Broadcast 1604 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

12 Aug 2011 Dr. James R. Wertz
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Guest: Dr. Jim Wertz. Topics: We primarily discussed the new text & reference book, "Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD," plus related space engineering issues. 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 (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr. Jim Wertz, President of Microcosm, back to the show. Dr. John Jurist also participated in this program as co-host. Our main topic theme was the newly released and interactive text and reference book, "Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD." Both Dr. Jurist and I co-authored three chapters on space commerce and financing in the book, Chapters 12.1-12.2. Dr. Wertz started out with an overview of the new books and why he decided to update the previous SMAD text book which was current as of 1999. Lots of things in aerospace engineering and how space business is being done have changed, including the focus on low cost space access, small satellites, cubesats, nanosats, and the micro-miniaturization of electronics. Dr. Wertz talked about the more than 100 co-authors and peer reviewers, how each was selected for their particular & unique expertise and more. Both Dr. Jurist & I talked about the reaction to the book at the Small Sat conference, a reaction I might add that was extremely positive. We talked about copyrights and the Fair Use Doctrine for material in the book & the Microcosm book store, along with the special introductory pricing for this item. As you will hear, Space Show listeners can purchase the paperback edition at the Small Sat introductory price of $60 by mentioning The Space Show on the order form. For more information on this important book, visit The interactive book website, still being finished, is In later segments of our program, we talked about commercial space, the Small Sat Conference & near the end of the program we talked about the upcoming Reinventing Space Conference to be held May 7-10, 2012 at the Westin Hotel near LAX in Los Angeles. The conference website is Several listeners wanted to know if the book was too technical for non-engineers. As you will hear, this is an exceptional reference book as well as a text & it is suitable for anyone interested in space development. Listeners also asked Dr. Wertz about the Scorpius Launch Vehicle and the Microcosm NanoEye U.S. Army project. If you have questions for Dr. Wertz, you can post them on the blog URL above. You can also email him at For information on the book, contact Pam at



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