Broadcast 1017 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

15 Sep 2008 Mr. Rick Tumlinson
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Guest: Rick Tumlinson returned as the guest for this Space Show program. As Rick was one of the three founders of the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) (please see their website at, we began our discussion with Rick letting us know about new and significant changes and accomplishments with SFF. Listen to this segment, it's most interesting as we explore the ISS, Mir, Dennis Tito, DC-X, and lobbying both candidates running for the office of President of the United States. Rick talked about younger leadership coming into SFF, how to join the organization, and how the organization is using the internet to develop and spread the space word. You will not want to miss what he had to say about this. We also talked about space policy and what might space policy look like with a new President and Congress. One of the big discussion topics for this program was the need for space infrastructure to be developed. Developing space infrastructure is important, as is lowing the cost of space access, also a topic we talked about. To be expected, space solar power (SSP) came up and we had a lively discussion about it. Pay attention to the closing comments from Rick when he addressed SSP. In the last segment of the show, Rick talked about his space diving company and Orbital Outfitters, then he updated us on the NewSpace movement and actually defined NewSpace for us. If you have comments or questions for Rick, please send them to me at and I will forward them to him.



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