Charles Fishman - How Apollo Transformed the World : Lessons Beyond America

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On the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo moon landings, we welcomed New-York Times Best Selling Author Charles Fishman (@cfishman), who wrote the book 'One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that flew us to the moon'. We talk about:

- the factors that led to the success of one of the largest government-funded deep-science technology projects.

- spinoff technologies and effects of Apollo on hardware and software we do today

- communist management style vs democratic leadership

- privatisation of space economy, decreasing costs, similarities to internet economy and opportunity for emerging market countries.

- climate change, poverty vs space investment priorities?

Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players, you should be able to click the timestamp for the episode.

 

(00:00) - Intro

(09:08)  - Key factors that made a major technology project like Apollo successful

(17:25) Evolution of Soviet centralized vs American decentralized management systems

(23:12) - Apollos systemic impact on software

(28:35) - Apollo as a global trust-building exercise for software

(29:02) - Some of the defining spinoff technologies from Apollo

(37:52) - How the context of 50s and 60s defined America and the Apollo mission 

(43:03)  - Is space travel affordable?

(44:39) - Investing in space technologies vs investing in climate change and poverty

(47:06) - How does space science reinforce climate science? 

(48:00) - Is there a new space race on the horizon?

(53:29) - Opportunities for developing nations in the space domain

(58:02) - Space applications within the local context

(64:24) - Outro