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