein Career & Technology Center

Kevin L. Simmons leads the Wolverine CubeSat Development team (WCDT) in Palm Beach Gardens…[more]

 

Richard Griffith

Aerospace Engineering & Aviation instructor
Hollenstein Career & Technology Center

BS Air Force Academy, MA International Relations – Old Dominion University…[more]

Michael Mealling

General Partner
Starbridge Venture Capital

Michael has thirty years of experience as a space, IT, and finance entrepreneur. He helped create Masten Space Systems and helped manage the Seraph Group…[more]

 

Michael Mealling

General Partner
Starbridge Venture Capital

Michael has thirty years of experience as a space, IT, and finance entrepreneur…[more]

Elizabeth Kennick

President
Teachers in Space, Inc.

Elizabeth Kennick has directed Teachers in Space (TIS) since 2011. Formerly VP of Client Technology at Morgan Stanley, she now develops affordable…[more]

 

Elizabeth Kennick

President
Teachers in Space, Inc.​

Elizabeth Kennick has directed Teachers in Space (TIS) since 2011. Formerly VP…[more]

Les Johnson

Principal Investigator, Near Earth Asteroid Scout
NASA

Les Johnson is the NASA Principal Investigator of two interplanetary solar sail space missions. The first, Near Earth Asteroid Scout…[more]

 

Les Johnson

Principal Investigator, Near Earth Asteroid Scout
NASA

Les Johnson is the NASA Principal Investigator of two interplanetary solar sail space​ missions…[more]

Thomas Matula

Associate Professor
Sul Ross State University

Thomas Matula has both a MBA and Ph.D. in Business Administration from New Mexico State University. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the development of…[more]

 

Thomas Matula

Associate Professor
Sul Ross State University

Thomas Matula has both a MBA and Ph.D. in Business Administration from…[more]

Janet Tinoco

Professor, Management and Marketing
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Janet K. Tinoco is a systems engineer and Professor of Management and Marketing at Embry-Riddle…[more]

 

Janet Tinoco

Professor, Management and Marketing
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Janet K. Tinoco is a systems engineer and Professor of Management and…[more]

Pascal Lee

Director
Mars Institute

Dr. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist at Mars Institute, SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center. His research focuses on water on Mars, the Moon, and Mars’…[more]

 

Pascal Lee

Director
Mars Institute

Dr. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist at Mars Institute, SETI Institute, and NASA…[more]

Martin Elvis

Senior Astrophysicist
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Dr. Martin Elvis is a highly cited astrophysicist (with over 30,000 peer citations) who has used most large space based observatories to…[more]

 

Martin Elvis

Senior Astrophysicist
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Dr. Martin Elvis is a highly cited astrophysicist (with over 30,000 peer citations) who has…[more]

Annamaria Chilimintris

Orchestral Director
South Orange Maplewood School District

Annamaria Chilimintris is an educator of orchestral string instrument study, specializing in the violin. Her…[more]

 

Annamaria Chilimintris

Orchestral Director
South Orange Maplewood School District

Annamaria Chilimintris is an educator of orchestral string instrument study…[more]

James Schwartz

Assistant Teaching Professor
Wichita State University

Dr. James S.J. Schwartz teaches philosophy and the ethics of space exploration at Wichita State University. He is a leading, internationally recognized researcher…[more]

 

James Schwartz

Assistant Teaching Professor
Wichita State University

Dr. James S.J. Schwartz teaches philosophy and the ethics of space exploration at…[more]

William Alba

Asssociate Dean, Assistant Teaching Professor, and Director
Carnegie Mellon University

William Alba has taught college courses on messaging extraterrestrial intelligence for…[more]

 

William Alba

Asssociate Dean, Assistant Teaching Professor, and Director
Carnegie Mellon University

William Alba has taught college courses on messaging extraterrestrial…[more]

Darrell W Preble

President / Executive Director
Space Solar Power Institute

Executive Director and founder of the Space Solar Power Institute, a 501(c)3. Former member of the NSS Board…[more]

 

Darrell W Preble

President / Executive Director
Space Solar Power Institute

Executive Director and founder of the Space Solar Power Institute, a 501(c)3…[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

Previous Keynote 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