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Richard David, Thursday, 11-7-13 November 8, 2013

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Richard David, Thursday, 11-7-13

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Guest:  Richard David.   Topics:  Commercial space business evaluation, NewSpace emerging industry with winners.  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 Richard David back to the show for this special Thursday one hour discussion about NewSpace industry evaluations and the recently held NewSpace Investor Conference.  Richard started out talking about the event and the focus on markets and investors.  Other topics included the essentials of building a viable business and the evaluations of emerging entrepreneurial companies by NewSpace Global (NSG) in the various lists and reports (see www.newspaceglobal.com).  Richard talked about the variety of companies participating in the event ranging from SpaceX to very small startups and emerging companies.  He said the group was very diverse representing all aspects of commercial space development and management styles.  Richard then named several companies as examples.  We talked about timelines for NewSpace company development and at one point I asked him to compare NewSpace timelines to Twitter which had just gone public.  Twitter was started in March 2006 and we talked about the differences in challenges and other issues giving NewSpace longer timelines.  I asked Richard to talk about commercial development over the past three years, what makes it different today from three years ago, and do we need a Netscape moment or steady growth.  Richard was asked to tell us the major challenges or hurdles he believes exists for these emerging companies.  He listed and discussed four such challenges.  You might be surprised to find out that regulatory challenges were not among his top four hurdles.  Toward the end of our discussion, I asked about business opportunities for human spaceflight.  I also inquired about entrepreneurial opportunities from outside the U.S.  Richard said 75% of the activity comes from with the United States.

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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

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2084-BWB-2013-09-15.mp3

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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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Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 2-12-13 February 13, 2013

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Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 2-12-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1949-BWB-2013-02-12.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Sean Casey.  Topics:  Space Entrepreneurism, Silicon Valley, space startups, Silicon Valley Space Center events, programs, & objectives.  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 Dr. Sean Casey, co-founder of the Silicon Valley Space Center business accelerator (http://svsc.org).  You can “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Silicon-Valley-Space-Center/139916589409748.  The SVSC can also be found on LinkedIn. While hour 2 hour 40 minute program was in two segments, this summary will be in one part as our themes and topics went back and forth in the same area throughout the discussion.  Dr. Casey started with a summary of 2012 activities and events for the Silicon Valley Space Center (SVSC).  During our discussion, Dr. Casey talked about, mentioned, and listed many space entrepreneurial startups and businesses, far to many to list or mention individually.  He also outlined coming events for the SVSC which are available to the public and will be online for those unable to attend in person.  Responding to listener questions, he cited company example after example of space startups and we even talked about Northern California, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley being the center of this effort.  Upon listeners questioning him on the subject, Sean suggested additional startup space efforts in other parts of the company.  While Silicon Valley does not have a lock on this new industrial development, as you will hear, startups and space entrepreneurism are developing in centers across the country.  We also talked about venture capitalist ROI expectations over five years coming in around 30%.  We discussed the hockey stick graph and what this means for space entrepreneurs.  Sean spent time on the SVSC website and Facebook page going through the coming 2013 events and programs.  Doug called in with a question about track records for startups and investors.  In his response, Dr. Casey talked about the various business incubators now in place to mentor and help space entrepreneurs, even non-profits.  He suggested how you might find a reputable business incubator in your own city or area though one could probably work with one of the organizations Sean mentioned, even if you are outside California.  Another issue that came up was lobbying members of congress and state representatives on space policy.  Here, we talked about California and I again shared my experiences with Sacramento and California Space Day over the last six or seven years.  Dr. Casey addressed the uphill battle with gaining more political support for all aspects of the space industry, especially in California.  Dr. Casey provided us with one of the most comprehensive space startup and entrepreneurial programs heard on The Space Show.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog mentioned above.  You can reach Dr. Casey through me or directly at sean.casey@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.

 

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

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

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1893-BWB-2012-11-13.mp3

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.

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