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Rex Ridenoure, Friday, 6-1-12 June 2, 2012

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Rex Ridenoure, Friday, 6-1-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1786-BWB-2012-06-01.mp3

Guest:  Rex Ridenoure.  Topics:  Ecliptic Enterprises update, commercial space & investor convergence, IZUP LLC.  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 Rex Ridenoure back for an update with Ecliptic Enterprises and his new commercial space business, IZUP LLC.  For more information, visit http://eclipticenterprises.com and www.izupllc.com (this website is under construction).  During our first segment, Rex talked about Ecliptic and their RocketCam product.  He explained the technology to us, the downlink constraints, the data rates, RF bands, and antenna considerations.  We also talked about the various rockets and missions that use RocketCam.  As we learned, the special avionics box Ecliptic makes and uses has far more to do with the end product and what we see than the actual cameras.  He also talked about the compression needed given downlink constraints.  Later in this segment, Rex was asked about the RocketCam plans for the suborbital industry and as you will hear, they are in discussion with various suborbital companies to use RocketCam.

In the second segment, Rex talked about his new consulting business, IZUP (eyes up) LLC and the focus on technology, innovation, space businesses, and the convergence with investors.  Rex took the time to explain this to us as well as to talk about the emerging and developing business opportunities now becoming of interest to investors.  We talked about entrepreneurial, start-up, emerging, and even mature businesses, and the commercial space vision that is getting more and more traction and interest.  Rex talked about the fact that we now know the solar system very well and this helps us to position our innovation and technical skills for commercial expansion and development.  Also in this segment, we talked about property rights and land claims for commercial development and the risk of excessive government regulation.  One way missions to Mars came up in the form of a listener question and this opened up a risk averseness discussion.  In closing, Rex reminded us that this was a most exciting time as we explore more and more of the solar system and figure out how to best use the data, information, and knowledge to be a multi-planet species.

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Dr. John Lewis, Monday, 5-28-12 May 29, 2012

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Dr. John Lewis, Monday, 5-28-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1783-BWB-2012-05-28.mp3

Guest:  Dr. John Lewis.  Topics:  Asteroid mining, Chinese space program.  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 back Dr. John Lewis to discuss asteroid mining and the Chinese space program. You can order Mining The Sky: Untold Riches From The Asteroids, Comets, And Planets by Dr. Lewis as we talked about his book throughout our program.  If you use this Amazon URL, Amazon will make a donation To The Space Show/OGLF:  www.amazon.com/Mining-The-Sky-Asteroids-Planets/dp/0201328194/ref=onegiantlea20. Our first segment focused in on asteroid mining, where are today, its future, legal issues to be settled, risks, and more.  Near the end of this segment, we also talked about the Law of the Sea Treaty, the common heritage of mankind and revenue sharing ideas, all of which would be detrimental to asteroid mining and expanding space commerce.  Earlier Dr. Lewis referenced the Keck study, The Asteroid Retrieval Feasibility Study which says we can capture a certain size NEO and put it in orbit around the Moon. Dr. Lewis carefully went through the pros and cons of doing this.

In the second segment, Tim called in and continued the revenue sharing and common heritage discussion.  Dr. Lewis then cited his family history dating back to 1625 coming from theNetherlands with the West Indies Company, then staying here and moving west rather than returning to theNetherlands.  He drew parallels with this and potential space settlement and risk taking.  Next, we talked about the Chinese space program, their space station, the upcoming taikonaut launch in June and the fact that they are actually “bending metal” in making hardware for going to the Moon, unlike the Indian program which is still largely talk.  Near the end of the segment, we talked about lunar mining, the needed future vision and leadership, the need to be a multi-planet species and why.  Our discussion with Dr. Lewis is full of important information so I urge you to carefully listen to this program and use the internet to follow up on many of the topics and issues he brings to our attention.  For example, you might find it interesting to see the 1926 Plan of Space Exploration as developed by Tsiolkovsky (www.informatics.org/museum/tsiol.html).

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