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Zac Manchester, Tuesday, 2-5-13 February 6, 2013

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Zac Manchester, Tuesday, 2-5-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1944-BWB-2013-02-05.mp3

Guest:  Zac Manchester.  Topics:  Zac’s KickSat project, cubesats, crowd-funding, & 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.

    We welcomed Zac Manchester to the program to discuss his KickSat CubeSat open source mission using 200 Sprite ChipSats.  You can learn more by visiting www.kicksat.net, www.spacecraftresearch.com and http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/251588730/kicksat-your-personal-spacecraft-in-space.  From these websites you can visit the KickSat wiki as well as the KickSat blog.  We started our discussion with Zac Manchester with his providing us with an overview of his KickSat project and Kickstarter as a tool to fund some types of space ventures.  Zac talked about launches being provided by the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (/ELaNa) program plus the lack of traditional financing which caused Zac to give Kickstarter a try.  The KickSat team started out wanting to raise $30,000 but instead raised nearly $75,000.  He had much to say throughout both segments regarding crowd-funding and the use of Kickstarter.  Zac also described the cubesats and the Sprite ChipSats.  He talked about the importance of reducing the size of the unit and what this meant for mission design, propulsion, technology advancement, lower launch costs, and more.  Several listeners emailed him questions including space debris questions since the 200 Sprite ChipSats would have a short life expectancy and then return to Earth.  He said all would burn up in the atmosphere but he also talked about future missions where the units would float back to Earth as would a piece of paper. Technology advancement for this to happen must take place but he said it was certainly plausible.  Other issues discussed in our first segment included secondary payments and payload integration.  Regarding payload integration, he said their project goes to Cal Poly for peapod integration and then to the Cape from Cal Poly for vehicle integration.  Cal Poly does the peapod integration for academic cubesat projects.  A listener saw the project plans on one of the websites and inquired about making the hardware or buying a kit from Zac’s group.  As you will hear, the project is open source and people are encouraged to buy the off the shelf parts and make their own unit.  Zac mentioned several online stores where the parts could be bought.  We talked about the difficulty in getting a launch for a stand alone cubesat someone might build.

     In the second segment, we took a call from Charles Pooley who talked about building a small launchers to get away from secondary payloads and potential launch delays we he said were the barriers to this industry. Check out www.microlaunchers.com for more on the Pooley idea. Zac then told us about the March 16 workshop at the Hacker Dojo in Silicon Valley on how to set up KickSat ground stations.  Zac described the ground station using Ham bands and suggested the cost would be around $200.00.  Another listener asked Zac for his background & how he got interested in space & a cubesat project.  Zac had much to say about the academic research that inspired him as both a Cornell undergrad and masters student.

      Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  You can contact Zac through his project websites and blog.

Jason Andrews, Monday, 11-5-12 November 6, 2012

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Jason Andrews, Monday, 11-5-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1888-BWB-2012-11-05.mp3

Guest:  Jason Andrews.  Topics:  Cubesat, Nanosat integration, launch services, Andrew Space, Spaceflight & 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. We welcomed back Jason Andrews to update us on both Andrews Space and Spaceflight.  You can follow along on the respective websites, http://andrews-space.com & www.spaceflightservices.com Jason was with us for one hour to discuss cubesat and nanosat payload integration, the services offered by Andrews Space and Spaceflight for small satellite launchers and related issues.  Spaceflight does publish their price list on their website and we did talk about their pricing.  Check it out at http://spaceflightservices.com/pricing-plans. We discussed market and financing conditions, the use of international launchers, integrating international payloads, ITAR, U.S. launchers and the possibility of using either Chinese or Indian launchers.  Jason went through their turnkey services offered with Spaceflight, then we talked about hardware and the integration of Andrews Space with Spaceflight.  Listeners asked lots of questions, including one about a sustainable lunar colony.  Other questions addressed the status of a secondary payload and general ride sharing terms, primary payload obligations and considerations, and the potential need for a dedicated small launcher.  Insurance was also talked about and included issues concerning self-insurance to buying insurance in the marketplace.  Many with payloads less than $1 million do opt for being self-insured.  Another issue talked about concerned secondary payload compatibility with the primary payload and the required safety audit for the secondary payload.  In talking about Andrews Space, Jason told us about the SHERPA Space Tug and the larger spacecraft using the ESPA Ring which closes the gap between a 3 kilo and 180 gram spacecraft. As our discussion with Jason ended, he talked about hiring opportunities for both companies and the availability of internships.
     In our brief second segment, I went over The Space Show schedule this week as programming has been cancelled for Tuesday due to wanting to watch election results and on Friday due to my probable jury duty.  I urge you to check the website newsletter Wednesday evening and then again Thursday evening because if my jury duty is cancelled, I will call up the scheduled Friday program and you will find out about it via the website newsletter.
     Please post your comments/questions for Jason Andrews on The Space Show blog.

Bas Lansdorp of Mars One, Friday, 8-31-12 August 31, 2012

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Bas Lansdorp of Mars One, Friday, 8-31-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1845-BWB-2012-08-31.mp3

Guest:  Bas Lansdorp.  Topics:  The Mars One program from a business, financial, engineering, technical, & human factors perspective for Martian settlement.  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 Bas Lansdorp, founder of Mars One to the program to tell us about the program and respond to a wide array of questions pertaining to the Mars One plan.  For more information, visit their website at www.mars-one.com.  Also, check out their FAQ at http://mars-one.com/en/faq-en. If you want to ask Bas & his team questions, use info@mars-one.com.  Dr. John Jurist joined us as co-host regarding many of the human factors, technical, and media financing discussion topics.  Since our topic addressed many of the same issues with crossover for both segments, I have summarized the program without regard to segments.  We started by asking Bas about the Curiosity landing per the European media and the interest in Holland which is his home.  It was clear that Curiosity fever was strong and exciting across the pond just as it was here.  I then asked Bas to tell us about Mars One.  For the next half hour, Bas talked with us about why he started Mars One, plus he went over in some detail the Mars One plan, including financing, technical, engineering, human factors, and research issues.  After our introduction to Mars One, Dr. Jurist and I began asking questions about the Mars One media financing plan, human factors, micro and partial gravity issues, life support issues, and more.  We covered a broad range of issues including launches, launch state liability, family settlement on Mars, children on Mars, pregnancy, before the launch medical procedures, astronaut selection, etc.  We received several listener emails which we discussed with Bas throughout our 90 minute discussion.  After our initial introduction to the Mars One program, our discussion revolved around Bas responding to our questions and those asked by our listeners.  Some other issues discussed included time line, mission delays, the loss of a resupply mission & its impact on the overall Mars One timeline, RX medications on Mars, solar power as compared to nuclear power for Mars One missions, Mars EDL plans for both cargo and humans, outsourcing components for Mars One and payload integration services & needs, plus settlement sustainability issues with possible timelines.

Please tell us what you think by posting comments and questions on The Space Show blog.  For specific questions for Bas or his team, use the Mars One email address but also do post on the blog for the benefit of all listeners.

Dr. Perry Ballard, Friday, 1-13-12 January 13, 2012

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Dr. Perry Ballard, Friday, 1-13-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1689-BWB-2012-01-13.mp3

 Guest:  Dr. Perry Ballard.  Topics:  Space Test Program, Secondary payload capacity 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 Dr. Perry Ballard, Chief Engineer, DOD Manned Spaceflight Payloads Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, JSC.  Dr. Ballard began our discussion with an overview of the DoD Space Test Program (STP), why it was created, its purpose, and some of the experiments that have flown with great success because of STP efforts.  Dr. Ballard also spoke about the Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO) imaging spectrometer mission which with the help of STP flew on the Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility (JEM-EF) on the ISS.  Dr. Ballard responded to listener questions about the impact on STP of budget cuts as well as payload capacity downgrades due to the retirement of the shuttle.  You might be surprised by his response to these questions.  Another issue that was addressed was the NASA two year integration period for ISS missions.  Lots of questions came in about this, most wondering if a private company such as Bigelow could substantially reduce the two year period.  This prompted a more thorough discussion about integration and each rocket’s environment as well as the way it rides.  Professor Fevig from UND Space Studies asked about opportunities for student-built spacecraft to be launched as a secondary payload into GTO.  Launching to GTO, specifically cubesats, also turned into a significant discussion that you will not want to miss. At the end of this segment, Perry received some questions about assisting with payloads for sounding rockets.  In his response, he said they also work with balloon launches and sometimes even with high altitude aircraft. 

In our second segment, we talked about secondary payload capacity and the need for the payloads to be ready when the capacity is ready.  If the payloads are not ready, the capacity can go elsewhere.  This is quite a challenge for the university and cubesat community.  When you listen to what Dr. Ballard had to say about this issue, some of the challenges, the relationships with payloads, integration, timing, missions, and orbital dynamics, will become much clearer.  Later in this segment, Perry was asked about STP using foreign launchers and also finding rides for foreign payloads. 

In our final segment, we talked about the work of his office with the amateur satellite network, the challenges to provide ground stations for schools, and to increase broadband capacity.  He talked about the mission priority list he gets that he has to work with and the priorities for science missions above all else. Later in this segment, he put forth his own idea of getting sponsors, Space Grant, and others to supply rocket motors to student groups, classes, organizations, to help inspire students by actually doing things rather than just hearing a lecture or reading a book.  See what you think of his idea and run with it if you like it.  His idea is centered around getting students to build spacecraft, to bend metal so to speak.  Since the rocket motor may be the most expensive part needed, if it can be furnished by a sponsor, he believes it can be a driver for STEM education at different grade levels through college.  If you have comments or questions for Dr. Perry Ballard, please post them on The Space Show blog URL above.  Any notes you have for Dr. Ballard can be sent through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

 

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