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The Space Economy

With the space economy generating close to a third of a trillion dollars globally each year and headed to being a trillion dollar economy, it's clear more focus needs to be put on what's driving the economy. We'll explore all aspects of the space economy including the trends, opportunities and challenges. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 37: Grant Bonin of Deep Space Industries, a technology and asteroid mining company

My guest this week is Grant Bonin, Chief Technology Officer of Deep Space Industries.Deep Space Industries is a five year old privately held company spacecraft technology with a long term plan of mining asteroids that has adapted its business for the long game.At the time the company launched, some people wondered if the idea was crazy. It’s not, but it is hard, and It’s a long game. Deep Space industries (DSI) is still here and apparently has adapted its business plan to meet the challenge and has been working on developing technologies needed for its long term goals but which have commercial appeal now allowing them to generate revenue streams now.Since the company was formed they've sparsely released information. Last year when Daniel Faber, the CEO at the time, left the company, he said not too long afterwards that he was proud of having led the company to sales in the area of $10 million in 2016. That was really the first public acknowledgement of any sales volume.With DSI's products, most notably Comet, its water-based SmallSat propulsion system set to fly on four customer satellites this year, the company is slowly emerging from the shadows. As well, the company will be shortly announcing its first Series A funding meant to accelerate their Mission 1, a technology demonstration spacecraft which they hope to launch to a near-earth asteroid in 2020.This week they also announced that they've sold another Comet propulsion system to Astro Digital. According to Grant, that's the 34th propulsion unit they've sold.Listen to the podcast for a complete update on DSI's activities. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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15 Mar 2018

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Summer Series Episode 3: Elon Musk on Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species

Last week part two of our our three part podcast Summer Series was on the Future of Nuclear Powered Space Exploration which will one day increase our ability to explore the solar system. This week In episode 3, the topic is Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species.Our Summer Series features recent important talks on topics we think you’ll find interesting. Our regular interviews will resume the first week in September.The speaker this week is SpaceX founder Elon Musk. In this talk at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide just about a year ago, Musk discusses the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. It's not a project that SpaceX can do alone. To build a sustaining human presence on Mars will require the collaboration of industry, government and the scientific community.Listen in... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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30 Aug 2018

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Episode 57: Alex MacDonald on the Space Economy and the Long Space Age

My guest today is Alex MacDonald, Senior Economic Advisor in the Office of the Administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington. I’ll note that Alex is appearing in a personal capacity and not representing NASA in this interview.Alex is recognized as an expert on the economic history of American space exploration and contemporary private sector space activities. He was previously the founding program executive of NASA's Emerging Space Office and is the author and editor of a number of NASA reports including Emerging Space: The Evolving Landscape of 21st Century American Spaceflight, Public-Private Partnerships for Space Capability Development, and Economic Development of Low-Earth Orbit.Alex, who is Canadian, received his undergraduate degree in economics from Queen's University, his master's degree in economics from the University of British Columbia, and was a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford where he obtained his doctorate on the long-run economic history of American space exploration. In today’s episode we’ll talk about Alex’s work at NASA as an economist and the book he published last year, The Long Space Age. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


6 Sep 2018

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Episode 1: Sylvain Laporte, President, Canadian Space Agency

Welcome to episode 1 of the SpaceQ podcast. Our guest for the show is Sylvain Laporte, the president of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).Mr. Laporte joined SpaceQ via telephone on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Since this was the first interview we've ever conducted with Mr. Laporte, we discussed a variety of topics including the current astronaut selection initiative, the CSA's budget, a policy issue, the upcoming RADARSAT Constellation Mission, climate change, space commercialization, the CSA's education and public outreach efforts and some of the concepts for missions beyond low Earth orbit including a possible Canadian effort at the moon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


8 Jun 2017

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Winter Series Episode 2: Deep Space Exploration Robotics on a Cislunar Habitat

Happy New Year and welcome to the second episode of our three part Winter Series talks.In this episode we hear from MDA’s Paul Fulford on Canadian Deep Space Exploration Robotics for Improved Capability, Utilization, and Flexibility on a Cislunar Habitat. The talk is introduced by Daniel Rey of the Canadian Space Agency who also provides the conclusion. The talk was part of NASA’s Future in Space Operations weekly teleconference series from mid-2018. NASA has invited Canada to participate in its next big space program, a return to the moon as part of the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway program. While many in the Canadian space community support this effort, including the Canadian Space Agency, and though it is likely that Canada will participate, that final decision has yet to be announced by the government.It’s clear from the current administration in the White House and leaders at NASA that the time to return to the moon is now. And it won’t be just government going, the U.S. is pushing the commercial sector to be a partner and to invest their money as well. For Canada, being a part of the program means a seat at the table in what happens at the moon. Canada is looking to contribute robotic arms, lunar rovers, AI software, medical knowledge and equipment, and likely other technologies.You’ll want to listen to the whole talk to understand how important robotics are to the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway program, how the concept has evolved, and how much how we’ll rely on robotics.The presentation visuals are available in the story that accompanies this episode on spaceq.ca.Listen in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


3 Jan 2019

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The Moon Race is On

Today’s podcast is all about the moon. I’ll first share some of my thoughts on recent developments with respect to the exploration of the moon by the global space community. Then we have an interview with Pierre-Alexis Joumel, a co-founder of the Moon Race.My interview this week is about the Moon Race competition. The competition is a global initiative founded by Airbus and its international partners including Blue Origin, and is aimed demonstration key technologies required for the sustainable exploration of the moon. The race consist of challenges in four parallel technology streams. If you’re a small or medium business who are interested in getting your technologies demonstrated on the moon then this initiative just might be for you.Listen in.Show notes:- 0:18 Start of my introduction and thoughts surrounding the recent developments on the exploration of the moon.- 7:08 Introduction to my guest.- 7:59 Guest interview. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


14 Mar 2019

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Episode 4: Gears, Transmissions and Moon Rovers, the ODG Story

My guest today is Peter Visscher, Chief Technology Officer at Ontario Drive and Gear.Ontario Drive and Gear is not your typical space company. In fact, for most of its 55 year history, Ontario Drive and Gear had nothing to do with space, that is until 2008. And still today, this New Hamburg based business, just west of Kitchener-Waterloo, is still primarily known for developing gears and transmission systems as well as their ARGO all terrain vehicles.How they got involved in the space sector is part of the story we’ll hear today. The other part of the story is how this company has turned that involvement into a new commercial line of XTreme terrain robotics, or XTR, and how their robotic mobility platform might be roving the surface of the moon in the not too distant future. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


29 Jun 2017

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Mike Gold on Helping NASA Commercialize Space

My guest today is Mike Gold, Vice President, Regulatory and Policy at Maxar Technologies. For this podcast we’re going to talk to Mike about his other role. That of Chair of NASA’s Advisory Council Regulatory and Policy Issues Committee.The committee was created in the summer of 2018 to look at how NASA could further commercialize its activities. Mike is one of 15 members, mostly from industry, that meet several times a year including with NASA’s other Advisory Council committees.Committee members include long time space players such as Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin to new space companies SpaceX and Blue Origin to name a few. In its first meeting last November the committee published its first observations, findings, and recommendations. The committee tackled a board range of ideas from export controls, intellectual property, supporting space-based commercial development, private sector habitats, logos, advertising, astronaut endorsements and space research.Listen in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


23 May 2019

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Exciting First Results from the NASA Parker Solar Probe

Welcome to the second of 3 podcasts for our annual Winter Series. As with our Summer Series, we’ll be bringing you recent important news updates and talks on topics we think you’ll find interesting from other creators. Our regular interviews will resume on January 14th.On December 4th NASA announced the first results from the Parker Solar Probe mission. The mission is a first of its kind with the probe flying closer to the sun than any other spacecraft before. It’s a risky mission, but with rich scientific rewards expected. And in this news conference, the principal investigators confirm some long thought theories about our star, but also reveal some new mysteries.The seven year mission continues, and just five days ago the spacecraft successfully completed its second flyby of Venus. NASA says the spacecraft used Venus to slow itself down, approaching the planet at a distance of about 3,009 km (1,870 miles) from Venus’s surface during the second gravity assist of the mission. This gravity assist maneuver adjusted Parker Solar Probe’s trajectory to set it up for its fourth orbit around the Sun, or perihelion, which will occur on January 29. Listen in.Time line:0:00 - Intro2:52 - Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington5:16 - Stuart Bale, principal investigator of the FIELDS instrument at the University of California, Berkeley9:21 - Justin Kasper, principal investigator of the Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) instrument at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor15:19 - Russ Howard, principal investigator of the Wide-Field Imager for Parker Solar Probe (WISPR) instrument at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington21:04 - David McComas, principal investigator of the Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISOIS) instrument at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey28:04 - Questions and Answers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


31 Dec 2019

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Space Angels CEO Chad Anderson on Investing in the Space Sector

Investment in space startups by angels and the venture community is growing at a rapid rate according to Space Angels, and that bodes well for the future of the commercial space sector.My guest this week on the SpaceQ Podcast is Chad Anderson, CEO of Space Angels.If you’re a startup then chances are you’ve heard of Space Angels. The financial services company was started in 2007 but it wasn’t until around 2014 that the marketplace was ready for the investment community to make some serious forays into the space sector beyond a company like SpaceX.Typical investment by Space Angels is anywhere from $500,000 to $1.5 million. The company has invested over $30 million to date and this may surprise you, many of their investments are outside the US.In its recently released 2018 fourth quarter report, Space Angels said that US$2.97B in equity capital was invested in space companies globally in 2018 and that number is set to grow even larger in 2019.Listen in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


22 Mar 2019

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Mining the Moon for Fun and Profit - 2019 Summer Series

Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast. Welcome to first episode in this years Summer Series where we feature three compelling talks from other creators.In this weeks episode we hear from George Sowers who will speak on "Mining the Moon for Fun and Profit.” Dr. Sowers is a Professor of Practice at the Colorado School of Mines who works on the world’s first and only graduate program in Space Resources.This talk was featured in the mid-June Future In-Space Operations weekly teleconference. The slides are available with the podcast on our website from the link below.Listen in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


15 Aug 2019

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Sergy Mummert of SES Networks Live at the Canadian Space Summit

This weeks podcast is a live recording from the Canadian Space Summit. The opening keynote speaker for the conference was Sergy Mummert, Senior Vice President, Global Cloud & Strategic Partnerships, SES Networks.While the focus of the talk is on SES Networks with an emphasis on the how they’re building a Cloud-Optimized Satellite Ecosystem and their O3b Medium Earth Orbit constellation, it’s important to note why they were a key sponsor to the conference.While SES has been doing business in Canada for many years, including owning a majority stake in Ciel Satellite Group, they're now opening a new Canadian office with the aim of having a greater presence in Canada. They’ve hired their first Canadian employee, John Clarke, an industry veteran, as their Senior Sales Director.Listen in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


3 Dec 2019

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New Space Security Index Shows Progress but Mega Constellations Pose Increasing Challenge

Today our guest is Jessica West of Project Ploughshares, the editor of the 2019 Space Security Index. The index, in its 16th edition, looks at the global space sector to track trends in the use of outer space from a sustainability perspective.The 2019 index covers the 2018 calendar year and includes the following data from the report. "Space activity is flourishing. In 2018, 71 countries owned satellites. Seventy-two national space agencies spent a combined $70 billion. Eleven new agencies were created or announced. Some of the 2,062 active satellites saved 2,700 lives. The satellite industry earned $277 billion, while startups secured $3 billion in private investment.”The new report contains positive developments, but clearly shows more work needs to be done.Listen in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


19 Nov 2019

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Grant Bonin of Rocket Lab

Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast. My guest today is Grant Bonin, Chief Engineer, Space Systems at Rocket Lab. Grant is making his second appearance on the SpaceQ podcast. The last time was in the spring of 2018 when he was the Chief Technology Officer at Deep Space Industries.In today’s podcast we find out more about Grant's departure from Deep Space Industries and his current activities at Rocket Lab including their new Photon small satellite initiative.Listen in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


19 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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An IAC 2019 Special Podcast – Searching for Life on Europa

Jupiter's moon Europa appears to have a salt water ocean. This excites scientists at it opens up the possibility there may be life. The Europa Clipper mission will try to gather more evidence to substantiate the theory.Europa has fascinated us since Galileo discovered it in 1610. In popular science fiction, Sir Arthur C. Clarke made it the centre piece of his novel 2010: Odyssey Two which was published in 1982. Odyssey Two was a follow-up to the original and classic 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick.This weeks SpaceQ podcast is the last of our coverage from the recent international Astronautical Congress in Washington. It is plenary 6, Europa Clipper: Making a Mission to Understand Our Place in the Universe.Europa is slightly smaller than the Earth’s moon but scientist think it could have twice as much ocean water as the Earth! Today’s podcast will provide insight into Europa and NASA’s Europa Clipper mission. It should also be noted that the European Space Agency is also sending a mission to Europa, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission.It is hoped that one day we’ll send a lander to the surface of Europa.The panel is moderated by Dipak Srinivasan, Europa Clipper Telecommunications Manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.The panelists include:7:03 - Robert (Bob) Pappalardo, Europa Clipper Project Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.15:39 - Karen Kirby, Europa Clipper Deputy Project System Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.22:12 - Jennifer Dooley, Europa Clipper Project Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.30:19 - Thomas Magner, Manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.38:16 - And Bill Nye, The Planetary Society.We’ve edited the recording to keep the podcast within a reasonable length.Listen in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


13 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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Rob Postma on Airbus Pioneering Progress at the Canadian Space Summit

This weeks podcast is another live recording from the Canadian Space Summit. The speaker is Rob Postma, Vice President and Head of Governmental Export, Space Systems, Airbus.As you’ll hear Rob say, this talk, titled, Airbus 50 years pioneering progress, is meant to provide a picture of what Airbus has accomplished but more importantly what it’s planning.Listen in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


10 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 16: Keith Cowing on NASA's New Administrator, Elon Musk, SpaceX and a New Mars Base

Today I have the pleasure of having Keith Cowing as my guest. Keith is my business partner, having co-founded SpaceRef with me 18 years ago.Before we worked together Keith was the founder of NASA Watch 20 years ago. Keith edits NASA Watch, SpaceRef and the Astrobiology websites on a daily basis.Today we’re going to talk about Jim Bridenstine nomination as NASA Administrator by the Trump administration, last weeks update by Elon Musk on the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System and Lockheed Martin’s Mars Base Camp concept. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


5 Oct 2017

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Episode 28: China's Space Program in 2018 with Andrew Jones

Happy New Year and welcome to the first SpaceQ podcast of 2018. My guest this week is Andrew Jones, a journalist based in Finland who follows China's space program. He writes for gbtimes.com, and has written guest blogs for the Planetary Society as well for SpaceNews.In this weeks podcast Andrew and I are going to delve into China's space program which has set an ambitious schedule of possibly launching more than 40 rockets this year. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


11 Jan 2018

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Episode 15: Matt Bamsey Talks Safe Food Production in Space and His Astronaut Recruitment Experience

My guest today is Matt Bamsey a Research Associate at the DLR, the German Space Agency. Matt is Canadian and was one of the 17 finalists in the Canadian Space Agency astronaut recruitment campaign. Before joining the DLR in 2013, Matt had been a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Florida and the University of Guelph where he received his PhD in Environmental Biology. He had also previously worked at the Canadian Space Agency.I first met Matt at the Haughton Mars Crater on Devon Island when he was a student intern at the Canadian Space Agency and a undergrad at Carleton University. My company SpaceRef had donated a greenhouse, what became known as the Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse, to the Haughton Mars Project. The greenhouse shell was built by myself, my business partner Keith Cowing, and many others at the Haughton Mars Project. Matt, who was working with the greenhouse science project lead, Alain Berinstein of the Canadian Space Agency, helped install the equipment and cultivate the crops.Matt is now working on the EDEN ISS Consortium project at the DLR. The EDEN ISS project is a ground demonstration of plant cultivation technologies for safe food production in space. The ground demonstration includes an advanced greenhouse that will be shipped to Antarctic in the second week of October where it will arrive in mid-December. Matt will be part of the first team to setup the greenhouse at the German Neumayer Station III. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


28 Sep 2017

Rank #19

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An IAC 2019 Special: Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space

This week we have a special podcast from the International Astronautical Congress in Washington that discusses a very important topic: The Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space: Advancing the Space Economy and Sustaining Space Industry Through Solutions to Space Security Issue.The panel is moderated by Fatih Ozmen, Owner and CEO, Sierra Nevada Corporation.The panelists include:- Jean-Loïc Galle, President and CEO, Thales Alenia Space,- Daniel S. Goldberg, President and CEO, Telesat- Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Space, The Luxembourg Government- Kay Sears, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin- Scott Pace,Executive Director, National Space CouncilWe’ve edited the recording removing individual introductions to keep the podcast within a reasonable length.Listen in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


29 Oct 2019

Rank #20