Ed Wright, Monday, 4-29-13 April 30, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Beagle Bone Black, citizen science, Citizens in Space, Ed Wright, Lynx, payload astronauts, space, Space Hackers Workshop, spaceship safety, SpaceUp, suborbital flight., suborbital training program, unconference, XCOR
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Ed Wright, Monday, 4-29-13
Guest: Ed Wright. Topics: Citizens in Space update & information on the upcoming Space Hackers Workshop in Mountain View, CA. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information.
We welcomed Ed Wright back to the program for updates regarding Citizens in Space (www.citizensinspace.org) and the upcoming Space Hackers Workshop to be held in Mountain View, CA from May 4-5. You can visit the Space Hackers Workshop website through the Citizens in Space website or by going to http://spacehacker.eventbrite.com for details, registration, etc. During the first part of our 90 minute program, Ed updated us on how Citizens in Space has evolved, their training program, the broadening of citizen scientists, the use of the XCOR Lynx vehicle, and much more. I believe that after you hear how the program has evolved and progressed, you will agree with me that this is an outstanding program, both for citizen science and enabling people to go to space and do more than just be a passenger. During this first section, we covered the program, goals, the changes, and the desired outcomes in detail.
In our second segment, we switched to focus on the Space Hackers Workshop in Silicon Valley, Mountain View, CA from May 4-5. If you register online, there is a savings so if you are going, online registration is your best bet. This workshop, the first of many to be held around the country, will feature advanced technology, hardware, and hands on instructional opportunities regarding building your own space science experiment. Ed talked extensively about the quality of cameras now available at very affordable costs and the Beagle Board Black control board (http://beagleboard.org). I suggest this workshop for anyone interested in technology, building hardware, doing space projects, and more.
Ed detailed the workshop in our discussion but if you have questions for him, you can email him through me or by using firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you attend the workshop, I want to hear from you about it on The Space Show. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.
Dr. William Bainbridge, Friday, 2-8-13 February 6, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: CCI Games, citizen science, Dr. William Bainbridge, EVE Online, frontier development, Galaxy Zoo, gaming, JPL, NASA, NASA story telling, nuclear propulsion, pioneering, science fiction, Sean Smith (Vile Rat), space economic issues, Space Futures Space Survey, space industry knowledge and perceptions, space policy, The Committee for the Future, the next fifty years in space, The Syncon Process, U.S. space leadership, Vile Rat., virtual reality
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Dr. William Bainbridge, Friday, 2-8-13
Guest: Dr. William Bainbridge. Topics: The Space Futures Space Questionnaire about space exploration and the next fifty years. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information.
We welcomed Dr. William Bainbridge to the program to discuss the Space Futures project which is to help define the future of space our space program for the next fifty years. Perceptions of informed, interested, and space conscious individuals are sought for the Space Futures space questionnaire. The questionnaire is based on years of prior research conducted by Dr. Bainbridge as well as other more recent surveys. You can read about the Space Future Questionnaires (different platforms are available for it) at http://convergentsystems.pbworks.com/w/page/16444389/FrontPage. If you use the Droid platform, click on the links that allow you download a free Droid APP which enables you to instantly transmit your survey responses to the survey data base. For everyone else, you can download the survey as a Word document which you can complete online and email to Dr. Bainbridge. The Word document questionnaire with 300 questions is at http://convergentsystems.pbworks.com/w/file/62227159/Space%20email%20survey.doc. Make sure you click on the DOWNLOAD tab in the upper left corner. There is a shorter 200 question Word document questionnaire on The Space Show blog. During our discussion, Dr. Bainbridge provided us with the history of this project, how the information has been and is now collected, processed, and used. We also talked about the importance of space aware people taking the time to complete the questionnaire. Lots of listeners asked Dr. Bainbridge questions about who should participate from Middle School students to those in the general population to people outside the U.S. All groups are welcome but as you will hear, it is very important to get the perceptions and opinions of those that have knowledge and expertise about space exploration and development. We talked about question groupings such as around topics including the Moon or Mars. We discussed changing trends overtime and current influences on our opinions such as today’s economic problems. I brought up the decades old Syncon Process and how some attitudes and perceptions are even stronger today than they were decades ago with Syncon. For example, attitudes including space benefitting all of humanity and more. This topic took us toward the virtual world, gaming to help increase space awareness and expertise. I mentioned the recent discussion re the lunar space elevator program this past Monday regarding CCI Games in Iceland. This was our cliff hanger as we went to our break waiting for Dr. Bainbridge’s comments about his being involved with CCI Games.
In our second segment of this 1 hr. 45 minute program, Dr. Bainbridge talked about his research with the CCI gaming product, EVE Online as he plays the game. He had much to say about the space awareness of this game and the team in Iceland that created it. He also said that Sean Smith, one of those slain in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was a player of EVE Online. His game name was “Vile Rat” and there is a huge outpouring of support and comments about him on the internet. Google Vile Rat to see these comments & news stories. We talked about other scientific games and new technologies for developing a space consciousness and expertise about space exploration. We talked about space and innovation along with frontier development, pioneering & what it means to both continue it or stop it for the future of a nation. John called to talk with Dr. Bainbridge about his surprise in taking the survey in finding out he was potentially more pessimistic about the future than he had thought he was because like so many others, he had expectations for more advancement in space exploration, development, even settlement than what exists with our present day reality. Dr. Bainbridge helped put these thoughts and realizations into context with our actual space exploration and development over the past decades. It’s a fascinating discussion and analysis, don’t miss it. Near the end of the program, a listener asked how to realize space as an investment rather than just another government expense item. We talked about better story telling by everyone concerned. Dr. Bainbridge also linked the survey questionnaires to this question because the results will help pinpoint our space insights along with the value stream. While there is a March 1 questionnaire due date, this is not a hard date and Dr. Bainbridge encouraged people to participate, even if later than March 1. Also, if someone wants hard copies of the questionnaire to distribute at a space conference or other event, perhaps even a Meetup, you can contact him for copies or you can download the questionnaire from the links provided above. Another idea is to make a simple flyer with the basic information and the URLs for space or related event distribution. I did the 300 questionnaire Word document and can’t wait to see the analysis. I certainly plan on bringing Dr. Bainbridge back to the program to discuss the project findings.
Please post your comments/questions on the blog. If you do the questionnaire, share your thoughts with us on the blog. If you want to contact Dr. Bainbridge, you can do so through me at email@example.com.
The shorter 200 question survey is available for download here:
Hoyt Davidson, Sunday, 12-30-12 December 30, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, aerospace, angel financing, citizen science, commercial satellite industry, Cube Sats, Death Valley for businesses seeking capital, Direct TV, entrepreneurs, Hoyt Davidson, human spaceflight, international commercial space opportunities, investment banking, launch competition., launch reliability, low cost debt, Near Earth LLC, public private partnerships, return on investment, satellite financing, space business risks, space markets, space project financing, space solar power, space tourism, venture capital, XM Satellite
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Hoyt Davidson, Sunday, 12-30-12
Guest: Hoyt Davidson. Topics: Commercial space financing, markets, and risks. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. We welcomed Hoyt Davidson to the program to discuss commercial space from the perspective of markets and financing. Mr. Davidson, founder and managing Partner of near Earth LLC (www.nearearthllc.com) shared with us his expertise and experience in a very instructive discussion on these important topics. While much of the focus was on the commercial satellite industry, the applications apply across the board in the commercial space industry. One of the topics we discussed in great detail was market risk. In fact, our gust suggested market risk was a bigger challenge and more of a possible road block than technical or regulatory risks. Mr. Davidson also said what many others in the commercial space arena say and that is that the companies prefer to see themselves within their overall general industry such as media and communications rather than as a space company. We talked about several popularly touted possible commercial space industries from a market perspective, the length of time needed for a return on investment, and what is referred to as Death Valley for space entrepreneurs. Death Valley refers to an opportunity being too large for an angel investor but too small for venture capital. In talking about market risks, we also talked about getting investor partners to strengthen the deal. XM Radio was cited as an example. The pursuit of market research was discussed, both from the perspective of using a market research company and doing the market research in-house. Other potential commercial space industries were examined including space tourism, citizen science for orbital with cubesats as well as suborbital, space solar power, satellite internet services, and the use of public/private partnerships.
In our second segment, a listener wanted to know about space focused investment banking career opportunities for MBA graduates. Next, we talked at length about public/private partnerships and being “pure” regarding what constitutes a commercial space company. In this context, pure refers to not having a mix of government and private capital, instead being 100% private. SpaceX with Cots and Commercial Crew served as one of our company examples but we also noted that no such 100% pure private company was out there given the costs and challenges of space ventures. Listeners asked about private capital financing for NASA science missions such as a Europa mission. Other listeners wanted to know about commercial opportunities for human spaceflight. Here, our guest suggested the opportunities were more with the robotic missions that come before the human missions. Toward the end, a listener asked how higher tax rates might impact risky commercial space investments. We also talked about geographical areas of special investment expertise in the U.S. and in other countries. Silicon Valley is not the only player in this field.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above. You can email Hoyt Davidson through me or by using his website.
Dr. Edythe Weeks, Tuesday, 11-20-12 November 21, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: "Outer Space Development, benefit sharing, capitalism, citizen science, commercial space development, Common Heritage of Mankind, creating an ideological shift, Dr. Edythe (Edy) Weeks, environmental issues, giggle factor, IAF, International Institute of Space Law, international relations, International Relations and Space Law: A Method for Elucidating Seeds, NewSpace, nonprofit, private investment, public/private partnerships, revenue sharing, space entrepreneurism, space law, space mining, space property rights. The Outer Space Treaty, space resources, space tourism, tattoos, taxes, The Moon Treaty, United Nations, venture capital
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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Sunday, 10-21-12 October 22, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Astronauts4Hire.org, " SpaceX, "Astronauts For Hire: The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps, centrifuge training, citizen science, Dr. Erik Seedhouse, human spaceflight, ISS, microgravity, NASTAR Training, orbital flights, space radiation, space sickness, space tourism, suborbital flights, Virgin Galactic, XCOR
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Walt Anderson, Friday, 10-5-12 October 5, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, asteroid mining, Cislunar development, citizen science, commercial space, Dennis Tito, human spaceflight, ISS, Mir Space Station, MirCorp, NanoRacks, NASA, NewSpace, public/private partnerships, robotic space missions, space advocacy, space business management, space habitats, space investment, space investments, space resource allocation, space technology, space tourism, SSP, suborbital, Walt Anderson
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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 9-18-12 September 19, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: AIAA, Big Dumb Booster, citizen science, Commercial Crew, commercial space, Congressional space budgets, congressional space policy., Dragon, Dream Chaser, Falcon 9. , Falcon Heavy, heavy lift, Hubble, Kepler Space Telescope, NASA budgets, Orbital, Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, sequestration, SLS, space telescopes, suborbital, Virgin Galactic
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Dr. Alan Stern, Sunday, 8-26-12 August 27, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Neil Armstrong, " SpaceX, citizen science, commercial space, Dr. Alan Stern, Falcon 9. , Gemini 8, Indiegogo, ITAR, Mars Curiosity., NASA, NASA budget, New Horizons Mission, Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference, planetary science, Pluto, Pluto Stamp Campaign, Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission, space education, space outreach, suborbital research, Uwingu, X-15
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Dr. Alan Stern, Sunday, 8-26-12
Guest: Dr. Alan Stern. Topics: Uwingu space venture, updates for New Horizons, Pluto and more. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed back Dr. Alan Stern to discuss a new kind of business venture, Uwingu (see www.uwingu.com). During our first segment, Dr. Stern fully explained this new venture and showed why it was like no other. We also talked about the start-up funding campaign on Indiegogo (www.indiegogo.com/projects/180221?c=home). For the record, I became a supporter of Uwingu after our program. I found the Indiegogo process to be especially simple, clear, easy, and quick. I do recommend you support Uwingu because it does represent a completely different funding model for space ventures, college education, programs such as The Space Show, research proposals, and more. As you will hear, Uwingu will sell space related products off their website (to be announced later), and the proceeds go to the Uwingu Fund to be used to give out awards based on review, due diligence, and in some cases, peer review. Alan explained this process in our first segment and in parts of our second segment.
In our second segment, we asked Alan for updates to the New Horizons Mission on its way to Pluto. We learned about important New Horizon events coming up in 2013, including a full rehearsal of the mission prior to its arrival at Pluto. I asked Alan about the Pluto postage stamp campaign and learned that it is now before the U.S. Post Office for consideration. Alan talked about other projects he is working on, including the suborbital research flight projects with the Southwest Research Institute. These projects include his being the PI of the LAMP instrument on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, which launched in 2009, and the PI for ALICE on ESA’s ROSETTA Mission. Going back to Uwingu, Dr. Stern was asked about ITAR issues, the social media contacts for Uwingu, and then he was asked about other questions pertaining to the Kuiper Belt objects, . As the program ended, Alan talked about the upcoming Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference, June 3-5, 2012 in Broomfield, Colorado. For full information about this conference, visit http://nsrc.swri.org.
Please post your comments/questions on our blog. If you want to contact Dr. Stern, send your note to me and I will forward it to him.