John Strickland, Monday, 3-19-13 March 20, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: air breathing rockets, Base Load Barrier, China’s space policy., cislunar space transportation, cryo boil off, cryogenic cooling, cryogenic transfer, Earth-Moon L1 & L2, Falcon Heavy, ISDC, ISS, John Strickland, low cost space transportation, lunar base, lunar settlement, Mars HSF, National Space Society, NSS Roadmap, Propellant Depots, reusable launchers, SLS, space logistics, space settlement, space solar power, terrestrial power requirements, Texas spaceport, VAPAK.
John Strickland, Monday, 3-19-13
Guest: John Strickland. Topics: NSS, ISDC, space settlement, SSP, launcher reusability & 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 John Strickland for this two hour discussion on a wide range of topics of interest to the NewSpace, commercial space, and space settlement audiences. John started out by talking about the upcoming NSS ISDC Conference in San Diego from May 23-27. For more information visit the NSS website, www.nss.org and click on the ISDC link. Some tracks are still open for submitting abstracts so if this interests you, click on the appropriate link at the ISDC site. During this part of our discussion, John talked about the NSS Roadmap and the planned coverage of it at ISDC 2013. John was then asked about the deep space commercial and Mars ventures announced in 2012 and so far this year. He said they were helpful to the overall space settlement agenda and explained how in his discussion comments. He added that the Mars missions and Golden Spike were “laudable” but suggested we may not be ready by the time the projects give for doing the venture. He later said he would have spent the money differently. Don’t his miss all his comments on these new commercial and HSF missions to Mars. Our conversation then focused on the problems of sequestration and then John talked about heavy lift and SLS. Our next discussion topic was Space Solar Power (SSP). Here, John took us through a detailed analysis of why terrestrial solar and wind is not the best way to go, then he went through some of the characteristics of SSP and why it is the preferred way to acquire much of our energy. This is a detailed and at times marginally complex discussion but one you will want to hear. In the end, he suggested we delay until we have the bigger launchers such as Falcon Heavy or bigger to make the launch component more economical. His analysis included total energy needs for a city, Texas, the U.S., globally, etc. It is a very instructive discussion. Near the end, he said we should not put all our eggs in one energy source basket. Listen to his solid explanation for this suggestion.
In our second segment, John talked about launcher reusability and more regarding SSP. He introduced us to space logistics, commercial docking with cargo to the ISS, & the need for reusable deliveries, thus the RLV. From here, he talked about fuel depots, mostly at Earth-Moon L1 and L2. He explained the boil off problem, the cryogenic transfer problem, and the need for good insulation plus a cryo cooler. Other issues in this segment addressed a lunar base, plausible time lines for accomplishing much of what our guest talked about, the Chinese space program and the complicated US-China relationship. Near the end, a listener asked about a possible Texas spaceport per suggestions of SpaceX. Tim called just before the end of the show to talk fuel depots, types of propellant for the depots and then he mentioned the VAPAK process (see http://ralph.open-aerospace.org/PDF/2009.04.14%20-%20HCG%20White%20Paper%20-%20VaPak%20Overview.pdf.)
If you have questions/comments, please post them on The Space Show blog. To contact John Strickland, send your email through me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. George Robinson, Tuesday, 2-26-13 February 27, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: 1967 Outer Space Treaty, cyber sovereignty, Department of Defense, Dr. George Robinson, Habitation BLEO, Human Space Development, humans to Mars, international space partnerships, ISS, Journal of Space and Evolution, lunar base, NASA, national leadership, political leadership, post human, public/private partnerships, risk capital, space law, space migration, space migration public opinion., space property rights, Space Propulsion Synergy Team, space settlement, species extinction, survival of the species, trans human, transitional biology
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Dr. George Robinson, Tuesday, 2-26-13
Guest: Dr. George Robinson. Topics: Human species survival via space habitation BLEO. 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. George Robinson to the show to discuss the imperative of human space development and the need to migrate to space and BLEO for human species survival. During the first segment of our 1 hour 55 minute program, Dr. Robinson put forth the basics supporting human species survival through space migration and permanent space habitation. During this initial segment, he introduced us to many concepts and components that support space migration. For example, we talked about the need for the creation of a unique private sector, specifically a cyber sovereign company or venture. Our guest also talked about these issues from the point of view of his being an evolutionary biologist with a background in biology and chemistry and serving as an evolutionary biologist throughout his legal, teaching, consulting and business career. Listeners asked our guest about space settlement as opposed to space migration and George explained the difference. Our guest also talked about species extinction and said humans were no exception to the threat of species extinction which is why species survival has become an important issue, one even considered by NASA, DARPA, and other national and international government agencies. Dr. Robinson introduced us to the Space Propulsion Synergy Team (SPST) and their October 2012 White Paper, “The Justification for Human Space Development and Habitation Beyond Low Earth Orbit: An Invitation for an Open National and Global Dialogue.” You can download this paper at http://www.eaglehill.us/subscriberSPAEVO/pdfs-policy-series/SPAEVO-policy-1.pdf. George supports the paper but does not think NASA is in a position to do this and in fact supports replacing NASA with a more nationally directed international space agency working toward species survival and space migration. The role of those not migrating to space was also discussed as they too have an important part to play in species survival. As this segment ended, George got a question about the newly proposed human Mars 501 day orbital loop flight. George suggested better options to support species survival & migration.
In our second segment, Dr. Robinson went into more detail about a cyber sovereign entity and the role of the private sector, plus the need for a unique global private sector. He further developed the role of the population in species survival, specifically for those not migrating to space. He received questions about current leadership and leadership challenges both here and around the world. We talked about public perception, species survival and space migration as hard sell issues to the public and our leaders. The need to have risk capital was discussed. In the context of risk capital, we talked about U.S. & global economic problems & the risk of excessive government regulation. As our program was ending, Dr. Robinson and I talked about the white paper recommendation for a national and global dialogue regarding these issues.
If you have comments/questions, post them on The Space Show blog. If you want to contact Dr. Robinson or the SPST or the Journal of Space & Evolution, you can do so through me at email@example.com.
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.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Dr. Launius through me.
Howard Bloom, Monday, 11-19-12 November 20, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " scientific truth, " SpaceX, "The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates, Big Bagel Theory, cosmological constant, Elon Musk, Howard Bloom, Obama Space Program, public relations for space., Richard Dawkins, SLS, space settlement
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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Sunday, 9-30-12 October 1, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " bioengineering, " underwater habitats, "Ocean Outpost: The Future of Humans Living Underwater, "The Abyss, ADS2000 hard suit, aquanauts, Aquarius, artificial gills, Atlantica, biochemical decompression, bone necrosis, decompression sickness, Dr. Erik Seedhouse, freediving, Law of the Sea Treaty, life support, life support recycling, liquid breathing, Mars, Moon, ocean outpost, saturation diving, scuba diving certification, space habitats, space settlement, submersibles, technical diving, vasculoid
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Dr. James (Jim) Vedda, Friday, 9-28-12 September 28, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: "Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America's Space Program, Apollo, Augustine Committee, Cislunar space, congressional funding, DARPA, Dr. Jim Vedda, expansion in the solar system, human spaceflight, ISS, LEO, lunar mining, Moon, NASA, NASA as a jobs program, Obama Space, Orion, proximity operations, public/private space partnerships., robotics, science missions, SLS, space destinations, space inspiration, space policy, space settlement, space telescopes, space training ground, STEM
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Sir Martin Rees, Sunday, 6-17-12 June 18, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " BBC Radio Lecture Series, " SpaceX, "From Here To Infinity: A Vision For The Future Of Science, conflict, consciousness, education, extraterrestrial life, fundamental physics, genetic modification, human spaceflight, interstellar travel, ISS, ISS science, Kepler Space Telescope, lunar commerce, microgravity, Neal Stephenson, political leadership, religion, risk averseness., robotic space missions, Roger Penrose, Royal Society, science, science fiction, science media, science teachers, Sir Martin Rees, space & astronomy for kids, space & long term planning, space & spiritualism, space settlement
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Sir Martin Rees, Sunday, 6-17-12
Guest: Sir Martin Rees. Topics: Science in our society, space development, political leadership, education & 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 back Sir Martin Rees to discuss his new book, “From Here To Infinity: A Vision For The Future Of Science.” Please remember that if you order this book from Amazon using www.amazon.com/Here-Infinity-Vision-Future-Science/dp/0393063070/ref=onegiantlea20, Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation. Lord Rees started our discussion by talking about the amazing things we have learned about the cosmos in a very short period of time. He also explained that this new book is based on a series of lectures he did with BBC Radio. We also talked about science reporting in the media but we focused on teacher issues, both in the UK and the U.S. Another topic covered in his book was religion and science conflicts. An example cited was creationism. We also talked about space as a spiritual experience. We then talked about commercial space development with companies such as SpaceX, the high risk averseness of NASA, and the fact that private companies can take on more risks. Lord Rees expressed the view that for human spaceflight for sure, we will see more and more of it being done by the private sector. Our guest was asked about science on the ISS & he said it was hard to justify the ISS on the grounds of science. Jack called in to ask talk about the outstanding history programs on the Royal Society website, http://royalsociety.org/Podcasts-of-Library-events. He also mentioned famous sci-fi author Neal Stephenson, www.amazon.com/Quicksilver-The-Baroque-Cycle-Vol/dp/0380977427. Jack’s call was followed by John in Atlanta who talked about spirituality, consciousness, religion and the work of Roger Penrose. This led to an interesting discussion about the search for the unified theory and the difference in perspective with cosmology and fundamental physics. Our next topic was in response to a note from Fred about political leadership and space/science issues. Out last topic of the segment dealt with the Kepler Space Telescope (KST) and the search for extraterrestrial life. We asked questions about the impact on cultures were life off Earth discovered. Sir Martin had much to say about this subject.
In our second segment, we started out talking about science fiction. Sir Martin is fascinated by the ideas in science fiction so don’t miss his comments on this subject. Harold in Los Angeles asked if we might be slowing down in our rate of discovery of new science & space information. This is another terrific discussion. We then talked about the Earth’s population growth and the intellectual shift to Asia away from the west. Lord Rees talked about the need to balance out science and development in the under developed regions, focusing on Africa for example Later in the segment, we talked about bringing space resources back to Earth & our guest said the economics of doing this are still up in the air. Space settlement and returning to the Moon came up as did private missions to Mars and the asteroids. Our guest suggested that one way Mars missions might be possible in the future, but the probability of doing it near term & funding such a mission remains somewhat low at this time. Our guest also mentioned genetic modification for those that do settle off Earth but thought the ethics of doing it on Earth would make it unlikely to happen here.
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Marimikel Charrier, Monday, 6-11-12 June 12, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Commercial Crew, commercial space, Democratizing Space, Marimikel Charrier, NASA, NASA leadership, NASA Technology Roadmap., NewSpace Business Plan Competition, NewSpace Conference 2012, Space Frontier Foundation, space products, space profits, space settlement, space supply lines, SpaceUp, TweetUp, unconference
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Marimikel Charrier, Monday, 6-11-12
Guest: Marimikel Charrier. Topics: NewSpace Conference 2012 and SpaceUp Foundation. 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 Marimikel Charrier, the Communications Director for the Space Frontier Foundation to update us on this year’s NewSpace 2012 Conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA from July 26-28, 2012. For complete conference information and online registration, visit https://newspace.spacefrontier.org and use the menu bar at the top of the page for your selection. It is important to note that this Friday, June 15, is the last day to register for the conference, meals, and events before there is a price increase effective Saturday, June 16th. Don’t miss out on the Early Bird special registration fees. If you are planning to attend, it is best to register by Friday. For the first hour of this program, we talked about the conference agenda and most of the speakers. You can follow along with us using the Agenda menu, https://newspace.spacefrontier.org/agenda. Most of the keynote speakers are listed at https://newspace.spacefrontier.org/speakers. We discussed the planned agenda starting with the first conference day, Thursday. For Friday evening, Marimikel talked about the planned event, their TweetUp. Listen for details. During our discussion, we talked about logistics, airport transportation to the hotel, and the three Bay Area airports with the San Jose Airport being the closest to the hotel. Some of the highlights that stood out for me included the NASA Technology Roadmap, the business plan competition, the space settlement panel, and the space investment panel. The conference is single track so you won’t miss anything unless you are in the hallways networking. As you will hear, this conference does provide an excellent networking environment.
In our 30 minute second segment, we talked about the SpaceUp Foundation (http://spaceup.org). Marimikel explained the SpaceUp unconference format, we spoke about the recent San Francisco Bay Area SpaceUp, how to plan one, the typical format, and more. If holding a SpaceUp unconference in your area interests you, contact Marimikel or others through the SpaceUp Foundation website and links. If you do one, let me know so we can talk about it on The Space Show. If you have questions/comments about the program, please post them on The Space Show blog.
If you have specific NewSpace 2012 Conference questions, use the Contact form on the website, https://newspace.spacefrontier.org/contacts. For SpaceUp information, use firstname.lastname@example.org and reference The Space Show in the subject line.
Rick Tumlinson, Friday, 1-20-12 January 21, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: asteroids, Chinese Space Program, Congress, Deimos., EarthLight Institute, frontier development, Gerard K. O'Neill, HE3, human spaceflight (HSF), LEO transportation, Mars, Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, NASA, New World Conference, NewSpace, Obamaspace, old space, Orion, Phobos, political leadership, Return to the Moon, Rick Tumlinson, Russian space program, Soyuz, Space Frontier Foundation, Space Launch System (SLS)., space leadership, space settlement, space to space transportation, space vision, Space X, SSP, STEM, Texas Space Alliance, traditional aerospace, Why Space?
Rick Tumlinson, Friday, 1-20-12
Guest: Rick Tumlinson. Topics: Why Space, space vision, NewSpace, SLS, opening the space frontier. 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 Rick Tumlinson back to the program for this nearly two hour discussion of space vision, leadership, programming, SLS, advocacy and more. In hour first 70 minute segment, Rick opened by talking about his ongoing op-ed series in the Huffington Post titled “Why Space?” So far he has two issues uploaded to the Huffington Post & I urge you to read them. You can see all of Rick’s articles on the Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-tumlinson. During our discussion, Rick stressed the need for space settlement and talked about this during the entire program. Additionally, Rick focused on the big picture space vision throughout our entire discussion. In the first segment, SLS came up but it was also talked about later in the show. Rick explained why he thought it was the wrong project for this point in time and had much to say about private industry launch & space transportation systems as compared to government programs. When asked if he thought SLS could be appropriate as a placeholder, he said no but listen to what he had to say about this idea. He talked about not picking winners and advocating a common sense space plan. I asked him for his plan and how to implement it. He then outlined a plan in several steps during the balance of the segment. Don’t miss it. Listeners called & asked questions about the Chinese space program and cooperation and the same with the Russians.
In the second segment, Rick started us off with a discussion about the Frontier approach for space development. He also talked about going to the Moon and why, but also about asteroids & Mars. He said we need to develop the skills and the insitu experience for living & working in space. Several times he mentioned that on the Moon and Mars we would be living underground due to the radiation. Rick then talked about space habitats including O’Neil like space stations/habitats. Several listeners asked about the role of HSF in developing our understanding of the universe, specifically for 2012 and beyond. John from Atlanta called in to talk about the lack of civility coming from the NewSpace community toward old space. This produced a spirited give & take with Rick which in a way focused on “guarantees” for the commercial company success as compared to government rocket programs. John suggested it was a bit risky putting all the “eggs” in unproven commercial company baskets when we know the government launch vehicle will work as long as the program is not cancelled. Don’t miss what John and Rick had to say.. Toward the end, Rick talked about the Texas Space Alliance & his new organization, EarthLight Institute. He provided us with substantial detail about the EarthLight Institute plans, their website which is under construction, plus the book on asteroids that he is working on and will be out around the end of the year. He was asked about his continuing role with the Space Frontier Foundation & the activities of SFF.
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