My Upcoming Talk at ISU-USA Space Cafe in Washington DC


The International Space University-US Alumni Association’s Washington, DC Chapter presents monthly Space Cafes!  These events bring together prominent experts on space, ISU alumni, the space community, and the interested public in a casual forum that encourages interaction and discussion.

This month’s speaker will be Douglas Messier, managing editor of, who will provide an overview of Mojave space activities and discuss the SpaceShipTwo accident.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 2nd at 7 pm to hear what Doug has to say and add your voice to the discussion.  The Space Cafes are hosted by the Science Club, located at 1136 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC on the second floor:

There’s no need to RSVP, but if you have questions or suggestions for future speakers, please feel free to contact me at

We’d like to thank the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ National Capital Section for their co-sponsorship of Space Café – we look forward to their participation in this and future events!

See you there!

Virgin Galactic Lowers Second SpaceShipTwo Onto Landing Gear


XCOR Featured on ABC World News Tonight

Rick Searfoss of XCOR on ABC World News Tonight. (Credit: ABC News)

Rick Searfoss of XCOR on ABC World News Tonight. (Credit: ABC News)

XCOR was featured in the Made in America segment of ABC World News Tonight on Thursday.

XCOR Receives Funding From Chinese Venture Capital Firm

Lynx Mark I with strakes bonded. (Credit: XCOR)

Lynx Mark I with strakes bonded. (Credit: XCOR)

XCOR hasn’t announced this yet, but Haiyin Capital’s investment is listed on the venture capital firm’s website and was mentioned in a story by Fortune:

The trip is organized by Chinese venture capital firm Haiyin Capital, which just finished dispersing its third fund of $50 million into mostly U.S. tech startups like energy storage startup LightSail Energy, based in the Bay Area, solar tech startup 1366 technologies, located just outside of Boston, private space flight company XCOR Aerospace, in Mojave, Calif., and crowdfunding company AngelList (distributed offices)….

Haiyin Capital founding managing partner Yuquan Wang (pronounced “Yee-chwan”) uniquely straddles the U.S. and Chinese tech worlds; he teamed up with consulting firm Frost & Sullivan early on in his career and as a consultant helped China Mobile grow from almost nothing to the mobile juggernaut it is today. He started investing in both Chinese and U.S. tech startups about a decade ago.

Wang told Fortune in an interview that there are many promising young startups in the U.S. that can make really complicated high tech products, but have a problem reaching mass production. When startups are small and only at the R&D stage, their valuation is small and the big capital they need to get to the next level can’t be raised, he says. But they often need a big investment to reach that large manufacturing scale and to reach a big global market, which will eventually lead to a much bigger valuation. “It’s like a chicken-and-egg problem,” says Wang.



The Federation Praises the SPACE Act


csf_logo_newestWashington D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 (SPACE Act of 2015) by a large bipartisan majority, 284-133. Among other things, the SPACE Act of 2015 addresses many of the major policy issues currently facing the commercial spaceflight industry relating to the Commercial Space Launch Act of 1984.

This bill represents the culmination of many years of bipartisan oversight and study by the House, spanning multiple congresses, on matters related to U.S. commercial space transportation. It responds to input from a diverse set of experts in industry, government, academia and non-profit organizations, communicated through a multitude of democratic mediums, including Congressional oversight hearings, briefings, and reports.

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White House Opposes Provisions of SPACE Act


H.R. 2262 — Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (SPACE) Act of 2015 (Rep. McCarthy, R-CA, and 12 cosponsors)

The Administration strongly supports the development of a commercial space sector that pushes the boundaries of space exploration while creating jobs and strengthening the American economy. The American commercial launch industry is the most competitive in the world. Over the past several years, the industry has rapidly increased its share of the global market for sending satellites and other payloads into space. The Administration agrees with the goal of H.R. 2262 to bring more stability and certainty to this growing market. While the Administration does not oppose House passage of the bill, it has serious concerns with certain provisions of the bill.

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House Republicans Praise SPACE Act Passage

Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (House Science Commnittee Leadeship) – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today joined House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in praising passage of H.R. 2262, the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 or SPACE Act. Almost 50 Democrats joined Republicans to pass the bill with broad bipartisan support, 284-133.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “America has always led because it’s in our nature to lead. We crossed over the mountains of the Appalachians and into the Great Plains. We climbed the Rockies to the golden coast of California and beyond, creating a nation in this land that has far surpassed all others in truth, hope, and liberty. We are a beacon of freedom and human dignity to every person that longs for the right to choose their own future. And we are a force for good unlike anything this world has ever known.

“And yet, in space, we are losing our ability to lead. We once stood up to the challenge of the Soviet’s Sputnik and made it to the moon, but today, our astronauts use Russian rockets and other nations are working to put people on Mars and beyond.

“But we must go beyond. We must face the great unknown with that American spirit of adventure and hope.  To paraphrase President Kennedy, we must lead mankind into space not because it is easy, but because it is hard and because that goal brings out the very best of our nation. …

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NASA Wants Partnership on Tipping Point, Emerging Technologies


NASA LOGOWASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) — NASA announced Thursday two opportunities for public-private partnerships to achieve the agency’s goals of expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. Through both solicitations, NASA is seeking industry-developed space technologies that can foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions.

“These solicitations form an increased focus on collaborations with the commercial space sector that not only leverage emerging markets and capabilities to meet NASA’s strategic goals, but also focus on industry needs,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “While developing the technology to enable NASA’s next generation of science and human exploration missions, we will grow the economy and strengthen the nation’s economic competitiveness.”

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House Democrats Slam SPACE Act as “Commercial Space Industry Wish List”


Capitol Building
Washington, DC (House Science Committee Democrats PR) –
Today the House passed H.R. 2262, the SPACE Act of 2015. The bill takes a fundamentally unbalanced approach to the issues facing the commercial space launch industry. Moving far beyond addressing the legitimate needs of the industry, the bill is heavily skewed towards industry’s desires.
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“WeAreGoFL” Multi-media Campaign Features Mike Rowe

space_florida_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER/ST. PETERSBURG, FL (May 21, 2015) – Space Florida, the Sunshine State’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, and Paradise Advertising, Digital & Entertainment will unveil this week a national multi-media campaign to promote Florida as the rocket launch capital of the world. The drive features the voice of Mike Rowe, host of CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It and Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs. The aim is to raise awareness that America’s space program is alive and strong, and that Florida is the premier destination to experience the thrill and wonder of rocket launches.
With an average of two launch events scheduled every month, and more coming, there are more rocket liftoffs taking place in Florida than ever before, and state tourism entities are working to create dynamic launch viewing experiences, adding to the already visceral experience of being there when hundreds of tons of metal and electronics blast into orbit.
“Too many people around the world think that America has mothballed its space program since the shuttle retired four years ago. Nothing could be further from the truth,” says Frank DiBello, President and CEO of Space Florida.  “The State of Florida has asked Space Florida to promote this fact as a attraction for the world to come see. The ‘We Are Go’ campaign is aimed at just that: bringing people to Florida to experience the wonder of launch firsthand.”

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