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Broadcast 2233 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on April 28th, 2014
Guests: Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade, John Spencer
Guests: Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade, John Spencer. Topics: ISDC 2014 Space Conference, speakers, tracks, events, and programs. 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. We welcomed Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade and John Spencer to the program to discuss this year's ISDC 2014 conference to be held at the Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway Hotel from May 14-18, 2014. The theme of this years conference is "A Space Renaissance." For more information and to follow our one hour discussion in one segment, visit We started our discussion with John setting the stage for ISDC 2014 and today's rapidly evolving space industry. Nicola talked about the 11 tracks which are all detailed on the ISDC website. For full information about the tracks, panels, and track speakers & coordinators, see As you will hear, some tracks go for the entire length of the conference, others only for a day or two. Nicola highlighted many of the speakers, track c-chairs, & more. Both our guests stressed the Los Angeles benefits including connections to the film industry and terrific sites to see, several of which are available on ISDC special tours including SpaceX, JPL, and the Griffith Observatory. Nicola also talked about dinner and lunch speakers as well as the morning keynote speakers. Note that while keynotes are in progress, there are no competing tracks going on at the same time. We also talked about awards going to Elon Musk and Gwynne Shotwell. Check out the featured speakers at and the meal & plenary speakers at Conference registration has many options from full conference registration to daily registration. Also, hotel registration is available through the ISDC website. We also learned that the overflow hotel is almost adjacent to the Sheraton Gateway but if you register early, you can still get the Sheraton Gateway at the conference rate. our guests highlighted some of the special areas of expertise for many guests. For example, when talking about Tabor, John discussed Inspiration Mars and the World View program. Near the end, we learned that there is an ISDC Meet UP at the end of the conference Sunday afternoon. If you can stay, don't miss this event. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach John or Nicola through me.

About our guests...

Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade
Dr. Sarzi-Amade is Vice President of Business Development of Scorpius Space Launch Company, where he is responsible for finding new applications for the Scorpius launch vehicles and the all-composite cryogenic tanks. He is also a systems engineer in the Space Systems Division of Microcosm, Inc. where he provides technical expertise in areas like mission engineering and spacecraft design. Dr. Sarzi-Amade designed a Mars rapid round trip mission and developed new mission architecture concepts for human Mars missions. Dr. Sarzi-Amade is a member of the Space Systems Technical Committee of the AIAA, and is the Chairman Elect and Membership Co-Chair for the AIAA Los Angeles – Las Vegas Section. He is also the Director of Chapter Development and on the Board of Directors/Executive Committee of the Space Tourism Society. He is also a certified private pilot. Dr. Sarzi-Amade is one of the authors of the book Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD, and co-author of several technical publications in astronautics and systems engineering. Dr. Sarzi-Amade has a Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and M.S. degrees from Politecnico di Milano and the University of California, Irvine.

John Spencer, Space Tourism Society
John Spencer is a space architect with over twenty five years of award winning design experience. He has built a career that is a balance between the design and finance professions. He is a pioneer in what he calls "The Design Frontier." He creates, designs, and develops his own space tourism, Mars, and future themed simulation and attraction projects and serves as a conceptual designer for some of the world’s largest corporations. He has won two awards from NASA for his architectural designs for the International Space Station now in Earth orbit and created the first interior designs on the SpaceHab Module which has flown into orbit over a dozen times. He is the Founder (1995) and President of the not-for-profit Space Tourism Society (STS) and is considered a founding father of the Space Tourism Industry. He is the author of Space Tourism - Do You Want To Go, with Karen Rugg,published by Apogee books in September, 2004. The book premiers his design for the world’s first orbital super yacht named Destiny. As a real estate developer and master planner, he coined the term "Experience Park" in the early eighties. Some of his original concepts and designs include "The Science Fiction Hall of Fame" for the Queen Mary site, the first "Star Trek" theme park, and the "FuturePort Park." His 1982 "Space Resort" design and development project (take a 3 day simulated cruise into low Earth orbit) matured into the "Space World" theme park built in Japan. It opened in April 1991. He coined the terms "SimExperience" and "Simnauts" to describe the new generation of totally immersive orbital space cruise and Mars exploration and recreation simulation experiences he is currently designing. He is the president and chief designer for Red Planet Ventures (RPV) a design, licensing, and development company focused on Mars themed ventures. He is quoted in over 50 magazines, newspapers, and TV shows including The Today Show on the growing space tourism industry. His websites are: and

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