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Golden Oldie Tom Olson Space Year 2012 In Review, Monday, 12-30-13 December 30, 2013

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Golden Oldie Tom Olson Space Year 2012 In Review, Monday, 12-30-13

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Guest: Tom Olson. Topics: The year 2012 is reviewed from the space perspective and we look forward to space development in 2012. 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.

Welcome to the final program of our Golden Oldie series, The Space Decade In Review. For this program which originally aired on Dec. 31, 2012, Tom Olson gave us his annual Space Show year in review analysis with a look forward to 2013 for space development. We started our 1 hour 36 minute 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 Stratolaunch 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.

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Golden Oldie Tom Olson Space Year 2011 in Review, Sunday, 12-29-13 December 29, 2013

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Golden Oldie Tom Olson Space Year 2011 in Review, Sunday, 12-29-13

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Guest: Tom Olson. Topics: The year 2011 in review regarding all space issues. 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.

Welcome to our Golden Oldie Decade of Review, this year with the space year 2011. Tom Olson was our reviewer for this 2011 review, aired live on Dec. 27, 2011.  We had much to cover in this 105 minute program. Tom started out reminding us that 2011 was the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight. He told us about the banner year for Yuri’s Night parties around the globe celebrating this important milestone and specifically about the even he attended in New Your City. Next, he pointed out the recent National Press Club talk given by Elon Musk on going to Mars and building the rockets to take us there, plus his recent New Scientist interview which you can read in full on the Mars Society website. Tom commented that the sky was actually falling in 2011 with two large junk satellites coming back to Earth. We also talked about the return of Phobos Grunt to earth probably in early to mid-January 2012. One of the big events we discussed for 2011 was the retirement of the shuttle. This led us to discussing the recent Chinese space rendezvous and the fact that China is now the number two launching country behind Russia having overtaken the U.S. this year. Planetary missions were part of our year in review with Vesta and Dawn, the Kepler Space Telescope, MSL with Curiosity. New Horizons continued its journey to Pluto and Explorer 1 continued beyond our solar system. Tom talked about SLS and the ORION MPC Vehicle, plus the James Webb Space Telescope and its cost issues in the context of its impact on the NASA budget. Soyuz rocket problems along with all the Russian rocket failures this year were fair game for our discussion. I asked Tom what he thought of the idea of SLS as a place holder for skill sets and technology until our space program improves. Don’t miss his answer. He brought up Virgin Galactic’s drop tests this year, especially the last one where trouble showed up. Making news for 2011 were NASA and space industry workforce layoffs and the successful Falcon 9 and Dragon launch. At the end of the first segment, Bigelow Aerospace was in our spotlight. In segment two, Tom led off with XCOR news, Terry called wondering about CCDEV3 and Tom suggested program winners! Don’t miss his prediction. He also was asked to predict the cancellation year for SLS. Don’t miss this prediction as well. We talked about the upcoming New Space Business Plan Competition for 2012, the prizes which are the largest ever, and the timing. If this interests you, make sure to stay tuned for more information. Later in the segment we began a summary of our discussion and 2011. Tom was asked about the space elevator and the Lunar Space Elevator. We wrapped up our discussion talking about growth in the space conferences even in the tough economic year of 2011.

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Dr. Sean Casey, Sunday, 9-15-13 September 16, 2013

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Dr. Sean Casey, Sunday, 9-15-13

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Guest:  Dr. Sean Casey.  Topics:  Silicon Valley Space Center and their projects with a focus on their Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA) project.  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 Dr. Sean Casey back to the program to discuss updates with the Silicon Valley Space Center and their new project, the Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA) project for establishing NewSpace related office and lab facilities at Moffett Field.  During the first segment of this 90 minute program, we talked about the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition, the Silicon Valley Space Center projects and workshops, and the benefits of membership in the organization. For more information, please visit www.svsc.org.  During both segments of the program, Dr. Casey provided several email addresses for listeners to obtain additional information about the various projects. Sean Casey’s address is sean.casey@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.  He also summarized all the addresses at the end of the discussion.  In this segment, Dr. Casey also discussed space entrepreneurism, cited several examples of it, and we talked about innovation.  Toward the end of the segment, he brought us current with many of their planned events  and then he introduced us to the “Moffett Field Problem” which he said was being solved by the MFA project which we talked more about in the second segment. 

In our next segment, Sean did go into detail explaining the MFA Project, the bid that GSA will decide on within a year and the email address to use for more information, mfa@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.  Our guest talked about plans for Hanger One and the other hangers, and that they were looking for this project to create a center for innovation, business support and much more.  Sean also talked about offering business support, mentoring programs, support of existing programs such as the BNASA Flight Opportunities Program and getting technology to the ISS and more.  Information on these topics can be obtained by emailing newspace@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.  Another project Sean spoke about was the upcoming PongSat Workshop plus events that will be held at the Hacker DoJo in Mountain View, CA. 

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Tom Olson, Space Business Plan Competition 2013, Thursday, 8-22-13 August 23, 2013

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Tom Olson, Space Business Plan Competition 2013, Thursday, 8-22-13

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  NewSpace Business Plan Competition 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for a one hour discussion with important updates for the NewSpace Business Plan Competition 2013.  Tom told us that the date for submitting  applications had been extended to August 29.  To see the instructions, rules, etc. for submitting an application, please visit www.newspacebpc.com.  The prize money remains the same with a $100K grand prize from NASA, a $25K second prize from ATK, plus an additional $5K NASA prize and an additional $5K ATK price for a total of $135,000 purse.  Tom clarified some of the rules, the 50% owned by an American citizen requirement and he answered lots of listener questions about submitting the 3-5 page Executive Summary and writing the actual business plan.  The date for the competition is still fluid but they are looking for Oct. 24 at Stanford University.  Tom received several email questions about business plan metrics, contestant track records, success stories, and more.  Several examples of businesses were mentioned, especially those falling into the space scalable category.  We also talked about the competition being open to everyone as there were no government imposed diversity requirements and those submitting do not have to be engineers or space tech pros.  Just have a good idea, a good team, and be able to present your idea clearly and with common sense.  As we were approaching the last quarter of the show, Business Plan Team Member Meagan Crawford called in to add to what Tom was saying and to give us a marketing perspective.  Meagan said she was interested in developing metrics for tracking business plan successes and outcomes.  Tom and Meagan went over the schedule, we talked about Boot Camp which is not open to the public and they told us about the plans so far for the main event on Oct. 24th.  Meagan and Tom talked about sponsorships for the competition still being available.  They were also asked if there was a plan to move the competition to different cities in a way similar to the old Space Investment Summit meetings.  Toward the end of our discussion, we talked about missed opportunities by not entering the competition with your idea.  Even if your idea does not win, there are superb networking opportunities at the completion, plus the potential for meeting those that can help out financially with your plan/idea.

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Tom Olson, Jeff Krukin, Monday, 7-15-13 July 16, 2013

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Tom Olson, Jeff Krukin, Monday, 7-15-13

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Guests:  Tom Olson, Jeff Krukin.  Topics:  The NewSpace Business Plan Competition for 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  Please note that there was unwanted phone line noise on this program.

We welcomed Tom Olson and Jeff Krukin back to the program to discuss this year’s NewSpace Business Plan Competition which will be Oct. 2, 2013 at a place yet to be named in Silicon Valley.  Visit their website for more information including competition rules, prize information, and more:  www.newspacebpc.com.  In the first segment of 95 minute program, Tom and Jeff spoke about this year’s competition, why it was delayed and separated this year from the NewsSpace Conference. Tom also mentioned having a focus this year on mining given the commercial interest in asteroid mining.  Our guests went over the prizes for this year which are substantially higher than in previous years.  There is a $100K first price, a $25K second prize and a $5K specialty third prize.  Our guests also talked about the rules but we urge those of you interested in the competition to read the rules posted on the website above to make sure your proposed business meets the guidelines of the competition.  Jeff spoke with us about the Boot Camp coaching sessions this year starting a day and half before the Oct. 2 competition.  Boot Camp, as you will hear, is not open to the public but the competition on Oct. 2nd is a public event.  Listeners asked several logistical questions and Curt wanted to know about recent trends, hot topics and such.  We talked about mining, 3 D printing and the need for the projects to be space scalable.  Visit http://newspacebpc.com/what-is-space-scalable for information on space scalable as this is an important part of the competition.  Those entering the competition have a $50 registration fee. Our guests were also asked about oversight on how the prize money is used by the winners.  Larry emailed in to inquire about other national business plan competitions & our guests separated student from pro competitions.  The NewSpace competition is a pro business plan competition.

During the second part of our program, Allison inquired about the past successes and the start of their commercial ventures and Dave Hook emailed in to inquire about IP protection.  Later in the segment, I asked our guests about the competition management which is handled by the Exodus Group.  As we were nearing the end of our program, we talked about commercial space trends, how the competition has changed and evolved over the years, and some of the highs and lows for Tom and Jeff with the past conferences.

If you have comments/questions about this discussion, please post them on The Space Show blog above.  You can reach Tom and Jeff through the competition website.

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

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Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12

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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.

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Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 11-13-12 November 14, 2012

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Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 11-13-12

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Guest:  Dr. Sean Casey.  SOFIA update, Silicon ValleySpaceCenter, entrepreneurial space ventures and 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. We welcomed Dr. Sean Casey back to the show.  Our first topic dealt with updates to the SOFA Project (Space Research Association for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy).  You can find out more by visiting the SOFIA website, www.sofia.usra.edu. Dr. Casey talked about upgrades, new science programs, and more for SOFIA, plus he addressed issues specific to airborne observatories.  After the SOFIA update, we turned our attention to California’s Silicon Valley and the new Silicon Valley Space Center (SVSC) which is a non-profit business accelerators focused on connecting entrepreneurs with NewSpace leaders and other commercial opportunities.  Visit their website for more information, www.svsc.org. The balance of our discussion centered on the activity of the SVSC with a focus to developing cubesat, nanosat, and other NewSpace opportunities.  Dr. Casey mentioned several companies that suggested what he was focused on including Nanosatisfy (www.nanosatisfi.com), Skybox Imaging (www.skyboximaging.com), and GLXP Teams.

In the second segment, we talked more about the SVSC and Silicon Valley in general, especially for projects outside of California.  He talked more about the companies already mentioned and told us about additional entrepreneurial companies doing cubesat, nanosat, and other startup space ventures.  We talked about classroom opportunities with cubesats, ways to help in commercial space projects at the classroom level, and how to engage students early on in exciting and doable NewSpace projects.  Near the end we talked about human spaceflight opportunities as opposed to the science missions.

If you have comments/questions for Dr. Casey, please post them on The Space Show blog.  Dr. Casey can be emailed at sean.casey@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.

Paul Breed, Tuesday, 10-30-12 October 31, 2012

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Paul Breed, Tuesday, 10-30-12

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Guest:  Paul Breed.  Topics:  Low cost space access & developing a nanosat launcher.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, & discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, & any discussion must be relevant & 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 using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright & trademark policies.  We welcomed back Paul Breed of Unreasonable Rockets to discuss space business plans, low cost space access, NewSpace outcomes to date, & his nanosat launcher business concept.  In our first segment of this two hour discussion, Paul started out by presenting us with an overview of space access & NewSpace vehicle development starting with the Shuttle through today.  We talked about both orbital & suborbital launches & his comparing the suborbital industry with the orbital launch industry.  He made a very good case for his comparison but see what you think after hearing our discussion.  Paul summarized & discussed the vehicles under development & then he gave us an overview of his nanosat launcher concept.  He told us that we could download & read his business plan & more at his blog, www.unreasonablerocket.blogspot.com.  He has three documents on his blog for your download & review.  In our discussion, Paul outlined his financial performance characteristics for his concept & responded to listener questions about it.  Charles called in to support Paul’s concept & to plug his Microlaunchers concept.  I brought in Dr. John Jurist on another line who joined in talking about the business plan Paul made available on his blog.  Some of the issues talked about were one man business operations as opposed to a company with staff, engineers, etc. key man insurance, venture capital considerations, company infrastructure, & funding levels.  We also talked about what makes an effective business plan.  John & Paul then entered a discussion about nanosat launcher first stages as opposed to needing a two or three stage rocket.
    In the second segment, the issue of venture capital flowing to hardware as opposed to software came up for discussion.  I referred to earlier programs plus a lecture we had at the NewSpace meeting about the flow going to software now, not hardware.  Paul continued on with some of the technical concepts for his nanosat launcher concept, we talked about the three components of cost plus market timing, financial interest in such a plan, & the fact that the nanosat launcher market is undergoing exponential growth.  Paul also talked about “hitchhiking” secondary payload rides, academic launches for cubesats & the market for the launches, & the interest in nanosat launchers outside the U.S., especially the entrepreneurial interest in such a business.  Paul talked about the fact that NASA has set very high expectations, that Hollywood movies have done the same & that such contributions to the industry are & have been destructive.  Don’t miss this discussion.  We talked about some of the newer technologies available today including 3D printing & crowd source financing as examples.  In concluding our discussion, Paul asked for listener feedback on his business plan & concept as well as for ideas using Kickstarter as a possible source of financing.
     Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above.  Paul can be reached directly through is own blog.

Open Lines, Sunday, 7-29-12 July 29, 2012

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Open Lines, Sunday, 7-29-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1823-BWB-2012-07-29.mp3

Guest:  Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  NewSpace 2012 & Business Plan Competition, Title 9 & STEM, & lots 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.  During our first 70 minute segment of this two hour discussion, we started out with a call to Paul Graham who is the Project Manager for OpenLuna.org ( www.openluna.org). Paul explained their program for putting a person on the Moon. If this interests you, Paul can be contacted through their website.  I then undertook a review of the recently concluded NewSpace 2012 Conference and Business Plan Competition.  It was an excellent conference and competition and I urge you to see the streaming video archives of the conference sessions & the business plan competition/presentations.  You can also find reviews of the sessions on most of the popular space blogs as many of the well known bloggers were at the conference.  Again, make sure you see the business plan presentations as I will be bringing several of these presenters on the show in the coming weeks. Also, see the early Saturday morning presentations with Rick Tumlinson and Bob Werb, along with many of the panels with superstars as panel members.  Visit  www.spacevidcast.com/category/video/conferences-video/newspace-conferences-video to see all of the conference sessions & programs.  Tim was next up with a call from Huntsville to talk about the government applying Title 9 to STEM education.  We talked about what gender quotas might mean for various STEM programs at schools and universities.  For more information, do a Google search for Title 9 & STEM education.  Our friend Charles Pooley called in regarding the NASA Nanosat Challenge program. He continued to wonder why there seemed to be so little activity and support for the program.

In our second segment, Jerry from Florida was our first caller. He did watch many of the live streaming sessions and thought this year’s NewSpace Conference 2012 turned a corner for quality.  Elliott in Michigan called in to talk about our Mars program, its future, and the ideas put forth by recent guest Brent Sherwood from last week who suggested that the Mars HSF program was a damaging distraction for our space program. If you have not yet listened to this discussion or read his paper which is on The Space Show blog, please do so.  As the program was ending, we talked about the upcoming MSL Curiosity landing for Sunday, August 5 at 10:30 PM PDT.  I noted our guest for my segment this coming Wednesday evening, August 1 on the John Batchelor Show as she is part of the JPL EDL team for MSL Curiosity.  Our discussion airs live at 6:30 PM PDT, 9:30 PM EDT. You can hear it streamed live at www.wabcradio.com/article.asp?id=531472.

If you have comments/questions, please post them on The Space Show blog.  If you want to send a note to any of the callers, do so through me and I will forward it on your behalf.

The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesda, 7-25-12 July 28, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesda, 7-25-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1822-BWB-2012-07-25.mp3

Guests:  John Batchelor, Amaresh Kollipara, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics: A report on the NewSpace 2012 Conference and Business Plan Competition.  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. 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. During our 11.5 minute discussion, John, Amaresh, and I  talked about the NewSpace 2012 Conference, the Business Plan Competition and the outstanding quality contestants this year, commercial space opportunities, the emergence of a viable commercial space private sector industry, the work Amaresh does with the Indian space program and more.  John asked Amaresh if we were nearing or at an inflection point in private space and Amaresh talked about a possible forthcoming “Netscape Moment” in the space arena.  Please post your comments/question on The Space Show blog.

If you have a question for either John Batchelor or Amaresh Kollipara, send it to me and I will forward it to the person of your choice.

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