(Washington, DC – April 26, 2012) The National Space Society (NSS) is pleased to announce that Eric Anderson, the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of newly-announced Planetary Resources, will be the keynote speaker for the opening luncheon at this year’s International Space Development Conference (ISDC), being held at the Grand Hyatt Washington (DC) hotel May 25-28, 2012.
Anderson is expected to address conference attendees on his new company’s plans for asteroid mining. “Planetary Resources is perfectly aligned with the second half of the National Space Society’s vision, that of ‘the utilization of space resources for the dramatic betterment of humanity,'” said Paul E. Damphousse, NSS’s Executive Director, “We look forward to hearing more specifics on the company’s strategies for harvesting planetary materials for use here on Earth.”
Planetary Resources has been making waves in the space community since the April 24 press conference announcing the company’s formation by Anderson, Co-Founder and Chairman of Space Adventures; and Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X Prize Foundation, Co-Founder and Director of Space Adventures, and CEO and Co-Founder of Zero Gravity Corporation.
Investors in Planetary Resources include Google founders Eric Schmidt and Larry Page, film director James Cameron, former Microsoft chief software architect Charles Simonyi, and Ross Perot, Jr.
About ISDC: The International Space Development Conference is the annual conference of the National Space Society. ISDC 2012 will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC from May 24 through 28, 2012. ISDC brings together a diverse group of NASA officials, aerospace industry leaders and interested private citizens to engage in discussions about today’s prevalent space issues in order to stimulate innovation and overcome the obstacles that hinder human advancement off the Earth. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please visit our web site http://isdc.nss.org/2012 for more information or register.
About The National Space Society (NSS): NSS is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded when the National Space Institute and the L5 Society merged in 1987, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space. NSS has over 12,000 members and supporters, and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. For more information about NSS, please visit http://www.nss.org.