Open Lines, Tuesday, 1-15-13 January 16, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Neil Armstrong, A123 battery sale to China, Apollo 11, congressional appropriations, Falcon Heavy, Falcon Heavy Pad changes at the Cape, Icarus Interstellar, ITAR, Microlaunchers, NASA budget issues, Open Lines, Pegasus launches, PETA, quantum vacuum, Robert H. Johnson Planetarium, Rocky Flats., sequestration, SLS, Tea Party In Space, Vandenberg AFB launches, vegetarian food for Mars, Warp Drive
Open Lines, Tuesday, 1-15-13
Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: This was a wide ranging discussion on many space topics & related issues. 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 talked about many topics and issues on this 2 hour 40 minute program. In the first segment, ITAR reform was discussed and Andrew of the Tea Party In Space in his discussion also advocated for the resumption of manufacturing Plutonium 238. We got caught off but he called back in the second segment. Charles called to advocate for small markets & an incremental approach. He continues working on Microlaunchers. John from Atlanta called to talk about strange lights over Detroit. We had a good time talking about the mysterious Detroit sightings which you can easily see pictures of & find out more if interested with a very simple Google search. John also wanted to talk about our recent advanced propulsion program about warp drive and interstellar physics. If you have not heard that program from Jan. 4, 2013, I strongly recommend you do listen to it. Space budget, economic and sequestration issues came up in this segment as well. We also talked about the bankruptcy sale of special battery company A123 to China and the fact that this includes sensitive military technology. Listeners expressed a variety of opinions about this matter. Perri provided us with this Forbes story on the matter: www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2012/12/12/china-wins-u-s-loses-in-a123-bankruptcy. I also read a PR statement from a group opposing the sale to China.
In our longer second segment, Andrew called back and we talked about economic issues in congress, SLS, Golden Spike, and building relationships with staffers in congress to better advocate for space. Tim called from Huntsville to tell us about the absurd PETA, Elon Musk and vegetarian issue arising about the food people will eat on Mars. You can read about it at these locations: http://rt.com/usa/news/space-mars-musk-people-595 and http://betabeat.com/2013/01/elon-musk-would-like-you-to-know-i-am-not-the-kale-eating-overlord-of-mars. Based on this story, we got several listener comments on PETA, Martian food, and space nutrition. In fact Doug called to say that he thought early Mars missions would likely be vegetarian just for mass and technical reasons. Our last caller was Perri who wanted to talk about the need to refurbish and bring back to life the excellent Colorado teaching planetarium, the Robert H. Johnson Planetarium in Jefferson County. Perri provided us with lots of good information on this planetarium and its refurbishment needs. She also talked about food consolidation problems in the U.S. and globally, plus a host of other matters, including the plutonium issue which was mentioned in the first segment. Here, she told us about the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum based on The Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant. The museum is also in Jefferson County, CO. For more information, visit www.rockyflatscoldwarmuseum.org. If you want to connect with Perri about the planetarium or any of the other issues she mentioned, you can email her through me.
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Tags: Alcubierre metric, Alcubierre Warp Drive, Cassimere Effect, dark energy, Dr. Claudio Maccone, Dr. Eric Davis, Dr. Harold Sonny White, Dr. Richard Obousy, Eagleworks Laboratories, exotic energy, extreme blueshifts, faster than light travel, flat space time, Icarus Interstellar, interstellar dust, interstellar flight, mega materials, Miguel Alcubierre, NASA, negative, negative energy, nonlocality., postwarp particle beams, pressure, quantum vacuum energy, sun gravitational lens telescope, warp bubble, warp ring, White-Juday warp field interferometer, worm holes, zero gravity
Dr. Richard Obousy, Dr. Eric Davis, Dr. Harold Sonny White, Friday, 1-4-13
Guests: Dr. Richard Obousy, Dr. Eric Davis, Dr. Harold Sonny White. Topics: Faster Than Light (FTL) Travel, Warp Drive, Interstellar Travel. 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 our three guests, Drs. Obousy, Davis, and White to the program to discuss FTL travel, warp drive, and interstellar flight. More information is available at the Icarus Interstellar website, http://www.icarusinterstellar.org. We did not take a break during our program. Also, at times our discussion was technical and scientific. I looked up many terms & used my search engine frequently during the discussion given the advanced nature of the subject and our discussion. Don’t be shy about looking up that which you may not understand or know about. I promise, if you do it will be well worth your time. We started with an introduction to Icarus Interstellar, FTL travel, and why interstellar propulsion & travel is important. Our guests then suggested the two most common approaches to FTL travel included warp drive and worm holes. For most of the program, we focused on the characteristics and research around warp drive. Our guests explained their research, including how they were able to develop the theories that reduced the amount of energy needed for warp drive from Jupiter size energy requirements to energy requirements representing the approximate mass of Voyager 1. Our discussion addressed the Miguel Alcubierre warp drive in light of the advanced work by Dr. White and others. The concept of the McMonigal Fatal Flaw was addressed with our guests explaining why it was not applicable. The workings of the warp drive were explained and though the discussion was heavy in physics, I urge you to take the time and embrace & learn about the advanced theoretical physics subjects discussed by our guests. Later, a listener asked about the use of a sun gravitational lens telescope at a specific AU from the sun as perhaps an alternative to interstellar flight. As you will hear, such a device would likely be a good tool enhancing FTL travel, not replacing it. As our discussion progressed, or guests rebutted many of the warp drive criticisms. Near the end of the program, we talked about what was needed to go from the lab and theory to small scale demo experiments to prove out the concepts. Our guests referenced to the Chicago Pile-1(CP-1) 1942 nuclear experiment & the subsequent step by step evolution of nuclear technology. Our guests talked about starting small with a demo proof and evolving upwards with more and more discovery, technology, and engineering. Another example cited for the typical development path included the discovery of the electron in 1897 followed by the discovery of the proton in 1917, and the discovery of the neutron in 1932. Throughout our discussion, our guests put forth compelling reasons why we should be developing FTL travel and interstellar spaceflight. Their respective concluding comments reinforced the importance and why of our being interested in FTL and exotic concepts.
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Tabitha Smith, Gwyn Rosaire, Project Bifrost, Sunday, 12-16-12 December 16, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: B4 core, chemical rockets, DARPAs 100 Year Starship Program, fission, Fukushima, fusion propulsion, graphite nuclear rocket fuel, Gwyn Rosaire, HSF to Mars, Icarus Interstellar, ITAR, NASA Marshall Decade Module 2 fusion project, nuclear economics, nuclear propulsion mission, nuclear space technologies, nuclear thermal rocket, Project Bifrost, Russian nuclear propulsion program, Saturn V rocket, Tabitha Smith, tungsten nuclear rocket fuel, White House nuclear rocket policy., Y-12 research
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Tabitha Smith, Gwyn Rosaire, Project Bifrost, Sunday, 12-16-12
Guests: Tabitha Smith, Gwyn Rosaire. Topics: Nuclear propulsion, Project Bifrost, Icarus Interstellar. 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 Tabitha Smith and Gwyn Rosaire to our program to discuss Project Bifrost and nuclear space propulsion. For more information and to contact our guests, visit www.icarusinterstellar.org/projects/project-bifrost. If you are interested in joining Project Bifrost, or have suggestions, please use the “here” email link on the webpage. During our first segment, Ms. Smith started by giving us the origin and meaning of the project name, Bifrost (pronounced BEEFROST). This discussion included Icarus Interstellar and mention of the Darpa 100 Year Starship Program (100YSS). I asked Gwyn about our technical status in having a nuclear thermal rocket and he said we had more of an economic problem with nuclear propulsion than a technical problems. We talked about the lack of a mission for a nuclear rocket and that such a mission would be generated from the White House on down. Nuclear fuel was a topic as new research is focusing on tungsten fuels rather than graphite though our caller Dr. Jim Dewar suggested new opportunities existed with modern graphite fuels. Other listeners emailed in both questions and comments about fuel. Another topic included a discussion about a much larger payload to Mars with a nuclear thermal rocket (NTR) than a chemical rocket so I asked our guests about economic trades as to what would eventually be less costly, multiple chemical rocket launches or the use of a NTR. Using the Saturn V for our chemical rocket, We carried our analysis to the point of including additional launches to cover for a launch failure and also the human factors side in that a shorter trip means less radiation for the astronauts, thus less shielding and potentially less mass. I think you will find this discussion and analysis most interesting, including the NRC equation for astronaut exposure to radiation. In Dr. Dewar’s call, he also talked about the B4 core concept & the progress made with NERVA. We got emails from Bruce in Canada plus other listeners advocating private sector development, a change in ITAR, and the radiation policy changing after Fukushima per this article, www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_UN_approves_radiation_advice_1012121.html, and the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).
In our second segment, Michael called in to ask about Russian outreach and the Russian nuclear propulsion program. We then asked our guests for the future Project Bifrost plans. We learned of several major issues. One issue centered on U.S. export control. Our guests also noted that the Russian economy was actually gaining in strength and this might cause them to think its better to go it alone than team up with a weak international partner. Other listener emails inquired about time lines for operation. It was suggested that about ten years would be needed for the NTR if all goes well. As for more routine Mars flights, it was suggested that it would take about twenty years after the first human flights to Mars to really have the program operational. We talked about the private sector and our guests suggested that the private sector will play a strong role in developing and using nuclear propulsion. Moving on, the second project our guests mentioned had to do with ablation technology using NASA Ames facilities. The third and final project mentioned was at Huntsville, the Decade Module 2 fusion project at Marshall. During both the first & second segments, our guests talked about Jupiter radiation and magnetic shielding. John asked about this when he called in the second segment. Doug inquired about Dr. Zubrin’s Mars plans & possible trajectories that could be used with the pros and cons for each. Bruce inquired about fuel vibration problems, then Tim called wanting to know about tours at the Marshall facility & the level of power needed for interstellar travel. As we were ending, our guests said we needed breakthrough propulsion or new physics for interstellar travel. Both our guests left us with important closing comments relevant to Project Bifrost & nuclear propulsion for our future with space development. Don’t miss what each had to say as we brought our discussion to a close.
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The John Batchelor Show, “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 1-25-12 January 26, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: : John Batchelor, antimatter propulsion., General Propulsion Science, Icarus Interstellar, interstellar travel, NERVA, nuclear thermal rockets, Project Bifrost, Project Daedalus, Project Icarus, The John Batchelor Show, Tungsten fuel
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The John Batchelor Show, “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 1-25-12
Project Icarus, Nuclear Thermal Rockets, Project Bifrost
Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Richard Obousy, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Project Bifrost, nuclear thermal rockets, Project Icarus. 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. 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, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. The topics in this 11 minute plus segment focused on Project Bifrost, nuclear thermal rockets, and Icarus Interstellar with Project Icarus. Dr. Obousy expanded on these topics, the issue of interstellar flight and even some timelines looking off into the future. Please visit www.icarusinterstellar.org for more information. This is one of many excellent articles on Project Bifrost: http://news.discovery.com/space/project-bifrost-interstellar-space-fission-120120.html. Please post your comments about this segment on The Space Show Blog URL above. If you want to send a note to Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Obousy, please do so to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward it to them.