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International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) 2013 rounds out the agenda for day two

By SpaceRef Editor
September 3, 2013
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International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) 2013 rounds out the agenda for day two

Officials with the 2013 International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS), today announced that the second day of the symposium continues with examining risks and rewards for existing platforms for innovation in the space industry like the International Space Station (ISS), the emerging new platforms for innovation like Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and SpaceX’s Grasshopper. 

Building on the presentations and discussions from day one, the second day will examine what the progress of CCDev as well as crew transportation in the shadow of the upcoming Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract (CCtCap) competition, how the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will balance the facilitation and promotion of the commercial spaceflight industry with the role of regulatory insight, and how the industry as a whole can examine the present to influence the future.

“Creating realistic expectations for improving the systems that get humans and cargo to space must include discussions on risk and related rewards,” said Patricia Hynes, Ph.D., chair of ISPCS. “There are risks in extending the ISS beyond 2020, but there are rewards related to the interdependency of the Commercial Crew and Cargo Programs with ISS. Also, getting the ISS National Lab functioning as a catalyst for commerce in space will increase demands on the new transportation systems and the related regulatory frameworks for the industry. These are big projects that will grow the commercial space market, with some of mankind’s best minds working on them. At ISPCS 2013, those people are not only our speakers, but they are also members of the audience.”  

Participants at ISPCS 2013 are the critical thinkers and leaders who clearly understand there are multiple ways and justifications for innovating. Incremental innovations can make an existing products better, cheaper or both and innovations to improve manufacturing or change procurement systems may decrease or at least share risks. Throughout the two day symposium, industry thought leaders will help to clarify where commercial space companies are taking their largest risks and what they are doing to mitigate and share this risk as they begin the implementation phase of their programs.

Some of the prestigious keynote speakers and panelists confirmed for the second day of the symposium include:

.         John Elbon, Vice President and General Manager, The Boeing Company

.         Phil McAlister, Commercial Spaceflight Director, NASA

.         Steve Isakowitz, President, Virgin Galactic

.         George Nield, Associate Administrator of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

The full agenda for ISPCS 2013 is now available online. This year, the symposium will draw more than 300 leaders and international representatives of the commercial space industry, government agencies, military, investors and academia, who will collectively focus on managing the risks and rewards of this rapidly growing industry. The high value content and intimate environment offered at ISPCS helps participants understand the current environment and assess risk management needs to strategically diversify and mature the commercial space industry.

ISPCS 2013 takes place Oct. 16-17 in Las Cruces, N.M. Secure your spot now and take advantage of Early Bird registration savings of $200. Sponsorships and exhibitor packages are still available.


The International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) is the most relevant, high-value commercial space conference of the year, featuring the industry’s top thought leaders and cutting-edge technologies with commercial applications for military, scientific and personal spaceflight. This year, through two high-impact days of dynamic dialogue, ISPCS will address strategies to manage the risks and reap the rewards of the commercial space industry. 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


Sean Wilson

Griffin Communications Group

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SpaceRef staff editor.