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Money and the Moonshot
31 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Bill Anders, Apollo Astronaut
Major General Bill Anders flew on Apollo eight in December 1960 on one of the most visionary voyages ever attempted in human history. He, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell were the first people to leave Earth orbit to travel to another celestial body to see the dark side of the moon, to see the entirety of the Earth at once, and to travel on top of a Saturn five rocket. He took the iconic Earth rise photograph. In later life, he served in the Nixon administration to advise on space policy, then ran the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and also served as the US ambassador to Norway. He went on to enjoy a second stellar career in the private sector at General Electric, Textron and in particular, as CEO of General Dynamics, backed by Warren Buffett, He embarked on a period of transformation with such devotion to shareholder value that it is today the subject of Harvard case studies.
31 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Dr Mary Lynne Dittmar, CEO Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration is an alliance of space industry, businesses and advocacy groups collaborating to reinforce the value and benefits of deep space exploration with the public and our nation's leaders. Their stated goal is to build lasting support for a long term sustainable strategic direction for human space exploration and science ensuring that the United States remains a leader in space science and technology. The coalition is led by Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, who serves as president and CEO. A 25 year veteran of the space industry specialising in strategy public engagement in Space Policy, Mary Lynne assumed leadership of the coalition in October of 2015. Prior to this, Dr. Dittmar coordinated research and development and later managed flight operations for the Boeing Company on the International Space Station programme. Later she acted as a special advisor to the NASA astronauts office before her appointment as Boeing’s Chief Scientist for Commercial Utilisation at the ISS. More recently, she was senior policy advisor to the centre for the Advancement of Science in Space which manages the International Space Station National Laboratory. She has also served as a senior advisor to NASA, the Department of Defence and the Federal Aviation Administration.
3 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Trailer 2 - Launchpad
33 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Steve Jurvetson, VC investor and board director of SpaceX and Tesla
In this special episode of money in the moonshot, we are excited to speak with venture capitalists Steve Jurvetson. Steve is a VC investor who focuses on mission driven companies at the cutting edge of disruptive technology. An early investor in SpaceX, Tesla Planet Labs, Memphis Meats and Hotmail, he currently sits on the board of both SpaceX and Tesla. Prior to co founding his current venture capital firm Future Ventures, Steve was a research and development engineer at Hewlett Packard. He also worked in Product Marketing at Apple and management consulting with Bain and company. In 2016 President Barack Obama appointed Steve as a presidential ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.
26 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
Alex MacDonald, Chief Economist at NASA interview
An economist and historian Alexander MacDonald wrote his doctorate on the economic history of American space exploration and is the author of the book The Long Space Age published in 2017. He is an expert on private enterprises involvements in space exploration from the early days of astronomical observation in the 18th century, through to the private public partnership of the Apollo program and the evolving relationship between NASA and the private sector in the last decade.In this interview, Alexander explains how business has always had a place in America's efforts in exploring and understanding the cosmos, and gives us an insight into how NASA's relationship with commercial partners such as SpaceX and Blue Origin will advance our exploration of the solar system.
32 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Money and the moonshot - Part two
For the Apollo missions the burden of NASA’s budget fell squarely on the back of American taxpayers, and they were sold on this onerous arrangement by the context of the Cold War. When the main driver of your space program is partisan, your funding model is vulnerable to political risk. In this episode we explore the potential impact of mixing politics with commercial ventures in space. We discuss whether the current surge in space investments is leading to a bubble and ask whether investors can realistically expect to see a return on their investment.
30 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Money and the moonshot - Part one
From lightweight micro-processing computers, Digital Fly-By-Wire and program and project management to memory foam mattresses, cordless power tools and shock absorbent trainers; space exploration is a driver of change. Consequently, it is hardly surprising that sixteen of the world’s 500 billionaires have committed to space ventures. In this episode we explore the early role of philanthropy in space exploration; we examine NASA’s collaboration with the private sector during the Apollo program; and find out how these partnerships have evolved in the 21st century.
3 minutes | May 27, 2020
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