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Major Space Conference Kicks Off in Orlando

The National Space Society's 28th Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) kicked off today in Orlando and will run until will through Sunday, May 31 at the Omni Hotel at ChampionsGate.

The conference will engage the public and decision-makers in a discussion about the role that space exploration, research and development will play in a climate of uncertain change.

The space industry is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. The Space Shuttle will be retired in less than two years, with thousands of jobs at stake. Although job-creation from the emerging privately funded aerospace sector will soften, somewhat, this potential loss of jobs, the temporary suspension of human spaceflight by our civil space program will create a gap that will have a profound effect not only on the space industry itself, but also on complimentary industries such as energy, life sciences, travel, education and telecommunications.

“ISDC has invited key figures from the space industry to Florida, the nation’s gateway to the Moon, for an event that will provide valuable insight into the future of spaceflight research, development and exploration,” said ISDC 2009 Chairman Tim Bailey “The purpose of ISDC is to provide a global forum for anyone with an interest in space to learn, interact and discuss the future with the leaders of space exploration, business and science.”

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