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Janet Stevens, National Space Symposium, Thursday, 3-14-13 March 15, 2013

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Janet Stevens, National Space Symposium, Thursday, 3-14-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1973-BWB-2013-03-14.mp3

Guest: Janet Stevens.  Topic: The National Space Symposium sponsored by the Space Foundation, Colorado Springs, CO.  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 Ms. Janet Stevens to the program, the Space Foundation’s marketing and PR program manager for a discussion about the upcoming National Space Symposium to be held in Colorado Springs from April 8-11, 2013.  For more information about the National Space Symposium, please visit www.nationalspacesymposium.org/top-reasons-to-attend.  For additional information regarding the Space Foundation, visit www.spacefoundation.org.  We started our one hour discussion with Ms. Stevens by addressing the 29th National Space Symposium, its history, relevancy to everything we do in space, the program agenda, some of the keynote speakers and events, plus the conference location and registration information, all of which is available online on the conference website.  Ms. Stevens talked about the broad reach of this particular conference/symposium, including a significant international support both in the form of attendance but in speakers and programming.  We also talked about the constraints on NASA and other government agencies this year as a result of sequestration & how each department and government organization seems to be handling the very tight money situation.  Janet highlighted the agenda starting the first day with the Cyber 1.3 programming followed by the opening events for the conference at the end of the day.  Use the conference website for a full description of the daily agenda, the main speakers and their bios, plus the general discussion topics that will be addressed during the program.  Listeners asked logistic and registration questions and one person even wanted to know the reason for Sigourney Weaver serving as the gala event speaker.  In addition to her work in space and sci-fi related films, Ms. Weaver is also engaged in education outreach which is a main focus of the Space Foundation.  Janet talked about the Space Report 2012 which is available from their online store, www.nationalspacesymposium.org/about/space-foundation-online-store.  For those interested in attending, note that today is the day Early Bird Registration ends so best to register at the lower price today, Friday, 3-15-13, if at all possible.   Other related topics address commercial space which is now about 70% of total space revenue.  We also talked about the excellent networking opportunities with the top people speaking and attending plus the Exhibit Hall which as you will hear is second to none.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  For National Space Symposium information, you can send your questions via their website using www.nationalspacesymposium.org/about/contact-us.

Elliot Pulham, The Space Foundation, Friday, 1-11-13 January 12, 2013

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Elliot Pulham, The Space Foundation, Friday, 1-11-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1928-BWB-2013-01-11.mp3

Guest:  Elliot Pulham.  Topics:  The Space Foundation’s White Paper, “Pioneering: Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Space.”  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 Elliot Pulham, CEO of The Space Foundation (www.spacefoundation.org) to discuss their new White Paper, “Pioneering: Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Space.”  You can download both the Executive Summary and the actual paper at www.spacefoundation.org/programs/research-and-analysis/pioneering.  Our guest was with us for the first hour of the program.  During our time with him, we discussed the Pioneering white paper, the reason for it, and its approach to sustaining U.S. space leadership.  Mr. Pulham defined pioneering for us and when asked, we learned that it was broader and more inclusive than the more frequently used terms of settlement or colonization.  We talked about why NASA needed a purpose, one that was clearly defined and articulated throughout the organization, plus  the congressional and executive branches of government.  We talked about basic NASA management improvements plus a host of strategic and tactical recommendations to improve our civil space policy and program.  Listeners had many questions for our guest ranging from how reforms within NASA and our political systems would actually be implemented to needing general public support for Pioneering to become the NASA organizational purpose.  Other issues that came up included how to transition from one year funding battles to long term project financing.  The NewSpace segment came up as did space advocacy organizations with listeners asking if the advocacy proponents need to speak with a more unified voice than from their respective and often diverse positions.  In the last few minutes of our discussion, I asked our guest for the implementation process.  Here, we learned what the Space Foundation has been doing since going public with their policy proposals and their plans for continuing to push for the Pioneering purpose and program.  We also talked about the role each of us can play in pursuing this type of seed change within NASA, Congress, and the Executive Branch to implement space policy changes for the better.  We did return after the hour for a very short second segment in which I announced some date changes for programs given the start of my teaching my UND commercial space graduate class.

     If you have comments/questions for Mr. Pulham about the Space Foundation White Paper, please post them on The Space Show blog URL above.

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