Walt Anderson

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)."

Broadcast 1866 (Special Edition)

Guest: Walter (Walt) Anderson. Topics: Walt rejoins the space community after seven plus years & talks about it all! 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 1237 (Special Edition)

Guest: Walt Anderson. Topics: Augustine Commission, Walt's future plans, legal updates, Mir Space Station and MirCorp. Walt Anderson returned to The Space Show for a series of four fifteen minute telephone interviews from his federal correctional facility in New Jersey. These interviews took place on August 19 and October 2, 2009. During these telephone conversations, Walt updated us on his legal status and the dropping of most of the charges against him by the IRS.

Broadcast 865 (Special Edition)

Guest: Walt Anderson. Walt Anderson returned to The Space Show on three separate phone call interviews from his federal prison to tell Space Show listeners about his space vision , a space vision in general, and its importance for us and our planet. Walt was limited to 15 minutes on each call. The first 15-minute interview took place on Dec. 28, 2007 and the remaining 15-minute interviews took place on Jan. 5, 2008.

Broadcast 708 (Special Edition)

Walter Anderson was our special guest for this one hour interview today. Walt was with us from the Washington, DC jail where he has pleaded guilty to tax charges brought against him by the U.S. Government. He is awaiting transfer to a federal prison where he will serve out the remainder of his term. Walt called The Space Show in three 15 minute segment calls. You will hear background noise from the jail as he is using a public phone. Also, his calls are timed to 15 minutes and you will hear the notice of the remaining time left for each call, then the call is simply cut off.

Broadcast 216 (Special Edition)

Walt Anderson, noted space commerce financier, company executive, and businessman, was the guest on this Space Show edition. Mr. Anderson explained how he derived his interest in space and later on his passion for space commerce and investing. Mr. Anderson described many of his space investments and explained why he chose to participate in these companies and in what capacity. Mr. Anderson also shared with Space Show listeners the story of the demise of the Mir Space Station and his efforts to save it through the company he helped create, MirCorp.

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