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|Walt Anderson is a noted space commerce financier and businessman. In September of 2007, NewScientist identified the 10 individuals who they believed had had the greatest influence in the development of outer space. Also on this list: Arthur C. Clark; James Webb; and, Sergei Korolev. Walt Anderson was an Associate Founder of the International Space University and ISU's largest individual financial contributor in its first 5 years of operations, and he worked closely with the International Space University's 1st - 2nd presidents to help establish the organization as a premier graduate level educational institution, with a permanent campus in Strasburg, France. Mr. Anderson also Founded FINDS ("Foundation for the International Nongovernmental Development of Space"), FINDS funded a electro-dynamic tether project designed to allow low earth orbit space stations to maintain station keeping using solar power and the earths magnetic field. This technology would have allowed the International Space Station and the MIR Space Station (if it still existed) to reduce amount of fuel in re-supply payloads and allow for more efficient operation. Mr. Anderson has also provided significant financial support to the Space Frontier Foundation and has served on their Board of Directors. Walt Anderson made early investments in commercial launch companies. While these early efforts were not always successful, they paved the way for future commercial space opportunities. He was the founding Chairman of Micro Satellite Launch Corporation, and invested in American Rocket, Rotary Rocket, Space launch Corporation, and XCOR. Mr. Anderson was a Founder of Orbital Recovery Corporation which developed a method for on orbit service which extended the life of communications satellites. Mr. Anderson has been a leader in the competitive telecom industry in the United States, Europe and Asia. In the United States he founded Mid Atlantic telecom, co founded Telco Communication Group, Inc. (TCGX-NASDAQ), and was a major investor and Director of Erol's Internet. He was the Chairman of World X Change prior to it's merger with World Access in 2001 (WAXS-NASDAQ). In Europe, Walt Anderson founded Esprit Telecom in 1992. He was the Chairman and President of Esprit until shortly before it merged with GTS in 1999. Esprit Telecom competed against the giant monopoly telecom operators in the European Union. Esprit established network operations in 8 countries and served the entire European Union and EFTA region. In Asia, Walt Anderson served on the Board of Directors of Asia Access Telecom. Asia Access was purchased by KDD one of the worlds largest telecom operators, and was merger with KDD International which now carries over 700 million minutes of voice traffic each month for the worlds largest telecom carriers. You can learn more about Walt from his LinkedIn page: "Walt Anderson, Director at Foundation for the Nongovernmental Development of Space (FINDS)."|
|Appeared on the following broadcasts:|
#1866 - Guest: Walter (Walt) Anderson. Topics: Walt rejoins the space community after seven plus... (10/5/2012)
#1237 - Guest: Walt Anderson. Topics: Augustine Commission, Walt's future plans, legal updates, Mir Space... (10/11/2009)
#865 - Guest: Walt Anderson. Walt Anderson returned to The Space Show on three separate phone... (1/5/2008)
#708 - Walter Anderson was our special guest for this one hour interview today. Walt was with... (5/6/2007)
#216 - Walt Anderson, noted space commerce financier, company executive, and businessman, was the guest on this Space... (4/25/2004)
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