Rick Tumlinson, Sunday, 2-9-14 February 10, 2014Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
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We welcomed Rick Tumlinson back to the show for this 1 hour 53 minute program to discuss Rick’s commercial space ventures, space advocacy, NASA, space development and exploration challenges & methods for moving the “revolution” forward. In the first segment, Rick opened up with updates for Deep Space Industries (DSI), asteroid mining, NEO defense, and more. We also talked about Rules of the Road and possible industry regulation that the FAA is now talking about. Much time was spent on possible NEO impacts. We also started discussing the “opposition” to commercial space and new space directions over traditional aerospace programs and directions. Following our discussion regarding DSI, we turned to another of Rick’s entrepreneurial companies, Orbital Outfitters. Rick talked about their new & advanced spacesuit design version IS3, their opening R&D offices in Midland, Texas, plus he mentioned upcoming news with which the company will soon take public. I asked Rick about modern day advocacy hurdles as compared to when the Space Frontier Foundation was first started. This provoked lots of interesting comments and discussion points that crossed over into the second segment of our program. However, he did say it was harder now so don’t miss the discussion and talking points.
In the second segment, we talked about the overall Texas commercial space development strategy, possible new spaceports for Texas, and their understanding of how the space industry is changing and becoming profitable. We also talked about his most recent Huffington Post Op-Ed which will appear within a few days which was a reply to a Slate.com article by NYU Journalism Professor Charles Seife titled “What Is NASA For.” You can see the article at
www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/mysteries_of_the_universe/2014/02/nasa_s_mission_its_search_for_meaning_has_limited_its_science_and_damaged.html. While Rick pointed out the problems with the article, he also talked about the author’s perspective being valid. Don’t miss this discussion. We also talked about public/private partnerships with Doug & the need to be commercially profitable. Lots was said about HSF to Mars and Deimos, plus returning to the Moon. Rick also talked science & robotic missions along with HSF missions. As the program was ending, Rick talked Big Picture with us and being caught up in space advocacy battles & the path forward. He talked about culture, space exploration & development benefits for all of humanity, benefit sharing, and more. He repeated many times that we are at the cusp, a turning point, a paradigm change moment.
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