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Broadcast 1910 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on December 9th, 2012
Guests: Langdon Morris, Dr. Michael Simpson
Guests: Dr. Michael Simpson, Langdon Morris. Topics: International space cooperation & the new ATWG book, "International Cooperation For The Development of Space." 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 Dr. Michael Simpson and Langdon Morris to the program to discuss the new & important book, "International Cooperation For The Development of Space." The book is available on at and via Kindle @ If you purchase this book through Amazon, a donation will be made to The Space Show/OGLF. As you will hear me say throughout our program, this book helps make a very strong case, especially to those outside the space community, for why space development is so important. I strongly urge you to read this book and to share it with as many as possible. As we started our discussion, Langdon Morris provided us with an overview of the book, including the purpose behind it, and the global mix of authors and viewpoints supporting international cooperative space development. We talked with Dr. Simpson about his Chapter 2: "Broadening The Base: Cooperation As A Springboard For New Participants In the Space Sector." We learned about new countries being involved in space development, their requirements for getting involved in space which include economic growth, and the niche specialty areas being pursued by these new players. I asked about the absence of human spaceflight in the international cooperation discussion. This prompted a most interesting exchange with our guests on the subject, one you do not want to miss. Our guests provided us with great examples of real benefits flowing from international cooperative space development, including emergency services for disasters such as Katrina. We took listener calls suggesting international financial participation in cooperative space projects might make high ticket items more plausible such as SLS or a Mars mission. There was general agreement on this theory but as our guest pointed out, there still needs to be international agreement on the project and its management. Another benefit of international cooperation points to project stability over time. In our second segment, Doug called in to ask about a two track system consisting of a public sector track and a second track for public/private partnerships. Our guests suggested the public/private direction would be more viable. Don't miss their explanation for this approach. We talked about competition as compared to international cooperation. Our guests were also asked about the impact of ITAR on U.S. international cooperation. We talked about the Chinese space program and our guests were asked about the NewSpace segment. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email our guests through me at

About our guests...

Langdon Morris
Langdon Morris was named Director at PwC in 2012 and leads an innovation consulting practice within its Strategy Group. His work focuses on developing and applying advanced methods in innovation and strategy to solve complex problems with very high levels of creativity. As co-founder and partner of InnovationLabs LLC, Morris is recognized as one the world’s leading thinkers and consultants on innovation, and his original and ground-breaking work has been adopted by corporations and universities on every continent to help them improve their innovation processes and the results they achieve. His breakthrough white paper, Business Model Warfare is a landmark in the field, and is used as a standard reference at universities and corporations worldwide. His book Fourth Generation R&D, coauthored with William L. Miller, is considered a classic in the field of R&D management, and his more recent Permanent Innovation is recognized as one of the leading innovation books of the last 5 years. He is formerly Senior Practice Scholar at the Ackoff Center of the University of Pennsylvania. He has also taught MBA courses in innovation and strategy at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, and has lectured at universities on 4 continents, including Rochester Institute of Technology, Chaoyang University of Technology (Taiwan), Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Métiers (Paris), University of Colorado, University of North Carolina, and Shanghai Jao Tong University (China).

Dr. Michael Simpson
Dr. Michael K. Simpson is the Executive Director of Secure World Foundation, after joining SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). Simpson holds a post as Professor of Space Policy and International Law at ISU. He is a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. After 23 years of service, Simpson retired from the Naval Reserve in 1993 with the rank of Commander. He is the author of numerous scholarly papers, presentations, articles and book contributions and his practical experience includes service as a Political Military Action Officer, observer representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and member of the Association of Space Explorers International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation. He currently serves on the Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee of the IAF. He received his Bachelors Degree magna cum laude from Fordham University in 1970 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has also been elected to academic honor societies in the fields of political science and business management. He completed his Ph.D. at Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, holds the Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University; and two Master of Arts degrees from The Fletcher School. He has also completed two prestigious one year courses in Europe: the French advanced defense institute (Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale) and the General Course of the London School of Economics.

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