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Tags: " SpaceX, "Catch A Rocket Plane: More talks From the Cutting Edge, aerospace engineering academic programs, and Beyond, Apollo, Apollo 17, Cold War, commercial space, cost plus contracting., Dr. Robert Brodsky, Endeavour, international space cooperation, launch industry, Link Trainer, NERVA, Pearl Harbor, Space Shuttle, space tourism, STEM, The Greatest Generation
Dr. Robert Brodsky, Friday, 12-7-12
Guest: Dr. Robert (Bob) Brodsky. Topics: We discussed his new book, “Catch A Rocket Plane: More Tales from the Cutting Edge & Beyond,” plus his aerospace history & overview. 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. Bob Brodsky back to the show to discuss his new book which you can order at www.amazon.com/Catch-Rocket-Plane-Cutting-Beyond/dp/1467972908/ref=onegiantlea20
. Remember, if you buy the book using this URL, Amazon donates to The Space Show/OGLF. Dr. Brodsky started out by telling us how he came up with the title to his new book, a story which you will find most interesting. He then told us stories from his book dating from WW2 through the rocket and space age to current times. During the segment, listeners asked him many questions about our former space program as compared to our program today. As today was the anniversary of the launch of Apollo 17, Bob was asked quite a few questions about Apollo, the mood of the country back then, space and the Cold War, and going back to the Moon or other another destination. He talked about his experience on the NERVA nuclear rocket program and why he included a chapter about false starts since so many programs were started, then cancelled by NASA and Congress. Another issue discussed was learning to live on the Moon so we could push further out into space. Bob was asked about the quality of teaching in the earlier years as compared to today. He talked about ABET which is the accrediting board for engineering education and how that body has changed (lowered) the standards over the years. Doug called in to ask if we had lost so much of our labor and technical expertise that we might not be able to do an Apollo like mission today. Note the answer by Dr. Brodsky. You might be surprised by it. Bob also advocated the use of cost plus contracting over fixed price contracting because he said without cost plus, the boldness, creativity, risk taking, and out of the box thinking/planning gave way to traditional, conservative, and less pushing of the window in order to avoid financial risks and losses. He suggested that fixed price contracting produced just the opposite of what we needed from our aerospace industry. Let us know what you think about Bob’s perspective by posting on the blog.
In our second segment, our guest told us about a movie he once pitched regarding the terrorist takeover of the ISS. We also talked about his role with European launch alternatives with pointing systems and sounding rockets. A listener asked him about ITAR and would it have prevented much of what he was talking about in terms of European sharing of technology early on in our space history. He thought it would have and since our guest said he was a strong proponent of international space cooperation, ITAR is seen as a probable hindrance. In his concluding statements, Dr. Brodsky said that man was destined to do great things and go into space and settle and live there. He was optimistic this would happen. He did suggest the 60’s as the greatest space period in our history.
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Tags: alternative media, Bill Harwood, commercial space, Endeavour, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Space Coast, International Space University, Irene Klotz, Jim Lewis, Kennedy Space Center, Leonard David, NASA control rooms, new media., Pad 39A, Rubber Room, SLS, Space and Media Panel, space journalism, space news reporting, Space Shuttle, space workforce, Vehicle Assembly Building
ISU Space & Media Panel, KSC VIP Tour Report, Friday, 7-6-12
Guests: Dr. David Livingston; Jim Lewis & Bill Allen in the second segment. Topics: ISU Space & Media Panel, KSC special VIP tour report. 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. During the first segment of this program, I talked about my recent experience as moderator of the International Space University (ISU) Summer Session Space and Media Panel. I would also like to refer you to an article on the panel with pictures at www.americaspace.org?p=22002. Panel members were Irene Klotz, Bill Harwood, Leonard David, & Jim Lewis. We talked about various journalistic, media, alternative and new media issues, science and space reporting issues for 90 minutes, then took questions from the ISU students &visitors for half an hour. I highlighted many of the questions asked of the panel, some of the discussion topics, & student questions.
In the second segment, I was joined by Jim Lewis & Bill Allen. Jim commented on the earlier media panel discussion, but we focused on the KSC tour. We described what we saw on Pad 39 A, the shuttle control room, and in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) with the crawler, the mobile launcher, & the shuttle bays. We went inside Endeavour where astronaut Nicole Stott kindly showed us around, answered our questions, explained the crew cabin & taught us Space Shuttle 101. We commented on just how tight the living conditions were in the shuttle & how hard it was to sit in the command & pilot seats. Doing so in a space suit & with the shuttle in the vertical position for launch seemed an impossible task. Much of the equipment had been removed on both decks, especially the seats (other than the command & pilot seats) plus the galley was gone, so we actually saw Endeavour with room to spare than when outfitted for flight & seven crew members. We walked around Endeavour, inspected the tiles, the payload bay, the SMEs (they had been removed) & I must say that despite seeing shuttle launches in person & on television, seeing it in person as we did gave us all a different perspective on current HSF policy issues. Jim, Bill & I talked about the human cost because winding down this program did & still does have a human cost & face to it. We also talked about the capacity shuttle gave us that we have given up since none of the new space vehicles can compare to what shuttle was able to do. I commented on the engineering marvel of much of the HSF infrastructure I saw & stood on, in the VAB, Pad 39A, the escape chutes to the Rubber Room & more. We saw the brand new Constellation control room which was finished, & is now in stand down mode pending possible modifications for commercial opportunities. We saw the shuttle & Apollo control rooms of which the latter is being remodeled for the changing program. An amazing NASA workforce team showed us around. We were all very impressed by this space workforce, making it even more difficult to think about so many exceptional people who have lost their jobs & more. While I know many of you will disagree with some of my shuttle & space workforce comments, seeing it in person & talking to the people involved, well, its very different from hearing about it on TV, reading an article, an op-ed, or hearing people talk about it at a space conference.
Post your comments/questions on the blog. If you want to email Jim, Bill, or anyone from our media panel, send the note to me & I’ll forward it on your behalf.