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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!

Cold Star Project Jason Kanigan

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    • 4.3 • 4 Ratings

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!

    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 



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    • 53 min
    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 



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    • 23 min
    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

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    • 23 min
    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 



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    • 50 min
    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 



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    • 54 min
    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 



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    • 31 min

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