Friday, May 15, 2009

ISDC 2009 Prizes, Contests, and Awards - Update

I'm going to update my earlier post on ISDC 2009 Prizes, Contests, and Awards. A lot more details have been added to the publicly available schedule since then. Here's the update. This only covers "Prizes, Contests, and Awards", or speakers that have contributed a lot to such activities; there's a lot of other interesting-sounding material, too:

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.
Click for more information.

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.
Click for more on the 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.
Click for more on the Space Settlement Contest

In addition, the program (PDF) includes the following events for awards, contests, and space prizes, or featuring people involved with prizes. (Note: TEMPO3 isn't a prize or contest, but it won one).

Thursday, May 28

12:00 PM Elon Musk, Co-founder, PayPal and SpaceX - Von Braun Award Presentation

2:30 PM MoonROx Challenge: Lessons Learned - Dr. Peter Schubert & Jonathan Card, Packer Engineering

3:00 PM Google Lunar X Prize / NG Lunar Lander - Will Pomerantz, Michael Mealling, Bob Richards, Jason Dunn

5:00 PM Commercial Space Panel - Ken Davidian, Carissa Christensen, Lon Levin

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

4:00 PM Space Media 2.0 - William Pomerantz, X PRIZE Foundation; Robert Pearlman, collectSPACE; Jeff Foust, The Space Review; Michael Mealling, Masten Space Systems; Benjamin & Cariann Higginbotham,

5:00 PM SSP Panel - W. Kent Tobiska, Space Environment Technologies; Ben Shelef, Spaceward Foundation; Jim Plaxco, Artsnova

5:00 PM NASA Competition and Lunar Analog ResearchDan Hawk, College of Menominee Nation Undergraduate Engineering Team

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

2:00 PM Hands-on Education Roundtable - Matt Everingham, California Space Authority

3:00 PM Student Space Settlement Design Contest - Lynne Zielinski, NSS & Student Teams

4:00 PM Tethered Experiment for Mars interPlanetary Operations Cubed (TEMPO3)Chris Carberry, The Mars Society

7:00 PM Speaker To Be Announced - NSS and O'Neill Awards Presentations