Broadcast 369 (Special Edition)

02 Aug 2005 Charles Chafer
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Charles Chafer, CEO of Space Services, Inc., was the guest for this Space Show program. Mr. Chafer began the interview by discussing the services offered by Space Services, Inc., mainly space burials. He described the services but in addition, we talked about launching and secondary payloads, SpaceX and the Falcon 1 which Space Services is using for their next launch, the difficulty in buying a ride to space as a secondary payload for a space funerals, and more. Mr. Chafer also discussed the new space emerging space businesses, the challenges and difficulties of going into space and the degree to which the new space businesses understand and appreciate the difficulties presented by being a space company. We talked about his early efforts with former astronaut Deke Slayton and the launch of the first private-sector rocket to space Conestoga I. This launch required Mr. Chafer to get the approval of eleven different government agencies, it paved the way for the creation of the Commercial Space Launch Act of 1984, and lots more. Mr. Chafer was asked about Space Services expanding into new markets and eventually going public. This led to a discussion about business planning and practices for space companies. In response to my repeated questions, Mr. Chafer said that his company would consider launching the remains of pets for pet owners would like a space memorial for their animal friends. Listeners were urged to contact Mr. Chafer and let him know that such pet services would b appreciated and that there would be a market for them. For more information, visit the Space Services website at www.spaceservicesinc.com. Listeners can contact Mr. Chafer using the website form at http://www.spaceservicesinc.com/contact.asp or by contacting me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

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