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June 27, 2017 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast with Iridium CEO Matt Desch

Embedded below the fold. This podcast is a bit different, in that John and I essentially interviewed the CEO of Iridium, asking him questions about the company and their launch contracts with SpaceX. I was especially interested in Desch’s earlier statements saying that Iridium is negotiating with SpaceX about using used first stages, but wanted any use to be accompanied by an acceleration of its launch schedule.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Edward

    From Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium: “Certainly, SpaceX has really been a disrupter of the industry, and I think they’ve shaken everything up, and they’ve made it possible for operators like us to even consider our next generation [of satellites].”

    This comment echos the one from Maxim Zayakov, CEO of BulgariaSat: “People don’t realize that, for small countries and small companies like us, without SpaceX, there was no way we would ever be able to even think about space
    http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/bulgaria-credits-spacexs-low-costs-for-making-its-satellite-possible/

    One of the benefits of reducing the cost of getting to space is that more companies can afford to get there in order to do business. It is basic economics: lower prices and greater supply lead to greater demand. That is why it was predicted, a decade or two ago, that if launch costs were reduced then there would be more demand to get to space. It looks like the economic supply/demand model and the predictions are being proved correct.

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