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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!

    Pauline Faure - Inside the CubeSat Lab at Cal Poly - Cold Star Project S02E16

    Pauline Faure - Inside the CubeSat Lab at Cal Poly - Cold Star Project S02E16

    Dr. Pauline Faure, Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University's Aerospace Engineering Department, is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan. We're talking about what it's like to be a student in Cal Poly's CubeSat Lab.  



    Dr. Faure has international experience in Europe, Japan and the USA. The lab has completed eight missions in the past year including the bus for Lightsail 2. This is a great interview for space students.  



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    • 27 min
    Laura Forczyk - Rise of the Space Age Millennials - Cold Star Project S02E15

    Laura Forczyk - Rise of the Space Age Millennials - Cold Star Project S02E15

    Astralytical founder Dr. Laura Forczyk is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to talk about her new book, Rise of the Space Age Millenials. We also cover a number of other space topics, such as commentary on policy questions like: 


    reduced ISS crew size
    NASA's Commercial Crew Program
    Space Tourism
    US Space Policy
    Megaconstellations and astronomer rights  



    Rise of the Space Age Millennials book page (not an affiliate link): https://www.astralytical.com/rise-of-the-space-age-millennials



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    • 31 min
    Laura Montgomery - US Space Law Regulations - Cold Star Project S02E14

    Laura Montgomery - US Space Law Regulations - Cold Star Project S02E14

    Space lawyer and scifi writer Laura Montgomery is on the Cold Star Project, and we're digging into how Congress, US agencies and operators work to create and enforce space regulations.  



    With host Jason Kanigan, we discuss: 


    the basics of how space law works in the US and for US citizens abroad  
    how Laura's FAA experience built and impacted her approach to space law 
    the question of sovereignty in space law ("They didn't say I couldn't so I can"; OST Article 1 vs Article 2)  
    the way regulatory and treaty issues can impact space law  
    how human space flight is regulated in the United States of America  
    how Laura's space law practice has influenced her science fiction writing.  



    Laura Montgomery is Proprietor of Ground Based Space Matters, Adjunct Professor of space law at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law, a former manager FAA space law branch (3 years) and senior attorney for commercial space transportation (18 years).   



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    • 26 min
    Michael Lyon - Space Tourism and Space Startups - Cold Star Project S02E13

    Michael Lyon - Space Tourism and Space Startups - Cold Star Project S02E13

    Michael Lyon, founder of Xtronaut Enterprises, is a mentor at the Creative Destruction Lab tech accelerator, with a history of work in the space tourism and education fields. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School of Management, and was general counsel with James Cameron on Deep Ocean Expeditions (Titanic, Bismark).  




    On the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan we discuss:  
    the experience of traveling in a submersible to hydrothermal vents 8600 feet beneath the ocean surface  
    what Michael has learned as a mentor at the Creative Destruction Lab  
    what space and AI company founders need to do before they start looking for seed round funding  
    the deadly things startups consistently miss to protect themselves legally as they begin operation  
    how Michael's company, Xtronaut Enterprises, is involved in the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission  
    the hurdles to commercial space tourism and how the field may develop.   



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    • 28 min
    Jim Cantrell - Funding and Building Space Companies - CSP S02E12

    Jim Cantrell - Funding and Building Space Companies - CSP S02E12

    Jim Cantrell, founder of StratSpace, was SpaceX's first senior business development executive. StratSpace has been involved in 46 satellite and deep space missions, with clients ranging from NASA, USAF, NRO, major aerospace companies and many space startups including ICEYE, Moon Express and York Space Systems.  



    In this episode of the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks Jim Cantrell about funding and building space companies. We dig into:  


    what investors at different levels are most looking for in space ventures, beyond making a profit
    how Jim's hiring practices have changed and what he looks for to bring the right people on board
    why StatSpace focused on smallsats as a core business, rather than launch vehicles
    experience with ICEYE, OSIRIS-REx, and other missions
    Jim's fun projects of restoring vintage racecars.   



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    • 30 min
    Moriba Jah - Resident Space Objects and Orbital Collision Prevention - CSP S02E11

    Moriba Jah - Resident Space Objects and Orbital Collision Prevention - CSP S02E11

    On this episode on the Cold Star Project, hosted by Jason Kanigan, our guest is Dr. Moriba Jah. Dr. Jah had an amazing career as navigator of a number of NASA Mars missions, and is now Director, Computational Astronautical Sciences & Technologies, Oden Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.  



    I was referred to Dr. Jah by Fred Kennedy, past director of the US Space Development Agency, as a person "leading the charge" on space traffic management.  



    In our interview, we cover:  


    the reason current collision detection equations are so lousy, and what we can do to improve them
    how photoacoustic sensing can be improved and used to develop Resident Space Object (RSO) signatures
    what we need to learn before machine learning/AI can be used to identify threatening behaviors or as a forensic tool after anomalous events
    what credibility metrics are for collision prevention, what's missing, and why we need these
    how Bayesian equations can be used to improve our space tracking data, orbital collision detection models and certainty
    what curved space is, and what is challenging about modeling RSO travel within it
    what we can investigate and build so we have a tool to estimate debris fields upon reentry--no models of which exist now.  



    Notes: 



    Dr. Moriba Jah's article on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moriba_Jah 



    Orekit database by CS Group (creator of which will be a guest on an upcoming episode): https://www.orekit.org/  



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    Jason Kanigan is producing a weekday update series of short videos, called Make Space Boring. These cover who he's meeting and what he's studying in the space field. If you'd like to follow along, sign up here for updates by email: https://www.coldstartech/msb

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