Broadcast 1561 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

20 May 2011 Thomas A. Olson
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Guest: Tom Olson: Topics: Tom provided us with a review of the Space Investment Summit 9 (SIS) and of ISDC 2011 as he attended both in Huntsville. 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. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We started our one hour discussion with Tom by summarizing the Space Investment Summit 9 which was on May 18, 2011 just prior to ISDC. Tom went over some of the highlights of all day conference and focuses in on the panel regarding "Keys to Entrepreneurial success" and the main keynote by Tim Pickens. Due to listener questions, he addressed U.S. economic issues and what was said about commercial space investment at the SIS. The presentations and discussions will likely be posted on the SIS website so do check it out at We then switched gears to talking about ISDC which runs through Sunday, May 22, 2011 (see Tom zeroed in on the Business Track as that is where he made his presentation. He talked about Space X, resupply with the Dragon which must be new for each and every mission, thus giving rise to DragonLab using the recycled Dragon capsules the government won't use. He talked about the need to have space/technology driven businesses doing profitable things today that can scale up to space commerce projects as markets evolve. We talked about gov. regulation and used sport scuba diving and diving certification programs as a possible model for the evolution of human spaceflight regulations. Tom also told us about a talk by Dr. Bruce Cordell on the industry growth and cycles using Maslow Windows. We are currently working to get Dr. Cordell to talk about this as a guest on The Space Show. Tom addressed the makeup of those attending ISDC in the context of a question he was asked on the Cynics Space Show 10th Anniversary program. He mentioned the strong international component to ISDC as well as youth which he said included college students and Gen Y. Other issues Tom address involved using the ISS for beyond LEO travel, SSP, and the space elevator. He also talked about The Foundry which he said was an incubator project started in Huntsville and associated with the Space Frontier Foundation. Toward the end of the discussion, Tom told us about the Business Plan Competition to be held this year at the New Space Conference hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation. The Space Show is focusing on the New Space Conference with its May 30th program. If you have questions or comments about this program, please post them on the blog URL above.



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