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Dr. Eligar Sadeh, Monday, 1-7-13 January 8, 2013

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Dr. Eligar Sadeh, Monday, 1-7-13


Guest:  Dr. Eligar Sadeh.  Topics:  Space policy & strategy for 2013, Dr. Sadeh’s new book, 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.  We welcomed back Dr. Eligar Sadeh to discuss his new book, “Space Strategy in the 21st Century: Theory and policy,” as well as space policy and strategy for 2013 and beyond.  If you purchase his book from Amazon using this special URL, Amazon will contribute to The Space Show:  www.amazon.com/Space-Strategy-21st-Century-Politics/dp/0415622115/ref=onegiantlea20.  Dr. Sadeh also talked about the recent SWF sponsored Panel Discussion on Space Policy Challenges Facing the Second Obama Administration as he was a participant in these discussions.  Dr. Sadeh started out with a space industry overview, noting that while there are plans and policies, there are no strategies for implementing plans and policies.  We talked about commercial space and our guest made a point throughout the entire discussion that after decades, not only was there little or no strategy, but that commercial space was still in need of government subsidies.  At one point I pushed Eligar for when he thought the turning point might come for the commercial space sectors  so don’t miss his answer.  We talked about the launch industry, the issue of launch costs, and heard our guest say that only the entrepreneurial sector was completely focused on lowering costs.  Other sectors valued routine and reliable scheduling plus a very high launch reliability over lowering costs.  Over and over Eligar cited the telecommunications industry as the one commercial market now able to stand on its own in a market driven sector.  Other issues talked about with the listeners were GPS, Remote Sensing, Value Propositions of Space, civil space, DOD & National Security space, the U.S. economy, NASA,  space agency budgets, and more.

      In our second segment, Doug and I pressured Dr. Sadeh to tell us what his ideal space strategy would be were he the top dog in space.  With some pushing, Eligar did outline a pathway to a quality national space strategy and said what he thought that strategy should contain.  He also mentioned another small segment interested in lower launch costs, Operationally Responsive Space (ORS).  Later in the segment, I asked for his 2013 scenario for space and he said it would be about the same as 2012, mostly for economic reasons.  Later Doug called & we talked about public/private partnerships with Doug.  As we were ending, we talked about the journal ASTROPOLITICS as Eligar is the editor of it.  We also briefly hit upon space governance, and making space sustainable which represented his closing comments. As promised, I will post on the blog the public/private partnership paper Eligar and I wrote several years ago.  Eligar also asked that I post the Table of Contents of his new book posted on the blog so you will find that there as well.

     Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Dr. Sadeh at esadeh@gmail.com.

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Brad Blair, Tuesday, 10-23-12 October 24, 2012

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Brad Blair, Tuesday, 10-23-12


Guest: Brad Blair.  Topics:  Space debris mitigation ideas, space governance, space mining, ISRU, plus other topics.  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. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies. We welcomed Brad Blair back to the program to discuss several issues including a law suit against governments per the Liability Convention to create a super fund to use in mitigating space debris.  Other topics included space mining, ISRU development, HSF to Mars, Cislunar development, the Red Bull Stratos jump, space skydiving, the NIAC-RAP (Robotic Asteroid Prospector Project), and more.  During the first segment of our two hour discussion, Brad focused on the space debris lawsuit. He explained the concept, the state liability issues in the Liability Convention, the idea of creating a superfund, and practical issues in doing this.  He suggested interested parties talk to space attorney Declan O’Donnell for more information.  Declan, a frequent Space Show guest, can be contacted using isdac.usis@gmail.com or 1-800-632-2828.  We fielded many listeners questions and phone calls about the lawsuit & superfund idea, some of which continued into the second segment.  Brad talked about large and small debris removal issues, mostly in LEO, and he suggested the use of Earth-based lasers as a debris removal tool.  We also talked about space salvage & the use of a bidding system for private companies to remove & possibly recycle space debris.  As we neared the end of the segment, Doug asked about Lunar ISRU, either excavating or using explosives on the Moon, and mining tools such as the slusher bucket.

Our second segment started off with Brad talking about space mining & the use of space resources. He then talked about his NIAC RAP project.  A caller asked him why the taxpayers should fund space debris cleanup per his lawsuit idea.  You will want to hear this discussion.  We got several emails and a call from Spike regarding debris and mining issues.  Next, Brad talked about commercial markets and market development for space projects.  He also talked about the potential of 3D printing and said many times that we are at a tipping point for commercial space development. He talked about space visions for space settlement and development.  Doug called back to ask about his space skydiving ideas using a rocket instead of a balloon.  At the program’s end, he told us about his venture, NewSpace Analytics, LLC.

Post your comments/questions on The Space Show Blog.  Brad can be reached @ newspaceanalytics@gmail.com.