Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 2-12-13 February 13, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: AIAA, business incubator, business track record, California Space Day, cubesats, Dr. Sean Casey, Google Lunar XPrize, hockey stick ROI performance, ISS, NASA, NASA Flight Opportunities Program, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Space Center, SmallSat., space angel investing, space entrepreneurism, space medicine, space startups, space venture capital, Stanford University, suborbital tourism
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Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 2-12-13
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.
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Dennis Wingo, Friday, 2-3-12 February 3, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " space politics, "Moonrush, Cislunar economic development, climate issues, commercial space, Dennis Wingo, Dr. Paul Spudis, Dystopia, Geo orbits, heavy lift, human spaceflight, in-space activities, low cost space launch, Lunar colonies, lunar economic development, lunar robotic village, Mars, money for space businesses, NASA, nuclear thermal rockets, open cockpit lunar lander. And the Lunar Robotic Village, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES)., prizes for space development, scientific analysis, Silicon Valley, space advocacy, space applications, space robotics, space solar power, space vision, STEM education, UN Panel on Global Economic Sustainability, Zero G Zero Tax
Dennis Wingo, Friday, 2-3-12
Guest: Dennis Wingo. Topics: Space commerce, a new space vision and plan, space applications. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed back Dennis Wingo who outline for us a new and inspiring commercial space policy and implementation program. To make his points, Dennis started out by discussing the news stories this week about the UN plan for a panel to control economic growth around the world for sustainability. You can read about it at http://news.yahoo.com/un-panel-says-retool-world-economy-sustainability-164515165.html as well as a host of other sites and articles on the internet. Also, check out the planned UN Rio Conference on this program at www.un.org/esa/dsd/index.shtml?utm_source=OldRedirect&utm_medium=redirect&utm_content=dsd&utm_campaign=OldRedirect. Dennis spent considerable time during our 90 minute discussion dismissing the dystopian view/policy per this UN panel while advocating why space development offered a viable alternative to this limiting policy and way of seeing our world. During our one hour first segment and in fact the entire show, Dennis championed science and fact over dystopian policy. He also talked about geo orbits and said there was a newly found orbit requiring much less energy that could be used for going to the Moon so pay attention to what he said about this orbit. He offered up some new/unusual ideas such as an open cockpit lunar lander. Dennis put forth a basic strategic plan for staying positive and using our time and energy to do something to prove we advocates are right rather than getting involved in the negative process which we have very little influence over. Several listeners commented on this strategy, bringing to bear some differences over what Dennis suggested. That said, the message Dennis presented us was to stay focused on the positive. Later, he said that the advocacy community’s focus on low cost launch was misdirected. He talked about this a lot during this segment and the next so don’t miss what he had to say about this important issue. Dennis did advocate Zero G Zero Tax which he said was good for space applications. Also in this segment he talked about the advances we have made in robotic technology and the Pisces Project in Hawaii, http://pisces.uhh.hawaii.edu. As this segment ended, he talked about the “Church of SSP,” updating his book “Moonrush,” & the need for unity in the advocacy community.
In the second segment, a listener asked about the Dr. Spudis cislunar economic development plan and Dennis talked about the need to lower total capital costs. He also talked about prizes such as the Mars prize recently suggested by Dr. Zubrin. Dennis repeated that the way to counter the bad press & media was to do something, a space application, to prove that we are right and those ridiculing space investment are wrong. Near the end, he said “the future will right itself….Don’t focus on the negative.”
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Josh Neubert, Friday, 12-16-11 December 16, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: : Josh Neubert, battery storage, daylight/darkness cycle on the Moon, educational innovation, educational outreach, energy storage technology, entrepreneurs, Google Lunar X-Prize, NASA Ames, NASA budget, NASA Centennial Challenge, national and global economic impact, Night Rover Challenge, Silicon Valley, solar power, system designs for space operations, technology development. Team work.
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Josh Neubert, Friday, 12-16-11
Guest: Josh Neubert. Topics: Night Rover Challenge, NASA Centennial Challenges, educational outreach. 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. The Space Show/OGLF is now engaged in its annual fundraising drive. Please see & act upon our appeal at http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/space-show-2011-fundraising-campaign. We welcomed Josh Neubert back to the program to discuss the NASA Centennial Challenge, The Night Rover Challenge. Please visit these websites for more information and email alerts: www.nightrover.org and www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/early_stage_innovation/centennial_challenges/night_rover/index.html. This was a one hour discussion without a break. Josh started out by describing the Night Rover Challenge which is to develop mobile systems to collect solar energy, store that energy, and later use it productively. The innovation will consolidate in a contest for simulated lunar rovers maximizing energy to run for two weeks day and night and survive the cold lunar night. Josh told us about the Challenge time line and the sole focus on solar power and storage. As you will hear, the prize is $1.5 million with first, second, and third place winners. Terry asked technical questions about the potential battery packs and the maximum size of the rovers. We learned that the biggest size would probably be in the range of the Curiosity rover on the way to Mars with a much smaller size on the other end of the measurements. Michael asked if the power sources would be required to meet the legal standards required under international law to preserve the environment of outer space in regards to potential hazardous materials that may contaminate the outer space environment. Josh said yes, those standards would be part of the requirements for the competition. Several listeners asked if non-U.S. citizens could participate in the Challenge and if there were ITAR considerations. We learned that non-U.S. citizens could participate but were not eligible to win the prize money. I asked who was most likely to participate in the challenge. Josh suggested students of all ages and grades, plus the do it yourself community, entrepreneurs, smaller businesses, etc. We also talked about sponsorship opportunities as NASA does not cover operating expenses. Another listener asked about the use of social media for the Night Rover outreach program. As you will hear, this Challenge will make use of both social media and collaboration in getting the message out and participants in the challenge. Near the end of the program, we discussed the proximity ofSilicon Valley, NASA Ames, and the significance of these communities to all the contestants involved in the challenge. Josh closed by stressing how this program inspires, excites, and jump starts the best and the brightest to innovate, be creative, and to produce! If you have questions about the Night Rover Challenge, there is a contact link on their website. Please post your Space Show comments/questions on the blog URL above.