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ISSRDC Examines Strategic Goals in Space R&D, Lessons Learned with Space Industry Leaders and International Partners

Seattle (WA), July 11, 2023 – Multiple sessions at the upcoming 12th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) will delve into the past, present, and future of research and technology development (R&D) in low Earth orbit (LEO) and how it can benefit humankind. Panelists will discuss lessons learned over the past two decades of living and working in space and what is instore for the future of space-based research.  

In the plenary talk “Future of R&D in Low Earth Orbit (LEO)” on Day 1 of ISSRDC, Low Earth Orbit Science and Technology Interagency Working Group members will explore policy objectives and supporting activities outlined in the National Science and Technology Council’s new and transformative strategy for space. Moderator Francisco Cordova, chief operating officer for the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory, will lead a conversation about institutionalizing the scientific, economic, educational, and diplomatic benefits of the LEO research platforms of the future. Cordova will be joined by Robyn Gatens, International Space Station Director at NASA; Ronald Joslin, Program Director at National Science Foundation; and Ezinne Uzo-Okoro, Assistant Director for Space Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

On Day 2 of ISSRDC, space industry leaders will look back on how America’s pioneering and innovative spirit, scientific preeminence, and economic strength created a new frontier in space in the panel discussion, “Pioneering in LEO: Building the Future on Lessons Learned.” Participants in this talk were some of the first to partner with the U.S. government to develop technologies for the LEO economy and will share the successes and challenges they encounter as they move forward with innovations in space. Moderator Mike Read, Manager of the International Space Station Business and Economic Development Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, will lead this discussion. 

On Day 3 of ISSRDC, the space station’s international partners will come together to discuss the spirit of cooperation that has made two decades of R&D in space a scientific and diplomatic success. Join leaders of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Roscosmos, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a deeper look into the intricacies and coordination required to effectively live and work in space. 

ISSRDC brings together leaders from the commercial sector, U.S. government agencies, and academic communities to foster innovation and discovery onboard the International Space Station. ISSRDC 2023 will showcase how the space station continues to provide a valuable platform for research and technology development that benefits humanity and enables a robust and sustainable market in low Earth orbit.  

The conference is hosted by the ISS National Laboratory, managed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS); NASA; and the American Astronautical Society (AAS). Additional announcements on keynote speakers and various sessions will be forthcoming.   

ISSRDC will take place from July 31 to August 3, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency in Seattle. To learn more about ISSRDC, including how to register, exhibit, or become a conference sponsor, please visit the conference website. 

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About the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory:    The International Space Station (ISS) is a one-of-a-kind laboratory that enables research and technology development not possible on Earth. As a public service enterprise, the ISS National Lab allows researchers to leverage this multiuser facility to improve life on Earth, mature space-based business models, advance science literacy in the future workforce, and expand a sustainable and scalable market in low Earth orbit. Through this orbiting national laboratory, research resources on the ISS are available to support non-NASA science, technology and education initiatives from U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS) manages the ISS National Lab, under Cooperative Agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent microgravity research environment, a powerful vantage point in low Earth orbit, and the extreme and varied conditions of space. To learn more about the ISS National Lab, visit our website.   


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