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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Dr. Alan Stern, Tuesday, 2-7-12 February 8, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Dr. Alan Stern, Kuiper Belt, life sciences budget, Lynx, NASA Black Brant rocket, NASA budget, NASA Flight Opportunities Program, NASA science program budget., New Horizons Mission, Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012, Pluto, Pluto stamp, sounding rockets, suborbital science research, suborbital tourism, Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace
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Dr. Alan Stern, Tuesday, 2-7-12
Guest: Dr. Alan Stern. Topics: The upcoming Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012 followed by a New Horizons and Pluto update. 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 Dr. Alan Stern for this special one hour program to discuss the upcoming Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference to take place in Palo Alto, CA from Feb. 27-29, 2012. Note that registration rates increase after Feb. 10th so for those of you interested in attending, you should register before the cut off date if possible. To find out more about this conference and suborbital scientific research, visit http://nsrc.swri.org. During the first half of the program, Dr. Stern told us about the conference and fielded many questions about suborbital flight and science research. Not only did we go through the keynote speakers, the conference format, and the possibility of winning a ride on an XCOR Lynx once you register, we talked about the NASA Flight Opportunities Program (https://flightopportunities.nasa.gov), foreign interest in suborbital spaceflight and research, international spaceports, and the leasing of the vehicles much as is done in the airline industry. In the last half of the program, we talked about the New Horizons Pluto mission as Alan is the P.I. for the mission. As you will hear, the spacecraft is doing well and on its way to Pluto. Alan was asked about the actual New Horizons Pluto mission and then what happens to the spacecraft after the Pluto mission is finished. He said it would continue on into deep space, leave our solar system and become an interstellar mission much in the way of Voyager. He also said it had power on board for perhaps 25-30 more years and that it would study objects in the Kuiper Belt which it would transit. A listener asked him about the possible need to change course for New Horizons due to debris. Alan talked about this problem and the contingency plans to put New Horizons on a different approach to Pluto if necessary. We also learned that the New Horizons team started a petition drive at Change.org to have the U.S. Post Office issue a Pluto stamp for the mission. I signed the petition, perhaps you will want to do so as well. You can read about it on Alan Boyle’s Cosmic Log and he has a link in the article that will take you to the petition ; http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/01/10284883-petition-pushes-for-a-pluto-stamp. There were 4,000 signatures for the Pluto stamp at the time of my archiving this program.
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Dr. Jeff Bell, Friday, 12-9-11 December 9, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Phobos Grunt Mission, Boeing, Commercial Crew, Cots, Dr. Jeff Bell, Falcon 9. , Federal Acquisition Rules (FAR), flyback boosters, HARP, ISS< Soyuz, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), manned Mars missions, Mars Science Lab, NASA, NASA Discovery Missions, nitrous oxide, rocket reusability, Roscosmos, Russian lunar & planetary missions, Russian Zond, Soyuz, Space Act Agreement (SAA), Space X, SpaceShip 2, suborbital tourism, TDRS Satellites, U.S. Congress & space, U.S. space policy, Virgin Galactic, X-37B
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Dr. Jeff Bell, Friday, 12-9-11
(Note: This interview aired live on 11/30/11)
GuestSearch: Dr. Jeff Bell. Topics: Phobos Grunt mission, space policy, commercial crew, rocket reusability & 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. 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 . Please note that this program was recorded live on Nov. 30, 2011 and is being archived today, Dec. 9, 2011. We welcomed Dr. Jeff Bell back to the show for a wide ranging discussion on multiple topics starting with the troubled Russian Phobos Grunt Mission. This Space Show program is vintage Jeff Bell with something to say about most everything, hard hitting, critical, take no prisoners, and of course, thought provoking. Dr. Bell started our discussion talking about the Phobos-Grunt Mission. To put it in context with Russian lunar & planetary missions, he gave us a brief history of the Russian exploration program starting in 1958. This is an interesting history lesson you do not want to miss. In bringing the history current to Phobos Grunt, the problems faced by the Russian program seem a bit clearer. We then talked about some of the many space blog comments with suggestions for rescuing or saving the mission and he totally debunked them. Jeff mentioned shuttle rescues, X-37B rescues, even Virgin suborbital rescues. He also mentioned some of the conspiracy theories out there (he spent more time on them later in our discussion), finger pointing the blame for the mission problems. Next, Dr. Bell addressed the recent SpaceShipTwo drop test that was a problem and he wasted no time in stating what is wrong with the SS2 design as well as what he said was a problematic track record for the project. He also had much to say about the use of composites and fundamental design flaws. Space debris issues came up and Dr. Bell referenced USA 193. Terry called in to ask about the hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide (NTO) or nitric acid on board Phobos Grunt. When we started the second segment, Dr. Bell again went over the conspiracy theories re Phobos Grunt that appeared in some news articles. One he mentioned was the HARP theory which he debunked as well as the biological warfare theory. We then talked about commercial crew and Dr. Bell said Congress does not want it to be successful and he explained why. Near the end of this discussion, Trent called in from Australia. He wanted to know at what point Jeff thought commercial crew was changing from maybe working out to going down for the count. What was the turning point for our guest? During their exchange, Jeff said that space travel was not politically important anymore, instead political pork was the priority. Trent mentioned his blog, QuantumG, http://quantumg.blogspot.com. Check it out for his comments on Space X, Commercial Crew and more. Jeff read his Space X comments and then started discussing the Space X reusability plan. As the program ended, we talked about the JWST and I asked Dr. Bell what part of the space program he liked, if any. He did have something he liked, the science and robotic missions. If you have a comment/question for Dr. Bell, please post it on the blog URL and I will make sure he sees it.