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Dr. Sean Casey, Sunday, 9-15-13 September 16, 2013

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Dr. Sean Casey, Sunday, 9-15-13


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Guest:  Dr. Sean Casey.  Topics:  Silicon Valley Space Center and their projects with a focus on their Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA) project.  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 Dr. Sean Casey back to the program to discuss updates with the Silicon Valley Space Center and their new project, the Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA) project for establishing NewSpace related office and lab facilities at Moffett Field.  During the first segment of this 90 minute program, we talked about the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition, the Silicon Valley Space Center projects and workshops, and the benefits of membership in the organization. For more information, please visit www.svsc.org.  During both segments of the program, Dr. Casey provided several email addresses for listeners to obtain additional information about the various projects. Sean Casey’s address is sean.casey@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.  He also summarized all the addresses at the end of the discussion.  In this segment, Dr. Casey also discussed space entrepreneurism, cited several examples of it, and we talked about innovation.  Toward the end of the segment, he brought us current with many of their planned events  and then he introduced us to the “Moffett Field Problem” which he said was being solved by the MFA project which we talked more about in the second segment. 

In our next segment, Sean did go into detail explaining the MFA Project, the bid that GSA will decide on within a year and the email address to use for more information, mfa@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.  Our guest talked about plans for Hanger One and the other hangers, and that they were looking for this project to create a center for innovation, business support and much more.  Sean also talked about offering business support, mentoring programs, support of existing programs such as the BNASA Flight Opportunities Program and getting technology to the ISS and more.  Information on these topics can be obtained by emailing newspace@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.  Another project Sean spoke about was the upcoming PongSat Workshop plus events that will be held at the Hacker DoJo in Mountain View, CA. 

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1. rocketscirick - October 9, 2013

For anyone who might still be reading this, here are a couple of SVSC-related updates.

1. The detailed agenda for the “Launching Commercial Space Enterprises Workshop” has been published. http://www.svsc.org/wp-content/uploads/Agenda10_8.pdf
If you look at the content over the three days and then the price, this is a pretty good deal. [Speakers from NASA, CASIS, and NanoRacks all in the same place. 🙂 And considerably less than the cost of a typical AIAA conference. ]

2. The Moffett Federal Airfield Alliance (MFAA) is putting the finishing touches on its proposal to NASA and GSA. A one-page summary of the plan is now posted at: http://www.svsc.org/wp-content/uploads/IDEAS-Mission.pdf I believe proposals are due Oct. 16. SVSC and the MFAA want to identify potential entrepreneurial tenants that want to be part of that environment. Non-binding letters of intent (LOIs) are needed in the next few days. Of course, no one can truly predict their business or lab needs in 1-7 years; but if MFAA is selected, then those who submit their non-binding LOIs now stand to be on the priority list for getting space. SVSC contact info is on the one-pager.

Similarly, for those who do not expect to be tenants, but think Moffett Field should be used to grow entrepreneurial aerospace businesses, Letters of Support are also appreciated. There is a standard letter of support that can be used as a starting point.

On a personal note, I managed to snarl myself into the community debate over the future of Moffett Field. To answer some questioned posed to me, I decided to devote a blog post to the subject. http://rocketscirick.com/2013/09/22/space-entrepreneurship-at-moffett-field/ Of course, I am an SVSC member; so my views are biased accordingly. But I’ve also provided links to the other proposers and the NASA/GSA RFP (if the site comes back from govt shutdown). And of course, in there is my view of what is at stake.

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