Mr. Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson has been called one of the world’s top space “Visionaries” and is credited with helping create the NewSpace commercial space industry, whose players include Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Paul Allen of MicroSoft and. In 2015 he won the World Technology Award along with Craig Venter of the Human Genome project. He co-Founded the Space Frontier Foundation, led the team that took over the Mir Space Station for a year as the world’s first commercial space facility, signed up the first “space tourist” Dennis Tito, and has spoken as an expert witness before the US Congress 6 times on space policy. He worked with the founders of the International Space University, helped kick start the Lunar Prospector Project and helped or founded several other Frontier Enabling projects and organizations. He edited the book Return to the Moon, is a regular writer for the Huffington Post and Space News and has been quoted around the world from the New York Times to China’s People’s Daily. A founding Board Member of the XPrize, he founded the Texas Space Alliance and Foundation and Silicon Valley based Deep Space Industries - an asteroid mining firm. Currently, his New Worlds organization is focused on developing the people and technology to settle the frontier, and will be putting on its fourth New Worlds Conference Nov 9 -11 in Austin. His latest company is under wraps, but will be unveiled in March - including a special guest appearance on this program.

Broadcast 3065 Frank White & Rick Tumlinson

Guests:  Frank White & Rick Tumlinson; Topics:  Space philosophy and the new website project, NewSpace, commercial space, settlement, & more.  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,  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program.

Broadcast 2183 (Special Edition)

Guest: Rick Tumlinson. Topics: Commercial space ventures, space advocacy, DSI, Orbital Outfitters & more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, 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 1378 (Special Edition)

Guest: Rick Tumlinson. Topics: U.S. Space Policy, Obama space policy, Constellation, NASA, space development. Rick Tumlinson was the guest for this two hour program divided into three segments. However, given that our topic of discussion for almost the entire show was the proposed new direction for NASA and the Administration's space policy, there was no need to break this description into segments. Rick began the discussion with some ground work regarding opening space to the human settlement and the frontier beyond Earth.

Broadcast 1017 (Special Edition)

Guest: Rick Tumlinson returned as the guest for this Space Show program. As Rick was one of the three founders of the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) (please see their website at, we began our discussion with Rick letting us know about new and significant changes and accomplishments with SFF. Listen to this segment, it's most interesting as we explore the ISS, Mir, Dennis Tito, DC-X, and lobbying both candidates running for the office of President of the United States.

Broadcast 670 (Special Edition)

Rick Tumlinson returned for this special Space Show program. The first part of the interview was focused on visionary space leadership, the VSE, congress, how NASA does business, NASA leadership, and inspiration. Rick was at his best, you need to hear what he has to say and this discussion. As this two hour program developed, we altered the focus of the discussion to look into private commercial space development in general and then narrowed the focus to talk about his new business ventures. Rick's comments and insights regarding commercial space development are a must!

Broadcast 411 (Special Edition)

Rick Tumlinson returned to The Space Show for a very special two hour program. This interview addressed many important subjects and topics. We started by having Rick summarize the recent Space Frontier Foundation Annual Conference held in Los Angeles and the architecture being used by NASA to return to the Moon. This afforded Rick the opportunity to talk about the program, NASA, Congress, and Dr. Griffin, NASA's Administrator. This is a must listen to discussion, especially for anyone interested in the why of our need to settle the space frontier.

Broadcast 405 (Special Edition)

Rick Tumlinson returned to The Space Show to discuss space vision, The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) and its coming conference in Los Angeles from Oct. 21-23, and much more. While discussing the SFF conference, Rick was joined by Krysta Paradis who is managing and coordinating the conference. For more information about the conference, visit In addition to promoting the conference, Mr. Tumlinson explained why space development is important for everyone, not just for NASA and a few interested advocates.

Broadcast 179 (Special Edition)

Rick Tumlinson joined the Space Show for this special program to discuss space policy, the return to the Moon, the importance of this 100th anniversary of powered flight and the Wright Brothers, space advocacy, Mars, and more. He told the true and accurate stories of the end of Mir and the Lance Bass effort to go to the ISS. Rick put forth his ideas for space access, commercial space, redesigning NASA with a new mission and lean and mean operational status. Rick Tumlinson is a visionary space leader and this is an important program with valuable information and insights.

Broadcast 78 (Special Edition) Mr. Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson, leading advocate, champion, and authority for commercial space development. Mr. Tumlinson discusses many of his famous space projects and activities, the barriers he encountered, and discloses how he worked through the barriers to successful resolutions. We have an in depth conversation with him regarding the need and urgency to develop a human presence in space.

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