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Stewart Money, Friday, 9-14-14 September 20, 2014

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Stewart Money, Friday, 9-14-14


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Guest:  Stewart Money.  Topics:  Stewart discussed SpaceX per his new book, “Here Be Dragons: The Rise of SpaceX and the Journey to Mars.”  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.  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 Stewart Money to the show to discuss his new ApogeePrime published book, “Here Be Dragons: The Rise of SpaceX and the Journey to Mars”  You can get much more information by visiting http://www.innerspace.net along with http://www.apogeeprime.com/prime/bookpages/9781926837338.html, and http://www.amazon.com/Here-Dragons-Rise-Spacex-Journey/dp/1926837339/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411235694&sr=8-1&keywords=here+be+dragons+the+rise+of+SpaceX+and+the+Journey+to+Mars.  Remember, if you buy this great book through Amazon, use the OGLF Amazon portal (instructions on the OGLF & Space Show websites plus all archived programs on the blog and The Space Show website) & Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show.  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Stewart explained why he wanted to write a book about SpaceX to tell the story from the beginning up to current SpaceX history.  We spent lots of time talking about the early days including the Mars Oasis Project, the forming of SpaceX in 2002 and the three questions that Elon asked prior to starting the company.  Stewart’s book and our discussion take you step by step through the emergence of SpaceX through each stage of its development.  Even if you are familiar with the SpaceX story or the basics, you will learn much from the book as well as listening to Stewart as he narrates the SpaceX story and responds to listener email questions along with my comments.  Some of the questions asked him were for the biggest challenges Elon and SpaceX faced plus the most important successes.  He was asked for the origin of Elon’s interest in Mars and if the Mars interest was a company wide passion and belief.  In response to a question about the biggest SpaceX failure, Stewart said it was the inability to enter the EELV national security launch program on his timing.

In the second segment, a listener wanted to compare the SLS, Falcon Heavy, and MCT with one another.  Questions were asked about the unveiling of the Dragon V.2 as Stewart attended the ceremony.  Others wanted to know about SpaceX launch sites at the Cape & in Texas.  Andrew asked about SpaceX PR & damage control when necessary, Dana asked if SpaceX was interested in space tourism & Larry asked about reusability.  Stewart said it was a core value for the company.  Stewart provided us with a good, brief summary of our discussion and what he considered to be a priority take away from our discussion.

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Tim Pickens, Thursday, 8-2-12 August 2, 2012

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Tim Pickens, Thursday, 8-2-12


Guest:  Tim Pickens.  Topics:  Pickens Innovations, commercial space, space economics & policy.  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 Tim Pickens back to the program to tell us about his new company Pickens Innovations.  As Tim explained, he has left Dynetics and formed his own consulting business.  Learn more about his new consultancy and activities by visiting www.timpickens.com.  We started our discussion by my asking Tim about some of the comments I made yesterday in a USA Today telephone interview regarding commercial/private space development.  Since I forgot to record the interview (something I have learned to do for my own protection given edit rights are seldom permitted re the articles or programs), I bounced some of my comments off Tim to see if I was drinking my own Kool Aid about the state of the private space industry, its potential, the positive changes I see happening, and more.  Tim confirmed that I was on the right track so now I await the USA Today article.  In the process of this discussion, Tim had much to say about the emerging commercial space industry, the companies involved, the economics and the markets.  We talked about how things have changed for the better over time and in recent years.  I then asked Tim about Rocket City Space Pioneers, his Google Lunar X Prize entry, for which he remains the team leader.  Tim was quite frank in discussing the program with us, the Google Lunar X Prize in general & many of the critical issues facing the contest & all the contestants.  Do listen carefully to what he said as it goes right to the heart of issues facing the broader commercial & private space development efforts/industry.  Part of our discussion focused on the value chain available for sustainable lunar business, the problems with ride sharing at this time to the Moon and much more. We also talked about essential time lines for the contest.  He said many times that affordable systems were needed, viable and sustainable business models were needed, and he was thinking about a merger or joint venture with other contestants to make it happen.  Tim fielded many questions about his new consultancy, Pickens Innovations. We learned that he was getting involved in other areas than space, specifically medical devices.  He described two such devices and why his company was pursuing their development.  How about market size and potential as compared to space?  In fact, cash flow & revenue from these successful non-space businesses are expected to fund many of his space development activities.  Also in this segment, our guest talked about space hardware issues.

In the second segment, he defined the Man Cave which he talks about on his website.  Tim responded to a listener question about the potential of a Netscape Moment re investing in space businesses, plus he talked about the need to have more fun and be less nerdy, referencing conference presentations and similar things space people engage in from time to time.  As an example, he cited the Big Bang Theory TV show and a new show about to start, Top Engineer.  Later, we talked about SLS and its future, its mission, and its likelihood of being funded to completion.  Suborbital space and vehicle issues were a discussion topic followed by Tim talking about the Space & Missile Defense Conference in Huntsville (www.udreg.com/SMD) later this month. His closing comments were positive & upbeat for our future, especially by using disruptive technologies which he talked about at great length throughout the interview.

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