Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 5-6-14 May 7, 2014Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Antares, ATK-Orbital merger, Atlas 5, commercial launch customers, commercial space, Crimea, Dragon, Falcon Heavy, government launch customers, ISS, ISS IGA agreement, Lockheed Martin, NASA-Russia space relations, national security, Orion, private sector, Putin, RD-180 engine, reusability., Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Russia, Russian N-33 engine, SLS, solid rocket motors, SpaceX lawsuit against Air Force, U.S. economy, Ukraine, ULA
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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 5-6-14
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Guest: Robert (Bob) Zimmerman. Topics: Russia-NASA space relationship with sanctions, ISS, SpaceX, Air Force & 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 Bob Zimmerman back to the program to discuss the issues facing the U.S. and Russia as a result of the Russian aggression in the Crimea & the Ukraine and in light of U.S. sanctions against Russia for this aggression. We discussed possible interruptions regarding the ISS, ongoing Soyuz flights for American astronauts, continued purchases of the RD-180 engine for the Atlas rocket and the N-33 for the Orbital Antares rocket. We discussed side issues relative to these big picture issues as well. In the first segment of this 2 hour 5 minute show, Bob explained the Russia-NASA space relationship from his perspective. We talked about there being a probable low risk that the parties we would quit cooperating with one another on the ISS but more of our attention in this segment was focused on the Atlas rocket and the use of the RD-180 engine which is a Russian engine. This focus was largely the result of our first phone call from Kelly and as you will hear, Bob and Kelly did not always see eye to eye on the issue and they both seemed to enjoy talking at the same time. For the record, when that happens, as the show host, its nearly impossible to get words or comments to stop them until at least one person stops talking. This is an artifact of the use of a cell phone and the loss of full duplex voice exchange. The issues discussed in this segment regarding the Ukraine and the RD-180 were also carried forward to the second segment as well. Bob thought there might be a silver lining in all this in that it might be waking up important segments here in America and forcing the space industry to stop being so dependent on Russia and building up our commercial space industry. Also discussed in this segment was the Orbital Antares which uses the Russian N-33 engine. The upcoming Orbital and ATK merger was part of our discussion and the possible replacement of the N-33 with an ATK solid rocket motor for the first stage.
In the second segment, John from Ft. Worth called in regarding the Ukrainian issue . He also talked about possible U.S. government waivers for the engines. Fast tracking the Dragon came up and then email listeners started asking Bob if Orion could be fast tracked. Bob made his usual comments on SLS and Orion, Lockheed. His favorite word for the night was PORK. Had it been the secret word where you win a hundred dollars every time you mention PORK, Bob would have cleaned up. Kelly emailed us to remind everyone that Putin considers the RD-180 a national treasure and may stop the sales of it anyway. Doug sent in emails asking about Falcon Heavy missions as compared to SLS missions. Bob said Falcon Heavy could do everything SLS could do and cheaper, even if it required multiple launches as he does not think SLS will fly and the flight profile for SLS at 1 launch every 3-4 years is not sustainable. Doug also inquired about reusability, ULA, Boeing, & Lockheed because using it might drop their overall price since the government would likely not pay substantially more than a commercial company for the same launch. I think I will honor Bob the next time he comes on the show with new bumper music, this time from Annie Get Your Gun with the song “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better sung by Bette Hutton and Howard Keel. All we need is a Space Show listener with talent to substitute a few key words in the song to be relevant to Bob, Doug and others re Falcon Heavy, SpaceX, SLS, Orion, the private sector, government space, etc. For those of you too young to remember Annie Get Your Gun and this famous song, check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO23WBji_Z0. Tony called about Russian cultural issues and SpaceX, then we got the call of the night in my opinion from Ben in New Jersey. Ben pointed out that “the basic strategic driver for Russia in Crimea is that well over 90% of the fresh water and electricity needed in Crimea comes from the Kherson region of Ukraine. Fresh water supply from Ukraine to Crimea has already been shut down. Crimea has only 30 days of fresh water left. There are rolling blackouts, as the electrical supply is also low. Russia cannot allow this to continue.” Ben continued to offer his analysis which you will find most interesting. By the way, if you are not familiar with the geography of the Ukraine and Crimea, here is a good reference map of the region: http://www.businessinsider.com/map-ukraine-threats-from-russia-2014-5#!J0srL. Ben continued with his analysis and Bob and I picked his brain for his idea of the outcome of the disputes. Both Bob & Ben thought Russia has some natural constraints so they are likely only to take the easier “low hanging fruits” as they will avoid an all out and bloody conflict. At other times during the segment, other listeners suggested that the situation will ease over time and that the space issues will also be eased. Bob said over and over again that he did not believe Russia wanted to lose its commercial space revenue and this would probably be a constraint on his behavior. At different times during both segments, the SpaceX lawsuit was discussed but mostly in the context of the national security issues pertaining to Russia, NASA and our space policy and relationship.
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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 1-14-14 January 15, 2014Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: 2014 Omnibus Budget Bill, Antares, Arianne 5, Arianne Aerospace, Chinese space policy, commercial space, Cygnus, Dragon, Dream Chaser, Elon Musk, Falcon 9. , Falcon Heavy, ground based telescopes, human spaceflight to Mars., Inspiration Mars, international partnerships, ISS, Kepler Space Telescope, Mars one, NASA, NASA planetary science, NewSpace, Robert Zimmerman, SLS, Soviet Union Space Program, space media, space policy, sun-like stars., U.S. congress, Virgin Galactic, XCOR
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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 1-14-14
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Guest: Robert (Bob) Zimmerman. Topics: Bob Zimmerman covered a wide range of topics from commercial space to ground based telescopes. 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 Bob Zimmerman back to the show for this two hour discussion. Bob started the first segment with an overview of commercial space progress to date in 2014 which includes Space X Falcon 9 launch, Orbital’s launch to the ISS, the recent Virgin Galactic demo test plus other events. SLS came up again and unfortunately took up time throughout the show. As you will hear me say, I am sick of the pro and anti-SLS comments on the show and really need an SLS break as I imagine most listeners do as well. Unfortunately, callers and email questioners kept bring it back to our focus and Bob was not shy on commenting on SLS as he wants it cancelled. We talked some about Virgin Galactic and XCOR, then I asked about Dream Chaser given the news it has been seeking international partners to continue the project. Bob was next asked about the Chinese policy and their lunar lander. He started comparing the Chinese program of today to the early Soviet Union program and suggested that like all space programs, they will make a significant contribution to changing the culture of the country. We talked about the new Omnibus 2014 Budget Bill before congress and the increases to NASA, planetary science, commercial crew and more. As we neared the break, Bob in Berkeley asked Bob the guest to opine on Inspiration Mars and Mars One. Doug from S. California called with multiple questions before the break, starting out asking about Bob’s comments on the negatives for taking government money and wanting to know if that applied to Space Act Agreement recipients. His last question directed to Bob and me was based on our being part of the space media and about influencing policy, culture, programs, etc. Bob’s and my response continued into the second segment.
During the second segment, Trent chatted in from Australia, then Dave called in from Chicago to asked about the J2X engine. Bob and I talked some more about making a policy impact, then I asked Bob for key issues that will emerge for the balance of the year. He talked about Russia competing with private companies, HSF and Dragon, astronomy, ground based telescope improvements, and NASA science programs. At the end, I asked about the new mission for Kepler Space Telescope to have it continuing doing useful and productive research for the rest of its life.
John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 5-1-13 May 2, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, : John Batchelor, Antares, Cots, Dr. Jeff Foust, Falcon 9. , John Batchelor Hotel Mars, NASA, Orbital Sciences, Orion, private space, Virgin Galactic
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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 5-1-13
Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Jeff Foust, Dr. David Livingston: Topics: The Antares Orbital Sciences launch, COTS & 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. 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 plus discussion with Dr. Jeff Foust, editor of The Space Review, we discussed the successful launch of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket, the COTS program, private sector markets, SpaceX and Falcon 9, NASA, Virgin Galactic’s successful powered demo flight, and much more. It’s a jam packed almost 12 minute segment.
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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Monday, 12-10-12 December 11, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Robby the Robot., " SpaceX, "Forbidden Planet, "Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8: The First Manned Mission to Another World", Antares, Apollo 8, Arianne 5, Arianne 6, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Commercial Crew, Dragon, Dream Chaser, drones on Mars, EMLD, ESA, Falcon 9. , Golden Spike, heavy lift, ISS, James Webb Space Telescope, launch industry, lunar farside missions, manned space exploration, NASA budget cuts, NASA Mars Program, Orbital Sciences, Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, secondary payloads, sequestration, SLS, SpaceShip2, Stratolaunch, Virgin Galactic, XCOR
Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Monday, 12-10-12
Tags: " SpaceX, : John Batchelor, Antares, commercial space, Cots, Cygnus, Dragon, FAA AST, Falcon Heavy, Intelsat, NASA, Orbital, The John Batchelor Show "Hotel Mars
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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 5-30-12
Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The return of Dragon, Falcon Heavy & Intelsat, Orbital Sciences, Antares rocket, Cygnus capsule, COTS. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog,http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. During our 11.5 minute discussion, we talked about the Dragon return from the ISS, the SpaceX agreement to launch a satellite for Intelsat on the Falcon Heavy, COTS, NASA, and commercial space. We also discussed Orbital Sciences and their COTS program consisting of the Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo capsule.
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Todd Halvorson, Friday, 5-18-12 May 18, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Antares, Ares 1, Ares 1X test flight, ATK, Cape Canaveral, Cecil Field, Constellation, Cots, deep space taxi, down selecting, Dr. Mike Griffin, Elon Musk, Falcon 9. , Florida, Florida Today, instantaneous launch window, ISS, Mars Science Lab, NASA budget, NewSpace, old space, Orbital Sciences, Planetary Resources, Return to the Moon, Space Act Agreement, space coast economy, space exploration, Space Launch System (SLS)., space telescope, Space X, spaceports, SRBs, Stratolaunch, Todd Halverson, traditional aerospace, U.S. congress, ULA
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Todd Halvorson, Friday, 5-18-12
Guest: Todd Halvorson. Topics: Upcoming Falcon 9 & Dragon launch, Floridaspace policy, NASA & 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 Todd Halvorson, senior aerospace reporter for FLORIDA TODAY & USA TODAY to the show. During our first segment, we mostly discussed the upcoming Falcon 9 launch scheduled for Saturday early morning, May 19 2012. Note that Florida Today is having special coverage and programming starting at 3:30 AM EDT. To tune in, visit www.floridatoday.com. Todd detailed the coverage at the start of our next segment. Also in the initial segment, we talked about Congress, commercial crew, down selecting, the Space Act Agreement, and theU.S. human spaceflight program, such that it is a program. Also mentioned was the SLS program along with Orion, then I asked about the space coast economy per the recent 60 Minutes segment last month. Todd had much to say about the 60 Minutes Segment, especially the visuals they used. Don’t miss it. Listener Jane asked about the differences in policy ideas between NewSpace and the old space crowd, especially the very well known astronauts who are most vocal in support of a more traditional NASA program. Todd had much to say about this and we talked about the future NASA as either a space tax service or an organization that explores BLEO. Another topic of interest dealt with the Chinese space program and going to the Moon. Our listener asked if Chinese space plans might start a space competition with theU.S. We then talked about the FY 13 budget for NASA and the possibility of doubling NASA’s budget as proposed by Dr. Tyson. As the segment ended, we discussed Planetary Resources and sought Todd’s perspective on what has been made public so far.
In the second segment, Todd went into detail about the Florida Today broadcast for the Falcon 9 launch. Terry called in to ask about the ISS GPS issue and then we asked Todd to describe what happens when Dragon gets to the vicinity of the ISS. The process goes on through Wednesday morning. Another listener asked for Todd’s analysis of the space program over his 25 year history of reporting space news. Our next topic honed in so the suborbital companies in Mojave, space tourism, and suborbital research. This discussion included spaceports inFlorida,California,Virginia,New Mexico and elsewhere. As our program was nearing its end, we talked about Constellation, Ares 1, SRBs, Dr. Mike Griffin, SLS, and civility. In his closing comments, Todd again said we should have a space program that explores and is not a space taxi service.
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Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-27-11 December 28, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: 50th anniversary of spaceflight, Antares, Bigelow Aerospace, biotechnology, Business Plan Competition, Dawn, Elon Musk, Exodus Consulting, Falcon 9. , Falcon Heavy, ISDC, ISS, Kepler Space Telescope, lunar space elevator., Mars, nanotechnology, NASA, NASA budget, Orbital, Soyuz, Space Act Agreement, space advocacy, space elevator, Space Frontier Foundation, Space Launch System (SLS)., Space Shuttle, space workforce issues, Space X, Stratolaunch, suborbital vehicles, Tom Olson, Vesta, Virgin Galactic drop test, XCOR, Yuri's Night
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Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-27-11
Guest: Tom Olson. Topics: The year 2011 in review regarding all space 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. The Space Show/OGLF is now engaged in its annual fundraising drive. Please see & act upon our appeal at http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/space-show-2011-fundraising-campaign. We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for his annual yearly summary of space events. We had much to cover in this 105 minute program. Tom started out reminding us that 2011 was the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight. He told us about the banner year for Yuri’s Night parties around the globe celebrating this important milestone and specifically about the even he attended in New Your City. Next, he pointed out the recent National Press Club talk given by Elon Musk on going to Mars and building the rockets to take us there, plus his recent New Scientist interview which you can read in full on the Mars Society website. Tom commented that the sky was actually falling in 2011 with two large junk satellites coming back to Earth. We also talked about the return of Phobos Grunt to earth probably in early to mid-January 2012. One of the big events we discussed for 2011 was the retirement of the shuttle. This led us to discussing the recent Chinese space rendezvous and the fact that China is now the number two launching country behind Russia having overtaken the U.S. this year. Planetary missions were part of our year in review with Vesta and Dawn, the Kepler Space Telescope, MSL with Curiosity. New Horizons continued its journey to Pluto and Explorer 1 continued beyond our solar system. Tom talked about SLS and the ORION MPC Vehicle, plus the James Webb Space Telescope and its cost issues in the context of its impact on the NASA budget. Soyuz rocket problems along with all the Russian rocket failures this year were fair game for our discussion. I asked Tom what he thought of the idea of SLS as a place holder for skill sets and technology until our space program improves. Don’t miss his answer. He brought up Virgin Galactic’s drop tests this year, especially the last one where trouble showed up. Making news for 2011 were NASA and space industry workforce layoffs and the successful Falcon 9 and Dragon launch. At the end of the first segment, Bigelow Aerospace was in our spotlight. In segment two, Tom led off with XCOR news, Terry called wondering about CCDEV3 and Tom suggested program winners! Don’t miss his prediction. He also was asked to predict the cancellation year for SLS. Don’t miss this prediction as well. We talked about the upcoming New Space Business Plan Competition for 2012, the prizes which are the largest ever, and the timing. If this interests you, make sure to stay tuned for more information. Later in the segment we began a summary of our discussion and 2011. Tom was asked about the space elevator and the Lunar Space Elevator. We wrapped up our discussion talking about growth in the space conferences even in the tough economic year of 2011. Post your comments and questions on The Space Show blog URL above.