rocket business

Broadcast 415 (Special Edition)

Charles Pooley was the guest for this Space Show program. Mr. Pooley discussed his company, Microlaunchers, and also the subject of microlaunch vehicles, i.e., starting small and growing to larger and more successful launch vehicles. He points out that starting out in the rocket business by making large rockets has a track record leading to failure. Mr. Pooley's approach is to start small, with 1 lb. satellites or cubesats, launching a total payload of 8 lbs. to LEO.

Broadcast 375 (Special Edition)

David Hoerr and Patrick Stiennon, co-authors of "The Rocket Company," were the guests for this Space Show program. We talked extensively about their book which is an illustrated fictionalized account of the challenges faced by a group of seven investors and their engineering team in developing a low-cost, reusable, Earth to orbit launch vehicle. The books discusses the marketing, regulatory, and technical problems involved in carrying out the rocket business. We soon went from the fictionalized world of the book to questions reality based questions about the launch and rocket industry.

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