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Stephen Murphy, Friday, 2-28-14 March 1, 2014

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Stephen Murphy, Friday, 2-28-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2195-BWB-2014-02-28.mp3

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Guest:  Stephen Murphy.  Topics:  Do It Yourself Space (DIY), space exploration for all, open hardware, DIY entrepreneurial opportunities.  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 Stephen Murphy to the program to discuss Do It Yourself (DIY) space exploration and the available tools to make it all happen.  In our first segment of this 1 hour 27 minute program, Mr. Murphy explained the concept of Do It Yourself (DIY) Space Exploration.  Make sure you visit his website for more information on this topic, www.diyspaceexploration.com.  We first explained the DIY concept and just why the timing was right for it to be attainable by those outside the space industry given the availability of low cost tools that can be used to build space hardware.  We talked about needed background to be able to build something plus all the tools available including kits.  However, we also talked about the choke hold on the industry due to the launch side of the business which is still costly and limited.   Of course Charles Pooley called in to remind us all that Microlaunchers was trying to solve the launch side of the problem.  During both segments, Stephen mentioned many different companies doing a specific piece of DIY or general technology as following these companies and learning from what they have and will be dong as well as how they do it can be a good guide.  We also talked about smaller than cubesat items such as the pocket cubesat, rocket cubesat, and more.  Next, we went into the aggressive use of crowd funding for raising money for the projects using Kickstarter, Indiegogo and others.  Our guest put forward some simple marketing and promotional “rules” for crowdfunding, especially before you start your crowdfunding campaign.

In the second segment, we opened up with a discussion about open hardware and how companies involved with it make it work because its an unusual business model.  Here, Stephen also mentioned companies using the open source model to build an important community for their work and products, also a different business model from the traditional model. We discussed the Maker community, especially MakerBot with 3D printing, several crowdfunding projects, even DIY drones!  Listeners asked about ITAR, then near the end we switched topics to using high altitude balloons.  Our guest said this was like a “gateway drug” to space because it was cheap, easy, and would likely be an excellent low cost testing platform.  Mr. Murphy’s goal with his website & business is offer workshops & tools so everyone who wants can move forward with space exploration.

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Dennis Wingo, Tuesday, 10-15-13 October 16, 2013

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Dennis Wingo, Tuesday, 10-15-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2105-BWB-2013-10-15.mp3

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Guest:  Dennis Wingo.  Topics:  Space policy & budgets, commercial space & entrepreneurism, wealth creation.  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.

We welcomed back Dennis Wingo for this 90 minute discussion regarding space policy, budgets, commercial space, space entrepreneurism, cubesats, ISS, and much more. In our first segment, Dennis discussed his recent article, “NASA Will Face Solomon’s Choice in 2014” posted on Oct. 2, 2013 at http://spaceref.com/missions-and-programs/nasa/nasa-will-face-solomons-choice-in-2014.html.  In this article and in our discussion, our guest focused on the probability of NASA budget cuts in the current environment and the probable impact upon the agency.  Thus, NASA or Congress might find that they have to make a Solomon like choice for program funding between SLS/Orion or the ISS.  Listeners wanted to know if cutting commercial crew would give NASA sufficient funding for the other two programs.  The short answer was no but listen to the full explanation provided by our guest.  Dennis then talked about both SLS and ISS and the commercial & entrepreneurial future now developing with ISS with small satellites and space start-ups.  Referencing recent comments by Dr. Griffin, Dennis said in a perfect world with wise political leadership, we would be funding all sorts of space development projects as they create wealth, open the doors for businessmen and women with abundant opportunities and so much more but for the past 40 years he said we have not had wise political leadership. Instead. rather than investing in our future, politicians have invested in buying votes.  He talked about this issue throughout the balance of our program.  Dennis mentioned he was doing tonight’s program aboard the icebreaker Maritol docked at Pier 50 in the SF Bay.  The Maritol has become a hacker space and business incubator for small satellite and related space businesses.  In the second segment, he went into more detail about the Maritol and the eviction threat it is facing from the SF Port.  He also talked about GEO being a huge market but very costly which is why the focus is now on small satellites and developing profitable, cost effective businesses and models.

In our second segment, Tim called with several SLS, ISS, and 3 D printing questions, including asking how much mass was needed to build a Moon base.  We then talked about capital acquisition and the characteristics of ventures funded by Silicon Valley venture capital financiers.  Dennis said the timing was now right and we should adopt the zero g zero tax bill, and that we should be implementing the JOBS Act Title II which allows for crowdfunding investment.  Read about it at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/23/crowdfunding-with-jobs-act-title-ii-the-web-will-eat-financing-and-investing.  John called in to express his views on the Solomon’s Choice options, then we talked some more about the Maritol docked at Pier 50.  Here are some articles about it: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/startups-aboard-icebreaker-ship-could-face-eviction-soon-san-francisco-says (this article talks about its possible eviction & has a link to the petition you can sign to keep the Maritol in the Bay);  www.forbes.com/sites/rakeshsharma/2013/10/07/a-ship-a-couple-of-startups-and-the-bay; and here are some pictures of the icebreaker, www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/The-Icelandic-Cargo-Ship-Maritol-127274388.html.  As you will hear, it is important to sign the petition to keep this space business incubator in the SF Bay.

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