Dr. Wendell Mendell, Tuesday, 12-10-13 December 11, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: :Lunar Base Workshop, Apollo, Cislunar space, commercial space, commercial value of Moon, Congress, Constellation, Dr. Wendell Mendell, HSF, ISRU, ISU, LCROSS Mission, lunar base timeline, lunar permanently shadowed craters, lunar resource extraction and development, lunar water, Mars, Moon, NASA, NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission, NASA JSC, regolith volatiles, sample return to Earth, space advocacy, Space Task Group Report., telescopes, video games, water ice
Dr. Wendell Mendell, Tuesday, 12-10-13
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Guest: Dr. Wendell Mendell. Topics: His 50 years at NASA, the Moon, lunar base work, congress & 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 Dr. Wendell Mendell back to the show for this two hour discussion (no break) about his 50 years at NASA JSC, lunar bases, commercial space, return to the Moon, the value of the Moon, our space program, space advocacy, commercial space, and lots more. Dr. Mendell came to work at JSC in 1963 &will be retiring at the end of this year, culminating 50 years at JSC. During our discussion, Dr. Mendell used lots of stories from his NASA and lunar base work experience to illustrate issues with space policy, NASA, our Congress, and space advocacy, & advanced technology. Listeners had lots of specific questions for Wendell about lunar bases, water on the Moon and its commercial exploitation, commercial lunar programs, and NASA having a lunar program which Dr. Mendell said it did not. Dr. Mendell spoke to some of the NASA organizational issues, congressional micromanagement issues and problems, and the nation’s overall economic problems as a reason for not doing this or that in space. He cited such economic problems as a rational excuse for not doing something meaningful in space in almost every year of his 50 years of NASA experience. The same for threatened, proposed, or even real NASA budget cuts. Later in the segment when caller Doug called in with his lunar water and development ideas, Dr. Mendell pointed to conflicting LCROSS analysis as to water being on the Moon. Russian instruments do not say the same thing as the Los Alamos instruments and he said this was & still is a hotly debated topic in the lunar community. As Doug continued talking about his plan, Dr. Mendell backed him up, took him step by step through the process of accomplishing his many goals. This turned out to be a very valuable instructional discussion that all of us can and should benefit from. Make sure you hear how Wendell breaks down Doug’s points to show the complexities and challenges of each incremental step in what Doug was proposing. Our guest even showed Doug where some of his steps needed commercial technogly which does not exist! Doug’s rocket of choice is the Falcon Heavy, a rocket which does not yet exist, nor does it have real numbers behind it. Wendell used this discussion to distinguish true believers from investor and commercial analysts. He then said when the believer is also able to bring his own money to the venture, things can get done and he cited SpaceX as an example. Later Doug asked by email if NASA could help private companies develop cislunar transportation as they have helped private companies provide launch services to LEO/GEO. The simple answer was yes but make sure you hear Dr. Mendell’s complete answer to this question. Another issue discussed was the needed timeline to do a human Moon mission. Wendell described the times of Apollo as compared to the times of NASA today. We talked about the importance of a better and different NASA and RTM story and again, Dr. Mendell illustrated his points with stories from his past experience. Spanning 50 years of history and experience was not easy to do in even a two hour Space Show program. As you listen to the program, you will hear many more subjects, stories, and issues discussed than stated in this summary. In the end, I believe NASA, our nation, and the effort to develop space has been served incredibly well by Dr. Wendell Mendell and his creativity, his drive, his analysis, his commitment, and his work will be genuinely missed by all. The Space Show wishes Wendell all the best for his coming retirement, gives him a hearty THANK YOU for his service, and we will remain in contact with him and hope to have him back with us at a future time.
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Mark Whittington, Tuesday, 3-12-13 March 13, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Curmudgeons Corner, " space politics, " SpaceX, alternative timeline histories, asteroid mining, Brownsville Spaceport, Cislunar space, Commercial Crew, commercial space, cosmic radiation issues, human Mars missions, Mark Whittington, NASA, NASA K-12 student radiation program, NewSpace, NRC NASA's Strategic Direction and the Need for a National Consensus, Return to the Moon, Space Shuttle, STEM. "Dreams of Barry's Stepfather, U.S. congress
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Mark Whittington, Tuesday, 3-12-13
Guest: Mark Whittington. Topics: Updates for the current state of affairs in the space industry; Mark’s novella, “Dreams of Barry’s Stepfather.” 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 Mark Whittington back for space industry updates and for information about his new novella available on Amazon. Mark’s blog, Curmudgeons Corner is at http://curmudgeons.blogspot.com. In the first hour of our two hour discussion, Mark talked about the commercial space ventures announced in 2012 and so far in 2013. He focused on Inspiration Mars but also talked about many of the other ventures. We talked about the possible impact of a tragic accident on the Mars mission and its probable impact on the industry which we did not think would be great based on what happened after both Challenger and Columbia. Mark also talked about asteroid mining and returning to the Moon. Later, the subject of the possibility of a new spaceport for SpaceX in Brownsville, Texas was discussed and Mark told us about a few possible wrinkles with the establishment of that spaceport. He also mentioned the Mars One mission out of Holland, then we talked some space politics regarding many in Congress. The NewSpace sector came up and Mark has some interesting observations about this part of the industry.
In our second segment, we continued talking about space politics but we brought in critical comments about the media as well. Mark then cited the NRC study on NASA’s Strategic Direction and the Need for a National Consensus as an example of the problems within NASA, the absence of a real HSF asteroid mission and more. Mark also mentioned the four options talked about in the NRC NASA study. John called in from Atlanta and talked about the newly announced NASA-Lockheed program to have K-12 students around the world work on space radiation issues. We talked about this effort in some detail and were supportive of it. You can read about it at www.govconexecutive.com/2013/03/lockheed-nasa-seeking-k-12-student-radiation-protection-ideas-marillyn-hewson-comments. Mark then told us about his new novella, “Dreams of Barry’s Stepfather.” If you get it from this Amazon URL, http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-of-Barrys-Stepfather-ebook/dp/B00BO9D3NC/ref=onegiantlea20, Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF. We spent most of the rest of our discussion going over the alternative time line which Mark developed to make this a most interesting novella with broad space industry impact. At the end of the program, we talked about Nasa and the space budgets and sequestration, heavy lift, and fuel depots.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can reach Mark through his own blog or through me at email@example.com.
Dr. Doug Plata, Sunday, 2-24-13 February 25, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, asteroid mining, Beyond Leo (BLEO), Cislunar space, Cislunar Transportation System, Dr. Doug Plata, Falcon Heavy, fuel depots, heavy lift, LCROSS., Lunar Cots, Lunar COTS Petition., lunar mining, lunar water ice, Mars, NewSpace, prizes, space advocacy, telerobotics
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Dr. Doug Plata, Sunday, 2-24-13
Guest: Dr. Doug Plata. Topics: Taking action on one’s space advocacy ideas. 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 Dr. Doug Plata to the program to discuss taking action on one’s space advocacy ideas and plans. For examples of this, visit Dr. Plata’s www.lunarcots.com for more information on his Lunar Cots idea and to sign his Lunar Cots petition which he talked about throughout our two hour program. Dr. Plata said he was not around in the Apollo era plus he only started getting interested in space about 3 years ago. I commented that he did not bring to the table disappointment and unrealized, perhaps even foolish expectations that many of us who were around during Apollo have experienced, including an expectation of lunar colonies and trips to Mars by now. Doug had a clean slate to build upon, no legacy issues or unrealized expectations or anything like that. Doug said his interests are to go BLEO but how? Based on his analysis, he decided lunar development was first, researched Cislunar development, and developed his Lunar Cots idea based on successes for NASA public/private partnerships such as COTS. From there, he developed the idea of the Lunar Cots Petition for people to sign and to eventually give NASA and other key policy makers. He also mentioned that were he to advocate something, he felt it was his responsibility to technically know about the issues so he could accurately represent them to people. He also said that one person, even with very small steps, could make a difference and he clearly walks that talk. Part of his Lunar Cots idea addresses the need for a Cislunar Transportation System. The first John called (from Atlanta) and raised the question about there being sufficient water ice on the Moon. In his response, Doug referenced the LCROSS mission.
In our second segment, Doug took calls and listener emails. The discussion about there being sufficient lunar water ice on the Moon continued. He also talked about automatic equipment for lunar mining as compared to telerobotics. Doug was asked who he talks with about Lunar Cots and the petition. We heard everyone, from the general public to space enthusiasts. In talking about space advocacy in general, he said there were many paths and people had to find a path that made sense to them & then figure out a way to act upon their individual advocacy. John called from Florida and asked about heavy lift and fuel depots. Another Jon called from New Jersey to ask about doing something, anything, and the use of prizes. Even Charles Pooley got in on the discussion to talk about starting small and his Microlaunchers concept. Toward the end, Doug was asked by a medical school student why he was not doing aerospace and human factors space medicine. Also during this segment, both Doug and I talked extensively about finding something to do regarding one’s advocacy, even if it involved stepping out of one’s comfort zone and seemed to be too small an effort. The reality is that to make a difference, even a small effort can be and is usually beneficial.
Please post your comments/questions on the Space Show blog. You can email Doug through the address he provided on air or through me.
Jim Keravala, Shackleton Energy Co., Friday, 12-14-12 December 15, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: benefit sharing, capital markets, Cislunar space, energy crisis, Geostationary, global economy, infrastructure investment, insitu resource usage, ISS, ITAR, Jim Keravala, Kessler limits, LEO, Moon, Propellant Depots, public/private partnerships, Shackleton Energy Company, Shackleton Energy timelines, Shackleton industrial astronauts, space debris, space finance, SSP, Surrey Satellite, technology transfer, U.S. economy, water ice at lunar poles
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Dr. James (Jim) Vedda, Friday, 9-28-12 September 28, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: "Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America's Space Program, Apollo, Augustine Committee, Cislunar space, congressional funding, DARPA, Dr. Jim Vedda, expansion in the solar system, human spaceflight, ISS, LEO, lunar mining, Moon, NASA, NASA as a jobs program, Obama Space, Orion, proximity operations, public/private space partnerships., robotics, science missions, SLS, space destinations, space inspiration, space policy, space settlement, space telescopes, space training ground, STEM
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Dr. Paul Spudis, Sunday, 6-24-12 June 24, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " space politics, American space leadership, Chinese Space Program, Cislunar space, Commercial Crew, commercial space, critical mass, developing space capabilities, DOD space, Dr. Paul Spudis, Earth-Moon L2, international cooperation, lunar ice, lunar lava tubes, lunar water, NASA, NASA budget, NewSpace, orbital fuel depots, Orion, PR-Stunt space missions, Return to the Moon, risk averseness., rocket equation, Shackleton crater, SLS, space media, space policy, space property rights, space race, Space Shuttle, space tourism
Dr. Paul Spudis, Sunday, 6-24-12
Guest: Dr. Paul Spudis. Topics: Return to the Moon, lunar ice & water, space policy, NASA space program. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr. Paul Spudis back to the program. Visit his website and blog for additional information, www.spudislunarresources.com & http://globs.airspacemag.com/moon. We started out by discussing a new report claiming that there is a low amount of water ice at Shackleton crater on the Moon. Dr. Spudis explained this study/report and introduced other data points indicating the low amount of water theory is not a valid conclusion. This discussion led to questions about science & media reporting and how best for the public to follow up on a story to not be mislead. I asked Paul about the influence of such articles on policy makers and congressional staffers as well as those outside the U.S., citing the Chinese space program as an example. I also asked our guest if we were in a space race with China. Dr. Spudis had much to say about this issue. We talked about why American space leadership on the space frontier is important. See if you agree with what our guest had to say on this important subject. Dr. Spudis then talked about the difference with a PR stunt type of mission as compared to a mission which developed & enabled capabilities to move us forward in space development, exploration, and economics. This brought up a June 20, 2012 Space News op-ed (http://spacenews.com/commentaries/120618-administration-legacy-nasa.html) by Frank Van Rensselaer, What Will Be This Administration’s Legacy for NASA? This then led to a discussion about our not having a space vision direction or strategy for our civil space policy. Much was said about this with callers and email questions during the balance of the first segment and throughout the second segment. Our guest made a point of saying we need to ask what the purpose of the mission is, what are the goals, and what is the value of the mission? These are important questions to always ask about what we are doing with our civil space missions. This is an important discussion so do listen closely to what Dr. Spudis had to say. NASA budget issues were part of this discussion with Dr. Spudis making the case that money was and is not really the issue. Instead, its the politics of how we choose to spend tax payer money.
In the second segment, Marshall called to ask about lunar lava tubes and water, along with the need for lunar rovers. Don’t miss what Paul had to say about these topics. Paul was asked about his cislunar economic plans and he talked about NewSpace given the question he received from Wayne in Las Vegas asking him if he was in conflict with NewSpace. Later, Crystal from Tulsa emailed Paul with a question about space property rights. Paul said this was extremely important so do listen to the complete discussion on this topic. More was said about NASA budget issues & making sure taxpayers get something back for what they spend on space. Andrew sent in an email addressing the technology development problems going back decades with military airplanes & large engineering projects. Near the end of our two hour program, Dr. Spudis mentioned the tyranny of the rocket equation and what this means for space access and costs. We also talked about on orbit fuel depots. Reaching a critical mass for making a difference in space policy was our last discussion topic.
If you have a comment/question for Dr. Spudis, please post it on The Space Show blog.