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Tom Olson, Monday, 4-23-12 April 24, 2012

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Tom Olson, Monday, 4-23-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1758-BWB-2012-04-23.mp3

Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topic: NewSpace Business Plan Competition, space business opportunities.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://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 Tom Olson back to the program to discuss the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition to be held at the NewSpace Conference in Santa Clara, CA from July 26-28, 2012.  You can find out more about the competition, the rules, the application, as well as the tools you can use in applying at http://newspacebpc.com.  Tom began our discussion by talking about the new tools available to help contestants, all of which are on the business plan website.  He also said there were three general categories for applicants:  (1) space projects; (2) space related projects; (3) space scalable.  He defined these three categories during our entire interview.  One point he made that was different from past years is that the business must be owned at least 51% U.S. citizen owned as NASA is funding the prize money.  First prize will be $100K and second prize from a NASA grant will be $10K.  The plans are for up to ten Executive Summaries being selected for Boot Camp and the final competition.  During the balance of our first segment discussion, Tom talked about the rules, ideas of business opportunities, contestant requirements, and then he introduced us to stem cell 2D Bio Printers, 3D printers and the material Graphene.  Toward the end of the first segment, questions came in about the trillion dollar asteroid concept along with asteroid mining.

In the second segment, Tom continued answering questions about the qualifications for contestants such as if a one person business was acceptable plus there were inquiries about partnerships with NASA and other public entities.  I mentioned an email I had received inquiring if the asteroid mining project in the news was the start of “Robber Barons” in space.  Tom had much to say about this.  Toward the end, Tom was asked about a Space X Texas spaceport and he brought up sponsorships for the competition.

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Doug Jones, Sunday, 4-22-12 April 23, 2012

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Doug Jones, Sunday, 4-22-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1757-BWB-2012-04-22.mp3

Guest:  Doug Jones.   Topics:  XCOR Aerospace and the Lynx.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://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 Doug Jones to the program to update us on XCOR Aerospace, the Lynx suborbital vehicle, rocket engines, and more.  Doug is a co-founder of XCOR. You can find out more about the company at their website, www.xcor.com.  Doug started us off with a brief history of XCOR from the beginning to today.  After this historical overview, I brought up an email question from Andy in the UK about a scaled up version of the Lynx engine for a version of ULA’s Centaur upper space or space tug.  Doug had much to say about the ULA space tug idea in response to the listener question.  Doug then talked about the Lynx suborbital vehicle and the various versions of it, the Mark 1, Mark 2, and Mark 3.  He was asked if XCOR was planning to do anything with the newly announced Planetary Resources venture yet to be described. He did say there were ways XCOR could be supportive of some aspects of a deep space mission.  Doug addressed crew exit from the Lynx and described the seat lifter, using a parachute, and the exit strategy plus Lynx training before the flight.  Near the end of the first segment, Tony asked about Doug’s earlier comments regarding the nonburnite tank and Harry inquired about different pricing for the various Lynx vehicle versions.

We opened the second segment with a call from Jon in Jersey City regarding manufacturing and pricing targets with Space X as well as relating to XCOR.  Doug talked about production lines and more or less mass producing parts for the benefit of commodity pricing.  Bill from Virginia sent in a note asking about the relationship of test burn times to an operational flight with much longer burn times.  He wondered if short test burn times for the engines and systems was enough.  We also talked about the flight test program and backup vehicles.  Tony called in and wanted to know about the possibility of bringing back the Rotary Rocket engine.  Doug had some interesting comments on this issue.  The flight test program came up again and our guest provided us with a basic idea of how the test program would unfold.  ITAR was a big subject in this segment as were several listener questions dealing with piston and pressure pumps for XCOR engines.  Toward the end, we talked about spacesuits, 3D printers, vertical integration for manufacturing, and the Lynx serving as a space taxi vehicle, not a rental car.  This latter point was made when Doug was asked about independent operators buying and flying the Lynx as compared to XCOR flying and operating the Lynx.

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