Broadcast 936 (Special Edition)

29 Apr 2008 Dr. James R. Wertz
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Guests: Dr. Jim Wertz of Microcosm, Inc., Dr. Shahzad Khaligh, The Boeing Company, Rex Ridenoure, Ecliptic Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation, Dr. Robert Taylor of CTD, Mike Tupper of CTD, Jane Hansen of HRP Systems, Inc. Recorded live at the Westin Hotel in Los Angeles, this Space Show program focused on Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) and its related topics. We started out by asking our audience to provide a report card on progress made with ORS since the last conference a year ago. Dr. Wertz and others gave us a report that you will want to hear. A listener question asked about making ORS more responsive to the general public so that space would become more relevant to each of us. This became a theme during this program and included an elaborate discussion about cell phones and other consumer devices that use or rely on space for all or part of their service. We also talked about other commercial businesses and civil space and Dr. Wertz used Celestis as a model for broad based civil space/commercial space business uses, making space relevant to us all. Another listener asked if entrepreneurism was part of the ORS and this prompted several more comments from our audience, especially those working with entrepreneurial companies. The subject of lowering launch costs came up and we talked about new demand for launches and new uses for space as a driver versus just lowering the launch price. You will want to hear what our guests have to say about lowering costs versus new uses for space and which of these need to come first. Based on a question from another listener, the subject of using launch on demand ICBMs for a responsive space mission came up and was discussed. Of course, the ICBM would carry a different payload to support ORS. You will want to hear this discussion. If you have a question or comment for any of the guests on this show, please send it to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will be happy to forward it to the guest you specify.

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