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Tom Olson Year 2013 In Review Oldie Show, Monday, 12-29-14 December 29, 2014

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Tom Olson Year 2013 In Review Oldie Show, Monday, 12-29-14

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Guest:  Tom Olson, Golden Oldie..  Topics:  The year 2013 in review for all things 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.

 

We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for his 2013 space year in review.  Note that this program was pre-recorded on Dec. 19, 2013 for play today, Dec. 31, 2013.  During the first segment of our two hour program, Tom began the review by talking about the Chinese lunar lander now on the Moon.  He expressed concern that Russian and the U.S. may be left behind though we did talk about the private U.S. lunar missions working on getting back to the Moon ASAP.  Tom next talked about NewSpace successes during the year, the successful completion of the COTS program with both the Orbital and SpaceX launchers taking supplies to the ISS.  Tom suggested commercial crew was on time for 2017 and that SpaceX was making good progress with Grasshopper and potential reusability.  He talked about controversy over Pad 39A development, the recent Dream Chaser accident, and the emergency of commercial markets for the ISS with CASIS and Nanoracks. Before this segment ended, Tom talked about the impact of sequestration and space politics for the industry as a whole, then he addressed SLS.  As the segment was about to end, he named a few of the 2013 busts including NASA Redirect Mission, Inspiration Mars, and Mars One.

 

In our second segment, we talked about space advocacy during the year and the success of the 2013 NewSpace Business Plan Competition. Space settlement was discussed and as was NewSpace outreach, including congressional outreach.  Tom talked about progress with the suborbital companies and Virgin Galactic.  This took him to the space tourism topic and the 2014 planned Virgin Galactic operational flights.  Our guest was asked about the regulatory issues in 2013 and what he thought they would be like for 2014. For the most part, he predicted no change.  We talked about financing space ventures and capital acquisition for 2013 as well as start-ups and space entrepreneurs.  He also mentioned Armadillo Aerospace going dark during the year and mentioned the risks to the emerging commercial industry if funds become scarce or hard to obtain.  Though this was a pre-recorded show, there were some advance email questions for Tom. One near the end of the program asked him about plans to do anything with his Colony Fund program.  Tom said it was a great idea but 12-15 years ahead of its time and may someday be brought back to life.  That said, he reminded us that the Colony Fund did advance the space scalable strategy.  Before our discussion ended, Tom updated us on the activities of Walt Anderson and his new ventures.

 

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

Tom Olson, 2013 Year In Review, Tuesday, 12-31-13 December 30, 2013

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Tom Olson, 2013 Year In Review, Tuesday, 12-31-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2155-BWB-2013-12-31.mp3

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Guest:  Tom Olson.   Topics:  The year 2013 in review for all things 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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for his 2013 space year in review.  Note that this program was pre-recorded on Dec. 19, 2013 for play today, Dec. 31, 2013.  During the first segment of our two hour program, Tom began the review by talking about the Chinese lunar lander now on the Moon.  He expressed concern that Russian and the U.S. may be left behind though we did talk about the private U.S. lunar missions working on getting back to the Moon ASAP.  Tom next talked about NewSpace successes during the year, the successful completion of the COTS program with both the Orbital and SpaceX launchers taking supplies to the ISS.  Tom suggested commercial crew was on time for 2017 and that SpaceX was making good progress with Grasshopper and potential reusability.  He talked about controversy over Pad 39A evelopment, the recent Dream Chaser accident, and the emergency of commercial markets for the ISS with CASIS and Nanoracks. Before this segment ended, Tom talked about the impact of sequestration and space politics for the industry as a whole, then he addressed SLS.  As the segment was about to end, he named a few of the 2013 busts including NASA Redirect Mission, Inspiration Mars, and Mars One.

In our second segment, we talked about space advocacy during the year and the success of the 2013 NewSpace Business Plan Competition. Space settlement was discussed and as was NewSpace outreach, including congressional outreach.  Tom talked about progress with the suborbital companies and Virgin Galactic.  This took him to the space tourism topic and the 2014 planned Virgin Galactic operational flights.  Our guest was asked about the regulatory issues in 2013 and what he thought they would be like for 2014. For the most part, he predicted no change.  We talked about financing space ventures and capital acquisition for 2013 as well as start-ups and space entrepreneurs.  He also mentioned Armadillo Aerospace going dark during the year and mentioned the risks to the emerging commercial industry if funds become scarce or hard to obtain.  Though this was a pre-recorded show, there were some advance email questions for Tom. One near the end of the program asked him about plans to do anything with his Colony Fund program.  Tom said it was a great idea but 12-15 years ahead of its time and may someday be brought back to life.  That said, he reminded us that the Colony Fund did advance the space scalable strategy.  Before our discussion ended, Tom updated us on the activities of Walt Anderson and his new ventures.

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

Open Lines, Tuesday, 6-12-12 June 12, 2012

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Open Lines, Tuesday, 6-12-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1794-BWB-2012-06-12.mp3

Guests:  Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.   Topics: A short film – Angelfish, human factors for space travel, artificial gravity, space communications, science fiction movies & long term science projects, risk taking.  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. This is about a 2.5 hour Open Lines discussion.  We started by talking to Michael Tyburski, an independent film maker who made a short film, Angelfish, and used The Space Show clips in the background.  Michael described his film, why he put The Space Show in it, and more.  Visit www.michaeltyburski.com for more information.  Next, Dr. Jurist talked with us about artificial gravity & the chart he created to show just how big the radius would have to be to spin at 1G & other levels including lunar as well as Martian gravity.  This chart is on The Space Show blog so you can follow along with what Dr. Jurist talked about regarding artificial gravity and spin rates.  Our last caller for the first hour long segment was Jay who discussed the Space Literacy Foundation (www.spaceliteracy.org). Jay talked about the need for better space communications with the public as a way to facilitate more support for space.  He also responded to questions I asked him about myths dealing with our early space program and the general population.  If you are interested in what Jay is doing, contact him through his website.

In our second longer segment, Ron called in to talk about the history of the wheels on the Lunar Rover and an ad campaign by Goodyear that incorrectly describes the history of the rover wheels.  Ron talked about the use of piano wire, how the original wheels were made, who made them, and more.  The paper about this important history that we mentioned on air can be read at www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/lrv_historical_origins.pdf.  We talked about the history of the lunar rovers, the cosmic radiation impact on them over time on the Moon, and their design which included harmonic drives and engineering to shield from lunar dust problems.  He mentioned a good source of information, a journal edited by Eric Jones & Ken Glover, the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. You can find this journal at www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj.  Ron directed listeners to the document section for Apollo 15, 16, and 17.  John from Atlanta followed Ron, had much to say about the recent success of the Dragon & Falcon 9, then he talked about human factors, one way Mars missions as being suicidal, the regulatory environment & the possibility of excessive or restrictive regulations.  We also talked about the new sci-fi movie, Prometheus.  The article I mentioned about the movie can be read at http://cavalorn.livejournal.com/584135.html.  If you plan on seeing the movie, I suggest you see the movie first, then read the article which is titled Prometheus Unbound: What The Movie Was Actually About.  It is written by Cavalorn.  Tim was our final caller.  He took issues with human factors medicine & Dr. Rowe. Also the risk of over regulation, especially if someone dies going to space. He expressed his thoughts on other things as well. While our discussion was civil, as you will hear, I did not agree with much of what he advocated.  I urged him and other space enthusiasts to be more inclusive of other ideas for space exploration and development rather than just believing their way is the best or even the only way.

If you have comments/questions, post them on the blog.  If you want to email those that called us, send your note to me & I will forward it for you.

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Lawrence Williams, Wednesday, 6-6-12 June 6, 2012

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Lawrence Williams, Wednesday, 6-6-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1789-BWB-2012-06-06.mp3

Guest:  Lawrence Williams.  Topics:  SpaceX, government policy, strategic relations, space capital investment and more.  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 Lawrence Williams back to the show to discuss his 8.5 years with SpaceX to talk reality about strategic government relations, NASA, congress, competition, capital investment needs, markets, and policy.  During this nonstop one hour discussion, Lawrence took us through from the start to today regarding the evolution of COTS and commercial space policy, plus growth for SpaceX.  We talked about specific members of Congress and policies, the need for Members of Congress to pay attention to their constituents even when by doing so policies, rhetoric, or actions materialized that were not always in the best interest of COTS, commercial space, and companies including SpaceX.  Listeners asked about ITAR issues, launch licensees, and even personality issues with key NASA and Congressional space policy leaders.  Lawrence also told us about his new business, Capture10 (www.capture10.com) as he decided to leave SpaceX to put his skills to work in his own consulting business to be able to take advantage of the opportunities now developing in commercial space as a result of the SpaceX successes, accomplishments, and getting that commercial space door opened enough for others to also see opportunities.  As Lawrence explained it, Capture10 is a business development and strategy firm that will help businesses identify, pursue and capture new billion dollar markets within the technology, telecommunications, and aerospace industries.  Lawrence talked with us about some of the opportunities now emerging in aerospace.  At one point, we talked with him about orbital and suborbital. As you will hear, most of his focus is on orbital because of his experience and his clients, but he has not overlooked the suborbital potential.  I asked our guest about the impact of the US and global economy on capital investment in space.  You might be surprised by his answer.  We talked about Congressman Wolfe and some of his comments, as well as the role of government regulation and even the UN space treaties per the emerging commercial space industry.  This is a fact and power packed hour discussion with an expert that has the political sense, the discernment, the “in the trenches” experience, and the lobbying know how to help a space company take roots, grow, and become successful.  In addition, I believe the professionalism exhibited by Lawrence in responding to many of the questions demonstrates why such skills are crucial to both the company and industry success for space commerce and why Lawrence has been so good at doing this work for the past eight years with SpaceX.

If you have questions/comments regarding this interview, please post them on The Space Show blog.  If you want to contact Lawrence Williams, he said you could email him through www.capture10.com/Contact.html plus his email address he gave out on air.