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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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.
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 9-4-12 September 5, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " microbial life, " SpaceX, "Open Air" by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Question Answered, Art Association of Philadelphia, Atlas 5, Boeing CST 100, Cis-lunar tug., Commercial Crew, Dark Skies, Dragon, Dream Chaser, ET life, Europa, Falcon 9. , ion propulsion, life outside the solar system, light pollution, NewSpace, Open Lines, Philadelphia public art project, Republican Party Platform space policy, solar system oceans, U.S. economy & NASA
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 9-4-12
Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Life outside the solar system, Philadelphia light pollution, ion propulsion, U.S. economy, NASA, space program funding. 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. As Open Lines started, I put two discussion topics on the table. These two topics focused on the Republican party platform & its space policy plus the reaction to it by various sectors of the space community, specifically NewSpace. The second topic I mentioned was the state of the U.S. economy & how it impacts NASA & space funding. My theory was & is that it does impact the state of NASA funding & what happens in the private sector but I asked others who have economic experience & knowledge to tell me why so many talk space policy without factoring in our domestic as well as economic condition. When I opened up the phone line, the first caller was Wade Hobbs who talked about life having developed elsewhere in the solar system, mainly in the oceans of Europa. He said his theory offered statistical proof of life in Jupiter’s moon Europa & he pointed us toward his Kindle book, “Question Answered.” If you purchase his book using this URL, Amazon will donate to The Space Show/OGLF: www.amazon.com/Question-Answered-ebook/dp/B008ZFZ05W/ref=onegiantlea20. He explained his theory & invited comments & questions. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Our second caller was Ed Murray who called our attention to a light pollution public art project scheduled soon for Philadelphia. The project, Open Air” by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer of Canada & approved by the Art Association of Philadelphia is described here: www.knightarts.org/community/philadelphia/preparing-for-open-air-in-philadelphia. Many in the astronomy & Dark Skies fields are objecting to the project which will last nearly two months & probably blot out most of the Philadelphia night sky. Ed & others are seeking ideas & help to minimize the project or cancel it. They have sought help from the International Dark Skies organization & others. If this project interests you, follow up on the suggestions offered on the blog by Ed & others which detail their concerns about the project.
In our second segment, John from Atlanta called in to discuss ion propulsion & fuel plus he wanted to address the economic issues I raised in the introduction to tonight’s program. Regarding the economic issues, John suggested we were still not so bad where the economy would start to impact NASA funding but if thing worsen, it is likely that NASA & all space funding will be impacted. John & I went back & forth for several minutes discussing the economic situation, the national debt, space & more, both from the U.S. domestic perspective as well as the global perspective. We talked about the total budget going to NASA being so small as a factor. John & I talked about the Republican platform suggestion that despite the language, commercial crew to the ISS would continue. John suggested an early down select to SpaceX but I advocated for at least another round of competition with Sierra Nevada & Boeing, possibly others too. Our final call was from Tim who talked about ion propulsion & space nuclear propulsion. He introduced the idea of carbon nano tubes for use in rocket materials & I suggested that was way out in the future. Tim also suggested the private sector bypass NASA & do its “own thing.”
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 8-21-12 August 22, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, "How To Be A Rocket Scientist, "NASA And We Know It.", Art Dula, Curiosity, Dr. Robert (Bob) Zubrin, Elon Musk, Falcon Heavy, heavy lift, JPL, Mars program, Mars Society, Megantic Observatory, NANOSAT Challenge, nuclear rocket propulsion, Open Lines, Outer Space Treaty, presidential space policy, Propellant Depots, sequestration, SLS, space policy leadership, STEM outreach
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 12-6-11 December 7, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Air Force flyback booster contract, Armadillo Aerospace, bisphosphonates, bone loss in space, California nuclear power plants, disposable rockets, Droid podcast issues, Earthlike planet Kepler-22b, expendable rockets, faster than light travel, first stage ocean recovery, flyback booster, Kepler Space Telescope, LEO & GEO orbital recovery/repair., neutrinos, Open Lines, photons., planet detection methods, Spaceport America, tachyons, The John Batchelor Show
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 12-6-11
Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Bone loss issues, Droid podcast suggestions, bisphosphonates in space, reusability, flyback boosters. 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. During the announcement part of the program at the beginning, I talked about another Droid podcast possible solution from a listener using the DoggCatcher app. I also mentioned recent general press articles about success being claimed with the use of bisphosphonates to stop bone loss in space: www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2011/12/06/osteoporosis-drugs-helped-astronauts-scientists-say.html. As mentioned on the air, I’m on the nationally syndicated radio show, The John Batchelor Show, tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6:30-6:45 PM PST discussing this as co-host with John. The expert guest is Dr. John Jurist, a lifetime member of the aerospace medical association and one of the early researchers on this issue back when NASA was starting such research. You can hear us live at www.wabcradio.com/article.asp?id=531472. If you miss the live stream, the segment will be archived the next day at John’s website, http://johnbatchelorshow.com. For your information, I typically do the Wednesday evening segment at either 6:30 PM or at 6:45 PM PST. I am often on air alone with John but sometimes I bring in an expert to discuss a specific topic such as tonight with Dr. Jurist. I also went over my December schedule for programming as my travel plans to Los Angeles are now known as are Space Show plans for the balance of the year. Our first caller was Jeff from the UK who wanted to talk mostly about the new Earth-like planet that Kepler has found, the Kepler-22b. We also talked about faster than light travel, the recent neutrino experiment, photons, and more. Charles was the next caller and we talked more about the new planet found by the Kepler Space Telescope. Charles mentioned the two planet finding methods, the transit and the wobble methods. He also mentioned Armadillo Aerospace and their recent success with the STIGA A launch vehicle. You can read about it and see the video at www.rlvnews.com. Scroll down to this headline: STIG A – another video + recovery info. In the next segment, Tim called in with questions about the Air Force contract for the flyback booster which went to Lockheed and will use Spaceport America. This prompted quite a discussion on reusability, flyback boosters and their payload penalties, ocean recovery for the first stage, and expendable, renewable, and disposable rockets. Our caller also inquired about nuclear power and the plan to do a ballot initiative in California to shut down the California nuclear power plants though they generate 16% of California’s electrical power. John from Atlanta called in to talk about ocean recovery, the faster than light experiment and his thoughts that tachyons provide a reasonable explanation for the faster than light experiment. During the program, we also discussed on orbit repair for both LEO and GEO satellites and what the future might hold for such efforts. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog URL above.
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.