I recently attended the 7th annual International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It’s my second time doing so, and I’m still trying to grasp what makes the gathering so special to so many, including me. It is sometimes referred to as the “Pat Hynes event” partly due to that easier-to-remember name, but I think that’s also a clue to its uniqueness. Hynes’s ongoing role as ISPCS Chair ensures that the New Mexico state motto, “Land of Enchantment” is infused into the overall flavor of the event. I think for her enchantment can help empower people to access what they need – something she hopes to accomplish by all her efforts.
Hynes was instrumental in designing and developing the ISPCS with the aim to foster growth of commercial space enterprises and thereby provide lower-cost, more frequent and broader access to space. Her base of operations for years has been at New Mexico State University (NMSU) where she is Director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium. The ISPCS is just one of its many programs. NSMU awarded her with undergrad (English), masters (Higher-Ed Management) and doctorate (Business Administration) degrees, which surely ...Read More