Friday, May 01, 2009

ISDC 2009 Prizes, Contests, and Awards

The National Space Society's 28th 28th International Space Development Conference features a number of prizes and awards. From the Education page:

Reach for the Stars Rocket Contest
In this annual national contest, each of the competitors will build and launch an Estes solid-fuel powered rocket. The goal is to have the closest landing to a downrange target. Open to ages 10 and up. Prizes for top winners.
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Lunar Lander Eggs Prize Competition
High school teams of up to 5 students are invited to participate in this one-day special event on Saturday, May 30 at ISDC. The LLEP is hosted by Omega Envoy, the only Florida-based team competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Prizes include VIP passes to an upcoming Space Shuttle launch or tickets to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Details are online at

Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award
This new entrepreneurial competition has student teams develop a concept centered around one of the following: lunar exploration; personal spaceflight; or renewable energy. Team finalists have the opportunity to present their product concepts at ISDC 2009.
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Conrad Awards

NASA/NSS Space Settlement Contest
This annual contest, co-sponsored by
NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS), is for 6-12th graders (11-18 years old) from anywhere in the world. All contest participants are invited to attend ISDC 2009 to present their entries and participate in special activities.
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Space Settlement Contest

In addition, the program (PDF) includes the following:

Thursday, May 28
3:00 PM Google Lunar X Prize / NG Lunar Lander
12:00 PM Elon Musk CEO, SpaceX Heinlein Award Presentation

7:00 PM Richard Garriott Private Space Explorer Pioneer Award Presentation

Friday, May 29
12:00 PM Janet Petro - Deputy Director, NASA Kennedy Space Center - Pioneer Award Presentation
7:00 PM Gala Dinner - Speakers and Guests To Be Announced - Pioneer Award Presentation

Saturday, May 30
12:00 PM Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut - Pioneer & Student Awards Presentations
7:00 PM Speaker To Be Announced - NSS and O'Neill Awards Presentations