Michael Paul, Penn St. Lunar Lion, Monday, 3-25-13 March 26, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Mercury, " SpaceX, : Michael Paul, Curiosity, frugal space design, GLXP education outreach, GLXP film documentation, Google Lunar X-Prize, JWST, lunar communications, lunar hopper, lunar landing sites, Lunar Lion, lunar mission, Messenger, NASA, oversight & review., Penn State, sample return, secondary payloads
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Michael Paul, Penn St. Lunar Lion, Monday, 3-25-13
Guest: Michael Paul. Topics: The Penn State Google Lunar X Prize entry, the Lunar Lion. 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 Michael Paul to the program, the leader of the Penn State Google Lunar X Prize team, the Lunar Lion. For more information, visit their team website, http://lunarlion.psu.edu. Michael brings to the table his experience with NASA and the Applied Physics Lab at John Hopkins as he was the spacecraft systems engineer for the NASA Messenger mission. During the first segment of our 95 minute program, Michael talked about the Lunar Lion project. We discussed launch contracts and vehicles, secondary payloads, landing sites, hoppers as opposed to rovers, and what happens to the hardware at the end of the mission. We talked about the Penn State students working on the project and listeners and I asked questions about his experiences on Messenger being applied to a GLXP project. The listeners seemed to think this was a step or two down but listen to how Michael explained lessons learned and applications to the Lunar Lion project. We also talked about funding for their project and that if they win, the money goes to Penn State to endow further space related research and students. We also had a treat in the first segment in that Michael’s 10 year old son was with him. We invited him to the program and it appears we may have a future space guru in the making!
In the second segment, we talked about space education and general audience space enthusiasm and awareness given Michael’s public talks. He had some interesting comments and experiences to share with us. We also talked about potential regulations adversely impacting their mission, sample returns, lunar activities and such. Charles called to talk about up and downstream communications and the use of lasers. Spacecraft quality control was another issue along with the development of commercial tools for a much broader application than the Penn State GLXP entry. He also mentioned efficiency in spacecraft design and management but used the term, “a frugal approach.” He explained the difference between frugal and efficiency in terms of spacecraft design & management. As our program ended, we talked about thermal protection, radiation hardening, film and space subjects and topics. Our final topic was oversight and 3rd party eyes on their project for review & quality control.
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Zac Manchester, Tuesday, 2-5-13 February 6, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Cal Poly, cell phone electronics, consumer electronics, Cornell University, crow-source funding, cubesat ground station, CubeSat Mission Design, cubesat peapod, cubesats, ham radio bands, ITAR, KickSat, Kickstarter., launch vehicles, Lorentz Adjusted Orbit, NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (/ELaNa), Open Source, payload integration, secondary payloads, solar sail., space debris, Sprite ChipSats, Zac Manchester
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Zac Manchester, Tuesday, 2-5-13
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.
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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Monday, 12-10-12 December 11, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Robby the Robot., " SpaceX, "Forbidden Planet, "Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8: The First Manned Mission to Another World", Antares, Apollo 8, Arianne 5, Arianne 6, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Commercial Crew, Dragon, Dream Chaser, drones on Mars, EMLD, ESA, Falcon 9. , Golden Spike, heavy lift, ISS, James Webb Space Telescope, launch industry, lunar farside missions, manned space exploration, NASA budget cuts, NASA Mars Program, Orbital Sciences, Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, secondary payloads, sequestration, SLS, SpaceShip2, Stratolaunch, Virgin Galactic, XCOR
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Jason Andrews, Monday, 11-5-12 November 6, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Andrews Space, CORTEX Avionics, cubesats, deployed & hosted payloads, Google Lunar XPrize, international launchers, ITAR, Jason Andrews, low cost space access, NanoSats, NewSpace, payload integration, range safety, ride sharing, secondary payloads, SENTRY Bus, SHERPA In-space tug, SmallSat Conference, Spaceflight, Star Tracker, Sustainable Lunar Colonization, U.S. launchers
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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 10-10-12 October 11, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, : John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Dragon, Falcon 9. , ISS, Orbcomm, secondary payloads, The John Batchelor Show "Hotel Mars
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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 10-10-12
Dr. Perry Ballard, Friday, 1-13-12 January 13, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Alaska, amateur rocketry, cubesats, DoD space programs, Dr. Perry Ballard, excess launch capacity, export controls, GTO., high school rocketry, human spaceflight, Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO), inspiration and STEM programs, ISS, ITAR, Kodiac, Mission Design, payload integration, rocket motors, secondary payloads, sounding rockets, Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Experiment Review Board, Space Grant, Space Shuttle, Space Test Program (STP), student payloads, suborbital science missions, university payloads
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Dr. Perry Ballard, Friday, 1-13-12
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 email@example.com.