Derek Webber

Derek Webber is Developer of the “Gateway Earth” space policy initiative, which is an architecture using space tourism revenues to partially fund further exploration and development of the solar system. The approach relies upon establishing a joint governmental station/tourist hotel in geostationary orbit, near the edge of Earth’s gravity well, supplied by reusable tugs going between low Earth orbit and GEO. The tourists at the outpost will partially fund both the facility itself and the tug operations, thereby offsetting governmental budget requirements. At the station, government astronauts would manufacture and assemble the interplanetary craft for ongoing journeys. Webber established the Gateway Earth Development Group (GEDG) in 2015 to continue the development work. The concept gets a chapter to itself in his latest book “No Bucks, No Buck Rogers – Creating the Business of Commercial Space”.

Derek has been involved in commercial space developments for a period spanning 50 years, both in Europe and the US, starting as a satellite and launch vehicle engineer, later directing the procurement at a satellite operator, managing the European office of a satellite broadband operator, and as Director of Spaceport Associates, providing consulting services related to the business case and regulatory foundations of space tourism and spaceports.

Derek is also Vice Chair of the panel of nine independent international judges of the Google Lunar XPRIZE. This competition is nearing its completion as 5 teams compete for $30M in prize money for the first non-governmental payload to land on the Moon, travel 500 meters, and send back Hi Def images.

 

Broadcast 2895 Derek Webber

Guest:  Derek Webber:  Topics:  Derek's book, "No Bucks, No Buck Rogers: Creating the Business of Commercial Space," plus additional commercial space topics.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.com.   Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program.

Broadcast 2705 Derek Webber

Guest:  Derek Webber;  Topics:  Gateway Earth space tourism and more to GEO.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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.

Broadcast 1750 (Special Edition)

Guests: John Batchelor, Derek Webber, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Spaceports. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://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.

Broadcast 1456 (Special Edition)

Guest: Derek Webber. Topics: Space tourism, aviation and rocket history per his book, "The Wright Stuff: The Century of Effort Behind Your Ticket to Space." Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and rate this program on the new Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. In addition, Derek's book can be purchased on the OGLF Amazon page and Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show.

Broadcast 639 (Special Edition)

Jane Reifert and Derek Webber were the two special guests for this program to discuss the "The Adventurers' Survey" regarding space tourism sponsored by Spaceport Associates and Incredible Adventures. We began the interview with the basics behind this space tourism survey, how it differed from the study Derek did for Futron several years ago and the significance of many of the findings in this survey. Listeners should listen to this program for the full details and scope of the survey, the conclusions and the relevant suggestions for tourists as well as space plane manufacturers.

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