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Dr. Vadim Rygalov, Dr. John Jurist, Tuesday, 8-19-14 August 19, 2014

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Dr. Vadim Rygalov, Dr. John Jurist, Tuesday, 8-19-14

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Guests:  Dr. Vadim Rygalov, Dr. John Jurist.  Topics:  High altitude freefall, astronaut rescue from space and more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed both Dr. Rygalov and Dr. Jurist back to the program for this one hour 39 minute discussion. Prior to starting,  I suggested to the listeners that they follow along on the Power Point that has been posted to TSS blog for this program, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Dr. Rygalov used this PPT during his recent ICES conference presentation in Tucson.  During the first segment, Dr. Jurist started off with an overview of this work which began with graduate student USAF Captain Sara Ford several years.  Dr. Jurist and Captain Ford were on the program to present her thesis work which is available in the archives from Dec. 20, 2009, http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1277-BWB-2009-12-20.mp3.  John also talked about Project Moose, http://www.astronautix.com/craft/moose.htm, and the more recent Red Bull Felix Baumgartner jump from high altitude.  John also talked about the parameters his students use when working on this issue.  Dr. Rygalov then explained his focus in the research and the analytical effort to describe the major characteristics of a free falling object from high altitude.  Our guests talked about hitting dense atmosphere, the impact of the stratosphere and the issue of avoiding a very dangerous flat spin.  Describing the process of stabilizing to avoid the flat spin presented an interesting discussion, especially as Dr. Rygalov explained out Felix Baumgartner dealt with the issue.  Both guests then talked about the need to attend to the horizontal velocity if one is escaping from a space vehicle but both our guests did say that such an escape was potentially survivable.  Doug called in from S. California to inquire about the Red Bull jump and the use of a drogue chute which he believed he saw in a video.  John, Vadim and I suggested to Doug that a drogue chute was not deployed because of how Felix controlled the jump, plus we talked about the ground support, technology, and hardware he had to help in the jump. While Doug was talking about the use of a drogue chute with our two guests, I did a quick Google search on the issue and then read a short paragraph from a technology review of the jump at http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/137521-the-tech-behind-felix-baumgartners-stratospheric-skydive.  The paragraph I read explained why a drogue chute was not deployed though Doug seemed to be skeptical.  While I had no way to verify what was in the article I was quoting, I encouraged Doug and others to do their own due diligence on the issue.  In fact, we should all remember that if there is something we care about or have an interest in, we owe it to ourselves to do due diligence to validate what we are reading or hearing, otherwise we are at the mercy of someone else and that may prove detrimental at some point down the road.  Remember, one can’t go wrong trusting but always verifying.  Near the end of the segment, our guests referenced the famous Joe Kittinger jump, then we discussed individual rescue and group rescue using some sort of protective shell.

In the second segment, Vadim pointed us to Slide 6 of the PPT, then to slide 13 as he talked about shockwave issues following supersonic transition.  Shuttle like rescues came up again and John again mentioned the Soviet experiments with the shell concept.  A listener asked about sport skydiving from space which both our guests addressed.  If it materializes, our guests thought it was many years out before we were able to do it safely.  Vadim suggested this extreme sport would be 50-70 years in the future.  Another listener emailed in a question about focusing on astronaut safety which is something NASA always talks about. He questioned if that was really their focus, why have they not developed rescue and escape systems from space.  Both guests suggested the safety focus materializes in safer space vehicles, capsules, etc., not escape and rescue plans.  Near the end of the program, I asked each guest for their next step in their research on this subject.  In addition, they talked about what students seemed interested in and then I inquired about the level of math needed for the research as Vadim is a world class mathematician and John is very highly developed in math as well.  I think you will find their replies to this question to be interesting.  Before the show ended, I asked Vadim, based on his extensive experience in the old Soviet space program, about psychological issues for long duration spaceflight.  The issues are very real & not easy to deal with despite what many space advocates say and think.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog & I will make sure our guests see them in hopes for a reply. You can email either Dr. Jurist or Dr. Rygalov through me

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Jeremy Straub, Dr. Ronald Marsh, Monday, 8-18-14 August 19, 2014

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Jeremy Straub, Dr. Ronald Marsh, Monday, 8-18-14

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Guests:  Jeremy Straub, Dr. Ronald Marsh.  Topics:  NSF Grant to UND Computer Science for undergraduate satellite mission critical development software.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Jeremy Straub and Dr. Ronald Marsh to the program to discuss the NSF Grant awarded the University of North Dakota (UND) computer science department for undergraduate summer work to design and develop mission critical software for cubesats.  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Jeremy Straub introduced us to the UND programs and Open Orbiter.  You can read more about these programs by visiting http://webapp.und.edu/dept/our/uletter/?p=48008.  Also, take note of the computer science dept. website where program registration will soon be announced, http://cs.und.edu.  Jeremy described the programs, Open Orbiter, the undergraduate student participation and expectations, transfer credits, and more. Dr. Marsh, the Computer Science Dept. Head, talked about the role of the computer science department, & why this program was in this department and not Space Studies or the School of Engineering.  Listeners asked questions about the program & the possibility of mission critical software development for BLEO cubesats as well as possible commercial applications.  We learned that this was an academic program and it might not lead to the actual launch of a functioning cubesat.  Jeremy described the additional key activities associated with the grant including a visit to missile system complex, JPL, and a high altitude balloon launch.

In the second segment, Charles Pooley called in to promote Microlaunchers and to again talk about the problem with secondary payloads which cubesats rely upon for their launches.  Jeremy talked about government sponsored cubesat launch programs including the NASA ELaNA program, ESA programs, the U.S. CubeSat Program, and the University Nanosat Program.  In response to the comments by Charles, I talked about the complex benefits students get from working with these secondary payload launch programs and opportunities.  One listener asked if computer wise high school students could participate in the program. To do so, students must be enrolled in a college or university.  Jeremy also said all the rules would be published when the application process opens up in the near future.  We talked about open source work, the program starting in the summer of 2015, that it would be an on campus 10 week program with no upper limit to the number of students that would be accepted into the program.  We talked about gender issues and shortages in computer science with Dr. Marsh and we learned that employers do not accept distance learning students as they want the students they hire to have attended on campus classes. Near the end of the program I inquired about the various UND cubesat programs that have appeared over the past few years.  In talking to Dr. Marsh about his department, we learned that it was not impacted & all classes are available.  As many of you know, this is not the case with many larger schools across the country.

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Chris Carberry, Joe Cassady, Sunday, 8-17-14 August 18, 2014

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Chris Carberry, Joe Cassady, Sunday, 8-17-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2297-BWB-2014-08-17.mp3

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Guests:  Chris Carberry, Joe Cassady.  Topics:  ExploreMars.org and projects ExoLance & Time Capsule, Mars life detection experiments.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed back Chris Carberry, Executive Director of ExploreMars.org and for the first time Joe Cassady to discuss current and new ExploreMars.org projects including the ExoLance Mission and the Time Capsule.  During the first segment of this 90 minute program, Chris provided us with a brief overview of ExploreMars.org, then he got into the specifics of their new project, ExoLance.  For more information about it and the crowd funding financial program, see http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/exolance.  Both Chris and Joe spent most of this segment with the details of this mission which will flyto Mars on an existing NASA or ESA Mars mission in the 2020s, dropping up to six tungsten penetrators loaded with life detection experiments to penetrate the Martian surface by up to 1-3 meters.  Our guests answered many emails as well as phone questions including specifics about the penetrators, the locations they would search, the tungsten penetrators serving as ballast on the main spaceflight missions, the impact velocity, and much more.  Chris and Joe several times referenced the work of Dr. Gil Levin for his labeled release (LR) experiments on the Viking missions, plus the work of Dr. Chris McKay at NASA Ames.  Both are key to designing the mission and scientific instrumentation for the penetrators.  I hope you find this detailed discussion as interesting as I found it.

In the second segment, we talked about other ExploreMars.org projects including the student led Time Capsule.  For more information, visit http://www.timecapsuletomars.com.  According to the website, the Time Capsule project sends to Mars digital messages from tens of millions of people from all corners of Earth in the form of text, images, audio and video clips.  This will Enable tens of millions of people from every country on Earth to upload their pictures, short movies, text messages and other digital media to the time capsule for about $1.00 for 10 mb.  Joe and Chris described the project, the student leaders behind it, and they invited all to participate.  Later in the segment, our guests talked about the next Humans2Mars conference scheduled for early May 2015.  They also talked some about this year’s conference and the many people that attended it plus the thousands of others around the world who saw it via streaming.  As you will hear, more than a thousand schools worldwide logged in to see the speakers as well.  Clearly, going to Mars gets people’s attention around the world like nothing else in the space field.  We got an email about possible ITAR issues with the crowd funding program and I asked our guests for Plan B if life was not discovered by the penetrators.  You might find their response to this question interesting, perhaps even entertaining.  Several listeners suggested some more advanced technology for the penetrators but the guys want to keep the first round very simple and affordable.  Based on the success of the first round of penetrators, they might evolve for future experiments.

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Dr. Gilbert (Gil) Levin, Friday, 8-15-14 August 16, 2014

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Dr. Gilbert (Gil) Levin, Friday, 8-15-14

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Guest:  Dr. Gilbert (Gil) Levin.  Topics:  Life on Mars, Viking Labeled Release Experiment & more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed back Dr. Gilbert (Gil) Levin who was the designated Experimenter of the Viking Labeled Release Life Detection Experiment (LR) on the two NASA Viking missions in 1976.  During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Dr. Levin talked about his latest research and paper which was delivered at this year’s Mars Society Conference.  His paper, “MARS: Dead or Alive,” can be found on his website for download at http://www.gillevin.com.  Scroll to the bottom of the Mars Research for all his papers or use http://www.gillevin.com/Mars/Levin-Straat_Mars_Society_Paper_8-8-14.pdf.  I asked Dr. Levin about criticisms to the findings published in his paper and he said the controversies centered around liquid water being on mars and for fossil references.  Gil also talked about the difficulty in getting NASA information on Mars mission experiments and his use of the Freedom of Information Act.  He also told us stories of his efforts to propose Mars life detection experiments with other national space agencies.  His theory as expressed in his latest paper is that there are microorganisms on Mars with a similar biochemistry in water similar to what is on Earth.  We received lots of email questions from listeners ranging to questioning the significance for us here on Earth in confirming microbial life on Mars, to the impact in our science, academic and religious communities.  One interesting email came from Joe in Denver asking if Gil was maybe too close to his own research thus possibly skewing his objectivity. Gil brought this up near the end of the second segment as well but listen to how he responded and the challenge he put out to listeners and others interested in this issue.  You decide if you think he is too close to life detection on Mars to be an objective scientist.  Near the end of the first segment, Doug emailed in wanting to know if microbes in the rocks could be imaged by a microscope instrument on a rover.  He was not satisfied with Gil’s response so he asked it again as we started the second segment.  Before we ended the first segment, we talked about possible reasons why some life detection experiments that could be done by Curiosity had not been done or at least not reported on were they done.

In the second segment, aside from Doug’s modified repeat question about microscope image detection, Gil talked about the newer LR analysis using complexity analysis by a scientist at Sienna University. He also mentioned updated analysis by Dr. Joe Miller at USC.  Another listener again asked about challenges to his Mars Society paper and Gil listed the three mail areas of challenge for us to consider.  BJohn from Sweden asked a series of questions about a Mars sample return mission and the risks of bringing a Mars sample back to Earth or using an orbiting station or the Moon to evaluate it due to the possibility of risk to Earth. As mentioned earlier, toward the end of our program, Gil’s objectivity came up & he challenged listeners to contact him with objections to his research which he will respond to via email as he gave out his email address.  Charles Pooley called in near the end to raise ethical issues about HSF to Mars were some form of life discovered there.

If you have questions/comments, post them on TSS blog above.  You can contact Dr. Gil Levin through me, his website, or the email address he gave out during the program.

Open Lines, Tuesday, 8-12-14 August 13, 2014

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Open Lines, Tuesday, 8-12-14

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Guest:  Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Space conferences, SLS, 3D Printing in space, launch systems & more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.   For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

Welcome to this two hour open line discussion covering a wide range of space topics.  During the first segment which was half an hour, I introduced the program and some possible topics, plus I spoke about having attended AIAA Space 2014, the SmallSat 2014 Conference which was held the same time as AIAA, and I referred back to my having also been at the NewSpace 2014 conference.  Some possible topics of interest for discussion included a recent news story about astronauts usage of sleeping pills while on orbit.  Nobody seemed interested in that topic as it was not discussed during this program.  I also noted the huge gap between those working SLS or having an interest in it and those on the side that hate it and think it’s a huge waste.  As I said, the gap was wider than the Grand Canyon with no signs of narrowing.  This issue was raised during the second segment of tonight’s program.  You can read Duane’s article on the lessons learned astronaut panel I mentioned on air at http://www.aiaa-space.org/Forum.aspx?id=24589.

We paused for a short break and we opened the second segment with a call from John in Ft. Worth.  John remained on the phone for quite some time and we covered lots of topics.  Initially, SLS John, as I like to refer to him, went over his SLS place holder theory again.  We did spend lots of time talking about SLS, the gap between supporters and haters of the project, its operational plan, congress, and more.  We also talked Falcon Heavy which John suggested was potentially less real than SLS though I countered that thought.  We talked about the RD-180 rocket motor problem, and I told him & the listeners about some of my AIAA discussions, interviews including my breakfast with Dr. Mike Griffin & Frank Van Rensselear of Schafer Corp.  We also talked Dream Chaser and the press conference SNV held at AIAA, plus I talked about my interview with Larry Price, Deputy Director of Orion.  John said his real interest in space was advanced propulsion, specifically nuclear. Somehow our conversation ended up talking about Area 51 and the Clinton era lawsuit against the government by workers exposed to toxic materials.  As soon as John got off the phone, Dwayne called in.  He clarified the Area 51 story for us as well as the old litigation that the workers won but then Pres. Clinton used an Executive Order to overturn the court decision.  Dwayne also spoke about 3D printing in space and the recently concluded NRC 3D Printing In Space(http://www.nap.edu/download.php?record_id=18871  note you may need to open a free account to download the report for free).  There are also lots of news stories about the report should you care to research it.  We talked about 3D printing in space, how it might be used, and the possibility of a later metal printer in space.  Dwayne then spoke to the old Coke and Pepsi wars in space several years ago and he addressed the gap with SLS supporters and those that are against it.  He said it was a huge gulf and that he thought both sides may have less than a firm grip on reality regarding SLS.  In addition to the two calls, we fielded an email from Doug who brought up space settlement, the value of attending space conferences, and the commercial crew down select process.  Tim was our last caller and he brought up SLS again, we talked about the congressional candidate on the independent side in the Huntsville district, Mark Bray in that Mark works on the SLS project and that it would be interesting to know his space policy views since he might win the congressional election.  Tim also mentioned a article about Elon Musk in the NextBigFuture.com re an eighty thousand person Mars City by 2040.  You can download the article at http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/08/elon-musk-timeline-and-extrapolation-of.html.  The final email was from Joe in Houston wanting to know the NASA down select process & who might be responsible for it.  I could not answer his question but please, if any listeners know the answer, post it on the blog.

As always, please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach any of the email listeners or the callers through me.

Dr. Martin Elvis, Monday, 8-11-14 August 12, 2014

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Dr. Martin Elvis, Monday, 8-11-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2294-BWB-2014-08-11.mp3

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Guest:  Dr. Martin Elvis.  Topics:  Asteroid mining, commercial space, NASA.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Dr. Martin Elvis to the program to discuss asteroid mining, commercial space, NASA & more.  In the fist segment of our 91 minute discussion, after telling us about an asteroid being named after himself, Martin responded to my question about what he sees as our future in space.  Dr. Elvis answered this question throughout both segments of today’s program, making it clear that he sees solutions and development through astronomy & commercial space, not NASA.  He began talking about our great space telescopes and the fact that the budgets are not there for such great tools and instruments to continue and be sustained, even to the tune of not being able to properly support the JWST.  He had much to say on rising costs, budgets and when I asked about priorities, he said how much is the right amount to make space exploration, science, even HSF, a priority?  What is their information worth compared to other worthy causes and uses for federal money?  This analysis has led him to understand the future rests with commercial space to pay for space programs and ventures rather than relying on government funds.  We then jumped into mining asteroids and the commercial potential of this emerging industry.  He talked about initial small markets, maybe 10 worthy asteroids for mining or possibly doubling that number given uncertainties and risks associated with the formula for estimating the number of commercially viable asteroids.  Do not miss this discussion as I am sure we will be referring to it frequently in future Space Show program discussions.  The size and type of asteroid matter as you will hear with mining needing at least a 100 meter wide asteroid in the billion dollar range with Delta V requirements that are cost effective for getting to and from the target.  Primarily we talked about water and PGM re asteroids.  Listeners asked questions about trillion dollar asteroids per press reports, he looked them up and said the Delta V to get there, land, etc., was simply too high, a fact often ignored by articles referencing potential asteroid value.  Doug emailed in about smaller asteroids, say 20 meters.  Dr. Elvis had much to say about the smaller asteroids and their mining potential as well.  Toward the end of the segment, we talked about regulatory and legal-illegal acts including the possibility of a competing company hijacking an asteroid for commercial purposes.  Don’t miss what he said about this.

In the second segment, we started with a call from Doug.  Doug and Martin had a log discussion as Doug wanted to compare mining potentials for asteroids and the Moon.  Later, we talked more about space telescopes and Doug wanted to know if Hubble could be pointed in the direction of the sun for specific reasons.  Later, we talked about Rosetta and P67.  B John in Sweden sent in lots of questions about why not mine the Moon rather than an asteroid.  Martin explained the value of going to an asteroid for mining and getting virgin scientific info over the Moon so listen to this discussion.  Other topics included economics, depressing prices of PGM here on Earth by bringing this material back to Earth, zero G issues, Pluto, Kuiper Belt Objects and more.

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AIAA Space 2014 Taped Interviews, Friday, 8-8-14 August 8, 2014

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AIAA Space 2014 Taped Interviews, Friday, 8-8-14

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Guests:  Larry Price; Mark Sirangelo.  Topics:  Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle update and status report plus a Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser press conference.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcome you to these two interviews recorded at the AIAA Space 2014 Conference in San Diego, CA from August 4-7, 2014.  The first segment or interview on this nearly two hour program features Larry Price, Deputy Director for Lockheed on the Orion project.  In the second segment or the second interview, I recorded a Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser press conference featuring Dr. Mark Sirangelo.  As you will hear from my introductory comments on tape, both segments faced audio challenges.  Also, I missed the full opening statement by Mark re Dream Chaser and I apologize for the perhaps 1 minute omission.  I joined the press conference in session.  Regarding Orion, Larry provided us with an update on Orion’s progress, we talked about the heat shield, the coming December flight test on the Delta 4 Heavy, Atlas 5 issues, the type of missions Orion can fly including lunar and cis-lunar missions along with Mars, Martian moons, and asteroid missions.  This was a broad ranging discussion regarding Orion and deep space human missions.

In the second segment, or the press conference regarding Dream Chaser by Sierra Nevada, Mark provided us with scheduling and testing information and flight status reports.  He also carefully defined the Dream Chaser mission, goals, and objectives.  We talked about launch vehicles should Atlas 5 RD-180 issues for a launcher change.  This included the possibility of using a Falcon rocket.  Mark took audience questions. Several wanted to know Dream Chaser’s intention of NASA did not down   select them in the commercial crew process.  I raised the volume on the audience questions as much as I could but if you do have a problem hearing the question, I believe you can figure it out based on Mark’s answer.

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NewSpace Conference 2014 Interviews, Friday, 8-1-14 August 1, 2014

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NewSpace Conference 2014 Interviews, Friday, 8-1-14

Featuring Dr. Alex Saltman of CSF & Congresswoman Donna Edwards

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Guests:  Dr. Alexander Saltman; Congresswoman Donna Edwards.  Topics:  Two separate NewSpace interviews, first with Dr. Alex Saltman of CSF.  Next, Congresswoman Donna Edwards.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

The Space Show brings you two separate NewSpace Conference 2014 interviews.  The first interview is with Dr. Alexander Saltman, the Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  Following Dr. Saltman is an interview with Congresswoman Donna Edwards of the 4th District of Maryland.  Unfortunately, the room audio with Congresswoman Edwards was bad and below Space Show audio standards.  We apologize for the poor audio.  In the first interview with Dr. Alex Saltman, we learned about the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF).  For more information about it please visit http://www.commercialspaceflight.org.  Not only did Alex talk about CSF, how it lobbies for commercial space policy per its membership and a host of other space issues, he about congressional lobbying since he was on the staff of Adam Schiff who has JPL and Cal Tech in his district.  Alex provided us with good pointers on how to reach our congressional members or their staff, how to make the most of an appointment and the best ways to communicate with them about space policy.  We got a glimpse of congress from both the congressman’s perspective and the constituent in how best to reach their MOC.  Alex brings many of these skills to the CSF because CSF does for commercial space what many of us do in our advocacy except on a larger scale and in a far more professional way.  I believe you will find the interview interesting & beneficial.

In the next interview with Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Democrat, 4th District of Maryland ( http://donnaedwards.house.gov), we talked specifically about space policy and programs in the congress.  Dr. Jeff Foust and Doug Messier were also present at the press conference and the three of us took turns asking questions.  Congresswoman Edwards also delivered the keynote luncheon address on Saturday at the NewSpace Conference.  She is on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee where she sits on The Subcommittee on Space and is the Ranking Member.  Some of the questions and topics discussed with Congresswoman Edwards included possible regulations and amending of the CSLA, SLS, Orion, the Asteroids Act 2014, commercial space, public/private partnerships, the NASA budget, bipartisanship on space, the Russian RD-180 rocket motor, the recent Chinese ASAT test, and the theft of intellectual property.  We also asked our guest for the best ways to reach her regarding space advocacy as well as other members of congress.

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John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-30-14 July 31, 2014

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John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-30-14

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Featuring Bill Harwood

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Guests: John Batchelor, Bill Harwood, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  ISS resupply vehicles and politics.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. 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.  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).  For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating.  This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you.

 

We welcomed back Bill Harwood, veteran CBS Space Reporter, to talk with us about the recent success with the Orbital Sciences Cygnus ISS resupply vehicle plus the last ESA ATV 5 resupply mission now in orbit and due to dock with the ISS on August 12.  We spoke in general about ISS resupply and the download capability of the SpaceX Dragon.  Bill was also asked about the US goal of extending the ISS to 2024 but we wondered if Russian and the other ISS partners would go along with that extension.  At this time, it is an unknown.  The subject of US sanctions against Russia came up and Bill said that so far the sanctions had not impacted the ISS but that the station needs both the American and Russian sides to fly and maintain the station.  Bill did not know if the terrestrial politics would remain outside the space and ISS relationship with the two countries.   Bill also explained why ATV5 was the last ATV resupply mission.  We covered other topics as well during this Hotel Mars segment.

 

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Robert (Bob) Meurer, ATK, Wednesday, 7-30-14 July 30, 2014

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Robert (Bob) Meurer, ATK, Wednesday, 7-30-14

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Guest:  Robert (Bob) Meurer.  Topics:  ATK Space Systems and small satellites, SmallSat 2014, business trends & more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed back Bob Meurer, VP of Business Development, Commercial & International Programs and Director Civil Space Programs for the Space Systems Division, ATK Aerospace Group.  During our 60 minute one segment discussion, we explored the small satellite market, its trends, and development/evolution over the years to where the industry is today.  As you will hear, the industry has undergone tremendous growth, capital is now showing up, large players are taking note of entrepreneurial companies such as Skybox, Google and Facebook are in the industry among others.  Bob took us back to his start of the industry in 1986 which was also the first year of the SmallSat Conference.  This historical overview is really interesting because back then, nobody could contemplate what we see in the industry today, plus a small satellite back then bears practically no relationship to a small satellite and cubesat of today regarding specs, capabilities, size, performance, etc.  I asked our guest if the SmallSat conference had influenced the industry or if the industry was influencing the conference.  We had an interesting discussion about this. We talked about the impact of Silicon Valley on the industry and Bob referenced several companies worth noting.  Given the global business presence of our guest and ATK, I asked how political instability around the world impacted international business.  Don’t miss this discussion.  ITAR came up and Bob noted new rules starting Nov. 10, 2014 that shift some items to commerce control instead of state dept. control.  This should ease some restrictions on commercial activities.  Toward the end, we talked about on orbit servicing and the ATK commercial venture ViviSat for satellite life extension. Check it out at http://www.vivisat.com.

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