Open Lines, Tuesday, 5-21-13 May 22, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, asteroid mining, Atlas, Bigelow Aerospace, British astronaut Tim Peake, Commercial Crew, commercial space, crowd funding, DC-X, Dr. David Livingston, Hermes spacecraft, Inspiration Mars, Kepler Space Telescope, Kickstarter., long term space goals, lunar development, Mars one, NASA, one way HSF to Mars, Open Lines, Rossi E-Cat, Sarah Cruddas, Scaled Composites CATO test, space tourism, Star Systems, suborbital spaceflight, ULA, Virgin Galactic
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 5-21-13
Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Our discussion covered wide range of timely topics per the below summary. 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 started our 2 hour 3 minute Open Lines discussion with a five minute recorded interview with Sarah Cruddas in the UK regarding the UK astronaut Tim Peake who is now scheduled for a mission to the ISS. Sarah told us about the impact of Tim being the UK’s first government funded and supported astronaut. You will clearly hear her excitement about this and for sure you will understand the very positive impact of this in England along with national British excitement. Way to go England and congratulations from The Space Show! You can find out more about Sarah’s reporting, space, science & film work at www.sarahcruddas.com. Our next caller was Mark Longanbach from Star Systems to tell us about the Hermes spacecraft and their efforts in developing a suborbital spaceship for tourism and cargo. We also talked about crowd funding and Kickstarter with him. Next, Nelson called in to talk about the need for long term NASA goals and he outlined his concept for bringing the space community together and making the most out of tight budgets, assets, technology, and capabilities, all in support of repositioning our space program for doing great things in the future. Nelson requested feedback on his idea so post your comments on The Space Show blog. Nelson’s blog can be found at www.aviationweek.com/UserProfile.aspx?newspaperUserId=219284. Kelly called next to talk about the upcoming 20th anniversary of DC-X and he compared back then to now. As you will hear, Kelly saw more positive things back “in the day” than today. He talked about today’s commercial space industry, NASA, SpaceX, commercial space, etc. We also talked about the planned commercial Mars missions, the asteroid & lunar missions. I’m sure you will find his comments interesting & thought provoking.
In our second segment, Tim said Rossi and his E-CAT were validated by a third party. He then took issue with much of what Kelly had to say, especially around SpaceX and the emerging commercial space industry. We also talked about the proposed NASA-Bigelow Aerospace project and I read the NASA PR announcement about it on air. Later in the second segment, Charles Pooley called. He wanted to talk about the NASA-Bigelow announcement and he said he also disagreed with Kelly, especially regarding SpaceX. While Kelly was critical of the SpaceX engine design, Charles said it was an excellent design and he told us why he thought so. I chimed in my support for SpaceX as I think they are doing a very good job and have solved inflight problems in an impressive way. Also in this segment, we talked some about what constitutes a commercial mission. I suggested today’s emerging industry is a hybrid but in the end, the companies behave as commercial companies. Pooley also talked about a Scaled CATO engine failure. He later sent us emails which I read on air that described the problem, then Charles called back to explain what I read. Another topic I mentioned included the problems with the Kepler Space Telescope.
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Nino Pollizzi, Sunday, 2-3-13 February 4, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: algebra, balance beam. Ohm's Law., DC-X, DC-X 20th reunion, Middle School, Nino Pollizzi, orbits, parabolas, pulleys, Rocket Science Tutors, STEM
Nino Pollizzi, Sunday, 2-3-13
Guest: Nino Pollizzi. Topics: Rocket Science Tutors and the DC-X with the upcoming 20th reunion. 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 Nino Pollizzi back to the program to discuss his STEM outreach educational program, Rocket Science Tutors (www.rocketsciencetutors.com). Rocket Science Tutors is a program for middle school students, currently in the Santa Ana school district in Orange County, CA, to teach STEM subjects to students after school. During the first part of our program, Nino described Rocket Science Tutors in detail, starting with the all volunteer staff from within the industry and the University of California Irvine (UCI) graduate students. He described the after school problem, the need for a teacher advisor, parental approval, and the demographic of the kids enrolled in the program. He said the program has been in place for eight years and they are open to expanding it to other schools and districts around the country. In fact, he received listener questions about expanding it to St. Louis and Los Angeles. Nino said the program was ready to be replicated. He has invited interested parties to contact him about this. We talked about some of the programs and projects taught in their classes including pulleys, basic electrical systems, Ohm’s Law, parabolas, the need for algebra, and more.
In our second segment of this 1 hour 42 minute program, we talked about the DC-X as Nino worked on that program when he was with McDonnell Douglas. DC-X is having their 20th reunion this August in New Mexico, an event which Nino talked about during our discussion. We also talked about the DC-X vehicle, its problems, the plans to scale up the demo to the two more advanced models, and ultimately its cancellation and the NASA selection of the X-33. Nino also took some questions about the possibility of a single stage to orbit vehicle with a useful payload.
If you have comments/questions for Nino regarding this program, please post them on The Space Show blog. You can also contact Nino using www.rocketsciencetutors.com/contactus.php or directly by email at email@example.com.