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Broadcast 1438 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on October 6th, 2010
Guest: Dr. Lee S. Valentine
Guest: Dr. Lee Valentine. Topics: Space Studies Institute Space Manufacturing 14 Conference. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and rate this program on the new Space Show blog, We welcomed Dr. Lee Valentine to this special Space Show program to discuss the upcoming Space Studies Institute (SSI) Conference, Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement. This conference will be at the NASA Ames Conference Center in Mountain View, CA from Oct. 29-31, 2010 with the Friday night event taking place at the nearby Sunnyvale Sheraton Hotel. You can find out more about this important conference and the Space Studies Institute by visiting This one hour fifteen minute discussion took place in one segment. My first question to Dr. Valentine dealt with his work on defeating the Moon Treaty three decades ago. I asked for his reflections on that important work. From there, Dr. Valentine provided us with an introduction to SSI which was previously located at Princeton. Lee also talked about the work of Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, the founder of SSI, and then provided a brief history of their conferences. Please note what Dr. Valentine said about attendees needing to be badged and the government requirements for non-US citizens as time is short for the applications. All the needed registration and hotel information can be found on the SSI website. From this point forward in our discussion, Lee took us through many of the guests, panels, and highlights for the conference. You can follow along with our discussion at As Lee tells us about the panels and the guests, you will hear my comments as I know many of the speakers and their expertise. This is a high powered conference with amazing networking opportunities with speakers as well as attendees that are at the top of their field. This is all to take place in a personal and warm setting as I am very familiar with the NASA Ames Conference Center facility and since lunch is provided in the facility to enhance networking, I urge those of you who can attend to be there. Listen to our discussion and the programs we highlight, and the comments offered by both Lee and myself. Some interesting non-conference related questions came in from listeners. One listener asked Lee about his interest in space given his being an ER doctor and if his medical background aided him in his space interests. As you will hear, Lee said it was the opposite but I will let you hear Dr. Valentine's response to this listener for yourself. Its very interesting. Later in the program, I asked Lee to prioritize the most important sessions or issues for space settlement. As you will hear him say, the first, second, and third priorities are to reduce the cost of Earth to orbit transportation. You don't want to miss this discussion as we talked about reducing launch costs and he responded to listener questions about his comments on just how much we might be able to reduce costs within a decade or so. Later in the program, Lee said the most needed thing in lowering the cost was the use of highly reusable rocket engines. Don't miss our full discussion on this subject. As we neared the end of our program, we talked about the need for space property rights and that Wayne White would be making a presentation on this subject at the conference. Please remember that SSI is a membership organization and as the program was winding down, we talked about membership options. If you have comments or questions for Dr. Lee Valentine about the conference, SSI, or anything we discussed, don't forget to post them on the Space Show blog URL above and you can send them to our guest at

About our guest...

Dr. Lee S. Valentine
Dr. Lee Valentine has been involved in space development for three decades. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Space Studies Institute since 1980 and now serves as Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Board. At SSI, he financed engineering models of the successful Lunar Prospector spacecraft. He financed the Mass Driver III test bed and, with EMEC Corp., the development of processes to refine aluminum on the Moon. He brought Prof. Yuri Raizer to SSI to perform analytic studies of laser shockdynamics in support of Prof. Leik Myrabo’s laser launch program at RPI. He started and financed the initial closed ecology life support systems development by Prof. William Jewell at Cornell University. He is an angel investor in projects needed for the human breakout and settlement of space. He has been an investor in XCOR Aerospace since 2002,and serves on XCOR’s Board of Directors. He is a director of Orbital Outfitters and was the initial outside investor. He is a general partner of V Aerospace Ventures, a private venture fund. He was the initial outside investor in SEEGRID Corp. the world's sole producer of autonomous, visually guided, industrial robots. He is the author of "A Space Roadmap: Mine the Sky, Defend the Earth, Settle the Universe", "Critical Trajectories for the Human Settlement of the High Frontier" and "Mass Drivers for Planetary Defense''. He is co author with Prof. William Jewell, of “The Engineering Trade Space for a Robust Closed Ecological Life Support System: A Suggested Technology Road Map.” He is the editor of Settling Circumsolar Space: Space Manufacturing 13. He is now managing Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Settlement to be held at NASA Ames Research Center on Oct 29-31. He has served on the board of ProSpace America. Thirty years ago, he helped finance the successful defeat of the “Moon Treaty”. He is an advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation and a member and adviser of the National Space Society. Dr. Valentine has a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. He is board certified in internal medicine and in emergency medicine.

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