Broadcast 2730 Courtney Stadd

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Guest:  Courtney Stadd;  Topics:  Commercial space, NASA & the future, NewSpace, centrifuge training & more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,   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. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See   

We welcomed Courtney Stadd to the program to discuss commercial space, NewSpace, policy, NASA and the future, centrifuge training and much more.  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Courtney introduced himself and his background, then I asked him about his centrifuge training regarding suborbital spaceflight.  He took two centrifuge rides using the flight profiles for Virgin Galactic SpaceShip2 and Dream Chaser.  Since his centrifuge training was part of an FAA sponsored human spaceflight simulator/centrifuge program, Courtney made recommendations regarding policy for spaceflight participants undergoing such training.  Don't miss his comments on this issue.  Courtney also talked about his preference and experiences in flying both company flight profiles.

Mr. Stadd conducted a recent NewSpace study and said he was "cautiously optimistic" about the industry.  Listen to why he said that, plus note the industry segments and companies he was impressed by regarding his study.  We spent the rest of the segment talking about NewSpace and his study plus space entrepreneurism.

In the second segment, after reading the promotional spot for our sponsor Celestis, I asked Courtney if he had ever met Kraft Ehricke.  He had and we had a short but interesting conversation about him.  That was followed by a phone call from Kim in Mexico.  She wanted to know if commercial space and space entrepreneurism which seems to be dominated by the US was taking roots elsewhere.  Courtney had much to say about this so don't miss his comments.  Before Kim got off the phone, I told her about the numerous emails I receive from people Europe about the US entrepreneurial opportunities. 

Jeff in New Orleans sent in a note asking Courtney about his experiences working with three different NASA administrators and his comparison of those earlier NASA times with today and going into the future.  Courtney identified the three administrates as O'Keefe, Goldin, and Griffin.  Listen to what he had to say for his assessment of each one and which administrator was his favorite.  Courtney then assessed NASA today and made some strong recommendations for how NASA might change for the future.

Listener Beth emailed in asking Courtney what advice he would give to the next president given his experience with presidents and being on NASA transition teams.  Courtney had much to say here but he did recommend being inclusive by which he meant making sure NewSpace and other segments were at the table.  Don't miss all of what he said in response to the email from Beth. 

Our guest offered us important closing comments.  He also mentioned some reforms which in his opinion were badly needed. He concluded saying we needed to be eternally vigilant in our oversight with government.

Please post your comments/questions in the comments section for this program on The Space Show website.  You can reach Mr. Stadd through me.




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01 Jul 2016 Courtney Stadd
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