Support Rand Simberg “Safe is Not an Option” Kickstarter Campaign

From Rand Simberg:

In a Kickstarter project I got funding for last summer, I was funded to write what I called at the time a “paper” on the topic of our irrational approach to safety in human spaceflight, that is a significant contributor to its high cost and our slow progress. Well, the “paper” turned into at least a monograph, if not a book. It’s currently at 36,000 words (about sixty pages in standard Word format, but probably closer to a hundred after being reformatted into book form and adding illustrations), and essentially complete, except for illustrations, which are being worked. The title is currently, “SAFE IS NOT AN OPTION: How Our Futile Obsession with Getting Everyone Back Alive is Killing the Space Program.”

Rand needs about $1,200 to meet his $4,000 goal by Wednesday, Dec 5, at 8:20pm EST.

MirCorp Founder Walt Anderson to Appear on The Space Show


Friday’s guest on The Space Show will be Walt Anderson, who once leased the Russian space station Mir and who is nearing the end of an eight-year prison term in the largest individual tax evasion case in U.S. history.Anderson will talk about his plans for a cloud computing start-up and various entrepreneurial space plans.

Here’s the full schedule:

1. Monday, October 1,, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): RAND SIMBERG returns to discuss his latest project from Kickstarter addressing problems with risk averseness in human spaceflight.

2. Tuesday, October 2 , 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): JOHN POWELL of JP Aerospace returns with updates and new information.

3. Friday, October 5, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (11:30- 1 PM CDT, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EDT) WALT ANDERSON is back to tell us about his new business start-up, his entrepreneurial space industry plans, and more.

4. Sunday, October 7, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). OPEN LINES returns for this program. All space topics welcome. New callers are welcome.

Simberg and Kare on The Space Show this Week


This week on The Space Show….

SPECIAL TIME: 1. Monday, May 14, 2012 SPECIAL TIME: 4-5 PM PDT (7-8 PM EDT, 6-7 PM CDT): We welcome DR. HAROLD ROSEN to the program. Dr. Rosen is widely recognition for his pioneering work in the field of communication satellites and is widely recognized as the “father of the geostationary satellite.”

2. Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome RAND SIMBERG to discuss his space property rights concept. http://cei.org/sites/default/files/Rand%20Simberg%20-%20Homesteading%20the%20Final%20Frontier.pdf.

3. Friday, May 18, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (11:30- 1 PM CDT, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EDT) : We welcome TODD HALVORSON to the program. Mr. Halvorson is the senior aerospace reporter for FLORIDA TODAY and USA TODAY at Kennedy Space Center and has been covering U.S. and international space exploration for more than 25 years.

4. Sunday, May 20, 2012, 12-1:30 PM (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome back DR. JORDIN KARE. Dr. Kare was a major consultant in the NASA Beamed-Energy Propulsion Study. Dr. Kare is a leading physicist, aerospace engineer and one of the industry’s top experts on laser propulsion and laser power beaming.

Space Access 12: Rand Simberg on Space Property Rights


Rand Simberg

Space Property Rights Initiative

American Western Frontier Developed by Two Acts

  • Pacific Railway Act of 1862 — granted railroads land to develop transcontinental lines
  • Homesteading Act of 1862 — granted land to settlers who would settle and develop land

Historical context for Outer Space Treaty of 1967

  • Decolonization and socialism
    IGY
  • Cold war competition
  • For all mankind
  • Antarctical model
  • Scientific preserve
  • No incentive for competion and development

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Mike Griffin, Tom Jones and Rand Simberg on The Space Show


This week on The Space Show….

Monday, April 25, 2011 , 2-3:30 PM PDT. We welcome back former astronaut and planetary scientist Dr. Thomas Jones. We will be discussing the shuttle’s retirement and much more.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT. We welcome former NASA Administrator Dr. Mike Griffin to the program. I will be assisted in this discussion on the engineering and technical issues by Dr. John Jurist, one of the Classroom co-hosts. I am expecting considerable listener participation so to afford a chance for everyone to participate, remember, civility is required, callers must be succinct & will be limited to one short question at a time. Email questions must be civil and succinct as I will not have time to read long emails or edit them as I do on most programs. I will start taking calls about 10-15 minutes into the program. Chat is not available for this program.

Friday, April 29 , 2011 , 9:30-11 AM PDT: We welcome back Rand Simberg to the program. Rand is an aerospace engineer, a space advocate, and he publishes the Transterrestrial Musings blog. We will be discussing space policy with the U.S. Congress.

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT. This will be an OPEN LINES program. To make Open Lines work, we need callers and new participants with new comments and ideas. There will be no email or chat for this program, only the toll free phone line. Again, new participants, new ideas, and fresh comments are welcome and encouraged.

Big Announcement from XCOR Next Week

XCOR Aerospace will be holding a press conference in Beverly Hills, California on Wednesday, March 26, to announce what Rand Simberg of Transterrestrial Musings will be “a significant milestone” in commercial spaceflight. Simberg says he knows what the announcement will be but has an non-disclosure agreement with the Mojave, Calif.-based rocket company. His blog is buzzing with speculation on what XCOR will announce.

Meanwhile, author Michael Belfiore has this to report over at his blog:

“A mysterious project has been underway on the XCOR shop floor behind a black curtain for some time now, and the company has been incredibly successful lately, with contracts and money rolling in faster than ever before. In fact, XCOR made Inc. magazine’s list of 500 fastest growing companies in America last year.

Are we about to witness a new private spaceship unveiled?”

More Thoughts on Bigelow, Lockheed Martin Deal

Pundit Rand Simberg has weighed in on the proposed deal for up to 50 Lockheed Martin Atlas V launches to support Bigelow Aerospace’s planned Sundancer space station. Simberg discusses the rocket’s reliability as well as NASA’s decision not to use the Atlas as the basis for a shuttle successor.