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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 8:53pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Innovations in commercial spaceflight was the topic of discussions at the annual International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight in Las Cruces on Wednesday.
The ISPCS conference brings in the foremost experts in the space industry as well as the leaders in commercial spaceflight.
"It's important not to stand still and keep doing things better and better every year," said Paul Guthrie, an economist dealing in business development.
Guthrie explained it's important for companies year after year to continue doing the something but for less money.
He along with other panelists in an afternoon discussion stressed the importance of coming up with new ideas to stay ahead in a very competitive industry.
Pat Hynes, Chair of ISCPS, said Spaceport America is considered to be at the forefront of innovation through a lot of the work happening there.
She said the state on New Mexico passing informed consent laws allowing other contractors to work without fear of lawsuits has played a key role in the Spaceport's growth.
Hynes added it was a crucial step before the Federal Aviation Administration establishes rules and regulations when passenger flights make their way into space.
"But for now in order to make the industry move, states are taking a bit of the risk," Hynes said.
While Spaceport America is considered a leader, a ticket holder for future flights at the conference said attractions are important.
"The people that are coming from all over the world will want to do things," Hynes said.
She added there are some attraction already in place like horseback riding maybe wine tasting.
Hynes said an access road from the interstate to Spaceport America is currently being discussed that should also help growth.
She said as the industry continues to grow there will be a lot big announcements from the Spaceport.
The conference continues Thursday with more discussion at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.