Dr. Doug Plata, Sunday, 2-24-13 February 25, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, asteroid mining, Beyond Leo (BLEO), Cislunar space, Cislunar Transportation System, Dr. Doug Plata, Falcon Heavy, fuel depots, heavy lift, LCROSS., Lunar Cots, Lunar COTS Petition., lunar mining, lunar water ice, Mars, NewSpace, prizes, space advocacy, telerobotics
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Dr. Doug Plata, Sunday, 2-24-13
Guest: Dr. Doug Plata. Topics: Taking action on one’s space advocacy ideas. 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. Doug Plata to the program to discuss taking action on one’s space advocacy ideas and plans. For examples of this, visit Dr. Plata’s www.lunarcots.com for more information on his Lunar Cots idea and to sign his Lunar Cots petition which he talked about throughout our two hour program. Dr. Plata said he was not around in the Apollo era plus he only started getting interested in space about 3 years ago. I commented that he did not bring to the table disappointment and unrealized, perhaps even foolish expectations that many of us who were around during Apollo have experienced, including an expectation of lunar colonies and trips to Mars by now. Doug had a clean slate to build upon, no legacy issues or unrealized expectations or anything like that. Doug said his interests are to go BLEO but how? Based on his analysis, he decided lunar development was first, researched Cislunar development, and developed his Lunar Cots idea based on successes for NASA public/private partnerships such as COTS. From there, he developed the idea of the Lunar Cots Petition for people to sign and to eventually give NASA and other key policy makers. He also mentioned that were he to advocate something, he felt it was his responsibility to technically know about the issues so he could accurately represent them to people. He also said that one person, even with very small steps, could make a difference and he clearly walks that talk. Part of his Lunar Cots idea addresses the need for a Cislunar Transportation System. The first John called (from Atlanta) and raised the question about there being sufficient water ice on the Moon. In his response, Doug referenced the LCROSS mission.
In our second segment, Doug took calls and listener emails. The discussion about there being sufficient lunar water ice on the Moon continued. He also talked about automatic equipment for lunar mining as compared to telerobotics. Doug was asked who he talks with about Lunar Cots and the petition. We heard everyone, from the general public to space enthusiasts. In talking about space advocacy in general, he said there were many paths and people had to find a path that made sense to them & then figure out a way to act upon their individual advocacy. John called from Florida and asked about heavy lift and fuel depots. Another Jon called from New Jersey to ask about doing something, anything, and the use of prizes. Even Charles Pooley got in on the discussion to talk about starting small and his Microlaunchers concept. Toward the end, Doug was asked by a medical school student why he was not doing aerospace and human factors space medicine. Also during this segment, both Doug and I talked extensively about finding something to do regarding one’s advocacy, even if it involved stepping out of one’s comfort zone and seemed to be too small an effort. The reality is that to make a difference, even a small effort can be and is usually beneficial.
Please post your comments/questions on the Space Show blog. You can email Doug through the address he provided on air or through me.
Dr. James (Jim) Vedda, Friday, 9-28-12 September 28, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: "Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America's Space Program, Apollo, Augustine Committee, Cislunar space, congressional funding, DARPA, Dr. Jim Vedda, expansion in the solar system, human spaceflight, ISS, LEO, lunar mining, Moon, NASA, NASA as a jobs program, Obama Space, Orion, proximity operations, public/private space partnerships., robotics, science missions, SLS, space destinations, space inspiration, space policy, space settlement, space telescopes, space training ground, STEM
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Dr. John Lewis, Monday, 5-28-12 May 29, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: asteroid mining, Chinese lunar program, Chinese Space Program, commercial space, Common Heritage of Mankind, Dr. John Lewis, Indian space program, ion propulsion, Konstantin Eduardovitch Tsiolkovsky, Law of the Sea Treaty, lunar mining, Planetary Resources, property rights, Return to the Moon, revenue sharing, space government regulation, space venture capital, The Asteroid Retrieval Feasibility Study, Tsiolkovsky Plan of Space Exploration., West Indies Company
Dr. John Lewis, Monday, 5-28-12
Guest: Dr. John Lewis. Topics: Asteroid mining, Chinese space program. 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 Dr. John Lewis to discuss asteroid mining and the Chinese space program. You can order Mining The Sky: Untold Riches From The Asteroids, Comets, And Planets by Dr. Lewis as we talked about his book throughout our program. If you use this Amazon URL, Amazon will make a donation To The Space Show/OGLF: www.amazon.com/Mining-The-Sky-Asteroids-Planets/dp/0201328194/ref=onegiantlea20. Our first segment focused in on asteroid mining, where are today, its future, legal issues to be settled, risks, and more. Near the end of this segment, we also talked about the Law of the Sea Treaty, the common heritage of mankind and revenue sharing ideas, all of which would be detrimental to asteroid mining and expanding space commerce. Earlier Dr. Lewis referenced the Keck study, The Asteroid Retrieval Feasibility Study which says we can capture a certain size NEO and put it in orbit around the Moon. Dr. Lewis carefully went through the pros and cons of doing this.
In the second segment, Tim called in and continued the revenue sharing and common heritage discussion. Dr. Lewis then cited his family history dating back to 1625 coming from theNetherlands with the West Indies Company, then staying here and moving west rather than returning to theNetherlands. He drew parallels with this and potential space settlement and risk taking. Next, we talked about the Chinese space program, their space station, the upcoming taikonaut launch in June and the fact that they are actually “bending metal” in making hardware for going to the Moon, unlike the Indian program which is still largely talk. Near the end of the segment, we talked about lunar mining, the needed future vision and leadership, the need to be a multi-planet species and why. Our discussion with Dr. Lewis is full of important information so I urge you to carefully listen to this program and use the internet to follow up on many of the topics and issues he brings to our attention. For example, you might find it interesting to see the 1926 Plan of Space Exploration as developed by Tsiolkovsky (www.informatics.org/museum/tsiol.html).
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Homer Hickam, Friday, 4-13-12 April 13, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " "Paco: The Cat Who Meowed In Space, " The Great Moonbuggy Race, "Crater (A Helium-3 Novel, biocellular, cellular structure spacesuit, Chinese Space Program, commercial space, fusion energy, Gillie, HE3, Homer Hickam, ISS, lunar commerce, lunar cycler, lunar dust, lunar mining, lunar space elevator., Mars, microgravity, slime mold, space regulation, Space X
Homer Hickam, Friday, 4-13-12
Guest: Homer Hickam. Topics: We discussed his new book “Crater” & how he developed the technologies & systems to make living on the Moon credible. You are invited to comment, ask questions, & discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, & any discussion must be relevant & 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 Homer Hickam to the program to discuss his new book “Crater” & his new Kindle book, “Paco: The Cat Who Meowed in Space.” You can buy each book from Amazon using these special URLs & Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF: For “Crater,” use www.amazon.com/Crater-Helium-3-Novel-Homer-Hickam/dp/1595546642/ref=onegiantlea20. For “Paco,” use www.amazon.com/Paco-Meowed-Kindle-Single-ebook/dp/B007K1OC6K/ref=onegiantlea20. Homer explained that Crater (set 120 years in the future) was a teenage orphan working to mine HE3 which was sent back to Earth as Earth desperately needed it for fusion energy. While telling us about his book, we learned that Homer created solutions to many of the challenges to living on the Moon. For example, microgravity & radiation – listen to how he solved the problems. Muscle deterioration? He solved that one too. Transportation back & forth between Earth & the Moon? That one too. Spacesuits, the use of one atmosphere, all sorts of other challenges to our having a lunar settlement have a solution to make the Crater story credible. As you will hear, not only does Homer go into detail about the storyline, but he focused on the solutions & this makes the story both believable & credible. Issues such as lunar dust, children on the Moon, even pregnancy, well, there is a solution. Food & water too. We did go off the topic of his books to ask about space policy. As you will hear, Homer thinks the Moon will be developed by entrepreneurs for commercial value. He sees companies such as Space X changing the game for our space policy & does not see government space programs being what they once were though development of needed infrastructure is part of what government can & should do. The lunar transportation systems he talked about will be private commercial businesses. When asked how he came up with solutions to problems encountered when living on the Moon, he talked about a study he did in the 1990s which is on his website, www.homerhickam.com. Homer was asked why the Moon & not Mars. Don’t miss his response to this listener question. We also talked about the space programs for other countries such as China. Homer then told how he envisioned the world to be 120 years in the future. As you will hear, countries have broken up into smaller, more manageable nations, including the United States. The world is not as we know it today. Toward the end of the first segment, Homer was asked about the difference in times from when he grew up in W. Virginia to today given the listener said his son could not even fly an Estes rocket in their city. Part of his reply stressed the need to join rocket clubs today. Before the break, we talked about insitu resources, water, food, law, & justice on the Moon.
During our short second segment, Homer was asked about strip mining on the Moon & he had much to say about it. Don’t miss this discussion. He was also asked about other uses for the Moon besides HE3 including solar, radio telescopes, & manufacturing. As the show ended, he commented on the need to have better political leadership to lead us forward in space development. He also had more to say about slime mold which plays an important part in his book.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. Mr. Hickam can be contacted through his website.