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Golden Oldie from 2007: Ky Michaelson, Friday, 3-20-15 March 20, 2015

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Golden Oldie from 2007: Ky Michaelson, Friday, 3-20-15

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Guest: Ky Michaelson  originally aired on February 25th, 2007.  Topics:  Building & launching an amateur rocket to space.  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.

 

Welcome to this Golden Oldie program from Feb. 25, 2007 featuring Ky Michaelson.  Ky was the first person to successfully launch an amateur rocket to space and this is his story.  The original summary of this approximately 90 minute show follows.  I did add a short introduction to the program at the stat.  I hope you enjoy this Golden Oldie and the surprise Oldie program idea.  Let me know via your blog comments.  We welcomed Ky Michaelson as the guest for this special Space Show program. We began the discussion with Ky by asking him how he got involved and interested in rockets and then to the point, how he was able to launch the amateur rocket to space which his Civilian Space eXploration TEAM (CSXT) did in 2004. As you will hear from the discussion, fighting the government and regulatory environment proved every bit as challenging as building and flying the rocket but as Ky said, he paved the way for others and it should be easier for others to follow what his CSXT accomplished. You will not want to miss this discussion. Its not theoretical, its not academic, its the real experience of the guy in the trenches trying to build and fly his rocket to space. Many listeners called to either support, thank or praise Ky Michaelson to ask him questions about the Rocketbelt, his upcoming plans and more. Also on this show, we learned of a very interesting event which Ky supports, the Thunder of Niagara Air Show featuring rocketbelts to be held at the Niagara Falls Air Guard from August 11-12, 2007. Check it out at http://www.thunderoverniagara.com. Ky’s story and experiences are inspiring. But when listening catch the toil, commitment, the costs (more so than dollars), the difficulty, and the support he needed and used to get the job done. Visit Ky Michaelson’s website at http://www.kymichaelson.com. You can also email him comments and questions at order@kytec.us. When you visit his website, check out the museum show of his work in St. Paul that is on permanent display. The pictures and information are excellent. Ky Michaelson is a true American hero and a legend and he will be returning to The Space Show.

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Chris Carberry, Sunday, 1-4-15 January 5, 2015

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Chris Carberry, Sunday, 1-4-15

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Guest:  Chris Carberry.  Topics:  Human spaceflight to Mars, Exploremars.org, Mars political advocacy.  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.  Please note that in the second segment there were two very noisy cell phone calls and we apologize for that. I believe the noise was outdoor wind noise at the callers location.

We welcomed back Chris Carberry, Executive Director of Explore Mars, to outline for us their Mars 2015 plans along with proposed political advocacy with the new Congress and upcoming 2016 presidential election.  In the first segment of our 96 minute discussion, Chris mentioned some of the highlight planned for Explore Mars for 2015 including their H2M Conference at GWU from May 5-7 plus he updated us on the ExoLance and their time capsule projects.  We talked about the political work needed and what Explore Mars was doing regarding this with the incoming congressional members and in preparing for the 2016 presidential race.  I asked Chris to tell how human spaceflight to Mars is presented to congressional members for the most impact and what the biggest objections were which he said focused on the budget.  He also suggested there was lots of political interest in human spaceflight to Mars.  Later we talked about Mars or the Moon, competing for funding and for priority status.  Marshall called with questions about needed energy for a human venture to Mars, focusing on either solar power or nuclear power.  The nuclear power part set up a more extensive discussion.  Chris responded to several emails about lunar water and should it be the Moon or Mars.  He was also asked about depots and their possible support of a humans to Mars mission.

In the second segment, Kirk called in for updates on ExoLance and he asked about a sustainable one way mission to Mars, particularly if public money was used for the mission. Chris thought we were far off from a publicly funded one way Martian mission.  Later, Chris talked about increased interest and talk about going to Mars and he mentioned several companies have plans for a humans to Mars mission.  Orion and SLS came up as well.  A 20 year time line was suggested for the Mars mission.  Toward the end of the discussion, Chris said their 2015 agenda was to continue focusing on building the Mars coalition, to start briefing presidential candidates in advance of the 2016 election, plus working with the new congress.  Toward the end of the show, Chris was asked about going to the moons of Mars instead of Mars.  Tim, our last caller, wanted to know about Red Dragon.

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Open Lines, Sunday, 4-27-14 April 28, 2014

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Open Lines, Sunday, 4-27-14

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Guest:  Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  SpaceX reusability, reusability assumption making, fly back boosters, “Space, Inc.”  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.

Welcome to our Open Lines discussion.  During the first segment of our two hour seven minute show, I went over suggested topics including the upcoming SpaceX lawsuit, reusability, the Earth-like planet discovered by Kepler, ISDC 2014 & more.  By far, the topic of choice for the entire program was SpaceX reusability though the other topics did come up during both segments of the program.  Doug from S. California called first and took up most of the first segment to praise SpaceX reusability, to let us know his thoughts on the subject and the type of assumption making he uses.  While I agree on the importance of the success of the SpaceX reusability work so far, I had a departure from Doug on his conclusions and analysis.  Doug was unflinching in his approach to the subject, his analysis, his assumption making process, and his conclusions. I repeatedly asked for aerospace engineers to call in to give us their views on the subjects as Doug and I do not work in the field nor are we engineers.  Unfortunately, that did not happen until the very end of the show when Dr. Lurio called in about some of the issues Doug and I talked about.  So you listen and decide.  If you have comments and thoughts about our discussion, post them for all to see and learn from on TSS blog.  During our discussion, Kelly, another John, and others sent critical emails to me to read on air. We also talked about pricing strategy, reusable penalties, and Doug’s unwavering support in the public discussion comments by SpaceX executives.

In the second segment, John called in from Ft. Worth to clarify what he had said a few months back given that Doug recalled the comments and mentioned them during his call.  John had much to question about reusability, especially with a fly back booster to a land designation.  He talked about economics, reusable launch penalties for added mass and fuel, plus ideas for water landing locations.  I repeated the comments offered on launch penalties made by Ms. Shotwell when she was on the show last month.  She said the Falcon rockets were designed for reusability so any launch penalties were already factored in and discounted so there were none.  We also talked Falcon Heavy & how it might benefit from reusability.  Tim called from Huntsville to talk about heavy lift & delays in depot turnaround times.  I asked listeners if anyone had seen the Al Jazeera America Fault Line documentary last week, “Space, Inc.”  I gave my opinion that it was a type of hatchet job on private/commercial space and that editing made many people look a bit off or less than serious.  The program is not yet archived but if anyone has a copy of it, I will post if for our audience to see.  Tim never saw the documentary but had much critical to say about it, but without his having actually seen it, I had to discount his comments.  Dr. Charles Lurio called in to say that were probably many ways/solutions to do reusability from wings to no wings. He made a strong point saying there was no single solution.

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Chris Carberry, Tuesday, 2-4-14 February 5, 2014

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Chris Carberry, Tuesday, 2-4-14

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Guest:  Chris Carberry.  Topics:  Explore Mars programming including their recent Affordability Workshop, their upcoming Humans to Mars Summit and 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed back Chris Carberry to this special one hour program to discuss the recently concluded Explore Mars Workshop, “Affording Mars” that was held in early December 2013.  Chris explained the purpose of the workshop and we talked about the conclusions and the plans to move forward and build upon the success of this program.  To learn more about this workshop, visit www.exploremars.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Affording-Human-Exploration-of-Mars-1-12-14-final.pdf.  Listeners asked questions about defining affordability, advanced propulsion for Mars, the use of SLS, and if Inspiration Mars and Mars One contributed to their efforts.  You might be surprised by his answer to this last question.  At the midway point, we switched to other programs in play for Explore Mars, Inc.  Visit their website for information on the programs we discussed plus other information on this organization, www.exploremars.org.  In particular we talked about the upcoming legislative blitz in Washington, DC plus the April main conference, Humans 2 Mars Summit 2014.  While the conference will be in Washington, DC, it will be live streamed and we can all watch it wherever we are around the world.  One of my questions to Chris was how in a very short time, four years, he has built and made Explore Mars one of the most credible advocacy organizations and policy influencing organizations.  I also commented on the quality of their programming, attendees, speakers, all of it.  Chris did provide an explanation for this which I think all of us could benefit from.  Listen to how he said they communicate and work with others, even those opposed to Mars.  As I said, we could all learn from the Explore Mars playbook.  We also talked about robotic, science and human missions and how all are needed working together.  Chris also talked plausible timelines for HSF to Mars.

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Jim Lewis, Sunday, 12-8-13 December 9, 2013

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Jim Lewis, Sunday, 12-8-13

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Guest:  Jim Lewis.  Topic:  Animals in space based on his documentary film, “America’s Animal Astronaut Heroes.” 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 Jim Lewis to this 90 minute discussion on the documentary film project his company is completing, “America’s Animal Astronaut Heroes.”  For those of you on Facebook, search for the title and LIKE the page for additional information.  In our first segment, Jim told us how this project came to be as well as why it was targeted it for kids.  We talked about various animals that had been to space, including the Soviet dog Laika which Jim said was a one of the Soviet wild dogs taken off the street.  I think you will find interesting the reason why the Soviets chose wild dogs off the street for space experiments.  We also talked about a project, Rats with Hats and fruit fly experiments.  Jim got several questions asking about taking pets to space on space settlement missions as well as taking animals for feedstock.  Later in the segment, we got into talking about the chimps that NASA sent to space and here, Jim had many chimp stories. In addition, Jim talked about fish in space and getting seasick in their aquariums.  Marshall called in to talk about taking chickens and goats to space (the latter for goat’s milk).  Another question dealt with wondering if the animals liked being in space.  Don’t miss his answer to this question.  Then we went back to mice and rat stories and the chimps.  Jim also mentioned the frog-tadpole and toadfish experiments.  Listeners wanted to know about small animal commercial experiments on the ISS.  Before the segment ended, listeners asked about a future time when service dogs might be welcome on board to help a blind or deaf spaceflight participant, settler, or crew member.

In the second segment, Jim said the most favorite animals were the space monkeys Abel and Baker.  At one time, Baker was getting 200-300 letters from fans a day!  In talking about our future in space,  Jim said that animals were still pioneering for humans in the future.  We talked about animals having gone to space from ESA, India, Russia, etc.  We also talked about NASA rules as compared to potentially different rules on a private launch to a private space station.  Near the end of the program, Jim updated us on space activities in Florida and along the space coast.  SpaceX was a huge positive sign, plus many aviation companies have moved in to take advantage of the skilled workforce no longer involved in space work.

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Chris Carberry, Monday, 8-20-12 August 21, 2012

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Chris Carberry, Monday, 8-20-12

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Guest:  Chris Carberry.  Topics: Explore Mars programs, space policy & presidential campaigns, HSF to Mars.  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 Chris Carberry back to the show to update us on new Explore Mars programs and also to talk about space policy & issues as part of a presidential campaign. You can follow along on their website, www.exploremars.org.  In our first segment, Chris started out talking about the Curiosity rover on Mars and its impact on policy and programming back here on Earth.  He also told us about a website created by Explore Mars, www.getcurious.com.  This additional site focused on Curiosity, but also as you will hear, described their Mars boulder program, what happened and where the thousand pound boulders went after Curiosity landed.  During this segment, we had a lengthy discussion about space as a political priority in presidential campaigns and Chris told us why in his experience space policy does not typically enter a presidential campaign.  Later we both said that the biggest issue facing our space program and HSF to Mars is the lack of political will.  Chris went on to tell us about their upcoming Space Blitz on Capitol Hill on Sept. 12, 2012, a joint program and effort with the NSS.  Chris concluded the first segment by telling us about an Explore Mars upcoming conference on Mars education scheduled for May 6-8, 2013.

In the second segment, a listener asked Chris why Explore Mars targeted women in its programming. Don’t miss the explanation offered by Mr. Carberry.  By the way, as far as I know, Explore Mars is one of only a few, maybe the only organization, that does programming specifically for women in space and for Mars activities.  Chris returned to Mars and space policy in political campaigns as well as political agendas, both in Congress and among the nation’s general population.  Since Chris is from Massachusetts, he got a few questions asking about congressional races in the state and the space policy/positions of the candidates competing for house and senate seats.  Chris was unsure of the various space/Mars candidate positions but noted that neither space or Mars had been or would likely be a discussion topic in anyone’s campaign this year.  I then asked Chris if he could design a space policy for a political candidate and he said yes though he would have to be very careful about how the policy was put forth and debated.  Don’t miss this discussion! I did encourage him to create such a campaign and post it on a blog or website for general information available to any candidate of any party who actually is interested in space or Mars.  Later in the segment, we talked about the importance of a Mars sample return mission, the potential for the private sector to fund an HSF program to Mars, and what he thought the Mars program in particular would look like in five years.  As the show was ending, he was asked about a Martian moon mission to either Phobos or Deimos.  In his concluding comments, he mentioned the upcoming 50th anniversary of our leaving the Moon and not returning.  He said we can certainly do better than that.

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Dr. Jordin Kare, Sunday, 5-20-12 May 20, 2012

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Dr. Jordin Kare, Sunday, 5-20-12

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Guest:  Dr. Jordin Kare. Topics:  Beamed energy propulsion updates.  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 Dr. Jordin Kare back to the program for beamed energy propulsion (BEP) industry updates.  Be sure to visit his website for more information, www.lasermotive.com.  Our discussion started out by referencing two recent BEP studies involving NASA. The first, the Beamed Energy Propulsion Study was completed last year and was a joint study with DARPA.  The newer study which is still being finalized is the NASA Ride The Light Project.  As you will hear, these studies suggest technical feasibility but call into question basic economic questions such as is BEP worth it and who will pay for it.  Dr. Kare and I then engaged in an interesting discussion about the NASA cost estimation compared to Dr. Kare’s cost estimation.  I urge you to listen carefully to this discussion.  You may find as I and others did that it explains a lot regarding economic challenges to our current space programs. A listener as Jordin about the costs for a laser demo project.  Jordin then estimated costs depending on the type of demo project involved.  Also, Jordin was quick to point out that the economic conclusions of the studies were not the kiss of death as I suggested so again, listen attentively to what he has to say about this matter.  Ben emails us wanting to know how laser beamed energy works.  Jordin then described the basics of BEP, requirements for the beam to always be hitting the rocket all the way to space, and many factors related to laser launch.  We talked about the hydrogen fuel, the need to be in a cloud free location, and the theoretical limits to a BEP system.  Basic ISP was discussed and Jordin compared to BEP to traditional chemical rockets and different fuels.  BEP is about twice the ISP of a typical chemical rocket.  Dr. Kare described the three schools of thought and approaches to BEP, and as the segment ended, he responded to a question about the space elevator concept.

In our second segment,Alice asked about the ease in getting federal grant money for BEP projects and we learned its not easy.  A listener asked for a basic explanation of power beaming so Jordin took us through the power beaming and wireless power transmission concepts.  We talked about near term commercial projects using lasers and here, Jordin directed us to his company, LaserMotive, as they are involved in several commercial projects unrelated to space.  This is another interesting discussion, don’t miss it.  A caller asked how the laser beam is kept aligned with the rocket as it accelerates to orbit.  He also asked about problems resulting from the wobble.  I asked about laser launch for HSF, launch abort issues, and a listener asked about the laser frequencies used.  Other subjects included the military use of lasers, migratory birds, & thin film solar panels. As our program ended, Jordin was asked look at laser launch over the near and intermediate term plus if it could be used for sea launch.

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

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Jim Lewis, Tuesday, 4-10-12

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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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