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Dr. Clark Lindsey, Tuesday, 6-30-15 June 30, 2015

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Dr. Clark Lindsey, Tuesday, 6-30-15


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Guest: Dr. Clark Lindsey. Topics: We reviewed current issues and happenings across the full spectrum of the space industry. 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. 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 Dr. Clark Lindsey back to the program for a wide ranging discussion on space industry news and issues. During the first segment of our 1 hour 47 minute program, Clark started out by talking about the changes over the years in the small satellite industry. He referenced several companies making news such as One World, Spire, Planet Labs, Skybox, Rocket Lab, Firefly, plus others. This brought him to an interesting cubesat discussion. Next up was the Falcon 9 launch failure from a few days ago. He did not have any new information and we are all still waiting for the cause of the mishap to be stated. He did clarify some of the confusion around the Air Force having sent a destruct signal to the Falcon 9. He said such a signal was sent but about 90 seconds after the event. We then talked about other rocket launch failures in the early days of the Arianne, Atlas & Delta history. Clark was asked about policy issues surrounding the RD-180 engine buy, Senator McCain, commercial crew, and congressional leanings at this point in time. Listeners asked him if he thought SpaceX was seriously hurt by the Falcon 9 accident. He said he thought the company was definitely wounded but it was too early to determine how badly the wound might be. He mentioned the Google billion dollar investment in SpaceX, their commercial manifest and more. Joe in Dallas wanted to know how he thought the Falcon Heavy schedule might be altered as a result of the launch failure. Clark talked about other work being carried out by SpaceX plus he offered some ideas on how testing of any new Falcon 9 systems might be integrated into testing other SpaceX projects including the Falcon Heavy. Jack in Boston wanted to know if Clark had any information on Virgin Galactic. Clark talked about XCOR in his answer and said the companies would likely be adopting a very slow go time table to assure no further mishaps.

In the second segment, we started discussing Clark’s slide presentation on the satellite industry per his talk at Space Access 2015. You can find these slides on The Space Show blog post for this program as I uploaded them to the blog with Clark’s permission. As you will hear later in this segment, we got sidetracked by listener questions and calls so Clark did not get to finish going through the slide presentation so I urge you to view the slides on your own as they certainly clarify the commercial markets and more for many of the satellite markets and uses. Earlier in the segment, Clark did talk about the GEO communication market, also the small satellite market for both LEO and MEO. He was optimistic that commercial companies will start to emerge to address the launch market issues for the small satellites. Clark did talk about the market for these satellites for tracking maritime shipping. He has a special slide illustrating this but from what Clark said, it sounds like a potentially very lucrative market to exploit. Clark fielded some questions about the legal and regulator regime for commercial space and said that not only was the technology pushing the frontiers of development, so were the space law and regulatory issues pushing the frontier for moving the industry forward. He used space debris removal as an example. Tim from Brooklyn sent in a note asking about space tugs and Falcon Heavy which was followed by a good discussion on SLS, space tugs, fuel depots, and one’s space vision for the future as SLS John called in to talk SLS and more with Clark. Tim wanted to know just what we could do today and over the next 5 years with a space tug and the Falcon Heavy. Don’t miss what Clark had to say in response to this question. As we neared the end of the program, Clark provided a sort of short rocket industry overview for us, he talked deep space rocketry, & cost effective SpaceX manufacturing processes. He quickly summarized several of his slides that we did not have time to discuss, then we both offered summary statements about the positive direction commercial space has been going in recent years, despite setbacks, with both of us believing the growth and progress will continue.

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Jim Lewis, Tuesday, 4-10-12 April 11, 2012

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Jim Lewis, Tuesday, 4-10-12


Guest:  Jim Lewis.  Topics:  Satellite Communication Conference 2012, FloridaSpaceCoasthappenings, Space Brothers-The Movie.  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 Jim Lewis back to The Space Show to discuss what is happening on the Space Coast in Florida, the recently held Satellite Communications 2012 conference, and many other relevant and interesting space topics.  We started with the satellite conference.  Check it out at www.satellitetoday.com/satellite2012.  As you will hear, this conference addresses far more than just satellites.  Jim then told us about the work his company did on filming the KSC part of the Japanese film Space Brothers (www.spacebrothers-movie.com). There are lots of news stories about the filming of this movie at KSC but here is one from Space.com:  www.space.com/11635-nasa-space-brothers-japanese-science-fiction-film.html.  While the film is in Japanese, you will still enjoy the trailer and the story Jim told us about Buzz Aldrin being in the movie.  We then talked about Space X and their upcoming flight at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base launch pad.  Jim updated us on some additional commercial space news along the Space Coast and he mentioned the recent 60 Minutes follow up segment by Scott Pelly.  He said the segment focused on the negatives going on in the area and while it was accurate, it ignored some of the positive developments happening along the coast. Jim spent some time going over the positives that are taking place in the area so when you watch the 60 Minutes segment, keep in mind that the news is not all bleak. For those of you who missed the 60 Minutes segment, you can watch the 12 minute feature which aired earlier this month at www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7403938n.  Listeners asked if the suborbital research market and opportunities were part of the satellite conference and we also talked about bandwidth issues that were discussed at the conference.  Jim did not know about suborbital at the conference but he did have lots to say about bandwidth issues which his own business deals with all the time.  Other listeners asked about cubesats at the conference and Jim surprised us by letting us know that in the booth area, there was a significant display by the NRO!

In our second segment, Jim mentioned that Florida tourism was still strong, that his sense was that Space X was expanding in the area and then we talked about docking and birthing at the ISS.  Jim mentioned some of the documentaries his firm has recently worked on and then he told us a short story about Aaron Robertson suggesting that better engineering from the space industry makes better cars, etc.  Don’t miss what Jim had to say about this because it true in a much broader sense than just for cars.   A listener asked Jim about the Republican presidential primary and Newt’s comments. Terry called in and we talked about the potential for Space X to have a Texas spaceport.  We also talked about the end of the shuttle program and the prep and delivery of the shuttles to their new museum homes.  At the end, we talked about the Deep Space Communications program run by Jim’s company.  You can learn more about CCI at www.cciflorida.com. If you are interested in the Deep Space Communication project, contact me or visit http://deepspacecom.net.

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