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Broadcast 1888 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on November 5th, 2012
Guest: Jason Andrews
Guest: Jason Andrews. Topics: Cubesat, Nanosat integration, launch services, Andrew Space, Spaceflight & more. 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. We welcomed back Jason Andrews to update us on both Andrews Space and Spaceflight. You can follow along on the respective websites, & Jason was with us for one hour to discuss cubesat and nanosat payload integration, the services offered by Andrews Space and Spaceflight for small satellite launchers and related issues. Spaceflight does publish their price list on their website and we did talk about their pricing. Check it out at We discussed market and financing conditions, the use of international launchers, integrating international payloads, ITAR, U.S. launchers and the possibility of using either Chinese or Indian launchers. Jason went through their turnkey services offered with Spaceflight, then we talked about hardware and the integration of Andrews Space with Spaceflight. Listeners asked lots of questions, including one about a sustainable lunar colony. Other questions addressed the status of a secondary payload and general ride sharing terms, primary payload obligations and considerations, and the potential need for a dedicated small launcher. Insurance was also talked about and included issues concerning self-insurance to buying insurance in the marketplace. Many with payloads less than $1 million do opt for being self-insured. Another issue talked about concerned secondary payload compatibility with the primary payload and the required safety audit for the secondary payload. In talking about Andrews Space, Jason told us about the SHERPA Space Tug and the larger spacecraft using the ESPA Ring which closes the gap between a 3 kilo and 180 gram spacecraft. As our discussion with Jason ended, he talked about hiring opportunities for both companies and the availability of internships. In our brief second segment, I went over The Space Show schedule this week as programming has been cancelled for Tuesday due to wanting to watch election results and on Friday due to my probable jury duty. I urge you to check the website newsletter Wednesday evening and then again Thursday evening because if my jury duty is cancelled, I will call up the scheduled Friday program and you will find out about it via the website newsletter. Please post your comments/questions for Jason Andrews on The Space Show blog.

About our guest...

Jason Andrews
Jason Andrews co-founded Andrews Space in July 1999 to be a catalyst in the commercialization, exploration and development of space. Andrews Space, Inc. is a best value integrator of aerospace systems, developer of advanced products and technologies, and provider of innovative solutions and technical services. Mr Andrews leads the company's daily operations as President and CEO and has been responsible for averaging over 30% annual growth over the Company’s 10 year history while moving into new markets and expanding the company's core competencies. Mr. Andrews leads the strategy development for the company and manages all day-to-day operations, including Profit & Loss responsibility. In 2009 Mr Andrews started a second company, Spaceflight Services, to provide routine low cost access to space for small and secondary payloads. Spaceflight is currently offering suborbital and orbital space access on commercial launch vehicles with flight opportunities starting in 2011. Spaceflight is a part of the Rocket City Space Pioneer Google Lunar X-Prize Team and is brokering secondary payload rides to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit and Low Lunar Orbit in 2014 as part of this effort. Prior to co-founding Andrews Space, Mr. Andrews worked at Kistler Aerospace Corporation (1995 to 1998) where he held a range of positions including K-1 Vehicle Two Project Manager and Design Integration Manager. Mr. Andrews holds a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington and was a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Puget Sound Business journal in 2006.

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