Satnews Daily
September 11th, 2014

ISPCS 2014—Intense Industry Interactions In New Mexico (Event)

[SatNews] For its 10th year, ISPCS will bring together the global space community for two days of intense interaction on October 15-16, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Focused by this year’s theme, The Power of 10, noted keynote speakers and panelists will examine how the progress of the past 10 years has reshaped the global space industry and positions commercial space development and operations for a powerful future.
“Over the past 10 years, commercial space companies have demonstrated the will to channel and control not only physical power but also political and economic power to build successful launch companies, manufacture space vehicles, and construct spaceports,” said Pat Hynes, ISPCS chair. “There is no turning back. Those investing in commercial space now include state and federal governments, major aerospace industry icons, Silicon Valley companies and individual investors. The industry is already stepping up to the challenge to provide the United States with safe, reliable access to orbit and the International Space Station.”
ISPCS aims to set the industry standard for commercial space conferences by providing an annual call to action to increase access to space for all. The Power of collaboration is our greatest asset. This year, 40 speakers will take the stage during the two-day conference. The agenda provides fast-paced conversation in a focused series of plenary sessions. Speakers will not only look back at the industry's progress in the past 10 years, but will also talk about harnessing the power and energy needed to shape the industry for the next 10 years.
“Getting to space has always been about focusing energy, and it still is,” Hynes said. “At ISCPS 2014, we will discuss how our industry is leveraging the potential of suborbital and orbital space assets capabilities for government, commercial and academic user markets. This is not an ‘old’ or a ‘new’ space conference; this conference is about doing business in the space industry of now, the 21st century.”
Competitors with different viewpoints will present relevant point and counter-point discussions in a public forum, setting the stage for more informed private discussions. Industry leaders and competitors, including Jeff Greason of XCOR Aerospace, George Whitesides of Virgin Galactic, Clay Mowry of Arianespace USA, and George Sowers of United Launch Alliance, will also address topics and detailed information not shared at other conferences. Full session descriptions are at   
Additionally, industry leaders and their customers have the opportunity to meet in an intimate setting, where the power of personal relationships can shape future partnerships. Public input on regulations, as well as critical one-on-one conversations with government leaders such as Bill Gerstenmaier, Doug Loverro and George Nield, are also made available to ISPCS participants.
“The underlying question for this year’s ISPCS is this: Does this growing community of space visionaries possess the personal and financial will to sustain and increase the number of humans in space within the next 10 years?” Hynes asks. “We are going to find out.”

ISPCS Critical Questions:

  • Is this a consumer-investible industry, yet? If so, who is making an investment beyond the government?
  • Does this growing community of space visionaries possess the personal and financial will to sustain and increase the number of humans in space within
    the next 10 years?
  • Do we have a critical mass in a market place, yet?
  • How have the heritage companies adapted their strategies for competing in the CST business?
  • Are small satellite companies creating a forcing function in the industry?

Confirmed Speakers


  • Brad Botwin, Director, Industrial Studies Office of Technology Evaluation, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Scott Colloredeo, Director, Center Planning and Development Directorate, NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center
  • Jason Crusan, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division, NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
  • Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA
  • Martin Heinrich, United States Senator, State of New Mexico
  • Reynaldo Garcia, Senior Engineer, Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls
  • Laguduva "LK" Kubendran, Flight Opportunities Program Executive, NASA
  • Douglas L. Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, DOD
  • Kathy Lueders, Manager, NASA's Commercial Crew Program
  • George Nield, Associate Administrator, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
  • Jess Sponable, Program Manager XS-1, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

Industry - Suborbital/Orbital

  •  Bretton Alexander, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin
  •  Ariane Cornell, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin
  • Jeff Greason, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, XCOR Aerospace
  • N. Wayne Hale, Consultant, Special Aerospace Services
  • Will Hampton, Director, Advanced Space Access, Boeing Company
  • Mark Kinnersley, Director, Liaison, Orion Service Module, Astrium North America
  • Sean Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer, Masten Space Systems
  • Barry Matsumori, Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development, Space Exploration Technologies
  • Clay Mowry, President, Arianespace USA
  • John Mulholland, Vice President and Program Manager, Commercial Programs Space Exploration, The Boeing Company
  • Andrew Nelson, President, XCOR Aerospace
  • Peter Platzer, Chief Executive Officer, Spire
  • Jane Poynter, CEO, World View Enterprises, Inc
  • Duane Ratliff, Chief Operating Officer, NASA Liaison, CASIS
  • John Shannon, Program Manager, ISS, The Boeing Company
  • Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
  • George Sowers, Vice President of Strategic Architecture, United Launch Alliance
  • James Vanderploeg, Chief Medical Officer, Virgin Galactic
  • George Whitesides, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Galactic
  • Doug Young, Vice President, Missile Defense and Advanced Missions, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems


  • Christine Anderson, Executive Director, New Mexico Spaceport Authority
  • Stuart Witt, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Mojave Air and Space Port

To see the full list of speakers, agenda and list of exhibitors, please visit
Early bird registration is available through September 12, allowing attendees to save $200 on full conference registration. This year’s 1-click registration process is also more personalized, designed to connect like-minded ISPCS attendees in order to spur partnerships and collaborations. Sponsorships and exhibitor packages are still available.