Hey Las Cruces, Get Ready for Spacestock!

Las Cruces is throwing itself a space party this year, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

Organizers say the first edition of the Las Cruces Space Festival, to be held April 12 and 14, will be a small affair and they hope it will grow over the years. The idea is to showcase the region’s aerospace industry, show people what has been accomplished in southern New Mexico and encourage new generations of Las Crucens to enter the growing aerospace field.

The date, April 12, was selected to coincide with the anniversary of human space flight, when the USSR launched Yuri Gagarin into a single orbit around the earth in 1961.

“The intent of the festival is to celebrate what we already do in space, not worry about what’s coming,” said Pat Hynes, director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at New Mexico State University.

Hynes said plans are still developing, but events will allow the public to learn about space-related activity in the region. On Saturday, April 14, various activities will be set up around the Plaza de Las Cruces which may include informational booths, a possible space-related movie at the Rio Grande Theatre and other activities.


ISPCS Kicks Off in Las Cruces

ISPCS Chair Pat Hynes (Credit: ISPCS)
ISPCS Chair Pat Hynes (Credit: ISPCS)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (ISPCS PR) – International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) 2013 chair, Patricia Hynes, Ph.D., kicked off the symposium today noting that, despite the government shutdown, the work on commercial space continues.

“This is one of the goals of our industry, to develop commercial capability that is not subject to only government support for its existence,” Hynes said during her opening remarks. “Better yet, the win-win is a robust industry with healthy partners, including but not limited to the government. A strong reflection of the progress we’ve made as an industry is that our attendance numbers this year have not been significantly affected by the shutdown. We have work to do and it is work that matters.”


This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston…

1. Monday, August 27, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. PAT HYNES to discuss the upcoming International Symposium For Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, Oct. 17-18, 2012 in Las Cruces, NM. Please visit www.ispcs.com for more detailed information & registration.

2. Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome JPL’s DR. ANITA SENGUPTA to the program to discuss electric propulsion, Entry Descent and Landing, Mars, Venus, Europa, landers, and general spacecraft design. Dr. Sengupta is a systems engineer & also doing some teaching at USC.

3. Friday, August 31, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (11:30- 1 PM CDT, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EDT) : We welcome BAS LANSDORP of Mars One to the program. Mr. Lansdorp will be joining us from Europe. This program will be co-hosted with Dr. John Jurist on some of the technical, medical and human factors issues for long duration spaceflight and a humans to Mars mission. You can learn more about Mars One by visiting their website, https://mars-one.com/en.

4. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome DR. SCOTT HUBBARD to discuss his new book, “Exploring Mars.” Dr. Hubbard is a former NASA Ames Director, has been referred to by the press as the MARS CZAR, and is now a professor at Stanford University.

Spaceport Sweden to Host TEDxKiruna on March 27

Kiruna, Sweden (Spaceport Sweden PR) — On Tuesday, March 27th, TEDx comes to above the Arctic Circle, bringing an inspiring day full of energy and ideas worth spreading.

TEDxKiruna will be held at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, on Tuesday March 27th from 9 am until 5 pm. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, is open to the public but requires application and registration at www.tedxkiruna.com. The full day will be streamed live through webcast on www.tedxkiruna.com.


Pat Hynes, Tim Pickens on The Space Show

This Week on The Space Show

Monday, September 13, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Dr. Pat Hynes to discuss the upcoming International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight to be held in Las Cruces, NM Oct. 19-22, 2010. For more information, visit www.ispcs.com.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT: OPEN LINES. All topics welcome. Please use the toll free line. Email and chat are OK.

Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PDT:
Tim Pickens returns as our guest. This will be Tim’s first appearance since he sold Orion Propulsion to Dynetics Corp.

Sunday, September 19, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT. We welcome author Bill White to the program to discuss his new book, “Platinum Moon.”

The Schedule for The Space Show This Week…

David Livingston will interview the following guests this week on The Space Show….

1. Monday, August 31, 2009; This is a taped interview from SmallSat featuring Paul Lithgow, President, Comtech AeroAstro.

2. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT: There is no program this evening as I am at the National Space Policy meetings in Washington, DC.

3. Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT : We welcome back Dr. Pat Hynes of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium to discuss the upcoming Personal Spaceflight Symposium in Las Cruces, NM Oct. 21-22, 2009.

4. Sunday, Sept. 6,, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Brian Shiro to discuss his recent experiences at Devon Island.