Broadcast 1489 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Douglas Messier. Topics:, space news reporting, space 201 and 2011 events. Please note that 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. For more information, visit In our first segment, Doug briefly outlined some of his news sources and what he does to be able to report extremely current and often ground breaking news. After this discussion, he was asked for his choice of the best story for 2010 and he talked about the runway dedication for Spaceport America and Branson's flight to the runway from Las Cruces to open the runway. You will both enjoy and appreciate this story. We then talked about the new governor of New Mexico and possible spaceport audits and personnel changes. Another topic was Obamaspace and Doug said he thought it was about 80% right on. While a fan of commercial and NewSpace, he said it still suffers from limited commercial flight and simply too few flights, often requiring members of congress to have a leap of faith in the industry. Space workforce jobs then entered our discussion and since Doug is also in California, I spent some time asking him about the California national as well as state legislative officials and their views on space and their support of the California space industry. As you will hear, its not like what goes on in other states with a stronger human spaceflight presence such as Florida, Alabama, and Texas. Doug then talked about the shifts taking place in the industry and geographically due to the rise in commercial space activity. In the second segment, we talked about the NASA CRuSR program, COTS, and CCDEV. Doug was asked about the likelihood of 2011 being the year for a SpaceX IPO. You won't want to miss what he said about that. Space tourism came up and Doug was asked to tell us how the industry has changed over the past twenty years that he has been covering space news and exploration topics. During this discussion, Doug summarized what many of the space tourism suborbital companies were doing and their progress plus expectations for this new year. In our third segment, we talked about writing scripts for Star Trek as Doug had pitched a few scripts to several of the Star Trek franchise TV shows. He shared his experiences with us and explained the process for doing this. He then told us about visiting several of the Star Trek sets and meeting a few of the cast members from the different programs. Later in this segment, we spent additional time talking about CCDEV, NASA's commercial crew development program. We then moved on to talking about EELV human rating conversions and Doug said he had a post on the subject on his blog at Toward the end of the program, Brenda asked about changes over the past two decades in the public perception of space development and exploration. At the end of the show, Doug listed three areas of expectations for grand events for 2011. Listen and see if you agree with him. If you have a comment or question for Doug Messier, please post it on the blog URL above. You can email him at



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04 Jan 2011 Douglas Messier
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