Open Lines, Tuesday, 10-8-13 October 9, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Bigelow space stations, Commercial Crew, energy & momentum, gravity, human missions to Mars, interstellar travel, ISS, Light, lunar development, Mars SLS NASA mission, Microlaunchers, NanoRack, NASA budget issues, Near Earth Objects (NEOs), Open Lines, Orbital, quantum vacuum thrusters, science fiction movies, Shackleton Energy, SLS, Space X Falcon 9
Open Lines, Tuesday, 10-8-13
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Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The movie Gravity, NASA budget issues, ISS, Commercial Crew, SLS missions, Orbital, SpaceX and 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.
Welcome to our two hour Open Lines discussion program. For the first hour, our discussion topics included the movie Gravity and its special effects plus as said by many calling and emailing on the topic, “really bad orbital dynamics!” We had fun talking about Gravity, the cast, the story line, and how Hollywood often gets the science and engineering wrong. John Hunt also talked about SLS and basic physics, the gravitational constant theory, quantum vacuum thrusters, and he responded to Doug’s question about light, mass, and momentum. John also addressed issues with the quantum theory. Dr. Lurio of the Lurio Report was next to phone in after “SLS Man” as he referred to John, cleared the line. As frequent listeners know, Dr. Lurio and John are on opposite sides of the SLS issue which I guess earned John the title SLS Man. Charles, perhaps you will write about SLS Man in the Lurio Report? Charles talked about the recent successes with Orbital and Space X and the attempted return of the Falcon fist stage in the reusability test. Charles talked about the developing nanosat business and the opening up of commercial opportunities on the ISS, all in the context of choices NASA may have to make regarding funding priorities including SLS, ISS, Commercial Crew (see http://spaceref.com/missions-and-programs/nasa/nasa-will-face-solomons-choice-in-2014.html.
In our second segment, Doug called in to talk about the Mars SLS option (here is the URL for the story: www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/10/nasa-con-ops-baseline-slsorion-mission-mars). Doug then talked about a cislunar transportation system and how it was the key to expanding space development. The Shackleton Energy lunar development plan came up as did Bigelow space stations. Charles Pooley called in from Las Vegas and guess what!!!! His Microlaunchers book is almost finished and ready for distribution!!!! Now pick yourself off the floor so you can read the rest of the summary and listen to the show but yes, we are all in a daze, a fog and a varying degrees of shock. I told Charles that when it is out as an ebook and a paperback, he can definitely come back on the show and talk about it. He said it should be finished by November or so as it is out to 5 people (I am not one of them) to review and edit the manuscript. All of here at The Space Show wish Charles Godspeed in finishing the book and we hope it meets all of his expectations. Tim was our last caller. He thought that if push came to shove, SLS would be shut down before the ISS. He also suggested a Bigelow station would help enable Shackleton. I gave him and the audience a sort of business perspective on what would be needed in order for a Bigelow station to support and enhance the Shackleton plan.
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Dr. Haym Benaroya, Tuesday, 8-13-13 August 14, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " space politics, Apollo lunar sensors, Dr. Haym Benaroya, Dr. Robert Zubrin, electric propulsion, Falcon Heavy, heavy lift, HSF action plan, HSF to Mars, igloo, Inspiration Mars, launch windows, lunar 3D printing, Lunar Cots, lunar development time table, lunar engineering, lunar gravity, lunar ice, lunar mining, lunar seismic analysis, lunar surface thermal analysis, Mars one, Microlaunchers, public/private partnerships, radiation, rebuilding launch capability, SLS, space mining equipment, space policy, The Moon as a stepping stone
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Dr. Haym Benaroya, Tuesday, 8-13-13
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Guest: Dr. Haym Benaroya. Topics: Lunar data analysis, Return to the Moon, space policy & 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 Dr. Haym Benaroya, mechanical and aerospace engineer at Rutgers University, back to the show to discuss lunar thermal and seismic analysis, space policy, human spaceflight, Mars, and more. Our intention was to do a one hour program but due to incoming listener phone calls, this program lasted for 1 hour 39 minutes without a break! In addition, the discussion at times with callers was quite heated, very passionate and ripe with disagreement, especially between callers and myself. Frankly, there were times I just had enough of the gloom and doom and the la la land fantasy stuff so I blasted back on what the callers more than the guest were saying. We started the program with an update from Dr. Benaroya on thermal and seismic analysis of lunar data collected from sensors left on the Moon by the Apollo missions. The data has been run through new models for up to date processing. As it turns out, for seismic activity, an igloo like structure which Dr. Benaroya described is probably the best for the habitat. Also, he said only flimsy items such as an antenna would like be risky structures due to lunar seismic activity. I asked him to compare lunar seismic activity to the seismic activity of California and Japan. We have it much worse here on Earth! We talked about radiation issues & Haym suggested about 10 feet of regolith on the top of the hab would probably be OK other than for a solar event. He also said much more data was needed for actual lunar structural engineering. I asked him what the first lunar settlers would do during their day and this took us to HSF to Mars issues, microgravity concerns, and the Moon as a stepping stone to Mars. John Hunt was the first of the callers, focusing on policy with the politicians. Haym talked 3D printing with him, then I asked John if the program he was describing could be done in 10 years. After forcing him to provide us with a yes no answer, he said no. Haym said the same but both agreed technology was not the problem, leadership was the problem. We talked the need for profits for private ventures and opened up public/private partnerships for discussion on the show. I asked both how to start implementing their plans & that was the opening salvo of the fireworks that unfolded for the rest of the show. Doug called next and talked about his ideas for what astronauts on the Moon would do and his lunar development ideas. I then challenged both caller and guest to outline their steps for making their happen. I thought their implementation plans were severely lacking and opened up on each of them but more so on Doug for the balance of his call. Haym said the first step was to rebuild U.S. launch capabilities. Doug had a different first step & talked about government funding as in a private/public partnership similar to what SpaceX has with NASA for Falcon. I asked Dough how he intended to sell the importance & value of the program he suggested to those controlling policy and funding. See what you think of this discussion & post your comments on our blog. After Doug cleared the line, Charles Pooley called in & at one time I said he was the longest playing broken record in Space Show history! I told him he was full of doom and gloom and other people see things differently and I did not want is view of things to be right or prevail, suggesting others see things differently than he does. Again, your comments are welcome. Near the end, I simply was rejecting the “dismal situation” facing our space program. While Haym agreed that things were not good today, he talked about how he inspires and works with his students so they can create a positive space environment during their careers and for our future. Just before the show ended, Tim called at the last minute and I promised to send him a Timex given his rotten sense of timing show after show. With Tim, we talked propulsion, Zubrin’s thoughts on going to the Moon, & the two private Mars missions on the drawing board. In his concluding remarks, Haym explained why he was not supportive of either Inspiration Mars or Mars One.
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OPEN LINES, Tuesday, 7-30-13 July 31, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Rand Simberg, " SpaceX, human spaceflight, Microlaunchers, NASA Watch, NewSpace, NewSpace Conference 2013, Open Lines, Orion, Ozarka Aquapod water bottle, SLS, Space Elevator Conference, space policy, space settlement, space venture financing, suborbital space, Surrey Satellite, The Space Review, UND Space Studies
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OPEN LINES, Tuesday, 7-30-13
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Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: A variety of topics relating to space development & exploration. 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.
Our first segment of this 2 hour 14 minute Open Lines program started with a few of my suggested topics including a recent John Strickland Space Review article on SLS followed by a response from NASA which was published in the Huntsville Times as well as on NASA Watch. More about this later as a caller read the two articles, then called to discuss them. However, our first caller was Dr. Jurist who called to mention and congratulate the UND Space Studies Department for the award they received from NASA: The JSC Certificate of Appreciation for 25 years of outstanding leadership in the interdisciplinary leadership of space studies. During John’s call, I read the exact wording on the certificate and since John and I are both adjunct professors at UND SpSt, we had much to say about the program, faculty, subjects, students, founders, etc. It’s a fine program and it was an honor to let all of you know about this well deserved award and the UND Masters and PhD program in Space Studies. Next up was our friend Dr. Bryan Laubscher to discuss this year’s upcoming Space Elevator Conference to be held August 23-25 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA. See http://www.isec.org/sec for more conference information, registration, the agenda, and logistics. We talked about new developments with the space elevator, and Bryan told us about two other projects, plus he mentioned launch loop for which you can get more information at www.launchloop.com. John in Ft. Worth called as he read the two articles on SLS and the NASA response that I mentioned at the first of our program. His bottom line observation on SLS did not change as he believes it’s a placeholder for both the space workforce and technology until better days favor the space industry. We had much to say about what John Strickland said in his July 15 TSR article and the NASA response by Dan Dumbacher per his July 29th article. You don’t want to miss this discussion.
In the second longer segment, Tim was first up to talk about Rand Simberg and his theories that space is not important and more risk is needed, not more risk averseness. Tim made comparisons to settlers coming to the New World and I challenged him on it but his bottom line is that most likely most of the population will not be interested in space or space settlement and eventually when technology advances and prices are significantly lower, private companies will take the lead into space. This of course only related to human spaceflight. Our next caller was Mr. Microlaunchers himself, Charles Pooley. Charles was again making the case for his approach to space through Microlaunchers (www.microlaunchers.com) when Dr. Jurist called in on the guest phone line to challenge Charles, especially about financing, time lines, ROI, etc. John kept pushing Charles for how he intended to go from A to B. It was a good discussion with John and Charles, one you will certainly want to hear. John from Ft. Worth called back to talk about a possible rocket shape modeled on the Aquapod water bottle used by Ozarka Water Company. When I told listeners how to see it on the web, Charles emailed back saying the design would not work for a rocket. Oh well, back to drinking the water from it, I guess. Our final call was from Jeff in Tucson who talked about his recent tour of Surrey Satellite when he was visiting in the UK. This is an extensive description with very good and important observations. Since Jeff has also visited SpaceX, we did some compare and contrast analysis between these two state of the art companies, one in the UK and one here in the states in S. California. Also, you will want to take note of Jeff’s keen observations regarding Surrey and what makes it tick, including the cost free relationship it has with the Surrey University and its undergraduate as well as graduate students, many of which eventually come to work for Surrey Satellite. Again, this is a very interesting discussion.
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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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Jeff Krukin, Monday, 2-6-12 February 7, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " space politics, human spaceflight, implementing space policy., Jeff Krukin, Microlaunchers, news media, NewSpace, Newt's space program, SLS, space business consulting, space business plans, space leadership, space transportation infrastructure, U.S. congress, venture philanthropy, VSE
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Jeff Krukin, Monday, 2-6-12
Guest: Jeff Krukin. Topics: Space Vision & Space Policy. 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 Jeff Krukin back to the program to discuss how we do & should view space. For more information about Jeff & his space work, please visit www.jeffkrukin.com. Our discussion started with an evaluation of where we are today with space policy & the toxic nature of politics, including space politics. Jeff cited some examples of what he meant by toxic political rhetoric. As we began looking forward, Jeff put forth three perspectives as to the character of space. These three perspectives, if kept in mind, go beyond just thinking of space as a federal program. (1) Space is a mere 62 miles above us, & thus a continuation of our environment; (2) Space can be an extension of the economy , & thus part of our lives; (3) Space is a place of abundant resources, & thus crucial to our survival & prosperity. You can read his Space Daily article on this subject at www.spacedaily.com/news/oped-04t.html. I asked Jeff how to realize his three goals & we talked about the media in this country as well as advocacy, especially with politicians. The suggestion was made to start with local & regional politicians, evolving upwards to politicians on the larger & grander national scale. Several callers were with us during the first segment suggesting we go from think tank up the ladder to the national representatives. One of our callers suggested a new concept, venture philanthropy. This proved to be an interesting discussion given the way the existing billionaire space entrepreneurs were characterized in terms of their investment, activity, & as potential role models for others to invest from a philanthropic perspective, not just a business case perspective. Jeff then talked about the New Space Conference Business Plan Competition for 2012. If you are interested in it & possibly competing, visit http://newspacebpc.com. Before the segment ended, an email came in suggesting a Microlaunchers type policy followed by Charles calling us. Don’t miss the Pooley/Microlaunchers discussion.
In our second segment, Jeff talked about the need for a space transportation infrastructure. I then asked him how one goes about implementing the policies & ideas we had been discussing for the past hour or so. The subject of SLS came up & as to be expected, it drove the passions on all sides. Tim used an ice analogy that Jeff seemed to like. I took the part of a contrarian (I did this often during this interview) regarding the difficult choices for members of Congress in voting against jobs in their district given the economic realties of today. This came up in the first segment too in response to a listener question. I suggested it might be unrealistic to think congress would vote against jobs in the context of today’s economy as compared to when the U.S. economy was or again becomes strong/robust. I challenged the NewSpace thinking on what policy was & might be in the best interest of the country as it might not be the NewSpace ideas. Jeff handled the questions & opinions I threw at him very well & in my opinion, he demonstrated not only civility, but reason, common sense, drive, & open mindedness. Near the end we talked about some of the ideas Dennis Wingo put forth on his most program, then Jeff left us with a thoughtful set of closing comments.
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