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1022 (Special Edition)||Listen to the show!|
|Aired on September 22nd, 2008|
|Guests: Berin M Szoka, William Watson|
|Guests: Berin Michael Szoka and Will Watson were the guests for this Space Show program. We talked about the new direction and board in place for the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) and the focus on Web 2.0 for mastering and maximizing the Foundation's vision. This discussion is appropriate for more than just SFF because it puts forth a general plan for how organizations are redefining themselves for the times we are in and the new forms of communication and staying in contact being used by people of all ages, interests, and cultures. Will discussed outreach and some of the venues that SFF will be functioning in, so don't miss what he had to say. It's a new SFF! We talked about NASA, space and the economy, low cost space access, The High Frontier by Gerard O'Neill, and much more. We learned that the SFF annual conference for 2009 will probably be at NASA Ames on or around July 20, 2009. Much more information about these and other Foundation projects can be obtained by visiting the Foundation's website: http://www.spacefrontierfoundation.org . You can join the SFF and be part of this dynamic organization, just visit http://www.space-frontier.org/joinus.html. If you have questions about the Foundation or comments for Will Watson, his Foundation email is firstname.lastname@example.org . Berin provided his email address on air, so listen for it if you want to contact him.|
|About our guests...|
Berin M Szoka
Berin Szoka has served since 2008 as a Director of the Space Frontier Foundation, a non-profit citizens' advocacy group founded in 1988 and dedicated to advancing commercial opportunity and expansion of human civilization in space. He also sits on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), which advises the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation. He is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Previously, he was an Associate in the Communications Practice Group at Latham and Watkins LLP, where he advised clients on regulations affecting the Internet and telecommunications industries. Before joining Latham's Communications Practice Group, Szoka practiced at Lawler Metzger Milkman & Keeney, LLC, a boutique telecommunications law firm in Washington, and clerked for the Hon. H. Dale Cook, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Szoka received his Bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University and his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Submissions Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology.
William Watson is presently the Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF). He endeavors to create new business relationships for the Foundation and to communicate their vision. He is also serving as Chair of their annual NewSpace conference. This year the conference takes place in Washington DC, from July 17-19. Will chaired NewSpace 2007 in D.C. and was part of the SFF's management team during NewSpace 2006 in Vegas. Before the Foundation, Will worked for the Tauri Group as an analyst on The Space Foundation's The Space Report and on spaceport related business development. Mr. Watson's professional involvement with the NewSpace industry started with his graduate placement at the Transformational Space Corporation, LLC (t/Space) during the summer of 2005. Will received his Master's in Space Management from the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. The year long MSM graduate program focused on aerospace business, marketing, and law. Prior to ISU, Mr. Watson received a BA in Russian Literature & History from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He has studied in Moscow at Lomonosov University and as part of the Institute for Biomedical Problems' summer space program.
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