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Silicon Valley Goes to Space – A PBS Documentary Film

San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED-TV has released for the web their 25-minute documentary “Silicon Valley Goes to Space” two days before the program’s broadcast air date scheduled for Wednesday, November 20th. Program producer Sheraz Sadiq tells the story of NewSpace through interviews with Gwynne Shotwell of SpaceX, XCOR’s Jeff Greason, Virgin’s George Whitesides, Bob Richards of Moon Express, Masten CEO Sean Mahoney, venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, Stanford University professor G. Scott Hubbard and more.

Leaders of new space companies see the ventures in many ways similar to innovative, bootstrapping tech startups eager to take on bigger competitors. The doc tells the story of the private sector disrupting the space industry by creating new technologies that make getting into space cheaper, expanding the commercial, scientific and even extreme adventure possibilities of space.

Reducing the cost of getting to space is one central theme uniting many of these scrappy, NewSpace startups who are able to cut costs and assume a level of risk-taking that government aerospace contractors have traditionally avoided.

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