John Strickland, Monday, 3-19-13 March 20, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: air breathing rockets, Base Load Barrier, China’s space policy., cislunar space transportation, cryo boil off, cryogenic cooling, cryogenic transfer, Earth-Moon L1 & L2, Falcon Heavy, ISDC, ISS, John Strickland, low cost space transportation, lunar base, lunar settlement, Mars HSF, National Space Society, NSS Roadmap, Propellant Depots, reusable launchers, SLS, space logistics, space settlement, space solar power, terrestrial power requirements, Texas spaceport, VAPAK.
John Strickland, Monday, 3-19-13
Guest: John Strickland. Topics: NSS, ISDC, space settlement, SSP, launcher reusability & more. 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 John Strickland for this two hour discussion on a wide range of topics of interest to the NewSpace, commercial space, and space settlement audiences. John started out by talking about the upcoming NSS ISDC Conference in San Diego from May 23-27. For more information visit the NSS website, www.nss.org and click on the ISDC link. Some tracks are still open for submitting abstracts so if this interests you, click on the appropriate link at the ISDC site. During this part of our discussion, John talked about the NSS Roadmap and the planned coverage of it at ISDC 2013. John was then asked about the deep space commercial and Mars ventures announced in 2012 and so far this year. He said they were helpful to the overall space settlement agenda and explained how in his discussion comments. He added that the Mars missions and Golden Spike were “laudable” but suggested we may not be ready by the time the projects give for doing the venture. He later said he would have spent the money differently. Don’t his miss all his comments on these new commercial and HSF missions to Mars. Our conversation then focused on the problems of sequestration and then John talked about heavy lift and SLS. Our next discussion topic was Space Solar Power (SSP). Here, John took us through a detailed analysis of why terrestrial solar and wind is not the best way to go, then he went through some of the characteristics of SSP and why it is the preferred way to acquire much of our energy. This is a detailed and at times marginally complex discussion but one you will want to hear. In the end, he suggested we delay until we have the bigger launchers such as Falcon Heavy or bigger to make the launch component more economical. His analysis included total energy needs for a city, Texas, the U.S., globally, etc. It is a very instructive discussion. Near the end, he said we should not put all our eggs in one energy source basket. Listen to his solid explanation for this suggestion.
In our second segment, John talked about launcher reusability and more regarding SSP. He introduced us to space logistics, commercial docking with cargo to the ISS, & the need for reusable deliveries, thus the RLV. From here, he talked about fuel depots, mostly at Earth-Moon L1 and L2. He explained the boil off problem, the cryogenic transfer problem, and the need for good insulation plus a cryo cooler. Other issues in this segment addressed a lunar base, plausible time lines for accomplishing much of what our guest talked about, the Chinese space program and the complicated US-China relationship. Near the end, a listener asked about a possible Texas spaceport per suggestions of SpaceX. Tim called just before the end of the show to talk fuel depots, types of propellant for the depots and then he mentioned the VAPAK process (see http://ralph.open-aerospace.org/PDF/2009.04.14%20-%20HCG%20White%20Paper%20-%20VaPak%20Overview.pdf.)
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Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, NSS, Sunday, 1-6-13 January 7, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: AIAA, CASIS, commercial space, ISDC, ISS, ITAR Reform, Kickstarter., microgravity, NASA, National Space Society, New space enthusiasts., NSS Leadership Team, NSS Legislative Blitz, NSS Space Roadmap, Paul Damphousse, space advocacy, Space Ambassador, Space Exploration Alliance, space inspiration, space settlement policy
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Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, NSS, Sunday, 1-6-13
Guest: Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse. Topics: National Space Society and the upcoming ISDC Conference. 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 to the program Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, Executive Director for the National Space Society (NSS). You can follow along with us by visiting the NSS website, www.nss.org and the ISDC website, http://isdc.nss.org/2013. We started our discussion with Lt. Col. Damphousse providing us with a brief overview of NSS followed by a short summary of ISDC 2012 highlights leading into this year’s ISDC which will be in May in San Diego, CA. In talking about this year’s ISDC, he mentioned special tours including the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the Mt. Palomar Observatory. For dates, registration, hotel information, visit the ISDC website above. We talked about NSS goals, objectives, and purposes. This included a focus on space settlement, inspirational space programs, and STEM educational outreach. Listeners asked Paul about the 2013 Legislative Blitz, the Space Exploration Alliance, the NSS Leadership Team, and becoming a Space Ambassador. Several times during our discussion, Paul suggested listeners with questions send them to NSS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference this Space Show program and you will be directed to the person or department that can best respond to your needs. Another question for Paul asked about the space advocacy community being too diverse and ineffective. Paul had much to say about this as did several listeners who commented on these two issues.
In the second part of the program, Doug called in to talk about the NSS Roadmap which is on their website. The Roadmap is just that, a set of pathways to developing and opening up space segments, industries, and niches. I strongly suggest you check out the NSS Roadmap on their website. Paul also told us about an upcoming NSS Kickstarter program to finance a short, inspirational movie on the benefits of both exploring and settling space. Watch their website for announcements about the program going live. Toward the end, Paul talked about ITAR reform, the renewal for one year of the launch indemnification for the commercial sector, and the Space Exploration Sustainability Act, all as examples of effective space advocacy organization work. We then briefly talked about LEO no longer being a frontier and ready for commercial exploitation while BLEO was the frontier for NASA and its focus. Finally, during our discussion Paul mentioned how the Space Finance Group was helping NSS with the NSS Kickstarter campaign. You can find out more about this organization at www.SpaceFinanceGroup.com.
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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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Edward Wright, Monday, 4-16-12 April 17, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: astronaut training, citizen science experiments, citizen science projects, Citizens in Space, Edward Wright, ISDC, ITAR, Lynx, Maker Faire, NanoSats, Pathfinder astronaut candidates, Space Access Society, suborbital flights, Teachers In space, United States Rocket Academy, XCOR, Zero-G flights
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Edward Wright, Monday, 4-16-12
Guest: Edward Wright. Topics: Citizens in Space program with the U.S. Rocket Academy. 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 Ed Wright back to the show to discuss his new program Citizens In Space. You can find out more about this program by visiting www.citizensinspace.org. Ed started Teachers in Space many years ago and he has now expanded it to the new program, Citizens in Space, with a focus that goes beyond the public school system. As you will hear, the new program is more inclusive as it involves students, museum educators, and others to be both citizen scientists and space explorer astronauts. Ed, in three full Space Show segments, described the new program, explained citizen science experiments and projects, why it was important to expand the program beyond the public school system, and much more. During this interview, Ed talked about requirements, applicable FAA rules, the XCOR Lynx which is the vehicle they have selected, plus information on the science experiments & payload requirements. He spent some time talking about the difference in a demonstration which he said was all too common in our current school system as compared to a real experiment. He also talked about Citizen in Space promotional programs to an expanded audience including the Maker Faire Conference/Workshop which is held in San Mateo, CA each May. Ed talked about the Citizens in Space relationship with the Space Studies Institute and their new programs. You can read about the SSI programs on the Citizens in Space website. If you have comments and questions related to this show, please post them on The Space Show blog URL above. You can email Ed Wright through his website or use firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-27-11 December 28, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: 50th anniversary of spaceflight, Antares, Bigelow Aerospace, biotechnology, Business Plan Competition, Dawn, Elon Musk, Exodus Consulting, Falcon 9. , Falcon Heavy, ISDC, ISS, Kepler Space Telescope, lunar space elevator., Mars, nanotechnology, NASA, NASA budget, Orbital, Soyuz, Space Act Agreement, space advocacy, space elevator, Space Frontier Foundation, Space Launch System (SLS)., Space Shuttle, space workforce issues, Space X, Stratolaunch, suborbital vehicles, Tom Olson, Vesta, Virgin Galactic drop test, XCOR, Yuri's Night
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Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-27-11
Guest: Tom Olson. Topics: The year 2011 in review regarding all space issues. 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. The Space Show/OGLF is now engaged in its annual fundraising drive. Please see & act upon our appeal at http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/space-show-2011-fundraising-campaign. We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for his annual yearly summary of space events. We had much to cover in this 105 minute program. Tom started out reminding us that 2011 was the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight. He told us about the banner year for Yuri’s Night parties around the globe celebrating this important milestone and specifically about the even he attended in New Your City. Next, he pointed out the recent National Press Club talk given by Elon Musk on going to Mars and building the rockets to take us there, plus his recent New Scientist interview which you can read in full on the Mars Society website. Tom commented that the sky was actually falling in 2011 with two large junk satellites coming back to Earth. We also talked about the return of Phobos Grunt to earth probably in early to mid-January 2012. One of the big events we discussed for 2011 was the retirement of the shuttle. This led us to discussing the recent Chinese space rendezvous and the fact that China is now the number two launching country behind Russia having overtaken the U.S. this year. Planetary missions were part of our year in review with Vesta and Dawn, the Kepler Space Telescope, MSL with Curiosity. New Horizons continued its journey to Pluto and Explorer 1 continued beyond our solar system. Tom talked about SLS and the ORION MPC Vehicle, plus the James Webb Space Telescope and its cost issues in the context of its impact on the NASA budget. Soyuz rocket problems along with all the Russian rocket failures this year were fair game for our discussion. I asked Tom what he thought of the idea of SLS as a place holder for skill sets and technology until our space program improves. Don’t miss his answer. He brought up Virgin Galactic’s drop tests this year, especially the last one where trouble showed up. Making news for 2011 were NASA and space industry workforce layoffs and the successful Falcon 9 and Dragon launch. At the end of the first segment, Bigelow Aerospace was in our spotlight. In segment two, Tom led off with XCOR news, Terry called wondering about CCDEV3 and Tom suggested program winners! Don’t miss his prediction. He also was asked to predict the cancellation year for SLS. Don’t miss this prediction as well. We talked about the upcoming New Space Business Plan Competition for 2012, the prizes which are the largest ever, and the timing. If this interests you, make sure to stay tuned for more information. Later in the segment we began a summary of our discussion and 2011. Tom was asked about the space elevator and the Lunar Space Elevator. We wrapped up our discussion talking about growth in the space conferences even in the tough economic year of 2011. Post your comments and questions on The Space Show blog URL above.