Doug Messier, Tuesday, 2-18-14 February 19, 2014Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: California space economy, cubesats, Doug Messier, Dream Chaser, Dryden, Falcon 9. , Firefly Space Systems, Google Lunar XPrize, Google Space, hybrid rocket engine, Kate Upton., Launcher One., Masten Space Systems, Moffett Field, Mohave Air and Space Port, NASA Ames, Parabolic Arc, Son of Teledesic, space tourism, Space X, Teledesic, Virgin Galactic, XCOR, Zero-G flights
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Doug Messier, Tuesday, 2-18-14
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Guest: Doug Messier. Topics: We discussed a wide range of topics from Google space to space tourism, technology & 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. For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you.
We welcomed back Doug Messier, Managing Editor of ParabolicArc.com for this 1 hour 43 minute discussion. During our first segment, Doug talked about the proposed Google space program involving up to 1,600 satellites for global communication and wifi. Doug shared with us as much information as was currently known regarding this program, plus he talked about the Loon Project and explained why he referred to the multiple satellite program as “Son of Teledesic.” While no launch vehicle has been identified Doug and listeners did talk about the possible impact launch services needed for such a large program. Doug also reported on Masten Space Systems. He also talked about Masten in the second segment. Many listeners sent in emails about the proposed Google program, some expressing skepticism, some wanting more information. Doug then turned his attention to Virgin Galactic and he talked about their powered test flights, engine issues, possible hybrid replacement engines, and more. We talked about the signed up Virgin passengers and PR efforts to keep them informed of Virgin’s progress. Doug also briefed us on XCOR and the Google Lunar XPrize contest. A listener emailed in about the decline of the California aerospace industry and state regulatory issues. Doug had much to say about this. Before the break, a listener asked for an update on Stratolaunch.
In the second segment, Doug talked about the management changes at Virgin given three executives have left in recent times. In addition, he said some of the lower level employees were sending out resumes. In response to a question, he updated us on Virgin’s Launcher One. We talked about Dream Chaser test flights, the name change at Dryden, & the NASA Ames name. Near the end he gave us a brief report on Garvey Space, then Dr. Lurio called in and they discussed at length the Virgin hybrid engine issues, vehicle modifications, & the possibilities for a replacement engine. Doug commented that they may not make it to 100KM! As the program was ending, Doug said it would be an interesting year, that he thought there would be crewed vehicle flights later this year, and then he shared his thoughts regarding possible commercial crew downsizing. During this segment, I asked Doug to comment on his most exciting and frustrating stories of last year.
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Richard David, Thursday, 11-7-13 November 8, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: “Launching Commercial Space Enterprises, ” space Netscape moment, capital acquisition, commercial space, due diligence, human spaceflight, NASA Ames, New Space Global LLC, NewSpace hurdles, reducing launch costs, Richard David, Silicon Valley Space Center, space entrepreneurism, space investors, Twitter, venture capital
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Richard David, Thursday, 11-7-13
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Guest: Richard David. Topics: Commercial space business evaluation, NewSpace emerging industry with winners. 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 Richard David back to the show for this special Thursday one hour discussion about NewSpace industry evaluations and the recently held NewSpace Investor Conference. Richard started out talking about the event and the focus on markets and investors. Other topics included the essentials of building a viable business and the evaluations of emerging entrepreneurial companies by NewSpace Global (NSG) in the various lists and reports (see www.newspaceglobal.com). Richard talked about the variety of companies participating in the event ranging from SpaceX to very small startups and emerging companies. He said the group was very diverse representing all aspects of commercial space development and management styles. Richard then named several companies as examples. We talked about timelines for NewSpace company development and at one point I asked him to compare NewSpace timelines to Twitter which had just gone public. Twitter was started in March 2006 and we talked about the differences in challenges and other issues giving NewSpace longer timelines. I asked Richard to talk about commercial development over the past three years, what makes it different today from three years ago, and do we need a Netscape moment or steady growth. Richard was asked to tell us the major challenges or hurdles he believes exists for these emerging companies. He listed and discussed four such challenges. You might be surprised to find out that regulatory challenges were not among his top four hurdles. Toward the end of our discussion, I asked about business opportunities for human spaceflight. I also inquired about entrepreneurial opportunities from outside the U.S. Richard said 75% of the activity comes from with the United States.
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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 10-16-13 October 17, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Charles Bolden, Chinese Space Program, Congressman Frank Wolf, ITAR, Kepler Conference, NASA Ames, NASA policy, national security issues
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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 10-16-13
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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, Gordon Chang Dr. David Livingston: Topics: ITAR, NASA & Chinese restriction, Kepler Conference at AMES. 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. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).
During our 11 minute plus discussion, John, Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, Gordon Chang and I talked about recent restrictions placed on Chinese students and space industry professionals in attending the Kepler Conference to be held at NASA Ames. We talked ITAR in general, the Chinese space program which is not a civil program, ITAR’s lack of standards and enforcement, and related issues. We also discussed related national security issues and choices available to NASA based on congressional actions on these issues.
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Open Lines, Sunday, 11-19-12 November 19, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, EML2, Falcon Heavy, High Throughput Satellites, ITAR, NASA Ames, NASA Center Director changes, NASA Nanosat Challenge, Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston, Pete Worden, Pulsed Microwave Laser, Satellite Conference (SATCON) 2012, SLS, Space Show feedback, Space Show surveys, US 2012 election & space policy, US SatCom vulnerability
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Josh Neubert, Friday, 12-16-11 December 16, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: : Josh Neubert, battery storage, daylight/darkness cycle on the Moon, educational innovation, educational outreach, energy storage technology, entrepreneurs, Google Lunar X-Prize, NASA Ames, NASA budget, NASA Centennial Challenge, national and global economic impact, Night Rover Challenge, Silicon Valley, solar power, system designs for space operations, technology development. Team work.
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Josh Neubert, Friday, 12-16-11
Guest: Josh Neubert. Topics: Night Rover Challenge, NASA Centennial Challenges, educational outreach. 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 Josh Neubert back to the program to discuss the NASA Centennial Challenge, The Night Rover Challenge. Please visit these websites for more information and email alerts: www.nightrover.org and www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/early_stage_innovation/centennial_challenges/night_rover/index.html. This was a one hour discussion without a break. Josh started out by describing the Night Rover Challenge which is to develop mobile systems to collect solar energy, store that energy, and later use it productively. The innovation will consolidate in a contest for simulated lunar rovers maximizing energy to run for two weeks day and night and survive the cold lunar night. Josh told us about the Challenge time line and the sole focus on solar power and storage. As you will hear, the prize is $1.5 million with first, second, and third place winners. Terry asked technical questions about the potential battery packs and the maximum size of the rovers. We learned that the biggest size would probably be in the range of the Curiosity rover on the way to Mars with a much smaller size on the other end of the measurements. Michael asked if the power sources would be required to meet the legal standards required under international law to preserve the environment of outer space in regards to potential hazardous materials that may contaminate the outer space environment. Josh said yes, those standards would be part of the requirements for the competition. Several listeners asked if non-U.S. citizens could participate in the Challenge and if there were ITAR considerations. We learned that non-U.S. citizens could participate but were not eligible to win the prize money. I asked who was most likely to participate in the challenge. Josh suggested students of all ages and grades, plus the do it yourself community, entrepreneurs, smaller businesses, etc. We also talked about sponsorship opportunities as NASA does not cover operating expenses. Another listener asked about the use of social media for the Night Rover outreach program. As you will hear, this Challenge will make use of both social media and collaboration in getting the message out and participants in the challenge. Near the end of the program, we discussed the proximity ofSilicon Valley, NASA Ames, and the significance of these communities to all the contestants involved in the challenge. Josh closed by stressing how this program inspires, excites, and jump starts the best and the brightest to innovate, be creative, and to produce! If you have questions about the Night Rover Challenge, there is a contact link on their website. Please post your Space Show comments/questions on the blog URL above.