Commercial space industry leaders from around the world, along with academia, state and federal government officials will meet to discuss the evolution and diversification of personal and commercial spaceflight on Oct. 12-13 at the 12th annual International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. ISPCS, the original and most unique commercial space industry event of the year, offers an agenda that is a true reflection of the industry’s current state that is sure to spark thoughtful dialogue and strong partnerships.

“’We Will Not Stop’ – this theme addresses the importance of persistence and perseverance in a potentially uncertain current environment. Our industry has multiple milestones within reach and focus is necessary,” said Patricia C. Hynes, Ph.D., curator of ISPCS. “This highly energetic and competitive industry is at a pivotal point in shaping the future of aerospace as commercialization of low Earth orbit (LEO) becomes reality. During ISPCS, we will discuss vision, pathways and executable plans to accomplish our near-term and future goals.”

This year, 35 international government and industry speakers will engage attendees on topics, including space traffic management, a self-sustaining commercial economy in LEO, international policy for space resources, persistence and perseverance in human spaceflight, along with updates from key investors, designers and creators. There is an emerging need to look outside the space community to the next tier of collaborators. They bring energy and information to this audience through a curated conference, assuring the theme is addressed by different voices. The conference will conclude with a panel on the evolution of NASA’s International Space Station Commercial Resupply Services and how government and industry partners are working together to nurture a commercial economy in LEO.

ISPCS aims to set an industry standard by providing an annual call to action to increase access to space for humans. “As we continue to address human reliance on essential services that depend on space assets and systems, it is imperative that we make a commitment to a larger vision for our future presence and security in space,” Hynes concluded.

ISPCS 2016 will take place at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, N.M. The intimate setting for the symposium allows industry leaders and their customers to cultivate relationships and shape future partnerships, benefitting the commercial and personal space industry as a whole.

Early bird registration is available through Aug. 19, allowing attendees to save $200 on full conference registration. The one-click registration process is also more personalized, designed to connect like-minded ISPCS attendees in order to spur collaboration. Sponsorships and exhibitor packages are still available. Contact Joylynn Watkins at 575-646-6414 or


Since 2005, the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) has set the industry standard for commercial space conferences offering an intimate setting that fosters unrivaled networking, an agenda rich in content and is the only conference focused on the commercial space industry. Each year, the leaders and international representatives of the commercial space transportation industry, government agency officials and academia gather at ISPCS to discuss topics relevant to personal and commercial spaceflight. 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