055 Text Messaging to Space, with M. Brian Barnett

Inspired by the Apollo missions to the moon, Brian Barnett has been dreaming of being an astronaut since he was a little boy.  Not only does he plan to be a commercial astronaut in the near future, but he also hopes to inspire a new generation in the race to space. His innovation and ideas have led him to develop the Space Wide Web, allowing earth-to-space communications.  Join this family man and hear how his children have been involved in his business, Solstar Space, from very early on.  Listen in to some of his amazing stories and ideas for STEM-minded individuals.

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M. Brian Barnett is a serial entrepreneur with 33 years’ experience in commercial space, the mobile satellite services industry, as an aerospace technologist at NASA, and at KPMG Consulting as a management consultant. He is Founder and CEO of Solstar Space Co. (Solstar), the first internet service provider for people, Internet of Things, and machines in space, that is developing technologies to build a Space Wide Web.  On April 29, 2018, Solstar demonstrated the first commercial two-way data and wi-fi hotspot service in space and Tweet from space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew capsule, using Barnett’s patent-pending technology.  Brian began his career at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center where he provided Space Shuttle payload integration services at the Payloads Project Office.  He also provided astronaut crew training in the Mission Operations Laboratory for Spacelab missions.  At Johnson Space Center, Brian worked in the Missions Operations Directorate, and later worked on JSC’s 1992 Strategic Plan.  He also managed a contract to document all Space Shuttle operations processes as directed by Congress after the Challenger accident.  Later, as a management consultant for KPMG’s Space and High Technology group, Brian wrote dozens of business plans and market assessments for commercial space companies.  He led the Team that wrote the initial business plan and helped identify the best location for the spaceport that eventually became Spaceport America in New Mexico.  Brian earned a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters in Administrative Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is a graduate of the International Space University.  He is a classically-trained rock and reggae drummer and is founder and producer of DrumsAstro┬«, an organization Connecting Artists and Musicians of all Genres to Space and Space Exploration.

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