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13th Annual ISPCS to Focus on Purpose within the Evolving Global Space Industry

By SpaceRef Editor
August 10, 2017
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The leaders of the global commercial space industry will soon meet at the 13th annual International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) in Las Cruces, New Mexico for the most original and uniquely curated commercial space industry event of the year. This year’s theme is “Go For Purpose,” focusing on maintaining continuity in the underlying purpose of the industry as more new systems begin to reach the marketplace.
“Dependence on capital is no longer a barrier to entry. Expertise in capital acquisition is one more field mastered by the builders of space hardware and systems who come out to ISPCS,” said Patricia C. Hynes, Ph.D., curator of ISPCS.  “Now is the time to focus on sustaining our direction and the essential purpose of providing safe, reliable and affordable access to space for a diverse market.”
ISPCS, which will take place Oct. 11-12, provides the opportunity for industry leaders, along with academia, state and federal government officials to share and deepen their common vision for personal and commercial spaceflight. The fascinating high desert of New Mexico is a perfect setting at the perfect time of year to experience the Symposium, and all that the Land of Enchantment has to offer.
“The purpose of ISPCS is the help grow the industry, and growth requires people. The shared vision is to assure the evolution of the systems that take humans and cargo to space. The audience will hear from federal agency leaders who are partnering with the industry’s purpose-driven founders and innovators. If ever there was a time and place to communicate our purpose as an industry, this is the time. And ISPCS is the place,” Hynes said.
ISPCS 2017 will feature 35 speakers, selected from multiple sectors in our economy. Some of the subjects that will be covered include: factors that drive economic growth; the investment banking perspective on NASA and the aerospace industry; developing a space market through team mentality; technology’s role in expanding the new low-Earth economy; the space radiation environment; operational reusability; sustainable and affordable interplanetary transportation; living and working environments of commercial space systems; vernacular architecture; additive manufacturing in the rocket industry. Click here for the full list of topics and speakers.
“When people with a common purpose come together and the setting enables relationship building, the value added of this type of conference is clear.  You could stay home and watch the videos, but if you want to be in the industry, this is the conference where your role could expand,” said Hynes.  “Every keynote address, panel discussion and networking opportunity gives attendees new ways to look at our end goal of getting more people into space. They leave inspired to take new action, and that is incredibly exciting as the Curator, I look for this momentum and it’s there.”
ISPCS 2017 will take place at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, N.M. The intimate setting for the symposium allows industry leaders and their customers to cultivate relationships and shape future partnerships, benefitting the commercial and personal space industry as a whole.
Early bird registration is available through Aug. 18, allowing attendees to save $200 on full conference registration. The one-click registration process is also more personalized, designed to connect like-minded ISPCS attendees in order to spur collaboration. Sponsorships and exhibitor packages are still available. Contact Joylynn Watkins at 575-646-6414 or [email protected]


Since 2005, the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) has set the industry standard for commercial space conferences offering an intimate setting that fosters unrivaled networking, an agenda rich in content and is the only conference focused on the commercial space industry. Each year, the leaders and international representatives of the commercial space transportation industry, government agency officials and academia gather at ISPCS to discuss topics relevant to personal and commercial spaceflight. ISPCS is a partner with New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, a member of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. For more information, visit

SpaceRef staff editor.