Dr. Lee S. Valentine

Dr. Lee Valentine has been involved in space development for three decades. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Space Studies Institute since 1980 and now serves as Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Board. At SSI, he financed engineering models of the successful Lunar Prospector spacecraft. He financed the Mass Driver III test bed and, with EMEC Corp., the development of processes to refine aluminum on the Moon. He brought Prof. Yuri Raizer to SSI to perform analytic studies of laser shockdynamics in support of Prof. Leik Myrabo’s laser launch program at RPI. He started and financed the initial closed ecology life support systems development by Prof. William Jewell at Cornell University. He is an angel investor in projects needed for the human breakout and settlement of space. He has been an investor in XCOR Aerospace since 2002,and serves on XCOR’s Board of Directors. He is a director of Orbital Outfitters and was the initial outside investor. He is a general partner of V Aerospace Ventures, a private venture fund. He was the initial outside investor in SEEGRID Corp. the world's sole producer of autonomous, visually guided, industrial robots. He is the author of "A Space Roadmap: Mine the Sky, Defend the Earth, Settle the Universe", "Critical Trajectories for the Human Settlement of the High Frontier" and "Mass Drivers for Planetary Defense''. He is co author with Prof. William Jewell, of “The Engineering Trade Space for a Robust Closed Ecological Life Support System: A Suggested Technology Road Map.” He is the editor of Settling Circumsolar Space: Space Manufacturing 13. He is now managing Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Settlement to be held at NASA Ames Research Center on Oct 29-31. He has served on the board of ProSpace America. Thirty years ago, he helped finance the successful defeat of the “Moon Treaty”. He is an advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation and a member and adviser of the National Space Society. Dr. Valentine has a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. He is board certified in internal medicine and in emergency medicine.

Broadcast 1438 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Lee Valentine. Topics: Space Studies Institute Space Manufacturing 14 Conference. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and rate this program on the new Space Show blog, http://thespaceshowoutsidethebox.blogspot.com. We welcomed Dr. Lee Valentine to this special Space Show program to discuss the upcoming Space Studies Institute (SSI) Conference, Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement.

Broadcast 818 (Special Edition)

This program is the X Prize Cup 2007 series of interviews readied for the Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 Space Show. In addition to the introduction to this special program, there are five separate interview tracks/panel discussions. They run continuously for about 2.5 hours without a break. However, you will know when each interview ends as the guest or the panel is appropriately thanked and the next guest or panel is introduced.

Broadcast 676 (Special Edition)

Dr. Lee Valentine returned for this special Monday evening Space Show program. We began our discussion by inquiring about the upcoming Planetary Defense Conference scheduled for March 5-8, 2007 in Washington, DC. Visit www.aero.org/conferences/planetarydefense to learn more about this conference. To read some of the papers being presented at the conference, visit www.aero.org/conferences/planetarydefense/resources.html.

Broadcast 468 (Special Edition)

Dr. Lee Valentine returned to The Space Show for this program. We discussed many subjects including the Space Studies Institute (www.ssi.org), closed system environments for lunar and space settlements/habitats, asteroid deflection and planetary defense, to space investing with the entrepreneurial companies and other commercial space business ventures. Dr. Valentine spoke in some detail about planetary defense, the gravity tractor, and even the Planetary Defense Conference which will be held next year.

Broadcast 204 (Special Edition)

Dr. Lee S. Valentine, Executive Director of the Space Studies Institute, was the guest on this edition of The Space Show. Dr. Valentine began his discussion by stating that so far space has been an endless money hole, but in order for us to become space-faring, benefits and profits from space activities need to be present. Thus, affordable space access is needed. We talked about space tourism as potentially the best space business for profits and benefits for the near-term.

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