Category Archives: Space business

Video: Gwynne Shotwell of SpaceX interviewed by Matt Desch of Iridium

At a symposium held this week by AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) dealing with the organization’s high school STEM initiatives, there was an on-stage interview with SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell by Iridium CEO Matt Desch:

SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell talks about successes and failures in their rocket program, encouraging girls to pursue technical and scientific careers and “build big machines. She tells teachers at the AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium about the need for kids with training in science, technology, engineering and math.

[ Nov.9.2018: For some reason, the interview video unfortunately was taken down from Youtube. Will keep a lookout for a re-posting of it.

I did fined this clip taken from the video showing the SpaceX highlights reel presented by Shotwell:


In a video that she presents early in the interview, there is a brief but interesting clip from a camera on a Falcon 9 fairing as it separates from the upper stage:


The High Frontier: An Easier Way

Videos: EXOS Aerospace successfully launches reusable sounding rocket

The EXOS Aerospace reusable suborbital SARGE rocket launched successfully from Spaceport America on Saturday. (See earlier posting about the project.)  The liftoff is at 20:15 in this video. See also the payload capsule returning via a ballute (half balloon, half parachute) between 29:37-30:05, and the booster returning via para-glider between 31:12-35:39 :

Here is the booster on the ground following the landing:

And here it is being towed back to the launch camp:

More videos at the EXOS Aerospace YouTube Channel.

See also Exos Aerospace launches SARGE suborbital rocket –




Videos: TMRO Orbit 11.20 – Moonshot Space

The latest episode of Space is now available on line: Moonshot Space – Orbit 11.20 – TMRO

Troy McCann of Moonshot Space joins us this week to talk about the non-profit Moonshot Foundation, MoonshotX Accelerator and Gemini Ideator. You can follow Moonshot Space on their website at or via Twitter at @moonshotspaceco

Recent launches and space news topics covered:

China OneSpace launches first private rocket

Space News:
First Light for TESS
Wall-E’s first picture
A Carbon-Rich Asteroid in the Kuiper Belt

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Two recent SpacePod short reports:


Space books: “Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight” by Joe Pappalardo

Joe Pappalardo, an editor at Popular Mechanics who often reports on space topics, has written the book, Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight. He discusse the many NewSpace developments of the past several years and looks especially at the emergence of commercial launch facilities:

Is there a future in orbit? This timely book reveals the state of spaceflight at a crucial juncture in the industry’s history.

It’s the 21st-century and everything about the space industry is changing. Rather than despair over the end of American manned missions and a moribund commercial launch market, private sector companies are now changing the way humanity accesses orbit. Upstarts including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin are building a dizzying array of new spacecraft and rockets, not just for government use, but for any paying customer. At the heart of this space revolution are spaceports, the center and literal launching pads of spaceflight. Spaceports cost hundreds of millions of dollars, face extreme competition, and host operations that do not tolerate failures―which can often be fatal.

Aerospace journalist Joe Pappalardo has witnessed space rocket launches around the world, from the jungle of French Guiana to the coastline of California. In his comprehensive work Spaceport Earth, Pappalardo describes the rise of private companies in the United States and how they are reshaping the way the world is using space for industry and science. Spaceport Earth is a travelogue through modern space history as it is being made, offering space enthusiasts, futurists, and technology buffs a close perspective of rockets and launch sites, and chronicling the stories of industrial titans, engineers, government officials, billionaires, schemers, and politicians who are redefining what it means for humans to be a spacefaring species.

Here is a review of the book Review: Spaceport Earth – The Space Review.

And this is an entertaining interview with the author: John Batchelor Show – Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight by Joe Pappalardo. PART 1 of 4: Texas and there billionaire rocketeers. @PappalardoJoe


Videos: Space highlights of 2017 and expectations for 2018

** 2017 Highlights – The Planetary Post with Robert Picardo – “Watch Robert Picardo and friends in the best moments and funniest mess-ups from The Planetary Post in 2017.”

** 2018 previews:

** Elon Musk and SpaceX: Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) by Dr. Robert Zubrin – Dr. Zubrin, co-founder and President of the Mars Society, reviews SpaceX’s BFR and discusses other space developments in 2017 and what will happen in 2018:

** Most Liked NASA Instagram Images of 2017

** Happy New Year from Space!