Lessons Learned From Failed Mir Effort Fueling New Commercial Ventures

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Alan Boyle has reviewed Michael Potter’s film, “Orphans of Apollo,” for his Comic Log website. He reviews the lessons that the failed effort to commercialize the Mir space station taught people:

The biggest lesson is that you want to have the government as your customer, not your enemy. “I think the slightly more commercial and realistic and politically savvy entrepreneurs who are now investing in private space understood where Walt went wrong,” David Chambers, who was MirCorp’s vice president of strategic planning, says in the movie. “And they’re prepared to play nice with the various governments that they need to play nice with.”

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This Week on the Space Show…

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1. Monday, May 25, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-23:30 GMT)
Michael Potter
returns with new updates for his important documentary film, “Orphans of Apollo.” (www.orphansofapollo.com/).

2. Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (May 27, 2-3:30 GMT)
OPEN Lines program.
I will open the phone lines when I complete the monologue in the first segment which will provide important telephone line and audio information for guests and others on the Space Show.

Friday, May 29, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Phil Harris
returns to the show to discuss space enterprise and his new work, “Toward Human Emergence – A Human Resource Philosophy for the Future.”

4. Sunday, May 31, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Ayodele Adekunle Faiytole
from Nigeria comes to the show to discuss space programs in Africa.

Orphans of Apollo Nominated for Tech Award

This just in from director Michael Potter:

“Orphans of Apollo” has been nominated for the World Technology Awards in the Entertainment category. The awards ceremony will be held in July in New York City.

The next screening of Mr. Potter’s documentary about MirCorp is scheduled for the San Diego Air & Space Museum on Saturday, May 9.

Orphans of Anderson: Film Examines the Fall of Mir and a Tech Mogul

There are two especially dangerous types of people in the world: those with nothing to lose, and those with everything to lose. The former is desperate and, having little at stake, is often willing to do almost anything to survive. The latter often feels like he can do anything. This attitude can propel them to great heights – and to spectacular falls.

The themes of desperation and hubris run through Michael Potter’s film, Orphans of Apollo. The fascinating documentary recounts the briefly successful – but ultimately failed – effort to privatize the Russian space station Mir at the turn of the century. The film – which is now available on DVD and will screen at the Sacramento International Film Festival on March 30 – also chronicles the fall of early space entrepreneur Walt Anderson.

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