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Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA, Monday, 1-14-14 January 7, 2014

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Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA, Monday, 1-14-14

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Guest:  Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA Executive Director.  Topics:  AIAA SciTech Conference for 2014, AIAA Forum Reorganization Plan.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
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We welcomed back Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA Executive Director, for a one hour discussion about the upcoming AIAA SciTech Conference 2014 to be held the week of Jan. 13, 2014 at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, MD.  For more information, visit the AIAA conference website,
http://www.aiaa.org/scitech2014.  Dr. Magnus started the discussion by going over the new AIAA Forum structure for their meetings and conferences.  This Forum structure allows them to combine several smaller conferences held throughout the year into one larger conference.  In fact, when you visit the AIAA conference website, you will see all the conferences combined in the Science and Technology conference next week.  We talked about AIAA conferences being multi-track and Dr. Magnus defined the different AIAA forums for us.  Regarding the upcoming SciTech conference, we talked about student and youth programs at the conference, speed mentoring and the mix between public and private companies and organizations.  We learned that the poster sessions are now planned as electronic sessions, and our guest went over not only the keynote speakers but the special lecture programs that are part of the SciTech Conference.  Cybersecurity was highlighted in our discussion and we spent some time talking about cybersecurity and how it has grown in garnering attention over the years.  A listener wanted to know about business and investment panels.  Dr. Magnus talked about one such panel on Tuesday addressing “Turning Technology Into a Business.”  Doug called in to provide a personal testimonial to AIAA given his recent experiences at AIAA Space Conferences in Pasadena and San Diego.  As the program ended, our guest and I talked about the AIAA local chapters and their monthly meetings.  These local chapter meetings provide excellent discussions on hot topic issues and more.

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Tom Olson, 2013 Year In Review, Tuesday, 12-31-13 December 30, 2013

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Tom Olson, 2013 Year In Review, Tuesday, 12-31-13

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Guest:  Tom Olson.   Topics:  The year 2013 in review for all things 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for his 2013 space year in review.  Note that this program was pre-recorded on Dec. 19, 2013 for play today, Dec. 31, 2013.  During the first segment of our two hour program, Tom began the review by talking about the Chinese lunar lander now on the Moon.  He expressed concern that Russian and the U.S. may be left behind though we did talk about the private U.S. lunar missions working on getting back to the Moon ASAP.  Tom next talked about NewSpace successes during the year, the successful completion of the COTS program with both the Orbital and SpaceX launchers taking supplies to the ISS.  Tom suggested commercial crew was on time for 2017 and that SpaceX was making good progress with Grasshopper and potential reusability.  He talked about controversy over Pad 39A evelopment, the recent Dream Chaser accident, and the emergency of commercial markets for the ISS with CASIS and Nanoracks. Before this segment ended, Tom talked about the impact of sequestration and space politics for the industry as a whole, then he addressed SLS.  As the segment was about to end, he named a few of the 2013 busts including NASA Redirect Mission, Inspiration Mars, and Mars One.

In our second segment, we talked about space advocacy during the year and the success of the 2013 NewSpace Business Plan Competition. Space settlement was discussed and as was NewSpace outreach, including congressional outreach.  Tom talked about progress with the suborbital companies and Virgin Galactic.  This took him to the space tourism topic and the 2014 planned Virgin Galactic operational flights.  Our guest was asked about the regulatory issues in 2013 and what he thought they would be like for 2014. For the most part, he predicted no change.  We talked about financing space ventures and capital acquisition for 2013 as well as start-ups and space entrepreneurs.  He also mentioned Armadillo Aerospace going dark during the year and mentioned the risks to the emerging commercial industry if funds become scarce or hard to obtain.  Though this was a pre-recorded show, there were some advance email questions for Tom. One near the end of the program asked him about plans to do anything with his Colony Fund program.  Tom said it was a great idea but 12-15 years ahead of its time and may someday be brought back to life.  That said, he reminded us that the Colony Fund did advance the space scalable strategy.  Before our discussion ended, Tom updated us on the activities of Walt Anderson and his new ventures.

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Brian Weeden, Wednesday, 10-23-13 October 23, 2013

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Brian Weeden, Wednesday, 10-23-13

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Guest:  Brian Weeden.  USAF Space Fence for national security.  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 Brian Weeden back to the program to discuss the issue of the shutting down of the USAF Space Fence.  Our discussion was based on Brian’s August 26, 2013 Space Review article, “Gambling with a Space Fence: An analysis of the decision to shut down the Air Force Space Surveillance Fence” at www.thespacereview.com/article/2357/1.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 29 minute discussion, Brian provided us with a brief history of the Space Fence, what it has been used for, its technical characteristics, and it recent cancellation partially due to sequestration regarding its approximate $15 million annual budget expense.  Brian also explained its capabilities in detecting spy satellites, space debris and other objects and the size of objects which it can detect.  He discussed both continuous wave radar and pulsed radar, pointing out that the fence which dated from the late 1950′s, was uncued.  Richard Easton called in as his father Roger was one of the developers for the space fence in January 1958.  Richard contributed greatly to our discussion.  Brian then talked about the probable replacement for the fence, an S Band fence which would result in higher frequencies enabling the detection of smaller objects, probably with a very high rate pulsed radar. Right now the S Band fence is estimated to cost about $1.8 billion but as you will hear, it may never be built.  As to how our national security has been impacted without the fence operating, Brian said it was difficult to assess so listen carefully to his analysis.  Brian also talked about challenging DOD budget issues, the difference in budget years with DOD as compared to the government as a whole, and again, sequestration.

In our second segment, Brian addressed several of the political issues surrounding the space fence issue.  When asked how long it would take for the S Band system to become operational were it funded, he said around 2018.  Two companies are competing to do it if and when the project is authorized and funded.  We also talked about the U.S. sharing satellite tracking information with all satellite operators including private companies, thus using an international partnership to finance the space fence since it benefits everyone. As you will hear, there appears to be control and sensitivity issues which prevent the air force from going that route. Later I asked Brian about stealth satellites and then he took a listener question about the way space debris was portrayed in the movie Gravity.  We spent some time discussing the impact of a movie like Gravity on the public regarding the space debris issue. As the program was ending, Brian said he was not that optimistic about a replacement fence and brought to our attention the need to upgrade computer systems that process the data.  As you will hear, this is a substantial problem that is not being addressed.

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Stan Kennedy, Maureen O’Brien, Oakman Aerospace, Friday, 9-6-13 September 7, 2013

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Stan Kennedy, Maureen O’Brien, Oakman Aerospace, Friday, 9-6-13

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Guests:  Stanley Kennedy, Jr., Maureen O’Brien.  Topics:  Oakman Aerospace, cubesats, ITAR reform.  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 Stan Kennedy and Maureen O’Brien to the program for this 58 minute discussion about Oakman Aerospace, cubesats, the Small Sat Conference, ITAR reform and more.  During one segment discussion, Stan took us through the brief history of Oakman Aerospace (www.oak-aero.com) which just completed its first fiscal year.  Oakman Aerospace (OAI) specializes in rapid and responsive, modular, open-architecture space systems which Stan discussed with us, plus more information is available on their website.  We talked about changes in the small satellite and cubesat industries, the effect of sequestration which may be driving companies to more commercial options, and financial options including crowd sourcing using Kickstarter.  Stan fielded several listener questions regarding the use of Kickstarter, the possibility of over saturation of the developing industry, the drive to push toward more commercial space ventures.  We also talked about the importance of international participation and ITAR Reform.  At one point, I asked about bottlenecks in this area and our guest cited the 1248 report.  Maureen discussed the current state of ITAR reform efforts and the impact of ITAR on the smaller companies.  One of the issues brought up in this discussion was the need to be able to retain foreign students and workers with a STEM background or experience so that we don’t lose them back to their home country or another country.  Later, a listener asked about student internships at OAI and we also learned that the company is hiring.  As our program was drawing to a close, I asked about the OAI year two plans and the company five year plan.  As you will hear, they are planning for growth and market share increases.  We talked about their IP being one of their main products & the need for standardization.  Charles Pooley called back in to over the costs required and the realistic time line for getting a secondary payload ride.  This discussion supports the need for lower launch costs and for additional small satellite and cubesat launch options.  Near the program’s end, our guest responded to an email question about the USML and CCL regarding ITAR.

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Dr. Pat Patterson, Small Sat, Friday, 7-19-13 July 20, 2013

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Dr. Pat Patterson, Small Sat, Friday, 7-19-13

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Guest:  Dr. Pat Patterson. Topics:  The Small Satellite Conference 2013 and related topics.  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. Pat Patterson back to the program to discuss the upcoming Small Satellite Conference, August 10-15, 2013 in Logan, Utah. Visit the conference website for information, registration, hotels, and the program agenda: www.smallsat.org.  During our one segment one hour program, Dr. Patterson talked about the conference, the programming, the merger into the conference of the CubeSat workshop on Saturday and Sunday, plus much more.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Small Satellite Constellations: Strength In Numbers.”  We discussed the keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Gazarik, Associate Administrator, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate and the main guest speaker, David Klumpar – Program Scientist, NASA Science Mission Directorate who will be representing the entire Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission team.  You can access further information about both speakers on the Small Sat website by clicking on Technical Program button in the menu line near the top of the home page.  Pat explained the single track conference format, the networking opportunities, the amazing food always served at SmallSat for the breaks, the lunches, and the Monday night social at the Space Dynamics Lab.  We talked conference registration, hotels, and the special events for Wednesday evening. Listeners asked questions about the conference, the Space Dynamics Lab, internships, Utah State University, job interviews, the student competition, and much more.  Listeners also wanted to know the impact of sequestration on this year’s conference.  Pat had much to say about this and you might be surprised by what you hear, especially in the comparison between DOD and NASA participation.

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Robert (Rob) Kelso, Friday, 6-21-13 June 22, 2013

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Robert (Rob) Kelso, Friday, 6-21-13

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Guest:  Robert (Rob) Kelso;  Topics:  The PISCES Program plus additional Hawaiian space projects & assets.  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 Rob Kelso, Executive Director of PISCS, to the program.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 28 minute program, Mr. Kelso not only introduced us to the Pacific International Space Center (PISCES) in Hawaii, but also to the long standing space related traditions & history with the state of Hawaii.  As our discussion was held on the summer solstice, this certainly contributed to making Rob’s Hawaii space historical summary most interesting & relevant.  Rob noted the role played by Hawaii as an analog site for the Apollo training and newer robotic missions.  In fact, much of our discussion focused in on features within Hawaii that are being used more and more for space analog sites, insitu learning, 3 D printing methodology, and technical development.  Rob talked about the PISCES engagement of both public and private sectors & the need to help develop 21st century skills within the Hawaiian aerospace industry.  Also discussed in this segment were the relationships with other NASA centers, both for human spaceflight as well as robotic and science missions.

In our second segment, we talked about the PISCES signing of six memoranda of understanding.  While Rob had something to say about each project, you can read a good summary of these important projects at www.hawaii247.com/2013/04/25/pisces-signs-six-memoranda-of-understanding.  Also in this segment, we talked about the HI-SEAS Project (http://hi-seas.org). HI-SEAS is the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation planetary surface exploration analog site at 8,500 feet on the side of Mauna Loa, focusing on research for food  preparation strategies for long duration HSF.  Rob talked about HI-SEAS quite a bit so don’t overlook what he had to say about this program.  Later, Doug called in regarding the RESOLVE Program which PISCES participates in with goals of creating O2 & rocket fuel by melting moon rocks to help support humans living on the Moon.  Rob then talked about the Robotic Search & Rescue Program and telerobotics.  This led to a discussion about communication latency issues, even with the Moon.  When asked about State of Hawaii and PISCES objectives, he said near term included showing an ROI to the state with longer term goals of having a state technology research park contributing to all aspects of education, STEM, & space development in the state.  Christine emailed in a question about the biggest challenges faced by Hawaii and PISCES, especially since other states are also motivated to building up their space and STEM industries.  His response was most interesting.

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 6-11-13 June 12, 2013

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 6-11-13

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Guest: Robert (Bob) Zimmerman.  Topics:  Commercial space, regulations, climate science, becoming spacefaring.  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 Robert (Bob) Zimmerman to the program (www.behindtheblack.com).  During our 2 hour 3 minute discussion with Bob, we covered a wide area of space, policy, budget and climate science issues.  For those of you interested in the opportunity to submit feedback on the NRC congressionally mandated Human Spaceflight Study, please go to www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.  Bob started out talking about the Commercial Space Launch Act of 2004 and his warnings back then about a heavily regulated commercial and NewSpace industry coming out of this particular legislation.  He has now reported on the evolution of regulation for this segment of the industry.  See this article on his blog, http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/the-red-tape-of-the-space-bureaucracy.  He strongly suggested that the focus was misplaced on excessive safety.  Instead, it should be on risk taking, innovation, and experimental flight.  We also mentioned possible ITAR changes in which human spaceflight vehicles are being considered for addition to the munitions list.  Were this to happen, it might prove extremely detrimental to NewSpace companies and the American space industry.  Pooley both emailed and called the show to stress starting small and with non-human spaceflight missions. Bob and Charles had an interesting exchange on this subject you will want to hear.  Later in the segment, Bob talked about SpaceX and launch rates, comparing the Falcon with the Russian Proton.  We talked about the need for reliable commercial schedules for a launcher to be considered commercial.  We also talked about the successful Orbital Sciences Antares demo flight, ULA and their schedules, plus Arianespace.  Bob then commented on the first powered demo flight for Virgin, then Tim from Huntsville called in to talk abut SpaceX, a possible IPO, Bob’s comments on NASA assimilation, and the Planetary Resources Kickstarter campaign.

In our second segment, we started with another Pooley email stressing the need to start small & without human spaceflight.  I then asked Bob what he thought of the prospect of continuing to fund & develop SLS.  He said it was on the knife’s edge and to the degree that SpaceX, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Dragon, and Orbital can be successful, it will likely hasten the demise of SLS.  Bob then spoke to the bulkhead cracks with the Orion, their repairs and the recent successful Orion test.  Sequestration was next up with Bob having much to say on the subject.  Our next big topic had to do with climate science which I introduced with my perspective of it here in the U.S. and what I know about what is going on in the field in the UK and throughout Europe.  Bob talked about climate models and referenced the work by Roy Spencer who depicts in graph format all 72 climate models referenced by the industry (see www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/still-epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-measurements-running-5-year-means).  Bob dealt with many climate science issues so if this topic interests you, don’t miss this discussion.  Later, we talked about the Chinese spacecraft now in orbit for about a two week HSF mission.  Also discussed was the JWST and its impact on NASA astrophysics budget issues, the Kepler Space Telescope, and our on orbit repair capabilities. Both Bob & I used JWST and Kepler as examples of why we need to develop a true spacefaring capability though being able to repair hardware so far out in space is not going to happen for a very long time, if ever.

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Dr. William Farrand, Tuesday, 4-16-13 April 17, 2013

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Dr. William Farrand, Tuesday, 4-16-13

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Guest:  Dr. William Farrand.  Topics:  Mars orbiters and rovers, multispectral & hyperspectral remote sensing data.  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 Dr. William (Bill) Farrand to the program to discuss Martian multispectral & hyperspectral remote sensing data, the same for the Earth and throughout our solar system.  To find out more about Dr. Farrand and his work, please visit his website at http://farrviewconsulting.com.  In the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, we talked about the Mars solar conjunction, what the rover Opportunity is doing during the conjunction, Opportunity’s longevity, and why Spirit quit working.  We also talked about Curiosity, then I asked our guest about both multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing data for Mars.  Dr. Farrand explained the imaging and the instruments in addition what we learn about Mars and other solar system objects through the remote sensing instruments providing us with this data.  In fact, in response to a listener email, our guest talked about remote sensing data from the Messenger, Cassini, Dawn, and other missions.  I asked our guest about minerals on Mars and throughout the solar system and how they might differ from the same mineral here on Earth.  Doug sent in a question about trades with the science missions as compared to doing a human spaceflight mission.  Our guest expanded the discussion to include very expensive science missions as opposed to more missions but lower in cost.  Dr. Farrand talked about the proposed commercial space missions to the Moon, Mars, and for resource utilization.  He also talked about the prize system as being a good way to further commercial exploration and development.  A listener asked about getting timely data released to the public.  Our guest directed us to the Planetary Data System which houses all the mission data, usually about six months after it was first obtained. 

In our second segment, Doug asked that if Curiosity comes up empty, might that seriously put life on Mars into doubt?  Don’t miss the response, it might surprise you.  We then discussed Curiosity and what it was up to at this time plus more on Opportunity.  As for future Mars missions, we talked about Maven and then our guest was asked if the current Mars science and robotic missions were designed to pave the way for an eventual human spaceflight mission to Mars.  He said they were not so tightly linked but it’s a discussion you will want to hear.  Our questions then changed to NASA economics and sequestration as our guest was asked for his thoughts on cutbacks, sequestration, moral, etc.  I asked about Earth remote sensing and we talked about Landsat satellites and Landsat 8.  Also the commercial World View 2 and the coming World View 3.  We talked about buying commercial data as opposed to using government sourced data, plus AI, real time data acquisition and more.  Near the end, Karen asked about the role the scientist plays in designing & developing the satellites & tools on board it. 

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

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Marcia Smith, Friday, 4-12-13

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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.

Dr. Alan Stern; Open Lines, Sunday, 3-24-13 March 25, 2013

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Dr. Alan Stern; Open Lines, Sunday, 3-24-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1979-BWB-2013-03-24.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Alan Stern.  Topics:  Golden Spike & the NSRC 2013 conference followed by Open Lines in the last hour.  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. Alan Stern for the first hour of this two hour program.  Dr. Stern first talked about his new company, Golden Spike, then he told us about the upcoming NSRC 2013 Conference.  Please visit these websites for more information:  http://goldenspikecompany.com; http://nsrc.swri.org.  Dr. Stern started by telling us about the Golden Spike company plan, goals, objectives, and time tables.  He talked about the technology, their business plan, pricing, who may want to buy the two seats to go to the Moon for $1.5 billion and what they might do on the Moon though that is the choice of the customer.  He talked about the number of launches needed based the specific launch vehicle to be used.  We also talked about the lunar lander, challenges to the mission, and the company financial needs.  Return payload requirements were mentioned which are 50 kilos at this time.  Questions were asked about EVAs and spacesuits, capsule life support, radiation, etc.  Dr. Stern also received questions pertaining to the future plans for Golden Spike and potential mission expansion plans.  As we approached the end of the first segment of the two hour program, we talked about the upcoming NSRC 2013 conference to be held from June 3-5 in Broomfield, CO.  Alan went through the logistics, keynote speakers & he talked about the potential impact of sequestration on the conference.  During our hour with Dr. Stern, he also talked about two Indiegogo programs underway.  The first  campaign Alan talked about re $1 for each mile to the Moon can be found at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/golden-spike-is-sending-nations-and-people-to-the-moon-join-in.  Later, Alan talked about naming the closest exoplanet via Indiegogo.  Check it out at www.uwingu.com.

In our second segment, we went to Open Lines.  I talked about the recent set of astronaut panels at Rocky Mountain College and when they might be archived on Space Show websites.  I also went over the coming Space Show schedule.  Doug called to talk about sequestration and he had Space X, Falcon Heavy and reusable questions per our discussion with Dr. Stern.  Later, John from Atlanta called re Golden Spike, Inspiration Mars, and the NASA budget.  He also talked about the continuing resolution (CR) and did not think there would be much blowback on Congress or NASA budget and spending issues.  In our sequestration comments, we talked about the FAA closure of some controlled airports and the political use of the sequestration.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above  You can email our guest or any of our callers through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

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