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Dr. James (Jim) Vedda, Friday, 9-28-12 September 28, 2012

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Dr. James (Jim) Vedda, Friday, 9-28-12

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Guest:  Dr. James (Jim) Vedda. Topics:  Dr. Vedda’s new book addressing cislunar development rather than destinations.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr. Jim Vedda back to the program to discuss his new book, “Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America’s Space Program.” If you order the book using this Amazon link, Amazon will make a donation to The Space Show:  www.amazon.com/Becoming-Spacefarers-James-A-Vedda/dp/1477130918/ref=onegiantlea20. Dr. Vedda started our discussion by responding to my question about what he meant by “rescuing America’s space program.”  This opened the way for most of the first segment to lay out the recent history of our space program and how we arrived at where we are today, Sept. 29, 2012.  Issues talked about during this narrative included Obama Space, Constellation, SLS, congressional actions, partisan divides, space vision, goals, timelines, space telescopes, Orion, Earth/Moon libration points as a destination, and much more.  We talked about the purposes of various missions & plans and if the stated purpose was sufficient or not for spending public money on it and carrying it out to completion. We then shifted to the Romney Presidential Campaign Space White Paper (www.scribd.com/doc/106652769/Space-Policy-White-Paper?secret_password=a0i3o1yj25ed5ycop3w). Dr. Vedda mentioned that space policy has not always been bipartisan & he provided examples to support his statement.
    We started the second segment by talking about our being in the training or initial phase of his three stages of space development.  The other two phases include cislunar development followed by space settlement & expansion throughout the solar system.  Dr. Vedda made the case for proximity operations in our space development program plus the need for strong public/private partnerships and when warranted, international cooperation with space projects.  Later in this segment, I asked Jim to outline for us his action plan, just how he would initiate a space development program per what he outlines in the book & discussed with us.  In response to my question, Jim outlined several initial steps that need to be taken to get the ball rolling.  See what you think of them and let us know with your blog comments.  We also talked about the general public, how Jim would make his case were he speaking at a Rotary lunch, and the best way to have a say & impact policy makers.  One of our final topics included the newly proposed bill to do multi-year congressional funding of space projects, make use of a to be created space project oversight panel, and have the Administrator serve a ten year term.  As you will hear, we supported the multi-year funding part of this proposed legislation.
Note below that you will find a special PDF slide presentation supporting Dr. Vedda’s book.  I strongly urge you to follow along with it during our discussion.
Becoming Spacefarers briefing
     Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  You can email Dr. Vedda through me.

The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 9-26-12 September 27, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 9-26-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1860-BWB-2012-09-26.mp3

Guests:  John Batchelor, Dr. Robert Anderson, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics:  Mars Curiosity and Martian geology/exploration.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. During our 11.5 minute discussion, Dr. Anderson, John, and I talked about Curiosity and its Mars exploration to date. We talked about Martian geology, methane, the Martian climate, certain features within Gale Crater, and more.  Robert went into detail on some of the issues and he also talked about the future exploration plans for Curiosity. Martian methane came up as did specific land features.

Please post any comments/questions you might have about this discussion on The Space Show blog.  If you want to contact John Batchelor or Dr. Robert Anderson about this program, please do so through me.

Tom Olson, Sunday, 9-23-12 September 24, 2012

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Tom Olson, Sunday, 9-23-12

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  Exodus Consulting Group, space scalable investments.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. Tom Olson returned as our guest to introduce us to the new Exodus Consulting Group (see http://exodus-consulting.com). In our first hour long segment, Tom introduced us to Exodus and the concept known as space scalable.  He gave several examples of what was meant by space scalable, including referencing some of the contestants/winners in the last New Space Business Plan Competition.  Tom also talked about the ISS and investor requirements for the more traditional types of space investments as compared to the considerations meeting the space scalable definition.  In this discussion, Tom explained why the space scalable approach makes so much sense. See if you agree with him and let us know on the blog.  The subject of space solar power and power sats at Mars came up with caller Marshall.  Tom and I remained skeptical about closing a business case for SSP but Tom did offer to review SSP business plans if you send them to him.  Please use inquiries@exodus-consulting.com. There was some discussion about Tom’s drilling ideas on Mars.
     In the second segment, we talked about the NewSpace Business Plan Competition planned for 2013.  Tom talked about business plan competitions in general, contrasting most of them with the NewSpace competition.  Tom talked about the funding, the cash prizes and the expanding connections to Silicon Valley.  Later in this segment, we talked about Exodus timelines and a listener wanted to know what has happened with previous winners of the competition.  Another listener emailed in a question about the risk of government regulation.  Tom pointed out that ITAR was the biggest concern.  We did talk about biotech, especially in the North Carolina Research Triangle, then we talked about crowd sourcing and Kickstarter.  In his closing comments, Tom mentioned the Washington, DC Angel Investors.  He closed pointing out the need for companies or individuals with plans to contact Exodus should they need $100-200K, have an 18-24 month exit strategy, and an ROI around 3-5X.
     Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can contact Tom Olson at the Exodus email address provided above.

Brian Mosdell, Friday, 9-21-12 September 22, 2012

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Brian Mosdell, Friday, 9-21-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1858-BWB-2012-09-21.mp3

Guest:  Brian Mosdell.   Topics: SpaceX Florida operations with Falcon 9, Dragon, Heavy, and more.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed back Brian Mosdell, Director of the SpaceX launch operations in Florida.  During our one hour discussion, we talked extensively about the Falcon 9, Dragon, Heavy, the upcoming Oct 7, 2012 launch to the ISS for a cargo resupply mission, and much more.  Other topics included getting ready for the Heavy, pad modifications, the Merlin engine 1.1 upgrade, launch range issues, human spaceflight safety, Congressional hearings on human spaceflight safety, and more.  Listeners asked many questions by both email and the toll free phone line.  Dragon life support issues were discussed along with possibly speeding up the human rating and Dragon HSF flights to the ISS. Brian said these matters were in the hands of NASA and others and then he told us the timeline they were currently working on.  We talked about the Soyuz problems and delays and asked if any of this would alter the timeline for commercial crew development.  We also talked about differences and preferences in contracting formats between the FAR & the SAA.  Another listener asked Brian to compare and contrast his work experience on the Delta launch vehicles and now the Falcon.  Don’t miss this discussion.  Additional potential commercial spaceports were discussed, including possibilities in Texas and Georgia.  A listener wanted to know about Falcon manufacturing facilities and how the Falcon 9 was transported to Florida.  Brian broke the process down into components and said it all goes by private carrier over land to Florida or Vandenberg, mainly from California to Texas & then on to the final destination.  Brian talked about the upcoming Falcon Heavy and he got several listener questions about it.  Toward the end, Brian provided us with a rough schedule of planned events that we should keep our eyes on for the next year to two.
     If you have comments/questions for Brian Mosdell, please post them The Space Show blog.  Emails to Brian can be sent to me for forwarding.

The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 9-19-12 September 20, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 9-19-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1857-BWB-2012-09-19.mp3

Guests:  John Batchelor, Taylor Dinerman, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics:  Russian rocket, safety and launch problems to the ISS.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. During our 11.5 minute discussion, Mr. Dinerman addressed the problems that exist in the Russian rocket industry today causing safety concerns for Soyuz crew flights to the ISS.  Taylor noted the employment, pay, retention, and maintenance issues faced by the Russians as well as the risks inherent in human spaceflight.  We also talked about the possibility of speeding up the human rating for the American commercial crew companies.

If you want to email John Batchelor or Taylor Dinerman about this discussion, please send your note to me and I will forward it to the person of your choice.  Please post any comments/questions you might have about this discussion on The Space Show blog.

 

Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 9-18-12 September 19, 2012

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 9-18-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1856-BWB-2012-09-18.mp3

Guest:  Robert (Bob) Zimmerman.  Topics:  Commercial crew, space policy, commercial space and more.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Bob Zimmerman back to the program to discuss a variety of space news topics and issues including commercial crew, commercial space, space politics, SLS, and more.  For those of you familiar with Bob Zimmerman on The Space Show, you will not be disappointed by this vintage-like Zimmerman discussion.  In our first segment of this slightly more than 2 hour program, we talked about the recent congressional hearings on commercial crew safety.  Bob’s response to these hearings and the commercial crew safety issues won’t surprise those of you familiar with Bob on these subjects.  Bob then talked about SLS and I mentioned the NASA pamphlet/booklet they gave out at the AIAA Space 2012 showing missions and objectives for SLS and more.  You can download this report at www.nasa.gov/exploration/whyweexplore/voyages-report.html. Bob also talked about NASA budgets from his perspective of needing budget cuts for the country as a whole given our $16 trillion debt. Later in the segment, we talked about some of the developing & emerging companies & their vehicles, Sierra Nevada, XCOR, Virgin, and then we talked about possible new spaceports under consideration/development.  Bob then took us to the subject of sequestration which is set for Jan. 1, 2013 unless the law is reversed.  Bob spent considerable time telling us why these cuts are not as bad as the media and the agencies make them out to be.  See if you agree with his analysis.  As the segment ended, we talked about planetary science missions with NASA in the budget context along with the budget consequences of continuing SLS.
        In our second segment, Bob continued talking about SLS along with heavy lift, including the proposed Falcon Heavy.  Listeners began emailing and calling with comments about space politics, policy, and heavy lift as compared to smaller rockets doing the same mission.  I then provided everyone with a glimpse of our planned rocket building webinar set for Oct. 28 and talked about how one costs out and plans a rocket for the mission at hand as you cannot just say heavy lift bad, smaller rockets good or something similar.  I provided a quick and very simple overview of the process used in doing this type of analysis and trade study (running the numbers).  If this interests you, don’t miss our Oct. 28th webinar on this entire process. We are using an interactive spreadsheet so you can design your own rocket and mission and compare it to any other rocket with known parameters.  I suspect I was not completely convincing regarding heavy lift as compared to smaller lift rockets and the mission planning process but listen and see what you think about the discussion. As the discussion continued, one of the points I was making about matching the rocket to the mission seemed to get attention.  Also, I made it clear this was not about bad and good.  Let us know your thoughts by posting them on the blog.  Later in the segment, Bob talked extensively about the private sector being preferable to the government doing things related to space.  We also talked about space telescopes, Cis-lunar development and more.  We concluded with Bob pointing out what is still ahead for space during the balance of the year and with the developing companies.
         Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  If you want to email Bob, you can do so through me or through his excellent blog, Behind The Black (http://behindtheblack.com).

Dr. Burton Lee, Monday, 9-17-12 September 17, 2012

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Dr. Burton Lee, Monday, 9-17-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1855-BWB-2012-09-17.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Burton Lee.  Topics: Space entrepreneurship and venture capital investment.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr. Burton Lee back to the program to discuss venture capital and space entrepreneurship.  Dr. Lee made a presentation about this subject at the NewSpace Conference Boot Camp and is sharing this information with us at this time.  His Power Point presentation, “Space Entrepreneurship & Silicon Valley Venture Finance Trends in 2012,” has been uploaded to The Space Show blog.  During our 90 minute discussion without a break, Dr. Lee took us through the Power Point slides as we discussed important issues, trends, and suggestions pertaining to space entrepreneurship and getting it financed in the VC community.  I suggest you go through the slides with us during our discussion.  Some important take aways to consider include the need to stress business characteristics, not space related characteristics.  In fact, he advised against being a space advocate in pitches, presentations, and business meetings. Also, Dr. Lee suggested getting real business experience with a non-space organization or start-up as it is the real business experience that matters, not space science, space engineering, or anything like that.  He advised to really do your homework as to your markets, business planning, financing, etc.  Later, he talked about “hot” books in the Valley which are a must read for the space entrepreneur.  These are detailed in some of his later slides. Both Dr. Lee and I suggest you read these books.  We talked about new funding methods including Kickstarter and the possibility of equity crowd source funding down the road.  We also went over important trends that adversely impact the potential opportunities for the space ventures.  For example, software is far better and more lucrative than hardware.  The apps and related business are Valley favorites.  We spent lots of time discussing and understanding these trends and seeing where space could possibly fit in but another take away was that space projects face fierce overall competition for funding from ventures with lower risk, larger markets, rapid exit strategies, and the potential for virality.  This is an important discussion and I hope all of you listening to it will do so with an open mind. Dr. Lee has the experience, the position, and the knowledge on these subjects and what he had to say is something we have to know, even if we are simply space advocates and enthusiasts and not an actual space entrepreneur.  For those of us that are space entrepreneurs, Dr. Lee’s discussion is crucial to success – IMHO!
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog to benefit us all.  If you want to email Dr. Lee, note that his email address is provided on the title page of his Power Point.  If you do email him with a question, please copy me as I would like to continue learning and sharing in the knowledge Dr. Lee offers to us all.  Thank you.

Burton Lee – The Space Show – Sept 17 2012 – Final

Dr. Bruce Cordell, Sunday, 9-16-12 September 17, 2012

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Dr. Bruce Cordell, Sunday, 9-16-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1854-BWB-2012-09-16.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Bruce Cordell.   Topics:  Maslow Windows and a coming economic and space exploration boom.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed back Dr. Bruce Cordell to discuss new information pertaining to fractal Maslow Windows, a possible coming economic and space exploration boom.  In our first segment of this 2 hour 15 minute program, Dr. Cordell provided us with an overview of his Maslow Windows research and conclusions.  As Dr. Cordell has been a guest on The Space Show several times, this particular overview is short so if you want more information on the history behind Maslow Windows and his research, please listen to the earlier discussions with our guest and visit his website, www.21stcenturywaves.com. We also talked about his presentation at this year’s Mars Society Conference.  You can follow along with this PowerPoint by visiting http://21stcenturywaves.com/2012/09/16/bruces-mars-society-convention-presentation-8312. After his overview, Dr. Cordell talked about earlier economic panics, comparing them to today, plus two other influencing factors, war/conflict, and a political realignment seeking prosperity.  During our discussion, Dr. Cordell makes the case that history is repeating itself and given current events including recent events in the Middle East, with our economy, and globally, it is very likely that around 2014-2015 we will be entering another Maslow Window opportunity for prosperity and a great exploration which he believes will be something to do with space exploration.  Several listeners called the program to ask him questions about his theory.  Some of the questions dealt with our present manufacturing & industrial capabilities as compared to the 60’s, global as well as domestic economic conditions & pressures, and human spaceflight risk assessment.
        In our longer second segment, Doug was the first caller with questions about planetary missions around water, mission economics, and how this factored into the analysis Dr. Cordell was sharing with us. Bruce made a point of being specific that it was the history that was helping to predict the future, citing the numerous historical periods similar to the one we are in now and the great projects that followed including Apollo and the Panama Canal as examples. In this segment, he discusses many other relevant historical periods and examples as well.  I asked him how he knew that the great project being predicted would be in space rather than in something else.  You will find his response interesting but Jerry emailed in the idea that the great project could be The Bering Straights rail freight tunnel.  This sparked a bit of a discussion during the balance of the program.  Later in this segment, Bruce said he had looked at more than 200 years of our history.  He also suggested that if we miss the current Maslow Window coming up, history points to the next one happening around 2070.  During both segments, Dr. Cordell was asked about factors in our coming presidential election making a difference including education, culture, the media, and ultimately who gets elected.  We discussed Maslow Windows from the perspective of their helping to make a great leader rather than a great leader bringing about the window. Near the end of the program, Terry asked about our $16 trillion deficit. Don’t miss what Bruce had to say about this.  He also addressed cultural and media issues.
        Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. If you want to contact Dr. Cordell, do so through me.

Griffith Observatory,Part 2 Taped Interviews, Friday, 9-14-12 September 15, 2012

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Griffith Observatory,Part 2 Taped Interviews, Friday, 9-14-12

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Guests:  Dr. Laura Danly;  Anthony Cook.  Topics:  Griffith Observatory walking tour.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  Welcome to Part Two of the taped interviews regarding my visit to the Los Angeles Area for the AIAA Space 2012 Conference and more.  Our Part 2 interviews took place at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA.  We started out with a discussion of the very interesting history of both Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory, features, and facilities of the Observatory, all with the curator, Dr. Laura Danly.  The passion, emotion, excitement, and scientific nature of Dr. Danly comes through in this interview and I can assure you, it translates into an incredible museum and science center which I hope all of you will visit if you have the opportunity to do so.  Our second segment was a walking tour with Anthony Cook who took us (my son and his friend were me on this assignment) to the roof, the telescope domes, and the solar viewing area inside the building.  Prior to the actual walking tour, we visited the area detailing the planets, a space jewelry collection and lots more.  You can learn much more about the Griffith Observatory by visiting their website, www.griffithobservatory.org

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AIAA Space 2012/CASE Taped Interviews, Part One, Friday, 9-14-12 September 14, 2012

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AIAA Space 2012/CASE Taped Interviews, Part 1, Friday, 9-14-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1852-BWB-2012-09-14.mp3

Guests:  John Elbon; John Mulholland; Dr. Robert O’Brien.  Topics:  Boeing Commercial Space programs and nuclear thermal propulsion updates.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. Welcome to Part One of taped interviews made while I was attending the AIAA Space 2012/CASE Conference in Pasadena, CA.  I was assisted in these interviews by Space Show supporter and listener, Dr. Doug Plata.  Part One has three interviews. First is Boeing’s John Elbon who talks about the Boeing commercial space programs.  The next interview is with John Mulholland, also of Boeing, regarding the Space Shuttle, human spaceflight, lessons learned, and the CST 100.  We talked with both Boeing guests about many topics from contracting types to safety, crew abort, launch vehicles, etc.  The final interview is an update on nuclear thermal propulsion and new fuel development with Dr. Robert C. O’Brien of the Center For Space Nuclear Research in Idaho Falls, ID.  Earlier this year, Dr. Howe of the same organization was with us and introduced us to their organization and their nuclear propulsion work.  Dr. O’Brien updated us on their work regarding fuel development, launch characteristics, applications, commercial uses, and more.  Included in our discussion was a detailed segment on why this propulsion is safe, why it is completely different from nuclear weapons as well as nuclear power plants. 

Please post your comments about these three interviews on The Space Show blog URL above.  If you would like to contact either of these guests including our co-host Dr. Plata, send your note to me and I will forward it to them.

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