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Paul Breed, Tuesday, 10-30-12 October 31, 2012

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Paul Breed, Tuesday, 10-30-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1884-BWB-2012-10-30.mp3

Guest:  Paul Breed.  Topics:  Low cost space access & developing a nanosat launcher.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, & discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, & any discussion must be relevant & 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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright & trademark policies.  We welcomed back Paul Breed of Unreasonable Rockets to discuss space business plans, low cost space access, NewSpace outcomes to date, & his nanosat launcher business concept.  In our first segment of this two hour discussion, Paul started out by presenting us with an overview of space access & NewSpace vehicle development starting with the Shuttle through today.  We talked about both orbital & suborbital launches & his comparing the suborbital industry with the orbital launch industry.  He made a very good case for his comparison but see what you think after hearing our discussion.  Paul summarized & discussed the vehicles under development & then he gave us an overview of his nanosat launcher concept.  He told us that we could download & read his business plan & more at his blog, www.unreasonablerocket.blogspot.com.  He has three documents on his blog for your download & review.  In our discussion, Paul outlined his financial performance characteristics for his concept & responded to listener questions about it.  Charles called in to support Paul’s concept & to plug his Microlaunchers concept.  I brought in Dr. John Jurist on another line who joined in talking about the business plan Paul made available on his blog.  Some of the issues talked about were one man business operations as opposed to a company with staff, engineers, etc. key man insurance, venture capital considerations, company infrastructure, & funding levels.  We also talked about what makes an effective business plan.  John & Paul then entered a discussion about nanosat launcher first stages as opposed to needing a two or three stage rocket.
    In the second segment, the issue of venture capital flowing to hardware as opposed to software came up for discussion.  I referred to earlier programs plus a lecture we had at the NewSpace meeting about the flow going to software now, not hardware.  Paul continued on with some of the technical concepts for his nanosat launcher concept, we talked about the three components of cost plus market timing, financial interest in such a plan, & the fact that the nanosat launcher market is undergoing exponential growth.  Paul also talked about “hitchhiking” secondary payload rides, academic launches for cubesats & the market for the launches, & the interest in nanosat launchers outside the U.S., especially the entrepreneurial interest in such a business.  Paul talked about the fact that NASA has set very high expectations, that Hollywood movies have done the same & that such contributions to the industry are & have been destructive.  Don’t miss this discussion.  We talked about some of the newer technologies available today including 3D printing & crowd source financing as examples.  In concluding our discussion, Paul asked for listener feedback on his business plan & concept as well as for ideas using Kickstarter as a possible source of financing.
     Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above.  Paul can be reached directly through is own blog.

Dr. Madhu Thangavelu, Perry Edmundson, Monday, 10-29-12 October 30, 2012

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Madhu Thangavelu, Perry Edmundson, Monday, 10-29-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1883-BWB-2012-10-29.mp3

Guests:  Dr. Madhu Thangavelu, Perry Edmundson.  Topic:  The Cosmic Mariner space cruise ship concept developed by Perry Edmundson. 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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies.  We welcomed back Dr. Madhu Thangavelu and our new guest, Perry Edmundson to discuss the Cosmic Mariner space cruise ship concept which Perry developed while a graduate student in Dr. Thangavelu’ s Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio.  You can find Perry’s slides and his presentation paper on The Space Show blog.  Our first segment of this nearly two hour discussion covered the basics of the USC class taught by Dr. Thangavelu, including prerequisites and needed student background.  Madhu talked about class objectives & goals along with explaining his methodology in teaching the class.  We then switched over to Perry who began explaining the Cosmic Mariner concept.  If you follow along with his slide presentation which is on the blog, you will see terrific illustrations plus his comments will be supplemented by important visuals.  Perry explained the concept, talked about his design incorporating inflatable modules, the three main elements of style he incorporated in his design, the role of the ISS, and why he decided to make use of the ISS.  As for challenges to bringing the concept to reality, he talked about radiation issues along with other human factors issues.  One issue he zeroed in on dealt with the psychological issues faced by crews on longer missions.  Life support was discussed along with the need for far more powerful propulsion such as nuclear electric propulsion.  Perry spent some time discussing nuclear propulsion and related issues.  Madhu brought up the benefits of using hosted payloads & both our guests talked about SpaceX & its progress toward human spaceflight.
     In our second segment, Perry talked about bandwidth issues and urged the use of optical transmission as a solution path.  Trent asked about the NASA Gateway Program & we talked about using his cruise ship concept to go to Mars.  Perry explained what some of the modifications would have to include to make his concept viable for Mars.  Again, he stressed the human factors challenges.  John from NJ called in to talk about funding issues & challenges.  He also asked why the ISS was being used given it may meet its end in a few more years.  Perry suggested that his concept would provide a new purpose for the ISS.  We talked about the development of new technology for problem solving & were introduced to the concept of “technology evaporation.”
     Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.
Perry Edmundson Slides
Edmundson Thangavelu AIAA Space 2012-Final

Dr. John Jurist, Webinar, Sunday, 10-28-12 October 29, 2012

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Dr. John Jurist, Webinar, Sunday, 10-28-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1882-BWB-2012-10-28.mp3

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Guest:  Dr. John Jurist.  Topics:  This webinar focused on rocket mission, planning, risk & cost analysis using copyright protected spread sheets created by Dr. Jurist.  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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies. You can see the webinar at https://vimeo.com/channels/thespaceshow.  We welcomed Dr. Jurist to this special two hour webinar on rocket mission, planning, risk, & cost analysis.  Dr. Jurist developed a series of copyrighted spread sheets for this discussion. Callers had the opportunity to “massage” the numbers to see what happened with costs, success probabilities, & how many launches might be needed depending on the rocket being evaluated.  We relied upon published data for all rocket systems discussed, even when only theoretical.  Much of the discussion during this webinar focused on comparisons of Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, SLS, and the Liberty Launch Vehicle. We also used a Falcon 1e as a baseline for comparison.  Dr. Jurist and the callers planned missions to LEO and the ISS, the Moon, and Mars.  We also looked at costs of total payloads delivered into LEO as a function of launch vehicle reliability and cost for multiple launches into the same position in LEO. Even with our two hour discussion, we did not get to cover several spreadsheet pages that rough out launch vehicle configurations and costs as a function of payload and total production runs. We will cover more of this material in the upcoming parts of this webinar series through early next year.  Dr. Jurist addressed questions dealing with simultaneous launches and third party depot operations including fuel sales and space tug services.  Some other subjects were also discussed in the webinar including the recent high altitude jump by Felix Baumgartner and combating the spin.  We also talked about the recent statement made by Felix about not spending money on Mars missions in favor of saving the Earth.

Please post your comments & questions on The Space Show blog.  Dr. Jurist and I will respond to your blog posts.  If you want to talk to Dr. Jurist about his spreadsheet and your possible use for it, you can email him at jmjurist@aol.com.

Jackie Kingon, Friday, 10-26-12 October 27, 2012

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Jackie Kingon, Friday, 10-26-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1881-BWB-2012-10-26.mp3

Guest:  Jackie Kingon.  Topic:  We discuss Ms. Kingon’s new book, “Chocolate Chocolate Moons” which is a humorous mystery on the Moon & Mars.  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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies.  We welcomed Jackie Kingon to the show to discuss her new and very funny book, “Chocolate Chocolate Moons.”  Jackie’s website for more information as well as the articles discussed near the end of the program is at www.jackiekingon.com. To order the book from Amazon & to have Amazon make a donation to The Space Show/OGLF, please use http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Moons-Jackie-Kingon/dp/1477561803/ref=onegiantlea20 or http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Moons-ebook/dp/B00954NGNK/ref=onegiantlea20. In our first segment, Ms. Kingon talked about why she wrote the book and the influences upon her from the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson.  She explained her focus on eating, food, culinary treats, & more.  We read some passages & discussed the characters, especially Molly Marbles, the main character.  We talked about obese people going to the Moon to weigh 1/6th of what they do on Earth but they still look obese.  Molly is 287 lbs on Earth but only 47.6 lbs. on the Moon.  Molly gets to the Moon by winning a Good and Plenty Scholarship for two at the NeilArmstrongUniversity on the Moon. Molly got the scholarship based on being a plus-sized student and her “cholesterol readings, body-fat ratio, Fibonacci number sequence for digesting chocolate and high school cafeteria records.”  The story unfolds from there, goes to Mars, depicts a luxurious Martian hotel, and more.  Molly took her boyfriend Drew with her to ArmstrongUniversity but in short order, Drew dumped her.  Our guest talks about how she integrated real space facts into her story when available but she did not focus on rockets, propulsion, and transportation.  We also learn that while the Moon is the place for obese people, Mars for thin people.  Near the end of the first segment, Jackie talked about her art which you can find out more about by visiting her website.

In the second segment, we learned more about the mystery which is based on a poison in the Chocolate Moons.  Jackie tells us about some of the marketing issues for a book that falls in-between the science fiction and humor genres, especially in getting quality shelf space in book stores.  We talked about the luxurious Nirgal Palace Hotel on Mars, some of the other story characters, & the mystery surrounding the Chocolate Moons.  As our program was ending, we asked Jackie about her teaching experiences which she shared with us. Note that the two articles she mentioned are available on her website. Jackie said more about her art, especially in the Estee Lauder Collection.  Another item discussed was her naming of certain characters after famous historical people & characters.  Jackie is working on a sequel to the book which may become available during the next few years.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  At the end of the program, Jackie does give out her email address for those of you wanting to get in touch with her.

The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 10-24-12 October 25, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 10-24-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1880-BWB-2012-10-24.mp3

Guests: John Batchelor, Alan Boyle, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics:  Blue Origin, Private/Commercial space, human spaceflight. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. 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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  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 minute discussion, Alan Boyle was asked about Blue Origins, their recent Pusher Escape System pad test, their high-performance hydrogen engine and fuel, safety and wind tunnel testing, and more. In response to several questions, Alan suggested that the lines between new space, private space and old or traditional aerospace are being blurred as traditional companies such as Boeing are pursuing the private model with their CST 100.
     If you have questions or comments about this segment, please post them on The Space Show blog above.  You can contact Mr. Batchelor or Mr. Boyle through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Brad Blair, Tuesday, 10-23-12 October 24, 2012

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Brad Blair, Tuesday, 10-23-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1879-BWB-2012-10-23.mp3

Guest: Brad Blair.  Topics:  Space debris mitigation ideas, space governance, space mining, ISRU, plus other topics.  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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies. We welcomed Brad Blair back to the program to discuss several issues including a law suit against governments per the Liability Convention to create a super fund to use in mitigating space debris.  Other topics included space mining, ISRU development, HSF to Mars, Cislunar development, the Red Bull Stratos jump, space skydiving, the NIAC-RAP (Robotic Asteroid Prospector Project), and more.  During the first segment of our two hour discussion, Brad focused on the space debris lawsuit. He explained the concept, the state liability issues in the Liability Convention, the idea of creating a superfund, and practical issues in doing this.  He suggested interested parties talk to space attorney Declan O’Donnell for more information.  Declan, a frequent Space Show guest, can be contacted using isdac.usis@gmail.com or 1-800-632-2828.  We fielded many listeners questions and phone calls about the lawsuit & superfund idea, some of which continued into the second segment.  Brad talked about large and small debris removal issues, mostly in LEO, and he suggested the use of Earth-based lasers as a debris removal tool.  We also talked about space salvage & the use of a bidding system for private companies to remove & possibly recycle space debris.  As we neared the end of the segment, Doug asked about Lunar ISRU, either excavating or using explosives on the Moon, and mining tools such as the slusher bucket.

Our second segment started off with Brad talking about space mining & the use of space resources. He then talked about his NIAC RAP project.  A caller asked him why the taxpayers should fund space debris cleanup per his lawsuit idea.  You will want to hear this discussion.  We got several emails and a call from Spike regarding debris and mining issues.  Next, Brad talked about commercial markets and market development for space projects.  He also talked about the potential of 3D printing and said many times that we are at a tipping point for commercial space development. He talked about space visions for space settlement and development.  Doug called back to ask about his space skydiving ideas using a rocket instead of a balloon.  At the program’s end, he told us about his venture, NewSpace Analytics, LLC.

Post your comments/questions on The Space Show Blog.  Brad can be reached @ newspaceanalytics@gmail.com.

Dr. Curt Bilby, Dr. Elizabeth Leffel, Monday, 10-22-12 October 23, 2012

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Dr. Curt Bilby, Dr. Elizabeth Leffel, Monday, 10-22-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1878-BWB-2012-10-22.mp3

Guests: Dr. Curt Bilby, Dr. Elizabeth Leffel.  Topics:  The RLIP76 protein by Terapio for radiation toxicity mitigation from multiple causes.  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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies.  We welcomed Drs. Curt Bilby & Elizabeth Leffel to the program to discuss the use of the RLIP76 protein for radiation damage mitigation using this biologic medical product.  You can learn much more about RLIP76 at the Terapio website, www.terapio.com. Terapio won Honorable Mention at this year’s NewSpace Business Plan Competition where I met Dr. Leffel as she presented for the company at the competition. You can see Dr. Leffel’s presentation at www.spacevidcast.com/2012/07/27/newspace-2012-business-plan-competition-part-2.  Dr. Leffel starts her presentation at 26 minutes 25 seconds into the video. In starting today’s discussion, our guests explained RIP76 and how it works through the oxidative stress pathway.  We learned about the FDA Animal Rule being used given human radiation experiments are not allowed.  We also talked about FDA fast tracking RLIP76 approval in case of an emergency, plus how RLIP76 would probably be used for acute radiation syndrome as compared to a chronic radiation exposure as the treatment models differ.  Near the end of the first segment, NYC 1st responder Daniel called us with several questions applicable to his being an emergency 1st responder & likely to be closely involved in any nuclear terrorist event. We don’t often get a view of this world on The Space Show so I urge you to pay attention to Daniel’s questions & the discussion with our guests.

In our second segment, I asked Dr. Bilby questions about the venture capital model for pharmaceutical R&D, pricing, & national healthcare systems plus insurance companies blocking access to many of these cutting edge drugs due to their high cost.  Curt took us through the risks associated with the different stages of pharmaceutical R&D, clinical trials, & product distribution. We talked about the very high failure rate for new drug research & we were introduced to the term “valley of death” as applied to this process.  We talked more about the actual RLIP76 process, potential pricing of the product & public health policy that might control its use.  We had a caller ask about using RLIP76 on a one way Mars trip as a trial, wondering if the FDA would approve such an “experiment.”  Dr. Bilby explained why it was unlikely this would happen, then we talked about getting RLIP76 for a space use by going outside the U.S.  Listen to why that won’t work. We also talked about space radiation issues, the possible role of RLIP76 regarding these issues, plus NASA’s interest in working with Terapio in their research.  Doug called to cite Terapio as a perfect example of a space scalable business, a topic we talk often of on The Space Show. As the segment ended, I asked Dr. Bilby if Terapio was public or if it had plans to do an IPO anytime in the near future. He explained the mixture of government & private sector equity partners but no plans for an IPO at this time.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can email our guests through me.

Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Sunday, 10-21-12 October 22, 2012

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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Sunday, 10-21-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1877-BWB-2012-10-21.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Erick Seedhouse.  Topics:  Astronauts4Hire.com, commercial astronaut corps, & “Astronauts For Hire: The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps.”  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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies.  We welcomed Dr. Erik Seedhouse back to the program to discuss his new book, “Astronauts For Hire: The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps.” You can order the book from the following link & when you do, Amazon makes a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF:  www.amazon.com/Astronauts-For-Hire-Commercial-Exploration/dp/146140519X/ref=onegiantlea20. While our program was in two segments, again, our topics crossed segments so this summary is written without regard to segments.  Dr. Seedhouse introduced us to the organization, Astronauts4Hire.org which is also their website.  On their home page, you can subscribe to their newsletter and news alerts for the organization as they strive to build a commercial astronaut corps. Erik told us how to join up, the difference with Flight Members and Associate Members, what the flight qualifications consist of, and how they envision their role in flying citizen science experiments on the upcoming suborbital flights.  While we did mention orbital flights, Erik said the difference was significant with suborbital and for now the focus was completely on suborbital.  As you will hear, the book is much broader than the organization as he goes into many of the human factors impacting HSF, both on the suborbital level and the orbital level.  His book addresses the leading companies in the industry, NASTAR training for suborbital astronauts, and forward looking potential commercial space businesses.  One of the issues that can negatively impact suborbital human flight is space sickness and Erik spoke about this in some detail.  He also talked centrifuge training and G-forces on launch as well as the reentry. Near the end of the program, we talked about suborbital vehicle safety, launch abort, and crew escape.
     If you have comments or questions, please post them on The Space Show blog above.  You can contact Dr. Seedhouse through me.

Classroom: Dr. Paul Spudis, Dr. Jim Vedda, Friday, 10-19-12 October 20, 2012

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Classroom: Dr. Paul Spudis, Dr. Jim Vedda, Friday, 10-19-12

Cislunar Space Development

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1876-BWB-2012-10-19.mp3

Guests: CLASSROOM:  Dr. Paul Spudis, Dr. Jim Vedda.  Topics:  Cislunar space development and economics.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blogs, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com and the Classroom blog, http://spaceshowclassroom.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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  For this Classroom Space Show two hour program, we welcomed Dr. Paul Spudis and Dr. Jim Vedda for a comprehensive discussion on the importance of undertaking Cislunar space development as a major focus of U.S. space policy.  Our program was in two equal segments but since our topics crossed segments, our summary will reflect the entire program, not each segment.  Also, at the end of this summary, I have listed several relevant URLs for cislunar space development and our guests.  If you want more information on the subject, I suggest you visit the recommended websites and blogs.  Our guests described cislunar space for us and did an excellent job in letting us know why it is important to focus on a cislunar space development program.  In the process of addressing this very important issue, we talked about policy, the railroad model, the need for space infrastructure, insitu resource development and understanding, lunar water, lunar ice, lunar polar robotic exploration, the need to learn to live and behave in space, and much more.  Listeners called and asked email questions that drew out both our panel members so that our discussion was sufficiently thorough.  Side issues were discussed such as budget cuts, tight budgets, how to do cislunar space in a belt tightening environment, small businesses and contractors, even sequestration.  Our guests were very clear as to why cislunar development was much more preferable than “space stunt accomplishment” types of programs and projects.  Our guests presented a good case in letting us know why cislunar development is preferable over a humans to Mars mission at this time. Another issue brought up by a listener was to ask about “Plan B” if for some reason there was no water or there was insufficient water/ice on the Moon.  Dr. Spudis explained why that was not likely but both panel members talked about why cislunar development was important to even without sufficient water/ice resources on the Moon. Here are the URLs of interest I mentioned above:  First, Dr. Vedda’s new book, “Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America’s Space Program” is at www.amazon.com/Becoming-Spacefarers-James-A-Vedda/dp/1477130918/ref=onegiantlea20.  The Paris conference mentioned by Dr. Spudis is the ASTECH’s “Developing Space” Conference is at www.d-space2012.com. Dr. Spudis websites and blogs can be found at www.spudislunarresources.com; www.spudislunarresources.com/blog; http://blogs.airspacemag.com/moon.  His book, “Blogging the Moon” is at www.amazon.com/Blogging-Moon-Paul-D-Spudis/dp/1926837177/ref=onegiantlea20.  Other related websites of interest include www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=13404; www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=19999; www.spudislunarresources.com/Papers/The%20Vision%20and%20the%20Mission.pdf.; www.cislunarnext.org.

Please post your comments/questions on the blogs above.  If you want to contact either Dr. Vedda or Dr. Spudis, you can do so through me.

The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 10-17-12 October 18, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 10-17-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1875-BWB-2012-10-17.mp3

Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Stephen Fuller, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics:  SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of Dragon to resupply 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. 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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  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. Fuller defined and explained sequestration, especially in the context of cuts in federal spending for DOD, aerospace and NASA. We talked about the added multiplier impact in the private sector, particularly with prime contractors and small businesses.  Dr. Fuller also talked about possible remedies that Congress could take to make sure sequestration does not happen.

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