Media are invited to attend the 34th International Space Development Conference being held in Toronto, May 20-24, 2015 at the Downtown Hyatt Regency Toronto.

The annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the keynote event of the National Space Society, bringing together leading managers, engineers, scientists, educators, and business people from civilian, military, commercial, entrepreneurial, and grassroots advocacy space sectors, to work toward the common goal of developing a spacefaring civilization.

ISDC has attracted up to 1300 attendees from over 20 countries, and has featured renowned speakers. The conference has been held in various locations throughout North America. The Canadian Space Commerce Association is the co-host of ISDC 2015.

This years theme is Next Breakthrough Technologies. Why “Next Breakthrough Technologies”?

We have heard the terms ‘game-changing technologies’ or ‘exponential technologies’, but what are these breakthrough technologies all about? Where are they being utilized? How are they impacting various sectors such as the space industry? And how can they be harnessed to enable the future of humankind in exploration and better quality of life?

Breakthrough Technologies are not only paving the future, but are critical to the success of any sector, including the space industry and space-related applications. Whether it is 3-D printing to address medical issues, or modifying genes for eradicating diseases or handling extreme environments, or bio-computers that regenerate and are compact, these game-changing technologies are valuable both on Earth and in enabling Space Exploration.

As part of the conference a one day Space Innovation Business Summit will take place on the first day, Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

For more information on the ISDC conference please visit the conference website:

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Some of the notable speakers at this years conference include:

– Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut
– Marc Garneau, Liberal MP, former astronaut and President of the Canadian Space Agency
– Lori Garver, Former NASA Deputy Administrator
– George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic
– Anousheh Ansari, First Female Private Space Explorer
– Kip Thorne, Astrophysicists & Interstellar Advisor
– George Dietrich, President, Space Canada
– Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator, New Horizons Mission to Pluto
– Bob Richards, CEO, Moon Express
– Scott Larson, CEO, UrtheCast
– Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director, NanoRacks
– Jon Arenberg, James Webb Space Telescope Chief Engineer, Northrop Grumman

All full list of speakers is available on the conference website.

About the Canadian Space Commerce Association

The Canadian Space Commerce Association, founded in 2007, is a registered not-for-profit industry organization that advances the economic, legal and political environment for space focused companies. For more information about the Canadian Space Commerce Association and when our next event is, please visit our web site at:

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Media Contact:
Marc Boucher
Canadian Space Commerce Association
Tel.: 647.985.9203

About the National Space Society (NSS)

NSS is an independent non-profit educational membership organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space, with over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The Society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.

Media Contact:
Fred Becker
National Space Society