ISDC® 2017

The 36th annual International Space Development Conference, hosted by National Space Society, seeks to connect knowledge seekers of all backgrounds in the spirit of Space exploration, development, and discovery.

May 25-29, 2017

St. Louis Union Station Hotel

About Us

The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. The NSS vision of "People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of Space for the dramatic betterment of humanity" guides the work of the organization. Across the globe, more than 50 chapters and numerous at-large members work tirelessly to advocate for Space exploration. The International Space Development Conference® (ISDC®) helps to “promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle Space, and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity” (the NSS mission).

The Saint Louis Space Frontier is a chapter of the National Space Society.We support the NSS Vision and Mission. Our chapter meets monthly, participates in outreach events, has fun at social events (including our annual Space Trivia Night), and hosts the Gateway to Space Conference each fall. We are excited to be the local hosts for the 36th annual ISDC in May 2017. Please join us as we explore, and settle, the Universe!

The International Space Development Conference (ISDC®), the annual conference of the National Space Society, focuses on building a spacefaring civilization. How can we efficiently transport people and supplies into and through Space? What innovative technologies will help us live and work comfortably in Space? How can we convince people that Space Development is a worthwhile human endeavor?

The ISDC is unique in that it brings together members of the general public (including students, entrepreneurs, and innovators) with Space activists, scientists, engineers, educators, astronauts, aerospace industry leaders, and government officials for one purpose: to explore our future in Space. The conference covers several 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 educate others about Space development and settlement.

ISDC 2017 is being produced by a robust team, including National Space Society Leadership, CEC Global Events, and the St. Louis Space Frontier. Most of the team members volunteer their time and everyone puts in long hours to make ISDC a galactic event! If you have questions about the conference please contact one of the chairs via email, ,

Christine Nobbe, Conference Chair, is providing collaborative leadership to keep all of the parts moving smoothly. She enjoys working on the networking events.

Judy Tippett, Vice Chair, is focusing primarily on sponsorships and marketing.

Ron Jones, Program Chair, if leading the technical tracks and plenary sessions.

Maggie Duckworth, Creative Director, is creating original art and advertising and is bringing a large exhibit hall to the Union Station Midway.

Zach Kromer, Webmaster, is coding and updating the website.

Jim Merriman, Tour Director, is working to arrange tours.

Check back to meet more of our dedicated team!

Why St. Louis?

St. Louis first became a city of exploration when it was just a river town on the edge of a vast expanse of unknown wilderness, where Lewis and Clark set out to explore the West. So it is fitting that St. Louis has played a key role in both aviation and Space history, designing, engineering, and manufacturing the planes and spaceships that some of the world’s greatest explorers used to travel around the world – and out of it. Learn more about the special place St. Louis holds in Space history at the St. Louis Space Frontier website. The mission of ISDC 2017 is connecting knowledge seekers of all backgrounds in the spirit of Space exploration, development, and discovery. If you’ve never attended an ISDC, always attend, or occasionally attend, the 36th annual ISDC should not be missed! Meet me in St. Louis!

Conference Information

The International Space Development Conference will begin with pre-conference seminars and tours on Thursday, May 25, 2017 with the opening extravaganza that evening. The conference will continue all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Each day will open with a plenary session at 9am followed by multiple concurrent tracks. The conference will include a large Exhibit Midway bustling with aerospace companies, innovative makers, authors, artists, and vendors. Multiple networking opportunities including receptions, lunches, dinners, and after-hours social events will allow participants to meet people of similar interests and aspirations. Meals are an additional cost. The conference will end on Monday with morning programming, lunch, and afternoon tours. A special focus on Chapter Leadership will be a marquee event on Monday, May 29, 2017. Plan now to attend ISDC 2017!


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Conference Schedule

Look at the ISDC 2016 schedule to learn more about the conference

Hotel Information

Information about the St. Louis Union Station

Local Attractions

What to do in St. Louis

NSS Affiliates


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