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Brian Shiro, Monday, 6-3-13 June 4, 2013

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Brian Shiro, Monday, 6-3-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2022-BWB-2013-06-03.mp3

Guest:  Brian Shiro.  Topics:  Astronauts 4 Hire, NOAA, & Next Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference.  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 Brian Shiro back to the program for Astronauts 4 Hire (A4H) updates, NOAA information, plus information regarding the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) underway in Broomfield, Colorado.  During the first segment of our one hour 27 minute program, Brian introduced us to the A4H organization, its basic categories of membership, and the demographics of its members which can also be found at www.astronauts4hire.org/p/the-a4h.html.  For more information and contact information regarding A4H, make sure you visit their main website page, www.astronauts4hire.org.  We spent lots of time with Brian discussing flight parameters, astronaut training, and mission operations.  Listeners asked Brian lots of questions via email, including about A4H being prepared for orbital flight, not just suborbital flight.  We talked about the international participation, possible ITAR issues and considerations, then wondered if the high level of academic and professional level of membership deters membership or participation from those without the advanced degrees.  We learned that A4H makes use of three different training centers from flight training all the way to survival training.  A listener wanted to know about specific mission training or prep prior to an A4H person managing an actual flight experiment.  A medical school student wanted to know if experiments were supervised, reviewed, and controlled or would people wanting to fly an experiment just pay their money and go.  This proved to be an interesting discussion.

In our second segment, we talked about space tourism, more about the NSRC 2013 Conference, then I asked Brian about the role of space assets in the NOAA Tsunami Warning Center work.  Brian had much to say about the role of space resources so don’t miss this discussion. We talked about the methods for predicting tsunami warnings using not only space resources but ocean devices.  We also talked about how an earthquake might deform a part of the ocean bottom and how that leads to a tsunami.  Later, Jane emailed in a question about the NOAA space program and we learned it’s the third largest space program in the U.S., but bigger than most other national space programs.  Near the end of the program we talked about possible A4H & NASA missions as well as A4H operational missions such as manning a Bigelow space station.  Doug called in to inquire about an experimental suborbital research program using a live subject-a finger monkey.  Brian was happy to help out with such an experiment.  This is a very interesting idea, see what you think of it.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can reach Brian through the A4H website or through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Marcia Smith, Friday, 4-12-13 April 12, 2013

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Marcia Smith, Friday, 4-12-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1993-BWB-2013-04-12.mp3

Guest:  Marcia Smith.  Topics:  NASA FY 2013 and 2014 budget and budget 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 welcomed back Marcia Smith of SpacePolicyOnline to guide us through important NASA FY 2013 and FY 2014 budget issues.  For more information and the latest developments on current space policy and budget issues, check www.spacepolicyonline.com on a regular basis.

Our program started with a tribute to Cosmonauts Day, a celebration of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man in space on April 12, 1961 aboard Vostok 1.  We then switched over to what has to be the most confusing and dysfunctional budget process ever, the NASA FY 2013 and 2014 budgets.  Ms. Smith guided us through the confusion which at times was no easy task.  We talked about the sequester cuts as well as “revisions” which adjust budget numbers at the end of a bill.  All in all, it is thought that NASA will face around a 7% cut for 2013 but this is still an unknown though it might be clarified on May 10 as that is when NASA & other government agencies submit their yearly operating plan to Congress.  During this first segment of our 1 hour 22 minute discussion, we also talked about the Budget Control Act of 2011 and its importance to NASA and the recently announced NASA Asteroid Retrieval Initiative.  In fact, our guest had much to say about this latest NASA program given it was announced in advance of NASA having the technology to be able to do the mission in the first place.  This subject came up multiple times in both segments of today’s program.  Josh asked about the NASA authorization expiring this year and if a new one would be put in its place.  Ms. Smith explained the authorization which is expiring at the end of FY 2013, making it clear what parts expire and what parts continue as law.  We then talked about both congressional authorizations and appropriations.  Returning to the newly announced NASA asteroid mission, Marcia broke down the estimated initial $105 million cost into specific categories.  It will be interesting to see how this plan is dealt with by OMB and Congress.  Marcia fielded questions about public/private partnerships & how they might do given our budget issues.  We also talked about commercial crew budgets for FY 2013 and the potential 7% cut which our guest said was not yet certain.  Also discussed was the funding for SLS, Orion and ISS.  Operating programs such as Curiosity on Mars were discussed but they work with specific program commitments and then go through a review process a few years later for any extensions.

In our second segment, Ben asked about the 2013 continuing resolution process which Marcia explained.  Don’t miss this discussion as you will hear about possible big decreases in the CR for the second half of this fiscal year.  A listener sent in a note asking our guest about the budget impact on DOD programs including space programs and NOAA.  This brought me to asking our guest about the state of the NASA budget this year as compared to previous years.  You might be surprised by what our guest said in response to my question.  The new NASA asteroid mission came up again, this time with caller Michael who offered us interesting points of view about NASA and this mission.  Part of this discussion focused on our thinking that NASA had not yet made a compelling case for the asteroid mission or the study initiative.  As the program ended, we talked about having public access to the NASA operating plan that will be submitted to congress on May 10.  In conclusion, we wait for May 10th and “crystal clear clarity” to a very confusing and dysfunction process for NASA and other agencies for FY 2013 and the proposed FY 2014 budget.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can email Ms. Smith through www.spacepolicyonline.com or me using drspace@thespaceshow.com as I will forward your note.

Suborbital Conference Interviews, Friday, 3-2-12 March 2, 2012

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Suborbital Conference Interviews, Friday, 3-2-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1725-BWB-2012-03-02.mp3

Guests:  Dr. Angie Bukley; Brian Shiro; Chuck Lauer; Dr. Sean Casey.  Topics: International Space University (ISU), Astronauts4Hire, suborbital flight, Rocketplane, research projects, SOFIA. 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.  This program consists of five taped interviews conducted at the Next Generation Suborbital Conference held in Palo Alto, CA from Feb. 27-29, 2012.  Each interview is about 30 minutes in length.  There is approximately 10-15 seconds of dead air between interviews.  The first interview is with Dr. Angie Bukley who is the Dean at the International Space University (ISU).  Dr. Bukley discusses ISU, the upcoming summer session at Melbourne, Florida, and much more.  The second interview is with Brian Shiro who is the President of Astronauts4Hire and a former student at both the UND SpSt program and ISU.  Brian currently is with NOAA in Hawaii.  We talk about Astronauts4Hire, suborbital flights and research and more.  The third interview which took place on Wednesday was with Chuck Lauer. Chuck announced that Rocketplane was back!  He went over the basics of their plans, the flight experience, spaceship plans, and more.  Chuck was followed by our discussion with Elizabeth (Liz) Kennick who is the new Project Leader for Teachers in Space with The Space Frontier Foundation.  Liz explains the program from top to bottom and the programs in place to do effective outreach to both teachers and students.  Our final interview was with Dr. Sean Casey. He updated us on the NASA SOFIA Program and talked about his own suborbital research project plans.  He also provided us with some comparisons of a sounding rocket versus the new generation of suborbital vehicles in terms of G-force, the quality of the ride, protecting instruments or being able to use off the shelf instruments and more.  Please post your comments  regarding any of these interviews on The Space Show blog URL above.  If you want to email any of our guests, send it to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward it to the person of your choice.

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