Open Lines, Tuesday, 12-11-12 December 12, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Robby the Robot., " SpaceX, "Forbidden Planet, "War of the Worlds, Batchelor Show Hotel Mars segments, EML2, Mars, Meetups, N-Prize, NANOSAT Challenge, NASA budget issues, North Korean Missile launch, Open Lines, sci-fi movies, sequestration, SLS, space economics, UFOs, X-37B, XPrize, Zubrin Mars op-ed
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 12-11-12
Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Current events in space policy, NASA, DOD, & U.S. economic issues impacting space. 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. Welcome to our December 2012 Open Lines show. As Open Lines programs go, this was a fairly quiet program. I opened with a list of possible discussion topics and our first call dealt with one of the topics, the North Korean missile launch. Mike called in to update us on the latest with the launch and then he continued to give us updates during the program to the point of confirming orbital insertion for its satellite. He also reported a successful 3 stage rocket launch for the N. Koreans. We talked about the significance of the launch, how it surprised our intelligence services and more. We got an email from Darren in Canada telling us he liked the “passionate exchange between Zimmerman and me from the day before as that exchange was also one of the topics I suggested for discussion. After a short break, we took a call from John in Atlanta who picked up from the night before with our science fiction movie discussion. We talked more about Forbidden Planet and John referenced the original War of the Worlds movie. John also talked about the UFO subject in the context of our sci-fi movie discussion, then he referenced the op-ed by Dr. Zubrin about Mars Sample Return missions and why Dr. Zubrin was not supportive of the EML2 mission. From here, we went to the SLS subject and knowing John to be a strong supporter of the project, I asked him if he thought the project would be cancelled and when. John suggested it might be slowed down before it was cancelled outright. After another break, I mentioned the X-37B successful USAF launch and responded to two emails. One was about my Hotel Mars John Batchelor Show segments and the other asked me to explain how and why I connect the dots regarding our economic problems in the country to possible adverse impact on NASA and even in the private capital markets. This opened the door for me to do a mini rant/lecture on how I see economics and why I connect these dots. If you disagree, do post on the blog and share your information and perspective with us all. Disagreement is always wanted and respected on The Space Show. Next, Charles called in and talked about the doomed NASA Nanosat Challenge. He compared it to XPrize which he believes set the model and tone for such prizes. Charles next flung barbs at NASA, especially for the JWST, the ISS, & SLS. At one point, he said NASA was “like a beached whale!” Charles told us about Meetups in Las Vegas and on the national scene & he provided a brief update on the N-Prize contest.
If you have comments/questions about this OL program, do post them on The Space Show blog. You can reach any of the callers through me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gil Moore, Monday, 9-3-12 September 3, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, 3D Printing, CelesTrak, circular orbits, cubesats, Dr. T. S. Kelso, elliptical orbits, Falcon 9. , Gil Moore, N-Prize, NASA Get Away Special Program., polar orbits, POPACS (Polar Orbiting Passive Atmospheric Calibration Spheres), PrintSat, Rampart, Satellite Tool Kit, See Sat, SmallSat Conference, Starshine, Windform XT
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Gil Moore, Monday, 9-3-12
Guest: Gil Moore. Topics: New CubeSat program including POPACS, Rampart, PrintSat, 3D Printing and 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. 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 Gil Moore back to the program to talk with us about his new CubeSat projects including Rampart, PrintSat and POPACS (Polar Orbiting Passive Atmospheric Calibration Spheres). We also talked about 3D printing, the previous Starshine Project plus small satellite elliptical and circular orbital concerns, trajectories, and issues. Rather than writing this summary per the program’s two segments, I am doing it as one continuous summary for the nearly two hour discussion as our topics and themes did not change much. Gil provided us with an excellent understanding of these programs which also offer terrific student opportunities for both high school and college students to get involved in satellite and space projects. As you listen to the program, Gil provides names and email addresses for people to contact, including himself. If you have questions, want to know how to participate in these projects, or just want more information about cubesats and the industry, do make use of the contacts. Not only did Gil take us through complicated cubesat orbital dynamics, he stressed the need to give students the space and “the opportunity to do their own thing.” If you want to research areas Gil talked about during our program use Google for the following key words and topics which are just a few of those mentioned in our discussion: , Project Starshine, POPACS (Polar Orbiting Passive Atmospheric Calibration Spheres), 3D Printing, Rampart Cubesat project, Cubesats, PrintSat, Windform XT, elliptical orbits, circular orbits, N-Prize, See Sat, CelesTrak, Satellite Tool Kit, Dr. T. S. Kelso, polar orbits, secondary propulsion, and the NASA Get Away Special Program, a program referred to by Gil as the best student outreach program ever for Nasa but it was eventually cancelled.
If you have comments/questions regarding this program, please post them on The Space Show Blog. Gil did provide his email address so feel free to contact him at GilMoore12@aol.com. The abstract for the paper he referred to which he gave at SmallSat this year can be found at www.smallsat.org/technical-program/sessionx.pdf.
Open Lines, Sunday, 7-1-12 July 1, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, Air, and Space Law, Apollo 12 Precision Lunar Landing, Ares I, Commercial Crew, Constellation, Cots, Dragon, Falcon 9. , human spaceflight, human spaceflight infrastructure, International Space University (ISU) Summer Session, ISU Space and Media Panel., Kennedy Space Center, N-Prize, NASA, NASA budget, NASA legacy, NASA Nanosat Challenge, National Center for Remote Sensing, Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston, SLS, Space Shuttle Endeavour
Open Lines, Sunday, 7-1-12
Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: A wide range of space related topics over a 2.5 hour Space Show 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. Our initial discussion topic during our hour long first segment was with Charles Pooley who called in to talk about the NASA Nanosat Challenge and the website, http://challenge.gov/NASA/49-nano-satellite-launch-challenge. Charles was hoping listeners might have more information about this program. If you do, please post your comments on the blog. We also talked about the N-Prize and Charles described the basics of this program. Peter Platzer of Do It Yourself Space called in from Mtn. View, CA to talk about Do It Yourself Space, Nanosatisfi and their Kickstarter project. Websites to visit to learn more about what Peter shared with us include http://diyinspace.com and www.nanosatisfi.com. If you want to contact Peter about this project, you can email him at email@example.com. As you will hear, this is an innovative build your own satellite venture designed to engage everyone in space activities. Our next caller was Frank Van Rensselaer, author of the recent Space News op-ed, What Will Be This Administration’s Legacy for NASA?, http://spacenews.com/commentaries/120618-administration-legacy-nasa.html. Frank talked about the NASA legacy, I tied in my KSC tour and what I saw in terms of the take down of so much of our HSF infrastructure, the shuttles, etc. I asked Frank about NASA budget and funding issues, the role of Congress, OMB and the OSTP. We also talked about commercial space, its importance moving forward for the future and robust civil and commercial space programs. I questioned Frank on differing views as to what our space policy should be, including perspectives contrary to his own. I believe this is a most interesting 20 plus minute conversation.
In the second segment, we led off with a call from John in Atlanta who talked about SLS as a placeholder program, the ISS, Commercial Crew, and human rating the Delta and possibly the Atlas. After John’s call, Kelly called in to talk about SpaceX from his perspective which is different than the perspective most of us have regarding SpaceX, the Falcon 9 and Dragon. See what you think of what Kelly had to say and post your comments on The Space Show blog. I’m sure many of you will want to challenge or disagree with Kelly. Have at it but please, keep it civil. While Kelly was talking, Jim sent in an email saying “Wow! Kelly seems to be living in a different dimension than the rest of us. I wonder what Kelly thinks about the Falcon Heavy?” Later, Terry emailed us about Sen. Hutchinson, her retirement, and the SLS. He also asked about the possibility of life for the ISS after 2020. Toward the end of the program, Terry called to address his concerns. Since we talked about economic issues and good programs being cut when an economy is weak, I read a sad announcement about the funding & program cancellation for the outstanding Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law at Ole Miss Law School. I hope to address the quality of this excellent Center in a future Space Show program. As the show ended, I went over the upcoming week’s schedule and that I would be discussing my Florida Space Coast trip in some detail on this week’s Friday morning program.
If you have comments/questions, post them on the blog. If you want to email one of the callers, send your note to me and I will forward it to the person of your choice.
Open Lines, Friday, 11-25-11 November 26, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Droid Smartphone podcasting issues, Google Lunar X-Prize, human spaceflight, Kickstarter., Mars Missions, MSL, N-Prize, NASA, OMB, Open Lines, Phobos-Grunt., space advocates/enthusiasts, Space Show fundraising, Space X by Trent Waddington, spaceflight basics
Open Lines, Friday, 11-25-11
Guests: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Space Show December schedule changes, Phobos-Grunt, MSL, OMB & Mars missions, Space X, NASA policy, human spaceflight & 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. 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. Welcome to our Open Lines discussion. We started the discussion with a few announcements. First, I talked about the Droid smartphone podcast timing issue that a few listeners have called to my attention. For those experiencing this timing issue, I hope the information shared with you from other listeners was helpful. Please let me know either way. Also, listener Theron emailed me as I was preparing the archives and said “Google Listen after the show stops you can go back to the pod cast and it will start up again where it last stopped. They can also go to live 365 and listen there with no problem or listen to the archives and do the same thing.” I next talked about my December 2011 schedule which is going to be weird to say the least given my need to be in S. California for a good part of the month for family and medical reasons. Please listen to the discussion on the probable changes for the month and check the website newsletter as I will update everyone on live and replay programs & the use of the toll free phone line when I have updated information. The first listener question after the announcements asked for my opinion on being able to save Phobos-Grunt (P-G) and the upcoming MSL launch scheduled for Saturday morning. Regarding the Russian Mars venture, I was not optimistic about its success but like everyone else, I remain hopeful. I then mentioned some of the various blog comments I have seen on P-G and why most of the comments were absurd, showing a total lack of understanding of basic physics and engineering & the P-G mission architecture. Our friend Charles called in to talk about the science missions of NASA & to offer his perspective on the human spaceflight part of NASA. He brought us current with the N-Prize and his Microlaunchers program. He got a question asking for his perspective on the Google Lunar X-Prize. Charles & I disagreed as Charles does not think anyone can win it or be successful. Charles addressed the blog comments re P-G which I mentioned earlier as Charles does understand the science & engineering involved in a space mission. When we returned from our break, Arnie sent in an email about the OMB possibly killing future Mars mission. I read excerpts from a news release on the issue. John called in, said we were in a space survival mode. He wanted to know more about the blog article by Trent, “The Case Against Space X.” Making it clear that I disagreed with Trent, I read excerpts of his article on air as The Space Show airs all sides of issues regardless of my position on the issue. I do hope Trent turns out to be wrong. I suppose we will find out in time as Space X and our program continues it evolution. John asked Charles a question about space debris from his Microlaunchers idea. Charles replied by email saying “main ML missions are to the space between orbits of Mars, Earth. Literally trillions as much space as LEO altitudes. Space exploration begins beyond escape.” Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog URL above. If you have Droid suggestions, do put them on the blog. December scheduling or fundraising questions, please email me.