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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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Peter Thorpe - How Does An Artist Endeavour To Inspire People To Embrace Space? - CSP S02E82
Can an artist inspire people to embrace space? This is what illustrator Peter Thorpe has been doing since the mid-1980s. Peter has typically worked as a book cover illustrator, but he has also done logos, magazine covers and posters. With a 20-year span as the Space Frontier Foundation's Creative Director, Peter has had an impact on the space industry. How has this unusual career and impact come about? Host Jason Kanigan asks Peter: Art can be a tough subject to convince others that you can be successful with as a living, let alone yourself. How did you encounter this and commit to the Illustrator profession as a young man? From the data points it seems you had no trouble moving around the country as a young person. Do you believe this was necessary for your career? With today’s “location-free” roles and computer-driven skills (that, I stress for our younger viewers & listeners, were not options available in 1980!) do you feel you would not have felt the need to move close to the work if you were starting out now? You mentioned to me that you attended the very first adult Space Camp in 1985. What was that experience like? What stands out in your memory about it? Tell us about the Space Frontier Foundation: its purpose, activities, and your involvement 88-08 You mention “visual research” as part of your cover art design process in a recent text interview. Share with us how you go about designing a cover Let’s discuss “How an artist endeavours to inspire people to embrace space”. What is your point of view on this concept, and how has it developed over the years? What do you especially want your art to accomplish in terms of impact upon people?    Useful Links:   Google Drive folder of some of Peter's art images (these are already available to the public, and were provided by Peter): Peter's website:  Click on the Rocket Paintings link for 6 pages and an About page for the Rockets   Peter Thorpe Pinterest page for the Rockets: Peter Thorpe Facebook page:  Peter's Instagram page:  Peter Thorpe Deviant Art page:  Peter's short stories:  How to make Peter Thorpe Space Art YouTube video:   Disclaimer: We were not remunerated in any way by Peter Thorpe for this discussion.    OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
July 29, 2021
Edmund Burke - What Does It Take To Get On The Test Launch Schedule At Vandenberg AFB? - CSP S02E81
What does it take to get on the test launch schedule at Vandenberg Air Force Base? How do so many organizations unnecessarily delay their time because of unexpected but avoidable issues? Edmund Burke of Space Information Labs joins host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to explain range safety compliance - happenings, trends, success, and failure.   We discuss: The shift to Autonomous Flight Termination and Space Based Range Brief explanation of flight termination systems Advantages and necessity of intelligent lithium battery systems RadTol BMS, and radiation tolerant avionics Testing and documentation required to fly (RCC 319-19) A decade of watching companies fall short on promises because the didn’t understand what it takes Danger of vertical integration for startups Important lessons learned Edmund Burke served as an Air Force Program Manager and Project Director for many years prior to founding Space Information Laboratories in 2004. He served as the Space Lift Range System, Range Instrumentation and Metric Track lead for both Vandenberg AFB and Cape Canaveral, FL. Mr. Burke is a master designer, inventor and business development leader of launch vehicle, missile and small satellite avionics and power system technologies that are required to be Range Safety and Space environmentally qualified. He holds four USPTO utility patents on SIL’s VBITS GPS Tracking and AFTS, VBIRS – Space Based Range, Li-Ion Polymer Intelli-Pack® Battery, Intelli-Avionics® and Chameleon 12U to 27U Open Modular Scalable Reconfigurable Bus technologies. Mr. Burke has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from West Coast University.   Useful Links:   Still image of SIL flight termination module: Still image of SIL 2 Amp battery unit and battery management system (BMS): Space Information Labs website:  Disclaimer: We were not remunerated in any way by Edmund Burke or Space Information Laboratories for this discussion.    OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
July 22, 2021
David Walker - Will America Still Be A Superpower In 2040? - Cold Star Project S04E08
Past Comptroller General of the United States, professor at the US Naval Academy, former Defense Business Board appointee, and author David Walker returns to the Cold Star Project--and this time we're addressing the question of whether the United States will still be a superpower by 2040. David has authored the book America In 2040: Still A Superpower? A Pathway To Success. What's wrong with America's fiscal policy, how did we get here, and what can we do about it?   Host Jason Kanigan asks David Walker:   - An investigation of organizations in decline produced the book Exit, Voice and Loyalty by Albert Hirschman. Out of the three choices, Voice is your option… What made you believe writing a book was the best way of influencing others? - Let’s hear your definition of “superpower”.   - What can we learn from past major powers about the problems of maintaining economic growth and military strength over decades?   - Specifically looking at the US now, what outcomes can we expect by 2040 if we don’t change our course? And your target?   - What in your opinion is today’s greatest economic and national security threat to America? How do we handle it?   - You educated me about the concept of “the tooth and the tail” in our last discussion… What needs to change in military investing (development, procurement, deployment) to ensure America remains a superpower over the next two decades?   - What budget controls and standards changes are necessary to achieve the level of results you want to see?   - Share your views on tax policy with us and how you envision these to to alter the long term outcome of the US economic situation.    Useful Links:   Get the book on Amazon (NOT an affiliate link):  Previous interview with David Walker on cultural development in government operations:  Disclaimer: We were not remunerated in any way by David Walker for discussing his book or any other topics.    OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
July 15, 2021
Narayan Prasad - How Did a Commercial Space Business Evolve With Satsearch? - CSP S03E17
Dr. Narayan Prasad, COO of Satsearch, is my guest on this episode of the Cold Star Project. In an industry often frustrated by lack of funding, Narayan has helped guide Satsearch into becoming a truly commercial space business. But what differences are required, both in mindset and execution? Host Jason Kanigan asks Narayan: What led you to the founding of Satsearch? What was that process like and how did you know the market wanted something like that? Tell us about your discovery of what really works in business What top three or four errors do you consistently see startup founders make? Has the Satsearch platform evolved (similarly to NewSpace Hub) along the way?  What improvements have you made, and what do you intend to make? You’ve avoided investment capital despite it being offered to you… why?    Satsearch website:   OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
May 26, 2021
Phil Gerbyshak - What Do Sales, Process and Results Have to Do With Scaling Businesses? - CSP S02E80
The CRO of Process and Results, Phil Gerbyshak, is on the Cold Star Project to share his experiences and views on what it takes to successfully grow a business. There's a lot more to it than engineering and sales! Host Jason Kanigan asks Phil about sales, process and leadership as follows: You’ve had opportunities to lead salespeople, such as coaching 160 sales professionals and 25 or so sales leaders in 4 locations in one role. What’s the number one issue you’ve encountered salespeople struggling with? Far too many founders out there think that all you have to do with salespeople is feed them leads and give them product knowledge. What’s missing here, from your perspective? What dangers is the founder unknowingly asking for by adopting this approach? Do sales leaders have different priorities and focus in coaching requirements than line salespeople? What was most surprising from your experience coaching sales leaders? As a fellow show host, what has been critical for you over the years to keep up the intensity, interest, momentum? What process improvements have you made over time and what impact have they had? I see a lot of people get caught up in the technology stack decisions (CRM, internal communications, fulfillment delivery etc.). How important are these, from your perspective? What should organization leaders be focusing on when it comes to revenue growth? What internal issues come up that are more important than tech problems or decisions? Should sales leaders be on social media? How can we make effective use of social selling and solution selling?    OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
May 20, 2021
Douglas Loverro - Can We Solve Geopolitical Problems In Space? - Cold Star Project S02E79
Past Past Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations at NASA and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Douglas Loverro is on the Cold Star Project. We're discussing geopolitics, national security, and the space industry. Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks Doug:    Part of your messaging is to “advocate for greater use of commercial capabilities and manufacturing for future DoD space and launch missions”. As a board member of several space companies, what do you believe most commercial space companies need to figure out or the lesson they most need to take to heart? What capability gaps do you see? What is the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy… What did you do / what did a typical day look like for you? What positive lessons about manned spaceflight have you taken away from the NASA role? Was there a “biggest surprise” in your experience there? Tell us about the National Security Space Association, its goals, values, purpose. How can being a member enhance the USA and one’s career? What do you recommend people new to space careers get started on today to make the most out of their time and impact?      Doug's white paper on resilience:     National Security Space Association website: OpEx Society:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
May 12, 2021
TS Kelso - What Are the Challenges of Satellite Tracking With TLEs - Cold Star Project S02E78
Dr. TS Kelso is a principle scientist behind understanding and using TLE data for identifying, tracking and predicting the orbital paths of satellites. For decades he has promoted the development of programs with increasing ability to work with TLEs. Most recently he has led the creation of CelesTrak, a data visualization tool allowing anyone online to see what satellite orbits look like. But how did this come about? And what are the challenges of using TLEs, a format based on the limitations and needs of old technologies, to track satellites? Host Jason Kanigan asks Dr. Kelso: What’s the truth about the state of US technology for satellite identification and tracking? Are TLEs good enough anymore? What are we missing out on knowing because of data truncation? Other than the sheer bulk of increased satellites and therefore data, what concerns do you have about the future of satellite trajectory ID, tracking, and prediction? Regarding tracking, what should we update first: technology or standards? How can we overcome the problem of user adoption in standards? What are the main issues you see in getting agreement? Are they mostly nationality-based eg. Russia vs America vs China, or government bodies conflicting, or “Not Invented Here” Syndrome? At what point did you realize it was possible to build CelesTrak? What was the biggest hurdle in getting the application up and running? What capabilities do you envision it having eventually?    CelesTrak website: Click "Launch Orbit Visualization"   Dr. Kelso's biography including a considerable USAF career completed as a Colonel:   Cold Star Project Space Situational Awareness playlist:  OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
April 22, 2021
Andrew Aldrin - What Direction Does The Space Economy Need To Move In? - Cold Star Project S03E16
Dr. Andrew Aldrin is back on the Cold Star Project and this time we're diving into the funding sources and direction for the space economy. What needs to happen and what should we be looking at? Does the Silicon Valley investment model fail in the space industry? Are there obvious next steps, or do we need to continue to guess what's on the horizon? Andy shares his valuable experience and perspective in this open discussion with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan.   We also touch on the ISU Center for Space Entrepreneurship's Graduate Certificate Commercial Space Program. Info on the program:  Previous appearances of Dr. Aldrin:   Challenges of Space Entrepreneurship:  How the Soviets Beat the Americans Into Space:  Graduate Certificate Commercial Space Program updates: OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
April 7, 2021
Yan Song - How Can We Truly Transform Organizational Culture? - Cold Star Project S04E07
Dr. Yan Song is back to complete our deep dive into operationalizing cultural development. This complex, systems thinking topic concludes with Yan's Step 4, transforming the culture. But how is this actually done?   Cultural Development with Dr. Yan Song series playlist:  Slide stills:   Competence slide:  Transformation (step 4) slide:  Operational Perspective slide:  Ecology slide:  Cultural Development slide:  Key Takeaways slide:   OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
March 25, 2021
Yan Song - What Is The Second Step To Take In Operationalizing Cultural Development? - CSP S04E06
Dr. Yan Song and Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan continue our exploration of what it takes to operationalize cultural development in organizations. In this deep talk we're looking at Steps Two and (unexpectedly for me, but we didn't want to leave people stranded) Three in a four-part process. I ask Yan about the following:   I had to laugh because the points on slide 7 “Enter New Territory 1 / 4” are the same things we see in sales. We are all trapped in our mental model of limiting beliefs, and what we say we’ll do is often different from what we actually do. Is there a way we can help ourselves become more aware of these processes and contradictions?    Slide 8 is about feedback loops and learning. In my experience, feedback loops have been the bugbear of organizations: they often are missing; they frequently have bad measures when they are in place; tasks and outcomes fall between the cracks as a result--and this obviously does not lead to operational excellence. Frankly, everybody seems to believe they are doing better than they actually are (including me). I also note the time difference between the “doing” and “learning” modes… I imagine this applies to organizations as well, since they are made of people? Is there anything we can do to accelerate learning?    Slide 9 Entropy Increases… Leonard Cohen’s line “from the wars against disorder”... Yeats’ “the center cannot hold”... Why do we need a defensive system against chaos? What would happen if we adopted chaos (would we go insane, Motorcycle Maintenance style?) This Slide 9 is worthy of tremendous discussion--what’s going on here? A snapshot of human perspective, one which I certainly recognize symptoms of my own behavior in! If things are always falling apart, what hope do we have of keeping an organization together long enough to operationalize cultural development and head towards operational excellence?    On Slide 10 we see the shift we must make. However, there is a lot here to explore and unpack. I like the “collective excellence” term. We can’t achieve cultural transformation (or much at all) alone. Reminding ourselves that the topic is “Bravely entering new territory”, I think we finally see what this can mean: not only picking up new ideas from some sort of inert or “doesn’t fight back” source like a book or a video, but rather exploring the new territory of someone else’s mind and ideas. Passive sources can jarr and possibly have their ideas denied by the recipient without pushback, but a live human will probably continue to argue. What are the consequences of that? (We see it played out often in Facebook arguments where no one changes the mind of the other). How can we avoid shut down?   Cultural Development with Dr. Yan Song series playlist:  Slide stills:  Step Two slide:  Reflexive Learning Loop slide:  Double Loop Learning slide:  Unilateral decision making slide:  Mutual decision making slide:  Step Three slide:  Competence slide:   OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
March 11, 2021
Yan Song - What Is The First Step To Take In Operationalizing Cultural Development? - CSP S04E05
Now that we've covered what operationalizing cultural development means, in the first episode of this series (CSP S04E04), Dr. Yan Song returns to the Cold Star Project to tackle the next step. How do we put this into action? What is the first step in operationalizing cultural development? With host Jason Kanigan, Dr. Song digs into systems thinking and the approach he has arrived at for taking effective action on this critical organizational topic.   Jason Kanigan asks Yan: “The Truth” is a fundamental concept for both of us. Your process for operationalizing cultural development, as does mine for improving the processes of businesses, begins with confronting the brutal facts. What form does this take and what should investigators be looking for as indicators or starting points? In a slide we see a terrible condition of isolated, fearful, territory-protective people who have only the goal of personal survival. These elements come from Barry Oshry’s book Seeing Systems. How do these elements fit into a system, and how can the leader working to operationalize cultural development make use of them? It seems that by following the analysis track and improving each separately would not accomplish what we want, which is the improvement of the entire system. What, then, is the organizing principle or purpose of this system and how can we use these elements to improve it?  - I am surprised to see Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team book in your presentation...but I probably shouldn’t be. I hadn’t thought his stuff was this high level (though I do think it is good: I think of his content as operational level but obviously I have some education to get on that point!). What is it about Lencioni’s approach that made you want to build it into your cultural development / confronting the brutal facts process? Let’s explore Lencioni’s pyramid. When initiating cultural development, from the pyramid we see that trust is the base. Trust typically comes after people see the actions of their leaders, and then those carrying out the tasks operationally can get comfortable with the conflict, need for commitment etc. But the leader has to start, it seems, from the top? Demonstrating focus on measures, proving their own accountability and commitment, then being willing to challenge the team and develop that trust? Where would you recommend people start?    Cultural Development with Dr. Yan Song series playlist:  Slide stills:  Cultural Development process slide:  Steps slide:  Hot Springs slide:  Set Up Camp slide:  Lencionoi - Collins slide:   OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
March 4, 2021
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:   OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:  Books referenced: Space Is Open For Business, Robert C. Jacobson; Business Model Generation, Alexander Osterwalder OpEx Society: Get new episodes directly in your inbox: Talk to Cold Star:
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: Defense Business Board example study referenced in our discussion: Supply Wisdom website: Atul Vashistha's Amazon author page: Disclaimer: we were not compensated in any way for Atul's appearance or mentioning his companies or works. OpEx Society:​  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:​  Talk to Cold Star:
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:  American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)  National Website:   Las Vegas AIAA Website:  National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) website:  Marty Waldman on LinkedIn:   OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:  [NOT an affiliate link]   GAO website:  DFB website:   Disclaimer: We were not remunerated in any way by David Walker for discussing his book or any other topics.    OpEx Society: Talk to Cold Star:
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: - 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: - 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:   Space Ventures Investors website:  Space Commodities Exchange website:  Lunar Resources Registry website:  Playlist:  OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:  Books discussed:   Bleddyn Bowen, War In Space: Strategy, Space Power, Geopolitics (Edinburgh University Press):  Donald Kagan, On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace:  Paddy Griffith, Forward into Battle: Fighting Tactics from Waterloo to the Near Future:  [Not affiliate links]    OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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  If you want more information about how to become a high performance organization, get the free white paper here:   Joseph Paris talk at the first "Make Space Boring" virtual conference:  Joseph Paris interview in Season Two of the Cold Star Project:   OpEx Society:  Readiness Institute:  State of Readiness book (available on Amazon and linked to from this site):  These are not affiliate links.
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:   OpEx Society:  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:   Australian news article on SpAARC:  Furgo press release:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:   Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate website:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox: Talk to Cold Star:
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:   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:  Talk to Cold Star:
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 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):  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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  email    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:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:   Interview with Spaced Ventures co-founder J. Brant Arseneau: Get new episodes directly in your inbox: Talk to Cold Star:
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:  Wikipedia article on Inmarsat-C:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:  Dr. Andy Aldrin's interview on how the Soviets beat the Americans into space:  Major Moran's discussion of Soviet armor doctrine development in the interwar period:   The Chieftain YouTube channel:  The Chieftain Facebook page:  Archives article:   Can Openers book (NOT an affiliate link): Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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 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:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:    Wikipedia page on Dr. Jah:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
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: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
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:    Spirit of Attack Facebook page:  (order the book on Amazon, or send $20 to Bruce Gordon, 105 Broadbill Ct, Georgetown KY 40324)    Bruce Gordon YouTube Channel:   Talk to Cold Star:
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:   (order the book on Amazon, or send $20 to Bruce Gordon, 105 Broadbill Ct, Georgetown KY 40324)   Bruce Gordon YouTube Channel:   Battle of the Beams article on Wikipedia (entertaining!): YouTube video version of this interview (with slides):
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: Get new episodes directly in your inbox: Talk to Cold Star:
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: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
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:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:    Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
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: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
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:  Talk to Cold Star:
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: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:    Pete Conrad wikipedia page: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
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:    Talk to Cold Star:
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:   Space Vault website:   National Space Development Corp white paper by Jason Aspiotis:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
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:    Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
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: Sign up for to receive new episodes:   Talk to Cold Star:
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, underground What connection of the psychology of living in claustrophobic places do you see with user adoption of space tourism services?    Space Habitats website:    Have new episodes of the Cold Star Project delivered directly to you: Talk to Cold Star:
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 itse