Bas Lansdorp of Mars One, Friday, 5-10-13 May 11, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: : Bas Lansdorp, applicant reasons for wanting to go, cargo missions, deep space, deep space communications., FAA launch license, financial risks, food, human factors, ISS, LEO, life support, Mars communications, Mars mission flight time, Mars one, Mars One astronaut application, Mars One childbirth issues, Mars One crew selection, microgravity issues, MIR, mission financing, Olympics as business model, one way human spaceflight to Mars, planetary protection issues, radiation shielding, reality TV, risks, rockets, space radiation, Van Allen Belts, water shielding.
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Bas Lansdorp of Mars One, Friday, 5-10-13
Guest: Bas Lansdorp of Mars One. Topics: The Mars One mission, a comprehensive discussion. 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 Bas Lansdorp, CEO of the Mars One project located in Holland. For more information, visit their website www.mars-one.com.
During the first segment of this 94 minute program, Bas took us through the basics of the Mars One concept and mission. I asked him for clarification as to their company structure given some of the newsletters from last year regarding converting from a for profit to a nonprofit organization. During the discussion, Bas fielded numerous email listener questions addressing a long list of issues relevant to the Mars One mission. For example, we talked about why a one way mission, the flight time and launch windows for Mars, radiation, the differences with ISS and Mir crews in LEO as compared to going through the Van Allen Belts and entering deep space with cosmic radiation and possible solar flares. Bas talked about using 25-40 CM of water shielding. We talked about the psychological/emotional health of the crew, growing food on Mars, livestock, and a Martian greenhouse. Resupply from Earth came up & we inquired about the need for Earth resupply as compared to being Martian self-sufficient, plus other life support issues. Mars One plans on sending cargo missions and supplies to Mars well in advance of the first human mission so Earth resupply may not be what is needed. Another listener asked Bas about the planetary protection rules and if Mars One was up on them. Bas said yes and appears to be supportive of planetary protection efforts & regulations.
In our second segment, I asked him about his PR given that Mars One gets so much positive PR. Crew selection questions came in & Bas said the most important qualification for the crew would be to get along in groups. They plan on teaching the crews all the needed skills so they do not have to select engineers, doctors, etc. He said that when they hire the first crew, it will undergo the comprehensive training for the mission over 7 years. Bas got questions about the costs and using a reality TV model for funding purposes. Bas corrected the listener as their model is the Olympics, not a reality TV show. Another listener wanted to know about the possibility of their being denied an FAA launch license. Still another set of questions came in about a Mars One failure leaving an unsupported colony on Mars. Bas had much to say about this issue so don’t miss his comments. We also talked about nations implementing the Astronaut Rescue Treaty if Mars One went under & there was no other company in its place. More was said about the applicants, about 80,000 so far. He told us most want to go to do something useful to improve humanity and the world. Going because you are unhappy on Earth or something like that will not get you accepted as a Mars One crew member. Bas said he would be at two upcoming California events for those wanting to meet him, the Space Tech Conference in Los Angeles (www.spacetechexpo.com/conference-program-2013) and ISDC at the end of May in San Diego (http://isdc.nss.org/2013).
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Dr. Roger Launius, Friday, 11-30-12 December 1, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " NASA Aeronautics Book Series, " SpaceX, "Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space, ballistic reentry, capsules, Dr. Roger Launius, Earth Science Missions, Gerard O'Neill, giggle factor, heavy lift, human spaceflight, magical thinking, Mars winged vehicles, NASA budget, NASA spinoffs, Orbital, RLVs, sequestration, SLS, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, space infrastructure, space policy, space radiation, space settlement, Space Shuttle, spaceplane fantasies, suborbital, Utopian Thinking with space, V2, winged space vehicles
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Dr. Roger Launius, Friday, 11-30-12
Guest: Dr. Roger Launius. Topics: “Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space” by Dr. Launius, space policy issues, magical thinking. 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 Dr. Roger Launius back to the program to discuss his latest book, “Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space” which is a free download at www.nasa.gov/pdf/695726main_ComingHome-ebook.pdf. During our first segment, our guest provided us with a short history of resolving challenges with reentry from space with human spaceflight. We discussed winged vehicles and capsules from a historical, practical, and engineering perspective. We also talked about DOD influence and the advantages as well as disadvantages of both types of space vehicles. One listener question asked about winged vehicles evolving from suborbital to orbital HSF. Terry called in with ballistic reentry questions about the V2 rocket & we mentioned museum locations where people can see a complete V2 on display. Another listener wanted to know if there were any winged vehicle concepts for Mars. Here, our guest talked about some science fiction examples but nothing for real on the drawing board. Our guest then introduced us to magical thinking and we talked about reality in space exploration as compared to fantasy. As this segment was ending, we talked about RLVs and reentry issues.
In our second segment, we started off talking about the NASA budget and the potential impact of sequestration. Our guest said human spaceflight is the biggest challenge and in fact at one point he said we were just one banana peel away from losing HSF! This was in the context of access to the ISS with only the Soyuz and how fragile the access was until we had multiple ways of getting to the station. We then discussed risk and some of the issues raised on this subject by other Space Show guests that believe we need more risk to advance human spaceflight. Risk was also discussed in the context of hypothetical ISS recue missions with HSF vehicles not yet ready for prime time. We also talked about the value and purpose of HSF, including should settlement really be the purpose of it. We had a lengthy discussion on this subject. Both Roger and I suggested the purpose of HSF is a challenge, can be illusive, and is probably something larger and broader than space settlement. Don’t miss his explanation behind his thinking. We also talked about spinoffs as a reason for HSF, the we addressed the lack of needed infrastructure, radiation issues, etc. Toward the end, we took some questions about SLS and heavy lift. Jane asked our guest about the visitors to the Air and SpaceMuseum at the Smithsonian & if Roger could infer an increase or decline in the interest in space by the visitors or if the visitors had an awareness of the challenges facing NASA and HSF.
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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Sunday, 10-21-12 October 22, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Astronauts4Hire.org, " SpaceX, "Astronauts For Hire: The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps, centrifuge training, citizen science, Dr. Erik Seedhouse, human spaceflight, ISS, microgravity, NASTAR Training, orbital flights, space radiation, space sickness, space tourism, suborbital flights, Virgin Galactic, XCOR
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