Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Where and when is ISDC 2011?

May 18-22, 2011
Von Braun Center (VBC) and Embassy Suites Hotel
Huntsville, Alabama, USA

What is the Conference Schedule?

Von Braun Center for most events unless noted otherwise in the official schedule. Evening activities are not listed below.
Wednesday, May 18 (Embassy Suites): 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 19: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, May 20: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 22: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

I am interested in presenting a paper or giving a talk. How to I sign up?

Please visit our website at callforpapers.shtml for a list of topics and direction to submit your abstract.


What airport do I fly into?

Huntsville International Airport (HSV) is the closest airport to the conference (see below). Birmingham, Alabama's airport is about 90 minutes away. The Chattanooga Tennessee, and Nashville Tennessee airports are about 2 hours away.

How far is the Convention Center from the Airport?

Huntsville International Airport is about 13 miles (21 kilometers), about a 15-minute drive from the Von Braun Center/Embassy Suites Hotel. The conference hotel, Embassy Suites, is next door to the VBC, and is connected to it by an enclosed sky-bridge. Taxi, car rental, or Embassy's airport shuttle are available for transportation to and from the airport.

Follow signs to I-565. Right on I-565 East to Huntsville.
Exit 19-A, Merge onto US 231 South/US 431 S. Memorial Pkwy. to Governors Dr.
Turn Left, Governors. Dr. First stoplight, turn Left onto Monroe Street.
Follow to 800 Monroe St. Hotel on Left.

How much is parking at the VBC?

Parking is $5 per day at the VBC. Parking at Embassy Suites is free to registered hotel guests.


What are the official ISDC hotels?

NSS has negotiated a special rate at the Embassy Suites adjacent to VBC. The rate is $129/night plus tax for up to four adults in the room. A secondary block of rooms will be made available at Holiday Inn across from Embassy Suites once the Embassy block is filled.

How can I make hotel reservations for ISDC?

You can make your hotel reservations on-line at (closed)


How can I register for ISDC?

Online and paper registration forms can be found at register.html.

What form of payment can I use to register for ISDC?

Online: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express via PayPal.

By mail: Bank checks, certified checks, and money orders drawn from U.S. banks. Please use certified or register mail when mailing your payment.

Online registration form can be found at register.html.

On site: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Cash (no checks).

Will I receive my badge prior to ISDC?

No. In support of sustainability and promoting environmentally friendly alternatives, name badges are not mailed in advance. All pre-registrants can pick up their badge at the Advance Registration Desk on-site at Embassy Suites Wednesday (time TBD) or Von Braun Center during regular conference operating hours.

What do I need to bring to prove I've pre-registered?

When you register on-line you will be emailed a confirmation. Bring this confirmation to the Advance Registration Desk.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by email, mail, phone or fax. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing.

Before May 1: Full refund.
Between May 1 and 16: 50 percent (50%) refund.
After May 16: No refund.

Is there a penalty for substitutions?

No. Name substitutions for paid conference registrations are welcomed without penalty and should be submitted in writing by email, mail, phone or fax by May 1, 2011.

When does registration open onsite?

Registration will open at VBC 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 19. Guests who preregistered will have the opportunity to pick up their badges and registration materials at Embassy Suites Wednesday evening at a time TBD.

When can I sign up for meals and do you offer Kosher or vegetarian dishes?

Meals can be purchases right now or during secondary registration. Specific meal options will be made available during secondary registration and are limited to beef, chicken, Kosher, vegetarian and gluten free. There are no refunds for meals and no substitutions after May 10.

What kind of food options do you have near the VBC or the hotel?

Embassy Suites:
Complementary cooked-to-order breakfast for hotel guest.
Ruth's Chris Steak House.
Caffeina's Marketplace (light snacks and beverages).
Near by:
Partial list. Distant is approximate. Please consult on-site staff or contact restaurant.
Lofton's Grille (across street from Embassy Suites inside Holiday Inn Express)
Pane E Vino (2 blocks)
Checkers Drive in Restaurant (Fast Food) (2 blocks)
Stainlieo's Sub Villa (2 blocks)
Cotton Row Resturant(4 blocks)
801 Franklin St.(4 blocks)
Papou's (4 blocks)
Wild Rose Cafe (4 blocks. Breakfast and lunch only)
Sam & Greg's Pizza and Gelato Cafe (4 blocks)
Mason's Pub(5 blocks)
Humphrey's Bar & Grill(5 blocks)


On which days will the Exhibit Hall be open?

The ISDC Exhibit Hall will be located in the VBC East Hall Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22.

What is the Exhibit Hall schedule?

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and the show will run until 6 pm. May 19-21. Trade show hours for Sunday, May 22, will be 8:30 to 12 p.m.

I'm interested in Exhibiting at ISDC or have a question. Who do I contact?

Exhibitor information is located in the Sponsors and Supporters section of the ISDC 2011 website. For booth space or service questions, please contact Ann Yelle at .

What is included in my booth rental?

Booth rental includes company sign, pipe and drape, table, two chairs, and a wastebasket. The floor is carpeted throughout the VBC East Hall. Two exhibitor badges will be included for each booth.

What's not included in my standard booth package?

Booth furnishings electricity/utility or hard-wired internet connections are not included in booth rental. However, the exhibit area will have wifi access.

When will I receive an Exhibitor Service Manual?

The Exhibitor Service Manual will be sent to interested exhibitors by the Von Braun Center.


I am interested in becoming an Event Sponsor for ISDC. Who do I call?

If you are located in Northern Alabama and middle Tennessee, please contact the ISDC 2011 committee directly at: For national and international sponsors, please contact NSS Headquarters at: or 202-429-1600.

I'm interested in advertising at ISDC. Who do I call?

Please contact NSS Headquarters at or (202) 429-1600

Tuxedo Rental

Where can I rent a tuxedo for the Gala?

The Governors' Dinner / Gala is a black tie optional event at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Davidson Center for Space Exploration. This is where the 1 of the 3 REAL Saturn V is prominiately displayed along with other space hardwares and mockups.

We have made an arrangement with Men's Wearhouse for a $40 discount on tux rental with discount code and proof of ISDC registration. You must get fitted at your local Men's Wearhouse and provide this group code. Group code is available


Thanks to our Sponsors, Co-Sponsors, Exhibitors, Supporters and Affiliates.

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