Rob Lowe, ShipInSpace, Sunday, 9-8-13 September 8, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: ablative cooling, escape systems, horizontal landing, orbital space tourism., point to point transportation, pressure fed rocket engines., Rob Lowe, ShipInSpace, ShipInSpace ticket sales, space tourism, spacecraft pod design, Spaceport America, spaceports, suborbital spaceflight, The Eccentric Universe, thrust, vertical launch
Rob Lowe, ShipInSpace, Sunday, 9-8-13
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Guest: Rob Lowe. Topics: ShipInSpace space tourism company in the UK and their 48 passenger spacecraft. 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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.
We welcomed Rob Lowe to the program to introduce us to and discuss ShipInSpace, a new entry in the suborbital space tourism industry. During the first segment of our 1 hour 24 minute program, Mr. Lowe introduced us to ShipInSpace, he described their proposed space tourist flight adventure program, we talked about the vehicle, the entry and reentry g forces, the stacking system for passenger pods and the safety escape system. Rob also described a typical parabolic flight profile for ShipInSpace once it starts operations in five years. Rob answered questions about vehicle safety and certification, their two year passenger training program, the vertical launch and horizontal landing design, the hatch closure and opening procedures, plus the use of space suits for the occupants, and their pricing model which is significantly lower than their competition. Rob also addressed listener questions about ShipInSpace financing, budgets, and the start of ticket sales. Crowd funding was brought up in the financial discussion, our guest was asked about the competition not only from Virgin and XCOR but from other companies in the U.S., Canada, and across Europe. One of our listeners in India wanted to know how ShipInSpace was different from the AXE APOLLO space project.
In the second segment, Rob was asked about choosing one’s pod mates for the flight given each stacked pod had room for four passengers. We also learned that initially the flight frequency would be weekly but that might increase over time. Rob digressed to tell us about his book which is available on Amazon, “The Eccentric Universe.” Remember, if you buy the book using The Space Show/OGLF Amazon portal (instructions are in all show summaries on the website and the blog plus the blog has a specific link to our Amazon portal), Amazon will make a donation to The Space Show/OGLF. His book sounds most interesting so check it out. Later, our guest was asked about the possibility of their using Spaceport America and our guest indicated that it was a possibility, as was the use of spaceports in Europe and elsewhere. Near the end of our discussion, Rob gazed forward with an assessment of the potential of a future space tourism and development industry, then a listener asked them about plans to move toward orbital tourism. We asked our guest about their proposed flight test program, Point to Point transportation, and a few more questions about their competition. The last listener sent in an email saying he was a skeptic and wondered about their Plan B if the marketing survey they are counting on turned out to be invalid. In response he said that the company and the spacecraft were designed to do other types of mission so not to worry. He also cited the demand Mars One has experienced in opening up the application process for their mission as solid evidence of the interest in space tourism and travel.
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DC-X 20th Anniversary Program, Sunday, 5-26-13 May 27, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Cathy Harper, Chris Orwoll, Dan Goldin, DC-X, DC-X 20th Anniversary, DC-X team, DC-XA, Dr. William Gaubatz, hobby rocketry, low cost space access, NASA, National Space Society Archives., New Mexico Museum of Space History, NewSpace, Nino Polizzi, RLV, Smithsonian Institution, Spaceport America, SSTO, X-33, X-37
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DC-X 20th Anniversary Program, Sunday, 5-26-13
Guests: Dr. William Gaubatz, Cathy Harper, Nino Polizzi, Chris Orwoll. Topics: We discussed the DC-X SSTO rocket & its 20th anniversary celebration. 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. William Gaubatz, Cathy Harper, Nino Polizzi, & Chris Orwoll to the program to discuss the 20th anniversary of the DC-X SSTO prototype rocket and the celebration planned for August 16-18 at Spaceport America and the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM. Please visit their website for more information about the celebration and the DC-X: www.dc-xspacequest.org. Our program was 1 hour 38 minutes in one segment. Dr. Gaubatz started off with a DC-X overview and information about the anniversary celebration. Bill was followed by Nino who talked about the DC-X team and participants in the event. He also provided us with his email address for specific follow up per his discussion. Please contact him directly about this program. Next, we talked with Cathy. She provided us with information about the conference, the logistics for the first day at Spaceport America, then the balance of the event in Alamogordo at the NM Museum of Space History. We talked about the International Space Hall of Fame and the first ever team induction to the Hall of Fame. The listeners and I asked several questions about a team induction and Cathy and then later the other guests explained the idea behind a team induction in addition to telling us who the DC-X team members were, including specific companies/contractors for the project. Chris Orwoll spoke about the museum and its new relationship with the Smithsonian Institution as it is now a Smithsonian Affiliate. We talked about the benefits for the NM museum with this new relationship. Chris outlined new museum plans for the NewSpace addition with the DC-X SpaceQuest exhibit. Listeners asked many questions via email and by telephone. Jack from VA called in with questions about the team and the government contracting method used with DC-X. Dave Ketchum called in to talk about the impact of DC-X on hobby rocketry. Several listeners email in questions about why DC-X was cancelled, the politics of it, and one wanted to know who designed the aeroshell for the rocket. Montana John emailed in asking about the payload mass fraction to the GTOW of the vehicle. Chris also talked more about the museum and its plans, funding plans, and development already underway. Listeners and the guests did spend time talking about the politics of the DC-X, SSTO, and low cost launches to LEO, along with the politics of it all then and now. One question asked our guests had to do with why there was so much support & interest for DC-X 20 years after the project was cancelled. Don’t miss our guest responses. Toward the end, our guests summarized the conference logistics and plans for the DC-X celebration. Chris and Cathy then told us that the museum had been selected to house the NSS archives. This is important so listen to what they had to say. If you have NSS or L5 archives, please contact them or the curator per their instructions.
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Jim Muncy, Sunday, 1-20-13 January 21, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: 2013 Congress, Atlas 5, Bigelow Aerospace, BLEO, Boeing CST 100, budget cuts, Cis Lunar Gateway, Commercial Crew, commercial launch indemnification, commercial space, Falcon Heavy, FY 13 NASA budget, human spaceflight, ISS, ITAR, James Webb Space Telescope, Jim Muncy, NASA, New Mexico spaceport liability issues, Orion, PoliSpace, sequestration, SLS, space advocacy, space race, Spaceport America, tort reform, U.S. space policy, Virgin Galactic, weather satellites
Jim Muncy, Sunday, 1-20-13
Guest: Jim Muncy. Topics: Comprehensive space policy & commercial space 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 Jim Muncy back to the show for this comprehensive space policy and commercial space two hour plus discussion. While many topics overlapped both segments and we went back and forth on several topics, this summary will be a two part summary. Jim started the discussion with a look at new space legislation kicking off the year. After a short summary of several items and their impact on commercial space, we talked about the makeup of the new Congress and how it might view civil and commercial space. Jim then started addressing specific projects including Orion and its expansion to include ESA, SLS, the Boeing CST100, Atlas 5, and more. A listener asked about the Space Settlement Act and the Space Foundation Pioneering White Paper. We then turned our attention to Cis-lunar space as a commercial gateway and Jim mentioned new commercial opportunities such as Golden Spike. We also talked about the recent study on NASA by the National Academies. Other topics included the need to do exploration, to take risks and NASA acting more like the old NACA with aviation. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was brought up by a caller and we started talking about large program expenses as compared to smaller, less costly, & more frequent programs that fly much more often. In response to another listener, Jim said SLS was not in competition for funds with commercial crew as one was near term & the other long term. Falcon Heavy was brought up, especially as an alternative to SLS.
In our second segment, Jim was asked about how best to influence congress. Later on, Jim was asked to comment on the liability indemnification issue surrounding Spaceport America & Virgin Galactic. Our domestic economic situation came up many times in both segments but in this segment, it was applied to problems with our weather satellite system & infrastructure needs as opposed to flying missions. This included mention of the Hurricane Sandy relief package just passed by Congress. Other issues talked about included the aerospace skilled workforce, parochial congressional interests, the NASA bureaucracy, & the role of space advocacy.
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Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12 January 1, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Neil Armstrong, " SpaceX, 3 D Printing, Arianne 5, Atlas 5, Boeing CST 100, Chinese Space Program, CubeSat, Curiosity, cyber warfare, Dragon, economics, EML2 missions, entrepreneurial space, ESA, Falcon 9. , Falcon Heavy, Golden Spike, human spaceflight, IAC in Beijing, ISDC, ISS, ITAR modification, Japanese space program, Jesco von Puttkamer, liability laws, lunar base, Mars one, Messenger, MSL, NASA budget, NewSpace Business Plan Competition, North Korean space program, NSS, on orbit fuel depots, Planetary Resources, Reda Anderson, Russian launchers, sequestration, SLS, space capsules, Space Review for 2012, space robotics, Space Settlement Act of 1988, space settlement policy, space shuttles, Spaceport America, Stratolaunch, suborbital flights, Tom Olson, ULA, Virgin, Warp Drive, winged spacecraft, XCOR
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Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12
2012 Year End Review & Analysis for Space Development
Guest: Tom Olson. Topics: The year 2012 is reviewed from the space perspective and we look forward to space development in 2013. 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 Tom Olson for his annual Space Show year in review analysis with a look forward to 2013 for space development. We started our discussion by remembering those in our space community that are no longer with us. We specifically mentioned three dear friends though we know that others have also left us. Our program was dedicated to Neil Armstrong, Jesco von Puttkamer, and Reda Anderson. We certainly miss our friends but space development marches on like everything else in life. A few of the early issues Tom brought up in the 2012 annual overview of space included the Falcon 9 launches and Dragon missions. He also talked about ISDC and birthing of Dragon during the keynote by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. While on the subject of SpaceX and its mission to the ISS, Paul sent in a question asking if SpaceX dropping out of the Stratolauncher project indicated that perhaps they had “bitten off more than they could chew.” Tom and I have no inside information about SpaceX and Stratolaunch but we both thought that Paul’s comment was reasonable as SpaceX is certainly busy enough with game changing projects & technology. Cubesats were discussed given their rise in popularity and importance in 2012. It seems as if their potential is more than on the rise! Cubesat growth also cuts across many diverse space industry segments and niche markets. Bev asked about the future of 3-D printing and its potential impact on future human spaceflight (HSF). 3-D printing is certainly experiencing space industry growth & there will soon be a small 3-D printer on the ISS. Heavy lift came up and much was said about the Falcon Heavy and SLS, both looking back over 2012 & forward to 2013.
In our second segment, I asked if fuel depots would evolve from the Power Point & rhetoric stage to something more tangible in 2013. We talked about depots as many of the projects announced in 2012 use depot technology to enable their plan. Tom talked about warp drive becoming more possible due to the 2012 work of Dr. Sonny White. Dr. White will be a guest on The Space Show Friday, January 4, 2013. Tom next brought up NASA budget issues & possible cuts. He talked about science mission cuts, the JWST, and on the HSF side, SLS eating up much of the budget with commercial crew still needing funding. I asked Tom how he thought space advocacy made out during 2012. Mixed was a one word summary of this discussion. Next, we talked about space settlement being made part of the U.S. space policy in 2013. Tom went over the pros & cons surrounding this effort. Doug called in about space settlement & I referred him to earlier programs with Steve Wolfe who authored the Space Settlement Act of 1988 which is part of public law. Tom said space settlement was SLS dependent & that makes the potential policy controversial to many space enthusiasts since many oppose SLS. Tom said 2012 was a good year for new commercial space grandiose missions such as Golden Spike, Planetary Resources, Mars One, a lunar base, Shackleton Energy, even EML2 missions. He kept asking the questions regarding objectives, who pays, the reasons for the missions, and more. He said most of these missions rely on some form of large launcher, either the Falcon Heavy SLS. Tom talked about ITAR reform that has been signed by both houses of Congress & is applicable to the U.S. satellite industry. Human rating of the Atlas came up for a 2012 progress report, then Dave in San Antonio inquired about cyber warfare & the space industry in 2012 & the future. 2012 marked the year the space shuttles went on display in museums & Tom talked about the Russian space program investments for modernization over the coming decade. He also talked about other national space programs. Near the end of our program, we brought up the Spaceport America liability issue & the risks facing the New Mexico spaceport. Tom updated us for 2013 on the NewSpace Business Plan Competition & his work with the Exodus Group for space business consulting.
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 12-6-11 December 7, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Air Force flyback booster contract, Armadillo Aerospace, bisphosphonates, bone loss in space, California nuclear power plants, disposable rockets, Droid podcast issues, Earthlike planet Kepler-22b, expendable rockets, faster than light travel, first stage ocean recovery, flyback booster, Kepler Space Telescope, LEO & GEO orbital recovery/repair., neutrinos, Open Lines, photons., planet detection methods, Spaceport America, tachyons, The John Batchelor Show
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 12-6-11
Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Bone loss issues, Droid podcast suggestions, bisphosphonates in space, reusability, flyback boosters. 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. The Space Show/OGLF is now engaged in its annual fundraising drive. Please see & act upon our appeal at http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/space-show-2011-fundraising-campaign. During the announcement part of the program at the beginning, I talked about another Droid podcast possible solution from a listener using the DoggCatcher app. I also mentioned recent general press articles about success being claimed with the use of bisphosphonates to stop bone loss in space: www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2011/12/06/osteoporosis-drugs-helped-astronauts-scientists-say.html. As mentioned on the air, I’m on the nationally syndicated radio show, The John Batchelor Show, tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6:30-6:45 PM PST discussing this as co-host with John. The expert guest is Dr. John Jurist, a lifetime member of the aerospace medical association and one of the early researchers on this issue back when NASA was starting such research. You can hear us live at www.wabcradio.com/article.asp?id=531472. If you miss the live stream, the segment will be archived the next day at John’s website, http://johnbatchelorshow.com. For your information, I typically do the Wednesday evening segment at either 6:30 PM or at 6:45 PM PST. I am often on air alone with John but sometimes I bring in an expert to discuss a specific topic such as tonight with Dr. Jurist. I also went over my December schedule for programming as my travel plans to Los Angeles are now known as are Space Show plans for the balance of the year. Our first caller was Jeff from the UK who wanted to talk mostly about the new Earth-like planet that Kepler has found, the Kepler-22b. We also talked about faster than light travel, the recent neutrino experiment, photons, and more. Charles was the next caller and we talked more about the new planet found by the Kepler Space Telescope. Charles mentioned the two planet finding methods, the transit and the wobble methods. He also mentioned Armadillo Aerospace and their recent success with the STIGA A launch vehicle. You can read about it and see the video at www.rlvnews.com. Scroll down to this headline: STIG A – another video + recovery info. In the next segment, Tim called in with questions about the Air Force contract for the flyback booster which went to Lockheed and will use Spaceport America. This prompted quite a discussion on reusability, flyback boosters and their payload penalties, ocean recovery for the first stage, and expendable, renewable, and disposable rockets. Our caller also inquired about nuclear power and the plan to do a ballot initiative in California to shut down the California nuclear power plants though they generate 16% of California’s electrical power. John from Atlanta called in to talk about ocean recovery, the faster than light experiment and his thoughts that tachyons provide a reasonable explanation for the faster than light experiment. During the program, we also discussed on orbit repair for both LEO and GEO satellites and what the future might hold for such efforts. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog URL above.