Draft ISPCS 2013 Conference Scheduled Released

Posted on August 13, 2013
Spaceport America runway pre-lengthening

ISPCS (International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight) has released a draft schedule for its October conference.

All keynote speakers and panel sessions will appear in person at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

The event concludes on Friday with a tour of Spaceport America.  Receptions and other events are also scheduled for Tuesday October 15.

Early registration ends September 13.

Here’s the tentative list of speakers:


Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA

Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer, SpaceX

Jon Gertner, Author of “The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

Duane Ratliff, Chief Operating Officer, NASA Liaison, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

Roundtable: ISS Focus
Chaired by Sandy Magnus, Executive Director, AIAA; with Bill Gerstenmaier, Gwynne Shotwell, Jon Gertner, Duane Ratliff, and George Sowers, Vice President Human Launch Services, United Launch Alliance

Roundtable: Environments that Foster Innovation
Chaired by Paul Guthrie, Senior Economist and Business Development Lead, Tauri Group; with Jason Crusan, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division, NASA; Cassie Kloberdanz, Dream Chaser Business Development Manager, Sierra Nevada Corporation; Chris Boshuizen, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Planet Labs Inc.; and Makenzie Lystrup, Business Development Manager, Space Sciences and Technologies, Ball Aerospace

Roundtable: The Marketplace
Chaired by Raymond Vogel,  Jacobs Technology, Inc; with Monique Jacobson, Secretary of Tourism, State of New Mexico;  Andrew Nelson, COO, XCOR Aerospace; Sean Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer, Masten Space Systems; and Bob Allen, Executive Director, IDEAS


John Elbon, Vice President and General Manager, Boeing Space Exploration

George Nield, Associate Administrator of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

Roundtable: When Government is Ready to Buy
With John Mulholland, Vice President and Program Manager, Boeing Commercial Programs and Garrett Reisman, Commercial Crew Project Manager, SpaceX

Roundtable: Platforms for Innovation
Chaired by Jeff Foust, Editor, The Space Review; with Steve Isakowitz, President, Virgin Galactic and Laguduva “LK” Kubendran, Flight Opportunities Program Executive, NASA

Roundtable: Hot Topics
Chaired by Franceska Schroeder, Principal, Washington, DC Office, Fish & Richardson; with Christopher T.W. Kunstadter, Senior Vice President Aerospace Insurance, XL Group


Tour Spaceport America, registration required.

More info is on the ISPCS website.

2 totally fake boarding passes for Space travel

(yeah, those are fake.)

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