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Trent Waddington, Friday, 8-2-13 August 3, 2013

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Trent Waddington, Friday, 8-2-13


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Guest:  Trent Waddington.  Topics: Trent provides us with an Australian’s view of NewSpace 2013 & space in Australia.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://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 Trent Waddington to the program to discuss his take on the recently concluded NewSpace 2013 Conference.  Check out the conference website for information, video archives and more:  http://newspace.spacefrontier.org.  In the first segment of this 2 hour five minute program, Trent went day by day, speaker and panel in his critique of the NewSpace Conference as he took elaborate notes during the sessions.  For this analysis, Trent commented on most of the programming starting out with his initial comments on public/private partnerships & the successful role of the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) over the years in influence and possibly winning in the commercial space policy debate.  Rather than telling you what Trent had to say about the speakers and panels, I urge you to listen to his comments so nothing is taken out of context in terms of what he said and thought about conference specifics.  During the first segment, Trent covered the first two days of the conference.

In the second segment, Trent started with the early morning talk given by Rick Tumlinson, then the talk about 3D printing regarding Made in Space, then we talked about the video the Foundation made, “There Is Another Way,” to support the Foundation’s perspective of commercial space development, heavy lift, etc.  You can see the 6 minute plus video at http://spacefrontier.org/thereisanotherway.  I read one of the Foundation’s promotion letters regarding the video and then Trent and I discussed it.  I reported on the feedback I’ve received via email since the video was first shown at the conference Saturday morning up to the start of this Space Show program.  Trent had a different take on the video from having seen it at the conference and also having talked to those present for their perspectives.  I urge each of you to watch it. Post your comments on it on The Space Show blog.  After the video discussion, Trent commented on the balance of conference speakers throughout the day, then he reported on space work in Australia which focuses on research and on scram jet development and testing.  His conference conclusions and assessments were interesting, including his use of the term “NewSpace Fanatics.”  Listeners asked him for his takeaways from the conference for which he offered us three so don’t miss what he had to say.  When Trent left San Jose, he drove to Hawthorne and toured SpaceX.  He had much to say about touring SpaceX which I must say, having done it several times myself, is really impressive and inspiring.

If you have comments and questions for Trent, post them on The Space Show blog.  You can email Trent through me.


1. John O'Sullivan (@johntosullivan) - August 8, 2013

What a breath of fresh air! A guest discussing a space conference who isn’t afraid to admit he was bored at times, who isn’t afraid to disagree with a speaker, who isn’t afraid to chuckle a NewSpace business plan. Thanks David and Trent for a great show. Great honesty and candour.
plus as a bonus, a description of a SpaceX tour!

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