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Dr. Jason Reimuller, Tuesday, 10-22-13 October 23, 2013

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Dr. Jason Reimuller, Tuesday, 10-22-13

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Guest:  Dr. Jason Reimuller.  Topics:  Project PoSSUM, manned suborbital polar research flights, noctilucent clouds, rescue & recovery.  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. Jason Reimuller to the program to discuss Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere).  For more information, please visit their website, www.projectpossum.org. In the first segment of this 1 hour 29 minute discussion, Dr. Reimuller started off by telling us the history of Project PoSSUM and its focus on noctilucent clouds.  Jason described noctilucent clouds and their importance.  I also suggest you read about them on their website at http://projectpossum.org/2015-possum-nlc-campaign/about-noctilucent-clouds.  We talked about the high latitudes, the short window for observing these clouds, and the interest in using the XCOR Lynx vehicle as the RLV of choice though other suborbital RLVs are also being considered.  We talked about funding as a NASA Flight Opportunities Program and down the road a specialized Kickstarter program.  Jason also described the payloads, missions and the Aeronomy Lab, the PoSSUM observatory and much more.  He described the types of experiments the scientists want to do during the suborbital flight. Jason also pointed out the use of a general aviation turbo-Mooney aircraft for noctilucent cloud observation, plus the rocket flight profile for maximum viewing and studying during the science mission.

In the second segment, we talked about how Project PoSSUM can enable and influence science globally plus the international interest in science missions to study these clouds.  Here, Jason pointed out that their choice vehicle was actually the Lynx Mark II.  A listener asked if the clouds were also present in the deep southern latitudes and they are during the southern hemisphere summer as they are in the northern hemisphere summer.  Given that Jason had worked on the NASA Constellation program, I asked him questions about Constellation of which he had much to say.  He also expressed a concern regarding the private rocket companies and their astronaut rescue and recover programs. He talked about the Constellation rescue and recovery program, the trades they had to consider, plus all the variables that had the potential to impact a crew rescue & recovery attempt. He also described the infrastructure in place to aid in rescue and recovery for government missions but that this infrastructure may not be applicable or available to private launch vehicles and commercial astronauts.  Connie wanted to know if there was any difference in the noctilucent clouds over land as compared to the oceans.  We also talked about science mission conclusions regarding climate change issues.

For more information, Dr. Reimuller can be reached through the PoSSUM website plus each of the Project PoSSUM programs has contact info on the website. Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.

Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 2-12-13 February 13, 2013

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Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 2-12-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1949-BWB-2013-02-12.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Sean Casey.  Topics:  Space Entrepreneurism, Silicon Valley, space startups, Silicon Valley Space Center events, programs, & objectives.  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 back Dr. Sean Casey, co-founder of the Silicon Valley Space Center business accelerator (http://svsc.org).  You can “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Silicon-Valley-Space-Center/139916589409748.  The SVSC can also be found on LinkedIn. While hour 2 hour 40 minute program was in two segments, this summary will be in one part as our themes and topics went back and forth in the same area throughout the discussion.  Dr. Casey started with a summary of 2012 activities and events for the Silicon Valley Space Center (SVSC).  During our discussion, Dr. Casey talked about, mentioned, and listed many space entrepreneurial startups and businesses, far to many to list or mention individually.  He also outlined coming events for the SVSC which are available to the public and will be online for those unable to attend in person.  Responding to listener questions, he cited company example after example of space startups and we even talked about Northern California, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley being the center of this effort.  Upon listeners questioning him on the subject, Sean suggested additional startup space efforts in other parts of the company.  While Silicon Valley does not have a lock on this new industrial development, as you will hear, startups and space entrepreneurism are developing in centers across the country.  We also talked about venture capitalist ROI expectations over five years coming in around 30%.  We discussed the hockey stick graph and what this means for space entrepreneurs.  Sean spent time on the SVSC website and Facebook page going through the coming 2013 events and programs.  Doug called in with a question about track records for startups and investors.  In his response, Dr. Casey talked about the various business incubators now in place to mentor and help space entrepreneurs, even non-profits.  He suggested how you might find a reputable business incubator in your own city or area though one could probably work with one of the organizations Sean mentioned, even if you are outside California.  Another issue that came up was lobbying members of congress and state representatives on space policy.  Here, we talked about California and I again shared my experiences with Sacramento and California Space Day over the last six or seven years.  Dr. Casey addressed the uphill battle with gaining more political support for all aspects of the space industry, especially in California.  Dr. Casey provided us with one of the most comprehensive space startup and entrepreneurial programs heard on The Space Show.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog mentioned above.  You can reach Dr. Casey through me or directly at sean.casey@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.

 

Dr. Alan Stern, Tuesday, 2-7-12 February 8, 2012

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Dr. Alan Stern, Tuesday, 2-7-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1710-BWB-2012-02-07.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Alan Stern.  Topics:  The upcoming Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012 followed by a New Horizons and Pluto update.  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. Alan Stern for this special one hour program to discuss the upcoming Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference to take place in Palo Alto, CA from Feb. 27-29, 2012.  Note that registration rates increase after Feb. 10th so for those of you interested in attending, you should register before the cut off date if possible. To find out more about this conference and suborbital scientific research, visit http://nsrc.swri.org.  During the first half of the program, Dr. Stern told us about the conference and fielded many questions about suborbital flight and science research.  Not only did we go through the keynote speakers, the conference format, and the possibility of winning a ride on an XCOR Lynx once you register, we talked about the NASA Flight Opportunities Program (https://flightopportunities.nasa.gov), foreign interest in suborbital spaceflight and research, international spaceports, and the leasing of the vehicles much as is done in the airline industry.  In the last half of the program, we talked about the New Horizons Pluto mission as Alan is the P.I. for the mission.  As you will hear, the spacecraft is doing well and on its way to Pluto.  Alan was asked about the actual New Horizons Pluto mission and then what happens to the spacecraft after the Pluto mission is finished.  He said it would continue on into deep space, leave our solar system and become an interstellar mission much in the way of Voyager.  He also said it had power on board for perhaps 25-30 more years and that it would study objects in the Kuiper Belt which it would transit.  A listener asked him about the possible need to change course for New Horizons due to debris. Alan talked about this problem and the contingency plans to put New Horizons on a different approach to Pluto if necessary.  We also learned that the New Horizons team started a petition drive at Change.org to have the U.S. Post Office issue a Pluto stamp for the mission. I signed the petition, perhaps you will want to do so as well.  You can read about it on Alan Boyle’s Cosmic Log and he has a link in the article that will take you to the petition ;  http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/01/10284883-petition-pushes-for-a-pluto-stamp.  There were 4,000 signatures for the Pluto stamp at the time of my archiving this program.

If you have questions or comments about this program, please post them on The Space Show blog. If you need additional information on the conference, use the contact information from their website.

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