Sarah Cruddas, Friday, 5-3-13 May 4, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: astronomy clubs, British Interplanetary Society, China space program, commercial space, commercial space travel, ESA, Google Lunar XPrize, Inspiration Mars, Isle of Man, ISS, Kepler Space Telescope, Mars one, Sarah Cruddas, science journalism, Skylon, space leadership, Space Shuttle program, space tourism, spinoff technology, Surrey Satellite Technology, UK & European space media, UK Space Agency, UK space economy, UK space entrepreneurism, UK STEM education, Virgin Galactic, Yuri's Night
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Sarah Cruddas, Friday, 5-3-13
Guest: Sarah Cruddas. Topics: UK space development, interests, commerce, and journalism, space tourism, China, space policy. 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 Sarah Cruddas to the program to discuss space development and policy from the British perspective. Please visit her website, http://sarahcruddas.com for more information. During the first part of our 90 minute discussion, we talked about space policy, science, and commerce from a British perspective. Listeners asked many questions about the UK perspective on space mining via Planetary Resources, commercial satellites & Surrey Satellite Technology, plus NASA projects like the Kepler Space Telescope and the search for exoplanets. We talked with Sarah about commercial space travel/space tourism with Virgin Galactic, especially since Sir Richard Branson is British. Sarah was asked about UK entrepreneurial space ventures and the Isle of Man. Sarah also covered the last space shuttle flight at KSC. She told us it was a very emotional experience. We also talked about the British perspective on both the ISS & the Hubble Space Telescope. Listeners asked our guest about space programs, interests, and policies in Germany, France, and ESA. She told us that the UK participation in ESA was smaller than that of other countries so their space programs are less ESA-centric. Sarah was asked about HSF to Mars including Mars One and the Inspiration Mars flyby mission. Doug called in to ask about Skylon & I talked about the early space history with the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and space planes. Returning to the topic of space tourism, she said it was too expensive for most people in the UK but there were some who have signed up and are interested in the adventure. We talked about STEM education in the UK & and compared STEM issues there to here in the States.
In our second segment, we talked about space debris or space junk. We then talked economics and UK, European, and global budget issues. Sarah made the case for the importance of continuing to invest in space and science despite these problems. Don’t miss what she had to say about space, our future, and economics. We also talked about space media and journalism in the UK & the need for the West to be in the lead in commercial space development. We spent a good part of this segment talking about the Chinese space program, plus India’s program. Other topics included N. Korean rocket launches, the Google Lunar XPrize, Yuri’s Night in the UK, and even ET’s! I asked about the popularity of astronomy& telescope clubs in her area, and the popularity of the ISS. Toward the end of our discussion, I asked our guest for a ten year perspective on space. Don’t miss Sarah’s future vision which included mining, space tourism, space junk resolution, and the growth of the Chinese space program. She talked about returning humans to the Moon – with China. She also said that people see space leadership and progress being made but that it was more likely to come from the Chinese than with we Americans.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can contact Sarah through her website or me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-2-13 January 3, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Mercury, : John Batchelor, Cassini, Curiosity, Dawn, Dr. David Livingston, ESA, Europa, Iris, Jupiter, LADEE, Mars, Maven, Messenger, Moon, NASA Planetary Missions, New Horizons, Saturn, science missions, solar system, Venus Express, Vesta
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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-2-13
Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston: Topics: Our discussion is an overview of current and planned 2013 NASA planetary missions. 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, http://www.johnbatchelorshow.com. During our 11 minute plus discussion, John and I provided a short overview of current, operating NASA planetary and science missions plus missions planned for 2013. We also mentioned a few ESA missions and talked about a future Europa mission.
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Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12 January 1, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Neil Armstrong, " SpaceX, 3 D Printing, Arianne 5, Atlas 5, Boeing CST 100, Chinese Space Program, CubeSat, Curiosity, cyber warfare, Dragon, economics, EML2 missions, entrepreneurial space, ESA, Falcon 9. , Falcon Heavy, Golden Spike, human spaceflight, IAC in Beijing, ISDC, ISS, ITAR modification, Japanese space program, Jesco von Puttkamer, liability laws, lunar base, Mars one, Messenger, MSL, NASA budget, NewSpace Business Plan Competition, North Korean space program, NSS, on orbit fuel depots, Planetary Resources, Reda Anderson, Russian launchers, sequestration, SLS, space capsules, Space Review for 2012, space robotics, Space Settlement Act of 1988, space settlement policy, space shuttles, Spaceport America, Stratolaunch, suborbital flights, Tom Olson, ULA, Virgin, Warp Drive, winged spacecraft, XCOR
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Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12
2012 Year End Review & Analysis for Space Development
Guest: Tom Olson. Topics: The year 2012 is reviewed from the space perspective and we look forward to space development in 2013. 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 back Tom Olson for his annual Space Show year in review analysis with a look forward to 2013 for space development. We started our discussion by remembering those in our space community that are no longer with us. We specifically mentioned three dear friends though we know that others have also left us. Our program was dedicated to Neil Armstrong, Jesco von Puttkamer, and Reda Anderson. We certainly miss our friends but space development marches on like everything else in life. A few of the early issues Tom brought up in the 2012 annual overview of space included the Falcon 9 launches and Dragon missions. He also talked about ISDC and birthing of Dragon during the keynote by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. While on the subject of SpaceX and its mission to the ISS, Paul sent in a question asking if SpaceX dropping out of the Stratolauncher project indicated that perhaps they had “bitten off more than they could chew.” Tom and I have no inside information about SpaceX and Stratolaunch but we both thought that Paul’s comment was reasonable as SpaceX is certainly busy enough with game changing projects & technology. Cubesats were discussed given their rise in popularity and importance in 2012. It seems as if their potential is more than on the rise! Cubesat growth also cuts across many diverse space industry segments and niche markets. Bev asked about the future of 3-D printing and its potential impact on future human spaceflight (HSF). 3-D printing is certainly experiencing space industry growth & there will soon be a small 3-D printer on the ISS. Heavy lift came up and much was said about the Falcon Heavy and SLS, both looking back over 2012 & forward to 2013.
In our second segment, I asked if fuel depots would evolve from the Power Point & rhetoric stage to something more tangible in 2013. We talked about depots as many of the projects announced in 2012 use depot technology to enable their plan. Tom talked about warp drive becoming more possible due to the 2012 work of Dr. Sonny White. Dr. White will be a guest on The Space Show Friday, January 4, 2013. Tom next brought up NASA budget issues & possible cuts. He talked about science mission cuts, the JWST, and on the HSF side, SLS eating up much of the budget with commercial crew still needing funding. I asked Tom how he thought space advocacy made out during 2012. Mixed was a one word summary of this discussion. Next, we talked about space settlement being made part of the U.S. space policy in 2013. Tom went over the pros & cons surrounding this effort. Doug called in about space settlement & I referred him to earlier programs with Steve Wolfe who authored the Space Settlement Act of 1988 which is part of public law. Tom said space settlement was SLS dependent & that makes the potential policy controversial to many space enthusiasts since many oppose SLS. Tom said 2012 was a good year for new commercial space grandiose missions such as Golden Spike, Planetary Resources, Mars One, a lunar base, Shackleton Energy, even EML2 missions. He kept asking the questions regarding objectives, who pays, the reasons for the missions, and more. He said most of these missions rely on some form of large launcher, either the Falcon Heavy SLS. Tom talked about ITAR reform that has been signed by both houses of Congress & is applicable to the U.S. satellite industry. Human rating of the Atlas came up for a 2012 progress report, then Dave in San Antonio inquired about cyber warfare & the space industry in 2012 & the future. 2012 marked the year the space shuttles went on display in museums & Tom talked about the Russian space program investments for modernization over the coming decade. He also talked about other national space programs. Near the end of our program, we brought up the Spaceport America liability issue & the risks facing the New Mexico spaceport. Tom updated us for 2013 on the NewSpace Business Plan Competition & his work with the Exodus Group for space business consulting.
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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
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Frank White, Sunday, 11-11-12 November 11, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " long duration human spaceflight, "Overview" Film, "The New Camelot, Camelot, commercial space, Earth-MoonL2, Earthrise photo, ESA, Frank White, international space cooperation, ISS, King Arthur, Mars, NASA, President Kennedy, Space Synapse, The Blue Marble, The Overview Effect, The Overview Institute
Frank White, Sunday, 11-11-12
Guest: Frank White. Topics: The Overview Effect 25 years later, still growing and expanding strong. 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 Frank White back to the program to discuss The Overview Effect twenty-five years after he identified it in his famous book by that name. Frank both described and explained what is meant by the Overview Effect, he talked about the astronauts he interviewed, their own work, and the new updated version he is working on for the AIAA. He also told us about the Overview Institute (www.overviewinstitute.org). In this first segment, the listeners asked him questions about long duration spaceflight and being unable to see Earth as the astronauts move further away from our planet, they asked about gender differences with the Overview Effect, and the difficulty that seems to exist for many people in taking their experience from space and communicating it to others. Frank told us about the upcoming film produced by a UK group, “Overview” and that it might be streamed live from Harvard at its premiere on Dec. 7th. Frank will provide The Space Show details about this and I will be sure to announce the details on future Space Show programs.
In our second segment, Frank told us about his work regarding educational outreach with the Overview Effect with a UK group, Space Synapse (www.spacesynapse.com). We talked about possible use of the overview concept by NASA and national space agencies as well as in private/commercial space activities. Frank then told us about his Kindle book on Amazon, “The New Camelot.” You can find it at www.amazon.com/The-New-Camelot-Volume-ebook/dp/B008WQ22RI/ref=onegiantlea20. Please remember if you purchase the book with this URL, Amazon makes a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF. Frank explained how he came to write this particular book and the significance of Camelot with President Kennedy and our Moon program. In this book, Mr. White puts forth a new interpretation of the Apollo Moon program by comparing our early astronauts to the Knights of King Arthur’s Round Table. Frank suggests that the Overview Effect might just be the “holy grail” of our lifetime. We talked about the possibility of the Camelot analogy spilling over to both LBJ and Nixon. Near the end of the program, Tim called to give us a thumbs down on international cooperation in space missions, particularly if they are designed mainly for diplomacy. The three of us had an interesting discussion about international cooperation in space. Toward the end, we talked about looking forward to the private sector as the main driver for HSF and going out into space.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can reach Frank White through me if you want to send him an email.
NASA Centennial Challenges, Night Rover, Friday, 3-16-12 March 17, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: : Josh Neubert, aerospace prizes, Dr. Larry Cooper, educational outreach, ESA, intellectual property, ITAR, Nano-Satellite Launch Centennial Challenge, NASA Centennial Challenges, NASA Office of Chief Technologist, NASA/ESA prize partnership, Night Rover Centennial Challenge, Night Rover rules, Sample Return Robot Challenge, storage batteries, tether competition
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NASA Centennial Challenges, Night Rover, Friday, 3-16-12
Featurinig Josh Neubert & Dr. Larry Cooper
Guests: Josh Neubert, Dr. Larry Cooper. Topics: NASA Centennial Challenges and the Night Rover Challenge. 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 Josh Neubert and for the first time, Dr. Larry Cooper, Program Executive for the NASA Centennial Challenges program. You can learn more about Centennial Challenges by visiting www.nasa.gov/challenges. For more specific information on the Night Rover challenge, visit http://nightrover.org. In our first segment, Dr. Cooper went over the history of NASA Centennial Challenges with a specific focus on the Night Rover Challenge. We also talked about the two other challenges going on at this time, the Sample Return Robot Challenge and the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge. You can access the websites for these additional challenges from the NASA Centennial Challenge home page. Dr. Cooper talked about some of the successes of the program, including the glove challenge won by Peter Homer who has been a guest on The Space Show. Josh went into some of the details regarding Night Rover, specifically the draft Rules which are now out and open for comment. Josh also talked about the Team Agreement. He described the $1.5 million prize and the eligibility requirements for winning this prize. He then talked about the three levels of storage battery density in terms of winning the prize.
In our second segment, Josh said it was opened for everyone from a garage entrepreneur to a large company. Larry talked about ideas for future challenges and asked listeners to suggest ideas to NASA. He then told listeners about the process for submitting future ideas, especially for the next five year. Larry and Josh both referenced earlier successful Challenge programs plus a few that were retired without anyone winning them. Several Challenge ideas came in from listeners including one on debris removal and Larry said that NASA Centennial Challenges was authorized to issue up to a $50 million purse! We talked about ITAR issues and partnerships for prizes with other space agencies such as ESA. Later in the segment, I asked about the history of prizes and our guests went as far back as the Longitude Prize regarding ocean navigation which was actually won by a clock maker. Other prizes and awards were mentioned in this historical review of the subject. When asked for closing comments, Josh reminded us to provide feedback on the draft rules and Larry spoke highly of prices having a positive impact on entrepreneurs, being a plus for tax payer funding, and for pushing the envelope for discovery and advancements with technology.
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Michael Listner, Monday, 1-2-12 January 2, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: arbitration agreements, Article 9 of the Outer Space Treaty, Austrian domestic space law, benefit sharing, careers in space law, Chinese space policy, DOD space, Draft Treaty On The Prevention Of The Placement Of Weapons In Outer Space, ESA, European Code of Conduct For Outer Space Activities, FAA, Google Lunar X-Prize, Indian space policy, international treaties, ISS, launching country, Liability Convention, lunar artifacts, lunar mineral extraction, Michael Listner, Moon Treaty, NASA, New Space, Outer Space Treaty, Registration Convention, rogue nations, SLS, space law, space property rights, space weapons, The Space Review, The Threat Or Use Of Force Against Outer Space Objects (PPWT)., Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures (TCBMs), United Nations space treaties, voluntary agreement
Michael Listner, Monday, 1-2-12
Guest: Michael Listner. Topics: National and international space law issues including property rights, the Moon Treaty & 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 Michael Listner to the program to discuss national and international space law issues and related matters. We started out discussing the new Austrian domestic space law and inquiring of our guest why we should take note of this Austrian law here in the U.S. As you will hear from Mr. Listner, the new Austrian law relates specifically to the UN space treaties and plays a role in international space law. Our guest wrote a recent article on this subject in The Space Review on Dec. 12, 2011. You can read his article at www.thespacereview.com/article/1988/1. Another interesting article of his you might value is in DefensePolicy.org from July 7, 2011 and titled “TCBMs: A New Definition and New Role for Outer Space Security.” You can download it at www.defensepolicy.org/2011/michlis/tcbms-a-new-definition-and-new-role-for-outer-space-security. Our discussion then focused on launching country issues and liability, satellite operations in different countries and both the Liability and the Registration U.N. Conventions. This discussion led us to talking about the European Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities and Michael updated us on the status of this voluntary agreement, both on the international front as well as here in the U.S. Other issues discussed in this segment included space debris and the Draft Russian Chinese Treaty On The Prevention Of The Placement Of Weapons In Outer Space (PPWT). We also talked about the Chinese GPS system covering Asia, its military focus, and Chinese geo political intersects. Michael then introduced us to Transparency and Confidence Building Measures (TCBMs) as alternatives to treaties. This prompted several listener questions and comments about “so called” government transparency, the word of governments, and their effectiveness so far. This was an interesting discussion, especially when I asked our guest for his personal opinion on these types of agreements. Space tourism became a subject and we spent some time on the liability issues and the states that have passed liability protection laws for the space companies. Jack from Virginia was listening and provided us with important information about the Virginia law which he largely authored and which has become a model for the laws in Florida, Texas, and New Mexico. We spent the rest of the first segment talking about liability and space tourism issues. In the second segment, Helen asked if funding levels for NASA and space interests correlated to up’s and downs in space policy. As you will hear, most policy is driven by politics, not funding levels. There were lots of questions about the legality of the Moon Treaty and its applicability to commercial space, even Google Lunar X Prize contestants. We fielded questions on lunar mineral extractions as well as messing with Apollo artifacts on the Moon. We then jumped over to property rights and what this actually means regarding space issues. As we were nearing the end of our discussion, I asked Michael if space law was largely an academic field or if it was becoming a career choice field in terms of practical application. He said it was becoming more and more practical and more and more schools were offering commercial law classes. If you have comments or questions for Michael Listner, please post them on the blog URL above.