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826 (Special Edition)||Listen to the show!|
|Aired on November 6th, 2007|
|Guest: Charles Miller|
|Charles Miller was the guest for this Space Show program. Charles continued our discussion on space based solar power (SBSP) and the recent NSSO report, but this time more from the business case and financial perspective as he was a leading participant in helping to research and provide reliable and useable information for the NSSO in their study. During this interview, Charles was asked many questions by listeners about the global reach and effectiveness of a potential space based solar power system, closing the business case for SBSP, and even terrestrial energy options. There were many questions about the "green" component of SBSP and even working with environmental groups for SBSP rather than being at odds with these groups. You will want to hear these questions and the answers. Charles addressed nuclear, wind, terrestrial solar, etc. but the bottom line is that we have a very real pending problem with energy and we should not discount any option or put aside any potential source of energy for our future needs. Charles explains this very well and this makes this discussion not only timely but very important. Charles brought up the national security aspect of SBSP so don't miss this part of the discussion; When asked about the technologies needed to have SBSP, low cost space access tops the list so we discussed our efforts in moving toward low cost space access. Again, this is a discussion you will not want to miss. We discussed SBSP in connection with foreign government and island nations. And of course, the fundamental question of what's next for the NSSO, SBSP, and who foots the bill. An important set of questions for Charles dealt with influencing political candidates and their advisors to push SBSP. Charles provided us with important insights to how the political advisor/candidate system works and how to effectively use the few minutes one has with a candidate to advocate what is important. His response may surprise some of you but then please pay attention as the insights he is giving us into how to effectively work our political system with space and other issues is most valuable. And nobody knows this better than Charles Miller as he is the founder of ProSpace! Listeners are invited to contact Charles Miller to support and work toward the ultimate realization of SBSP (much work is still needed, this is a grounded and reality based discussion, not a religious experience), plus your comments and questions are welcome. Send your comments, questions, and inquiries to Charles at email@example.com. Mention this Space Show in the subject line. Also, visit the blog that has the SBSP info on it that Col. Coyote Smit is still working though he is doing his doctoral studies in the UK. The SBSP blog is at http://spacesolarpower.wordpress.com/. Charles thanked the many people that worked on this report and the blog to bring it to reality and to give SBSP the credibility and the opportunity that it deserves. If anyone was missed when being thanked, its an oversight, both Charles and I apologize, but we know the many people who contributed to this project on a tireless basis and all of you are very much appreciated. And this blog is exceptional and the people behind it and that made it available to us all deserve very special thanks indeed.|
|About our guest...|
Mr. Miller is President of Space Policy Consulting, Inc., the President and CEO of Constellation Services International, Inc., a Member of the Board of Directors of the Space Frontier Foundation, and led the “Public-Private Partnerships” section of the NSSO's Space-Based Solar Power study.
Miller is currently under contract to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in the area of Operationally Responsive Space access and is helping the AFRL be a smarter partner with the emerging space transportation industry. SPC supports a number of ongoing AFRL activities in the reusable launch vehicle area. Mr. Miller is also the founding President and CEO of Constellation Services International, Inc. (CSI), which is a NewSpace company that specializes in commercial on-orbit space operations — which is an ideal knowledge niche to advise on SBSP. CSI was founded in 1998, and is an entrepreneurial space services company that is focused on commercial opportunities in Earth orbit. CSI is developing, and patenting, a number of innovative solutions for orbital space markets, including LEO ExpressSM Space Cargo System for delivering cargo to space stations that uses over 99% existing technology, and the Lunar ExpressSM system that uses existing technology to enable a near-term human trip around the Moon. Miller has raised over $2 million in private investments for CSI to date. CSI has successfully completed 4 NASA contracts to date related to commercial ISS cargo services, and has an existing Space Act Agreement with NASA to cooperate on the development of CSI’s LEO Express system. Prior to CSI and Space Policy Consulting, Mr. Miller was the founding Chairman and President of ProSpace where he served from 1996 to 1999. Under Mr. Miller's leadership, ProSpace was instrumental in the passage of space-related legislative initiatives, including the Commercial Space Act of 1998, funding for NASA's X-33, Future-X and Space Solar Power programs, and the U.S. Air Force’s RLV Technology Development program. Mr. Miller studied engineering at the California Institute of Technology and has a BS in Business Administration (Finance) from the California State University of Chico.
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