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Michelle Evans, Tuesday, 5-27-14 May 28, 2014

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Michelle Evans, Tuesday, 5-27-14

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Guest:  Michelle Evans.  Topics:  The Mike Adams Memorial Re-dedication, X-15, test pilots, & 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 Michelle Evans, author of the best selling book, “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wins into Space.”  During the first segment of our 1 hour 28 minute program, Michelle started off talking about the May, 18, 2014 Michael Adams re-dedication memorial event.  You can see pictures from this event and understand the crash site and location better by viewing the pictures Michelle took and posted. See http://www.mach25media.com/adams.html.  In fact, I strongly urge you to explore her full website, http://www.mach25media.com as it has the best ever collection of X-15 photos plus other aviation and related material, her presentations on the X-15 and collections from her modeling photography.  Michelle took us through the history of the X-15 program and Major Mike Adams up to and including his last and fatal flight.  This was the only fatality in the X-15 program which had 199 flights!  During this segment, we talked about other X-15 pilots including the very recent passing of pilot Bill Dana.  Note the history of the Mike Adams Memorial which had its genesis in a project by Eagle Scout candidate John Bodylski in 2004.  Listeners and I asked Michelle about the X-15, the B-52 carrier planes and the location of X-15 historical craft and related hardware.  B-52 008 which was one of the carrier planes for X-15 is parked outside Edwards AFB while B-52 003 is at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson.  The remaining X-15 rocket planes are at Wright Patterson Air Museum and the Smithsonian.  Michelle also spoke about the two nearby towns to the Mike Adams Memorial, Randsburg and Ridgecrest.

In the second segment, Michelle noted that the remaining X-15 pilot Joe Engle was invited to the re-dedication but his schedule did not allow it.  However, you will find the Joe Engle letter about the re-dedication on Michelle’s website per the above URL.  Michelle was asked if the X-15 was really a precursor for our space program and she said not so much for Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo but definitely for the Space Shuttle, helping to prove the fact that the shuttle could do a power free glide back to Earth and a safe landing.  After talking about several dry lake emergency X-15 landing sites, Paul emailed in a question about Chuck Yeager and the X-15.  Michelle had much to say about Chuck and the X-15 but as you will hear on the recording, there was lots of scratchy noise and a good part of our discussion on Yeager was lost.  I saved as much as I could be saved but about 10 minutes was lost out of the full second segment.  In troubleshooting the problem during and after the show, I discovered loose connectors that acted up with the feed going to the computers that record the show.  The problem has now been fixed but we did suffer some audio loss during this segment of our program.  My apologies to Michelle and The Space Show audience for this problem, the scratchy noise, and subsequent audio loss.  Back to Chuck Yeager, as you will hear Michelle say, he was never part of the X-15 program.  Michelle did go into the reasons why this was so.  We also spoke about other leading and role model astronauts including Wally Schirra and Buzz Aldrin.  Near the end of our discussion, I asked Michelle what was next for her after X-15 and she let us know there was still much life left to her work with the X-15.  In fact, we learned that her book will soon be an audio book.  While she did not know who would be reading it, she did talk about her process in sending the audio publisher a pronunciation guide for the audio version.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach Michelle through me or through her website.  Remember, if you buy the book through TSS/OGLF Amazon portal, Amazon will donate a percentage of their selling price to TSS.  See our archive summaries for instructions or visit http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

Open Lines, Sunday, 1-12-14 January 13, 2014

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Open Lines, Sunday, 1-12-14

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Guest:  Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics: A wide ranging discussion focusing on student space inspiration, heavy lift, SLS, commercial space & 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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

Welcome to this 2 hour 11 minute wide ranging discussion with a surprising debate between two callers in the latter part of the second half of the show.  During the first segment, we started out with a call from Paul to talk about his AIAA Spaceflight Challenge Program for inspiring students.  The purpose of this program is to inspire students to be involved in space development and exploration.  Paul will keep us posted on the project as it develops over the coming months.  Charles Pooley called in next to tell us that his Microlaunchers book was out and that he and his co-author would be on The Space Show to discuss it in detail Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.  The book, “Microlaunchers: Technology for a New Space Age,” is available through Amazon.  If you buy it and I suggest you do, use the OGLF Amazon portal so Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show.  Directions for doing this are on each blog archive, website archive, TSS website home page and on www.onegiantleapfoundation.org.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I believe you will be impressed with his long awaited book and hats off to Charles for finally getting it done and for doing a terrific job with it.

In our second segment, we took a call from an upstate NY college student inquiring about the returning to the Moon, lunar commerce and such.  Following Eric’s call, Marshall called in from Texas to talk about how inspiring TSS has been for him.  We also talking space mining issues with him, the use of robots and more.  Our next caller was SLS John.  John is a strong advocate for SLS and he again articulated the case for the completion of SLS.  I challenged him again with the usual arguments against SLS which did not phase him.  Dr. Jurist wanted to comment on what SLS John was saying so using another phone line, Dr. Jurist (Montana John) and SLS John had a lengthy and detailed exchange, both supporting heavy lift and SLS , although with reservations, especially from Montana John as you will hear in their discussion.  Its an interesting discussion but I doubt it will change the minds of listeners regardless of how they see and think about SLS.  That said, I strongly suggest you listen to their entire discussion many key points were addressed by both callers.  As the show was ending, I went over some of the key upcoming guests scheduled for The Space Show.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  If you want to reach any of the callers, do so through drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Dr. Roger Launius, Friday, 11-29-13 November 30, 2013

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Dr. Roger Launius, Friday, 11-29-13

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Guest:  Dr. Roger Launius.  Topics:  We discussed Roger’s new book, “Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned,” space shuttles lessons learned, HSF & 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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed back Dr. Roger Launius to discuss his new book, “Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned.”  During the first segment of this 1 hour 25 minute discussion, Dr. Launius provided us with the background behind this book which Dr. Launius and two other co-edited as a result of a suggestion Dr. Vigor Yang, chair of the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and James Craig, emeritus professor the school.  Dr. Launius took us through the book’s contents including the title, subject, and authors of the contributions to this book. Our guest talked about the time we spent in LEO, that it was frustrating to many but it did create the situation where LEO is no longer a space frontier.  We also talked about how the shuttle paved the way for development of NewSpace and the emerging commercial industry.  This pertains to the Washington Post article we discussed. See the URL for this article at the end of this summary.  Listeners asked him questions about the Constellation program, the use of shuttle derived architecture for Constellation rockets, and capsules versus winged spacecraft.  We also talked about commercial opportunities emerging in LEO.  A listener asked about the cost of the Soyuz for American astronaut rides to the ISS and that it was still cheaper than launching a shuttle.  Roger brought up other concerns regarding the use of the Soyuz for transport to the station.  John from Ft. Worth called and said he thought shuttle was a creation of compromise. Dr. Launius was then asked about SLS & Orion which took us into human spaceflight and the difficulty in identifying a compelling reason for HSF.  We talked about inspiration as a compelling reason but our guest said it did not hold up as there were other ways to inspire students and people.  We spoke about the Inspiration Mars mission and Mr. Tito’s recent congressional testimony.  We then talked about Dr. Zubrin’s plan to partner up with Russia for a manned mission to Mars.

In our second segment, we talked about the ISS, NANORACKS and its success, emerging ISS commercial opportunities.  However, the possible retirement of the station around 2020 is worrisome.  John emailed in wondering if the Chinese landed humans on the Moon if it would make a difference in our space program.  I asked our guest for a few of the Lessons Learned from the shuttle and we talked more about it having been an experimental aircraft and what that meant.  We got questions about new technology, advancing using new technology, and then more comments about capsules and winged spacecraft.  Roger was asked to speculate on what would happen with a subcortical accident with injury or death and an orbital accident causing crew injury or death.  As the show was nearing its end, we talked about space advocacy, its effectiveness, and the lack of a unified voice in the space community. Finally, I asked our guest for specific positive and negative lessons learned from the shuttle years.  Note that the WaPo article referred to in the discussion comparing old space with NewSpace is at www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2013/11/23/which-way-to-space.

Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above.  You can email Dr. Launius through me.

Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA, Friday, 8-23-13 August 24, 2013

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Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA, Friday, 8-23-13

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Guest:  Dr. Sandra Magnus.  Topics:  The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), AIAA conferences, human spaceflight. 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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Dr. Sandra Magnus, the new AIAA Executive Director, to the show to discuss AIAA with us, their conferences, and much more.  Please visit the AIAA website for more information, www.aiaa.org.  During this one hour program, Dr. Magnus talked about AIAA reorganization using forums for grouping the space conferences and work carried out by the organization.  As we learned, AIAA is revitalizing the development and presentation of AIAA conferences and exhibitions in support of the AIAA mission. You can read about this new focus at www.aiaa.org/Forums/?terms=forums.  Listeners asked about the peer review process for papers being submitted to AIAA conferences, we talked about AIAA educational outreach efforts, especially for STEM matters.  Listeners wanted to know if AIAA backed projects, if the organization lobbied for space policy, and if it was an advocacy organization.  Dr. Magnus took us through the AIAA policy on these issues which did clarify AIAA positions and policy. We also talked about a blurring of the lines with defense and space policy issues and their efforts in helping to accomplish ITAR reform as an educational 501C3 organization.  Dr. Magnus was asked about the planned commercial Mars missions, SLS, commercial space, and more. Don’t miss what she had to say abut all of these projects.  We talked about the upcoming Space 2013 Conference in San Diego (www.aiaa.org/SPACE2013).  Dr. Magnus highlighted keynote speakers, the Pickering Lecture on Curiosity, the NASA asteroid mission, and their Exhibit Hall.  I will be at the conference so if you are there, please look for me as I value meeting Space Show listeners in person.  Another topic of interest included the local AIAA sections and their monthly meetings.  You can find out about the local sections closest to you at www.aiaa.org/RegionSectionMap.aspx?id=14958.  Near the end of our discussion, I asked our guest about her experiences as an astronaut, being on board the ISS for 4.5 months, microgravity bone and muscle loss issues, exercising while on the ISS, and concern about riding the shuttle and the SRBs.  Dr. Magnus also did some real cooking in space and she shared some of her space cooking know how and experiences with us but unfortunately, no recipes.

If you have comments/questions, please post them on The Space Show blog.  If you have AIAA conference or other questions, send them to me and I will forward them to someone who can provide you with an answer.  See you in San Diego!

 

AIAA California Space Day, Monday, 2-25-13 February 25, 2013

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AIAA California Space Day, Monday, 2-25-13

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Guests:  Duane Hyland, John Rose.  Topics:  AIAA California Space Day and the California aerospace industry.  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.

We welcomed back to the show Duane Hyland of AIAA and John Rose of Boeing to discuss the AIAA California Space Day scheduled for March 12-13, 2013 at the Capitol in Sacramento, CA.  Our guests went over the agenda which includes models of Curiosity on the Capitol lawn and more, plus meetings with members of the California Assembly and Senate.  If you want more information or are planning to attend, email Duane at duaneh@aiaa.org.  The schedule is for panel discussions and other meetings on Tuesday, a Tuesday evening reception with members of the California legislature and their staffs, and then the following morning, Wednesday, March 13, we will visit legislative offices to talk California space and the AIAA focus.  During our one hour program, Duane and John talked about the AIAA space agenda, both for their national lobby efforts with Congress as well as the state space day meetings.  Listeners wanted to know if AIAA was only traditional aerospace or if it included NewSpace and the emerging space companies.  Our guests had much to say about this as did I.  We also talked about the importance of the California aerospace industry to the entire aerospace industry in the U.S. and even globally.  We talked about disturbing trends in our national aerospace industry as well as in the California aerospace industry and the importance of events such as Space Day.  We talked about sequestration and its potential impact on space, both for DOD and NASA.  Our guests were asked about AIAA educational outreach to schools and different grades and near the end of our discussion, I asked if there was a process to undertake an outcome evaluation for the effectiveness of California Space Day and similar programs across the country.

If you have questions or comments, you can post them on The Space Show blog but if they pertain specifically to Space Day this year from March 12-13, please email Duane Hyland using duaneh@aiaa.org.

Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 2-12-13 February 13, 2013

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Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 2-12-13

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Guest:  Dr. Sean Casey.  Topics:  Space Entrepreneurism, Silicon Valley, space startups, Silicon Valley Space Center events, programs, & objectives.  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.

We welcomed back Dr. Sean Casey, co-founder of the Silicon Valley Space Center business accelerator (http://svsc.org).  You can “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Silicon-Valley-Space-Center/139916589409748.  The SVSC can also be found on LinkedIn. While hour 2 hour 40 minute program was in two segments, this summary will be in one part as our themes and topics went back and forth in the same area throughout the discussion.  Dr. Casey started with a summary of 2012 activities and events for the Silicon Valley Space Center (SVSC).  During our discussion, Dr. Casey talked about, mentioned, and listed many space entrepreneurial startups and businesses, far to many to list or mention individually.  He also outlined coming events for the SVSC which are available to the public and will be online for those unable to attend in person.  Responding to listener questions, he cited company example after example of space startups and we even talked about Northern California, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley being the center of this effort.  Upon listeners questioning him on the subject, Sean suggested additional startup space efforts in other parts of the company.  While Silicon Valley does not have a lock on this new industrial development, as you will hear, startups and space entrepreneurism are developing in centers across the country.  We also talked about venture capitalist ROI expectations over five years coming in around 30%.  We discussed the hockey stick graph and what this means for space entrepreneurs.  Sean spent time on the SVSC website and Facebook page going through the coming 2013 events and programs.  Doug called in with a question about track records for startups and investors.  In his response, Dr. Casey talked about the various business incubators now in place to mentor and help space entrepreneurs, even non-profits.  He suggested how you might find a reputable business incubator in your own city or area though one could probably work with one of the organizations Sean mentioned, even if you are outside California.  Another issue that came up was lobbying members of congress and state representatives on space policy.  Here, we talked about California and I again shared my experiences with Sacramento and California Space Day over the last six or seven years.  Dr. Casey addressed the uphill battle with gaining more political support for all aspects of the space industry, especially in California.  Dr. Casey provided us with one of the most comprehensive space startup and entrepreneurial programs heard on The Space Show.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog mentioned above.  You can reach Dr. Casey through me or directly at sean.casey@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.

 

Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, NSS, Sunday, 1-6-13 January 7, 2013

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Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, NSS, Sunday, 1-6-13

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Guest: Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse.  Topics:  National Space Society and the upcoming ISDC 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.  We welcomed back to the program Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, Executive Director for the National Space Society (NSS).  You can follow along with us by visiting the NSS website, www.nss.org and the ISDC website, http://isdc.nss.org/2013.  We started our discussion with Lt. Col. Damphousse providing us with a brief overview of NSS followed by a short summary of ISDC 2012 highlights leading into this year’s ISDC which will be in May in San Diego, CA.  In talking about this year’s ISDC, he mentioned special tours including the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the Mt. Palomar Observatory.  For dates, registration, hotel information, visit the ISDC website above.  We talked about NSS goals, objectives, and purposes.  This included a focus on space settlement, inspirational space programs, and STEM educational outreach.  Listeners asked Paul about the 2013 Legislative Blitz, the Space Exploration Alliance, the NSS Leadership Team, and becoming a Space Ambassador. Several times during our discussion, Paul suggested listeners with questions send them to NSS at nsshq@nss.org. Reference this Space Show program and you will be directed to the person or department that can best respond to your needs.  Another question for Paul asked about the space advocacy community being too diverse and ineffective.  Paul had much to say about this as did several listeners who commented on these two issues.

In the second part of the program, Doug called in to talk about the NSS Roadmap which is on their website. The Roadmap is just that, a set of pathways to developing and opening up space segments, industries, and niches.  I strongly suggest you check out the NSS Roadmap on their website.  Paul also told us about an upcoming NSS Kickstarter program to finance a short, inspirational movie on the benefits of both exploring and settling space.  Watch their website for announcements about the program going live.  Toward the end, Paul talked about ITAR reform, the renewal for one year of the launch indemnification for the commercial sector, and the Space Exploration Sustainability Act, all as examples of effective space advocacy organization work.  We then briefly talked about LEO no longer being a frontier and ready for commercial exploitation while BLEO was the frontier for NASA and its focus. Finally, during our discussion Paul mentioned how the Space Finance Group was helping NSS with the NSS Kickstarter campaign. You can find out more about this organization at   www.SpaceFinanceGroup.com.

Please post questions/comments on The Space Show blog above.  You can email Paul Damphousse through me or the NSS email address listed above.

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

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

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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. Trevor Sorensen, Jeff Laube, AIAA Space 2012, Thursday, 8-9-12 August 9, 2012

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Dr. Trevor Sorensen, Jeff Laube, AIAA Space 2012, Thursday, 8-9-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1832-BWB-2012-08-09.mp3

Guests:  Dr. Trevor Sorensen, Jeff Laube.  Topics: AIAA Space 2012 Conference & Exposition.  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 our two guests to the program, Dr. Trevor Sorensen & Jeff Laube, to discuss the upcoming AIAA Space 2012 Conference to be held in Pasadena, CA from Sept. 11-13, 2012.  For full conference information, the agenda, technical sessions, keynote speaker information, conference and hotel registration, please visit www.aiaa.org/SPACE2012. You can also follow along with us via the specific web pages pertinent to our discussion.  Our one hour no break discussion started with an overview of Space 2012 with Dr. Sorensen.  We covered keynote speakers at the lunches, the conference and hotel logistics.  We highlighted some of the tracks and then with Jeff, we talked about the special sessions including those dealing with space entrepreneurship, space access, Cislunar development, space mining, and more.  You can see the full agenda which has yet to be finalized here: www.aiaa.org/Secondary.aspx?id=4571. We also talked about the Special Events including the Young Professionals Networking Reception, the Pickering Lecture, and the Monday evening conference reception.  I asked about the Exhibit Hall this year and we talked about the Poster Session.  Several policy questions were asked of our two guests given that this is an election year.  We did learn that both presidential candidates have been invited to talk about their space policy plans at the conference.  We noted that this is a pivotal year for DOD Space, civil space, and private space for the future, a fact which makes this year’s Space 2012 Conference very important and significant.  A listener asked if sequestration and the coming job losses of skilled workers was part of the formal program.  It was not but as you will hear in my comments, I am quite sure it will show up in many ways throughout the questions, networking sessions, and possibly even the planned talks and panel discussions as it is a very important issue facing all aspects of our space program.  Our final questioner wanted to know if for this year there would be another Smartphone App as there was last year.  We did not know the answer but I suggested the AIAA App would be updated for Space 2012 when the agenda becomes finalized.
If you have comments/questions, please post them on the blog above.  Conference questions should be addressed to custserv@aiaa.org or through contact information on the conference website.

Marsha Freeman, Monday, 7-23-12 July 24, 2012

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Marsha Freeman, Monday, 7-23-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1820-BWB-2012-07-23.mp3

Guest:  Marsha Freeman.  Topics:  GLEX 2012 Conference, Russian Federal Space Agency Interviews, China, space policy, Euro & U.S. economic issues.  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 Marsha Freeman to discuss the GLEX 2012 Conference, her interviews with the head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Vladimir Popovkin, plus other space news, the Chinese program, or domestic & European economic crisis, and more.  We started our first segment with a discussion about the Russian space program, their lunar plans, their thoughts on our commercial space efforts, lunar probes, tourism, and more.  Marsha talked about budget priorities and how best to fit in or prioritize space programs & efforts.  She talked about the impact on Russia regarding the U.S. led European Ballistic Missile Defense System plus the Russian concept for their Strategic Defense of Earth proposal.  Marsha informed us about other talks at GLEX, Mike Griffin, AIAA, and leadership. She also commented on the fact that many at GLEX & in other venues, in talking about the commercial/private space efforts, while supporting these efforts make the distinction that great countries do great things, especially in space.  She stressed great things as being the responsibility of the nation.  Don’t miss her comments on this topic.

For our second segment, we certainly ventured into some controversial policy and opinion areas with our guest going all out & not holding anything back.  We started with questions about the Chinese space program. Here, Marsha had much to say that included comments on the U.S. policy toward China.  She was asked about the plans to use a Soyuz to do lunar tourism.  We talked some more about ISS and our guest was asked about the proposed NASA center closure plan being discussed.  Marsha expressed strong opinions on the base closure idea so don’t miss her comments.  We then started talking policy & asked for her thoughts on various NASA administrators that she had spoken with over the years.  She told us stories about Charlie Bolden, James Webb, Tom Paine and Mike Griffin.  Marsha next spoke about vision & shared her thoughts with us on several outspoken space visionary leaders. I asked her if she had ever met with the President Obama or his science advisor.  She said no and then had much to say about presidential science advisors in general & specifically she had much to say regarding the current science advisor.  She was also asked about the problem space enthusiasts seem to have in connecting with the general public to have better space policy & funding. Marsha disagreed with my question, pointing instead to economic issues that need resolution before space can resume its rightful place of leadership in our national policy.  Many of you may find her comments a bit controversial but remember, on The Space Show we air all sides of the issues.  Don’t hesitate to let us know your thoughts on the many issues Marsha talked about by posting them on the blog.  Marsha linked the Eurozone economic crisis to what happens in the U.S., our space program & more.  She repeatedly called for government restructuring, recommending a specific path that she believes will be most beneficial for the nation.  Do you agree?  In conclusion, she did say that out of crisis can come wide & beneficial changes.  She also said we needed to start our space program with an incremental & common sense approach to lunar development.

Please post your comments/questions on our blog. If you want to email our guest, send your note to me & I will forward it.

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