Tags: advanced technology, asteroids, Breakthrough Science, Buzz Aldrin, Dave Dressler, Dr. Stan Rosen, Emerging Space Applications, ISDC 2013, ISDC 2013 tours, ISDC Confirmed Tracks, ISDC speakers, Mars, NSS, NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement., space commerce, space education outreach, SSP, transhumanism
Dr. Stan Rosen, Dave Dressler on ISDC 2013, Tuesday, 5-14-13
Guests: Dr. Stan Rosen, Dave Dressler. Topics: The upcoming NSS ISDC 2013 conference, space education, commerce, human exploration, science, & 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. Stan Rosen and for the first time, Dave Dressler, ISDC 2013 Chair, to talk about the upcoming ISDC 2013 event to be held in La Jolla, CA from May 23-27, and much more. For more ISDC 2013 information, visit their website, http://isdc.nss.org/2013. To find out more about the NSS and join, visit www.nss.org. During our first segment of this 1 hour 44 minute program, Dr. Rosen focused on the reorganization of NSS management and programming, NSS membership, and other changes having taken place in the organization. Dave then started explaining the logistics for the conference including hotels and conference registration, plus the available tours in the San Diego region per conference arrangements and reservations. As for ISDC 2013 content, I asked about social events and we talked about the Saturday night costume (your choice) party and the networking plus open bar before each evening meal/program. During this segment, Dave went into detail about the tours one can go on when registered for the conference. We also talked about ISDC PR, local San Diego media, and much more. We highlighted key speakers and scheduled events. You can see the list of all the speakers confirmed to date at http://isdc.nss.org/2013/speakers-all.shtml.
In our second segment, we talked about specific sessions and speakers based on the Confirmed Tracks page on the ISDC website, http://isdc.nss.org/2013/tracks.shtml. As you can see and hear, topics covered this year are cutting edge space development, commerce, policy, and exploration topics. We highlighted a few of the tracks including Asteroids, Breakthrough Science & Advanced Space Technology Concepts, Emerging Space Applications, SSP, the NSS Roadmap, and Transhumanism. During this segment, the 7th grader I have spoken about on other programs sent me his list of interview questions which I read on the air as an example of why we need NSS and others in terms of education outreach. Both of our guests and a caller talked about the questions plus how best to carry out space education outreach for all grade levels to adults. We talked more about the big Saturday evening party, the band, and the social networking of the event. Our two guests each provided us with closing comments.
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Robert Sackheim, Monday, 4-1-13 April 2, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Saturn V, " SpaceX, Areas 5, Ares 1, Atlas 5, Bigelow, boosters, chemical propulsion, commercial space, Constellation, cubesats, Delta 4, electric propulsion, Falcon 9. , Falcon Heavy, fuel depots, GEO orbital satellites, Golden Spike, high speed rail, human spaceflight, hybrid rocket engines, Inspiration Mars, international space venture cooperation, liquid rocket engines, lunar space elevator., NACA, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, NewSpace, North Korean rockets, nuclear propulsion, public/private partnerships, Robert Sackheim, robotic missions, rocket propulsion, Russian rocket engines, satellite propulsion, SLS, solid rocket boosters, space advocacy, Space Shuttle, space tourism, spaceports, SSP, TRW Corp.
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Robert Sackheim, Monday, 4-1-13
Guest: Robert (Bob) Sackheim. Topics: Commercial space, propulsion, U.S. space policy & 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 Robert Sackheim to the program to discuss NASA, commercial space, the current state of rocket propulsion and advancements in the field. During our first segment of this 1 hour 47 minute discussion, Mr. Sackheim talked about his background and experience at TRW, NASA MSFC, and his current consulting. I asked him several questions about the current state of rocket propulsion. Bob had much to say about this, focusing on chemical rocket propulsion, satellite propulsion, electric propulsion, and the need for nuclear propulsion. He talked about booster rockets, various rocket stages and their propulsion, rocket engines, and even SRBs. Several questions came in asking him if we had the current technology for HSF to Mars or even the Inspiration Mars flyby mission talked about so much in the recent press. Listeners wanted to know if our current levels of propulsion were up to the task. After a rather thorough propulsion discussions, Bob turned to commercial space, lowering total space mission costs, regulatory policy, and commercial spaceports. He also talked about budget issues and raised the question a few times as to why ten NASA centers were needed given their often overlapping, competitive, and duplicate work.
In our second segment, commercial space took the lead with a discussion on public/private partnerships & the belief that Americans can do anything if we set our mind to it, including space travel. Of course here the problem as we know lies in leadership and today it appears that leadership in space & other areas is sparse at best. Bob then focused on geo satellites and the increasing development and capabilities applicable to cubesats. HSF came up for discussion as did the robotic missions. You might be surprised by what our guest had to say about HSF. Other issues in this segment included the lunar space elevator, the congressional and NASA track record in canceling ongoing projects & taking lessons from history, SSP, & ways to reform & move NASA forward. Bob spoke about evolving toward the old NACA model. I asked about the impact of space advocacy from his perspective given his leadership experience and past positions in leading organizations and projects. We also asked him about space tourism and hybrid rocket engines. He had much to say about hybrids, don’t miss the discussion. Bob talked about the Falcon rockets, testing including static fire tests, and SRBs as related to the Constellation project and safety. Toward the end, our guest was asked about NewSpace, fuel depots, & cryo transfer. For closing comments, he talked about commercial space being the way to go & the path to our space future.
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Dr. John Hunter, Monday, 2-18-13 February 19, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, alternative space access, chemical rockets, cubesat launch system, Dr. John Hunter, EML1, fuel depots, gas gun demo launch, gas gun installed costs, HARP gun, hydrogen gas gun, impulse launch, Kickstarter., Microwave propulsion, QuickLaunch, spaceports, SSP, terrestrial solar power, Yuma Proving Ground
Dr. John Hunter, Monday, 2-18-13
Guest: Dr. John Hunter. Topics: Hydrogen gas gun technology and capability, microwave propulsion for delivering cargo. 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. John Hunter for a fresh look at hydrogen gas gun propulsion technology and capability, microwave propulsion for delivering propellant and delicate cargo, cubesat launchers, and more. During the first segment of our 85 minute program, Dr. Hunter briefly explained his departure from QuickLaunch and the viability of impulse launch with the hydrogen gas gun. He explained how the hydrogen gas gun works which as you will hear is very simple. Dr. Hunter say that with the gas gun, there could be very high payload fractions into the 20′s. Our guest was asked about total costs for the hydrogen gas gun which he referred to as installed costs. Listeners asked him to describe the physical characteristics of the gun and we talked about how many times it could be used without needing refurbishing of some kind. Dr. Hunter also talked about the high pressures and we compared the gun to the old U.S. Navy battleship 18 inch gun from the WWII era. A listener asked if the gun would make a good weapon. The answer was no. John was asked where the gun might be located and talked about Adak & Kodiak, Alaska plus other possible sites in the Lower 48. Listeners then asked if the Alaskan heavier cold air was a factor in using the gun. We learned that the differences between cold air and warm air were minor.
In our second segment, Dr. Hunter introduced us to microwave propulsion launch. He spent some time describing how microwave launch would work and even talked about using consumer quality magnetrons from microwave ovens. In response to listener questions, he talked about demo launches and a Cal Tech student’s PhD thesis on the subject. Later in the segment, our guest was asked about using an impulse launch system as a cubesat launcher given the rise in popularity along with growing demand for cubesats. Our last discussion topic was the use of Kickstarter for funding emerging and startup space projects. Dr. Hunter said it offered real possibilities and advantages for regular people to participate in space companies and projects, but he also issued a warning for people to be alert to not be taken given the lack of oversight with crowd sourcing funding projects in general.
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Dr. James (Jim) Wertz, Monday, 2-11-13 February 12, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, advanced technology propulsion design, AMSAT, Cassini Resource Exchange, cubesat launcher, cubesats, Dr. James Wertz, drones, interplanetary missions, ISS, launch vehicle reusability, low cost space launch systems, Microcosm, military disaggregation, NASA, on orbit servicing, orbiting fuel depots, orbits, pressure fed systems, Reinventing Space, Reinventing Space Conference, Scorpius launch vehicle, sequestration, SmallSat., space debris, space mission planning, SSP, Surrey Satellite, Trading on Requirements, turbo pump, USC Astronautics
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Dr. James (Jim) Wertz, Monday, 2-11-13
Guest: Dr. James (Jim) Wertz: Topics: Methods for dramatically reducing space mission costs, schedules, & launches. 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. Jim Wertz, President of Microcosm, back to the show to discuss various methods & tools for reducing total space mission costs. Our guest talked about successful programs and tools that have so far contributed to total mission cost reduction. In the first segment of our 1 hour 33 minute program, Dr. Wertz started by defining what he meant by reinventing space. He said this refers to a dramatic reduction in total space mission costs by a factor of 2::10 for schedule related reductions and 2-5 times for space access related costs. Early on he was asked about reducing costs by increasing the launch rate, a common argument heard in various sectors of the space industry. His response might surprise you. Dr. Wertz cited examples to support his comments, specifically Surrey Satellite in the UK (SSTL) as they have been reducing costs successfully for 25 years. He said modern technology must be used. He also pointed us to his Reinventing Space Project with the USC Astronautics Department. Also, he pointed us to these websites for more information, www.smad.com/ie/ieframessr2.html and www.smad.com/ReinventingSpace.html. Dr. Wertz mentioned disaggregation regarding the military using smaller spacecraft and different orbits. He was asked about cubesats and cubesat launchers, the Scorpius launch vehicle, and NanoEye. Jim offered sequestration and budgetary comments and pointed out the difficulty in mission planning and more when the nation continues to operate on CR rather than a budget. He talked about the potential seriousness of the sequestration cuts. In response to questions about the private sector and SAA type agreements, he pointed out that they exclude the smaller, more creative and innovative cutting edge companies as they are often unable to contribute the required financial portion of the agreement. Jim pointed out that the goal was to reduce total mission costs, not just launch costs. He said that the launch cost was not always the most costly component of the mission. As the segment ended, he talked about emergency response and the need for a rapid response, something that is today unavailable.
In the second segment, we talked about the Cassini Resource Exchange as an effective policy that reduced mission costs and enabled an on time project. Don’t miss the details about this program. He again talked about SSTL and pointed out that their attitude is what makes them special & so good. SSTL has pride in reducing mission costs. We don’t have such pride. Dr. Wertz talked about Trading on Requirements and why it is risky. During the first segment, fuel depots were offered up as a possible way to reduce mission costs but Dr. Wertz put them in the marginal category. During this segment, listeners had lots of questions about fuel depots. In fact, it was as if they cared more about their vision and beliefs regarding fuel depots than the overall message Dr. Wertz was putting out. Clearly fuel depots have the attention of space enthusiasts & sectors of the industry no matter what. A listener also asked about advanced propulsion concepts as represented by several companies pushing very advanced designs. Dr. Wertz mentioned that the amateur satellite network could be used to reduce mission costs and talked about the success of AMSAT. More listener questions came in regarding fuel depots, by far the most common discussion and question topic of the day. Jim talked about future programs that may offer economies of scale such as SSP. The last questions came in from Tim regarding our discussion of using pressure fed systems over the use of systems with a turbo pump. He also wanted to know about rocket reusability. Jim’s answers may again surprise you.
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Jim Keravala, Shackleton Energy Co., Friday, 12-14-12 December 15, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: benefit sharing, capital markets, Cislunar space, energy crisis, Geostationary, global economy, infrastructure investment, insitu resource usage, ISS, ITAR, Jim Keravala, Kessler limits, LEO, Moon, Propellant Depots, public/private partnerships, Shackleton Energy Company, Shackleton Energy timelines, Shackleton industrial astronauts, space debris, space finance, SSP, Surrey Satellite, technology transfer, U.S. economy, water ice at lunar poles
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Walt Anderson, Friday, 10-5-12 October 5, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, asteroid mining, Cislunar development, citizen science, commercial space, Dennis Tito, human spaceflight, ISS, Mir Space Station, MirCorp, NanoRacks, NASA, NewSpace, public/private partnerships, robotic space missions, space advocacy, space business management, space habitats, space investment, space investments, space resource allocation, space technology, space tourism, SSP, suborbital, Walt Anderson
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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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