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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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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!

    John Tucker - Creating NewSpace Hub: The Data Platform for the Space Industry - CSP S03E06

    John Tucker - Creating NewSpace Hub: The Data Platform for the Space Industry - CSP S03E06

    While working at SpaceX as Senior Mission Integrator Engineer, John Tucker has also made what is becoming the central data platform for the space industry: NewSpace Hub. The platform collects and organizes both company and space sector investment activity. In this interview on the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks John about the process of putting NewSpace Hub together. We discuss:




    How did John get into the space industry? What does he do at SpaceX?
    What is NewSpace Hub? Who is it for, and what questions does it answer for them?
    What signals told John that there was room in the marketplace for NewSpace Hub?
    Considering John has a serious day job… how did he find the time for and commit to creating this platform?
    What did the first iteration of the site look like? How did he arrive at that look and feel?
    Has his vision of NewSpace Hub changed since the start?
    As John grows the platform, what new features and capabilities is he developing? How does he get feedback that tells him to move in these directions? What methods does he use to assess tools and directions?



    NewSpace Hub website: https://newspacehub.co/  



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    • 40 min
    Ralph Dinsley - Moving Space Situational Awareness To Civilian Management - Cold Star Project S02E53

    Ralph Dinsley - Moving Space Situational Awareness To Civilian Management - Cold Star Project S02E53

    Following a three-and-a-half decade UK defense career culminating in managing RAF Fylingdales and in the role of Aerospace Battle Manager, Ralph "Dinz" Dinsley founded Northern Space and Security (NORSS). In this discussion with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan, Dinz lays out the case for moving space situational awareness from military to civilian management.  

    Dinz answers:

    What is “Peace and Development”, the postgraduate studies subject you applied yourself to for your Masters degree?
    What exactly is “Aerospace Battle Manager”, the role you held for a dozen years?
    What would you describe as the main reason behind the establishment of NORSS? What problems do you solve, and for what organizations?
    Is the military dominance coverage of the orbital environment still fit for purpose? Under what domain should space traffic management be?
    What is the Space Law Games, which you co-initiated? What do you hope to discover from the exercise?
    Where do you find yourself getting pulled into discussions as a well-known individual in the UK defense sector?


    NORSS website: https://www.norss.co.uk/

    RAF Fylingdales website: https://www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisation/stations/raf-fylingdales/


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    • 44 min
    Joan-Pau Sanchez - Asteroid Mapping and Intercepting Comets - Cold Star Project S02E52

    Joan-Pau Sanchez - Asteroid Mapping and Intercepting Comets - Cold Star Project S02E52

    Joan-Pau Sanchez, PhD, is a lecturer in space engineering at Cranfield University. He was one of the first to publish a Near Earth Orbit asteroid map.  With host Jason Kanigan of the Cold Star Project, Dr. Sanchez discusses:


    what some of the “new rich families of exploitable orbits which may enable radically new mission applications and services” are
    his thoughts about the current alarm of “cluttered Earth orbit”, which we are moving towards with the planned launches of tens of thousands of smallsats
    what the “Traveling Salesperson Problem” is in ADR/servicing satellites
    how algorithms to solve such problems can be developed without the help of supercomputers
    his experience with the Comet Interceptor program and working with ESA
    the uses of his paper, “Optimal Sunshade Configurations for Space-Based Geoengineering near the Sun-Earth L1 Point"
    the project he lead, also covered by his student Florian Gautier in Episode 50, researching landing cubesats on an asteroid using the ZARM drop tower.



    Comet Interceptor program website: https://www.cometinterceptor.space/   



    Comet Interceptor program Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Interceptor



    Interview with Florian Gautier discussing his experience with the ZARM drop tower asteroid landing project: https://coldstarproject.com/yts02e50floriangautier



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    • 43 min
    Michael Maloney - The Space Traffic Management Phantom - Cold Star Project S02E51

    Michael Maloney - The Space Traffic Management Phantom - Cold Star Project S02E51

    Michael Maloney of Satellite Design for Recovery returns to the Cold Star Project, and we're continuing our discussion of the problems in space traffic management. While many people think STM is already figured out, the truth is this is a phantom idea. Current systems are cobbled together and do not represent a serious solution to the problem.  



    With host Jason Kanigan, Michael discusses:


    what space traffic management is and why we need it
    how we can measure capacity and utilization in STM
    why Air Traffic Control can be used as a model in developing a functional STM solution
    what limits there are in executing a Space Traffic Management program
    a future path to STM including better Space Situational Awareness, mitigation of space debris, and timely remediation.





    Satellite Design for Recovery website: https://satdfr.org/



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    • 30 min
    Florian Gautier - Landing CubeSats On Asteroids - Cold Star Project S02E50

    Florian Gautier - Landing CubeSats On Asteroids - Cold Star Project S02E50

    University of Kansas Doctoral candidate (Physics and Astronomy) Florian Gautier is on the Cold Star Project to discuss several of the research projects he's been involved in. With host Jason Kanigan, Florian describes his aerospace engineering and astrophysics education journey from Europe to North America and opportunities to work on:


    Student CubeSat project at ISAE-SUPAERO to develop 12U cubesats for missions like ATISE
    Land3U project, simulation of CubeSat landing on asteroids, sponsored by ESA Drop Your Thesis! 2018 programme (the drop tower used is fascinating)
    AGILE, development of a new compact particle detectors suitable to be flown on a CubeSat.   



    I also ask Florian, who has two Masters degrees (Astronautics & Space Engineering and Astrophysics, Space Science & Planetary Science), about his future goals and where he thinks space work will take him.





    Land3U Project website: https://www.esa.int/Education/Drop_Your_Thesis/Students_simulate_a_satellite_landing_on_asteroids_in_ZARM_s_Drop_Tower



    Space UP France website: https://www.spaceup.fr/



    The Last Jeudi website: meetup between space fans every last Thursday of each month: https://www.spaceup.fr/the-last-jeudi/



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    • 47 min
    Simone Paternostro - Analog Astronaut Through The Austrian Space Forum - CSP S02E49

    Simone Paternostro - Analog Astronaut Through The Austrian Space Forum - CSP S02E49

    Dr. Simone Paternostro (Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy), is an analog astronaut through the Austrian Space Forum and manages ISS payloads with the ESA. On the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks Simone:  


    How did you get involved with the Austrian Space Forum and Dr. Gernot Groemer?
    What is an analog astronaut? How do you go about selecting (or being assigned), preparing for and simulating a mission?  - What are the next steps in your career following this analog astronaut experience?
    Tell us about your role as a Multi-increment Payload Planner for the ISS
    What have you discovered about using the Kalman Filter in calculating flight paths and attitude?
    You note “Simulation and Testing in Matlab/Simulink” during your doctoral experience at U of Nottingham in your LinkedIn resume...for those of us who haven’t been there, what was involved, what were the facilities like and how do you make use of them?   



    Austrian Space Forum website: https://oewf.org/en/   



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    • 40 min

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