The International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) today announced that it will host a live downlink transmission from the International Space Station during its 7th annual meeting at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, CA. The downlink is scheduled for Thursday, July 26 between 11:15 am and 12:15 pm PDT and intends to include NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Serena Aunon-Chancellor. In addition to this live conversation from low Earth orbit, the conference also announced that Emily Calendrelli, Emmy-nominated winning host of the television show Xploration Outer Space, will serve as moderator for the session. Emily will be joined by five teams of students currently involved in conducting research on the orbiting laboratory. The ISSRDC is held in coordination with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the American Astronautical Society (AAS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The ISS R&D Conference brings together the extensive community of space station users, service providers, and investors from across many sectors of government and industry. This year’s event features more than 150 sessions focused on a variety of research and development areas. In addition to the live downlink, recently announced sessions include:

Adam Savage, maker and editor-in-chief of and former co-host of MythBusters

“Protecting our One Strange Rock: Exploring the Future of Sustainability On the Earth and Off the Earth,” hosted by Bengt Anderson, executive producer, National Geographic
“An Innovation Discussion” with IBM, featuring Todd M. Moore, vice president, open technology, and Grady Booch, IBM fellow and chief scientist, IBM Watson

“Silicon Valley in Space: Exploring New ISS Innovations,” hosted by Loren Grush, science reporter, The Verge

“We are thrilled to be able to share the unforgettable experience of a live conversation with astronauts onboard the International Space Station with the 2018 International Space Station Research and Development Conference audience in San Francisco,” said Brian Talbot, director of marketing and communications at CASIS. “This will be a meaningful moment for the researchers, students, innovators, and investors who come together for this event to celebrate and embrace the expanded access to opportunities now available in space.”

The full conference program and registration information is available at