Broadcast 2292 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

01 Aug 2014 Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Dr. Alexander Saltman
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Guests: Dr. Alexander Saltman; Congresswoman Donna Edwards. Topics: Two separate NewSpace interviews, first with Dr. Alex Saltman of CSF. Next, Congresswoman Donna Edwards. 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. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. The Space Show brings you two separate NewSpace Conference 2014 interviews. The first interview is with Dr. Alexander Saltman, the Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Following Dr. Saltman is an interview with Congresswoman Donna Edwards of the 4th District of Maryland. Unfortunately, the room audio with Congresswoman Edwards was bad and below Space Show audio standards. We apologize for the poor audio. In the first interview with Dr. Alex Saltman, we learned about the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF). For more information about it please visit Not only did Alex talk about CSF, how it lobbies for commercial space policy per its membership and a host of other space issues, he about congressional lobbying since he was on the staff of Adam Schiff who has JPL and Cal Tech in his district. Alex provided us with good pointers on how to reach our congressional members or their staff, how to make the most of an appointment and the best ways to communicate with them about space policy. We got a glimpse of congress from both the congressman's perspective and the constituent in how best to reach their MOC. Alex brings many of these skills to the CSF because CSF does for commercial space what many of us do in our advocacy except on a larger scale and in a far more professional way. I believe you will find the interview interesting & beneficial. In the next interview with Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Democrat, 4th District of Maryland (, we talked specifically about space policy and programs in the congress. Dr. Jeff Foust and Doug Messier were also present at the press conference and the three of us took turns asking questions. Congresswoman Edwards also delivered the keynote luncheon address on Saturday at the NewSpace Conference. She is on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee where she sits on The Subcommittee on Space and is the Ranking Member. Some of the questions and topics discussed with Congresswoman Edwards included possible regulations and amending of the CSLA, SLS, Orion, the Asteroids Act 2014, commercial space, public/private partnerships, the NASA budget, bipartisanship on space, the Russian RD-180 rocket motor, the recent Chinese ASAT test, and the theft of intellectual property. We also asked our guest for the best ways to reach her regarding space advocacy as well as other members of congress. Please post your comments on TSS blog above.



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