Charles Pooley

Charles Pooley is self employed as a consultant and designer with 40 years experience in the fields of circuit design, servos, electrooptics. His background ranges from two years on an oceanographic research ship, involvement in startups, four patents, design of a sounding rocket. Believing that the pathway to access to space requires developing the means to get there, he has for 30 years been studying the relevant technologies, including rocket propulsion, thermodynamics, and other areas bearing on the engineering of launcher systems. For the past eight years he has been more narrowly focused on the strategy of small scale vehicles and spacecraft as the key to bypassing the problems encountered by startup ventures which hope to begin with "full size" vehicles. With the startup venture Microlaunchers, he is working to develop a small launcher system.

Broadcast 2164 (Special Edition)

Guests: Charles Pooley &Ed LeBouthillier. Topics: The Microlauncher concept and new book just published. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, 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 1814 (Special Edition)

Guest: Charles Pooley. Topics: Microlaunchers, LLC, focusing on the means to achieve space development, not the end result, and his action plans for launching microlaunchers. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming.

Broadcast 1135 (Special Edition)

Guests: Charles Pooley and Iain Finer. Topic 2009 Space Access Society Conference, rockets, suborbital and orbital flight, space tourism. This program consists of three separate reporting segments from Charles and Iain who were at Space Access in Phoenix, AZ . They kindly phoned in three reports to The Space Show. Charles and Iain talked about the speakers and comments, mostly from what caught their attention and interest, but also from an overall perspective of the conference this year.

Broadcast 903 (Special Edition)

Charles Pooley of Microlaunchers ( returned as the guest for this Space Show program. Charles started the discussion by explaining the Microlaunchers concept, which is to design a spacecraft for a 200 grams or less payload in order to take advantage of new FAA regulations as well as the continuing evolution in the components and technology of small mechanisms. He also cited the example of the Google Lunar X Prize as a potential outlet for the Microlaunchers concept.

Broadcast 415 (Special Edition)

Charles Pooley was the guest for this Space Show program. Mr. Pooley discussed his company, Microlaunchers, and also the subject of microlaunch vehicles, i.e., starting small and growing to larger and more successful launch vehicles. He points out that starting out in the rocket business by making large rockets has a track record leading to failure. Mr. Pooley's approach is to start small, with 1 lb. satellites or cubesats, launching a total payload of 8 lbs. to LEO.

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