Deep Space Podcast

Deep Space Podcast

Topics and issues impacting space exploration and space science over the next 50 years, examining where we’ve come from, where we are now, and what we have to look forward to. The podcast will feature guests inside the industry and government, who will share ideas, viewpoints and provocative insights on how we can explore further together.

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June 6, 2021 22 min

This week, we are excited to welcome Frank Slazer, the Coalition’s very own President and CEO, to the Deep Space Podcast’s Leadership in Space Series. In this episode, Slazer shares his vision for the organization moving forward and speaks about how he sees it changing to a more robust advocacy model. Our guest also speaks about the traits that he considers to be crucial in a leader and what he’s learned about leadership in the spa...

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We are thrilled to welcome Robert Curbeam to the Deep Space Podcast. A former astronaut and test pilot, Curbeam has held several leadership roles in the industry, and is currently the Senior Vice President for Space Capture at Maxar Technologies. This week, he joins the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration’s Christen Kapavik and Jamil Castillo for a conversation about what it means to be a leader in the space sector, leadership tra...

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This week, the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration is excited to welcome Barbara Slayton, Leidos’ VP and strategic account executive for NASA, NOAA, and NSF, to the Deep Space Podcast. Barbara joins Coalition team members Christen Kapavik and Jamil Castillo for a discussion about leadership and what it means to lead a team working in the space sector. Our guest also shares insight into what motivated her to become a leader in the ...

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We are launching our Deep Space Podcast’s Leadership in Space series. This week, United Launch Alliance President and CEO Tory Bruno joins the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration’s Christen Kapavik and Jamil Castillo for a conversation about the qualities that he considers to be fundamental in a leader, especially when working in a challenging and visionary field such as space. Tory also touches on what he would like his and his c...

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This week, we're releasing a special edition of the Deep Space Podcast, A Roadmap for Space Exploration. In this new episode, the former CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, joins Coalition team members Christen Kapavik and Jamil Castillo for a discussion about NASA’s Moon-to-Mars initiative, national programs and public-private partnerships for space, thoughts on a strategy for a permanent h...

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Join us for Episode 3 of the Deep Space Podcast’s Workforce of the Future Series, featuring Ty Lee, a systems engineer at Maxar and Sapna Rao, a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin. From museums to science fiction to astronauts, Ty and Sapna tell us about their sources of inspiration to pursue careers in space. Sapna and Ty also dive into the importance of space exploration for our planet and for humanity, and explain how the Orion...

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This week, we are launching Episode 2 of our Deep Space Podcast’s Workforce of the Future series. Join young professionals Beverly Case of Jacobs Space Operations Group and David Vaughn of Northrop Grumman as they share insights into their careers and what it has taken for them to thrive in aerospace. David and Beverly provide details about the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket booster production at the Northrop Grumman facilities i...

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This week, we are launching the first episode of our Deep Space Podcast’s Workforce of the Future series. Young professionals Amanda Gertjejansen, a senior production manager at Boeing, and Kevin Chau, a Project Component Engineer at Aerojet Rocketdyne, join us to share their experience working on the hardware that will enable human deep space exploration again. Part of the teams working on the NASA Space Launch System’s (SLS) rock...

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October 12, 2020 41 min

The Space Policy series of our Deep Space Podcast features Jared Stout, who has served in various space policy positions in Congress, the National Space Council, and the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Having worked on multiple space-related legislative initiatives and participated in the development of several Space Policy Directives, Jared shares his thoughts on what has changed in the s...

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Joining us in this week’s episode of The Deep Space Podcast is Pam Melroy, former NASA astronaut, U.S. Air Force colonel (retired), and current space consultant. Melroy joins the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration’s CEO and President Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar for a candid conversation about the human side of spaceflight, in which she reflects on the most memorable times in her astronaut career and walks listeners through the journey...

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Joining us in this episode of the “Human Exploration and Science” series of our Deep Space Podcast is Dr. Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the National Air and Space Museum, and former NASA Chief Scientist.  
 
In a conversation with the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration CEO and President Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, Dr. Stofan speaks about the rationale behind space science and human deep space exploration. For Stofan,...

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In this week’s episode of the Deep Space Podcast, Nanoracks CEO Jeffrey Manber, a true pioneer of space entrepreneurship, joins the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration CEO and President Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar to discuss how the space sector has evolved from having mostly government actors to having both governmental and private players working together to advance exploration.

Nanoracks has provided cost savings to private individua...

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In this week’s episode of the Deep Space Podcast, Axiom CEO Mike Suffredini walks us through his transition from being NASA’s International Space Station manager to being a space entrepreneur, and what it takes to be in the space business. A firm believer in the immense importance of space exploration in the life of Earthlings, he speaks to the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration CEO and President Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar about how ...

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The second episode of our podcast premiere features Made In Space’s President Andrew Rush. In this episode, Rush speaks with the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration CEO and President Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar about the role of on-orbit manufacturing and assembly in space exploration. Our guest also discusses Made In Space joining the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Made In Space was founded about ten years ago with a focus on en...

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Our “Entrepreneurs in Space” series’ first episode features John Thornton of Astrobotic, who talks with the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (CDSE) CEO and President Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar about developing a completely new business model and knocking on doors until people started believing in the project. Thornton speaks about Astrobotic’s vision for making the Moon accessible to the world, which for him and his team starts wit...

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June 9, 2020 43 sec

Introduction to the Deep Space Podcast's first series, Entrepreneurs in Space

It’s the dawn of a new era in space exploration. With NASA moving beyond low Earth orbit in a sustainable manner, a new wave of entrepreneurs can help with modern space goals. Going to deep space sustainably means that NASA and its commercial partners need to save on the cost of maintaining a presence in low Earth orbit, develop mechanisms to lower la...

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