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Of course I saw the movie Martian. It was a way to for my students and staff to celebrate our accomplishments after a long year of preparation and execution of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Space (ISPCS). I will get back to the movie, which we all recommend. It has a lot more technical accuracy than the movie Gravity. It got 3.5 stars from our group. After the show we discussed the ...


The Space Economy and its growing influence from Southern New MexicoIt's better to create the positive than try to deconstruct the negative. I heard this at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) which concluded last Thursday, October 8th. Creating a new commercial space industry has been a collaboration across many sectors of the economy which is now producing new launch vehicles, new human spaceflight vehicles, new spaceports, and new satellite systems. ...


David and Goliath: Space Florida and the New Mexico Partnership

Last week I participated in Mesilla Valley Economic Development Associations’ (MVEDA) commercial space panel. Our focus was to discuss growing our awareness and partnerships that support the commercial space industry in our region. The panel included Dumitru Propescu, founder and CEO of ARCA Aerospace. Dumitru has been a colleague and spoke at the first International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) in 2005 ...


Read the NTSB report on the SpaceShipTwo accident.

In the past year, we have experienced three aviation deaths at or near the Las Cruces Municipal Airport. All three of the accidents are being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB website states in part, it is a federal agency which does not assign fault or blame for an accident or incident. Their job is to investigate transportation accidents, determine probable cause, issue safety ...


The Full Story: The NTSB report on the SpaceShipTwo accident is out today.

Today at 7:30 am MT, the National Transportation Safety Board will release its final report on the Virgin Galactic accident that occurred on a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo October 31st, 2014.

In a preliminary report issued by the NTSB last November, it was reported the pilot who survived the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo didn't know that his copilot unlocked the space ...