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October 7-13, 2019 / Vol 38, No 40 / Hawai’i Island, USA

4 Oct 2019, 20:43 UTC
October 7-13, 2019 / Vol 38, No 40 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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15th International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight Focuses on an Industry on Cusp of Realization

ISPCS 2019 will be held October 9-10 in Las Cruces, New Mexico with theme ‘Go use it, we’ll get you there’. The symposium features a robust schedule of important figures within the commercial human spaceflight movement: Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides (L), Coalition for Deep Space Exploration CEO Mary Lynne Dittmar (C), and Made In Space CEO Andrew Rush (R) are among those set to give keynote presentations. Benjamin Reed, SpaceX Director of Commercial Crew Mission, and Erika Wagner, Payload Director for Blue Origin, will represent their respective companies in panel discussions. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has recently made the bold claim of an <6-month timeline for achieving commercial crewed spaceflight using Starship Mk1; Virgin Galactic now plans a 2020 implementation of their space tourism business on SpaceShipTwo, some 15 years after SpaceShipOne won the Ansari XPRIZE. This year the symposium is preceded by the NASA iTech Cycle II forum at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces October 7-8. An initiative launched by Space Technology Mission Directorate, iTech Forum is the culmination of a yearlong competition to advance technology that is not currently receiving ...

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