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Broadcast 1925 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on January 7th, 2013
Guest: Dr. Eligar Sadeh
Guest: Dr. Eligar Sadeh. Topics: Space policy & strategy for 2013, Dr. Sadeh's new book, and 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 Dr. Eligar Sadeh to discuss his new book, "Space Strategy in the 21st Century: Theory and policy," as well as space policy and strategy for 2013 and beyond. If you purchase his book from Amazon using this special URL, Amazon will contribute to The Space Show: Dr. Sadeh also talked about the recent SWF sponsored Panel Discussion on Space Policy Challenges Facing the Second Obama Administration as he was a participant in these discussions. Dr. Sadeh started out with a space industry overview, noting that while there are plans and policies, there are no strategies for implementing plans and policies. We talked about commercial space and our guest made a point throughout the entire discussion that after decades, not only was there little or no strategy, but that commercial space was still in need of government subsidies. At one point I pushed Eligar for when he thought the turning point might come for the commercial space sectors so don't miss his answer. We talked about the launch industry, the issue of launch costs, and heard our guest say that only the entrepreneurial sector was completely focused on lowering costs. Other sectors valued routine and reliable scheduling plus a very high launch reliability over lowering costs. Over and over Eligar cited the telecommunications industry as the one commercial market now able to stand on its own in a market driven sector. Other issues talked about with the listeners were GPS, Remote Sensing, Value Propositions of Space, civil space, DOD & National Security space, the U.S. economy, NASA, space agency budgets, and more. In our second segment, Doug and I pressured Dr. Sadeh to tell us what his ideal space strategy would be were he the top dog in space. With some pushing, Eligar did outline a pathway to a quality national space strategy and said what he thought that strategy should contain. He also mentioned another small segment interested in lower launch costs, Operationally Responsive Space (ORS). Later in the segment, I asked for his 2013 scenario for space and he said it would be about the same as 2012, mostly for economic reasons. Later Doug called & we talked about public/private partnerships with Doug. As we were ending, we talked about the journal ASTROPOLITICS as Eligar is the editor of it. We also briefly hit upon space governance, and making space sustainable which represented his closing comments. As promised, I will post on the blog the public/private partnership paper Eligar and I wrote several years ago. Eligar also asked that I post the Table of Contents of his new book posted on the blog so you will find that there as well. Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Dr. Sadeh at

About our guest...

Dr. Eligar Sadeh
ELIGAR SADEH, Ph.D. (, is President and CEO of Astroconsulting International LLC, which empowers space, defense, and environmental programs and projects with the critical skills to optimize outcomes, and he serves as Chief Editor of the academic journal Astropolitics. Previously, Eligar held professorships in Space & Defense Studies in the Center for Space Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; College of Aerospace Sciences, Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota; and in the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Eligar also worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems as an Aerospace Systems Engineer on NASA spacecraft. He served as well as a Research Associate with the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. Eligar has a number of book and book chapter publications, as well as papers in the academic journals of Space Policy, Astropolitics, and Acta Astronautica ‒ most recently, Space Strategy for the 21st Century (Routledge, 2012), Politics of Space (Routledge, 2010); and book chapters and papers covering “Spacepower and the Environment,” “Regulation of Satellite Remote Sensing,” “Obstacles to International Space Governance,” “Satellite Export Controls,” and “Earth Observation Data Management.” Eligar has earned Ph.D., Master, and BS degrees with subject matter expertise in Technology Management, Program/Project Management, Space Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Science & Technology Studies, Systems Engineering, Engineering Leadership, Bioengineering & Bioastronautics, Remote Sensing, and Astrophysics.

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