Dr. Madhu Thangavelu, Friday, 6-7-13 June 8, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: 3D Printing of Food, Concept and Synthesis Studio, Curiosity Rover, deep space communications., disruptive technologies., Dr. Madhu Thangavelu, human space flight, incomplete space architecture, Inspiration Mars, ISS, LCROSS Impact, Mars, NASA asteroid capture, NERVA, nuclear electric propulsion, Philosophy of Idea Creation, robotics, space debris, space Kool Aid thinking, space nutrition, space physiology degradation, space political will, space radiation, space story telling, student space inspiration, synthetic mind, unrealizable space visions, USC Dept. of Astronautical Engineering
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Dr. Madhu Thangavelu, Friday, 6-7-13
Guest: Dr. Madhu Thangavelu. Topics: space architecture visionary design, Human Spaceflight (HSF) to Mars, radiation, much 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 Dr. Madhu Thangavelu for a 1 hour 45 minute discussion on a wide ranging set of topics from space visionary concepts to HSF to Mars, radiation and other issues, fantasy vs. reality thinking, and the synthetic mind. Madhu provided us with these links relevant to our discussion: 1. AIAA talk slides:
https://info.aiaa.org/Regions/Western/LA/Lists/Presentations/DispForm.aspx?ID=6 ; 2. AIAA Space Architecture panel video on YouTube : www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig3FzB0bQnA, 3. USC Space Concepts Studio website : http://denecs.usc.edu/hosted/ASTE/527_20111, 4. latest USC Eng. magazine carries an article, p16-17: http://viterbistorage.usc.edu/Public/USCVITERBIMAG.pdf. In our first segment, Madhu opened up by talking about students and space inspiration. Based on his own USC teaching experience, he said students were fired up. Our guest was asked to compare robotic missions to HSF missions and Madhu spent some time on this discussion. He also talked about the NASA plan to capture an asteroid, referring to this as a possible wild goose chase. He talked about the ISS and using it more and more to accomplish important space goal. Madhu received several questions about Tito’s Inspiration Mars flyby mission. Here, he had much to say, especially about radiation, deep space communications, food & nutrition, and even physiology degradation. We talked about using nuclear propulsion for such a mission & he suggested a better mission profile using two Falcon rockets.
In the second segment, Paul asked about using nuclear electric propulsion as compared to the two Falcon rocket idea. Madhu talked about the nuclear propulsion history with NERVA & the use of nuclear fuel on many of our robotic missions. Michael called in and said there was no real political will for nuclear so it probably would not happen anytime soon. Later, Madhu was asked many specific radiation questions regarding the Mars flight. Madhu suggested possible mitigation strategies, including his favorite, self cellular repair. Allison emailed in to inquire about his Studio students and how he holds the line from reality thinking as compared to Kool Aid thinking. Madhu talked extensively about this issue, discussed the philosophy of idea generation, visionary thinking with some fantasy while at the same time being grounded in engineering, physics, financial and other subcomponents of the concept. Don’t miss this important discussion. We also talked about disruptive technologies. At the end, we talked about the synthetic mind.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above. You can contact Madhu through me.
Chris Carberry, Monday, 8-20-12 August 21, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Apollo 17, Chris Carberry, Curiosity, Deimos., Explore Mars, Explore Mars educational outreach., Explore Mars space blitz, GetCurious.com, humans to Mars programs, Inc., Mars boulders, Mars budget, Mars commercial missions, Mars Direct, Mars sample return mission, Martian settlement, Phobos, presidential space policy, presidential space policy campaigns, Robert Zubrin, space political policy, space political will, The Mars Society, women and Mars
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Chris Carberry, Monday, 8-20-12
Guest: Chris Carberry. Topics: Explore Mars programs, space policy & presidential campaigns, HSF to Mars. 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 Chris Carberry back to the show to update us on new Explore Mars programs and also to talk about space policy & issues as part of a presidential campaign. You can follow along on their website, www.exploremars.org. In our first segment, Chris started out talking about the Curiosity rover on Mars and its impact on policy and programming back here on Earth. He also told us about a website created by Explore Mars, www.getcurious.com. This additional site focused on Curiosity, but also as you will hear, described their Mars boulder program, what happened and where the thousand pound boulders went after Curiosity landed. During this segment, we had a lengthy discussion about space as a political priority in presidential campaigns and Chris told us why in his experience space policy does not typically enter a presidential campaign. Later we both said that the biggest issue facing our space program and HSF to Mars is the lack of political will. Chris went on to tell us about their upcoming Space Blitz on Capitol Hill on Sept. 12, 2012, a joint program and effort with the NSS. Chris concluded the first segment by telling us about an Explore Mars upcoming conference on Mars education scheduled for May 6-8, 2013.
In the second segment, a listener asked Chris why Explore Mars targeted women in its programming. Don’t miss the explanation offered by Mr. Carberry. By the way, as far as I know, Explore Mars is one of only a few, maybe the only organization, that does programming specifically for women in space and for Mars activities. Chris returned to Mars and space policy in political campaigns as well as political agendas, both in Congress and among the nation’s general population. Since Chris is from Massachusetts, he got a few questions asking about congressional races in the state and the space policy/positions of the candidates competing for house and senate seats. Chris was unsure of the various space/Mars candidate positions but noted that neither space or Mars had been or would likely be a discussion topic in anyone’s campaign this year. I then asked Chris if he could design a space policy for a political candidate and he said yes though he would have to be very careful about how the policy was put forth and debated. Don’t miss this discussion! I did encourage him to create such a campaign and post it on a blog or website for general information available to any candidate of any party who actually is interested in space or Mars. Later in the segment, we talked about the importance of a Mars sample return mission, the potential for the private sector to fund an HSF program to Mars, and what he thought the Mars program in particular would look like in five years. As the show was ending, he was asked about a Martian moon mission to either Phobos or Deimos. In his concluding comments, he mentioned the upcoming 50th anniversary of our leaving the Moon and not returning. He said we can certainly do better than that.
Please post your comments/questions on the blog. You can email Chris through the Explore Mars website.