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Ben Haldeman, Monday, 10-19-15 October 20, 2015

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Ben Haldeman, Monday, 10-19-15

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Guest: Ben Haldeman.  Topics:  Planet Labs and their Dove satellite imaging program.  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 Ben Haldeman of Planet Labs to the show.  During the first segment of our 87 minute show, Ben introduced us to Planet Labs, told us about the company history, goals, and Dove satellite imaging program wherein they want to image the entire Earth every day.  You can find out more about this at their website, www.planet.com.  Ben described the size and nature of their satellite fleet, how they can cover the entire planet once a day, their agnostic launch  policy, and their cubesat manufacturing process for their 10cm x10cm x by30cm finished product.  He explained the company’s iterative approach, the company employee growth, and their recent payload losses on the Antares and the Falcon 9.  We talked at length about the ISS process of getting the Dove satellites, launching them from the ISS, and the astronaut training needed to carry out the Planet Labs mission.  Also discussed was the orbital decay profile for their satellites at the end of their life, altitudes for their Dove satellites, and plans to use the preferred sun synchronous orbit given the ISS may have a limited remaining life expectancy.  Ground stations were described as was the satellite pointing process.  Listeners asked many email questions including the use of off the shelf GPS and  the range of optical spectrum/wavelengths for the cameras/sensors being able to detect images.  Listeners also wanted to know if Planet Labs had plans to make satellites via 3D printing and if any radiation hardening was being used with their onboard electronics.

 

In the shorter second segment, we talked about Planet Labs hiring and their internship program.  The company mostly hires engineers but about 25% of their hires are from different disciplines.  They also hire a person a day so if you are interested, be sure to check it out.  They are located in a truly exciting and creative part of San Francisco, known as SOMA (South of Market) and this is the area to be in if you like technology, want to be on the leading edge of the cutting edge, and be surrounded by peers that redefine the meaning of the word.  You can find out more about their hiring and intern program by checking their website.  Adrian asked another question about solar sails and CCD cameras.  I asked Ben the question Debra was asked by a Mom on the Friday show regarding her child studying engineering but preferring Apple Computer for example over a space company.  I asked Ben to respond to that Mom’s question.  Don’t miss what he had to say about it as our discussion involved Silicon Valley, being located in the San Francisco Bay Area which is a highly evolved tech market place, including the Bay Area universities, and more.  Ben ad some very interesting observations about this and was able to address what is happening in other parts of the country that are not as tech dominated as Northern California.  Before the show ended, Ben was asked about the future financial plans for the company, plans to work with Bigelow private space stations, and polar launches from Vandenberg.  Don’t miss his concluding comments as he told us what excited him about his work.  Remember, while he liked space, he did not come to Planet Labs from college as a space geek or advocate, thus his perspectives were most interesting and we thanked him for sharing this information with us.

 

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Debra Facktor Lepore, Friday, 10-16-15 October 17, 2015

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Debra Facktor Lepore, Friday, 10-16-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2566-BWB-2015-10-16.mp3

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Guest: Debra Facktor Lepore..  Topics:  Commercial space value & projects, advocacy, & valuable space industry insights.  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 back Debra Facktor Lepore to this special one hour one segment program in which we discussed numerous space industry topics.  We started out getting an historical overview of Ball Aerospace, including our learning about some of their new projects with S. Korea and new technologies.  We did a 135  year overview in just a few minutes.  The company really does have a fascinating and most interesting history, including the Ball jars dating back to the 1880s when the company started.  The aerospace part of their history dates back 60 years.  Debra did a good job in summarizing their aerospace history, including moving forward with NewSpace, non profits, cubesats and more.  Listeners asked our guest many email questions including her view of the trends in the space industry, especially among the entrepreneurial segment.  Other topics discussed included disruptive markets and technology, the launch industry, SpaceX, ULA & others, plus the need for viable, productive space  markets.  One market she talked about that was in demand was the market for space data.  Debra had much to say on this subject so don’t miss it.  Debra was asked about human spaceflight which she classified as exploration, discovery, and human nature.  Listener Jack asked Debra about space projects based on the “coolness factor” rather than commercial or national security value.  This proved a very interesting conversation so again, I urge you not to miss it.  Another listener asked about trends toward public only projects, public/private projects, and international cooperative space projects.  Near the end of the show, we had a few listener questions about kids studying engineering but preferring something like an Apple employment to NASA or the space industry because space projects take so long and are often cancelled.   Debra had much to say about this subject plus the potential of space to impact so many other fields.  This prompted an email from a listener who drives part time for Uber.  She pointed out how it was disruptive and based on space technology.  This too was a most interesting discussion that I am sure you will appreciate.  In conclusion, Debra paid her respects to the late George Mueller who recently passed away.   George was a great influence on her life , her career, and the space industry as far back as Apollo.  You can read about Mr. Mueller at http://spacenews.com/george-mueller-apollo-manager-and-kistler-founder-dies.

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Henry Vanderbilt, Monday, 3-4-13 March 5, 2013

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Henry Vanderbilt, Monday, 3-4-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1963-BWB-2013-03-04.mp3

Guest:  Henry Vanderbilt.  Topics: Space Access Conference 2013 & Planetary Defense issues.  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 Henry Vanderbilt for our annual program in support of the upcoming Space Access Conference to be held in Phoenix, Arizona from April 11-13, 2013.  For detailed conference information, hotel & conference registration, and for speaker and program information, please visit www.space-access.org. During the first hour of our 90 minute program, Henry described the conference, talked about many of the speakers, and the issues facing the general space industry as well as commercial space for 2013.  He also talked about other national space programs and how they were moving forward with their space budgets and plans, even in the commercial space world.  Near the end of the first segment, we covered the conference logistics in some detail, including registration and hotel information.  All of this is available on their website.

In the second segment, Henry spoke about planetary defense issues in their latest newsletter issue. You can read this issue at www.space-access.org/updates/sau130.html.  Henry went over the planetary defense issues based on the observations of Comet 2012-A1 which may be headed for Mars.  He asked the question what if this comet were headed for Earth and we knew about it at least two years before reaching Earth.  Could we do anything about it?  He concluded that we might be able to deflect it and put forth his deflection scenarios in the newsletter and our on air discussion.  For the most part, his concept makes use of hydrogen bombs exploding near the comet before it reaches Earth.  The explosions heat up one side of the comet causing a sort of exhaust from the volatiles slightly changing the course of the comet.  Not only will you find this to be an interesting discussion but I urge you to read his paper on the subject as he goes into detail about the energy needed, how to do it, the launch issue, etc.  He said that the political and leadership issues were probably more challenging than the technical challenges.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above.  You can email Henry about the conference or with other questions using space.access@mindspring.com.  If you want to subscribe to the conference newsletters and the Space Access mailings such as the newsletter, send your request to this email address and Henry will add you to the list.