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We welcomed back to the show Dylan Taylor for a comprehensive 90 minute two segment discussion about commercial space business, various successful space business sectors, investing, risk taking, policy making, analysis, economics, entrepreneurship and much more. During the first segment of our program, Dylan identified two sector that were enjoying success. The launch industry was one such segment and the other was Earth observation. He further broke down the two sectors into sub-sectors. For example, regarding launch, he said that cost was not always the primary concern, a fact he explained in detail. Other serious concerns for launch included safety & reliability along with availability or routine, reliable service. For Earth observation, he talked about both hardware and software, pointing out that there were bottlenecks in the downlink of data services, a topic he discussed in detail. Don't miss what he had to say about these two sectors and their components as we spent considerable time in the first segment discussing these topics. Dylan mentioned specific companies in these sectors so take note as you now have businesses to follow.
One of the questions I asked Dylan was about this interest in space entrepreneurs as well as advocates to "save the world" as I like to say. Dylan knew what I was referring to and talked about the need for space businesses to have a practical approach because the economic concerns are the priority for the investors. Capital flows were important to understand, not necessarily the rhetoric. To me, this was an interesting discussion since I hear the save the world theme so often. Let us know what you think by posting your comments on the blog.
Ted asked a question about human spaceflight making money. Dylan said there were emerging opportunities and mentioned World View, Blue Origin, spaceflight travel, space tourism, and the potential emergence of private space stations. Along the same lines, Dylan was asked about space settlement. He addressed this subject from a variety of commercial space business potentials so don't miss what he had to say. A few times during our show Dylan referred to the Moon as the 8th continent, prime for economic development.
Cislunar transportation was another topic. We talked about it in terms of a private sector opportunity or a Public-Private Partnership. Our guest had much to say on this topic so again, listen up. You do not want to miss what he said about cislunar economic possibilities. Before the segment ended, I asked Dylan about commercial space and entrepreneurship outside the U.S. Dylan has a global business so he had much to say on this topic.
In the second segment, we talked about economic, market, policy, and regulatory vulnerabilities for the new commercial space industry. When asked for key factors we should look for to best determine trends and directions for the industry, Dylan talked about inconsistency. For example, if there was no economic viability, that would be an inconsistency. He explained this concept in detail so do pay careful attention to this important discussion.
Adrian sent in two questions during this segment. His first was about Dylan seeing viable EmDrive or advanced propulsion business plans. Dylan's reply was full of surprises. Make sure you hear what our guest said about this and I bet you are surprised. Before the segment ended, Adrian also asked if there were robotic plans to expand on orbit systems and platforms into more capable systems to solves SAR or multispectral issues talked about earlier in the show. Briefly, Dylan said yes but listen to his comments on this as the program came to an end.
Other topics brought up in this segment included deep space mining with timelines and ROI potentials., plus policy and regulatory risks around possible Outer Space Treaty issues and teams. An interesting point brought up by Dylan was the trend for and the need commercial basic science. He talked about academics doing this and the new program at the Colorado School of Mines (www.parabolicarc.com/2017/08/11/colorado-school-mines-launches-space-resources-graduate-program). Space debris issues was a potential target for this effort.
Before the show ended, I asked Dylan what he thought commercial space would look like in ten years. I also asked if there was one turning point issue in recent years that may be responsible for jump starting the new commercial industry. He pointed to reusability. In his summary comments, he pointed out that the industry was still a risky venture.
Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog for this show. You can reach Dylan Taylor through me or his website, http://dylantaylor.org.