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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!
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Mike Read - What Does The ISS Have To Do With The Commercialization of Space? - CSP S05E03
Mike Read - What Does The ISS Have To Do With The Commercialization of Space? - CSP S05E03
Mike Read is in the role of Manager, ISS Business and Economic Development Office at NASA Johnson Space Center. But what does the International Space Station have to do with the commercialization of space? Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks Mike: You have a non-engineering background yet are in the space field. Tell us about how this happened What is the scope of your responsibilities in the ISS Business and Economic Development Office?  What constitutes a success over the period of a year?  Can you share some recent wins? How long is the ISS expected to be available? If/when commercial operators have private space stations in orbit, is NASA expecting to simply be a customer? Who do you want to speak with? What makes a good discussion or project for you?   Useful Links:   Houston, We Have a Podcast 2019 interview with Mike Read: https://www.nasa.gov/johnson/HWHAP/space-tourism-and-commercialization  OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
42:11
November 03, 2022
Paul Rulkens - How Do We Lead And Manage Smart People? - Cold Star Project S04E11
Paul Rulkens - How Do We Lead And Manage Smart People? - Cold Star Project S04E11
High performance culture expert Paul Rulkens returns to the Cold Star Project, and this time we're discussing how to manage smart people. In "brain" organizations, people have strong opinions and they're often right. So how do you lead these intelligent, educated and strong willed people to achieve great results?   Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks Agrippa Consulting founder Paul Rulkens:   What does “High Performance Culture” mean from Paul Rulkens’ perspective? How do you know when you have it / what’s the target to be aiming for? What does a “success environment” really mean? (is your performance management geared towards accelerating the best, or is it designed to gradually improve the average? This distinction is the secret to creating outliers.)   Regarding managing smart people… What % would you typically find “smart people” in organizations? Is it the same as “high performers”?  “Only small chunks of your own time matter”--let’s discuss.   What about people who will say something like, “I line up my tasks and appointments so that I have maximum impact every moment I can? Surely larger amounts of my time and attention matter more than that!”  Assuming we have an 80/20 Rule application here (maybe it’s more like 98/2) how do we apply this as leaders of smart people? What circumstances demonstrate this concept?   When you don’t know as much about the subject matter as the smart people around you, what should you do? How can you pull the best out of your smart team?    As the leader, how can you add value to verify the smart people on the team are thinking accurately? What are your three platinum questions when you lack knowledge of any subject matter, and how do you use them? If you’re not a subject matter expert, what can you coach your team on? What else can you do?   Smart people often disagree. What should you do as a leader if your team has disagreements?  Regarding Succession planning with smart individuals, what are the 5 actions you can take when important people leave?   USEFUL LINKS:   Past appearance of Paul Rulkens on the Cold Star Project: https://coldstarproject.com/yts02e56paulrulkens  Paul Rulkens website: https://www.paulrulkens.com/ OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
40:46
September 26, 2022
Jonathan McDowell - Are We Building Enough Space Infrastructure Starting With JWST? - CSP S02E94
Jonathan McDowell - Are We Building Enough Space Infrastructure Starting With JWST? - CSP S02E94
Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell is back on the Cold Star Project, and our topic is space infrastructure. From the Deep Space Network though JWST and Starlink, host Jason Kanigan and Dr. McDowell discuss what our experience so far has been and what our priorities in the field should be. Cold Star Tech founder Jason Kanigan asks Dr. Jonathan McDowell about Starlink altitude charts, recent discoveries regarding black holes, new space technologies, how JWST missions are determined, and more! USEFUL LINKS: JWST Observing Schedule: https://www.stsci.edu/jwst/science-execution/observing-schedules Jonathan's Space Report website: https://www.planet4589.org/space/jsr/jsr.html Dr. McDowell's previous appearance on the Cold Star Project: https://coldstarproject.com/auS02E24JonathanMcDowell Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
45:37
August 24, 2022
Becky Schultz - When Should We Be Thinking About SBIR/STTR Product Commercialization? - CSP S05E02
Becky Schultz - When Should We Be Thinking About SBIR/STTR Product Commercialization? - CSP S05E02
CEO of Compass Technology Group LLC Becky Schultz joins host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project, and our topic of discussion is commercialization of products developed through SBIR/STTR grant funding. Jason asks Becky: Tell us about your background and its relevance to SBIR/STTR awards   What was your initial intention in getting grant money: to develop tech/IP, or move towards commercializing a product? Why?   Share your experience with the grant awards process…quirks, takeaways, frustrations What problem were you solving and how did you know the market would be interested in buying?   Your focus on commercialization ⏤ success stories, struggles (supply chain, scaling manufacturing processes?) What do you recommend for those seeking grant funding, in terms of purpose/focus/approach/expectation. Useful Links:   Compass Technology Group LLC website: https://compasstech.com/ OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
28:10
August 10, 2022
David Carroll - How Does Product and Customer Development Work With Phase I and II SBIRs?
David Carroll - How Does Product and Customer Development Work With Phase I and II SBIRs?
CU Aerospace President David Carroll kicks off a new season of the Cold Star Project as we discuss the challenges of productizing a new space tech invention. After the struggle of winning an SBIR, then developing the technology, what are the hurdles to commercializing the result?   Host Jason Kanigan asks Dr. Carroll:   What problem were you aiming to solve when you applied for the specific SBIR we're discussing today? Who was the customer or target user? How did you discover that a focus on having a customer was critical and a good starting point for tech development? What challenges did you have in getting the award, and then running the program? What conditions or advantages does having a partner eg. U of Illinois bring to the table? What have you seen in terms of grant awards that has made you scratch your head?    USEFUL LINKS:   CU Aerospace website: https://cuaerospace.com/  OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
36:27
July 19, 2022
Chris Stott - Can We Really Have Data Storage On The Moon? - Cold Star Project S02E93
Chris Stott - Can We Really Have Data Storage On The Moon? - Cold Star Project S02E93
Chris Stott has created several successful space businesses and organizations. Yet when he first told me about his stealth project a few months ago, I was more than a little skeptical. Could data storage on the Moon actually work?   Now that Lonestar Lunar has come out of stealth mode, Chris can explain what the company is doing and why. Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks Chris Stott: What problem are you solving? Who will use it? How did the business case present itself? How was the executive team chosen? Why is it cheaper to build a data center on the Moon rather than on Earth? What are the steps involved in implementing your solution? Who are you dependent upon eg. launch provider to put equipment there? Do you have sites chosen? What improvements do you need to make to commercial data storage & transmission equipment to have it survive this environment? In your other life at Mansat you’ve developed considerable competency in the field of spectrum. Given the volume of data I imagine you’ll be moving back and forth, is there any extra requirement? How should early adopters contact you?  USEFUL LINKS:   Lonestar Lunar website: https://www.lonestarlunar.com/  Previous appearances by Chris Stott on the Cold Star Project: https://coldstarproject.com/chrisstottcoldstar  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://coldstartech.com/talktous
40:39
July 05, 2022
Marco Cross - Space From the Front Lines - Cold Star Project S02E92
Marco Cross - Space From the Front Lines - Cold Star Project S02E92
Marco Cross recently completed his Masters degree in space engineering at Brown University, and is now Engineering & Commercialization Advisor at Cold Star Technologies. His experience includes developing and commercalizing products, chief engineer on satellite design projects, and commercial space launch.   Host Jason Kanigan and Marco Cross discuss:   Topic: SBUDNIC satellite Mission overview Learnings from building a multidisciplinary team  Learnings from super lean/super fast construction   Topic: Lightweight hardware prototyping/process Industrial design process in the context of mechanical/space engineering Use what’s available, not what’s theoretically best Prototyping always starts with good learnings up front -I’ve seen a lot of people fail because they get super far down the process without front-end validation   Topic: Selling space, talking about the dream of exploration Why selling the idea of space is important NASA budgets are shrinking relative to GDP Is space recession proof?   Topic: Future of space engineering as I see it Smallsats take over large satellites More COTS -Constellation-based sensing overtakes large singular sensing systems, like JWST Machine learning processing necessary for interpolation of data Future areas that need articulation/opportunities for innovation in space.    USEFUL LINKS:   SBUDNIC article by Brown University: https://engineering.brown.edu/news/2022-05-16/sbudnic-satellite-launch  Transporter Launch video: https://youtu.be/CAgiFU3NAo0  Marco’s video "Space Engineering Is Hard And Here’s Why": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNGZYQvCfUM   OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
53:46
June 20, 2022
Nicholas Borroz - What Are The Common Business Challenges Of Space Companies - CSP S03E21
Nicholas Borroz - What Are The Common Business Challenges Of Space Companies - CSP S03E21
Space industry analyst Nicholas Borroz moved from America to New Zealand to get a PhD in International Business, and ultimately start a space consultancy. But how did he break into the field, and what has he learned about the business of space--and the approach of most space sector companies to it? Space business owners, students and inventors seeking venture capital will find important information in this discussion. Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks Nick: How did you end up in NZ? Peace Corps, doctorate … Tell us about your journey in the space industry What sorts of services do you offer at Rotoiti? And also, importantly, what you don’t do; What sorts of clients do you work for: segment, geography, and sector); How did you choose these areas of service focus? What are some common difficulties you notice space industry market actors facing? How can NZ/Oz companies & US companies work together on space projects?   USEFUL LINKS:   Rotoiti website: https://rotoiti.space/  OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
23:59
June 07, 2022
Gordon Roesler - A Space Superhighway?
Gordon Roesler - A Space Superhighway?
In this special episode Dr. Gordon Roesler, past DARPA Program Manager and president of Robots In Space, joins Cold Star Tech's Jason Kanigan to elaborate on his idea of a "Space Superhighway". We have logistics systems on Earth, and they provide teremendous economic value: how can we have a similar system in space?   USEFUL LINKS:   Dr. Roesler's article on The Hill: https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/576673-lets-build-a-superhighway-in-space/ White House NSTC paper: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/04-2022-ISAM-National-Strategy-Final.pdf OSTP request for comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/05/04/2022-09549/notice-of-request-for-comment Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/scheduleonce
23:06
May 19, 2022
Arthur Alphin - Emotion vs Expertise, Precedent vs Fact: Could You Be Fooled? CSP S04E10
Arthur Alphin - Emotion vs Expertise, Precedent vs Fact: Could You Be Fooled? CSP S04E10
We are simply not as "science-y" as we think we are. People presented to us as experts, precedent, and emotions non-factually impact our decisions--and can put the wrong people behind bars for a long time. Fashion of the moment, storytelling, and "they way we've always done things" can be enemies of improvement. Do you believe you're immune to such influences?   Lt. Col. Arthur Alphin is a firearms & ballistics expert and weapons systems engineer. In this role he is called upon in court to demonstrate how the opposing side's so-called "scientific" tests, representation of events and other issues in shooting cases simply aren't true. I discovered Art as the creator of a West Point video training series about weapons, and ask him here to elaborate on his experience and observations concerning the validity of court proceedings when it comes to shootings. You likely be extremely surprised and disturbed.   USEFUL LINKS:   Antiaircraft round screenshot referred to around 37:00: https://coldstarproject.com/alphinscreenshot Arthur Alphin's website https://arthuralphin.com/  Accompanying this discussion I recommend forensic criminologist Dr. Ron Martinelli's appearance on the Cold Star Project: https://coldstarproject.com/ytS02E02RonMartinelli  OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
50:47
May 16, 2022
Matthew Travis - Why Do We Need Environmentally Friendly Propulsion For Space Launch? - CSP S02E91
Matthew Travis - Why Do We Need Environmentally Friendly Propulsion For Space Launch? - CSP S02E91
Experienced space startup founder Matthew Travis returns to the Cold Star Project. What has his journey and pivot been like as he finds product-to-market fit in the space industry? What need is there for environmentally friendly propulsion for space launch and spacecraft? Host Jason Kanigan asks Matt: What indicators have you found that point to a need for environmentally friendly propulsion technology for space launch? Who’s your customer? How did you focus on nanosatellites as your target market? How will this technology impact the marketplace and the planet’s ecosystem? Tell us about your journey in developing this technology. What R&D hurdles and successes have you experienced? When it comes to the operational areas of Sales and Production, what have you learned? Especially since this is not your first space company.    USEFUL LINKS:   NASA’s Green Propulsion Roadmap: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/api/citations/20180006412/downloads/20180006412.pdf  The European Union is moving toward banning hydrazine. Ref: REACH https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Engineering_Technology/ESA_responding_to_EU_s_REACH_chemical_law  Aphelion Aerospace website: https://aphelionaerospace.com/  OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
54:07
March 15, 2022
Chris Quilty - What Makes A Good Startup In The Space Industry? - Cold Star Project S03E20
Chris Quilty - What Makes A Good Startup In The Space Industry? - Cold Star Project S03E20
Space industry analyst Chris Quilty joins host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to discuss what makes a good startup in the field. As a 20+ year veteran of space and satellite analysis, Chris founded Quilty Analytics in 2016. Jason asks Chris: What was it that made you realize opening your own firm was a better idea after 20 years of working for another firm? You speak about benchmarking in your profile ⏤ what indicators do you look for that demonstrate a good investment? Are space startups offering the exit opportunities investors want? How far are we from having a true “commercial space industry”? What’s your opinion of SPACs and how gun-shy do you believe investors will be going forward? You’ve stated that you believe the regulatory environment for space firms has become more favorable. Can you explain what has been happening and factors contributing to this? How is the defense and intelligence community reacting to the emergence of a commercial space industry.  Are they resisting or embracing the change Are you seeing out-of-sector venture capital more willing to fund space startups? What should these VCs be cautious about and look for as positives?    USEFUL LINKS:   Quilty Analytics website: https://www.quiltyanalytics.com/  Screenshot of space art: https://coldstarproject.com/quiltyart  OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
31:49
February 04, 2022
Adam Anderson - Should I Be Looking To Fire Myself As A Space Or Defense Founder? - CSP S03E19
Adam Anderson - Should I Be Looking To Fire Myself As A Space Or Defense Founder? - CSP S03E19
Venture capitalist Adam Anderson got into the space industry by way of cybersecurity. He knows what it takes to start up successful businesses--and when to get out of your own way as the founder so the business can grow further. Host Jason Kanigan asks Adam: How did you get involved in space investing? What was your journey to get to now? What level have you been involved in in space investing? (company size, maturity level at start/end, pre/post revenue) Has there been an evolution in your choices?  What “brutal lessons” have you learned by being a space industry investor? What’s the most frustrating thing you keep seeing?  -  How important is the tech when the leadership of a startup is pitching you? What’s the thing you keep banging your head against the wall about, wishing people would have ready to bring to you when they come to pitch? Is there a consistently encountered hurdle when moving from pre- to post-revenue? Anything blocking the move from zero to one? What have you noticed that indicates to you a startup team will be successful? And a failure? What is present or missing? From your perspective, is there light at the end of the tunnel⏤is it likely that space industry startups will begin to be developed and funded any time soon as, say, SaaS companies do today?   USEFUL LINKS:   Ansuz Capital website: https://ansuzcapital.com/  OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
47:34
January 20, 2022
John Bicknell -How Can We Think Differently About Space Domain Awareness?- Cold Star Project S02E90
John Bicknell -How Can We Think Differently About Space Domain Awareness?- Cold Star Project S02E90
Are there new and unexpected ways to gather and interpret data in the space domain awareness field? More Cowbell Unlimited founder John Bicknell thinks so. Combining interests in operations research and national security, John looks to develop valuable predictive insights.  Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks John Bicknell: what is your background and how did you get into space? How do you perceive the emerging space environment? How do you see the role of the US military in space? What is your view of the state of Space Domain Awareness, and what can be improved in it?    USEFUL LINKS:   More Cowbell Unlimited Website: https://morecowbellunlimited.com/  John Bicknell LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnbicknell/  LinkedIn company page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/morecowbellunlimited  Twitter handle: @morecowbellultd   COL John Boyd USAF article: Boyd, J. 1976. “Destruction and Creation.” https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58a3add7e3df28d9fbff4501/t/58a4a32ce4fcb5d8f00b7243/1487184684871/Destruction+and+Creation_3+Sep+1976.pdf 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
48:01
January 13, 2022
Nicolas Chaillan - What’s Happening With DevSecOps In The DoD? - Cold Star Project S04E09
Nicolas Chaillan - What’s Happening With DevSecOps In The DoD? - Cold Star Project S04E09
Nicolas Chaillan is the past Chief Software Officer for the US Space Force and Air Force. He lead a number of software initiatives in the US Department of Defense (DoD) and has demonstrated an impressive ability with project and change management. Host Jason Kanigan asks Nic: For those who haven’t heard of you yet, please give us the highlights of your DoD involvement and CSO experience How did you make the move to becoming a US citizen and becoming employed by the state in important roles? Can you explain DevSecOps for those outside the tech field? Why is it important and how have you contributed to US national security and administrative effectiveness with it? You’ve made no secret of the cultural and change management issues inside DoD that frustrated your work. This was what really caught my attention, as such issues are found in nearly all large organizations and are the kinds of problems I’ve seen up close for over 20 years as a change agent and OpEx guy. Can you share with us some stories exemplifying these problems, and what you recommend to improve the situation? The Waterfall vs Agile development methodology argument has been going on for some time. But according to yourself and other DoD officials I’ve spoken with, one has clearly outperformed the other and “actually works”. What has your experience been and why do you so strongly promote the methodology? You’ve repeatedly sounded the alarm about TikTok: what’s the problem with this app and why is it a danger to Americans? The tech we’re talking about--logistical and operational, decision making, infrastructure security--has a huge impact and yet is operating at a level out of sight of the general public. In a perfect world according to Nicolas, how do you see the strategic direction of US effort being applied to reach the operational state you envision? Let’s paint that picture.   USEFUL LINKS:   Link for Platform One, Iron Bank, Big Bang and more: https://software.af.mil/dsop/services/  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
43:20
December 21, 2021
Eric Felt - What Is The State of Space And US National Security With AFRL/NM? - CSP S02E89
Eric Felt - What Is The State of Space And US National Security With AFRL/NM? - CSP S02E89
Director of the Air Force Research Lab/New Mexico's Space Vehicles Directorate Col. Eric Felt joins us for a discussion of US national security and the state of the space industrial base on this episode of the Cold Star Project. Host Jason Kanigan asks Col. Felt: In your talk earlier this year at the National Security State of the Space Industrial Base 2021 event you termed the US position as “tactically strong, strategically fragile”. Can you explain in more depth what you meant? In the same talk you mentioned you’re “hearing all the right words but not necessarily seeing the right investment”--budgeting hasn’t changed in the past 5 years (How about an increase from the current 20% of DoD authority invested in purchasing commercial goods & services?). What does this translate into for action, outreach, dialogue, partnerships and more? What should DoD’s or AFRL’s Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) / North Star be for the immediate future? How valuable would you say improvements made leading DoD to make faster decisions would be? It’s easy to run around like Chicken Little, exclaiming the sky is about to fall. How big a threat is China, really? What should we be watching for on the military side? What new developments at AFRL NM can you share with us?    USEFUL LINKS:   AFRL/NM website: https://www.afrlnewmexico.com/  State of the Space Industrial Base 2021 Report (download link at bottom of page): https://coldstarproject.com/diustatespace2021  OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
35:55
December 01, 2021
Shelli Brunswick - How Does Advocacy And Mentorship Influence The Space Industry? - CSP S02E88
Shelli Brunswick - How Does Advocacy And Mentorship Influence The Space Industry? - CSP S02E88
The COO of Space Foundation, Shelli Brunswick, is our guest on this episode of the Cold Star Project. After a successful Air Force career Shelli has taken on many mentorship and influencer roles in the space industry. But how impactful are advocacy and mentorship roles in space? Host Jason Kanigan asks: Tell us about Space Foundation’s mission What have been your biggest challenges as Chief Operating Officer of Space Foundation? What has surprised you? Where do you see Space Foundation’s role directing activity for the next decade, and how do you intend to carry that out? What’s the long term goal of the Space4Women Network you’re a Mentor with? Can you share a story of how it has worked so far? You’re Chairperson of the Space Tourism Society Africa...tell us about the organization, how it formed and how you got involved...and how you believe it’s having an effect You’re also Chairperson of the Women In Aerospace Foundation. With your involvement in all these existing organizations, do you believe it’s best to advocate for women in aerospace this way, or is there a need for a new organization that doesn’t yet exist? Something that would address a hole you see in the industry’s needs?   USEFUL LINKS:   Space Foundation website: https://www.spacefoundation.org/  Space4Women website: https://space4women.unoosa.org/  Women In Aerospace Foundation website: https://www.womeninaerospacefoundation.org/foundation/ OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
27:55
November 17, 2021
Eva Blaisdell "Lady Rocket" - How Does A Brand Personality Impact The Space Industry? - CSP S02E87
Eva Blaisdell "Lady Rocket" - How Does A Brand Personality Impact The Space Industry? - CSP S02E87
As "Lady Rocket", Eva Blaisdell has developed a brand personality in the space industry. She brings relevancy to space for regular people through education and events. In this episode of the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks Lady Rocket: How and why did you pick the “Lady Rocket” brand? How has this choice of branding affected your impact over time? What’s your mission and how do you keep current in carrying it out while staying on brand? (You are clear about using the word “tragedies” in your positioning… people often want to avoid uncomfortable topics, yet you have deliberately called one out: why?) What efforts does the Lady Rocket Foundation support? Who is a good candidate for your help, and how do they go about requesting it? Who do you believe has the biggest impact on young people and their potential interest in space/STEM? (educators or public personas, specific nations, companies?) What’s your biggest frustration with the space industry worldwide at this time? What areas or topics would you most like to put resources into? What result are you most proud of accomplishing so far, and why?   USEFUL LINKS:   Lady Rocket Foundation website: https://www.ladyrocketfoundation.org/  OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
42:31
November 04, 2021
Basuti Bolo - How Is The Space Industry Impacting Southern Africa? - Cold Star Project S02E86
Basuti Bolo - How Is The Space Industry Impacting Southern Africa? - Cold Star Project S02E86
Basuti Bolo is a space educator in Botswana and Zimbabwe. In this episode of the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan explores the state of the space industry in Southern Africa by asking Basuti: What was your experience growing up, and how did you get involved with STEM? What path did you take to enter your field? Botswana and Zimbabwe are landlocked countries… how has their geography impacted its development and ideas of national space programs? Is there cooperation or competition? What does the average Botswana or Zimbabwe citizen think of space and space-based technology? What do you believe the most significant challenge for Southern Africans is regarding development and user adoption of space technology? What will farmers get out of having the “precise data” promised by spectral imagery? Tell us what’s involved in your role as Space for Women Ambassador to Botswana If you had the resources to do what you pleased concerning a space education and technology development program for Southern Africa, what would you concentrate your effort upon? USEFUL LINKS: OpEx Society: https://www.opexsociety.org  Get new episodes directly in your inbox: https://www.coldstartech.com/msb  Talk to Cold Star: https://coldstartech.com/talktous
20:04
October 27, 2021
Daniel Penaranda - What Is The ISU-FIT Commercial Space Program Like? - Cold Star Project S02E85
Daniel Penaranda - What Is The ISU-FIT Commercial Space Program Like? - Cold Star Project S02E85
Space business development and aeronautical engineering pro Daniel Penaranda is on the Cold Star Project to share his experience in International Space University - Florida Institute of Technology's (ISU-FIT) Commercial Space Program.  This graduate level course prepares participants for the realities of creating commercial space businesses. Join us as host Jason Kanigan asks Daniel: Tell us about your background, and why you chose to attend the Commercial Space Program What were your thoughts and emotions going into the Commercial Space Program? Did you have a clear mental picture of what was going to happen and what outcomes you were going to achieve? What resources and assignments were you provided, so you could learn by working? Tell us about the assignments Was the networking accessible through the program useful? What kind of connections have you made?