Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: Episode 32: Chris Gebhardt, NASA Spaceflight on SpaceX and the Falcon Heavy Launch
My guest this week is Chris Gebhardt, Assistant Managing Editor of NASASpaceflight.com. Chris and I talked about SpaceX, specifically the upcoming maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6 and this podcast was recorded the Sunday before. The launch window opens up at 1:30 p.m. EST and extends to 4:30 p.m. Currently the weather is favourable with a 80% probability of good launch conditions. Our listeners can watch the SpaceX webcast on SpaceRef and SpaceQ. Links: - NASA Spaceflight https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/ - Chris Gebhardt on Twitter https://twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF - Webcast http://spaceq.ca/spacex-live/ or http://spaceref.com/live/spacex-webcast.html
Rank #3: Episode 51: Space Mining and the Governments Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan
Our topic this week is Canada’s long term planning in the mining sector, specifically the ongoing consultation for the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan which recently included a consultation session on space mining. I have two guests to discuss this topic. In the first segment I speak with Glenn Mason, Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Minerals Sector from the Department of Natural Resources. In the second segment I spoke Michelle Ash, Chief Innovation Officer at traditional mining giant, Barrick Gold. For those interested in the space industry’s take on space mining, I will direct you to episode 38 from March in which I spoke with Dale Boucher. Show timing notes: Introduction - 00:16 Guest 1: Glenn Mason - 01:16 Guest 2: Michelle Ash - 20:44 If you like what we do please support on a Patreon; https://www.patreon.com/spaceq Please visit SpaceQ for the latest space news: https://spaceq.ca
Rank #4: Episode 55: Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance
Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast. If you like what we do, please support us on Patreon at https://patreon.com/spaceq. We need your support to make this weekly show. My guest this week is Tory Bruno the president and CEO of United Launch Alliance or as it’s commonly called ULA. Tory joined ULA from Lockheed Martin in August 2014 with a mission to evolve the company in an increasingly competitive market where competitor SpaceX was nipping at their heels to garner a portion of the very lucrative military launch business. In his four years at the helm of the company, he’s had to make many changes, including downsizing the company, making the Atlas V more competitive by dropping the price by as much as 37%, developing plans for a next generation rocket named Vulcan and more. As you’ll hear from Tory, there’s also been some culture change and innovation in reusability isn’t just what SpaceX does. Importantly to ULA, their next rocket, Vulcan, will feature the Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage, or ACES upper stage, that the company is betting heavily on. Read the story that goes with this podcast: http://spaceq.ca/ula-betting-big-on-new-vulcan-rocket-for-future-business/
Rank #5: The Canadian Space Agency Directors General - A CASI ASTRO 18 Special Podcast
Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is a special edition of the SpaceQ podcast. In this podcast from the CASI ASTRO 18 conference in Quebec City, you’ll hear an update from four Canadian Space Agency Director Generals including and in order of their speaking, Jean-Claude Piedboeuf, Director General Space Science and Technology, Eric Laliberte, Director General Space Utilization, Gilles Leclerc, Director General Space Exploration and Mary Preville, Director General, Policy. The presentation used for this panel is available on our website at spaceq.ca/podcast. For all our stories from CASI ASTRO 18 go to spaceq.ca/tag/astro-2018.
Rank #6: Episode 54: The Rebirth of the Australia Space Agency
On July 1st Australia’s Space Agency started operations. It’s an important milestone for the country as they look to space to help drive economic growth with an eye to tripling their share of the global space market by 2030. My guests on this weeks SpaceQ podcast are today are Kirby Ikin and Bill Barrett of Sydney based Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants. Kirby is the Managing Director of APAC while Bill is Senior Vice President. Both have extensive experience working in the industry and have worked with Australia’s government over the years to promote and grow its space industry. Kirby also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the National Space Society. Both Kirby and Bill provide insights as to how Australia lost it’s space agency in the late 90’s for economic reasons, only to see it rebooted now for economic reasons. It turns out Australia’s space industry is stronger than even the government realized, and now with bipartisan support, the country is charting a new course to take advantage of Australia’s strengths. That course includes developing a national strategic plan for the country.
Rank #7: Episode 29: The Humans to Mars Show with Chris Carberry
My guest this week is Chris Carberry, the CEO and co-founder of Explore Mars. Explore Mars is a non-profit that brings aerospace business leaders together with government entities, mediating and facilitating the direct flow of information, and was incorporated in February 2010. Prior to working at Explore Mars, Chris was the Executive Director of the Mars Society for almost two years. In today's show we discussed the ongoing effort for a human mission to Mars and how Explore Mars is bringing organizations together around the world to achieve that goal.
Rank #8: Episode 47: Brigadier-General Kevin G. Whale on Canada's Military Space Component
Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is a special edition of the SpaceQ podcast. In this podcast recorded at the CASI ASTRO 18 conference in Quebec City, you’ll hear from Brigadier-General Kevin G. Whale, Director General & Component Commander - Space. Canada’s military space component is set to grow significantly going forward both in terms of personnel and capability. General Whale provide a status update on the space component he leads, and tell explain how our defence forces are preparing for the challenges of the future. CASI ASTRO 18 Stories http://spaceq.ca/tag/astro-2018/
Rank #9: The Future of Canada’s Space Sector - A CASI ASTRO 18 Special Podcast
Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is a special edition of the SpaceQ podcast. In this podcast from the CASI ASTRO 18 conference in Quebec City, you’ll hear from stakeholders on their Perspective of the Future of Canada’s Space Sector. The moderator for this discussion is Jacques Giroux of ABB who is also the incoming president of CASI. The panelists in order of who you’ll her from are; Sylvain Laporte, president of the Canadian Space Agency, Mike Greenley, president of MDA, Ewan Reid, president and CEO of Mission Control Space Services and Kaley Walker of the University of Toronto. For more podcasts and stories from CASI ASTRO 18 go to spaceq.ca/tag/astro-2018. The story that accompanies this podcast is available here: https://sqm.me/2INfBhI
Rank #10: Episode 56: David Haight, Chief Economist at the Canadian Space Agency
My guest this week is David Haight, Chief Economist at the Canadian Space Agency. Before starting at the Canadian Space Agency in November of 2015, David worked at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, or ISED, first as a Senior Policy Analyst, Policy and Sector Services Branch, and then as Manager in the Analytics and Sector Intelligence, Automotive and Transportation Industries Branch. Today we’ll be talking about the recently released Patents in Space report from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office which the Canadian Space Agency participated in. As well, we’ll discuss the recently released annual Canadian State of the Space Sector report for 2016. Links: - A Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patent Report Indicates a Potential Advantage for the Canadian Space Sector http://www.spaceq.ca/a-canadian-intellectual-property-office-patent-report-indicates-a-potential-advantage-for-the-canadian-space-sector/ - The Canadian Space Economy Remains Flat But Opportunity Abounds http://www.spaceq.ca/the-canadian-space-economy-remains-flat-but-opportunity-abounds/