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Broadcast 828 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on November 9th, 2007
Guests: Patrick Beatty, David Shiga
Patrick Beatty and David Shiga were the guests for this program originating from Grand Forks, ND and focusing on X Prize Cup and David's "breaking news" interview at Bigelow Aerospace. Please note that this program has audio distortion and problems that cannot be cleared. The audio issues stem from the studio I used in Grand Forks and the fact that Patrick had to use a less than adequate public telephone for the interview. I apologize for these problems and assure all listeners that The Space Show is taking steps to deal with phone line quality issues. Please watch for an announcement on this subject soon. As for this show, the first hour we talked about X Prize Cup as Patrick joined with me in announcing the Cup on Saturday and then was the main announcer on Sunday as I left for home. David was at the Cup as media to focus on the Lunar Lander Challenge and Armadillo Aerospace. The three of us discussed our views and experiences at X Prize Cup, Armadillo, the N-G Lunar Lander Challenge, and also the air show provided by Holloman AFB. We also discussed the Personal Spaceflight Symposium held prior to the Cup in Las Cruces. Many listeners asked questions about X Prize Cup and the other events and I am sure you will find our discussion informative. In the second hour of this program, David Shiga who is a reporter for the New Scientist Magazine, told us about his visit and interview with Bob Bigelow and Bigelow Aerospace. David also talked about finding out about the new Bigelow prize to offer $760 million for space transportation (see Patrick joined in the conversation as did listeners with lots of questions about Bigelow Aerospace and their work. This is definitely a two hour most interesting program/discussion. You can direct your comments and questions for Patrick and David using and

About our guests...

Patrick Beatty
Patrick L. Beatty is a reporter for the Space Show and recent announcer for Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge at the 2007 X-Prize Cup. In addition, Patrick, MAS, MFE, is a financial engineer working to fix the credit crunch at Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association), the ninth largest business in the world, located in Washington DC. Fannie Mae exists to expand affordable housing and bring global capital to local communities in order to serve the U.S. housing market. His previous positions include research on Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) at Salomon Smith Barney, S&P 500 stock timing analysis at Mellon Bank, credit risk economic capital research and implementation at Bank of America. His entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding, raising over $1 million, and creating the business plan and strategy for an internet media company that was recently featured in the Wall St Journal and won the DemoGod competition. In addition, he has also written the business plan and strategy for a small aerospace startup that resulted in buyout by a large investor. He is a former PhD student at the Wharton and Hass business schools in accounting and finance, respectively. His research included disclosure, CEO compensation, and market micro-structure. In addition, he has degrees in mathematics, statistics, actuarial science, and financial engineering as well as research experience in infrared spectroscopy of comets. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a graduate of the International Space University. His other interests include martial arts, soccer, dancing, singing, and travel.

David Shiga
David Shiga is a reporter for New Scientist Space, the astronomy and space news section of the website of New Scientist magazine. He is based at New Scientist’s Boston office and among other things has reported on dark energy, the Mars rovers, and the emerging personal spaceflight industry.

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