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Jason Andrews, Monday, 11-5-12 November 6, 2012

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Jason Andrews, Monday, 11-5-12


Guest:  Jason Andrews.  Topics:  Cubesat, Nanosat integration, launch services, Andrew Space, Spaceflight & more.  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. We welcomed back Jason Andrews to update us on both Andrews Space and Spaceflight.  You can follow along on the respective websites, http://andrews-space.com & www.spaceflightservices.com Jason was with us for one hour to discuss cubesat and nanosat payload integration, the services offered by Andrews Space and Spaceflight for small satellite launchers and related issues.  Spaceflight does publish their price list on their website and we did talk about their pricing.  Check it out at http://spaceflightservices.com/pricing-plans. We discussed market and financing conditions, the use of international launchers, integrating international payloads, ITAR, U.S. launchers and the possibility of using either Chinese or Indian launchers.  Jason went through their turnkey services offered with Spaceflight, then we talked about hardware and the integration of Andrews Space with Spaceflight.  Listeners asked lots of questions, including one about a sustainable lunar colony.  Other questions addressed the status of a secondary payload and general ride sharing terms, primary payload obligations and considerations, and the potential need for a dedicated small launcher.  Insurance was also talked about and included issues concerning self-insurance to buying insurance in the marketplace.  Many with payloads less than $1 million do opt for being self-insured.  Another issue talked about concerned secondary payload compatibility with the primary payload and the required safety audit for the secondary payload.  In talking about Andrews Space, Jason told us about the SHERPA Space Tug and the larger spacecraft using the ESPA Ring which closes the gap between a 3 kilo and 180 gram spacecraft. As our discussion with Jason ended, he talked about hiring opportunities for both companies and the availability of internships.
     In our brief second segment, I went over The Space Show schedule this week as programming has been cancelled for Tuesday due to wanting to watch election results and on Friday due to my probable jury duty.  I urge you to check the website newsletter Wednesday evening and then again Thursday evening because if my jury duty is cancelled, I will call up the scheduled Friday program and you will find out about it via the website newsletter.
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