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#247 - Ken Davidian

This week Julio joins Matt to talk with Dr. Ken Davidian who works for the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation

“Where you stand on issues, how you live your life, and how much good you can do in the world are greater challenges than a lunar mission.”

Al Worden

26th July - 50th Anniversary of Apollo 15!!! the fourth to land on the Moon. It was the first J mission(Extensive scientific investigation of Moon on lunar surface and from lunar orbit, with a longer stay on the Moon and a greater focus on science than earlier landings. Apollo 15 saw the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle.

Guest Dr Ken Davidian

Since 2008, Dr. Ken Davidian works for the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) in Washington, DC;

  • currently the AST Director of Research and Program Manager for the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation.

  • Dr. Davidian currently serves as a

    • member of the Ohio State University Aerospace Engineering External Advisory Board,

    • Editor-in-Chief of the New Space journal,

    • Chair of the IAF Entrepreneurial & Investment Committee, and

    • Vice Chair of the IAF Space Economy Committee, and an

    • Adjunct Instructor for Virginia Tech's Pamplin School of Business.

  • Dr. Davidian is a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and an Advisor to the Space Generation Advisory Committee's Commercial Space Project Group.

  • Prior to FAA AST, Dr. Davidian worked for the NASA Lewis Research Center, International Space University, Paragon Space Development Corporation, X PRIZE Foundation, and NASA Headquarters.

  • Dr. Davidian received his BS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1983, and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1987.

  • He attended the International Space University Summer Session Program in 1989. Dr. Davidian received his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, in 2018. His thesis focuses on market-level organizational innovation to understand the processes of emerging and evolving markets.


Check out Julio's Spanish Version


Bezos and Branson have both been to space in the past few weeks

  • 9 April 2021 - 3 astronauts on Soyuz to ISS

  • 23 april 4 astronauts of Crew Dragon to ISS

  • Shenzhou 12 crewed mission on 17 June 2021. Shenzhou 13 is scheduled to launch a second crew in October.

  • In the United States, Virgin Galactic conducted the first suborbital human spaceflight from New Mexico on 22 May 2021 with SpaceShipTwo VSS UnityTwo astronauts were onboard, Frederick Sturckow and David Mackay. The flight was also the first suborbital human spaceflight from Spaceport America. A second flight, carrying company founder Richard Branson and three other passengers, was conducted on 11 July 2021.

  • Virgin Galactic, Originally planned for XXX, first crewed spaceflight on 13 December 2018, first "fully crewed spaceflight" on 11th July 2021. The crash happened on 31 October 2014. Co-pilot Michael Alsbury was killed and pilot Peter Siebold was seriously injured.

  • Blue Origin, First crewed flight July 20th 2021 (originally planned for 2019)

  • The first crewed flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital spacecraft successfully sent four civilians, including company founder Jeff Bezos, into space just above the Kármán line on 20 July 2021

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will conduct a second uncrewed test flight in July in advance of a first crewed test flight in late 2021

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