Interorbital Systems with the Millirons, Friday, 2-22-13 February 23, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: bipropellant liquid rocket engine., CubeSat PS Kit, EIR, GLXP, hybrid engines, hypergolic propellants, Interorbital Systems (IOS), IOS demo flights, IOS GPRE 7.5KNTA engine, launch track records, lunar lander, Modular Orbital Launch Vehicle, N5, N7, Neptune 36, Neptune rocket costs, Neptune Rocket Engine Test, Olav Zipser, Randa Milliron, rocket engine regulations, Rod Milliron, sea launch, skydiving, sounding rockets, spaceports, suborbital flight., TubeSat PS Kit
Interorbital Systems with the Millirons, Friday, 2-22-13
Guests: Randa and Rod Milliron. Topics: Interorbital Systems engine tests, personal satellite kits, updates, rocket building R&D. 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 welcomes Randa and Rod Milliron back for this 1 hour 36 minute discussion about their company, Interorbital Systems (IOS), rocket engine development and testing, and much more. Visit their website at www.interorbital.com for more information and details of topics discussed today. We started out by getting details about the IOS static engine test in Oct. 2012. Our guests talked about the test and described their engine and the Neptune modular launch system. Rod talked about using hypergolic propellants and why they chose to do so, plus our guests went over the capability of the Neptune rocket depending on how many modules and stages were used. They also talked about adding a stage for the lunar lander as they are a GLXP participant. We talked about the GLXP, getting secondary payload rides to the Moon or using a dedicated launcher such as the Neptune. Our guests described their plans for doing a sea launch and why, probably in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. They also talked about having spaceport launching capabilities as well. Listeners asked about demo flights and time lines, plus suborbital test flights. Another listener asked about the plans for Olav Zipser to jump from a rocket in light of the Red Bull success. Wes from Tampa emailed in about suborbital flights offering a space view for sensor testing, retrieving payloads, & testing low gravity manufacturing/3D printing. IOS suborbital flights are their test flights. Our guests had much to say about these matters, especially retrievable payloads. Blair emailed in about IOS due diligence, their launch track record, and their consumer sales. We then talked about the IOS personal satellite TubeSat and CubeSat kits. Wes called in to talk about his positive experiences given he has purchased one of the kits. I also asked Wes about his due diligence on IOS before buying the kit. Listen to how our guests and Wes responded to this line of questioning.
In the second segment, I asked about engine test regulations & required permits for testing at Mojave. Randa and Rod mentioned complying with ITAR because they have foreign sales of the personal satellite kits. They also talked about a 4H group on the Utah Colorado border building a personal satellite and the educational outreach this involves with the Ute Native Americans and others. The Millirons were asked about their being considered fringe by some in the space community. Note what they said about this and about attending space conferences. A question came in as to why they were not using a hybrid engine. Rod had lots to say about hybrids, don’t miss his comments. Our discussion concluded with a summary of their forthcoming rocket plans and development program.
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Dr. Alan Stern, Tuesday, 2-7-12 February 8, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Dr. Alan Stern, Kuiper Belt, life sciences budget, Lynx, NASA Black Brant rocket, NASA budget, NASA Flight Opportunities Program, NASA science program budget., New Horizons Mission, Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012, Pluto, Pluto stamp, sounding rockets, suborbital science research, suborbital tourism, Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace
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Dr. Alan Stern, Tuesday, 2-7-12
Guest: Dr. Alan Stern. Topics: The upcoming Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012 followed by a New Horizons and Pluto update. 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 back Dr. Alan Stern for this special one hour program to discuss the upcoming Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference to take place in Palo Alto, CA from Feb. 27-29, 2012. Note that registration rates increase after Feb. 10th so for those of you interested in attending, you should register before the cut off date if possible. To find out more about this conference and suborbital scientific research, visit http://nsrc.swri.org. During the first half of the program, Dr. Stern told us about the conference and fielded many questions about suborbital flight and science research. Not only did we go through the keynote speakers, the conference format, and the possibility of winning a ride on an XCOR Lynx once you register, we talked about the NASA Flight Opportunities Program (https://flightopportunities.nasa.gov), foreign interest in suborbital spaceflight and research, international spaceports, and the leasing of the vehicles much as is done in the airline industry. In the last half of the program, we talked about the New Horizons Pluto mission as Alan is the P.I. for the mission. As you will hear, the spacecraft is doing well and on its way to Pluto. Alan was asked about the actual New Horizons Pluto mission and then what happens to the spacecraft after the Pluto mission is finished. He said it would continue on into deep space, leave our solar system and become an interstellar mission much in the way of Voyager. He also said it had power on board for perhaps 25-30 more years and that it would study objects in the Kuiper Belt which it would transit. A listener asked him about the possible need to change course for New Horizons due to debris. Alan talked about this problem and the contingency plans to put New Horizons on a different approach to Pluto if necessary. We also learned that the New Horizons team started a petition drive at Change.org to have the U.S. Post Office issue a Pluto stamp for the mission. I signed the petition, perhaps you will want to do so as well. You can read about it on Alan Boyle’s Cosmic Log and he has a link in the article that will take you to the petition ; http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/01/10284883-petition-pushes-for-a-pluto-stamp. There were 4,000 signatures for the Pluto stamp at the time of my archiving this program.
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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.