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Guest: Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes; We discussed the upcoming ISPCS Conference to be held in Las Cruces, NM from Oct. 9-10, 2019 with implications for commercial and exploratory space.
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We welcomed back Dr. Pat Hynes to tell us about this year's upcoming ISPCS event Oct. 9-10 in Las Cruces, NM. Visit the ISPCS website, https://ispcs.com, to follow along with our discussion and for additional information. We started our one segment 85 minute discussion with Dr. Hynes introducing us to the ISPCS with a bit of history, key figures in that history that really made a difference with their contributions such a Bill Gaubatz and Peter Diamandis among others. Note the ISPCS history, its purpose and the founders goals and objectives for ISPCS. The history and the players plus the work and effort put into ISPCS explains the many many years of success for this continuing to grow event.
Transitioning from the event's history, our guest talked about segments and sectors including suborbital, orbital, launch value and opportunities, potential private space stations, investment, and certainly innovation. Before talking about the topics and list of speakers and panel members, Pat said that many of the talks were modeled on the Ted Talk formula plus she gave a shout out to the ISPCS YouTube channel with over 1.4 million viewing minutes with 160,000 visits! She said this channel was a video history of the industry from 2012. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/user/ISPCSTube.
For most of the program, Pat talked about and highlighted the guests which you can see and read about at https://ispcs.com/speakers and at https://ispcs.com/2019-agenda. Our guest was able to take us through the complete agenda with each panel chair and members. While you can easily read the agenda on the website and get the tone and topic of each presentation and panel, what Pat offered us during our discussion was the background and "color," not just for the topics but also for the personalities. What Pat provided us in our discussion cannot be found on the website and probably could not be found elsewhere on the web. I strongly urge you to listen to what Pat said about the presenters and topics at this year's even while following along on the website agenda page above. By following my suggestion, you too will realize how special these presenters are and what they have meant and will continue to mean for our industry and it evolves more and more into THE industry of the future.
Toward the end of the program, other topics came up. For example, for those attending this year's conference, should they decide to stay an extra day they can get a special tour of Spaceport America. Pat described the tour and how to make a reservation for it. A little earlier in the broadcast, a listener asked Pat how the speakers and topics were selected for the event. Pat does it all but listen to what she had to say about creating a curated event. You don't find this type of event at many places, especially in the space industry. In addition, Pat mentioned the NASA iTech Forum which takes place a few days prior to the start of the conference. Listen to what she said about this and visit the NASA iTech Forum website: www.nasaitech.com. This may interest you. Of course we talked conference logistics, hotels, registration, fees and categories, flying in to El Paso and more.
During the program, listeners inquired about the role of Blue Origin in the event. Also, Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, Launcher One for cargo, Boeing for the Starship and more. Networking opportunities will be rich at this event, especially with some of these more well known and popular organizations. Before we ended our program, I mentioned that I like doing post conference analysis shows. If any Space Show listeners are attending the event, let both Pat and me know. If you would like to do a post conference debrief show with Pat, we can arrange it. See and meet Pat at the conference and tell her you are interested in a Space Show post conference program. Please email me along with your talking to Pat. Take some notes about what impressed you, what you questioned, what you liked, disliked, what excited and what inspired you. Also suggestions for future events. We want to hear from you.
Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog for this show. You can reach Dr. Pat Hynes through me or ISPCS.