Broadcast 2566 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Debra Facktor Lepore.. Topics: Commercial space value & projects, advocacy, & valuable space industry insights. 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. We welcomed back Debra Facktor Lepore to this special one hour one segment program in which we discussed numerous space industry topics. We started out getting an historical overview of Ball Aerospace, including our learning about some of their new projects with S. Korea and new technologies. We did a 135 year overview in just a few minutes. The company really does have a fascinating and most interesting history, including the Ball jars dating back to the 1880s when the company started. The aerospace part of their history dates back 60 years. Debra did a good job in summarizing their aerospace history, including moving forward with NewSpace, non profits, cubesats and more. Listeners asked our guest many email questions including her view of the trends in the space industry, especially among the entrepreneurial segment. Other topics discussed included disruptive markets and technology, the launch industry, SpaceX, ULA & others, plus the need for viable, productive space markets. One market she talked about that was in demand was the market for space data. Debra had much to say on this subject so don't miss it. Debra was asked about human spaceflight which she classified as exploration, discovery, and human nature. Listener Jack asked Debra about space projects based on the "coolness factor" rather than commercial or national security value. This proved a very interesting conversation so again, I urge you not to miss it. Another listener asked about trends toward public only projects, public/private projects, and international cooperative space projects. Near the end of the show, we had a few listener questions about kids studying engineering but preferring something like an Apple employment to NASA or the space industry because space projects take so long and are often cancelled. Debra had much to say about this subject plus the potential of space to impact so many other fields. This prompted an email from a listener who drives part time for Uber. She pointed out how it was disruptive and based on space technology. This too was a most interesting discussion that I am sure you will appreciate. In conclusion, Debra paid her respects to the late George Mueller who recently passed away. George was a great influence on her life , her career, and the space industry as far back as Apollo. You can read about Mr. Mueller at Please post your comments/questions for Debra on TSS blog above.



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16 Oct 2015 Debra Facktor Lepore
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