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
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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 9-18-12 September 19, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: AIAA, Big Dumb Booster, citizen science, Commercial Crew, commercial space, Congressional space budgets, congressional space policy., Dragon, Dream Chaser, Falcon 9. , Falcon Heavy, heavy lift, Hubble, Kepler Space Telescope, NASA budgets, Orbital, Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, sequestration, SLS, space telescopes, suborbital, Virgin Galactic
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 9-4-12 September 5, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " microbial life, " SpaceX, "Open Air" by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Question Answered, Art Association of Philadelphia, Atlas 5, Boeing CST 100, Cis-lunar tug., Commercial Crew, Dark Skies, Dragon, Dream Chaser, ET life, Europa, Falcon 9. , ion propulsion, life outside the solar system, light pollution, NewSpace, Open Lines, Philadelphia public art project, Republican Party Platform space policy, solar system oceans, U.S. economy & NASA
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 9-4-12
Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Life outside the solar system, Philadelphia light pollution, ion propulsion, U.S. economy, NASA, space program funding. You are invited to comment, ask questions, & discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, & any discussion must be relevant & 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. As Open Lines started, I put two discussion topics on the table. These two topics focused on the Republican party platform & its space policy plus the reaction to it by various sectors of the space community, specifically NewSpace. The second topic I mentioned was the state of the U.S. economy & how it impacts NASA & space funding. My theory was & is that it does impact the state of NASA funding & what happens in the private sector but I asked others who have economic experience & knowledge to tell me why so many talk space policy without factoring in our domestic as well as economic condition. When I opened up the phone line, the first caller was Wade Hobbs who talked about life having developed elsewhere in the solar system, mainly in the oceans of Europa. He said his theory offered statistical proof of life in Jupiter’s moon Europa & he pointed us toward his Kindle book, “Question Answered.” If you purchase his book using this URL, Amazon will donate to The Space Show/OGLF: www.amazon.com/Question-Answered-ebook/dp/B008ZFZ05W/ref=onegiantlea20. He explained his theory & invited comments & questions. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Our second caller was Ed Murray who called our attention to a light pollution public art project scheduled soon for Philadelphia. The project, Open Air” by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer of Canada & approved by the Art Association of Philadelphia is described here: www.knightarts.org/community/philadelphia/preparing-for-open-air-in-philadelphia. Many in the astronomy & Dark Skies fields are objecting to the project which will last nearly two months & probably blot out most of the Philadelphia night sky. Ed & others are seeking ideas & help to minimize the project or cancel it. They have sought help from the International Dark Skies organization & others. If this project interests you, follow up on the suggestions offered on the blog by Ed & others which detail their concerns about the project.
In our second segment, John from Atlanta called in to discuss ion propulsion & fuel plus he wanted to address the economic issues I raised in the introduction to tonight’s program. Regarding the economic issues, John suggested we were still not so bad where the economy would start to impact NASA funding but if thing worsen, it is likely that NASA & all space funding will be impacted. John & I went back & forth for several minutes discussing the economic situation, the national debt, space & more, both from the U.S. domestic perspective as well as the global perspective. We talked about the total budget going to NASA being so small as a factor. John & I talked about the Republican platform suggestion that despite the language, commercial crew to the ISS would continue. John suggested an early down select to SpaceX but I advocated for at least another round of competition with Sierra Nevada & Boeing, possibly others too. Our final call was from Tim who talked about ion propulsion & space nuclear propulsion. He introduced the idea of carbon nano tubes for use in rocket materials & I suggested that was way out in the future. Tim also suggested the private sector bypass NASA & do its “own thing.”
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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 7-3-12 July 4, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, Apollo 8, AT&T, B612 asteroid project, bats, Boeing CTS 100, budget sequestration, Cern, Chinese space docking, citizen science projects, climate change, culture on the space frontier, Delta IV Heavy, Dragon Capsule, Dream Chaser, East Coast 2012 heat wave, East Coast power grid outages, electromagnetic pulse (EMP)., Falcon 9 reusability, Falcon 9. , FAR, global warming, government vs. private space, Higgs boson, Lox paraffin hybrid rocket motor/fuel, Mars one, Orbital Sciences Cygnus/Antares, Orion capsule, particle physics, Planetary Resources, public/private partnerships, Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Russian space program, SAA, Skylon, space shuttles, suborbital flights, Telstar 1, white nose fungus
Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 7-3-12
Guest: Robert (Bob) Zimmerman. Topics: Recent space news and announced projects. 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 show. Check out his blog at www.behindtheblack.com. We started off our first long segment (90 minutes) by mentioning the 50th anniversary of Telstar 1, the death of our friend, Al Zaehringer, AT&T and our early space program, plus the word coming from CERN that they may have found the Higgs-Boson particle. I then asked Bob to comment on the global warming statements being made about the current East Coast heat wave, followed by comments by Newt about the power grid outages and a taste of what an EMP would be like. We then turned to space and Bob talked about the recent success with Dragon and Falcon 9. He then talked about government space programs as compared to private programs. Throughout our 135 minute discussion, he reiterated his opposition to space programs, making it clear that he does not want a “program” and why. Let us know on the blog if you agree with him. Bob suggested we were in a period of space revolution and that it would be very exciting over the next five years. He talked about SpaceX compared to the Russians and the Chinese. He did say we were in competition with them for control of space and this led us to a discussion about culture and the space frontier. We talked about recently announced projects, Planetary Resources, Mars One, and one by the B612 Foundation. He thought B612 was the only real one of the three. Terry called from Texas to discuss using an Orion for a LEO mission, the Falcon Heavy for a Moon mission, Delta IV heavy and SLS. Jerry called in from Florida and among our topics were frontier development, the Oregon Trail, the CERN reactor in Switzerland rather than in Texas, and more. No space programs per Bob’s preferences again came up. Let us know your thoughts about these issues on the blog. As the segment ended, Bob was asked about Skylon which was the subject of yesterday’s program.
Tim’s call started our second segment & he asked about a lox paraffin hybrid rocket motor. We also talked about the space shuttle & its capabilities. While Bob praised aspects of shuttle, he said the program was a failure. I did not agree with him but listen and let us know what you think regarding this issue. Note that as the program ended, Martin sent us info on the hybrid motor mentioned earlier by Tim so check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9erCLJ5KVg as Brian Cantwell delivered a presentation at Stanford on the state of the art of hybrid rockets. Bob then updated us on the bat situation with the white nose fungus. As our program ended, Bob talked about upcoming events starting with Orbital’s Cygnus/Antares debut, Dream Chaser and other competitors. He had some brief comments about the suborbital industry and citizen science projects and concluded by saying we were no longer in a holding pattern re commercial space.
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Tags: Atlas 5, Commercial Crew, cubesats, Dr. Jim Wertz, Dr. Richard Van Allen, Dream Chaser, Georgia Tech, Hummingbird - Open Source for Small Satellites, ISS, Jeanne Innis Olson, John London (U.S. Army SMDC)., Larry Martin, low cost space access, Nicole Jordan, Operationally Responsive Space, Radar Calibration Nanosatellite, Reinventing Space Conference, Sierra Nevada, SMDC-One, space tourism, Surrey Satellite, U.S. Army satellite programs, University of Hawaii, University of North Dakota, Wendy Williams, Women In Aerospace Southern California Chapter
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Reinventing Space Conference 2012, Tuesday, 5-8-12
Guests: Open Mic at the Reinventing Space Conference 2012. Topics: Responsive space, low cost space access, Army satellite program, university projects, students & education, Dream Chaser, Women in Aerospace Southern California Chapter. 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. This Space Show program was an “open mic” discussion for those attending the Reinventing Space Conference 2012. The Space Show made its microphones available to those in attendance to speak on any topic of interest to them. Our discussion topics included responsive space, low cost space access, pushing technology, the U.S. Army satellite program and the launch of the Army’s SMDC-One satellite, the first Army satellite launch in 50 years. Others spoke about university projects, STEM education, the lack of interest in space /STEM subjects by among the younger population, challenges in the field of education, and the Women In Aerospace Southern California Chapter. We started out with Dr. Jim Wertz providing us with an overview of the responsive space issues and what we can expect in the coming years. George Vamos, Dr. Wertz & as Dr. Van Allen discussed offsets and technology trades in lowering launch costs. Other participants talked about progress they have seen and experienced over their many years of working in the aerospace field. We heard from Charles Kilmer on this subject. He was followed by John London of the Army SMDC/ARSTRAT. He talked about the first Army satellite launch in 50 years, the SMDC-One. We also learned about future plans for Army satellites in support of the warfighter. He talked about the Army launching satellites the size of a loaf of bread and a bread box at 1/2000th the cost of a more traditional satellite. Rachel and Krystal from Sierra Nevada spoke about Dream Chaser. We learned more about their upcoming vehicle testing schedule as well as new agreements with Florida. I also inquired about Dream Chaser for space tourism which as you will hear will follow their priority which is commercial crew to the ISS. Larry Martin talked about his University of Hawaii project but we also had a participant from the University of N. Dakota and a recent graduate from Georgia Tech. I apologize for not getting their names for this program summary. These students talked about the challenges in getting younger students interested and aware of space. Our final participants represented Women In Aerospace and the Southern California Chapter. Jeanne Innis Olson and Nicole Johnson spoke about the organization & their California chapter. Those interested in learning more about the organization should contact Wendy Williams at email@example.com.
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Doug Messier, Tuesday, 4-12-12 April 18, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Ares V, Atlas, CCDEV3, Centaur, China and the ISS, Constellation, Delta, Douglas Messier, Dragon, Dream Chaser, Falcon 9. , global warming & NASA scientists, ISS, Lynx, Mojave Air and Spaceport, NASA, ParabolicArc.com Space Access Society conference, RLV technology, SLS, Soyuz, space policy, Space Studies Institute, Space X, suborbital, ULA, Virgin drop tests, XCOR
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Doug Messier, Tuesday, 4-12-12
Guest: DouglasMessier. Topics: Parabolic Arc & space news, SAS conference, suborbitals, 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 back Doug Messier who is the Managing Editor of www.parabolicarc.com which is an excellent space news and information blog. We started our discussion with Doug seeking his thoughts on the recently held Space Access Society Conference in Phoenix, AZ last weekend. Doug told us what he thought were the highlights of the conference and referenced comments made by Jim Muncy several times during our discussion. We talked about the coming Space X launch at the end of this month, some about SSP satellites, and other company plans discussed at the conference. Doug fielded a few listener questions about interviewing people in the space industry, especially NewSpace, wanting to know what he does when he is given obvious spin by the person being interviewed.
In the second 45 minute segment, Doug took questions about Shuttle Discovery flying one more time around the Cape on the 747 on its way to Dulles Airport and the Smithsonian Museum. Also mentioned were the reported comments of former Discovery astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher to a boy watching the shuttle on the 747 advising him to “Study Russian.” He talked about the transition from shuttle to whatever comes next and both of us commented that the transition seemed mismanaged. Another listener asked him about human rating the Atlas and Delta and he said it was underway. A listener wanted to know if the 2012 first quarter had presented him with any surprises regarding space. John in Atlanta called in for a comprehensive discussion from SRB usage to a mini shuttle, Dream Chaser, separate vehicles for cargo and crew, first stage recovery for reusability, and more. Doug talked some more about the XCOR Lynx, possible Russian plans to enlarge the Soyuz, and he took a question on possible Chinese ISS missions. Ron from Queens called in with Dream Chaser and Stratolaunch questions. Doug talked about the Mojave Air and Spaceport and we learned that the Mojave group had offered some consulting to Spaceport America in New Mexico but it had been rejected. This brought up a discussion about crosswinds and other runway issues at Spaceport America. I repeated some of the news I talked about last year which was published in both the print and online edition of the Albuquerque Journal. One of the articles on this from 1/16/11 is at www.abqjournal.com/news/state/1623176state01-16-11.htm but you may need to be a subscriber to view this article. Terry inquired about CCDEV3 (we know it has a new name) and was hoping at least 2-3 companies would be selected. Doug, Terry, and I agreed that competition was important. Tim called from Huntsville & we got distracted by his questions about the 50 NASA astronauts writing a letter challenging NASA science on global warming & the NASA response. This discussion was more about civility rather than global warming. Also, there were some garbled words in the recording in this segment so I had to delete what could not be understood. You will find three such edits in this particular discussion & I do apologize for this. There is about 2 seconds of silence with each edit. Near the end, Terry sent us the link to a SpacePolicyOnline.com article about the Senate subcommittee adding more money to the Mars program and cutting about $305 million from commercial crew. See www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/senate-subcommittee-adds-100-million-for-mars-missions for details.
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Mark Sirangelo, Wednesday, 1-4-12 January 5, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Atlas V, Bigelow Aerospace, CCDEV congressional funding, Critical Design Review (CDR), Dream Chaser, Dream Chaser history, Dream Chaser test flights, drop tests, Federal Acquisition Rules (FAR), flight test safety program, human spaceflight, hybrid rocket engines, ISS, launch escape systems, LEO, lifting body, Mark Sirangelo, NASA budget, NASAs HL-20, non-toxic space system, orbital space tourism., Point to Point travel, rocket reusability, Sierra Nevada Space Systems, Soviet BOR-4, Soyuz, Space Act Agreement, space capsules, Space Dev, thermal protection system, Virgin Galactic
Mark Sirangelo, Wednesday, 1-4-12
Guest: Mark Sirangelo. Topics: Dream Chaser, hybrid rocket motors, human spaceflight & 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 welcomes Mark Sirangelo of Sierra Nevada Corp Space Systems to the program to discuss Dream Chaser, hybrid rocket motors, human spaceflight, space policy, budgets and more. You can learn more about Dream Chaser at http://sncspace.com/space_exploration.php. For those of you interested in learning more on the previous NASA HL-20 concept vehicle, visit www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/factsheets/HL-20.html. We started our discussion by asking Mr. Sirangelo for a brief history and overview of Dream Chaser. He talked about the lifting body design and the capabilities of a lifting body, including costs and reusability. In response to questions he did say it was meant for LEO though later in the program he discussed the potential to scale Dream Chaser up if markets warranted it. He was also asked to compare the Dream Chaser style of vehicle to a capsule. Mark was asked about the choice of rocket, the Atlas V. While he explained that choice, he also said Dream Chaser was rocket agnostic. Don’t miss his comments on the rocket question. A listener asked him to clarify the current status with the SAA, the FAR, and a possible CCDEV 3 round of NASA support. Mark said there would be a round three with a call for awards in February with winners announced later in the summer. He talked about the companies going to the next level, the Critical Design Review (CDR) and what this means for NASA as well as the companies. Mark talked about the switch back to the SAA but said at some point down the road, the FAR will likely be used, probably in the acquisition stage. Again, you do not want to miss what he had to say on this important issue. Yves from Canada asked about the launch abort system for Dream Chaser and its ability to land in places and the ocean instead of a designated runway. We talked about test flights, the number of needed flights, and the view that testing is not based on the number of flights but on successfully completing the essential and needed testing/flight protocols. In our second segment, Trent called from Australia and wanted to know more about the full history and struggles for Dream Chaser up to now. This time around Mark provided us with a more comprehensive vehicle history. We also talked quite a bit about the hybrid rocket motor so you will for sure want to hear this segment. Mark was asked if the Dream Chaser hybrid was the same being used for the Virgin SS2 and he said essentially yes other than for size. He was asked some more questions about his work on SS2 for Virgin but deferred those questions to Virgin . Our guest received a few questions about the GAP, buying rides on the Soyuz, recent Soyuz issues, and speeding up the development of Dream Chaser. Harry wanted to know about using Dream Chaser for various types of orbital space tourism, and much was said about certifying Dream Chaser as safe for human spaceflight. Near the end, Robert wanted to know if Dream Chaser might be used for Point to Point travel. John from Jersey City called to ask about multiple markets for Dream Chaser. As our discussion was drawing to a close, our guest was asked about hypergolic fuels and reaction control systems and again about the thermal protection system. Please post your comments/questions for Mark Sirangelo on The Space Show blog at the above URL.