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We welcomed back Dr. Clark Lindsey back to The Space Show for a comprehensive look at trends and development in the NewSpace & commercial space industries. During the segment of our 92 minute program, I asked our guest for a point in time when NewSpace actually started accelerating. Clark pointed to the 2010-12 period and the success of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Prior to that, Clark pointed out the earlier business plan competitions and their transformation, starting around 2008, to being more plausible, professional, entrepreneurial and being easier to make happen. The advent of financing was important through angel investing and later through crowdfunding.
Skipping ahead a bit, Clark pointed out successes such as Skybox which got everybody's attention plus Spire which we talked about in some detail given its earlier version was a Space Frontier Foundation business plan competitor. Clark then pointed out that now India was launching 103 small satellites all together, a feat that is a type of testament to the growth in the small sate commercial industry. See this site for details: www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/ISRO-to-launch-record-103-satellites-at-one-go-in-February/article16987921.ece
In addition to the above, we talked about potential market saturation for some sectors in the NewSpace industry. Clark referred to normal business cycles and thought NewSpace would encounter the same. Another topic addressed was the Google Lunar XPrize and the choice of small untested and in some cases, yet to be built small launchers. Don't miss what Clark said about this as I suggested it was a big risk factor for the contestants. Late in the segment, Paul from San Antonio asked Clark for his opinion on the breaking news stories of ESA and plans to build a type of lunar temple on the Moon. Clark dismissed this as not being real but you can read about it here: www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4162296/The-incredible-lunar-TEMPLE.html.
Before the first segment ended, we talked about Mars settlement and Musk along with Mars One plans. Listener Carolyn wanted to know if Clark thought planetary protection and the OST Article 6 would interfere with the Musk Mars plans.
In the second segment, Clark addressed Blue Origin and the probability that ULA will accept the BE4 engine for their new first stage rocket. Clark also addressed developments with solar energy and Trump administration tough space policy questions. Clark had some things to say about the future of SLS-Orion too.
Additional second segment topics included specific equatorial low radiation orbits for settlement as pointed out by Al Globus along with the Stratolaunch project and the revised Sea Launch project. Clark further mentioned continued rocket testing by SpaceX at their Texas test site saying that with ten or more uses from the reusable first stage, the savings and profits should be significant.
Before the program ended, listener John asked about the financial side of the NewSpace industry Clark did a quick summary of the satellite side with constellations and a few revised companies. In addition, he pointed out sources of funding for start up ventures and ongoing ventures, all of which is starting to come into its own in the new commercial and NewSpace industry. Clark was also asked to look forward to the rest of 2017 and beyond so he gave us some ideas of what to look for down the road. Before we ended, he talked about robustness in the new space era with 2-3 companies in each segment suggesting this was strength with multiple approaches to solving problems.
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