The second annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference provides updates on science and technology accomplishments, offering potential users information and avenues for sending their investigations to the space station. It takes place July 16-18 in Denver. (American Astronautical Society)
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NASA astronaut Don Pettit works with the Structure and Liftoff in Combustion Experiment (SLICE) at the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) in the Destiny laboratory of the space station during Expedition 30. Pettit will be a guest speaker at the second annual International Space Station Research and Development. (NASA)
View large image Space aficionados, serious scientists and aerospace industries, here is a chance to learn about the benefits of and scientific results from the International Space Station (ISS) delivered through a diverse platform of knowledgeable speakers all in a single setting. The 2nd Annual ISS Research and Development Conference, to be held July 16-18 in Denver is the place to be. This year's focus is on discoveries, applications and opportunities, where the attendees can learn about many of the results and benefits achieved aboard the space station.
This unique setting offers perspectives from some of the most qualified speakers on the full breadth of research and technology development on the space station. The focus on station research and development will provide updates to particular disciplines and an opportunity for potential users to learn how to engage NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) with new research opportunities.
Learning sessions will focus on space station investigations and developments - discoveries in Earth science, microgravity and space science, engineering and education, applications benefitting Earth, applications enabling exploration, and opportunities. Presentations will include keynotes by Mike Suffredini, NASA International Space Station program director; Duane Ratliff, CASIS director of operations; John Grunsfeld, NASA associate administrator for Science Mission Directorate; and NASA astronaut Don Pettit. Parallel technical sessions will cover findings from life sciences, physical sciences, human research, fundamental physics, Earth and space sciences, academia and technologies enabling exploration.
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn innovative and interesting information from space station program scientists and from each of the five international partner organizations, as well as what the plan is for the space station's next decade and beyond. The conference will feature NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate William Gerstenmaier, and the space station program managers from European Space Agency, Russian Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency and Japanese Space Agency.
The American Astronautical Society (AAS) expects a diverse crowd "…potential investors, aerospace contractors, government employees, students and members of academia, including scientists and technologists to be in attendance," said Donna Shortz, planning committee member. "They hope to introduce a new audience to the benefits of conducting science and technology development on the ISS platform." Registration is open until July 5 and can be done online.
For investigators, this is an opportunity designed explicitly to help new users take this information and develop their own ideas for experiments using this unique laboratory. Potential space station users who attend will leave knowing the answer to the questions likely on the minds of most attendees: What can I do on the International Space Station? How can I do it?