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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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Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12 January 1, 2013

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Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1921-BWB-2012-12-31.mp3

2012 Year End Review & Analysis for Space Development

Guest:  Tom Olson.   Topics: The year 2012 is reviewed from the space perspective and we look forward to space development in 2013.  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 Tom Olson for his annual Space Show year in review analysis with a look forward to 2013 for space development.  We started our discussion by remembering those in our space community that are no longer with us. We specifically mentioned three dear friends though we know that others have also left us.  Our program was dedicated to Neil Armstrong, Jesco von Puttkamer, and Reda Anderson.  We certainly miss our friends but space development marches on like everything else in life.  A few of the early issues Tom brought up in the 2012 annual overview of space included the Falcon 9 launches and Dragon missions.  He also talked about ISDC and birthing of Dragon during the keynote by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden.  While on the subject of SpaceX and its mission to the ISS, Paul sent in a question asking if SpaceX dropping out of the Stratolauncher project indicated that perhaps they had “bitten off more than they could chew.”  Tom and I have no inside information about SpaceX and Stratolaunch but we both thought that Paul’s comment was reasonable as SpaceX is certainly busy enough with game changing projects & technology.  Cubesats were discussed given their rise in popularity and importance in 2012. It seems as if their potential is more than on the rise!  Cubesat growth also cuts across many diverse space industry segments and niche markets.  Bev asked about the future of 3-D printing and its potential impact on future human spaceflight (HSF). 3-D printing is certainly experiencing space industry growth & there will soon be a small 3-D printer on the ISS.  Heavy lift came up and much was said about the Falcon Heavy and SLS, both looking back over 2012 & forward to 2013.

In our second segment, I asked if fuel depots would evolve from the Power Point & rhetoric stage to something more tangible in 2013.  We talked about depots as many of the projects announced in 2012 use depot technology to enable their plan.  Tom talked about warp drive becoming more possible due to the 2012 work of Dr. Sonny White.  Dr. White will be a guest on The Space Show Friday, January 4, 2013.  Tom next brought up NASA budget issues & possible cuts.  He talked about science mission cuts, the JWST, and on the HSF side, SLS eating up much of the budget with commercial crew still needing funding.  I asked Tom how he thought space advocacy made out during 2012.  Mixed was a one word summary of this discussion.  Next, we talked about space settlement being made part of the U.S. space policy in 2013.  Tom went over the pros & cons surrounding this effort. Doug called in about space settlement & I referred him to earlier programs with Steve Wolfe who authored the Space Settlement Act of 1988 which is part of public law.  Tom said space settlement was SLS dependent & that makes the potential policy controversial to many space enthusiasts since many oppose SLS.  Tom said 2012 was a good year for new commercial space grandiose missions such as Golden Spike, Planetary Resources, Mars One, a lunar base, Shackleton Energy, even EML2 missions.  He kept asking the questions regarding objectives, who pays, the reasons for the missions, and more. He said most of these missions rely on some form of large launcher, either the Falcon Heavy SLS.  Tom talked about ITAR reform that has been signed by both houses of Congress & is applicable to the U.S. satellite industry.  Human rating of the Atlas came up for a 2012 progress report, then Dave in San Antonio inquired about cyber warfare & the space industry in 2012 & the future.  2012 marked the year the space shuttles went on display in museums & Tom talked about the Russian space program investments for modernization over the coming decade. He also talked about other national space programs.  Near the end of our program, we brought up the Spaceport America liability issue & the risks facing the New Mexico spaceport.  Tom updated us for 2013 on the NewSpace Business Plan Competition & his work with the Exodus Group for space business consulting.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can email Tom through drspace@thespaceshow.com.

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