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Guest: Dr. Sean Casey. SOFIA update, Silicon Valley Space Center, entrepreneurial space ventures and opportunities. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, 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 Dr. Sean Casey back to the show. Our first topic dealt with updates to the SOFA Project (Space Research Association for NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy). You can find out more by visiting the SOFIA website, Dr. Casey talked about upgrades, new science programs, and more for SOFIA, plus he addressed issues specific to airborne observatories. After the SOFIA update, we turned our attention to California's Silicon Valley and the new Silicon Valley Space Center (SVSC) which is a non-profit business accelerators focused on connecting entrepreneurs with NewSpace leaders and other commercial opportunities. Visit their website for more information, The balance of our discussion centered on the activity of the SVSC with a focus to developing cubesat, nanosat, and other NewSpace opportunities. Dr. Casey mentioned several companies that suggested what he was focused on including Nanosatisfy (, Skybox Imaging (, and GLXP Teams. In the second segment, we talked more about the SVSC and Silicon Valley in general, especially for projects outside of California. He talked more about the companies already mentioned and told us about additional entrepreneurial companies doing cubesat, nanosat, and other startup space ventures. We talked about classroom opportunities with cubesats, ways to help in commercial space projects at the classroom level, and how to engage students early on in exciting and doable NewSpace projects. Near the end we talked about human spaceflight opportunities as opposed to the science missions. If you have comments/questions for Dr. Casey, please post them on The Space Show blog. Dr. Casey can be emailed at



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13 Nov 2012 Dr. Sean Casey
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