As far as I’m aware FTL is very much still in the realm of Theoretical Physicists and barely even that. It’s widely regarded as not possible or requiring way more energy than we can think of generating any time soon or exotic energies that haven’t been proven to exist. So not much experimental work or theoretical work is being done on it.
My favorite Fusion effort is https://lppfusion.com/ I think they have the best chance at generating electricity in a practical, small, and simple design. They’re way closer than the big tokamak or stellarator designs which I view as dead ends.
Space Elevators aren’t viable until we figure out how to produce very long strands of Carbon nano tubes.
I too would like segments or interviews highlighting various companies proposing, and preferable actively building and or nearing launch of private space habitats.
I don’t know if we need an economist in the show regularly but occasionally it could be interesting and if this forum gets large enough … a job postings section would be welcome.
I don’t think asteroid mining is moving fast enough for your or my liking for there to be news weekly to report. I’m fairly confident the TMRO crew are just as excited by the prospect as we are and if there was something to report weekly then they’d be reporting it.
I hesitate to turn the show into a commercial… Kickstarters are a risk… and anything they recommend or highlight could be seen as an endorsement which could come back to bite them if people get scammed… I’m not saying it can’t or shouldn’t be done… just that money can be a touchy subject. I do think space industry start ups should continue to be highlighted though.