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Marcia Smith, Friday, 11-21-14 November 22, 2014

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Marcia Smith, Friday, 11-21-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2360-BWB-2014-11-21.mp3

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Guest:  Marcia Smith.  Topics:  U.S. space policy, budgets, Congress. Civics 101, SLS, Falcon Heavy, policy makers.  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 http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed back Marcia Smith back to the show for a preview of the upcoming 114th Congress & space issues with a focus on budget issues & just how congress works with NASA & space policy.  During our 97 minute discussion, we started out with a short Civics 101 lesson on how Congress works, NASA funding, & Congressional oversight of NASA.  For those of you not that familiar with how the U.S. Congress works and funds space programs with NASA, you will find this short discussion most helpful.  Marcia explained both Senate and House roles and their appropriations and authorization committees.  As you will hear, Congress controls NASA spending and there is very little discretionary spending available to the NASA Administrator.  As for the new Congress that will be taking office in early January, the big focus will be on budget issues because by law, the sequestration returns for Fiscal Year 16.  If Congress keeps the sequestration in place, while hurtful to many government agencies and programs, it is damaging to NASA.  We also talked about a possible renewed interest in the Europa Mission as Texas Representative John Culberson will chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. His Houston district is close to JSC & he’s very enthusiastic about NASA and a Europa mission.  Marcia mentioned the NASA SOFIA program as an example of Congress wanting the program despite it being eliminated in the budget proposal so it added it back in to the NASA budget.  Listeners asked about long term projects being funded for longer than a year.  Marcia addressed this issue though there is no good answer because Congress has oversight & they can change or modify positions from year to year.  Our guest was asked about Congressional policy impact on the private & entrepreneurial space industry.  Unless a public/private partnership exists or the government is a major customer of the private company, congressional policy does not overlap into the private sector.  It is also important to distinguish between regulatory and budget issues as we are talking budget issues in this program.  Several listeners wanted to know if the media and the public could impact Congress & space policy makers.  Another set of listener & Space Show comments over recent weeks addressed the 2016 presidential election, wanting to know if history bears out a change in president equaling a big change in space policy.  Don’t miss this discussion.  Later, Ralph in Phoenix wanted to know if the Falcon Heavy was very successful, would such a success impact congress & policy makers to move away from the SLS program as unnecessary.  Doug called in to clarify Ralph’s question for a more precise response from our guest.  It was clear that Doug and many other listeners believe that a FH success should and would impact SLS policy, perhaps demonstrating that SLS was not needed in light of a successful Falcon Heavy.  However, Marcia questioned that outcome. Don’t miss this important discussion.  BJohn in Sweden wanted to know if SLS, when operational, would create more space opportunities for congress to consider.  Kelly got the last email question in asking about the Space Act Agreement vs. the FAR (cost plus contracting).  He wanted to know if the changes in congress might result in more big space projects using a Space Act Agreement over the FAR.  Marcia did not think so given the FAR offers congress more oversight.  As the show was ending, I asked Marcia what we should look for as hints about space policy in the new congress.  Our guest pointed to the budget and what happens with the FY 2016 sequestration already on the books.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach Marcia Smith through me or her website, http://www.spacepolicyonline.com.

Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 11-13-12 November 14, 2012

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Dr. Sean Casey, Tuesday, 11-13-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1893-BWB-2012-11-13.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Sean Casey.  SOFIA update, Silicon ValleySpaceCenter, entrepreneurial space ventures and opportunities.  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. Sean Casey back to the show.  Our first topic dealt with updates to the SOFA Project (Space Research Association for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy).  You can find out more by visiting the SOFIA website, www.sofia.usra.edu. Dr. Casey talked about upgrades, new science programs, and more for SOFIA, plus he addressed issues specific to airborne observatories.  After the SOFIA update, we turned our attention to California’s Silicon Valley and the new Silicon Valley Space Center (SVSC) which is a non-profit business accelerators focused on connecting entrepreneurs with NewSpace leaders and other commercial opportunities.  Visit their website for more information, www.svsc.org. The balance of our discussion centered on the activity of the SVSC with a focus to developing cubesat, nanosat, and other NewSpace opportunities.  Dr. Casey mentioned several companies that suggested what he was focused on including Nanosatisfy (www.nanosatisfi.com), Skybox Imaging (www.skyboximaging.com), and GLXP Teams.

In the second segment, we talked more about the SVSC and Silicon Valley in general, especially for projects outside of California.  He talked more about the companies already mentioned and told us about additional entrepreneurial companies doing cubesat, nanosat, and other startup space ventures.  We talked about classroom opportunities with cubesats, ways to help in commercial space projects at the classroom level, and how to engage students early on in exciting and doable NewSpace projects.  Near the end we talked about human spaceflight opportunities as opposed to the science missions.

If you have comments/questions for Dr. Casey, please post them on The Space Show blog.  Dr. Casey can be emailed at sean.casey@siliconvalleyspacecenter.org.

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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