Space Show Looks at Mars, Aviation and Orphans

Monday, May 24, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT: David Hook of Planehook Aviation Services will update us on new policy and regulatory issues for both general and commercial aviation.

Friday, May 28, 2010, 9:30-11:00 AM PDT: We welcome back Michael Potter regarding a special event and screening of “Orphans of Apollo”.

Sunday, May 30, 12-1:30 PM PDT. Chris Carberry of Explore Mars, Inc. talks to us about this new program.

Walt Anderson Talks From Prison as “Orphans” Screens in DC

The late great Mir space station.
The late great Mir space station.

This just in from director Michael Potter:

“Orphans of Apollo” to Screen @ ThrillSpy International Film Festival
Goethe Theater
Washington D.C.
Friday October 9th, 3 p.m.

The Space Show
Dr. David Livingston’s taped interviews with MirCorp CEO Walt Anderson from inside the Fairton Correctional Facility in New Jersey.
Sunday, October 11, 12-1:30 PM PDT

Lessons Learned From Failed Mir Effort Fueling New Commercial Ventures


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.”


This Week on the Space Show…


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.” (

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.


New Documentary, Orphans of Apollo, Chronicles Mir Effort

A new documentary is out that chronicles efforts to commercialize the Mir space station. “Orphans of Apollo: The Battle of the Mir & the New Space Revolution,” a film by Michael Potter, recounts efforts by MirCorp during the 1990’s to jump start the space tourism industry. Producers invite you to:

“Join 5 brothers in arms, board a private Gulf Stream jet and fly to Russia and watch them at the negotiating table as they close out the most remarkable business deal of the final frontier. Listen to the key players of the management team struggle with issues of branding, finance, technology and engaging in the ultimate slug fest with the most powerful governments in the world. Can these dreamers replace the bureaucratic and government vision of space with a radically new vision of individuals and private enterprise developing space for all of mankind? Have they found the final frontier?

Yes, they venture into space in order to make billions, but they also go to space with the deep conviction, vision and idealism to save Earth itself. Resources captured in space and sent back to Earth have the potential of solving the entire planet’s energy problems.”

You can learn more about the film and view a trailer at the film’s official website. There is also a trailer on the site.