Category Archives: Space

Opening up the New Frontier: Government Work?

Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks so. He doesn’t believe that Elon Musk’s plan to send people to Mars is going to fly. I’ll just let him lay out his argument in his own words: The Columbus analogy is fairly persuasive, but it ultimately it rests on the assumption that things in the future are more or […]

Why Now?

So did you hear about this guy who rode a balloon out into space — more than 100,000 feet up! — and jumped from it, hurtling towards the earth at hundreds of miles per hour before safely parachuting to the ground? His name is Joseph Kittinger. He made his astounding leap from the US Air […]

On to the Stars — FastForward Radio

This week NASA announced that the Voyager 1 probe, launched in 1977, may soon reach interstellar space — if it has not done so already. Let the star age begin! Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss the significance of this milestone and explore how and when humanity might truly begin to venture to the […]

Enterprise in 30 Years?

Very ambitious! An engineer says we could have a working starship Enterprise within the next 30 years. One teeny-tiny drawback: this would not actually be a starship: This “Gen1” Enterprise could get to Mars in ninety days, to the Moon in three, and “could hop from planet to planet dropping off robotic probes of all sorts […]

Abundance, Dematerialization, and Newt — FastForward Radio

Phil and Stephen welcome presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to FFR to discuss how energy and space policy factor into our national dialog about the future. Plus, we continue our discussion of  Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s new book, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than Yout Think, which argues that we […]

Let's Talk Moon Colony — FastForward Radio

Newt Gingrich surprised a lot of people when he put a permanent moon settlement out there for discussion in the 2012 Presidential race. Is this an idea whose time has come? Phil and Stephen discuss with special guests Brian Wang and Rand Simberg. Wednesday February 1, 8 PM PST 11 PM EST

Let’s Talk Moon Colony — FastForward Radio

Newt Gingrich surprised a lot of people when he put a permanent moon settlement out there for discussion in the 2012 Presidential race. Is this an idea whose time has come? Phil and Stephen discuss with special guests Brian Wang and Rand Simberg. Wednesday February 1, 8 PM PST 11 PM EST

The Atlantis has Launched… What's Next?

The final Space Shuttle launch yesterday was bittersweet. The Shuttle was the workhorse that gave us the International Space Station and an operational Hubble Space Telescope.   But the Shuttle failed miserably in the goal of making spaceflight routine and cheap.  And, tragically, the shuttle did not prove to be as safe as hoped.  355 […]

World's First Trillionaires Will Make their Fortunes in Space

Interesting argument. Peter Diamandis says that that there are “twenty trillion-dollar checks up there, waiting to be cashed,” referring to the near-earth asteroids. Diamandis, of course, is founder of the X Prize Foundation. He thinks the privatization of space travel is about to open up something of a gold rush. Diamandis sees a promising price improvement […]

World’s First Trillionaires Will Make their Fortunes in Space

Interesting argument. Peter Diamandis says that that there are “twenty trillion-dollar checks up there, waiting to be cashed,” referring to the near-earth asteroids. Diamandis, of course, is founder of the X Prize Foundation. He thinks the privatization of space travel is about to open up something of a gold rush. Diamandis sees a promising price improvement […]