The National Space Society (NSS), the premier organization focused on the goal of space settlement and development (see www.nss.org) organizes a major international meeting event each spring: the International Space Development Conference (ISDC). ISDC 2018 will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, California near LAX during May 24-27, 2018. We are anticipating a large and exciting meeting in
the center of the US aerospace industry. Past events have involved notables such as Buzz Aldrin (second human on the Moon), the Administrator of NASA (several), the Executive Secretary of the recently reestablished National Space Council (Dr. Scott Pace), the Director General of the European Space Agency (Dr. Jan Woerner), and many others.
ISDC 2018 will be organized around four major themes: Theme 1 – The Settlement of Space; Theme 2 – Space Development & Business; Theme 3 – Infrastructure & Foundations; and Theme 4 – Discovery & Innovation. Each of these four major themes will be organized into a number of Symposia and Sessions – described below – with both invited presentations and presentations selected from proposals made by space community thought leaders from across the spectrum of technical and business interests. In addition, there will be several special events, student competitions and educational outreach events. If there is sufficient interest, a poster session is being considered.
For additional information, please see http://isdc2018.nss.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ISDC-2018-Call-for-Abstracts-1-19-18.pdf
– or contact us at contact [dot] ISDC2018 [at] gmail [dot] com
The 2018 International Space Development Conference is taking shape!
Here are some themes of the upcoming ISDC:
- Space settlement
- Development and business of space
- Infrastructure and foundations: space transportation, advanced space operations (in space refueling), space policy and security.
- Discovery and innovation, future science of space
- Exploration of space: the solar system, search for life, looking beyond the solar system, and exoplanets.
- And much more!
But we need volunteers to make it happen.
For information about volunteering, please contact Nicole D’Or, ISDC 2018 Volunteer Coordinator, at ISDC [dot] Volunteers [at] nss [dot] org
- We’ll need people to help with the following before ISDC happens:
- Social media
And during ISDC:
- Badge checkers
- Door monitors
- Exhibitor helpers
- Operations assistants
- Registration assistants
- Set up and tear down
- Social media
- Student Program Assistants
- VIP Assistants
The OASIS Social at the Cosmic Brewery was a great success!
They had a telescope event in front (they have such events every Friday and some Saturdays “Tacos and Telescopes”), a pop-up taco stand (they have other pop-up food stands at other times, such as vegan), space-themed art, a TV playing Star Trek TNG episodes, and pour your own beer so you can pour your own flights. We closed down the place – the event started at 3 pm and OASIS folks and guests stayed until 10 pm.
And the place is pet friendly. Several people had doggies there. The place also hosts pet adoptions and had fliers about pet adoption event.
They also host special events. OASIS will likely host one there in the future!
The International Space Development Conference returns to Los Angeles in May 2018.
It takes a lot of help to make ISDC happen!
We need you and anyone else interested in being part this conference to help us. Please!
ISDC 2018 Planning Meetings at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 W Century Blvd
All those interesting in participating in ISDC 2018 are invited to attend this meeting.
Please invite anyone else who may be interested in being involved with this conference.
These meetings are all about how you can be part of ISDC 2018… and how you can help us with ISDC 2018.
Planning Meeting: Sunday, January 21, 2018.
The meeting will be at 1:00 pm. Room TBD – watch this space for updates.
The hotel is ½ mile east of LAX on Century Blvd.
Public parking is available behind the hotel at parking meters (free on Sundays) on 98th Street.
If you can’t make it to these meetings and still want to be involved in ISDC 2018 please email Mike Kobrin at isdc [dot] sponsors [at] nss [dot] org and we will work something out.
OASIS Annual Picnic at Polliwog Park, August 19, 2017. Great people and lots of event planning! Watch for future events coming out of planning meetings such as this one. Clockwise around the table from bottom left: OASIS member (and go-to for STEM events) Dean Davis, OASIS Membership Chair Arlene Busby, OASIS Board Member David Bliss, NSS Chair of the Executive Committee Mark Hopkins, ISDC event planners extraordinaire Mike Kobrin and Aggie Kobrin, OASIS’ newest member Tri Caodo, OASIS Vice-President Lisa Kaspin-Powell, OASIS member (and former board member, we’re trying to drag him back) Gareth Powell.
Photo: OASIS President Seth Potter
To OASIS Members: please check your email to make sure you got it.
If you did not get it, please email lisakaspin [at] att [dot] net
Like meeting new people?
Like talking about space to space and science fiction enthusiasts?
Here’s your opportunity!
The 43rd annual Los Angeles Science Fiction Convention (LosCon) will be at the LAX Marriott from November 25-27 (Thanksgiving weekend). The theme will be “Starship LosCon.”
OASIS is proud to be providing space programming and a fan table. Joining us at the table will be the Aerospace Legacy Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of aerospace history and promotion of our aerospace future. OASIS is truly honored to collaborate with ALF.
We need volunteers to help us at the table. Spend an hour or so at the fan table chatting up con-goers. Talk to party guests about OASIS activities. If you’re a shutterbug, we’d love to have pictures! If you attend any especially interesting talks, we’d love to see a write-up! We want both for The Odyssey and for our website.
And the best part is that you’ll have fun in the meantime!
PLEASE NOTE that if you are interested in volunteering, you MUST purchase a membership. You will not be allowed inside the door without a valid membership. To register online, visit
You can also register at the event.
For more information, please visit http://www.loscon.org/43
If you are interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to OASIS President Seth Potter at: president [at] oasis-nss [dot] org
We are Titan Rover, a multidisciplinary team of over 40 engineers and scientists at Cal State Fullerton striving to compete in an international competition for the second straight year. The competition, called the University Rover Challenge, is hosted by the Mars Society and Protocase and is conducted annually at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, UT. The mission is to create a robotic device capable of assisting the first astronauts that arrive on Mars. The Rover would thus need to traverse a rough terrain and allow astronauts to accomplish tasks and collect scientific data from an enclosed habitat.
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The grass roots pro-space movement has long worked for the day that outer space will be open for everyone to live, work and play. Much of the video history of the movement, however, exists only on old analog tapes in the closets, drawers and garages of the volunteers who recorded it.
Long-time OASIS member David Bliss has been part of the movement since joining the L5 Society in 1986, and from 1990 until 2007 he volunteered his time and skills to videotape the National Space Society’s annual International Space Development Conference as well as events sponsored by local NSS chapters.
The NSS is putting together a digital video archive for access by the society leadership and researchers. The physical media is then sent on to a Museum in New Mexico for long term storage.
While some of Bliss’ footage has been transferred to DVDs and donated to the archive, the process has been slow and video tapes do not last forever. Money is needed for supplies and maintenance of aging equipment to speed things up so this footage can be preserved before it is gone forever.
By supporting this Patreon Campaign you will be providing the funds needed to digitize this footage and prepare it for long term storage, preserving this record of the pro-space community.
Click here to donate: https://www.patreon.com/SpaceActivistArchive
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I am Arlene Busby, widow of Dr. James M. Busby, who died on June 1, 2016. As an aerospace historian people would seek out my husband for his vast knowledge and expertise. Jim would get a childlike grin and gleam in his eye as he taught children and adults about the space industry past and present. Anyone that engaged Jim in a space conversation was in for a delightful and fascinating lesson. Jim received much respect from Space Historians, Astronauts and Engineers alike regarding his knowledge and his Reverence for the subject of aerospace.
Despite his great love for this industry he also had an empty place in his heart. Jim would look up in the sky with wonder and sadness because he knew that while he lived he would never make it to the place he always wanted to go SPACE.
I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to the love of my life than to send a token amount of his ashes into space. The money you give will go towards making this happen. There is a flight in November, 2016. Room on this flight is limited. So, I will need the money as soon as possible to reserve a space for him. If I miss getting his ashes on this flight he may have to wait 2 or more years for another opening.
My husband was and is everything to me. In order for me to honor him and our deep love for each other I cannot think of a more appropriate way to make his dream of space travel come true.
I hope you can find it in your heart to help me accomplish this so I can help him fulfill his lifelong dream.
Thank you for your generosity.