Broadcast 782 (Special Edition)

01 Jul 2007 Michael Belfiore
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Michael Belfiore was the guest for this Space Show program. We started the interview with Michael discussing his new book which will be out at the end of July 2007, "Rocketeers: How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots is Boldly Privatizing Space." Michael took us behind the scenes with the major players in the entrepreneurial space industry. He shares with us stories, perspectives, and important observations. We talked about business, management, and engineering trends and characteristics, common traits among the leaders of the various companies, and competition. Michael spoke about the importance of the dream and being able to live the dream, even among the smaller companies that are not well financed or cash flow secure. Our discussion branched out to include markets for suborbital flight, P2P and orbital flight, spaceports, the VSE and its impact on the private sector as well as the private sector impacting the VSE. Not only is this an excellent discussion with one who has "an insiders" view of this engaging, important, and growing industrial development effort, his book, which I have read as I was sent an advance copy, is a great read. Not only is the book about space and the people making private space happen, its about inspiration, making the dream count, and its a book that can be read by anyone even if there interest in space is minimal. Listeners asked Michael many questions and they wanted to know his favorite pick of all the companies. He does let you know his favorite but you will need to listen to the show to learn the answer. He was also asked about his least favorite and he answers that question as well. Visit Michael Belfiore's website at www.michaelbelfiore.com. You can order an advanced copy of his book from this site and he will autograph it for you. You can also sign up for his free newsletter and you can contact him at the contact page. He uses an e-mail form for the contact so be sure to put "Space Show" in your form's subject line. As always, you can also send comments or questions to him through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

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