Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Humanity in Space National Air & Space Museum IMAX Theater Exclusive Screening of the film “Orphans of Apollo”

Posted in Intelligence with tags on November 15, 2011 by mirforpeace

November 17, 2011 (Washington D.C.) In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution, an exclusive screening of the film” Orphans of Apollo” will show in the National Air and Space Museum’s Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Friday, November 18 at 8:00 pm.

“ORPHANS OF APOLLO” is the award winning documentary that has been called the “greatest space story never told.” The film  tells the extraordinary true story of a small group of entrepreneurs who felt, ‘orphaned’ by President Nixon’s decision to end the NASA Apollo Moon program and the subsequent years of nominal space activity. This band of brothers took matters into their own hands, and commandeered the Russian Mir Space Station, behind the backs of NASA and the US government. The rebellious, yet pioneering efforts has been credited with launching the new commercial Space Revolution. This is the remarkable untold story of the greatest secret in the new space race.

This dramatic tale chronicles the adventure of the boldest business plan the Earth has ever seen. ‘MirCorp’, the entrepreneurial company ’s vision to transform the Russian space station into an outpost for what was intended to be the first phase of a trillion dollar business. The project was to include mining of asteroids, gravity free laboratories, a space ‘hotel’, and a research facility. MirCorp was the ultimate start-up company, and unlike anything the universe had ever seen.

Join this band of rebels out to change the course of history in space, as they board a private jet, fly to Russia, negotiate one of the most remarkable business deals of the final frontier. Follow this diverse group as they pioneer their way through this new business of space. Listen to the management team as they struggle with issues of branding, finance, technology, and engage in the ultimate slugfest with the most powerful governments and bureaucrats.

“ORPHANS OF APOLLO” is an intimate and compelling epic which eloquently communicates the real origins of the private commercial new space revolution. Now for the first, and possibly the last, time, “ORPHANS OF APOLLO” combines archival material from original NASA film footage, Russian archival footage, personal footage, IMAX footage, with interviews and or footage with key players including Tom Clancy, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Rick Tumlinson, Walt Anderson, Gus Gardellini, Jeff Manber, and others.

Free Radical Productions has made the documentary film, “ORPHANS OF APOLLO,” available on DVD or streaming at Amazon @



“…will become…an underground classic at entrepreneurial programs. It captures that feeling of events rushing ahead of you as you try to figure out how to make it work, a seductive feeling beloved by entrepreneurs, and when they start hitting their stride,” Out of the Cradle: Movie Review.

“A fascinating account of how a small group of American space entrepreneurs challenged the government…”Dr. Roger Launius, National Air and Space MuseumWashington D.C. , and “a fast moving chronicle of an action packed, amazing true story” according to George Whitesides, Former, Chief of Staff, NASA.

About Free Radical Productions

First time documentary filmmaker Michael Potter, who is one degree of separation from many of the key players in this remarkable and historic epic, is an expert on international technology and business. Potter has published extensively on technology policy issues. He worked together with key figure in “Orphans of Apollo” Walt Anderson in creating a publicly traded pan-European telecommunications company. Potter previously worked on the 13 part WGBH Series, “War & Peace in the Nuclear Age.” He is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Free Radical Productions is a privately held production company headed by Michael Potter.  Potter is Executive Producer of the upcoming film, “The University” The production documenting the Singularity University an its goal of inspiring students to positively impact 1 billion people in the next decade. Free Radical Productions + 1 (310) 990-8803

Rick’s Handy Dandy Guide to Space

Posted in Intelligence on June 8, 2010 by spacefaring

From Director Q&A at Orphans Of Apollo Los Angeles Premiere

Los Angeles Premiere May 28

Posted in Intelligence on May 10, 2010 by spacefaring

Orphans of Apollo exclusive Los Angeles Premiere
May 28, 2010, 6pm
At the Historic Warner Grand Theater
478 West 6th Street, San Pedro CA 90731

Followed By a Directors Question & Answer
Keynote Speaker Astronaut & Test Pilot Brian Binnie

A Special Benefit for the Manna Energy Foundation’s
“Geeks Without Frontiers”

Sponsored by Time Share Relief

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at orphansofapollo.com/warner-grand

Michael Potter on Spacevidcast

Posted in Intelligence on July 23, 2009 by spacefaring

If you don’t know Spacevidcast.com, you should! Tonight’s show featured Michael Potter and Orphans of Apollo. Hosts Cariann and Benjamin learned things they never knew!

Orphans on The Space Show

Posted in Intelligence on May 26, 2009 by spacefaring

Broadcast 1162 (Special Edition) Aired on May 25th, 2009
From Dr. David Livingston, The Space Show:

Michael Potter returned to The Space Show for updates regarding his excellent documentary film, “Orphans of Apollo.” You can learn more about the film and purchase your copy of it which I recommend by visiting www.orphansofapollo.com. Michael told us the story of a group of rebel entrepreneurs who almost bought the Russian Mir Space Station to use it for commercial purposes. Its an inspiring and exciting story with lessons to be learned that are playing a role in guiding today’s space entrepreneurs. During the show, one of the business participants in the Mir purchase featured in the film, Gus Gardellini, called in and added stories and detail to enhance the story told in this excellent documentary film. Gus also told us about his book on the subject being written and asked for feedback and possible NASA/Mir information so if you have such information, please send your note to themirbook@gmail.com. One of the important things driven home by Michael Potter during this show and in the film was the leadership required for this project. He also talked about the importance of the Band of Brothers management style. We also talked about national security issues because the Mir entrepreneurs wanted to use 1950’s technology including the electrodynamics tether. You will certainly want to hear what he had to say about this subject and export control. As this show unfolds, you will hear why this story is still relevant and important today and why many say that this story is the greatest space story never told. I urge you to see this film or order it from the above website.

LIsten to the show

Would you like to buy a space station?

Posted in Intelligence on May 25, 2009 by spacefaring

Orphans of Apollo is now available on DVD at

A behind-the-scenes documentary on the unsuccessful effort to turn Russia’s Mir space station into a money-making operation serves as a cautionary tale for the private sector’s present-day space ambitions.

Alan Boyle, Cosmic Log, MSNBC

To many in the entrepreneurial NewSpace community, Walt Anderson is something of a folk hero. A self-made multimillionaire who built his fortune in the telecom industry, he invested much of that wealth in a variety of space ventures in the 1990s, from Rotary Rocket to LunaCorp. His highest-profile venture, though, was an audacious plan to take over the Russian space station Mir — which was being abandoned by the Russian space agency so it could focus on the International Space Station — and turn it into a commercial outpost in orbit.

Jeff Foust, The Space Review

Potter’s film is at its finest as it recounts the negotiations that with Russian space officials over commercial use of a station built by Soviet socialists. In addition to recollections from Gardellini, Tumlinson, Manber and others, there is rare video clips shot during trips to Moscow and negotiating sessions. It’s a nice behind-the-curtain look into how international deals get done. Potter does a good job of getting you caught up in the excitement of the quest.

Douglas Messier, Parabolic Arc

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Sacramento International Film Fest March 30

Posted in Intelligence with tags , , , , on March 22, 2009 by spacefaring

Orphans of Apollo featured at 4:30 on Monday March 30, at the 24th Street Theater. Tickets on sale at the Sacramento International Film Festival page here.

What happened 8 Years ago

Posted in Intelligence with tags , , , on March 22, 2009 by spacefaring

Google this: March 23, 2001 Mir space station

According to YouTube user Evi1D0c, there was a plan.
“This was a media that NASA creative, to show the [simulated] intentional deorbit (reentry to Earth) of the aging and abandonded: MIR Russian Space Station.”

Screening Feb. 27 in DC

Posted in Intelligence on February 17, 2009 by spacefaring

[ripped from the pages of FaceBook Group Orphans of Apollo]

“Orphans of Apollo” Screening Washington D.C. — ISU Fundraiser
An Exclusive Director’s Presentation of the Award Winning Film
Hosted by George Washington University, International Space University, Arthur C Clarke Foundation

Friday, February 27, 2009 5:00pm – 7:45pm
George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St. N.W
Washington, DC

$250 “Event Sponsor” (3 tickets Included)
$100 “Scholarship Booster” (2 tickets Included)
** Please pay in advance with PayPal to isu.nao.pp@isu.isunet.edu

$25 General Admission; $15 Student
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More about NASA Ames sneak preview

Posted in Intelligence on October 22, 2008 by mirforpeace

The nice guys at NASA Ames Research Center mailed back the camera — and the pictures were still on it! Check out the Flickr photostream for evidence of NASA hospitality.

Student intern David Gomez

Michael’s notes for his talk before the movie: Continue reading