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Broadcast 338 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on May 16th, 2005
Guest: James A. M. Muncy
Jim Muncy of PoliSpace was the guest for the first hour with the remaining half-hour dedicated to open lines. Mr. Muncy started out his discussion by talking about the new NASA Administrator, Dr. Michael Griffin. Mr. Muncy went into some detail to point out the favorable characteristics and plans that Dr. Griffin brings with him and the positive steps he has taken so far regarding NASA, the implementation of the President's vision, and how to make is sustainable and a commercial space enabler. Mr. Muncy also talked about the International Space Station and its proposed usefulness for the commercial sector and for helping to implement the vision policy. I asked Jim to tell us about his new activity with t/Space and we had an excellent discussion about enabling programs by NASA to further space commerce. In response to questions, Mr. Muncy talked about the t/Space team and more. Mr. Muncy was also asked about range fees and the overall status of federal ranges. You will not want to miss what he had to say about this important infrastructure. We concluded his his hour on The Space Show with a frank discussion about ITAR, its importance, and the problems and risks this program presents to our commercial space program. ITAR might be the most important issue to resolve if we are going to fully develop our commercial space potential. If not, we may see this potential go to another country. The final half-hour was devoted to open lines. I fielded questions from listeners regarding the cost per kilo to orbit and the International Space Station. Mr. Muncy will be returning to The Space Show later this year for a full program.

About our guest...

James A. M. Muncy
James A. M. (Jim) Muncy is the President and founder of PoliSpace. Mr. Muncy started PoliSpace, an independent space policy consultancy, in early 2000 to help space entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs succeed at the nexus of space business, technology, and public affairs. His clients include several firms in the emerging private human space flight industry and companies offering commercial services to NASA spaceflight programs. His first client was the U.S. Air Force’s Military Space Plane program. Immediately prior to establishing this consultancy, Muncy spent over five years working in the U.S. Congress. From 1997 until 2000 he served on the Professional Staff of the House Science Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. In addition to being Chairman Dana Rohrabacher’s staff designee, Muncy held the lead responsibility on issues and programs such as reusable launch vehicles, human space flight commercialization, military space technology, export control reform, range modernization, and future NASA programs. Prior to this, Muncy spent over two years on Rep. Rohrabacher’s personal staff as his Legislative Assistant for Space. Prior to joining congressional staff at the start of 1995, Muncy had spent several years as a space policy and marketing consultant for various clients including NASA, NOAA, private industry, and the not-for-profit space community. In the mid-1980’s he worked for two and a half years as a policy assistant in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Reagan, where he served as the White House’s Staff Liaison to the National Commission on Space. Muncy began his work in space policy in 1981 as a staff advisor in the Office of Congressman Newt Gingrich, where he helped Mr. Gingrich co-found the Congressional Space Caucus and promote visionary space policy legislation and initiatives. A long-time leader in the space advocacy community, Muncy co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation in 1988 and served as its Chairman of the Board for six years. Earlier he had served on the Board of Directors of both the National Space Society and the L5 Society. He is a frequent speaker and writer on space policy issues. Mr. Muncy holds an MS in Space Studies from the Center for Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar.

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