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Aired on January 6th, 2013
Guest: Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse. Topics: National Space Society and the upcoming ISDC Conference. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. 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. We welcomed back to the program Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, Executive Director for the National Space Society (NSS). You can follow along with us by visiting the NSS website, www.nss.org and the ISDC website, http://isdc.nss.org/2013. We started our discussion with Lt. Col. Damphousse providing us with a brief overview of NSS followed by a short summary of ISDC 2012 highlights leading into this year's ISDC which will be in May in San Diego, CA. In talking about this year's ISDC, he mentioned special tours including the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the Mt. Palomar Observatory. For dates, registration, hotel information, visit the ISDC website above. We talked about NSS goals, objectives, and purposes. This included a focus on space settlement, inspirational space programs, and STEM educational outreach. Listeners asked Paul about the 2013 Legislative Blitz, the Space Exploration Alliance, the NSS Leadership Team, and becoming a Space Ambassador. Several times during our discussion, Paul suggested listeners with questions send them to NSS at email@example.com. Reference this Space Show program and you will be directed to the person or department that can best respond to your needs. Another question for Paul asked about the space advocacy community being too diverse and ineffective. Paul had much to say about this as did several listeners who commented on these two issues. In the second part of the program, Doug called in to talk about the NSS Roadmap which is on their website. The Roadmap is just that, a set of pathways to developing and opening up space segments, industries, and niches. I strongly suggest you check out the NSS Roadmap on their website. Paul also told us about an upcoming NSS Kickstarter program to finance a short, inspirational movie on the benefits of both exploring and settling space. Watch their website for announcements about the program going live. Toward the end, Paul talked about ITAR reform, the renewal for one year of the launch indemnification for the commercial sector, and the Space Exploration Sustainability Act, all as examples of effective space advocacy organization work. We then briefly talked about LEO no longer being a frontier and ready for commercial exploitation while BLEO was the frontier for NASA and its focus. Please post questions/comments on The Space Show blog above. You can email Paul Damphousse through me or the NSS email address listed above.