Broadcast 1423 (Special Edition)

12 Sep 2010 Dr. Patricia Hynes
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Guest: Dr. Pat Hynes. Topics: International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, Las Cruces, NM, Oct. 20-21, 2010, and related topics. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and rate this program on the new Space Show blog, http://thespaceshowoutsidethebox.blogspot.com. Our program was divided into the usual three segments as Dr. Hynes took us through the agenda and plans for the Symposium. We began our discussion with a status of the industry report and the first day Keynote Address by Neil Sheehan, Pulitzer Prize winning author regarding his new book about ICBMs, "A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon." Our guest took us through a fascinating part of space history based on this book and early day space financing to draw parallels with the financing of today's commercial space industry. You do not want to miss what Dr. Hynes had to say during this segment and the importance of having Neil Sheehan as the opening keynote speaker at this year's Symposium. Following the keynote address, the next panel was described which focuses on the future of the space industry based on its past history. Pat also described the logistics of the conference with all programs being in plenary and panel format, single track, and lots of amazing food for the breaks, lunches, and more. As we started or second segment, we talked conference logistics, travel to and from Las Cruces, registration, hotel space and then more about the program. In fact, you can follow along with our discussion by looking at the Symposium agenda at www.ispcs.com/program_2010.php. In addition to describing the balance of the first day program, Pat talked about the FAA award to New Mexico State University as the lead organization for their Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. Dr. Hynes updated us on this most important and prestigious award and as you will hear, its part of the program for this year's conference. Our second segment concluded with a discussion of the AIAA sponsored reception followed by conference dinner Wednesday evening. We started our third and final segment with a discussion about the keynote by Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator. Other panels discussed during this segment focused on the microgravity market, crew transportation systems, space policy, and creating demand without killing the industry, using free space tourism flights as an example. This is also a discussion you do not want to miss! Dr. Hynes then described the Friday event which is the Spaceport America Runway Dedication. If you are going to go to the Symposium, you definitely want to stay over to attend this ceremony the next day. For more information and if you have questions or comments for Dr. Pat Hynes, visit www.ispcs.com. Contact information can be found by clicking the Contact tab at the top right of their home page, or by emailing nmsgc@nmsu.edu and referencing The Space Show in the subject line.

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