Broadcast 1814 (Special Edition)

15 Jul 2012 Charles Pooley
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Guest: Charles Pooley. Topics: Microlaunchers, LLC, focusing on the means to achieve space development, not the end result, and his action plans for launching microlaunchers. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Charles Pooley back to the program to discuss his Microlaunchers concept in detail. You can follow along and learn more about the program from visiting www.microlaunchers.com. Charles started the discussion with his comments on the NANOSAT Challenge and the logo design winner. From there, he directed us to his website and began talking about the initial project, the ML-1 launcher. Charles spent most of the first segment talking about his Microlauncher plans. Callers asked him about the technology, RC airplanes, liquid fuel motors, amateur launches, FAA AST rules, his three stage design, and even his having wanted to use irrigation tubing for his launchers. I asked Charles for his time line for getting Microlaunchers off the ground and he talked about this on and off for the entire discussion. Funding idea were tossed around, including the use of crowd sourcing and Kickstarter. The Small Sat Conference came up with lots of pressure on Charles to attend. Guidance systems and ITAR came up and there was more discussion about FAA AST launch rules, range fees and tracking. In our second segment, a listener called in to suggest that Charles start writing articles for The Space Review and use social media including Facebook and Twitter. A listener asked about tracking and data collection for his rockets, and more comments came in directing Charles to learn & start using Twitter to help get the word out about his ideas. I then asked Charles to give us his step by step action plan. In response, he outlined the first four or five steps of his plan. Charles got more feedback for the usage of Twitter & social media and then Charles took us through ML-1 through ML-3. Near the end of the show, Charles was asked about Google Lunar X Prize as compared to his model. He had much to say about this comparison. We talked about N-Prize and Charles offered us a good summary of the Microlaunchers concept for his closing comments. Please post your questions/comments on The Space Show blog. You can email Charles at ckpooley@microlaunchers.com Follow him on Twitter at Charles Pooley@microlaunchers.

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