Skip to main content
Cold Star Project

Cold Star Project

By Jason Kanigan
The Cold Star Project digs into the challenges of scaling fast that tech and Space manufacturing founders encounter. Money does not solve all problems--so what now? Listen in to discover what scaling problems you'll be running into soon, and get a serious advantage in starting to solve them before they run you over!
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo

Breaker

Castbox Logo

Castbox

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Stitcher Logo

Stitcher

Yan Song - How Can We Solve the Challenge of Operationalizing Cultural Development? - CSP S04E04
Systems Thinking thought leader and Fortune 500 executive Yan Song is our guest on this first episode of a series on the Cold Star Project. Our series topic is about culture in organizations. The question we're asking in this episode is: How can we solve the 21st Century challenge of operationalizing cultural development? Begin with the possibility that we can build culture development right into our operations, and have our people improve it as they carry out their daily tasks.   Host Jason Kanigan asks Yan Song: How important is organizational culture? Of course it is nice to work at an org with a pleasant, uplifting culture; however, what do we mean in a measurable, rationalist, even economic sense? What does “operationalizing cultural development” mean? How are we defining it? What are the ‘levers and dials’ of how it works? {Play, Purpose, Potential in the HBR article; compensation is not a factor, not a surprise to many of us; higher customer satisfaction; higher revenue per employee; “ToMo” total motivation; article gets into some behavioral economics with the emotional & economic pressures that I don’t believe are always valid, but we can mention them} Is there a relationship between company process and employee motivation? {up to 50 motivation points on a -100 to +100 scale in the HBR article}  - What can leaders do to help initiate and support this kind of change? {Huddle, Why, role design in the HBR article; note how these go back to identity and sense of personal involvement} How can a leader discern what kind of culture they are in now, and whether senior management will be supportive of such change? We understand “the good” of this improvement, but what if it turns out senior management is scared of the idea? How else can things go wrong? What are the consequences if we misstep in our attempts to improve culture? How difficult is it to course-correct? Will there be damage to our reputation and future consequences like promotion blockage?   Useful Links:   HBR article we reference: https://hbr.org/2015/11/how-company-culture-shapes-employee-motivation   OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
01:15:51
February 25, 2021
Jason Kanigan - The Promise of Space Entrepreneurs talk at Space Horizons 2021 - CSP S02E77
Cold Star Tech founder Jason Kanigan speaks at Brown University's Space Horizons 2021 event. [**NOTE: the first few seconds are indeed silent... in the video version there is a title slide.] The topic is space entrepreneurship, particularly on the commercial side. Jason covers what he has found in interviewing over 150 space industry academics, experts and founders, and the state of commercial space entrepreneurship. In the Q&A we also get into what space students can do to advance their careers. Hosted by Dr. Rick Fleeter and his students.   Space Horizons website: http://www.spacehorizonsatbrown.org/  Books referenced: Space Is Open For Business, Robert C. Jacobson; Business Model Generation, Alexander Osterwalder OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
26:18
February 17, 2021
Atul Vashistha - How Does the Defense Business Board Influence US Department of Defense? CSP S04E03
Atul Vashistha, globalization & outsourcing author and business founder, is on the Cold Star Project to explain how the Defense Business Board works. With considerable experience on the board, serving three presidents, Atul offers the perspective of vice chair and having managed board task forces. Host Jason Kanigan asks Atul to detail the process by which the Defense Business Board learns what its client the US Department of Defense wants, and develops its response as a report.   View the slides Atul referred to: https://coldstarproject.com/vashisthaslides Defense Business Board example study referenced in our discussion: https://dbb.defense.gov/Portals/35/Documents/Reports/2016/DBB%20FY16-01%20Virtual%20Consultantices%20Study%20-%20Final.pdf Supply Wisdom website: https://www.suplywisdom.com Atul Vashistha's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Atul-Vashistha/e/B001IO9RP6 Disclaimer: we were not compensated in any way for Atul's appearance or mentioning his companies or works. OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org​  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb​  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
49:43
February 11, 2021
Marty Waldman - Where Are We Going To Get the Power for Space Applications From? - CSP S02E76
Marty Waldman's space career has spanned over 44 years and counting. He worked on missile defense, the space shuttle, and many other space projects through the US Navy and Air Force. He is the principal associate at Space Information Labs and president of United Horizons. Also, Marty founded the Southern Nevada chapter of the National Defense Industry Association and is active in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Our discussion centers around the problem of where the power necessary for space applications such as a lunar or Martian base is going to come from. Marty has a solution and you can follow along with the presententation deck linked to below.  Host Jason Kanigan asks Marty: What are two projects (that you're allowed to talk about, anyway) you're most proud of and why?   You’ve made an argument for incorporating nuclear power into the space industry. What is the “big idea” you’re promoting and how does it apply to space? Why Nevada as a home base for this kind of solution? Isn't nuclear technology dangerous? Who is the customer of this power solution? What kind of projects attract your attention and interest nowadays? What is your vision of the space industry for the next two or three decades?    Useful Links:   Ascend presentation slide deck on nuclear power in space: https://coldstarproject.com/ascendpowerdeck  American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)  National Website:  www.aiaa.org   Las Vegas AIAA Website: https://aiaa-lasvegas.org/  National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) website:  https://ndia-snv.org/  Marty Waldman on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marty-waldman-6868368/   OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
01:22:01
February 4, 2021
David Walker - How Important Is Culture In Government Operations? - Cold Star Project S04E02
David Walker is a past Comptroller General of the United States, professor at the US Naval Academy, former Defense Business Board appointee, and author. He's on the Cold Star Project to discuss the role of culture in government operations, including with his own experience in the Government Accountability Office and on the Defense Business Board. Host Jason Kanigan asks:   // Defense Business Board //  - what is the purpose of the Board, both the official wording and from your point of view? Do you believe it is meeting that purpose? -What are some of the projects that you worked on?  -what changes or initiatives can the Board make?  -What are some of the biggest business challenges facing the DoD?  -what did your experience as US Comptroller General allow you to bring into the appointment to the Defense Business Board? What perspective do you believe you brought; what were you most “on alert” for? -what most surprised you in your service on the Board? Was it people- or process-based?   // US Comptroller General 98-08 - 15-year, non renewable term appointment, Government Accountability Office (audit institution, part of the legislative branch) //  -roles like this often don’t have a “rules manual” and you must create the role “your way” as you go. Did you find this to be the case? How did you adapt to the situation if so?  -you have a supposedly non partisan bureaucracy working for you as the GAO. How did you find that and how did information flow to you? What kind of decisions did you make? What were your main accomplishments at GSP?   // America In 2040: Still A Superpower? book //  -tell us about the book and your main premise or argument--reviews talk about “fiscal sanity” and government spending  -We think “America’s fine; we still have all the tools”, but what do you think about the constant underestimation of costs and overestimation of capabilities? eg. USS Gerald Ford setbacks...latest is unable to launch planes, $13B price tag for non-functional platform  -Will America still have the financial power to fund itself as a superpower?  -Do you believe space is an important theater for America to remain a superpower? What are other major security theaters?    Useful Links:  America In 2040: Still a Superpower? book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L4KBPX5/  [NOT an affiliate link]   GAO website: https://www.gao.gov/about/what-gao-is/  DFB website: https://dbb.defense.gov/   Disclaimer: We were not remunerated in any way by David Walker for discussing his book or any other topics.    OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
39:50
January 28, 2021
Simon Drake - Can Regular People Invest In Space? - Cold Star Project S03E15
Space Ventures Investors co-founder, managing director and partner Simon Drake is heavily involved in bringing the ability for regular people to invest in space companies. In his role as a space sector venture capitalist, he is able to pull data and see trends that help realizing this vision. In this episode of the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan, Simon discusses: - What is your vision of regular people being able to invest in space? What partners are you working with? Can one small investor really make a difference? - What is stopping regular members of the public from investing in space companies? Why do we want the general public to be able to invest in space? - What have you found in your own research about the willingness of investors to put money into space companies? What are they looking for in terms of time to return, rate of return, companies or projects to invest in?   Risk level research graphic from Space Ventures Investors: https://coldstarproject.com/spaceinvestorsrisk - How do we avoid space investment by the public becoming a free-for-all driven by hype, so that there is solid value at the core?   South Sea Stock graphic from The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report: https://coldstarproject.com/simondrakesouthsea - What legal/regulatory issues have you found in the way of public investment in space? What differences have you seen between European and North American markets?  - Are there any “unexpected results” you predict from opening space investing up to the public?   Space Investment Interests Research Graphic from Space Ventures Investors: https://coldstarproject.com/simondrakeinterests   Space Ventures Investors website: https://spaceventuresinvestors.com/  Space Commodities Exchange website: http://www.spacecommoditiesexchange.com/  Lunar Resources Registry website: http://lunarresourcesregistry.com/  Playlist: https://www.coldstartech.com/play  OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
53:32
January 21, 2021
Bleddyn Bowen - What Will War In Space Really Look Like? - Cold Star Project S02E75
Bleddyn Bowen, PhD, is the author of War In Space: Strategy Space Power, Geopolitics. He has a different point of view on space warfare than the typical one we see from fanboys and mechanistic white papers. On this episode of the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks Bleddyn: How do you operationally define space power? What are the “levers and dials”? What does “winning” mean in this environment? What is ‘space warfare’? Why do you believe Clausewitz remains relevant today and in the space domain? How does geopolitics apply to space? Are there equalizing forces? What international issues should we be paying attention to that could impact space warfare? When it comes to the actualities of space warfare, what are the critical elements? What is the significance of the new US Space Force? Why did you write and publish a book on the topic (War In Space: Strategy, Space Power, Geopolitics)? Who are you intending to impact, and why?    Astropolitics Research Portal: https://astropoliticsblog.wordpress.com/  Books discussed:   Bleddyn Bowen, War In Space: Strategy, Space Power, Geopolitics (Edinburgh University Press): https://www.amazon.com/War-Space-Bleddyn-Bowen/dp/1474450482  Donald Kagan, On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace: https://www.amazon.com/Origins-War-Preservation-Peace/dp/0385423756  Paddy Griffith, Forward into Battle: Fighting Tactics from Waterloo to the Near Future: https://www.amazon.com/Forward-into-Battle-Fighting-Waterloo/dp/0891414134  [Not affiliate links]    OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
51:58
January 14, 2021
Joseph Paris - Who Has The Wisdom? Operational Excellence and Growing Your Organization - CSP S04E01
State of Readiness author Joseph Paris is the inaugural guest on Season Four of the Cold Star Project. Joseph is also the founder of the Operational Excellence Society and Readiness Institute, and is the go-to expert for OpEx executives of large civilian and military organizations. In this conversation with fellow OpEx pro and Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan, we discuss: why the typical OpEx executive focus on tactical cost-cutting rather than strategic capacity and revenue growth is a critical mistake what blocks you from having operational excellence in your organization (it's not a lack of TPS or process optimization) what to do about the common feeling of isolation within organizations as an OpEx professional the reason depending on yourself as the OpEx executive in your organization to develop training programs is job-killing wishful thinking and setting you up for failure why communication is often terribly bad within larger companies, and how you can positively guide your firm to becoming a true learning organization the problems we see in communication and learning in distributed organizations, particularly during the current global event forcing people to work remotely, and what to do about them OpEx killers such as not tracking further projects and successes beyond the initial one prompted by getting a training program.   Jason Kanigan is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Operational Excellence Society. Book a call with Jason to talk about OpEx in your organization with https://www.coldstartech.com/15call  If you want more information about how to become a high performance organization, get the free white paper here: https://readiness.institute/reachouts/operational-excellence-enterprise-readiness-system/   Joseph Paris talk at the first "Make Space Boring" virtual conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtoDucruKQ0  Joseph Paris interview in Season Two of the Cold Star Project: https://coldstarproject.com/yts02e47josephparis   OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Readiness Institute: https://readiness.institute/  State of Readiness book (available on Amazon and linked to from this site): https://state-of-readiness.com/  These are not affiliate links.
55:30
January 6, 2021
David Buehler - How Is CHPS Going To Benefit Space Force? - CSP S02E74
Captain David Buehler of the Air Force Research Lab's Space Vehicles Directorate is on the Cold Star Project to talk about the CHPS program. The CHPS program will monitor cislunar space, extending to 272,000 miles and beyond: a 10X reach in range and 1000X increase in volume. With host Jason Kanigan, Capt. Buehler discusses: Why is cislunar space of interest to the AFRL? What is CHPS? Why has the AFRL chosen to develop CHPS? What are some of the technical challenges with Space Domain Awareness in cislunar space? Why don't TLEs work in cislunar space? What are some long term benefits to the Space Force for develping CHPS?    Connect with Capt. Buehler by email: david@afrlnewmexico.com   OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
23:52
December 17, 2020
Ben Kaebe - How Are Australian Space Robotics Startups Being Helped by SpAARC? - CSP S02E73
The Australian Space Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Control Complex (SpAARC) in Perth is opening, and Dr. Ben Kaebe is its Technical Interface Manager. What will SpAARC do, and how will it help space startups? Join host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to find out. Jason asks Dr. Kaebe:  how he ended up in Australia, having been born in Germany the vision for the complex and its user base the process and partners of developing SpAARC what Earth-based and space applications the facility will assist with what capabilities will be available first, and how the complex plans to grow.    Contact Dr. Kaebe by email: b.kaebe@fugro.com   Australian news article on SpAARC: https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/News/bright-spaarc-west  Furgo press release: https://www.fugro.com/media-centre/news/fulldetails/2020/06/26/fugro-partners-with-australian-space-agency-on-new-robotics-control-complex   Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
37:20
December 10, 2020
Tim Anderson - How Could The Success Of SpaceX Starship Change The Space Industry? - CSP S03E14
Commander Tim Anderson is not only a US Naval Reserve officer with responsibilities in war planning, but is also in a defense contractor role managing ship repairs and modernization. In this interview hosted by Jason Kanigan of the Cold Star Project, Commander Anderson discusses how government and Department of Defense makes up its mind on spending, and how you can make use of that process.   We also dig deep into the potentially great impact of SpaceX Starship on the space industry: payload variants, areas of operation, effect on industry players and more. Why? The dramatic rise in cargo capacity offered and drop in launch and transportation costs promised--even if the numbers are nowhere near as rosy as predicted.  Tim Anderson is working on his Masters in Systems Engineering, Space Systems, at Embry-Riddle Aerotnautical University. This degree will confirm the practical knowledge he has from many years in the field. He has two papers in for peer review at the time of recording. Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
01:12:36
December 3, 2020
Eric Felt - What's New At The AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate? - Cold Star Project S02E72
Col. Eric Felt is the Director at Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate. He is also one of 49 Air Force Research Lab, Phillips Research Site officers selected to join the United States Space Force. With host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project, Col. Felt discusses: Regarding the State of the Space Industry 2020 Report that you were one of the four main signatories of, what were your biggest takeaways from both the process of developing this report and the concluding product? How would you recommend space industry folks (civilians included) make use of it? What is the focus of the Space Vehicles Directorate; what do you believe are the necessary elements to a plan for keeping American capabilities and effectiveness ahead of our geopolitical opponents? We at least have something of a handle on space situational awareness in Earth orbit. But in CisLunar space, also called XGEO, what are your plans for space domain awareness? (track, ID, characterize), and what relevant technologies should commercial companies be developing/looking into? Do you have any plans to work on satellite autonomy, or are any current projects being run under your administration that you can discuss? You just broke ground on a new AFRL Deployable Structures Lab (deployable carbon antennas and solar panels) $4-million, 7,000+ square foot laboratory, which continues the work of the Spacecraft Component Technology Center of Excellence. What kind of missions will development of high strain composites enable? Tell us about the SSPIDR “spider” project (some of the first experiments to be run at the lab) and the capabilities it will bring to Space Force.    State of the Space Industry 2020 Report summary with Dr. Gordon Roesler, link to the report in the description of that video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiwYrhY1kLc   Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate website: https://www.kirtland.af.mil/Units/AFRL-Space-Vehicles-Directorate/   Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
36:55
November 24, 2020
Nigel Gibson - How Can Effective Executive Search Help Founders In The Space Industry? - CSP S02E71
Gibson Professional Search founder Nigel Gibson is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan he's sharing how his executive search firm helps space companies grow faster and with fewer hiring mistakes.    Nigel had a sales & marketing executive career in broadcasting, satellite communications and telecom prior to starting his own satellite communication, telecom and media executive search firm over five years ago. Jason asks:   I’m sure revenue growth was a key performance indicator in those roles. What other KPIs carry across to your activities now?  What did you discover as important or valuable in team dynamics, which impacted your candidate screening and hiring decisions?  What do you believe you bring to the space and satcoms industry as a professional search firm? What advantages do you bring your clients?  In their words, why do they hire you? What problem are you solving for them?   Describe your process: what are the most important factors for candidate screening that you use? Why have you settled upon these?   what are the stages you go through with a client? How do you know when you’ve reached the next step?  what do space and satcoms founders typically miss as important in getting the right pool of candidates together, and screening for hire? in my experience, posting a Want Ad and interviewing are tasks often pushed to the bottom of the pile by executives. They wait until they feel “ready” or the organization is at the breaking point before taking action. What have you found to be the case? if you could pre-screen potential clients to come to you with one idea about recruiting or executive search already in their heads… what would that be?    Gibson Professional Search website: https://www.gibsonps.com/   Cold Star Tech and its representatives did not and will not receive any compensation for this interview. We provide this conversation as important free information we believe businesspeople need to know.    Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
26:22
November 19, 2020
Nicholas Loise - How Do Founders Stumble And What Is The Antidote? - Cold Star Project
Sales Performance Team founder Nicholas Loise is back on the Cold Star Project because we have to have a conversation about founders. Why do founders stumble, and what is the antidote?   If you find yourself as a founder or CEO getting distracted, off target, and not achieving the goals you know you need to be reaching, listen in.   Nick Loise email at Sales Performance Team: nick@salesperformanceteam.com   Nick Loise phone number: 847-720-4264    Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell book on Amazon (NOT an affiliate link): https://www.amazon.com/Trillion-Dollar-Coach-audiobook/dp/B07MVKGV9V/  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
16:50
November 13, 2020
Domenic Battistella - How Should Space Startup Founders Handle Insurance And Risk? - CSP S02E70
In my many discussions with space founders I have found that knowledge of and attention on how to handle insurance and risk issues as a startup is missing. When I met with NY Life agent and financial services professional Domenic Battistella, I knew we had to get this important yet easy-to-miss information out to founders. Domenic is also the lead community organizer and sponsor for 1 Million Cups RTP, and a chef.   Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks Domenic Battistella: what are some of the primary insurance and risk management concerns that founders should be aware of? what does Key Person insurance mean and why should startup companies focus on this? what does Directors & Officers Liability (D&O) mean and what does it cover? what are the four exit strategies and what should founders be considering about them the moment they decide to open their business? when should founders be thinking about benefits? how did you find yourself in this speciality?    Contact info for Domenic Battistella:  Financial Services Professional Agent, New York Life Insurance Company  Registered Representative offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC (member FINRA/SIPC), A Licensed Insurance Agency   4140 Parklake Ave. Suite 450 Raleigh, NC 27612   Phone 919-443-9320   Book an appointment http://calendly.com/dbattistella  email dbattistella@ft.newyorklife.com    Cold Star Tech and its representatives did not and will not receive any compensation for this interview. We provide this conversation as important free information we believe businesspeople need to know.    1 Million Cups RTP website: https://www.1millioncups.com/rtp   Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
47:30
November 12, 2020
Aaron Burnett- How Is Crowdsourced Investing Via Spaced Ventures Helping Space Industry?- CSP S03E13
Spaced Ventures co-founder Aaron Burnett is on the Cold Star Project to share how providing this platform for crowdsourced investment in space companies helps the industry grow. Host Jason Kanigan asks Aaron: Explain the value you believe you’re bringing to the space community with SV What was the experience of building the platform like? What have you learned and what is the most surprising thing you’ve experienced since the SV launch? Who are your ‘target users’? Tell us about your process, and any adjustments you’ve had to make What money levels are we talking about here? And time frames?    Spaced Ventures website: https://www.spacedventures.com/  https://www.spacedventures.com/raise   Interview with Spaced Ventures co-founder J. Brant Arseneau: https://coldstarproject.com/yts03e04brantarseneau Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
29:17
November 10, 2020
Hub Urlings - What Is The Promise of IoT In Space? - Cold Star Project S02E69
What developments have there been in the Internet of Things with regards to the space industry? As smallsat and launch costs continue to fall, what promise does the IoT bring to space? Hub Urlings of the M2sat IoT Lab and Ceryx Projects is with host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to explain. We cover: what "Satellite IoT is" for the layperson, and what capabilities it brings for what user bases what the best use case is for Satellite IoT and its impact  Hub's vision for the Satellite IoT Lab Hub's biggest takeaway from working on the Inmarsat-C project in the 90s as a product manager    M2sat website: http://2015.m2sat.com/  Wikipedia article on Inmarsat-C: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inmarsat-C   Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
33:36
November 5, 2020
Nicholas Moran - Tank Research with The Chieftain - Cold Star Project S02E68
Nicholas Moran aka The Chieftain is World of Tanks' Director, Military Relations and technical advisor, and has been so for the past nine years. In an industry where advisors are typically discarded immediately after the game releases, this is astonishing longevity--and farsightedness on the part of the developer. Nicholas is also a military historian. Following his release of a video looking at the development of Soviet tank doctrine during the interwar period, host Jason Kanigan of the Cold Star Project invited Nicholas to be on the show. Major Moran is an active officer in the Texas Army National Guard, and has been deployed to field postings.   Questions for Nicholas Moran:   * World of Tanks let’s begin with a quick summary of your role with WoT: what do you do and how do you go about doing it? what represents “good evidence” in tank research to you? Do you “know it when you see it” or is there a more objective standard? Are there layers of verifiability or reliability? * Soviet armor doctrine video in what places did you find the info, and how did you go about organizing it?   * National Archives at College Park where is it, what’s the process of accessing it, how do you know when you’ve got something good out of a box? if you could go back to say 1930 and alter one thing (practice, numbering system?) of the Dept. of the Army / Ordnance Branch to be followed throughout the next two decades, what would it be?   * Crawling around on tanks when you’re taping off squares of outer surfaces and then taking pictures of it, how does that help the game model designers? How do they translate that graphed image into a 3D model? what’s the worst case of divergence from a manual to reality (in armor thickness, or some other change) you’ve encountered? -what have been the easiest and the most difficult AFV hatch exits for you? have you considered keeping a running “banged shin” count from getting in and out of armored fighting vehicles?    Presentations discussed in this interview:   The Unknown Impact of Albert Kahn On Industrial Architecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iwzXpaSiOc  Dr. Andy Aldrin's interview on how the Soviets beat the Americans into space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krbe1JtqdPA  Major Moran's discussion of Soviet armor doctrine development in the interwar period: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7nr83CYQ9Q   The Chieftain YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp4j9Y9L6jie44iZroCb99A  The Chieftain Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheChieftainWargaming  Archives article: https://worldoftanks.com/en/news/chieftain/us-national-archives/   Can Openers book (NOT an affiliate link): https://www.amazon.com/Can-Openers-Development-Anti-Tank-Carriages/dp/1635618592/ Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
53:55
October 22, 2020
Bryne Hadnott - PostGrad And Working In The Space Industry (at BlackSky) - Cold Star Project S02E67
Bryne Hadnott has quite the resume...currently Image Processing Engineer for BlackSky; Past graduate student researcher at NASA JPL; Masters degree in Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins; Worked on doctorate at Cornell then Johns Hopkins; Research Assistant at the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics; and Undergraduate degree in Planetary Science at Washington University in St. Louis.  On the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan, Bryne discusses what it's like postgrad and working in the space industry. Jason asks: As far as I know there isn’t a career path laid out for scientists who want to work in the space field...from what I’ve seen you have to make it up as you go. What have you experienced and learned in the process of figuring this out for your own career? What were you doing in the summer of 2012 at Caltech as a research fellow, looking at Mars-analogue rocks? What did you learn from that experience? You’ve been at BlackSky for awhile now...without getting into anything covered by security or compliance issues, what has that been like? What has your role been focused on? Thinking around data science, which I think is a tool you use, have you evolved your process or checklist on deciding on your investigative approach? We have a lot of graduate students following this show...do you have any advice or ideas for them concerning the question of whether to go forward towards achieving a doctorate or not? What focus do you have for your future work in the space field? Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
30:03
October 12, 2020
Moriba Jah - What To Improve In Space Situational Awareness - CSP S02E66
Dr. Moriba Jah, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, past navigator for many missions to Mars, and space situational awareness expert returns to the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan, Dr. Jah digs deeper into the challenges of space object identification, tracking and orbital prediction, including: Why is it a problem that satellite orbit pathing predictions assume a spheroid shape? What issues does this create? What can we do to improve the predictive ability of satellite pathing calculations? Why do we need to improve this accuracy--what’s the rush, what’s driving this need? What is the technology behind space traffic management: what era is it from, and how does it work? Who operates it? What would a better system look like, and who should operate it? Why was the Two Line Element format chosen? What’s wrong with TLEs? It’s my understanding from speaking with our colleagues, primarily the British, that more information is available or even broadcast, but some is truncated to fit in the TLE format. Why is this done? In my own research, I found a Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems blue book from 2009, updated in 2012. From there I went on to the CCSDS website. Thinking is clearly done on the topic: why, then, is (from the outsider’s perspective, at any rate) the pace of change glacial? What would a modern satellite data communication system look like? How many lines would you recommend? What would this additional data transmission enable us to do or know? In the past year space situational awareness and space domain awareness have finally been getting more of the attention it deserves. What else needs to happen to gain the energy to make change and the funding required to do so?    Previous interview on the Cold Star Project with Dr. Jah: https://coldstarproject.com/auS02E11MoribaJah    Wikipedia page on Dr. Jah: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moriba_Jah   Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
49:20
October 8, 2020
Istvan Lorincz - The Reality of Creating a Space Startup (From Europe to USA) - CSP S03E12
Starting in Europe and ending in the USA, Istvan Lorincz and the other co-founders of Morpheus Space have been on a long startup journey. We discuss: their fundraising efforts what has stood out as a key but little-mentioned factor in developing a startup the realistic expectations founders should have when deciding to form a startup.    Morpheus Space website: https://www.morpheus-space.com/ Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
47:24
October 5, 2020
Bruce Gordon - Electronic Warfare In The Cold War - Cold Star Project S02E65
Major Bruce Gordon (ret), 130+ combat mission pilot and electronic warfare instructor, returns to the Cold Star Project. This time, we're looking at how EW developed through the Cold War. What does the electromagnetic spectrum look like as a diagram? How are the various frequency bands used? Join us and find out.   First lecture on the history of EW: https://coldstarproject.com/yts02e64brucegordon    Spirit of Attack Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritofAttack/  (order the book on Amazon, or send $20 to Bruce Gordon, 105 Broadbill Ct, Georgetown KY 40324)    Bruce Gordon YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/spiritofattack   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
58:19
October 1, 2020
Bruce Gordon - History of Electronic Warfare and the Battle of the Beams - CSP S02E64
Electronic Warfare instructor and combat fighter pilot Bruce Gordon, author of Spirit of Attack, is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan, Major Gordon shares his personal experience meeting RV Jones, a history of EW, and some detail of the Battle of the Beams.   Spirit of Attack Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritofAttack/   (order the book on Amazon, or send $20 to Bruce Gordon, 105 Broadbill Ct, Georgetown KY 40324)   Bruce Gordon YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/spiritofattack   Battle of the Beams article on Wikipedia (entertaining!): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Beams YouTube video version of this interview (with slides): https://coldstarproject.com/yts02e64brucegordon
47:55
September 28, 2020
Charity Weeden - Orbital Environmental Management And In-Space logistics With Astroscale - CSP S02E63
VP Global Space Policy of Astroscale US, Charity Weeden is on the Cold Star Project to share her background and the organization's vision for space. Orbital environmental management and in-space logistics are two key areas Astroscale is developing capabilities and influence in. With host Jason Kanigan, Charity discusses: the vision, mission and organization of Astroscale how the technical, business and policy areas interlink through the organization's efforts why space debris is a problem, and what we can do about it her background and how she arrived at the VP Global Space Policy role what her typical day looks like what COMSTAC is, and her role as chair looking forward to working in cislunar space and its implications the costs of decommissioning and the ways these costs are currently hidden. Astroscale website: https://astroscale.com/ Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
36:14
September 24, 2020
Bill Kemp - Creating Space Structures On The Moon - Cold Star Project S02E62
United Space Structures CEO and founder Bill Kemp is on the Cold Star Project to share his plans to create real estate via structures for living and working in on the Moon. Safe inside lava tubes, USS will engineer space structures so that people can survive there. Host Jason Kanigan asks Bill: What kind of business model does United Space Structures have? What kind of tenants do you want to have at your facilities? Tell us about the lunar infrastructure service you intend to provide What is the “marketplace need” for this offer? What level of budget is required to move ahead? Is it needed in stages or as a lump sum? What is the potential Return On Investment (ROI) for your lunar facilities? How many facilities do you want to build and where? What technical requirements are needed to implement this solution? Why not an inflatable approach? What kind of partners are you seeking to support the project? Tell us about the preparation & learning required to get to this point.    United Space Structures website: https://united-space-structures.com/ Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
36:10
September 21, 2020
Ran Qedar - Taking Startup 'Space Products and Innovation' Through An Accelerator - CSP S03E11
Space Products and Innovation (SPiN) co-founder Ran Qedar is on the Cold Star Project to share his experience taking his space startup through the Techstars accelerator. Host Jason Kanigan asks Ran: What problem did potential customers in the space industry tell you they were experiencing that lead to a prototype product? SPiN's tagline is “Build a satellite like Lego”. This seems to match up pretty well with Cold Star's “Make Space Boring” mantra. Tell us what your intention with that phrasing is, and where it could lead to What has your work with Techstars taught you? What stood out as a key factor that prior to working with them you would probably not have given as much importance to? Techstars has strong messaging about “ecosystem development”. What has that translated in for SPiN? What quality do co-founders need and what help to balance the team?  Who would you point to as having been integral to deepening your understanding of business and startups? How is the European hardware space startups scene? How are startups supported?    SPiN website: https://www.spinintech.com/   Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
31:08
September 17, 2020
Mike Lawton - Developing Early Stage Space Startups - Cold Star Project S03E10
Barclay's Bank UK Start-Up Entrepreneur 2018 for the progress and achievements of Oxford Space Systems, and founder of Oxford Dynamics, Mike Lawton joins us on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan, Mike discusses the challenges of developing early stage space startups, including: Other than the obvious lifeblood of cash, what other measures have you noticed as important in early stage, high tech businesses? You say you get “things wrong slightly less often than I get them right”. When do you know you’ve “gotten things wrong”? What are the indicators and how have you learned to see them sooner? What do you believe drives technological innovation? Eg. marketplace vs personal interest? What other organizations are you watching in UK NewSpace? You mention “the 'dark arts' of raising finance for tech businesses”... explain what this means.    Oxford Dynamics website: https://oxdynamics.com/    Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
34:31
September 14, 2020
Christopher Johnson - The Need for Engagement and Outcomes In Space Law - Cold Star Project S02E61
Space lawyer Christopher Johnson from the Secure World Foundation is back on the Cold Star Project, and we're looking at what he has learned this year. Christopher has hosted several Moon Dialog Research Salons and gotten tremendous public input and engagement on space issues. With host Jason Kanigan, he discusses: What he learned from the salons What differences he noted in platforms used, behaviors and outcomes in public engagement with actor/agency/government versus the public What’s needed to move forward with space law engagement and outcomes; what that looks like as you’ve seen so far, in terms of process and outcome Incentive versus punishment, carrot vs stick, when it comes to issues like orbital debris control: which do we need most? What updates do we need most to Outer Space Treaty areas? What are his expectations for the Summit for Space Sustainability hosted by the Secure World Foundation beginning 9 September 2020?    Secure World Foundation website: https://swfound.org/ Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
49:07
September 9, 2020
Jean Paul Carnicer - Pitfalls In Spacecraft Bus Engineering - Cold Star Project S02E60
Telecan Space founder Jean Paul Carnicer is on the Cold Star Project, and our topic is pitfalls in spacecraft bus engineering. With host Jason Kanigan, Paul answers: What’s the most important thing to keep in mind when designing a spacecraft bus? Is there something people NOT engineering the bus tend to forget or overlook when they’re coming up with design requirements? Who are the courses listed on the website for; what kind of person best benefits from them; what does the investment range look like? How common is outside testing of spacecraft? Do you find resistance to the idea of an outsider testing something they designed? Satellite Program Monitoring… how often are subcontractors holding up the project schedule? What issues do you typically find with the launch vehicle agency? In a world of engineers working to get funding to develop capabilities, what do you wish new founders would know about starting up a space business? What issues do you commonly encounter in contract negotiations with launch vehicle procurement?    Telecan Space website: https://www.telecanspace.com/ Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
25:52
September 7, 2020
Eldrige de Melo - An Introduction To Ground Station Operations - Cold Star Project S02E59
Angolan ground station operator, and now Project Manager intern at Airbus, Eldrige de Melo is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan we discuss how space ground stations operate. Eldrige answers: what do we mean by the term “ground stations”? Is this all about communications, or does it include passive operations like image gathering? how do ground stations operate? What kind of systems are typically used & what data is gathered? How are humans involved (when is a human decision necessary)? what does a typical “problem day” look like at the Angolan Space Program Management Office? what do you think the impact of autonomous satellites will be on ground operators? is there a technology or problem solving system that you believe would strongly improve ground station operations? how closely do you pay attention to frequency allocations and the activities of organizations like the International Telecommunication Union and WRC conferences? what kind of training do you need to become a ground station operations specialist?    Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
39:32
September 3, 2020
Egbert van der Veen - Strategy and Innovation In Space Investing - Cold Star Project S03E09
Head of Strategy and Managing Director Venture Capital at OHB Group since 2013 Egbert van der Veen is on the Cold Star Project. Prior to this role, Egbert was Project Lead at the German Aerospace Center for 4 years, working with DLR, ESA, EC and writing advisory reports on technology development trends. Continuing our discussion with investors who fund space companies, host Jason Kanigan asks: Your scientific topic while working at DLR was forecasting disruptive space technologies. What did you learn and how does that influence your point of view out in the business world? How did you land the role of Managing Director of OHB VC? Your scientific career focused on innovation management in addition to space engineering. What does that allow you to bring to investing analysis and decisions that other VCs might not have? Tell us about a project or two you did with DLR and their results. What does that experience make you watch out for in future projects? In your “scouting” role, what do you look for in space companies? What would be the ideal discovery? What has your experience with space companies been like? What state do they typically arrive at your firm? Any insights on the point of view of the founders themselves? Internal operations of companies seeking investment? Their achievement or lack thereof of product-market fit? A lot of VCs talk about “capturing the value chain”, yet this is a concept many founders miss in their laser focus on their technical capability. What advice do you have for space founders in regards to taking a step back and viewing the whole value chain?    OHB Group Venture Capital website: https://www.ohb-vc.de/ Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
36:59
August 31, 2020
Jess Sponable - Reusable Launch, Pete Conrad, and DARPA - Cold Star Project S02E58
2X past DARPA Program Manager Jess Sponable is on the Cold Star Project to share his experiences and aspirations in the space industry. With host Jason Kanigan, our topics cover the development of reusable launch technology, a colorful character (#3 to walk on the Moon) named Pete Conrad and Jess' interactions with him, and DARPA. Our conversation was submitted to and approved for public release by the USAF.    US Air Force approval document: https://coldstarproject.com/jesssponableairforce    Pete Conrad wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Conrad Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
29:19
August 27, 2020
Annabelle Beckwith - Growing Your Business from $3-$10MM with Yara Journeys - Cold Star Project
Yara Journeys founder Annabelle Beckwith is on the Cold Star Project to share her experience and vision of helping founders and their leadership teams move their businesses from $3 to $10 million (pounds as well!). With host Jason Kanigan she discusses:   Who is your ideal client? Why do you want to work with them specifically? What indicators of values, culture, KPIs do you believe are most important? How common/uncommon are these? What operations problems do you typically see, showing potential clients need your help? Do they know they have them, or do you have to show them? What’s the most frustrating issue you’ve encountered in the marketplace over and over again, that you would change if you could wave a magic wand?   and some client situations she's been most helpful in improving results of.    Yara Journeys website: https://yara-journeys.com/    Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
30:51
August 26, 2020
Jason Aspiotis - Giving The Retail Investor Access To The Space Economy Through Finsophy-CSP S03E08
Finsophy PBC Founder & CEO Jason Aspiotis is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan, he's sharing his vision for retail investors to invest in the space economy while using banking services they would already be using anyway. Jason answers:  What is your long-term view for Space economy growth? What are the driving factors for economic growth?  What is the role of the retail investor in the Space economy? What are some ways retail investors could become more involved in supporting the Space economy in the near future? What is the role of banks and other large and/or regulated financial institutions (FIs) in the Space economy? What barriers of entry exist to getting banks and large FIs more vested in deploying capital into the Space economy? What could the US government, or other governments, do to incentivize larger participation by private capital sources?    Finsophy website: https://www.finsophy.com/   Space Vault website: https://www.spacevault.world/   National Space Development Corp white paper by Jason Aspiotis: https://coldstarproject.com/jasonaspiotispaper1   Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
55:40
August 24, 2020
Artemis Westenberg - Getting There With Explore Mars - Cold Star Project S02E57
President emerita of Explore Mars Inc. & CEO of Explore Mars Europe Artemis Westenberg joins host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project. What's the truth about the American public's interest in going to Mars? Why should we go there at all? How is private industry likely to get involved?  We dig into the political and technological issues necessary to overcome to go to Mars, and what Explore Mars is doing to promote those actions. Artemis also discusses the role of women in the space industry.    Explore Mars website: https://www.exploremars.org/    Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
49:10
August 21, 2020
Paul Rulkens - Developing A High Performance Culture In Your Space Company-Cold Star Project S02E56
Agrippa Consulting president and TEDx speaker Paul Rulkens is on the Cold Star Project to talk about high performance culture. What does it take to achieve, and how can space founders create one? Host Jason Kanigan asks Paul: How has your education and experience as a process engineer affected your views on business and company culture/change? Other than Jay Abraham, who has a different take on the concept than you, you’re the only other person I’ve seen strongly promoting the strategy of Preeminence. What does Preeminence mean to you? How do you encourage others to use Preeminence as a positioning strategy? What does it mean for execution/fulfillment/delivery? How does Preeminence impact operations? You’ve developed the concept of Strategic Quitting. What is this and how do you apply it? Are there any circumstances where it would be a BAD idea? Let’s dig into “High performance culture”: What do you mean by the phrase? Is it actually achievable by organizations, or a pipe dream sold by management consultants? How do you recommend leaders start on the development of a high performance culture? Or should it somehow “organically develop”? How dependent on hiring great people is a high performance culture? Managing change seems to be a big part of what you help organizations with. BUT: Is that even a term you use? What kind of process do you use to go about it, even if under another name or conceptual framework? Can you share some horror stories and successes in the field? What should leaders be looking for as red or green flags? Agrippa Consulting, Paul Rulkens High Performance Mastermind, Keynote Speaker website: https://paulrulkens.com/ Sign up for to receive new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
40:35
August 17, 2020
Jannene Kyytsonen - Building Communities In Space - CSP S02E55
Space Habitats founder Jannene Kyytsonen appears on the Cold Star Project to share her vision of what it's going to take to build communities in space. We cover many ideas and requirements you may not have yet considered. Host Jason Kanigan asks:  You got into space from outside the field… your education and experience is in arts and business. How do you apply those to space? You’re a member of the Space Industry Association of Australia. As an outsider, I’m curious how that organization works and how it has impacted your journey What’s your goal with Space Habitats? Let’s explore your Living Lab biosphere concept...what do you need to get started? What economic ideas do you have about how the biosphere will operate? Talk to us about the importance of simulating this kind of living situation prior to actually getting to Mars, Luna...living underground What connection of the psychology of living in claustrophobic places do you see with user adoption of space tourism services?    Space Habitats website: https://www.spacehabitats.org/    Have new episodes of the Cold Star Project delivered directly to you: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
44:60
August 13, 2020
Chris Kunstadter - The Future of Satellite Insurance - Cold Star Project S03E07
Axa XL's Global Head of Space, Chris Kunstadter, is on the Cold Star Project, and we're looking at the future of satellite insurance. With host Jason Kanigan, Chris discusses: why and how he picked a profession allowing him to make money at something he loves to talk about all day how he got into the space insurance business what space insurance products his team focuses on, and what they avoid the current state of space insurance: the market is upside-down right now, so what will the industry to to right itself while continuing to serve clients? what role is Chris having to influence space policy and tech development what is "risk management in space"? defining "space safety" and "good behavior" for actors   and more.    Axa XL space insurance webpage: https://axaxl.com/insurance/products/space-insurance   CONFERS website: https://www.satelliteconfers.org/    Have us deliver new episodes of the Cold Star Project directly to you: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
36:50
August 10, 2020
Erin Miller - Creating Space ISAC: Info Sharing and Security for the Space Industry - CSP S02E54
VP of Operations for the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Space ISAC) Erin Miller is on the Cold Star Project to discuss this new organization and her role in it. Space ISAC is part of the US National Cybersecurity Center. With host Jason Kanigan, Erin answers: What’s your mission? Your field is acronym-heavy…let’s begin with what an ISAC is...then can you share the need for this Public-Private Partnership (P3), called Space ISAC? How do you view your role as VP Ops? What are your recommendations for getting the trust necessary for people to let you “fly the plane”? Has the US Presidential Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain (May 2019) affected you and the organization? What do the member-partners of Space ISAC contribute...what are the expectations? Who are you looking for as a member? What’s the “nitty-gritty” for Space ISAC? In terms of integrating with those you want to share info and conduct analysis with, how do you go about it?   What sorts of space info & asset security concerns and concepts have your attention for the future? Space ISAC website: https://s-isac.org/ Sign up to receive new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
22:06
August 6, 2020
John Tucker - Creating NewSpace Hub: The Data Platform for the Space Industry - CSP S03E06
While working at SpaceX as Senior Mission Integrator Engineer, John Tucker has also made what is becoming the central data platform for the space industry: NewSpace Hub. The platform collects and organizes both company and space sector investment activity. In this interview on the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks John about the process of putting NewSpace Hub together. We discuss: How did John get into the space industry? What does he do at SpaceX? What is NewSpace Hub? Who is it for, and what questions does it answer for them? What signals told John that there was room in the marketplace for NewSpace Hub? Considering John has a serious day job… how did he find the time for and commit to creating this platform? What did the first iteration of the site look like? How did he arrive at that look and feel? Has his vision of NewSpace Hub changed since the start? As John grows the platform, what new features and capabilities is he developing? How does he get feedback that tells him to move in these directions? What methods does he use to assess tools and directions? NewSpace Hub website: https://newspacehub.co/   Make Space Boring virtual conferences: https://coldstartech.com/msbconf Have us deliver new episodes of the Cold Star Project directly to you: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
40:54
August 3, 2020
Ralph Dinsley - Moving Space Situational Awareness To Civilian Management - Cold Star Project S02E53
Following a three-and-a-half decade UK defense career culminating in managing RAF Fylingdales and in the role of Aerospace Battle Manager, Ralph "Dinz" Dinsley founded Northern Space and Security (NORSS). In this discussion with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan, Dinz lays out the case for moving space situational awareness from military to civilian management.   Dinz answers: What is “Peace and Development”, the postgraduate studies subject you applied yourself to for your Masters degree? What exactly is “Aerospace Battle Manager”, the role you held for a dozen years? What would you describe as the main reason behind the establishment of NORSS? What problems do you solve, and for what organizations? Is the military dominance coverage of the orbital environment still fit for purpose? Under what domain should space traffic management be? What is the Space Law Games, which you co-initiated? What do you hope to discover from the exercise? Where do you find yourself getting pulled into discussions as a well-known individual in the UK defense sector? NORSS website: https://www.norss.co.uk/ RAF Fylingdales website: https://www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisation/stations/raf-fylingdales/ Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
44:04
July 30, 2020
Joan-Pau Sanchez - Asteroid Mapping and Intercepting Comets - Cold Star Project S02E52
Joan-Pau Sanchez, PhD, is a lecturer in space engineering at Cranfield University. He was one of the first to publish a Near Earth Orbit asteroid map.  With host Jason Kanigan of the Cold Star Project, Dr. Sanchez discusses: what some of the “new rich families of exploitable orbits which may enable radically new mission applications and services” are his thoughts about the current alarm of “cluttered Earth orbit”, which we are moving towards with the planned launches of tens of thousands of smallsats what the “Traveling Salesperson Problem” is in ADR/servicing satellites how algorithms to solve such problems can be developed without the help of supercomputers his experience with the Comet Interceptor program and working with ESA the uses of his paper, “Optimal Sunshade Configurations for Space-Based Geoengineering near the Sun-Earth L1 Point" the project he lead, also covered by his student Florian Gautier in Episode 50, researching landing cubesats on an asteroid using the ZARM drop tower. Comet Interceptor program website: https://www.cometinterceptor.space/    Comet Interceptor program Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Interceptor Interview with Florian Gautier discussing his experience with the ZARM drop tower asteroid landing project: https://coldstarproject.com/yts02e50floriangautier Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
43:05
July 27, 2020
Michael Maloney - The Space Traffic Management Phantom - Cold Star Project S02E51
Michael Maloney of Satellite Design for Recovery returns to the Cold Star Project, and we're continuing our discussion of the problems in space traffic management. While many people think STM is already figured out, the truth is this is a phantom idea. Current systems are cobbled together and do not represent a serious solution to the problem.   With host Jason Kanigan, Michael discusses: what space traffic management is and why we need it how we can measure capacity and utilization in STM why Air Traffic Control can be used as a model in developing a functional STM solution what limits there are in executing a Space Traffic Management program a future path to STM including better Space Situational Awareness, mitigation of space debris, and timely remediation. Satellite Design for Recovery website: https://satdfr.org/ Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
30:17
July 23, 2020
Florian Gautier - Landing CubeSats On Asteroids - Cold Star Project S02E50
University of Kansas Doctoral candidate (Physics and Astronomy) Florian Gautier is on the Cold Star Project to discuss several of the research projects he's been involved in. With host Jason Kanigan, Florian describes his aerospace engineering and astrophysics education journey from Europe to North America and opportunities to work on: Student CubeSat project at ISAE-SUPAERO to develop 12U cubesats for missions like ATISE Land3U project, simulation of CubeSat landing on asteroids, sponsored by ESA Drop Your Thesis! 2018 programme (the drop tower used is fascinating) AGILE, development of a new compact particle detectors suitable to be flown on a CubeSat.    I also ask Florian, who has two Masters degrees (Astronautics & Space Engineering and Astrophysics, Space Science & Planetary Science), about his future goals and where he thinks space work will take him. Land3U Project website: https://www.esa.int/Education/Drop_Your_Thesis/Students_simulate_a_satellite_landing_on_asteroids_in_ZARM_s_Drop_Tower Space UP France website: https://www.spaceup.fr/ The Last Jeudi website: meetup between space fans every last Thursday of each month: https://www.spaceup.fr/the-last-jeudi/ Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
47:28
July 20, 2020
Simone Paternostro - Analog Astronaut Through The Austrian Space Forum - CSP S02E49
Dr. Simone Paternostro (Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy), is an analog astronaut through the Austrian Space Forum and manages ISS payloads with the ESA. On the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks Simone:   How did you get involved with the Austrian Space Forum and Dr. Gernot Groemer? What is an analog astronaut? How do you go about selecting (or being assigned), preparing for and simulating a mission?  - What are the next steps in your career following this analog astronaut experience? Tell us about your role as a Multi-increment Payload Planner for the ISS What have you discovered about using the Kalman Filter in calculating flight paths and attitude? You note “Simulation and Testing in Matlab/Simulink” during your doctoral experience at U of Nottingham in your LinkedIn resume...for those of us who haven’t been there, what was involved, what were the facilities like and how do you make use of them?    Austrian Space Forum website: https://oewf.org/en/    Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
40:01
July 16, 2020
Dylan Taylor - Scaling Space Companies with Voyager Space Holdings - Cold Star Project S03E05
Dylan Taylor, founder of space investment firm Voyager Space Holdings, has a perspective on growing companies that's different from traditional venture capitalists. Voyager takes a majority share ownership and the long view, unrestrained by typical fund life windows. Dylan is on the Cold Star Project, and host Jason Kanigan asks him:   Does Voyager take over the day-to-day management of its acquisitions? Do you put your own CEO in charge? What values/vision do you look for in leadership? Tell us the story of the first acquisition for Voyager, and what you learned in the process. What did you learn to do differently next time? What could have cost you a ton of money if you hadn’t done things a certain way?   How has space investing changed over the last several years?   How is space investing different from other types of investments in other industries? What makes a sector-specific fund a better investor than a generalist?   In addition to being a business person, you are also a philanthropist. Why?   You founded the non-profit Space for Humanity. What is Space for Humanity’s mission? It was announced recently that you have commissioned the first private moon payload on the Xplore mission for the benefit of Space for Humanity. What is that all about?   Do you find that you’re the very first potential investor a founder or group of co-founders has approached...or have they been through discussions with one or more other VCs first? How has this affected discussions? What other project are you working on or are excited about?  What frustrates you about the industry, if anything?  What gives you the most hope about where the industry is going?    Voyager Space Holdings website: https://voyagerspaceholdings.com/   Space for Humanity website: https://www.spaceforhumanity.org/   2211.World website: https://2211.world/ Sign up to receive email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
43:47
July 13, 2020
Graham Lau - Looking at Space and Science Fiction with The Cosmobiologist - Cold Star Project S02E48
Dr. Graham Lau aka The Cosmobiologist is my guest on this episode of the Cold Star Project. We dig into: his co-hosting of the Ask An Astrobiologist Show  the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science his work as a research scientist, and the future application of his knowledge of sulfur cycling in glacial environments with Jovian moon investigation the public's view on science fiction, and what could be improved in that approach getting young people interested in science and more.    Dr. Lau was a speaker at the second "Make Space Boring" virtual conference hosted by Cold Star Technologies, recording of which is available here: https://coldstartech.com/msb-virtual-conference-2/ Dr. Lau's personal website: https://cosmobiota.com/  Blue Marble Space Institute of Science website: https://www.bmsis.org/   Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb
41:13
July 9, 2020
Brant Arseneau - Funding Strategies In Space Investment - Cold Star Project S03E04
Brant Arseneau, partner at 9point8 Capital, Board Member of Spaced Ventures and Mentor at Creative Destruction Labs is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan he answers: What is your opinion on the current state of raising capital for space startups? How does capital typically form in a nascent industry? Is the space industry different from other industries? Can you explain the challenges in the capital supply chain? Other than venture capital are there other capital sources? Doing business in space is risky, so are there any financial risk mitigation tools available to companies? What are investors looking for from space startups and what type of investors are out there?    9point8 Capital website: https://www.9point8.net/   Sign up to receive email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
38:16
July 6, 2020
Joseph Paris - State of Readiness for Space Companies - Cold Star Project S02E47
Joseph Paris of Xonitek and founder of the Operational Excellence Society is on the Cold Star Project to discuss OpEx and his book State of Readiness. With host Jason Kanigan, JP explores:  What OpEx means to him, and it's not Lean Six Sigma, TQM or TPS The definition of "State of Readiness" and its implications for industry  How his strategic view of Operational Excellence came about, and what Strategic OpEx looks like Whether Joseph believes a change agent with "no past" with the organization they're working on is essential to produce good results How commonly opinions are masquerading as "facts" within organizations, leading to groupthink  What happens when senior management stop being involved with OpEx improvements  The notion and value of "packaging ideas for delivery" to communicate with stakeholders who may not understand operational excellence terminology    and more.      Xonitek website: https://xonitek.com/   Operational Excellence Society website: https://opexsociety.org/ (valuable articles here)      [Disclaimer: since this interview was recorded, Cold Star Technologies has become a Bronze level sponsor of the Operational Excellence Society, and the founder Jason Kanigan is now on its Board of Advisors. This was not the case when we recorded our discussion here, and there is often a long gap between recording and release dates. In this case, the recording was done on March 17, 2020 and released July 2, 2020. This interview is not intended to be an advertisement and was done in an independent spirit, with no view on how the future would turn out.]      Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
55:24
July 2, 2020
Nicholas Loise - Driving Revenue with Sales Performance Team - The Cold Star Project
Nicholas Loise has quite the resume, headed by his current role as Fractional Sales & Marketing Leader, Founder/Owner, Sales Performance Team. It includes being President of Glazer Kennedy Inner Circle - GKIC/Magnetic Marketing, involved with GKIC 8 years; Owner of a Direct Response Agency and Outsourced Sales Leader Company; Adjunct Professor of Marketing, North Park University; MBA from North Park; VP Sales & Marketing Provena Mercy Medical Center 9 yrs, a $156 Million division. On the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan, Nick explores: Why he choose “execution-focused” sales areas of business Where clients have told him they need help in sales What he sees that is wrong in selling and sales processes today, that Nick is earnestly driven to correct...and how does this improvement lead to organizational results? When he believes clients should be approaching Sales Performance Team for expertise In his experience, how often is the salesperson in need of improvement vs the sales process? [In Jason's experience over the past 25 years, he has seen companies large and small who do not control or have consistency in their sales process. You can walk across the hallway and find a salesperson who is doing the job completely differently from their fellow sales employee.] What are the consequences of this lack of consistency? How does it affect buyer experience? And financial results? Ability to determine what went wrong or even what went right?  What does Nick  hear that tells him, “This is going to be a great project”? What did he see at his years of GKIC and his own agency that caused Nick to start Sales Performance team?    Sales Performance Team website: https://salesperformanceteam.com/    Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
31:51
July 1, 2020
Chris Stott - Satellite Spectrum and Space Activism - Cold Star Project S02E46
ManSat Chairman Chris Stott returns to the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to talk further about satellite spectrum and space advocacy. Activist-authors Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, the economics of space, space scholarships and more are our topics.   ManSat website: http://www.mansat.com/  SpaceIsle website: https://www.spaceisle.com/  SSPI website: https://www.sspi.org/  International Institute of Space Commerce website: https://iisc.im/  Geeks Without Frontiers website: http://geekswf.org/   Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
41:15
June 29, 2020
Chris Stott - Spectrum Filing Surprises In Satellite Manufacturing - Cold Star Project S02E45
Chairman & CEO of the ManSat group of companies Chris Stott is on the Cold Star Project, and our main topic is satellite spectrum. Where does the authorization for satellite communication frequencies come from, and how is it distributed? With host Jason Kanigan, Chris discusses: the definition of "satellite spectrum" how ManSat got the authority to distribute satellite spectrum, and from whom? Who is the target market, and what does the process of working with ManSat look like? what SpaceIsle.com is and how it is different from the ManSat corporate site experiences he has had as a member of the ISU Board of Directors projects he has worked on and produced as a "Multi Award winning Documentary Film Maker and Executive Producer", per his LI profile what the Space & Satellite Professionals International organization is and what his involvement is how Chris helped develop Geeks Without Frontiers.    ManSat website: http://www.mansat.com/  SpaceIsle website: https://www.spaceisle.com/  SSPI website: https://www.sspi.org/  International Institute of Space Commerce website: https://iisc.im/  Geeks Without Frontiers website: http://geekswf.org/ Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
01:02:10
June 25, 2020
Meagan Crawford - Space Investment Pitches To SpaceFund - Cold Star Project S03E03
Managing Partner of space venture capital firm SpaceFund Meagan Crawford is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan she explains: how SpaceFund defines "space company", and why that matters what the surprising thing most often missing from pitch decks is that founders should make sure they include what the realities are of the exit landscape for space companies her recommendations to space companies so they avoid another OneWeb situation where and when Meagan believes working with the newspace marketing firm she co-founded, Brand Delta-V, fits for space founders advice for careers in space, particularly for women her mission as host of the Mission Eve podcast, and what being a show host has been like.    SpaceFund website: https://spacefund.com/   Mission Eve podcast: https://cscf.space/missioneve   Brand Delta-V website: http://branddeltav.com/  Center for Space Commerce & Finance website: https://cscf.space/   Sign up to receive email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
37:27
June 22, 2020
Marek Ziebart - Satellite Geodesy and Space Populations - Cold Star Project S02E44
Dr. Marek Ziebart, Professor of Space Geodesy at and Director of University College London's Space Geodesy and Navigation Group, is on the Cold Star Project to discuss space object tracking and situational awareness.   Dr. Ziebart is a fellow of the Fellow Royal Astronomical Society, journal reviewer, and winner of several awards including 2018 Tycho Brahe Award from the Institute of Navigation. Host Jason Kanigan asks about: what space geodesy is a quick look at how GPS works the definition of antenna thrust and its usage what happens  at the Space Geodesy and Navigation Laboratory at UCL what tools Dr. Ziebart uses to collect and process spacecraft orbit determination and prediction outcomes of a European Space Agency project to design a combined navigation and communication system for manned and robotic landings on Mars that he was Principle Investigator of conclusions of a study for the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, simulating the launches of multiple mega-constellations and their impact on space populations over the next 25 years our shared interests in photography and Dr. Richard Feynman.    Still images from Dr. Ziebart's simulations 2019: https://coldstarproject.com/marek2019 2028 estimate: https://coldstarproject.com/marek2028 Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
47:42
June 18, 2020
Michael Mealling - What Space Companies Do Venture Capitalists Invest In? - Cold Star Project S3E02
General Partner at Starbridge Venture Capital and President of the Moon Society Michael Mealling is on the Cold Star Project. Michael has long been both a technical and business leader in the space field. Our main aim in this episode is to clear up the question of What Kind Of Space Companies Do Venture Capitalists Invest In?   With host Jason Kanigan, Michael Mealling discusses: how venture capital works for space companies what Starbridge's definition of "space company" is, and what factors make a space company an attractive investment opportunity what Starbridge does not invest in, and why the reason the space sector needs more sector-focused VCs why venture capitalists are not typically interested in space mining, space solar power, antimatter, Mars colonies etc. where Michael sees space investment headed over the next decade  the Moon Society's mission and current events.    Starbridge Venture Capital website: https://www.starbridgevc.com/   Moon Society website: https://www.moonsociety.org/   Sign up to receive email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
39:48
June 15, 2020
Christopher Newman - Environmental Protection In Space Law - Cold Star Project S02E43
Dr. Christopher Newman is Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University. We're talking about an important but not oft-seen issue in space, which is a part of many areas such as space situational awareness: environmental protection.   The first thing you're likely to notice is that phrase, like many things in space, does not quite mean what you first thought. It is farther reaching and more broadly applied. Dr. Newman and Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan discuss: Why we should care about environmental protection in space What capabilities exist for environmental protection to be included or executed through space law The issues with enforcement of any agreements Christopher's experience with implementing environmental protection though space law What the good doctor would download directly into his students' skulls, "Matrix-style", if he could   and more.    Space Watch Global story on the development of the Space Law Games: https://spacewatch.global/2019/08/space-law-games-at-the-4th-global-space-traffic-management-workshop/    Space Law Games website: https://spacelawgames.wordpress.com/    Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
49:31
June 11, 2020
Raphael Roettgen - Idealists In Space Investing - Cold Star Project S03E01
E2MC space venture capital firm founder Raphael Roettgen is on the Cold Star Project for this inaugural episode of Season Three. With host Jason Kanigan he explains: what lead him to space as a career focus, and specifically investing in space how he finds prospective space investments what segments of space he finds especially interesting at this time how he makes up his mind about whether to invest in a space company or not what the most surprising thing Raphael discovered again and again in space and high tech firms he was tasked to look into in past analyst roles what he sees in the near future of investing in space companies his view of how other classes of investors, such as angels, family offices, private equity and strategics, see the space industry the potential impacts of the recent slew of prominent space failures (OneWeb, Intelsat, Sky & Space, Speedcast) why he started his own show, the Space Business Podcast, and what his biggest takeaway has been from doing the first several episodes.    E2MC website: https://www.e2mc.space/ (Space Business Podcast link in the top menu)    Sign up to receive email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
40:52
June 8, 2020
Paul van Susante - Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab:Moon/Mars - Cold Star Project S02E42
Dr. Paul van Susante comes with the heritage of the Colorado School of Mines, but is a professor at Michigan Technological University. He is well-known in the Lunar and Mars construction & ISRU field, contributing to CLASS and as co-Investigator on several experiments.   On the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan we discuss: what properties and result of the lunar regolith Paul is focusing on how his background in robotics and mining terrestrially, and at the Colorado School of Mines, applies to the new environments of Luna and Mars details of projects he has worked on the Mining INnovation Enterprise (MINE), which Paul founded what the Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab is all about factors and considerations, materials and processes, he believes are most important for next steps in ISRU on the Moon and Mars. Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) website: https://sciences.ucf.edu/class/ Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
53:40
June 4, 2020
Michael Listner - Realpolitik and Space Law - Cold Star Project S02E41
Founder & Principal at Space Law & Policy Solutions Michael Listner is on the Cold Star Project. He's also author and editor of The Precis, a space law quarterly briefing letter. Our subject of discussion is Realpolitik and space law, and I ask Michael about: where he finds himself most often with another interpretation, either conceptually or with the letter of the law, with other space lawyers what clients are seeking when they approach his firm what he believes is at issue regarding the White House's April 6th Executive Order regarding space resources--Michael called it "posturing for the space resources food fight and a pushback against the [Hauge] Building Blocks" the standout issues of space law from his perspective, with regard to commercial operations whether international safeguards exist or not to avoid war, as nation states move to use space resources and occupy space locations who are some key people Michael follows in the space field.    Space Law & Policy Solutions website: https://www.spacelawsolutions.com/  The Precis page: https://www.spacelawsolutions.com/the-pr-cis-.html   Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
37:43
June 1, 2020
Gary Calnan - The Space Foundry Lab: A Cislunar Industrial Base - Cold Star Project S02E40
Gary Calnan, co-founder & CEO @ CisLunar Industries out of Denver CO, is on the Cold Star Project. They're on a mission to create industrial capabilities in cislunar space that will enable sustainable space exploration and a permanent human presence beyond Earth. To make this a reality, their goal is to create the Space Foundry: the first in-space capability for recycling metal already in orbit and reprocessing it into refined raw materials for in-space manufacturing and construction.   With host Jason Kanigan, Gary explores:   at what point (or number) a “permanent human presence” beyond Earth exists what “industrial capabilities” he believes need to be developed first the purpose, elements and implementation plan of the Space Foundry his recent proposal to the ISS NL (“Electromagnetic Control and Manipulation of Liquid Metal in Micro-g”)  - what legal issues Gary foresees for capturing and recycling metal already in orbit what he believes it will take to reach a point of in-space manufacturing and construction whether the development of manufacturing and refueling capabilities on the moon impacts in-space efforts more or less than developing in-orbit capabilities.    Cislunar Industries on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cislunarindustries/    International Space Station US National Lab website:  https://www.issnationallab.org/    Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
46:07
May 28, 2020
Troy Howe - Space Innovation Through NIAC - Cold Star Project S02E39
Dr. Troy Howe joins host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to discuss the ways Howe Industries is using NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) grants to innovate in space.   We cover:   What is Howe's SPEAR project and the NIAC-supported objectives  - How the NIAC grant proposal process works What project milestones look like   How a new thermocouple design by Howe could extend mission lifetimes What other smallsat technologies Dr. Howe believes need to be developed so the upcoming Europa mission can be successful Could the approximately six year process from founding his company through achieving grant approval been sped up, or is this pace simply typical? What does the Center for Space Nuclear Research, where Dr. Howe was for four years as a research scientist, focus on, and what was he most proud of in his work there?    NIAC Phase-1 SPEAR Probe info page: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2019_Phase_I_Phase_II/SPEAR_Probe/ Howe Industries website: https://www.howeindustries.net/ Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
30:10
May 25, 2020
Fabien Royer - The Caltech Space Challenge - Cold Star Project S02E38
PhD candidate and Co-Chair of the 2019 Caltech Space Challenge Fabien Foyer is my guest on this episode of the Cold Star Project. This is a fascinating event and I wish I could have had the chance to participate, but I'm far too old. Fabien describes the Challenge, which is free and open to students all over the world. Links:   Website: http://www.spacechallenge.caltech.edu/  YouTube Lectures channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC61nwlhQpl9Dw_b0SOjaHqA Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
30:53
May 21, 2020
1st "Make Space Boring" virtual conference - Jason Kanigan - Lowering the 40%+ Smallsat Failure Rate
Jason Kanigan of Cold Star Tech speaks at the first "Make Space Boring" virtual conference. His topic is lowering the awful 40%+ partial plus full mission failure rate of small satellites.    The recordings of the rest of the event and speakers is available at https://coldstartech.com/msb2conf   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
30:46
May 20, 2020
Craig Clark - Pioneering the UK Smallsat Industry - Cold Star Project S02E37
Founder & CSO of AAC Clyde Space Craig Clark is on the Cold Star Project, and our topic is how Clyde has strongly contributed to the pioneering of the UK small satellite industry. With host Jason Kanigan, Craig shares: what the most important thing he learned from 11 years as a team leader at Surrey Satellite Tech was a snapshot of the UK space industry...where he believes its principle expertise or competitive advantage is, and where it is headed what he learned on the UK’s Space Leadership Council, and what impact he believes the Council has how Clyde minimizes the smallsat field's awful 40+% partial plus full mission failure rate...what he has learned about refining quality assurance to produce cubesats in bulk without compromising reliability what the most challenging thing at the moment is, given that getting people together to manufacture something is not easy to achieve the mission he is most proud of so far, and why.    AAC Clyde Space website: https://www.aac-clyde.space/    Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
40:50
May 18, 2020
Walker Deibel - Outsmarting The Startup Game - Cold Star Project
Buy Then Build author Walker Deibel is on the Cold Star Project, and host Jason Kanigan is asking some tough questions. Rather than building a business from scratch, Walker recommends buying an existing business with a proven market that's interested in what you want to sell. We discuss:  What Walker says when people have the belief that you must have lots of cash available to be able to buy an existing business   What the biggest “yeah but” is he's encountered from people who have read the book   What Walker recommends to do when you’ve found a business where one partner is eager to sell, but other partners are not   When a mechanism like a leveraged buyout is a bad idea Why operations as a topic isn't covered much in By Then Build, while the “math of the business” is well covered   What sort of problems company owners approach him about helping them fix, and whether they often have the wrong idea about what you do, or are typically “pre-sold”.    Four opportunity quadrants screenshot: https://coldstarproject.com/deibelquadrants Buy Then Build on Amazon (NOT an affiliate link): https://coldstarproject.com/buythenbuild Buy Then Build website: https://buythenbuild.com/  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/bookcall
37:07
May 14, 2020
Daniel Faber - On The Way To A New Economy: Gas Stations In Space - Cold Star Project S02E36
Past Deep Space Industries CEO Daniel Faber today runs a company called OrbitFab. As a pioneer of space mining and resources development, what is Dan doing now? Kickstarting the next massive new space economy by creating "Gas stations in space", that's what! With host Jason Kanigan of the Cold Star Project, Daniel Faber discusses: how he got into asteroid mining as a business, and what the process was like getting the concepts and people of DSI together if DSI had gotten the tech and finances in place to start mining Near Earth Objects, what the first thing would have been that Dan would have wanted to do with those resources as they were brought back and processed what he would do differently if he had it to do all over again OrbitFab's mission and whether any "legacy goals" from DSI continue his educational experience in Antarctica and how that affected his point of view in the space field and more! I was impressed with Dan's experience with building space companies with investors...it's a minefield and he has some powerful knowledge of what to avoid. OrbitFab website: https://www.orbitfab.space/ Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
36:40
May 12, 2020
David Barnhart - Hybrid Robotic Concepts for Satellites - Cold Star Project S02E35
David Barnhart is the Director of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Southern California; CEO and co-founder of Arkisys, and a former DARPA program manager. On this episode of the Cold Star Project, we're looking at David's history of robotic concepts in satellite construction. With host Jason Kanigan, David Barnhart explains: how he helped develop satellite design-synthesis tools to cut design time down to days from months, and how he expresses the impact of these time savings the way he developed hybrid robotic concepts for satellites with DARPA, including robotic assembly and repair craft the Phoenix Project he managed at DARPA to create assemble-able satellite modules, and how these could be used what the most misunderstood idea about DARPA that people have is the focus of Arkisys and what he's learned as CEO. Arkisys website: https://arkisys.com/ Playlist: https://www.coldstartech.com/play Subscribe: https://www.coldstartech.com/subs Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
35:22
May 7, 2020
Benoit Chamot - CubeSat Attitude Control: ADCS from CubeSpace - Cold Star Project S02E34
Head of Sales & Marketing for CubeSpace Benoit Chamot is on the Cold Star Project, and with host Jason Kanigan we're looking at attitude determination and control systems (ADCS) for satellites. We discuss:   how Benoit earned Masters degrees from both Lausanne and MIT, and the projects involved   the critical ADCS system for satellites, and the components they're made of such as sun sensors, reaction wheels, PCBs   why CubeSpace chose to focus on reaction wheels, designing and manufacturing their own CubeWheel product  why the company encourages South African space industry and opportunities for young engineers    CubeSpace website: https://www.cubespace.co.za/  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
42:31
May 4, 2020
Dennis Wingo - On The Way To Moonrush: Advancements In Space Technology - CSP S02E33
Dennis Wingo, Founder & CEO of Skycorp Inc., has a lot of wisdom to share about the space industry. He's the author of “Moonrush: Improving Life on Earth with the Moon's Resources”, and calls himself a Technoarcheologist.   With Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan, Dennis discusses:   what the term "advanced mission planning" means for him, and what it looks like in action   the concept of orbital assembly, and how it can be achieved   the DARPA/Skycorp Time Domain Relative Navigation System (TDRNS) project   the space logistics system he created and licensed to Orbital ATK for extending the life of satellites   his thoughts on the April 6, 2020 US Presidential Executive Order regarding the use of space resources   economic reasons for returning to the Moon.    Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
52:16
April 30, 2020
Bryant Baker - What We CAN Do vs What We SHOULD Do In US Space Law - Cold Star Project S02E32
USAF JAG and space lawyer Bryant Baker, JD, is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan, and our topic is the future of space law. We're looking at it from the US perspective and how we can proceed with the possibility of minimizing conflict.   Bryant discusses how he got into the space law field, and how governance can be created through practice. Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
43:11
April 27, 2020
Andrew Aldrin - How The Soviets Beat The Americans Into Space - Cold Star Project S02E31
How did the Soviets beat the Americans into space with the launch of Sputnik?    Dr. Andrew Aldrin, Director of the Aldrin Space Institute and ISU Center for Space Entrepreneurship at Florida Tech, did his PhD in Soviet studies. In doing research and interviewing people involved, Dr. Aldrin developed a unique perspective on the the topic which he shares here with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan. It is a story that will surprise you: entrepreneurship in the most unlikely of places.    Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
48:02
April 23, 2020
Nicole Shumaker - Research Synergy for Lunar Construction Methods at Texas A&M - CSP S02E30
Nicole Shumaker, Research Specialist at Texas A&M, is in a unique role focusing on identifying opportunities for and developing synthesis in lunar construction methods. What gaps are there in the field between research, institutions, business and government? That's the key question Nicole is continuously answering, bringing people together in lunar construction efforts who may otherwise have not known the other existed. Resulting from her effort is acceleration of research and technology development in lunar construction. Nicole meets with host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to discuss her work and developments in lunar construction methods. Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) website--see Programs and Seminars tab for recorded and upcoming lectures: https://sciences.ucf.edu/class/ NASA ISRU page: https://www.nasa.gov/isru Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
45:25
April 20, 2020
Luc Maisonobe - Orekit: The Open Governance Low Level Flight Dynamics Library - CSP S02E29
Luc Maisonobe of French company C-S is known as "the father of Orekit". This open governance low level flight dynamics library is used by many private and government organizations worldwide to identify and track space satellites.   Luc Maisonobe joins Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan to discuss:   how the idea of Orekit was conceived the way the technology required for Orekit was identified where the data for Orekit comes from  what Luc would do differently now from a process perspective compared to the project's beginning whether Orekit will evolve into a different kind of program, with increased usage and data from more launches  how the open governance model for project management has worked, including accountability, and what unexpected thing has come out of it.    Orekit space flight dynamics library: https://www.orekit.org/ Orekit forum: https://forum.orekit.org/ Orekit forge: https://gitlab.orekit.org/orekit/orekit Orekit quality dashboard: https://sonar.orekit.org/dashboard?id=org.orekit%3Aorekit Rugged geolocation library: https://www.orekit.org/rugged/ Orekit as a service: https://oraas.orekit.space/ Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
25:52
April 16, 2020
Grant Anderson - Life Support and Thermal Control In Space - Cold Star Project S02E28
Grant Anderson, Co-founder, President and CEO of Paragon Space Development Corp., is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to discuss life support and thermal control in space applications.   We cover: what mission Paragon is on in space what Grant believes has been critical in learning as a business leader at Paragon for a quarter-century how critical NASA's connection with thermal control experts is, with the focus on Artemis Paragon's involvement in the StratEx Space Dive the most surprising thing learned from the Mars One Surface Habitat Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) project what people need to know about thermal control and satellites.    Paragon website: https://www.paragonsdc.com/   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
36:20
April 13, 2020
Richard Ward - Edge Computing In Orbit - Cold Star Project S02E27
Richard Ward of OrbitsEdge is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to share the promise of edge computing in orbit.  Described as an enabler by NASA, OrbitsEdge is working to put compute processing power into space.  We discuss:   what edge computing is why this focus for a space business what barriers to adoption Rick foresees the state of the space industry in the computing field today the projected impact of edge computing in orbit on the commercialization of space over the next decade.    Satellite still from end of episode: https://coldstartech.com/orbitsedgepic OrbitsEdge website: https://orbitsedge.com/   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
39:47
April 6, 2020
Andrew Aldrin - Challenges of Space Entrepreneurship - Cold Star Project S02E26
Dr. Andrew Aldrin is Director of the Aldrin Space Institute at the Florida Institute of Tech, ISU Center for Space Entrepreneurship; past President of Moon Express; and a former Boeing Business Development Director. Andy joins Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan to discuss the challenges of space entrepreneurship.   Developing technical capability is not enough to have a business. This may seem obvious; however, out there in the real world it is not often the case. We cover the Commercial Space Studies Graduate Certificate Program he leads, what Dr. Aldrin has seen that space graduate students need the most, what it's like having Space Angels as a supporting partner of the program, and insights from his past space business roles.    FIT-ISU Commercial Space Studies Graduate Certificate Program info: https://www.fit.edu/isucse/  Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
50:11
March 30, 2020
Gordon Roesler - Robots In Space - Cold Star Project S02E25
Dr. Gordon Roesler, past DARPA Program Manager and founder of Robots In Space, is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan of Cold Star Tech, Dr. Roesler discusses the coming capabilities and uses of robotic technologies in space.   Servicing satellites, recovering dead spacecraft and potentially recycling them, allowing in-orbit construction rather than having to expensively ship everything up are just some of the ways robots in space will have an impact on the industry.    Robots In Space website: https://robots-in.space/   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
01:02:25
March 23, 2020
Jonathan McDowell - Astrophysics with Planet4589 - Cold Star Project S02E24
Dr. Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is my guest on the Cold Star Project, and our space topics are many. Main-belt asteroid 4589 McDowell was named after him in 1993, and he was a contributor to Sky and Telescope magazine from 1993 - 2010. Since 1989 he has authored and edited Jonathan's Space Report, which tracks all known space launches.   We discuss:   the Chandra spacecraft x-ray telescope, which recently hit the 20-year-old mark what Dr. McDowell has discovered about dark matter and quasars whether or not he believes the ISS can be considered practical for commercial ventures how much time and attention Jonathan's Space Report (JSR) takes, and what opportunities have arisen for him because of the consistent effort maintaining it how good or poor registering and tracking of space objects really is, and whether we are truly ready for megaconstellations.    Planet4589 site: https://planet4589.org/jcm/index.html   Jonathan's Space Report signup page: https://www.planet4589.org/space/jsr/jsr.html    Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
47:03
March 16, 2020
Stewart Townsend - Cloud.Vision - The New Platform for SaaS Channel In Europe - Cold Star Project
SaaS Channel Marketing pro Stewart Townsend returns to the Cold Star Project, this time to talk about his new platform. Cloud.Vision. With Cloud.Vision, Stewart is leading Europe's SaaS founders, salespeople and marketers into a strong level of understanding and ability to execute in their software-as-a-service channel marketing efforts.   While industry data and best practices for SaaS channel are well understood in the United States, Europe's SaaS industry has been greatly underserved in this area...until now. Stewart Townsend's Cloud.Vision platform will have Europe's industry leaders share their experience and numbers to help strengthen the entire field.   Visit cloud.vision   Stewart's previous appearance on the Cold Star Project, discussing SaaS channel marketing and micro vs macro efforts at selling software-as-a-service, is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm8wVxzexhA Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/bookcall
27:34
March 15, 2020
Michael Maloney - Satellite Design For Recovery - Cold Star Project S02E23
Michael Maloney, founder of the advocacy organization Satellite Design for Recovery, is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to talk about the need for including a critical but not-yet-required component to the design of all objects launched into Earth orbit.   Satellites and other orbital objects should have mandated design requirements for rendezvous, capture and disposal. The cost of not doing so will be chaos in orbit. Mike is here to tell us about these consequences.    Satellite Design for Recovery website: https://satdfr.org/   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
33:30
March 9, 2020
Sean Ahlum - The State of the Wilmington and SENC Startup Scene - Cold Star Project
With guest Sean Ahlum, the Cold Star Project dips back to Season One and a look at the startup scene in Wilmington and South Eastern North Carolina. Jason Kanigan, the host of the Cold Star Project, has lived in Wilmington NC for nine out of the past ten years.   Sean is the VP of New Product Business Development at ABILITY Network, and the founder at seaCreatively consultancy. I especially wanted him on because of his experience as Senior Director of Innovation at Castle Branch for four years, during which he headed up energetic community development efforts as Senior Director of a startup incubator co-working space in Wilmington called Tek Mountain.   We cover the current condition of the startup scene in ILM and SENC, including: what has changed in the past 10 years (I personally arrived in Wilmington to live in 2009, right after the 2008 crash, and support for startups was practically nonexistent) Sean's experience with the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce board of directors, making use of his post degree certificate in Responsible Board Governance  the mission of his consultancy, seaCreatively, especially in relation to helping the right kind of startup  what Sean Ahlum has directly done in the fields of corporate innovation and community management how he sees Big Data / machine learning affecting delivery of healthcare services, and what the next realistic step is for AI in healthcare.    Connect with Sean Ahlum on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seaneahlum/ Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall
40:13
March 5, 2020
Christopher Dreyer - Space Resources Program at the Colorado School of Mines - CSP S02E22
Dr. Christopher Dreyer is the Associate Director of Engineering and co-creator of the Center for Space Resources at Colorado School of Mines. The School offers an exciting Space Resources Program and Dr. Dreyer has played an integral role in developing it. Chris meets with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan to discuss the Program.   We cover:   how Chris got involved with the idea of asteroid mining   the way one creates a curriculum for something that hasn't existed before  - why the School decided to go with an online program format instead of in-class  exactly what is taught in a course Dr. Dreyer developed for the program, such as Space Resources Fundamentals   what if any relevance Earth-based capabilities and experience the Colorado School of Mines developed has for asteroid mining  technologies available and being developed to prospect for and process resources in space   how close or far away Dr. Dreyer believes we are to actual asteroid mining.   One of the first things I noticed on Dr. Dreyer's LinkedIn profile was a recommendation from Dr. Joel Sercel, also a guest on this show. Dr. Sercel's Momentus firm and Dr. Dreyer's School do have a relationship and we discuss that in this episode.   Dr. Sercel's appearance is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce9RrmQwr4U    Space Resources Program: https://space.mines.edu/   Talk to Cold Star: https://www.coldstartech.com/bookcall    Boring legal stuff:  This is an impartial interview and Cold Star Tech and its representatives did not receive any compensation for it. Nor do we receive any compensation for any other episodes. No one reviews our content before it is posted. All opinions are those of Jason Kanigan, Cold Star Tech's founder.
45:41
March 2, 2020
Clinton Clark - Space Situational Awareness with ExoAnalytic - Cold Star Project S02E21
Clinton Clark is the Vice President of First Impressions at ExoAnalytic Solutions, and our topic is space situational awareness.    Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) Space Domain Awareness (SDA) Space Traffic Management (STM) Space Situational Awareness (SSA)   are all terms--some newer than others--applicable to what ExoAnalytic does.   Clint Clark and Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan dig into what these terms mean, how the company goes about providing such services, and their impact on space.   ExoAnalytic Solutions website: https://exoanalytic.com/   Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/bookcall
57:30
February 24, 2020
Ken Cesar - What It Takes To Build A Real Business Today - Cold Star Project
Founder of TWO seven-figure businesses, under-30 Ken Cesar, is back on the Cold Star Project. This is an unusual episode because it's Cold Star Tech founder Jason Kanigan and Ken Cesar having a frank discussion of what's wrong with the Internet Marketing-driven