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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 4-8-14 April 9, 2014

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 4-8-14

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Guest:  Robert (Bob) Zimmerman.  Topics:  A variety of space news and projects discussed, including space policy.  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 Bob Zimmerman back to the program for a discussion on a variety of space new and policy topics.  During our first segment of our 2 hour 5 minute show, we talked about the U.S. sanctions against Russia for their behavior in the Crimea/Ukrainian region and the instructions to NASA to halt all activity with Russia on space issues other than what is related to the ISS.  As Bob pointed out about 98% of space activity with Russia is ISS oriented so Bob said the sanctions did not amount to much.  He then talked policy, the idea that Russia wants its own space station and breaking the ISS agreement. He said nations break agreements like this all the time and cited our pulling of the EXOMARS agreements with Europe as an example.  He then   told us about the PLATO multi optical telescope being built in Europe for looking at exoplanets.  Next, listeners wanted to talk with him about the upcoming Falcon 9 launch and reusability.  Bob had much to say on the launch, the delay, and first stage reusability.  Philip emailed in from New Brunswick about the Russians largely sticking to themselves on station.  Bob spoke to cultural difference with the Russians, language issues, and said that they tended to their own experiments as we do our experiments.  He also said the Russians need to keep the ISS going and need us to stay with it.  Virgin Galactic was discussed and Bob went over some the test, engine, and personnel changes in recent times.  A listener emailed in about a Fox News Show over the past few weeks in which space made up part of the show.  The Fox News panel seemed to be traditional in nature and felt our space program was a mess and declining.  Bob spoke to his usual position in that he does not want any government space program.  Tony called from Seattle to talk more about reusability & the problems with the SpaceX first effort on this on a prior launch.

In the second segment, we mentioned the role of satellites in looking for Flight 370 and Bob talked about rescuing people and such programs in general.  We asked for suggestions for new space topics for discussion and Bob himself suggested underground oceans on Enceladus & LADEE’s results from the Moon for lunar dust experiments.  We talked about the emerging cubesat industry, Dream Chaser, then near the end of the show, I asked Bob for an update on the White Nose bat fungus problem.  We talked about the possibility of space being a topic in the 2014 congressional elections and Bob spent lots of time telling us all why SLS was no good.  Visit his website, http://www.behindtheblack.com.

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Randa and Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems, Monday, 4-7-14 April 8, 2014

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Randa and Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems, Monday, 4-7-14

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Guests:  Randa and Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems.  Topics:  The successful IOS launch March 29, 2014 & Interorbital Systems updates.  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.  Note that there was phone line noise on this program, especially with listeners calling in on cell phones on the toll free line. We welcomed Randa and Rod Milliron back to the program to discuss their successful March 29, 2014 Common Propulsion Module Test Vehicle launch plus updates on the overall Interorbital Systems (IOS) s progress.

In our fist segment of this 91 minute program, we mainly talked about their recent launch which Randa and Rod took us through step by step.  Lots of questions came in via email by listeners and later on by phone calls.  Some of the questions focused on the PR given the John Frusicante’s (Red Hot Chili Peppers) album ENCLOSURE (The Record Collection, Malibu) payload which was incorrectly described by the non-space industry media.  We also talked about IOS getting a Class 3 waiver for the launch & what that process involved.  Rod took us through technical and design aspects for the rocket and we also talked about the larger Neptune Modular Rocket System that the company is developing for orbital spaceflight.  Also of interest to listeners were the IOS TubeSat and CubeSat do it yourself kits which include a launch when the kit is completed.  As we learned, IOS is rapidly filling up their third planned launch for these kits.  Another point of interest was their upcoming launch for this summer which will be a guided launch for the first time.  Both Randa and Rod talked about being vertically integrated and making and doing all the parts and engineering in house.  One email listener asked for their plans to go suborbital and then orbital. Another listener inquired about the do it yourself satellite kits pricing & ease of building.  Before the segment ended, we talked about the IOS plans for ocean launch.  Neb called in from Bosnia to talk about the IOS success throughout Europe and the positive impact of the musical payload.

In the second segment, we talked about IOS ITAR requirements, the number of payloads per rocket, the ongoing plans for a lunar mission, nuclear propulsion, and their guidance system.  Neb call again from Bosnia to talk about how IOS was inspiring people around the world.  Randa gave us an update on the plans for Olav Zipser to skydive from a rocket, then Doug emailed in to inquire about how the diameter of the common propulsion module was determined.  Randa & Rod also talked about their future plans for visiting Venus. Don’t miss this discussion.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach Interorbital through me or their website, http://www.interorbital.com.

Kevin Heath, Tuesday, 4-1-14 April 2, 2014

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Kevin Heath, Tuesday, 4-1-14

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Guest:  Kevin Heath.  Topics:  The company Waypoint 2 Space for human spaceflight training was introduced to us.  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 Kevin Heath, CEO and President of Waypoint 2 Space, a new human spaceflight training company located near JSC near Houston, Texas.  Visit their website for more information, http://www.waypoint2space.com.  While our program was 90 minutes and covered two segments, since we talked about Waypoint 2 Space in both segments, along with their training program and plans, this summary will cover both segments as one.  We started our discussion with Mr. Heath providing us with an historical overview leading up to the creation of Waypoint 2 Space followed by the why of starting this business.  One of the important points made early in the discussion was the fact that Waypoint has received the FAA Safety Approval which is important, especially for the platform customers.  Kevin then went over their training plans and programs, explaining that they will have three main programs, a Level 1 Spaceflight Fundamentals; Level 2 Sub-orbital Training & Level 3 Orbital Training.  Waypoint also has a Commercial Payload Specialist Program which was explained to us.  Our guest went through the special equipment they have and will acquire as Kevin made the point throughout our discussion that Waypoint provided comprehensive spaceflight training.  As you will hear, the programs are being implemented as the markets appear. For example, the Level 3 Orbital Training Program will be delayed until there are orbital flights available for their customer base.  Kevin talked a lot about spacesuits in the training, having sizes for their customer base, and he described more regarding their comprehensive spacesuit training.  He also talked about making Waypoint broad to appeal to and serve a large and diverse market.  When asked, our guest went over the physical requirements for the program along with the guidelines for one’s health.  Listeners asked lots of questions, including wanting to know if training for focus, calmness, and on psychological concerns was part of the training.  Others asked questions about the training per se, space sickness, competition, and of course the pricing.  The price for the Level 1 Program is $45,000 & Kevin spent some time discussing pricing with us.  Later we learned that Waypoint has expansion plans that may even include a foreign type of franchise at various spaceport locations around the world.  Kevin was asked about special lunar or Mars mission profile and settlement training, plus I asked him if he used space tourism market studies in his creating the business.  Our guest had much to say about this particular subject.  Others wanted to know about class size, registration, & possible NASA endorsements to the training.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach Kevin Heath through the Waypoint website or me.

Jeffrey (Jefff) Smith, Tuesday, 3-18-14 March 19, 2014

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Jeffrey (Jefff) Smith, Tuesday, 3-18-14

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Guest:  Jeffrey (Jeff) Smith.  Topics:  Space Expedition Corp Griffith Observatory event, XCOR, Lynx, NewSpace.  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 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 Jeff Smith to the program to discuss the recent Space Expedition Corp program held at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.  We initially learned of this event when Doug Messier was recent a guest on the program and since Jeff was going to be in Los Angeles, he decided to attend the event while in Los Angeles.  During the first segment of our 91 minute, Jeff introduced us to Space Expedition Corp (www.spacexc.com) which is a Netherlands based space service company wanting to sell & service flights on the XCOR Lynx suborbital vehicle in Curacao.  Jeff described the audience attending the event, spoke about the qualifications, expertise, and knowledge regarding the Space Expedition Corp’s (SXC) speaker at the event and others in the company.  Listeners asked many questions, including environmental questions regarding rocket pollution in the atmosphere.  Jeff said this was discussed at the event.  Another listener asked about ITAR given XCOR was working with a company in the Netherlands. Both Jeff and then later another listener, Carl, responded and explained the ITAR situation vis a vis XCOR.  Jeff also talked about opportunities in aerospace as a result of many leaving the Air Force or other services after their 20 years.  Another observation Jeff offered was that he thought more companies were interested in marketing space, not doing space.  Jeff was asked if SXC planned Lynx flights at locations other than Curacao.  Listener Carl responded that XCOR was planning flights in the States and elsewhere but it was not clear if SXC would be operating in locations other than Curacao.

In the second segment, I asked Jeff for his thoughts on the NewSpace industry in general, plus the emerging suborbital industry.  Here, Jeff had lots to say, including some concern for market issues and the low barrier to entry for parts of the industry.  Betsy in Tulsa asked him what inspired his interest in NewSpace and like many of us, Jeff was addicted to space everything at a very early age, chose to get an education in a related field and follow a career in aerospace.  He also wanted to follow the entrepreneurial side of things through NewSpace.  He said NewSpace seems to be more ideologically driven than traditional aerospace.  We talked about star gazing in Tucson, the Planetary Science Institute plan for telescopes on a Lynx, & the ability of students, especially at the high school level, to do science experiments that were space related through cubesats and more.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog.  Jeff can be contacted through me.

Stephen Murphy, Friday, 2-28-14 March 1, 2014

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Stephen Murphy, Friday, 2-28-14

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Guest:  Stephen Murphy.  Topics:  Do It Yourself Space (DIY), space exploration for all, open hardware, DIY entrepreneurial opportunities.  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 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 Stephen Murphy to the program to discuss Do It Yourself (DIY) space exploration and the available tools to make it all happen.  In our first segment of this 1 hour 27 minute program, Mr. Murphy explained the concept of Do It Yourself (DIY) Space Exploration.  Make sure you visit his website for more information on this topic, www.diyspaceexploration.com.  We first explained the DIY concept and just why the timing was right for it to be attainable by those outside the space industry given the availability of low cost tools that can be used to build space hardware.  We talked about needed background to be able to build something plus all the tools available including kits.  However, we also talked about the choke hold on the industry due to the launch side of the business which is still costly and limited.   Of course Charles Pooley called in to remind us all that Microlaunchers was trying to solve the launch side of the problem.  During both segments, Stephen mentioned many different companies doing a specific piece of DIY or general technology as following these companies and learning from what they have and will be dong as well as how they do it can be a good guide.  We also talked about smaller than cubesat items such as the pocket cubesat, rocket cubesat, and more.  Next, we went into the aggressive use of crowd funding for raising money for the projects using Kickstarter, Indiegogo and others.  Our guest put forward some simple marketing and promotional “rules” for crowdfunding, especially before you start your crowdfunding campaign.

In the second segment, we opened up with a discussion about open hardware and how companies involved with it make it work because its an unusual business model.  Here, Stephen also mentioned companies using the open source model to build an important community for their work and products, also a different business model from the traditional model. We discussed the Maker community, especially MakerBot with 3D printing, several crowdfunding projects, even DIY drones!  Listeners asked about ITAR, then near the end we switched topics to using high altitude balloons.  Our guest said this was like a “gateway drug” to space because it was cheap, easy, and would likely be an excellent low cost testing platform.  Mr. Murphy’s goal with his website & business is offer workshops & tools so everyone who wants can move forward with space exploration.

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Joan Horvath, Friday, 1-17-14 January 18, 2014

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Joan Horvath, Friday, 1-17-14

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Guest:  Joan Horvath.  Topics:  3D Printing for space and for terrestrial applications.  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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Joan Horvath back to the show to discuss 3D printing with her company Deezmaker & 3D printing for space and here on Earth.  For more information, visit her company website, http://deezmaker.com.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 27 minute show, Ms. Horvath introduced us to 3D printing and Deezmaker in Pasadena, CA.  Joan talked about being part of the Maker and Hacker communities, the two highly successful Deezmaker Kickstarter programs, and their two small desktop and portable printers, the Bukobot and the Bukito Portable Printer.  She described their customer as being one of 3 types. Their target included high school and college students.  We talked about the capabilities of their printers, the fact they both are do it yourself assembly kits, and that the company offers some assistance in assembly as well as scanning.  Other topics in this segment included mass manufacturing, molds, robotics, mechanical parts, materials used to build the kits as well as for printing items.  Joan was asked about plans to put a 3D printer on the ISS, the success of both Kickstarter programs, the interest & demand for 3D printing, Deezmaker competition, and even lunar surface 3D printing.  We learned that tops among the challenges her company printers faced were supply chain problems.  I asked if Deezmaker faced ITAR challenges which it does not.  Joan often referred to their printers as a “little factory on the desk.”  Jack emailed asking if these smaller printers were stepping stones to learning how to work with larger 3D printers.  Joan talked about the operating software & computer tools, including G Code which 3D printers use.  She also relayed a story to us about how these printers served as a learning inspirational tool for geometry/math students and others.  Rob of PISCES called in from Hawaii to ask about 3D printing and volcanic basalt.

In the second segment, Aaron wanted to know if the 3D printing claims were exaggerated.  Joan said the industry was definitely on the ramp of the hype cycle.  She then said what she thought 3D printing would be good for and not so good for.  The latter group included food.  She then discussed uses in archaeology, paleontology, and other fields.  Our guest was asked more about lunar 3D printing. She said it would be OK for 1 or 2 things, not for mass production copies of something needed.  Ben talked about industry consolidation.  Joan thought it might still be too early to see widespread consolidation.  Doug called to say he was skeptical about 3D printing & asked supply chain questions and questions about trades and analysis.  Joan mentioned an upcoming Burbank, CA expo, the Deezmaker blog on the website, a calendar of events and more.  As we ended our discussion, we talked about international 3D printing interests, materials, garage invention tinkering with 3D printing, and the Deezmaker open house the first Sunday of every month in Pasadena.

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Caed Aldwych, Tuesday, 11-26-13 November 27, 2013

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Caed Aldwych, Tuesday, 11-26-13

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Guest:  Caed Aldwych.  Topics:  Global Space Organization and its plan for going to the Moon by 2020.  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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Caed Aldwych to the program for a 1 hour 42 minute discussion about his company, Global Space Organization (GSO).  You can learn more by visiting their website at www.gso-space.org.  In the first segment, Mr. Aldwych, who is the Commander of GSO, provided us with an introduction to GSO, why it was created, and what the company vision is all about and what makes this a unique company in its approach to engaging in commercial space.  Our guest spent some time putting forth the traditional commercial space models in play with other companies but did not think these models were sustainable.  He then spent time telling us about the GSO action plan, marking the differences from traditional commercial companies and letting listeners know how GSO intends to bridge the gap to make sure what they do vis a vis the Moon will be sustainable.  Part of the plan Caed talked about focused on partnerships with other companies and uniting together to accomplish common and mutual space goals.  When asked for a timeline for lunar development with financing in place, he estimated about a decade.  During our discussion, Caed stressed that he was not looking for investment money at this time.  He strongly believes in competition for space services and products and that competition will help his company reach its goals.  We also talked about the need for a permanent base on the Moon with a settlement, habitats, and real commercial, revenue generating business.  You don’t want to miss his first segment discussion on just why GSO is different from other commercial space companies.

In the second segment, we started off with our guest describing the GSO membership program, including membership fees which for the present are not being collected.  When membership fees start being collected, they only apply to membership matters, not the commercial space plans of the company. Caed was asked about the Roman terms used for the board and officers.  Later, he reiterated the part of the GSO plan for the company to stand out and to be noticed and recognized on a global level.  He was also asked about ITAR and their plan for global relationships, plus his thoughts on Inspiration Mars and more on Mars One which he talked about in the first segment.  Listeners wanted to know about GSO plans for selecting lunar crews and as you will hear, members comprise the priority list for crew members and employees.  Toward the end, I asked him for his time line action plan from 2014 to 2020.

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 10-16-13 October 17, 2013

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 10-16-13

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, Gordon Chang Dr. David Livingston:  Topics:  ITAR, NASA & Chinese restriction, Kepler Conference at AMES.  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. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  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.  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

 During our 11 minute plus discussion, John, Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, Gordon Chang  and I talked about recent restrictions placed on Chinese students and space industry professionals in attending the Kepler Conference to be held at NASA Ames.  We talked ITAR in general, the Chinese space program which is not a civil program, ITAR’s lack of standards and enforcement, and related issues.  We also discussed related national security issues and choices available to NASA based on congressional actions on these issues.

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Charles Miller, Monday, 9-30-13 October 1, 2013

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Charles Miller, Monday, 9-30-13

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Guest:  Charles Miller.  Topics:  Commercial space, small satellites, commercial crew, human spaceflight & more.  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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Charles Miller back to The Space Show for this 1 hour 31 minute program.  During the first segment, Charles talked about the future of commercial space, extending the life of the ISS, managing risk and uncertainty to maximize returns and benefits for commercial space, plus he used the company he co-founded, NanoRacks, as a commercial model utilizing the national lab ISS.  We talked about commercial crew, the success of the Space Act Agreement for contracting and pockets of congressional resistance to the commercial and Space Act programs.  In discussing commercial opportunities on the ISS, we also talked about CASIS and the role it is playing in bridging the gap and facilitating commercial companies using the ISS.  Charles then talked about his company, NexGen Space LLC and he referenced the DARPA XS-1 Reusable Spaceplane.  A listener asked our guest about a possible influx of commercial opportunities from outside the U.S.  In response to this question, Charles talked about competing cultures and why the U.S. is so strong with its culture of innovation.  Commercial crew, human spaceflight, and the need to spend 6 months training in Russia were discussed with the latter being an impediment.  Suborbital demand was a topic as were the commercial efforts by Boeing, Sierra Nevada, ATK and other mainstream aerospace companies.

In our second segment, we talked about Kickstarter and the use of crowd funding in the emerging commercial space industry.  Innovation and low cost space access were key topics and themes for this segment.  Listener Jack asked about space entrepreneurial management teams & what to look for in a quality team.  I asked Charles to tell us where he thought the industry would be in ten years.  Charles talked about small satellite constellations, far more affordability across the board, and a large growth space tourism industry.  He also mentioned that the turning point will come when we have cheaper access to space than today. Toward the end of our discussion, Charles was asked for his suggestion for the best path to pursue for those seeking commercial space careers. In response, he talked about getting real hardware and flight experience & mentioned high schools that provide this experience.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above.  Charles Miller can be reached through me using drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Stan Kennedy, Maureen O’Brien, Oakman Aerospace, Friday, 9-6-13 September 7, 2013

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Stan Kennedy, Maureen O’Brien, Oakman Aerospace, Friday, 9-6-13

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Guests:  Stanley Kennedy, Jr., Maureen O’Brien.  Topics:  Oakman Aerospace, cubesats, ITAR reform.  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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Stan Kennedy and Maureen O’Brien to the program for this 58 minute discussion about Oakman Aerospace, cubesats, the Small Sat Conference, ITAR reform and more.  During one segment discussion, Stan took us through the brief history of Oakman Aerospace (www.oak-aero.com) which just completed its first fiscal year.  Oakman Aerospace (OAI) specializes in rapid and responsive, modular, open-architecture space systems which Stan discussed with us, plus more information is available on their website.  We talked about changes in the small satellite and cubesat industries, the effect of sequestration which may be driving companies to more commercial options, and financial options including crowd sourcing using Kickstarter.  Stan fielded several listener questions regarding the use of Kickstarter, the possibility of over saturation of the developing industry, the drive to push toward more commercial space ventures.  We also talked about the importance of international participation and ITAR Reform.  At one point, I asked about bottlenecks in this area and our guest cited the 1248 report.  Maureen discussed the current state of ITAR reform efforts and the impact of ITAR on the smaller companies.  One of the issues brought up in this discussion was the need to be able to retain foreign students and workers with a STEM background or experience so that we don’t lose them back to their home country or another country.  Later, a listener asked about student internships at OAI and we also learned that the company is hiring.  As our program was drawing to a close, I asked about the OAI year two plans and the company five year plan.  As you will hear, they are planning for growth and market share increases.  We talked about their IP being one of their main products & the need for standardization.  Charles Pooley called back in to over the costs required and the realistic time line for getting a secondary payload ride.  This discussion supports the need for lower launch costs and for additional small satellite and cubesat launch options.  Near the program’s end, our guest responded to an email question about the USML and CCL regarding ITAR.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can contact our guests through their website or me.

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