POSTED: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 4:47pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 9:04pm
LAS CRUCES — Space Flight leaders met in Las Cruces Thursday at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight discussing the progress and future of traveling into space.
The ISPCS featured speakers from more than 30 different companies and organizations dedicated at making commercial space travel a reality.
"They are involved and they are working and they're promoting it and they're companies are behind them so it's a very exciting time," said ISPCS Chariperson Pat Hynes.
They spoke on the work being done to allow for personal travel into space and making it easier to launch more sattelites into orbit with New Mexico being at the forefront.
"New Mexico is a leading force in this industry as we evolve commercial space transportation from Spaceport America the first purpose built spaceport not only do we have human space flight which will be emerging soon but we currently at our 16 launch out of Spaceport America," Hynes said.
Commercial space travel has already begun with cargo loads being taken to the International Space Station this summer. The symposium wraps up this evening with a round table discussion on the future of space travel.
The goal of the symposium is to make space travel as common as traveling by plane.
"If you fly from El Paso to Houston it's routine," Hynes said "It should be routine in the next five years."