• “If everyone can freely talk to one another around the world, that has huge implications. It also has substantial economic implications, because we can provide data services that were never before available unless you had this bird's eye view of the earth. New space is in a real sense the frontier of the information revolution.”

    Tom Markusic, Founder & CEO, Firefly Aerospace

  • What you’ll hear in this episode

      • The very real and terrifying reason we started aiming for the stars
      • “Every part on this machine was built by the lowest bidder.” 
      • What could’ve been a $250,000 mistake turned into one giant leap for private citizens
      • Paul Allen, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk … innovators on Earth, trailblazers in space
      • Why commercial space travel is not like tourism (yet)
      • Why are we going to space in 2018, anyway?
      • Beanie Babies: The Final Frontier
      • The “Honda Civic of Rockets”

  • Guest list

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      Jim Cantrell

      Is CEO of Vector Space Systems, a small satellite launch company. Jim has worked at the French Space Agency and NASA. He was also part of the founding team of SpaceX.

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      Bob Twiggs

      Is a professor at Morehead State University and co-invented the CubeSat reference design for miniaturized satellites which became an industry standard. 

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      Andrew Chaikin

      Is a space historian and author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts. He has been an advisor to NASA on space policy and public communications. 

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      Tom Markusic

      Is the CEO of Firefly Systems Inc, a small satellite launch company. Tom’s worked at Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SpaceX. Tom was also a research scientist at NASA. 

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      Ky Michaelson

      Is the first civilian to launch an amateur rocket into space. He’s the founder of The Civilian Space Exploration Team, a team of around 30 civilians interested in private spaceflight.

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      Mike Barratt

      Is a NASA astronaut and a physician. Mike works with NASA partners SpaceX and Boeing on the medical aspects of their crew carriers to replace NASA’s old fleet of space shuttles. 

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      Col. Chris Hadfield

      Is the first Canadian to walk in space. Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station.

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