Broadcast 1786 (Special Edition)

01 Jun 2012 Rex Ridenoure
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Guest: Rex Ridenoure. Topics: Ecliptic Enterprises update, commercial space & investor convergence, IZUP LLC. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, 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. We welcomed Rex Ridenoure back for an update with Ecliptic Enterprises and his new commercial space business, IZUP LLC. For more information, visit and (this website is under construction). During our first segment, Rex talked about Ecliptic and their RocketCam product. He explained the technology to us, the downlink constraints, the data rates, RF bands, and antenna considerations. We also talked about the various rockets and missions that use RocketCam. As we learned, the special avionics box Ecliptic makes and uses has far more to do with the end product and what we see than the actual cameras. He also talked about the compression needed given downlink constraints. Later in this segment, Rex was asked about the RocketCam plans for the suborbital industry and as you will hear, they are in discussion with various suborbital companies to use RocketCam. In the second segment, Rex talked about his new consulting business, IZUP (eyes up) LLC and the focus on technology, innovation, space businesses, and the convergence with investors. Rex took the time to explain this to us as well as to talk about the emerging and developing business opportunities now becoming of interest to investors. We talked about entrepreneurial, start-up, emerging, and even mature businesses, and the commercial space vision that is getting more and more traction and interest. Rex talked about the fact that we now know the solar system very well and this helps us to position our innovation and technical skills for commercial expansion and development. Also in this segment, we talked about property rights and land claims for commercial development and the risk of excessive government regulation. One way missions to Mars came up in the form of a listener question and this opened up a risk averseness discussion. In closing, Rex reminded us that this was a most exciting time as we explore more and more of the solar system and figure out how to best use the data, information, and knowledge to be a multi-planet species. Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can contact Rex about his consulting business using the email addresses he provided near the end of our interview.



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