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Broadcast 1924 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on January 6th, 2013
Guest: LtCol. Paul E. Damphousse
Guest: Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse. Topics: National Space Society and the upcoming ISDC Conference. 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 to the program Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, Executive Director for the National Space Society (NSS). You can follow along with us by visiting the NSS website, and the ISDC website, We started our discussion with Lt. Col. Damphousse providing us with a brief overview of NSS followed by a short summary of ISDC 2012 highlights leading into this year's ISDC which will be in May in San Diego, CA. In talking about this year's ISDC, he mentioned special tours including the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the Mt. Palomar Observatory. For dates, registration, hotel information, visit the ISDC website above. We talked about NSS goals, objectives, and purposes. This included a focus on space settlement, inspirational space programs, and STEM educational outreach. Listeners asked Paul about the 2013 Legislative Blitz, the Space Exploration Alliance, the NSS Leadership Team, and becoming a Space Ambassador. Several times during our discussion, Paul suggested listeners with questions send them to NSS at Reference this Space Show program and you will be directed to the person or department that can best respond to your needs. Another question for Paul asked about the space advocacy community being too diverse and ineffective. Paul had much to say about this as did several listeners who commented on these two issues. In the second part of the program, Doug called in to talk about the NSS Roadmap which is on their website. The Roadmap is just that, a set of pathways to developing and opening up space segments, industries, and niches. I strongly suggest you check out the NSS Roadmap on their website. Paul also told us about an upcoming NSS Kickstarter program to finance a short, inspirational movie on the benefits of both exploring and settling space. Watch their website for announcements about the program going live. Toward the end, Paul talked about ITAR reform, the renewal for one year of the launch indemnification for the commercial sector, and the Space Exploration Sustainability Act, all as examples of effective space advocacy organization work. We then briefly talked about LEO no longer being a frontier and ready for commercial exploitation while BLEO was the frontier for NASA and its focus. Please post questions/comments on The Space Show blog above. You can email Paul Damphousse through me or the NSS email address listed above.

About our guest...

LtCol. Paul E. Damphousse
Lieutenant Colonel Paul E. Damphousse was born in Melrose, Massachusetts and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He attended the University of Arizona on a Navy ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems. In August 1990, LtCol Damphousse completed the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. In January 1991, he began flight training in Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1992. In May 1993, he was designated a Helicopter Second Pilot in the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter and was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH)-462 at Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, CA. He was designated an Aircraft Commander in August 1994. During his time with the Heavy Haulers of HMH-462, LtCol Damphousse completed a six-month deployment to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program. He also participated in two shipboard deployments to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf with the 13th and 15th Marine Expeditionary Units aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5). In May 1998, LtCol Damphousse reported to Headquarters, Third Marine Aircraft Wing (3d MAW) at MCAS El Toro, California. Here he served as the Aviation Safety Officer and participated in the movement of 3d MAW to its new home at MCAS Miramar, California. In October 1998, after completion of Tactical Air Control Party training and subsequent designation as a Forward Air Controller, LtCol Damphousse was assigned to the Wolfpack of HMH-466 where he served as Quality Assurance Officer. In November 1998, LtCol Damphousse was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. He graduated in December 2001 with a Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering. Upon graduation and designation as a Marine Corps Space Operations Officer, LtCol Damphousse was transferred to the Operations Directorate (J32) of United States Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO. Here he served as a Space Control and Special Technical Operations action officer and was involved in highly classified operational planning for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. LtCol Damphousse reported to the Flying Tigers of HMH-361 at MCAS Miramar in December 2003 as the squadron operations officer and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in August 2004. Following his time with the Flying Tigers he assumed the role of Director of Safety and Standardization for Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)-16. Between combat deployments he completed a tour in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Service Chief’s Internship Program. Here he investigated programs relevant to current Marine Corps operations and future warfighting concepts as well advanced space programs and concepts. LtCol Damphousse returned to Iraq on his second combat deployment in February 2006.Shortly after his arrival he assumed the role of Operations Officer for MAG-16. In this capacity he was responsible for the daily planning and execution of combat operations for all Marine aircraft in Iraq, representing every USMC type/model/seriesaircraft and the largest MAG in Marine Corps history. Upon his return to the U.S. in February 2007, LtCol Damphousse was assigned to the National Security Space Office (NSSO) in Washington, DC initially as the Chief Engineer for the Spacecraft Communications Functional Integration Office. Shortly after his arrival he created and led the NSSO’s Advanced Concepts Branch. Here he assumed the lead for the NSSO’s efforts to advance Space-Based Solar Power capabilities and created a concept of operations and technology roadmap for the Marine Corps’ Small Unit Space Transport and Insertion (SUSTAIN) concept. He also led the NSSO’s effort to leverage and catalyze emerging space access and suborbital capabilities for the entire National Security Space enterprise. In 2008 he was selected a second time as a Marine Corps Astronaut Candidate. In September 2009 he was hand-picked to serve as Florida Senator Bill Nelson’s NASA Fellow. In this capacity he advised the Senator on all civil and national security space matters, and played an instrumental role in advancing new commercial spaceflight activities. LtCol Damphousse returned briefly to the Pentagon as the NSSO was reorganized into the Executive Agent for Space Staff and served within the newly-formed Defense Space Council Secretariat.

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