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Rod Pyle, Sunday, 5-4-14 May 5, 2014

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Rod Pyle, Sunday, 5-4-14

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Guest:  Rod Pyle.  Topics:  We discussed our guests new book, “Innovation The NASA Way” plus our space policy, 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases, including “Innovation The NASA Way,” can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Rod Pyle to the show to discuss his new book, “Innovation The NASA Way: Harnessing The Power Of Your Organization For Breakthrough Success,” plus we talked about our space policy, reusability, and other issues.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 52 minute show, Mr. Pyle started by giving us an overview of his background and experiences that led him to writing this book.  Specifically, Rod led leadership training at NASA’s JSC for executives.  From this background, he used the story telling format to illustrate NASA innovation.  Each chapter tells a different story, several of which we highlighted in our discussion.  Rod mentioned innovation at various NASA centers but did say JPL stood out for him.  When asked for the most innovative NASA projects, he talked about some projects that were left on the editor’s computer including the Apollo Guidance Control Computer but he did focus on and highlight the Lunar Module.  We also talked about NASA today and back in the Apollo days. Rod had much to say about this, including how today there seems to be a push for guaranteed results which of course do not exist.  He said NASA was known by three important key words:  Boldness, Daring and Passion.  Listeners asked about reusability and I mentioned a possible reusability moment similar to the previous Apollo moment.

In the second segment, we talked about his Viking chapter & the Viking experiments.  John from Ft. Worth called in regarding a smaller shuttle plan that might have been less ambitious – would it have been better? Questions came about NewSpace and innovating the SpaceX way!  Doug called and did not think that there would be a Reusability Moment like with Apollo but that reusability enhanced prospects for that type of moment, like a manned Mars mission.  Rod was challenged with questions from the perspective that Apollo was the wrong way to go to and develop space.  We talked about his forthcoming book, “Curiosity: The Inside Story” and our excitement over a potential Europa mission.

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Scott Lowther, Monday, 12-2-13 December 3, 2013

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Scott Lowther, Monday, 12-2-13

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Guest:  Scott Lowther.  Topics:  Historical archiving and documenting cancelled aerospace projects.  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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Scott Lowther to the program to discuss his Aerospace Projects Review work for cancelled aerospace projects.  In the first segment of our 90 minute program, Scott introduced us to his work and his website http://aerospaceprojectsreview.com.  Also check out his blog at www.aerospaceprojectsreview.com/blog.  In explaining what he does, he talked about the larger aerospace companies, their dismissal of old records and materials, their lack of saving and archiving even important files and plans.  Boeing was the one exception to this practice.  He then described his experience at the Boeing archive library & the type of data he found there, including hardware samples.  We talked about why companies don’t save and archive material. Besides the more typical reasons including costs, space, and things like that, he said that there might be some documents that an attorney could get a hold of in researching a liability case and use something in the report, even a 20 year old report, as cause against the company in possible litigation.  Scott also talked about companies using a storage facility under control and management of Iron Mountain Data and Storage Backup.  One of his favorite projects was the X-20 Dyno-Soar and we talked about this vehicle project in detail.  On his website, you will also see his U.S. Bomber Series drawings and information.  In discussing this series, our guest was asked what the first U.S. bomber was.  He cited a biplane bomber used against Pancho Villa.  We talked about specific aviation projects such as the A-12 Flying Wing.  Another favorite project was the Orion nuclear propulsion vehicle of which our guest had much to say.  Toward the end of this segment, Anthony called in to talk more about the X 20.

In the second segment, we started out with Scott providing us with the mechanics of his website, products he sells, signing up for info on his email list, blue prints for famous projects such as the Saturn 5, and more.  Scott was asked about the impact of ITAR regulations on archiving material and he shared a KSC story about this with us.  Later in the segment, we talked about the smaller private companies saving material and projects that were cancelled or not developed.  He said this was up to the companies and they may not do it for cost and space reasons.  He mentioned that he did have good information on the Kistler Aerospace project.  He was then asked about the NASA HL20 lifting body.  Toward the end, he talked about the NASA Technical Reports Server (http://ntrs.nasa.gov).

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Dr. Anita Sengupta, Friday, 11-1-13 November 2, 2013

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Dr. Anita Sengupta, Friday, 11-1-13

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Guest:  Dr. Anita Sengupta.  Topics:  Cold Atom Lab (CAL) project, human spaceflight EDL & 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed back Dr. Anita Sengupta to discuss the Cold Atom Lab (CAL) project for which Dr. Sengupta is the project manager.  CAL is to launch to the ISS in early 2016, probably aboard the SpaceX Dragon though that has yet to be confirmed but the project needs a ride on a pressurized spacecraft.  For more information on the CAL project and mission, check out these websites: http://coldatomlab.jpl.nasa.gov; http://coldatomlab.jpl.nasa.gov/news/FunPhysicsResearch. During this 64 minute discussion, Dr. Sengupta explained the CAL project to us, ultra cool quantum gasses in absolute zero and in zero gravity to establish a Force Free Environment which means no gravity pull.  We talked about laser cooling and the series of experiments likely to be done on the ISS with CAL based on the NASA Research Announcement which has a submittal date of Nov. 5, 2013.  We talked about atomic physics and many related topics, including the mechanics of the project, the need to place CAL in a rack as close to the center of gravity on the ISS as possible for the closest point to zero gravity. Listeners asked lots of questions about CAL, but they also had questions for Anita  regarding her expertise in entry, descent, and landing (EDL) from her recent work with Curiosity and the super sonic parachute.  In talking about human spaceflight, at one point Anita remarked that CAL was a hybrid project as it is definitely a robotic science mission but they interface with the ISS astronauts so CAL and the team have feet in both worlds.  In talking about the CAL hardware, we learned it was designed as an ORU, an orbital replacement unit.  Doug called in regarding EDL on Mars from Phobos and the use of strategically placed propellant depots in orbit around Mars and how that might simply a Martian EDL.  Anita provided much technical information on this subject and we learned that the actual EDL is driven by the entry mass and the need to dissipate energy. She talked about the difference in  a human EDL protocol and a robotic mission EDL protocol and said the human EDL has not yet been devised or worked out.  Near the end of the program, Anita explained more about laser cooling, including photons pushing atoms which slows them down and makes them cooler.  This enables more accurate laser tuning for the research. Susan asked her if she learned about the engineering for her project from grad school or from OJT.  As you will hear, the basics from grad school and the specifics OTJ.  Near the end of our program, we talked about the role of a project manager and auditing Anita’s USC class which might be possible when she teaches an upcoming graduate class online. We also talked about career choices and would one rather work on a humans to Mars flight or robotic missions.

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Dr. Bruce Damer, Tuesday, 7-9-13 July 10, 2013

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Dr. Bruce Damer, Tuesday, 7-9-13

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Guest:  Dr. Bruce Damer.  Topics: Human NEO mission study & design project, asteroids, planetary protection & 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  Please remember that your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

We welcomed Dr. Bruce Damer back to the show to discuss his 3D real time simulations, the human NEO mission study & design project, planetary protection, astronaut safety and much more.  Here are the websites Bruce mentioned on air:  www.damer.com, www.levityzone.com, and www.digitalspace.com.  In addition, later in our discussion Bruce also talked about a Dave Brody YouTube video that was relevant to our discussion.  You can find this video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAm9escDxu0.   In the first segment of our 1 hour 31 minute discussion, Dr. Damer talked about the renewed interest in asteroid projects within NASA and by others, especially after the Russian event a few months ago.  Dr. Damer had lots to say about a recent meeting he attended at AMES, budgets, and the renewed interest in the subject.  Listeners started asking him questions early on, including questions about docking with an asteroid with little or no gravity, the use of aerogel to collect micrometeorite particles, plus the recently announced commercial asteroid missions being planned.  Robots versus humans came up many times, Curt asked about the use of the ISS, prioritizing budgets, lunar basis, etc.  Doug called in regarding the incremental approach Dr. Damer had mentioned or as referred to in our discussion, stepping stones.

In the second segment, we talked about the designs on www.digitalspace.com and the Brody YouTube video per the above URL.  Also discussed was planetary protection with the use of the gravity tractor. We talked about needed lead times to interfere with a potentially dangerous NEO that might be headed for Earth,  then more questions came in about a lunar base and what Bruce thought to be more important, the lunar base, Mars, or the NEO mission.  Doug called in to discuss and challenge some of the mission planning ideas Bruce put forth, especially around trial and error, R&D, incremental development and long time lines.  Near the end, we talked about human spaceflight safety & the ideas put forth by Rand Simberg & others that we needed to take more risks, not make safety the extreme priority.  Bruce had many relevant & important comments on this subject.  Final comments focused on 50-100 years in th future with asteroid & other capabilities but only if we keep moving forward today.

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Dave Ketchledge, Sunday, 7-13-13 July 8, 2013

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Dave Ketchledge, Sunday, 7-13-13

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Guest:  Dave Ketchledge.  Topics:  Mars Lander Choices.  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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those of you interested in the opportunity to submit feedback on the NRC congressionally mandated Human Spaceflight Study, please go to www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.   Please remember that your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

We welcomed Dave Ketchledge back to the program to discuss Mars precision human spaceflight lander choices.  During the first segment of our 2 hour 13 minute discussion, we covered Dave’s basic thesis and analysis regarding landing large payloads on Mars and the need for very accurate and precise landings for the human spacecraft.  While at times the first segment was technical and perhaps complicated, it provided the necessary groundwork and foundation for our discussion during the second half of the program. During the first part, Dave explained the need for a precision human landing on Mars, the difficulties in doing that, the pros and cons of the various shapes to use for the human spacecraft, and why the Pershing 2 missile nosecone offered the best shape and design.  Dave cited his references for his analysis and conclusions.

In the second segment, we started with a listener question about the origin of the DC-X vehicle design as it was related to the analysis, conclusions, and explanations Dave provided earlier in the discussion.  Dave continued his comparison and analysis of the three potential vehicle designs, then I asked a series of questions sent in by listener Curt from the recently held Humans to Mars conference regarding issues in landing a large payload on Mars.  Dave also spoke about heavy lift and the need for an SLS type vehicle, speaking to the additional needs for using smaller launches. These needs include planning on replacement launches and payloads which must be figured into the costs as all the advance launches of supplies & materials to Mars will be mission critical launches.  The crew should be the last launch to the planet. Listeners both emailed in questions for Dave and additional listener phone calls were received.  Dave continued to reference the NASA Mars Design Study, work done by JPL, Dr. Robert Manning, and others. We talked about the Mars One program & how it might land its human crew on Mars.  We also talked about HSF to Mars policy &the absence of political leadership for a human mission to Mars.  Dave addressed media issues but largely stayed with the shape of the human spaceflight spaceship, the need for a precision landing, and what might work best.

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-3-13 July 4, 2013

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-3-13

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr, Edward Stone, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics: Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft.  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, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  In addition, For those of you interested in the opportunity to submit feedback on the NRC congressionally mandated Human Spaceflight Study, please go to www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.   Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

During our 11 minute plus discussion with Dr. Ed Stone & John Batchelor, we discussed the current status of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft and their soon entry into interstellar space. Dr. Stone, who has been the Chief Scientist of the Voyager project since the beginning with the project development in 1972, then the launches in 1977, talked to us about the Voyager mission, the Golden Record onboard Voyager 1, the role of Dr. Sagan, and what it will mean when the spacecraft finally leaves the heliosphere and enters interstellar space.  We also talked about the rest of Voyager’s life after the power goes out for good around 2020.  When Voyager was launched in 1977, it was able to do a flyby of the giant gas planets in a special orbit that comes about once every 176 years.  This orbit also made it possible for Voyager to reach Neptune in just 12 years!  Also discussed were total Voyager 1 and 2 mission & development costs plus their annual operating costs which run around $5 million.

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The John Batchelor Hotel Mars Show, Wednesday, 6-5-13 June 6, 2013

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The John Batchelor Hotel Mars Show, Wednesday, 6-5-13

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Guests: John Batchelor, William (Bill) Harwood, Francis Rose, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics:  Curiosity, HST, ISS & 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. 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, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.

During our 11 minute plus discussion with Bill Harwood, Francis Rose & John Batchelor, we received update on the Mars rover Curiosity, its near term exploration plants for getting to Mt. Sharp, and its success to date. We also talked about the successful ESA ATV mission to the ISS, then we switched to the ongoing success of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Bill talked about HST in detail, the possibility of an extended mission and more. We also talked about the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the possibility of the HST overlapping with some of the JWST mission.

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Jon Goff, Friday, 3-15-13 March 16, 2013

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Jon Goff, Friday, 3-15-13

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Guest:  Jon Goff.   Topics:  The Lunar Patent concept and Altius Space Machines company updates.  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 Jon Goff, President and CEO of Altius Space Machines, back to The Space Show for this 60 minute discussion focusing both on the idea of a lunar patent and Altius company projects and updates. I suggest you read and follow along with these websites and blogs:  http://selenianboondocks.com; http://altius-space.com, and Jon’s blog article about the lunar patent concept http://selenianboondocks.com/2013/01/random-thoughts-columbus-article-link-and-lunar-patents.  For the first part of our hour long discussion with Jon, we focused on the lunar patent idea.  Jon got the idea to write about it on his blog from Mike Mealling’s own blog post on his RocketForge blog, “Lessons in exploration from Columbus and the Spanish Crown” at http://rocketforge.org/2013/01/10/lessons-in-exploration-from-columbus-and-the-spanish-crown.html.  Jon spent time with us going over the history of how and why the Spanish crown put forth the Columbus expedition which he said was all about getting patents along the trade routes.  Jon applied this concept to lunar development explaining how it might work.  He also suggested this might be an end run around the absence of property rights and the terms of the U.N. space treaties.  Listeners asked questions about how a patent might work, would it need to be issued by an international entity to be enforceable, and how could it be enforced.  This brought up the question of benefit sharing and terms & concepts such as those found in the Moon Treaty.  Jon said he was interested in feedback, especially from the space legal community so please share your thoughts on The Space Show blog.  During the balance of our time with Jon, he told us about his company plans, new ideas, SBIRs, and SAA agreements to develop a new breed of robotic arms.  We talked about tools for satellite service and possible ISS free flyers.  Jon told us about their project with Nanoracks, DARPA, and JPL.  He also described MINION which is a project with NASA LArc for an extendable/retractable arm that could operate inside the ISS. You can read about this project on Jon’s Selenian Boondocks blog.  A listener asked him about using Kickstarter for funding new projects and another listener was interested in hearing more about Jon’s plans for Altius in the future.

If you have comments/questions for Jon Goff, please post them on The Space Show blog.  You can reach Jon through the Altius website, his blog, or through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

John Batchelor “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 2-13-13 February 14, 2013

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John Batchelor “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 2-13-13

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Guests:  John Batchelor, Dr. Dorothy Oehler,  Dr. David Livingston:  Topics: Near Earth Objects and Asteroid 2012 DA14.  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, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  During our 11 minute plus discussion with Dr. Oehler, we talked about Curiosity’s successful drilling on Mars re the “John Klein” rock.  We talked about the process, the significance, possible findings, and pending analysis, plus the uniqueness of this incredible first time ever drilling operation.  We also talked about the Curiosity decision making process at JPL.

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Dr. William Bainbridge, Friday, 2-8-13 February 6, 2013

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Dr. William Bainbridge, Friday, 2-8-13

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Guest:  Dr. William Bainbridge.  Topics:  The Space Futures Space Questionnaire about space exploration and the next fifty years.  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. William Bainbridge to the program to discuss the Space Futures project which is to help define the future of space our space program for the next fifty years.  Perceptions of informed, interested, and space conscious individuals are sought for the Space Futures space questionnaire.  The questionnaire is based on years of prior research conducted by Dr. Bainbridge as well as other more recent surveys.  You can read about the Space Future Questionnaires (different platforms are available for it) at http://convergentsystems.pbworks.com/w/page/16444389/FrontPage.  If you use the Droid platform, click on the links that allow you download a free Droid APP which enables you to instantly transmit your survey responses to the survey data base. For everyone else, you can download the survey as a Word document which you can complete online and email to Dr. Bainbridge. The Word document questionnaire with 300 questions is at http://convergentsystems.pbworks.com/w/file/62227159/Space%20email%20survey.doc.  Make sure you click on the DOWNLOAD tab in the upper left corner.  There is a shorter 200 question Word document questionnaire on The Space Show blog.  During our discussion, Dr. Bainbridge provided us with the history of this project, how the information has been and is now collected, processed, and used.  We also talked about the importance of space aware people taking the time to complete the questionnaire.  Lots of listeners asked Dr. Bainbridge questions about who should participate from Middle School students to those in the general population to people outside the U.S.  All groups are welcome but as you will hear, it is very important to get the perceptions and opinions of those that have knowledge and expertise about space exploration and development.  We talked about question groupings such as around topics including the Moon or Mars.  We discussed changing trends overtime and current influences on our opinions such as today’s economic problems.  I brought up the decades old Syncon Process and how some attitudes and perceptions are even stronger today than they were decades ago with Syncon.  For example, attitudes including space benefitting all of humanity and more.  This topic took us toward the virtual world, gaming to help increase space awareness and expertise.  I mentioned the recent discussion re the lunar space elevator program this past Monday regarding CCI Games in Iceland. This was our cliff hanger as we went to our break waiting for Dr. Bainbridge’s comments about his being involved with CCI Games.

In our second segment of this 1 hr. 45 minute program, Dr. Bainbridge talked about his research with the CCI gaming product, EVE Online as he plays the game.  He had much to say about the space awareness of this game and the team in Iceland that created it.  He also said that Sean Smith, one of those slain in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was a player of EVE Online.  His game name was “Vile Rat” and there is a huge outpouring of support and comments about him on the internet. Google Vile Rat to see these comments & news stories.  We talked about other scientific games and new technologies for developing a space consciousness and expertise about space exploration.  We talked about space and innovation along with frontier development, pioneering & what it means to both continue it or stop it for the future of a nation.  John called to talk with Dr. Bainbridge about his surprise in taking the survey in finding out he was potentially more pessimistic about the future than he had thought he was because like so many others, he had expectations for more advancement in space exploration, development, even settlement than what exists with our present day reality.  Dr. Bainbridge helped put these thoughts and realizations into context with our actual space exploration and development over the past decades.  It’s a fascinating discussion and analysis, don’t miss it.  Near the end of the program, a listener asked how to realize space as an investment rather than just another government expense item.  We talked about better story telling by everyone concerned. Dr. Bainbridge also linked the survey questionnaires to this question because the results will help pinpoint our space insights along with the value stream.  While there is a March 1 questionnaire due date, this is not a hard date and Dr. Bainbridge encouraged people to participate, even if later than March 1.  Also, if someone wants hard copies of the questionnaire to distribute at a space conference or other event, perhaps even a Meetup, you can contact him for copies or you can download the questionnaire from the links provided above.  Another idea is to make a simple flyer with the basic information and the URLs for space or related event distribution.  I did the 300 questionnaire Word document and can’t wait to see the analysis. I certainly plan on bringing Dr. Bainbridge back to the program to discuss the project findings.

Please post your comments/questions on the blog.  If you do the questionnaire, share your thoughts with us on the blog.  If you want to contact Dr. Bainbridge, you can do so through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

  The shorter 200 question survey is available for download here:

Space Futures questionnaire

 

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