Mr. Henry Vanderbilt

Henry Vanderbilt was a space-struck kid watching a Mercury launch on TV when someone explained that the Atlas rocket cost ten million dollars and they threw it away each flight. It precociously dawned on him that nobody was ever likely to pay for him to go to space. He kept on reading about it anyway. Twenty-four years later, an early computer conferencing system (BIX) lured him into writing about space. That soon led to a lateral move from industrial electronics to a job in space politics at the L-5 Society's HQ. He quickly discovered that grand space development schemes were a dime a dozen, but everybody was waiting for someone else to figure out how to get there affordably. Hemet like-minded people, got involved in efforts to solve the transportation problem (among these the late-eighties Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy meetings that led to DC-X), saw that the ball kept being dropped because everyone had day jobs, and ended up founding Space Access Society in 1992 to focus exclusively on promoting radically cheaper space transportation. He semi-retired from running SAS in 2006, cutting his role back to  organizing SAS's annual "Space Access" conferences (sometimes described as "Hackers" for rocket people) to take a day job doing  logistics and project management for a leading startup rocket company.  

Broadcast 2675 Henry Vanderbilt

Guest:  Henry Vanderbilt;  Topic:  Space Access Society Conference, April 7-9 in Phoenix, event agenda & presenters.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.com.  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.

Broadcast 2435 (Special Edition)

Guest: Henry Vanderbilt. Topics: The Space Access Society Conference, April 30-May 2, Phoenix, Arizona. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. 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.

Broadcast 1963 (Special Edition)

Guest: Henry Vanderbilt. Topics: Space Access Conference 2013 & Planetary Defense issues. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. 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.

Broadcast 1740 (Special Edition)

Guest: Henry Vanderbilt. Topics: Space Access Society Conference, Phoenix, Arizona April 12-14, 2012. 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.

Broadcast 1526 (Special Edition)

Guest: Henry Vanderbilt. Topics: Space Access Society, Space Access Conference, commercial space. Please note that 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. For more information about the topics of today's program, visit www.space-access.org.

Broadcast 1111 (Special Edition)

Guest: Henry Vanderbilt followed by Open Lines. Topics: Space Access Society Conference, low cost space access, SUSTAIN, suborbital and orbital space transportation. Henry Vanderbilt, founder of The Space Access Conference, was the guest for the first ninety minutes of today's program followed by Open Lines for the last half hour. Henry discussed the origins of The Space Access Conference up to its current status. He told us who the speakers were to-date for this year's conference and said there was still time to contact him to be a presenter at the conference.

Broadcast 681 (Special Edition)

Henry Vanderbilt returned to The Space Show to discuss the upcoming Space Access Society Conference in Phoenix, Arizona from March 22-24, 2007. Henry and I discussed the conference and the various topics that will be presented. As a result of listener questions and our discussion, Henry explained the uniqueness of this conference, its programming features and the type of people attending for networking, deal making and for getting up to date information about the entrepreneurial industry.

Broadcast 324 (Special Edition)

Henry Vanderbilt returned to The Space Show for this program to discuss the upcoming Space Access Conference in Phoenix, Arizona April 28-30, 2005. In addition to Henry giving us details about this year's conference and impressive list of speakers and topics, we discussed Space Ship One and the XPRIZE, the new Bigelow prize, the Commercial Space Launch Amendment Act signed in December by President Bush and the new developments regarding suborbital space tourism and the alt.space community.

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