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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


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.

Suborbital Conference Interviews, Friday, 3-2-12 March 2, 2012

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Suborbital Conference Interviews, Friday, 3-2-12


Guests:  Dr. Angie Bukley; Brian Shiro; Chuck Lauer; Dr. Sean Casey.  Topics: International Space University (ISU), Astronauts4Hire, suborbital flight, Rocketplane, research projects, SOFIA. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  This program consists of five taped interviews conducted at the Next Generation Suborbital Conference held in Palo Alto, CA from Feb. 27-29, 2012.  Each interview is about 30 minutes in length.  There is approximately 10-15 seconds of dead air between interviews.  The first interview is with Dr. Angie Bukley who is the Dean at the International Space University (ISU).  Dr. Bukley discusses ISU, the upcoming summer session at Melbourne, Florida, and much more.  The second interview is with Brian Shiro who is the President of Astronauts4Hire and a former student at both the UND SpSt program and ISU.  Brian currently is with NOAA in Hawaii.  We talk about Astronauts4Hire, suborbital flights and research and more.  The third interview which took place on Wednesday was with Chuck Lauer. Chuck announced that Rocketplane was back!  He went over the basics of their plans, the flight experience, spaceship plans, and more.  Chuck was followed by our discussion with Elizabeth (Liz) Kennick who is the new Project Leader for Teachers in Space with The Space Frontier Foundation.  Liz explains the program from top to bottom and the programs in place to do effective outreach to both teachers and students.  Our final interview was with Dr. Sean Casey. He updated us on the NASA SOFIA Program and talked about his own suborbital research project plans.  He also provided us with some comparisons of a sounding rocket versus the new generation of suborbital vehicles in terms of G-force, the quality of the ride, protecting instruments or being able to use off the shelf instruments and more.  Please post your comments  regarding any of these interviews on The Space Show blog URL above.  If you want to email any of our guests, send it to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward it to the person of your choice.


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