Andrew Aldrin – yes, son of the Aldrin – is a newspace pro who has survived years in this harsh industry and when the cosmic curmudgeon appeared.
In this episode of This Week in Space (opens in new tab)Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik brainstorm Aldrin to find out if NewSpace has really officially arrived or if the space industry’s new state still has some growing pains to reach its full potential.
Aldrin’s primary question: Where’s the beef? Where is this promised newspace revolution, and will we even see it when it happens? How do we measure it and what is the turning point?
Also this week, NASA selects its next generation space suit builders, the space launch system returns to the launch pad for Artemis 1 testing, the cost of moon water and more!
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Rod Pyle (opens in new tab) is a writer, journalist, television producer and editor-in-chief of Ad Astra magazine (opens in new tab). He has written 18 books (opens in new tab) about the history, exploration and development of space, including Space 2.0, Innovation the NASA way, Interplanetary Robots, Blueprint for a battlestar, Amazing stories from the space age, First on the moonand target Mars
In a past life, Rod produced numerous documentaries and short films for The History Channel, Discovery Communications and Disney. He also worked on visual effects Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Battlestar Galactica reboot as well as various sci-fi TV pilots. His most recent TV appearance was with the NatGeo documentary about Tom Wolfe’s legendary book The right stuff.
Tariq Malik, responsible for Space.com’s editorial vision, has been Editor-in-Chief of Space.com since 2019 and has been covering space news and science for 18 years. He joined the Space.com team in 2001, first as an intern and soon after as a full-time spaceflight reporter covering human spaceflight, exploration, astronomy and the night sky. In 2009 he became Editor-in-Chief of Space.com. An on-air talent, he has presented space stories on CNN, Fox News, NPR and more.
Tariq is an Eagle Scout (yes, he earned the Space Exploration Merit Badge), a Space Camp veteran (four times as a kid, once as an adult), and has taken the ultimate “puke comet” ride while covering zero gravity on Fire . Before joining Space.com, he was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering urban and educational issues. He has degrees in journalism from the University of Southern California and New York University.