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Rex Ridenoure, Monday, 10-6-14 October 7, 2014

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Rex Ridenoure, Monday, 10-6-14


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Guest:  Rex Ridenoure.  Topics:  Ecliptic Enterprises updates, commercial space, commercial space and the future.  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 http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed back Rex Ridenoure to the show for this 96 minute discussion containing Ecliptic Enterprises updates, commercial space programs and business models,  plus much more. In the first segment, our guest provided us with updates for Ecliptic from the time he left the company to do consulting for private missions and then his return to the position he left.  Government sequestration happened about the same time and hurt Ecliptic as you will hear, plus it caused Rex to come back to Ecliptic. You will also hear how business has come back for Ecliptic since sequestration ended.  Rex talked about new contracts, the focus of their business and more.  He spoke about RocketCam and updated us on some of its new market potential plus features and advancements.  We talked about the emergence of cubesat companies as potential Ecliptic customers given the advancements in this field.  Rex talked about a new emerging business line for the company in the form of being an integrating contractor rather than only a subcontractor to a prime.  Export control and ITAR were discussed when I asked if RocketCam was being sold to foreign launchers.  The short answer was no but listen to what Rex had to say about export control and the hope for new rules in the near future.  Rex introduced us to the concept of experiment control on the ISS.  This pertains to experiments on board the ISS being controlled by ground personnel rather than by the ISS crew.  Doug called to ask about the purpose of the Ecliptic projects plus goals for Rex with his work.  Don’t miss the killer reply Rex gave Doug.  Other topics in this segment dealt with rad tolerant hardware as opposed to radiation hardened hardware and streaming data back to Earth on the DSN or another system.

In the second segment, Rex spent most of the time talking about commercial space and his years in service to developing commercial space including early in his career. See the career time table for Rex that I have posted on the blog.  Rex identified a few of the early commercial space projects he was involved with, then he said we had finished the first wave of reconnaissance of our solar system.  Listen to his explanation for this statement.  Rex next talked about one of the next big commercial areas for development which he said would be bringing  space resources to the Earth economic system.  Listener Paul emailed a question asking about commercial space efforts in other countries.  Following that discussion, Rex told us about attending the 10th anniversary XPrize event at Mojave which was an invitation only event.  I asked Rex if people were disappointed that ten years had gone by without commercial spaceflights.  He did say that their was an air of disappointment in the room among those attending the event.  Near the end of our show, Rex was asked about HSF to Mars.  He also talked about the early program Elon Musk wanted to do, Mars Oasis.  SLS came up for discussion, then Rex provided us with a list of take away points for our discussion.  He ended by saying that commercial launch dated back to 1963 and the trend was for more commercial launches and space projects.  He said commercial space was based on a 50 year old proven model.

Please post your comments/questions for Rex Ridenoure on TSS blog per above.  You can reach Rex through me or the Ecliptic website, http://www.eclipticenterprises.com.


1. The Space Show - October 7, 2014

Listeners: I am posting this timeline of career, commercial space, and leading edge projects and trends on behalf of our guest, Rex Ridenoure:

1976: Worked on Viking Mars landings (as an undergraduate Viking Intern).
1978: Worked on deployment mission planning at Hughes for the two satellites that were eventually the first to be deployed from Shuttle (Anik C and SBS).
1979-1980 and 1982-1985: Worked at Hughes on the first commercial comsat series specifically designed for Shuttle launch and deployment (LEASAT, four missions plus one terrific in-orbit servicing and salvage mission, LEASAT F3).
1980-1982: Worked at Lockheed on Hubble in one of the first attempts at setting up a commercial, corporate astronaut office
1986: Worked at Utah State University on Shuttle Get Away Special payloads — when small was not quite in vogue yet.
1986-1997: Worked at JPL on pioneering missions and programs like Voyager/Neptune, the New Millennium Program, Deep Space 1, and was involved with several early “faster, better, cheaper” and deep-space “microspacecraft” mission studies.
1998: Played a key role when at Microcosm in the salvage of the stranded AsiaSat-3 spacecraft, which was sent by the Moon to change its orbit. It’s still the only commercial spacecraft to ever get close to the Moon.
1998-1999: Was Chief Mission Architect at SpaceDev when they were pioneering commercial robotic mission concepts to the Moon and near-Earth asteroids.
2000: Was also Chief Mission Architect at BlastOff corporation, which made impressive progress toward the goal of landing a robotic rover on the Moon. The BlastOff experience inspired the Google Lunar X PRIZE.
2001-present: CEO at Ecliptic, where we are pioneering new applications for video systems on rockets and spacecraft (RocketCam), now with 124 successful missions to our credit.
2008: While at ecliptic, was also Deputy Project Manager for the Southern California Selene Group (SCSG) Google Lunar X PRIZE entry, one of the leading teams when active through mid-2008. This led to a patented novel planetary lander concept (the spinning lander) which is now controlled and being marketed by Ecliptic.
2014+: What’s next??

Rex Ridenoure
Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation
Space Avionics and Sensor Systems — Home of RocketCam
398 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 100
Pasadena, CA 91103

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