Today’s Pathfinder episode featured Payload’s very own Managing Editor Jacqueline Feldscher! We chat her background, why she joined Payload, and space policy trends shaping the future of the industry.
What do a baseball enthusiast, a craft beer podcast host, and a space journalist have in common? A role at Payload! Today’s Pathfinder podcast features a very special guest: Payload’s very own Managing Editor, Jacqueline Feldscher.
Fresh out of college, Jacqueline aspired to become a sports reporter, but D.C. soon drew her into the worlds of policy, national security, and, fortuitously for us, space. After stints at renowned media organizations such as Politico and Defense One, she felt the irresistible pull of the startup world. Answering that call, she took the leap and joined Payload as a Senior Reporter to only quickly be promoted to Managing Editor.
A sneak peek…
Jacqueline joins Mo today to discuss a variety of key policy trends that will shape the space industry over the next few years including:
- The Upcoming Presidential Election
- Space Debris Regulation
- Commercial Spaceflight Regulations
- The Artemis Accords
- The Future of Space Command HQ
Be sure to check out more of Jacqueline’s work by signing up for her weekly newsletter, Polaris.
• Chapters •
00:00 – Introduction
00:34 – Who is Jacqueline and what do you do at Payload?
02:20 – What drove your interest in journalism?
03:38 – From sports to government & national security
06:14 – Your background prior to Payload
08:57 – Why go from established media to a fledgling startup?
10:24 – Insight into your craft
12:50 – Role of media in the space industry
14:22 – What is Polaris?
16:14 – Trends shaping space policy
18:36 – Debris removal regulation roadblocks
22:57 – Artemis Accords, more bark than bite?
26:00 – What happens if SpaceX lands on Mars?
28:15 – Commercial spaceflight moratorium
31:48 – 2024 Presidential Elections
37:08 – Do you think the battle for Huntsville is over?
38:22 – Aliens?!
39:27 – Investigative journalism in the industry
41:20 – Challenges transitioning from a senior writer to an editor of a publication?
43:14 – Favorite space topic to cover?
44:23 – Views on the Kessler Syndrome
45:35 – What do you enjoy most about Payload?
46:24 – Who’s the bigger baby?
46:56 – Jacqueline’s beer podcast
48:34 – Advice for aspiring space journalists