Pathfinder #0005: Space Pirates with Lori Garver

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Gather around, gather around–we have a new Pathfinder episode out. This week, we chatted with Lori Garver, the former deputy administrator of NASA. 

Lori Garver is a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, an EIR at Bessemer, and a member of the board at Hydrosat. In addition, she founded Earthrise Alliance, a philanthropic organization utilizing satellite data to address climate change, and cofounded the Brooke Owens Fellowship, an internship and mentorship program for collegiate women.

Lori is also out with a brand-new book, Escaping Gravity: My Quest to Transform NASA and Launch a New Space Age. Per Lori Garver’s website, “from inside the space agency, Garver collaborated with key players such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and President Obama to usher in a more peaceful, inclusive and meaningful space age.” 

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What we discuss

  • Lori Garver’s career
  • Her new book (duh) 
  • The politics of space 
  • Government’s role in LEO, deep space, and beyond
  • Fighting against entrenched interests 
  • The rise of commercial space 
  • Diversifying the ranks of the space industry 
  • Space pirates
  • Elephant payloads
  • Astro Mom and NSYNC 

…and much more. Where to listen:

📱 Listen on Spotify
🍎 Tune in on Apple
💻 Watch on YouTube

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