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Frank Van Renesselear, Tuesday, 6-10-14 June 11, 2014

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Frank Van Renesselear, Tuesday, 6-10-14

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Guest:  Franklin (Frank) Van Rensselaer, Jr.  Topics:  Schafer Corp Aerospace & Strategic Business Development, commercial space, markets, capital.  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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Frank Van Rensselear to the program to discuss Schafer Corp and various commercial space topics and issues.  Our program was an hour long so we had only one segment.  We started our discussion with by talking with our guest about his experience as an Apollo Flight Controller and he described his position as The Booster.  He shared some of his experiences with us, especially for Apollo 8 and Apollo 12 which was hit by lightening shortly after launch.  Frank was also on the job through Skylab and the ASTP.  Listen and enjoy the history.  We then jumped into his experiences in commercial space and his having developed over $300 million in new business when he was with the Harris Corporation.  Our guest was asked about the newly released NRC Pathways Human Spaceflight Study and he said he basically agreed with it in that we do not have enough money, we can’t do meaningful and inspiring projects, and overall he suggested this was demeaning to the country.  We talked for several minutes about tight budget issues for NASA and the way congress and the American people set priorities which do not seem to include human spaceflight.  I suggested this is a choice & asked how we get policy and budget pros within the system to make different choices in support of HSF. Frank was asked if Constellation had not been cancelled if we would be in a similar position today with our dependency on Russia and related issues.  He did not think so but listen to his full response.  We talked about the RD-180 engine and the likelihood that congress will appropriate funds to make a U.S. replacement engine.  This brought up the need for such an engine if we have Delta and soon will have Falcon 9 which still gives us two independent launchers for high value national security payloads.  Frank had lots to say on this subject, on SpaceX and ULA, along with the importance of these national security satellites and launches.  John in Tucson emailed him about SLS on which our guest also had much to say.  But as long as we are focused on tight budget issues, the program has been & will be disappointing. Again, you don’t want to miss all of his comments on this issue.  Military space was a discussion topic as was public opinion suggesting space is not that relevant any more. We talked about Inspiration Mars being able to inspire but we both doubted it would happen.  Tony called in to ask about reusability & why the space shuttle was compromised and reusability taken out. In the end, our guest suggested that reusability would be key to our space future.  Next, we talked about Schafer Corp and its activities.  We learned that they consult and work with several NewSpace companies and they are hiring but typically they go for experienced engineers, not fresh out college grads.  I asked Frank for his perspective on the recently announced Google purchase of Skybox Imaging for $500 million.  This too was a most interesting discussion you do not want to miss.  Other topics during our program included billionaire space investors, suborbital tourism, space settlement, and commercial space growth by sectors.  Here we talked markets, needed infrastructure and capital acquisition for lunar projects and the like.  Our guest talked about the need for government sponsored infrastructure in advance of lunar commercial projects and suggested only government was capable of footing the bill for the needed  infrastructure.  He said raising the actual capital was a challenge and that at this time, it would really be uphill for lunar ventures.  In his concluding remarks, he said he was bullish for commercial space and private space companies and that going commercial was a good thing as it has & will bring in fresh ideas & projects.  His final question was about 3D printing for space.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog.  You can reach our guest through the Schafer Corp website, http://www.schafercorp.com or me.

Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12 January 1, 2013

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Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1921-BWB-2012-12-31.mp3

2012 Year End Review & Analysis for Space Development

Guest:  Tom Olson.   Topics: The year 2012 is reviewed from the space perspective and we look forward to space development in 2013.  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 back Tom Olson for his annual Space Show year in review analysis with a look forward to 2013 for space development.  We started our discussion by remembering those in our space community that are no longer with us. We specifically mentioned three dear friends though we know that others have also left us.  Our program was dedicated to Neil Armstrong, Jesco von Puttkamer, and Reda Anderson.  We certainly miss our friends but space development marches on like everything else in life.  A few of the early issues Tom brought up in the 2012 annual overview of space included the Falcon 9 launches and Dragon missions.  He also talked about ISDC and birthing of Dragon during the keynote by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden.  While on the subject of SpaceX and its mission to the ISS, Paul sent in a question asking if SpaceX dropping out of the Stratolauncher project indicated that perhaps they had “bitten off more than they could chew.”  Tom and I have no inside information about SpaceX and Stratolaunch but we both thought that Paul’s comment was reasonable as SpaceX is certainly busy enough with game changing projects & technology.  Cubesats were discussed given their rise in popularity and importance in 2012. It seems as if their potential is more than on the rise!  Cubesat growth also cuts across many diverse space industry segments and niche markets.  Bev asked about the future of 3-D printing and its potential impact on future human spaceflight (HSF). 3-D printing is certainly experiencing space industry growth & there will soon be a small 3-D printer on the ISS.  Heavy lift came up and much was said about the Falcon Heavy and SLS, both looking back over 2012 & forward to 2013.

In our second segment, I asked if fuel depots would evolve from the Power Point & rhetoric stage to something more tangible in 2013.  We talked about depots as many of the projects announced in 2012 use depot technology to enable their plan.  Tom talked about warp drive becoming more possible due to the 2012 work of Dr. Sonny White.  Dr. White will be a guest on The Space Show Friday, January 4, 2013.  Tom next brought up NASA budget issues & possible cuts.  He talked about science mission cuts, the JWST, and on the HSF side, SLS eating up much of the budget with commercial crew still needing funding.  I asked Tom how he thought space advocacy made out during 2012.  Mixed was a one word summary of this discussion.  Next, we talked about space settlement being made part of the U.S. space policy in 2013.  Tom went over the pros & cons surrounding this effort. Doug called in about space settlement & I referred him to earlier programs with Steve Wolfe who authored the Space Settlement Act of 1988 which is part of public law.  Tom said space settlement was SLS dependent & that makes the potential policy controversial to many space enthusiasts since many oppose SLS.  Tom said 2012 was a good year for new commercial space grandiose missions such as Golden Spike, Planetary Resources, Mars One, a lunar base, Shackleton Energy, even EML2 missions.  He kept asking the questions regarding objectives, who pays, the reasons for the missions, and more. He said most of these missions rely on some form of large launcher, either the Falcon Heavy SLS.  Tom talked about ITAR reform that has been signed by both houses of Congress & is applicable to the U.S. satellite industry.  Human rating of the Atlas came up for a 2012 progress report, then Dave in San Antonio inquired about cyber warfare & the space industry in 2012 & the future.  2012 marked the year the space shuttles went on display in museums & Tom talked about the Russian space program investments for modernization over the coming decade. He also talked about other national space programs.  Near the end of our program, we brought up the Spaceport America liability issue & the risks facing the New Mexico spaceport.  Tom updated us for 2013 on the NewSpace Business Plan Competition & his work with the Exodus Group for space business consulting.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can email Tom through drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Richard David, Tuesday, 7-31-12 August 1, 2012

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Richard David, Tuesday, 7-31-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1825-BWB-2012-07-31.mp3

.Guest:  Richard David.  Topics:  NewSpace Global, LLC, private space company ratings & analysis, commercial space evaluation tools.  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 Richard David to the program to discuss his new company, NewSpace Global, LLC (NSG).  NSG publishes monthly reports and indices rating and evaluating NewSpace companies and the industry.  Please follow along with us at their website, www.newspaceglobal.com.  As we learned, the company provides high level market data and enables subscribers to their service to access important company and industry information regarding the commercial space companies, the emerging industry, management, and more.  Mr. David said that NSG tracks about 300 companies with a focus, in this order, on management, markets, capitalization, and technology.  During our discussion, Richard went into detail regarding each of these categories and why each segment is listed in the above order.  As he discussed the content and tools used to analyze the companies, he mentioned several company examples throughout our discussing including SpaceX, Skybox Imaging, Planetary Resources, plus others.  He discussed how they collected their data and their commitment to the protection of proprietary data and information. He also went into some detail regarding the different indices which are discussed at www.newspaceglobal.com/indices.  We discussed changes with the famous reports issued by Clark Lindsey as RLV News is now part of NSG and called NewSpace Watch (www.newspacewatch.com).  For those of you that regularly follow the fine work of Clark, you will want to know about these changes.  Richard also talked about interested parties being able to sign up for a free week of NSG services followed by their choice of multiple subscription plans.  You can signup at either  www.newspacewatch.com/signup.php or www.newspaceglobal.com/user/register.

In our second segment, Mr. David spoke more about Clark’s work and the new relationship with NSG.  He also mentioned more companies that they follow on the Top 100 Index of commercial space companies.  He talked about Thruster which is their monthly report.  When you sign up for the free trial, you can download the current Thruster issue.  Other issues discussed included the general media and its response to NewSpace as an industry along with specific companies, the NSG rating point system for analysis, and just how issues such as ITAR and company market scalability considerations are factored into the analysis and ratings.

Please post your comments on The Space Show blog.  If you want to email Richard, you can use info@newspaceglobal.com.  Reference The Space Show in the subject lin.  In closing, Richard paraphrased a Victor Hugo quote, All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

Reinventing Space Conference Interviews, Friday, 5-11-12 May 11, 2012

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Reinventing Space Conference Interviews, Friday, 5-11-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1772-BWB-2012-05-11.mp3

Guests:  1st Segment: Col (Res.) Yoram Ilan-Lipovsky with George Vamos;  2nd Segment: George Vamos.  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.  This program consists of two recorded interviews from the Reinventing Space Conference 2012.  The first interview for an hour is with Col (Res.) Yoram Ilan-Lipovsky .  Yoram has been interviewed in earlier years at this conference, still serves with the IAF though he is retired,  and is still part of the Israeli Space Program.  We were joined by George Vamos who was attending the conference as he was most interested in Yoram’s plans for air launch for Israeli satellites and missions.  Col. Ilan-Lipovsky told us about his plan to use cubesats for disaster management including wild fires as well as a host of other natural and man made disasters.  He talked about the interest in this project in Japan, the U.S. including the states most subject to wild fires, Europe and Israel.  We went through his satellite plan, the use of air launch to quickly get the satellites up for a specific disaster, and debris issues when the small satellites reach the end of their mission.  Later in this interview, we talked about space and the average Israeli, the Kepler Space Telescope and STEM issues in education in Israel and around the world.

In the second segment, George Vamos proposed several questions to us and hopes that listeners to this program will offer him comments, information, or ask questions on the blog.  George is looking ahead to the day when he believes there might be a government space program leaving all space exploration, including deep space exploration, to the private sector.  Thus, he is looking at a new model to finance deep space missions using philanthropy.  He is wondering what the price points might be for deep space mission, perhaps to Mars, and then can such a mission be financed through philanthropy.  He said he realized that most of these types of missions would not support a commercial model since traditional investment and ROI objectives would not likely be met.  Based on what he sees with wealthy people building wings of hospitals, cancer centers and even financing the Keck Telescope in Hawaii, he exploring philanthropy as a possible means of carrying, perhaps at a small level, meaningful deep space missions.  See what you think and let him know your thoughts on the blog.  He will be responding to your comments and questions.

For all comments and questions regarding both segments of this discussion, please post them on The Space Show blog.

The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 4-4-12 April 5, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 4-4-12

John Batchelor, Gwynne Shotwell of Space X, DrSpace

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1746-BWB-2012-04-04.mp3

Guests:  John Batchelor, Gwynne Shotwell, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics: Space X, the upcoming Falcon 9 launch & Dragon birthing with ISS 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. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. The topics in this 20 minute plus two part segment focused on the upcoming Space X Falcon 9 launch with the Dragon to the ISS, the birthing process (not docking), and what it means for the company and the country to have a successful private and entrepreneurial launch company open up the space markets and processes for more participation.  In the second segment after the break, we talked about Falcon Heavy, Stratolaunch, and Space X plans for a future with Mars.  If you have comments/questions for either John Batchelor or Gwynne Shotwell, send them to me and I will forward them to you.

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