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Michael Annis, Friday, 10-10-14 October 11, 2014

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Michael Annis, Friday, 10-10-14

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Guest:  Michael Annis.  Topics:  We discussed is podcasts re http://spacerockethistory.com on the history of space & rocketry.  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 http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.   For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Michael Annis to the program to discuss his series of space & rocket history podcasts at http://spacerockethistory.com.  During the first segment, Mike told us about his background, being inspired by Apollo, and being a strong space enthusiasts going forward.  He strives for one podcast weekly.  Visit http://spacerockethistory.com/?page_id=344 for his timeline for existing podcasts with the newest on top.  Note that he started his series with his first podcast covering “Ancient Rocketry:  Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.”  As you will hear, he is still covering the Gemini program as his podcasts represent a detailed oral history in chronological order of events & missions that happened.  He does cover Soviet events plus events & rockets from other nations as applicable.  His sources are referenced in the podcasts but he does have a Source page, http://spacerockethistory.com/?page_id=27.  For this segment, we started at the beginning, talked about the history of rocketry and our space program.  One thing that I liked was his mention of the Flying Steam Powered Pigeon by Archtytas about 428 BC (see http://kotsanas.com/gb/exh.php?exhibit=2001001).  Listeners asked Mike questions about NewSpace, the Saturn V rocket, and for his favorite missions.  In this segment, Mike talked about the space interest of his students & their knowledge level of space history which was not good.

In the second segment, Mike mentioned Newton’s laws, especially his Third Law of Motion, especially action-reaction as he said rockets were based on this.  Our guest was asked about Mars as the focus and goal of human spaceflight and if he thought the US would likely lead a humans to Mars mission.  Another listener asked him about failures and he mentioned what he called a Flopnic, the Vanguard TV3 launch and the Soviet R7 rocket.  When asked about challenges to our space program, he cited budget problems.  We talked about the U.S. private sector which he supports.  Mike told us how to get his podcasts as they are available on iTunes and Stitcher.  Near the end of our program, Mike was asked about the Moon-Mars debate and his thoughts on the overall condition of our human spaceflight program.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach Mike Annis using the Contact tab on his website.

Leland Melvin, Friday, 10-3-14 October 4, 2014

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Leland Melvin, Friday, 10-3-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2328-BWB-2014-10-03.mp3

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Guest:  Leland Melvin.  Topics:  Spaceship Earth Grant contest, The Overview Effect, space exploration, STEM.  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 http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin to the program to discuss Spaceship Earth Grants (SEG) (www.spaceshipearthgrants.com) as Leland is the president of the organization.  This program was a one hour show so there was no break as we had just one segment.  Mr. Melvin started out by telling us about SEG which he said was formed to do good in the world.  He talked about their contest for raising money to send people to space so that they will experience an orbital shift in perception (The Overview Effect) and upon return, do work and good with this new perspective of Earth.  They want this new perspective shared with others for the benefit of all.  He talked about the application for the contest and the fee structure which you will find fully explained on their website so see the above URL.  Leland explained that this was a crowd funding program though not like others that use specific crowd funding program such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo.  We also learned from a listener question that the contest winners will choose their own carrier for going to space and will need to comply with the rules & conditions set by that particular carrier.  Later, he mentioned that they would have a spaceflight training academy but details would not be announced until later in October.  The contest involves paying a fee which is on a sliding scale, submitting a video and writing an essay on why you want to go space.  I asked our guest why the average person needs to go to space.  Leland spent some time responding to this question so don’t miss this crucial discussion.  Leland was asked if students on a global bases seemed interested & inspired by space when he spoke to them.  He said yes & told us a great story about what happened with a Brooklyn student who slept through his talk.  We talked about international space cooperation, specifically with the Russians even when our non-space relationship with Russia was at a low point.  Regarding their contest, Leland talked about some of the benefits early adopters get by filling out an application, submitting the video, essay, and fee.  A listener asked if they would market their space flights for adventure as do the space tourism companies or are they only going after the change in perspective & Overview Effect benefits.  I asked Leland if he had experienced the Overview Effect on his two Atlantis flights. The same question was asked about his astronaut peers.  Leland had much to say in response to this question because when he went to space, he was not familiar with the Overview Effect but told us that what he experienced was the Overview Effect without putting a name to it.  Later in the program, we discussed SEG being founded on the principles of Muhammad Yunis, then Leland was asked by Kristin if SEG would focus on space settlement as well as tourism.  We learned that the organization was accepting applications from 156 countries.  In his summary, our guest talked about civilizations coming together through space, the orbital shift in perspective by just being in space, and the need to fund STEM programs/students.

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Ken Murphy, Tuesday, 7-15-14 July 16, 2014

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Ken Murphy, Tuesday, 7-15-14

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Guest:  Ken Murphy.  Topics:  Cislunar sci-fi movies, space commerce & economics, due diligence, Boy Scouts & 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed back Ken Murphy for a wide ranging discussion on multiple space topics including cislunar films, space economics & due diligence, capital acquisition, Boy Scouts & more.  In the first segment of our 1 hour 29 minute program, Ken talked about Cislunar Cinema which he also wrote for The Space Review (see http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2518/1.  We went through several of the films in his article but also others. We talked about foreign films, Hollywood focusing on special effects, and movie trends.  He suggested several films for us to find and view.  Next, we talked about the Boy Scouts Space Exploration Merit Badge (see http://thespacereview.com/article/2552/1.  Later, we talked about commercial space.  Ken pointed out there is still a serious lack of adequate capital for the emerging industry.  He mentioned the need for something like crowd source equity funding and he talked about supportive legislation such as the Jobs Act though the rules are not yet in place.  We talked about recent successes such as Skybox, Google, etc.  Our guest had interesting comments about these events.  He then told us stories where people told him NASA and HSF was being disassembled.  Listen to what he had to say about general population views.

In the second segment, we talked about the Dallas Moon Day which takes place at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field this Saturday, 10-5 PM.  He talked about STEM outreach, the kids getting space gift bags, the events, lectures, etc.  Ken got a listener question about the Google Lunar XPrize on which he had much to say.  Ken was then asked about various lunar commercial projects.  We talked due diligence for space projects including financial and market analysis plus assumption making..  This brought our guest to talk about general economic trends in the country and he said we were “still in a looting mode.”  After an interesting economic discussion, we turned our attention to the Moon Society (www.themoonsociety.org).  I asked Ken about the NRC Pathways HSF study with the goal of Mars.  Ken explained the Moon first position and said the real goal should be to explore the solar system, not just go to Mars.  Before closing, Ken told us about EML1, the Earth-Moon Lagrange 1.  For more information here, visit http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2033/1.  As we were closing, Ken had important comments to say about STEM and told us about his work on the Solar System Cinema.

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Greg Cecil, Friday, 6-27-14 June 28, 2014

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Greg Cecil, Friday, 6-27-14

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Guest:  Greg Cecil.  Topics: STEM for Middle School students, human spaceflight, Mars & 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Greg Cecil back to the program for this 1 hour 37 minute discussion.  During our first segment, Greg summarized his space shuttle experience when working on the thermal protection system at KSC, talked about keeping in touch with former shuttle employees and letting us know that in his opinion, shuttle was retired too early.  After the shuttle program was closed down, Greg began consulting and teaching science to middle school students.  He talked about the difference in a public inner city school as compared to teaching in a private school.  His observations are important, especially about parent involvement  & support in the student’s education.  Greg devised space related projects for the students & created scientific experiments to fly with the J.P. Aerospace high altitude balloon flights.  Greg described some of the experiments and the benefits in working with John Powell of J.P. Aerospace.  We talked about the impact of the flights and making the payloads.  I asked if the impact will remain with them as they go through school, possibly in selecting a space or science education and career.  Greg also attended the recent Explore Mars Humans2Mars Conference and here he offered us many valuable observations.  Listen to what he had to say about NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden’s talk, then later the talk given by NewSpace advocate and co-founder of the Space Frontier Foundation, Rick Tumlinson.  The differences between the two talks and approaches led to Greg’s conversion to being a NewSpace proponent.  Greg talked about SpaceX and suggested it was risky for any one company to be the face of NewSpace, either intentionally or by chance.

In the second segment, Greg talked about the movie, “I want To Be An Astronaut.”  Doug emailed in a comment based on our first segment discussion given Greg’s comment about NASA budgets being tight & being a show stopper for grandiose HSF missions such as those to Mars & as reported in the NRC Pathways HSF study.  Greg responded to Doug, then I let got with one of my infamous rants directed not just at Doug but we space enthusiasts in general for having lousy communication skills.  In this instance, my rant was about Doug focusing on technology and never ever making the case for the WHY or the need to do what he suggested in his question.  Greg then spoke to the importance of knowing your customer, congressman, market, and effectively communicating the WHY & the NEED.  Later, after the rant and aftermath of the volcanic eruption, Greg spoke to how best to approach members of congress and state legislatures.  We then talked about the RD-180 engine, SLS, & HSF spaceships.  As our discussion was ending, Greg pointed out the risks associated with putting all our HSF eggs in one basket and one company.  He closed by saying never give up plus he provided his email address at the end of the show.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog.  You can reach Greg through me or the address he gave out on air as the show was ending.

Kevin Sloan, Friday, 6-6-14 June 7, 2014

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Kevin Sloan, Friday, 6-6-14

Mars Society University Rover Challenge

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Guest: Kevin Sloan.  Topics: 2014 Mars Society University Rover Challenge.  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 http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.   For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Kevin Sloan back to the program to discuss the 8th year of competition for the Mars Society University Rover Challenge.  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Kevin said that the 2014 completion was the biggest ever with 31 teams of which 23 made it to Hanksville, UT for the competition.  He noted that the competition takes place in the Utah desert near MDRS and Hanksville, Utah.  Kevin went over the rules and guidelines during this segment, the financial limits on the rover teams, the tasks the rovers had to do, especially in comparison to last year’s competition, the way the rovers have to be driven by their team driver, and what happens if a team has to physically intervene to resolve a rover problem once the rover has started its mission.  We did talk about the international makeup of the teams, including this year having a team from Bangladesh and Cairo.  Also, the same team from Poland as last year, Hyperion, won first place this year as well.  You can see the list of winners by visiting http://urc.marssociety.org/home and looking at the congratulations box on the home page.  Kevin talked about the global interest in robotics and the way the competition has grown over its 8 year history.  Doug called in asking lots of questions but he also wanted to know about the prizes and if the prizes served as the incentive to enter the contest.  In this discussion we talked about the importance of STEM & Kevin described in details the tasks the rovers had to complete and how they were scored.

In the second segment, we talked more about what happens with a breakdown and I asked if any teams complete the tasks without a breakdown. We also talked about the availability of spare parts out in the desert, then Sally asked about the team demographics and diversity.  More questions came in about repairs, then Kevin was asked about the desert terrain. He said it differs each year depending on rain and weather. This year the desert sand was very course and rough on the rovers, probably because of the large amounts of rain in the area during the year.  A question came in asking if the rovers had to be Mars compatible, what kind of wheels or tires they used, and if there was common frame or other technology among all the rovers.

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David Ruck, Friday, 5-2-14 May 3, 2014

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David Ruck, Friday, 5-2-14

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Guest:   David Ruck.  Topics:  We discussed his film project, “I Want To Be An Astronaut” & why our space program is important.  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 http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed independent film maker David Ruck to the program to discuss his new film, “I Want To Be An Astronaut.”  During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Mr. Ruck talked about his own background and he came to seeing the importance of NASA and being an astronaut so he decided to do a documentary type film on the subject.  He describes how he selected Blair to be the subject of the film as the crew follows Blair and his space interests through high school into his enrollment and taking the oath for entering the Naval Academy.  He also made the point of saying he was not a space advocate at the time he was making the film but that this was a learning process for him and he certainly is an advocate now.  Note that he has a focus on NASA and our public space program which he repeated many times over as being owned by we the people so we can & should demand better and expect more.  He repeated over and over again that space travel and work is a public benefit.  He also spoke about the need for better STEM programming and results and held the film’s star, Blair, up to the light as a an example for not only STEM but for showing the value of space to everyone he comes in contact with out in the public.  Mr. Ruck talked about our national and individual priorities, all the time making the case for space.  The film has a website, http://www.theastronautfilm.com which I recommend you visit for more information, to set up local screenings and topic discussions plus lots more.  the Director’s Blog is on the website but David also spoke about the website Tumblr and blogs, http://sagansense.tumblr.com and astronautfilm.tumblr.com.  One of the questions asked our guest was about there being a separate space track at the Naval Academy.  While David did not know, he did suggest that up to 50% of the Midshipmen were interested in going to space.

In the second segment, we talked more on STEM, robotics, and science.  David talked about his process in his area for capitalizing on student robotic interests, highlighting First Robotics.  A listener asked about the film’s length which is under 40 minutes.  David said it was specifically made with film festivals in mind and that being 40 minutes or under was a requirement.  I asked him about the role of Cecil Gregory in the film as Cecil has been a Space Show guest in the past.  David had much to say about Greg’s STEM work and we talked about his newly acquired support for NewSpace and the commercial space industry.  His take away for our discussion was “Always Do Your Best,” something he learned from Blair while making this film.

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Patrick Ritchie, Monday, 3-31-14 April 1, 2014

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Patrick Ritchie, Monday, 3-31-14

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Guest: Patrick Ritchie.  Subject:  South by Southwest event in Austin, TX and the space & science event components.  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 http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Patrick Ritchie to the program to discuss the space and tech components of the South by Southwest (SXSW) event held each March in Austin, TX.  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Patrick introduced us to South by Southwest, the Interactive segment which is what space and tech are part of plus the larger event component, music.  As you will hear, the music side of  SXSW is by far larger with upwards of more than 150,000 attending while around 30,000 attend Interactive.  Patrick discussed some of the Interactive and specific space keynotes plus some of the space tracks at the event.  Patrick sent me several links to the space and tech Interactive components, including the Snowden keynote.  You can get more on this content by using these URLs:  Google Lunar X-Prize Panel:  http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP24530; Kerbal Space Program
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_OE03288;  Planetary protection
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP22997; Live with the ISS
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP25456; James Webb & Kepler
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP17180; User experience @ NASA
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP18449; & Snowden
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIhS9aB-qgU.  Patrick addressed SXSW networking opportunities, gaming with specific attention on Kerbal Space.

In the second segment, we talked about Austin’s similarities to Silicon Valley, venture capital, innovation and the Austin culture, the University of Texas role in these areas, and the overall space awareness level of the Austin technology area plus the general population.  Listeners asked our guest about the Brownsville SpaceX spaceport proposal as well as their rocket testing site and the Blue Origins Texas location.  Tony called in regarding the talk by Elon Musk.  Patrick even got a question about the new Texas football coach!  More was said about the gaming part of the event and the Kerbal Space game.  We then talked about the Las Vegas SXSW V2V for start-ups and innovative businesses.  As the program was ending, Patrick fielded questions about Canadians and the Canadian Space Program.

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Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA, Friday, 8-23-13 August 24, 2013

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Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA, Friday, 8-23-13

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Guest:  Dr. Sandra Magnus.  Topics:  The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), AIAA conferences, human spaceflight. 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 Dr. Sandra Magnus, the new AIAA Executive Director, to the show to discuss AIAA with us, their conferences, and much more.  Please visit the AIAA website for more information, www.aiaa.org.  During this one hour program, Dr. Magnus talked about AIAA reorganization using forums for grouping the space conferences and work carried out by the organization.  As we learned, AIAA is revitalizing the development and presentation of AIAA conferences and exhibitions in support of the AIAA mission. You can read about this new focus at www.aiaa.org/Forums/?terms=forums.  Listeners asked about the peer review process for papers being submitted to AIAA conferences, we talked about AIAA educational outreach efforts, especially for STEM matters.  Listeners wanted to know if AIAA backed projects, if the organization lobbied for space policy, and if it was an advocacy organization.  Dr. Magnus took us through the AIAA policy on these issues which did clarify AIAA positions and policy. We also talked about a blurring of the lines with defense and space policy issues and their efforts in helping to accomplish ITAR reform as an educational 501C3 organization.  Dr. Magnus was asked about the planned commercial Mars missions, SLS, commercial space, and more. Don’t miss what she had to say abut all of these projects.  We talked about the upcoming Space 2013 Conference in San Diego (www.aiaa.org/SPACE2013).  Dr. Magnus highlighted keynote speakers, the Pickering Lecture on Curiosity, the NASA asteroid mission, and their Exhibit Hall.  I will be at the conference so if you are there, please look for me as I value meeting Space Show listeners in person.  Another topic of interest included the local AIAA sections and their monthly meetings.  You can find out about the local sections closest to you at www.aiaa.org/RegionSectionMap.aspx?id=14958.  Near the end of our discussion, I asked our guest about her experiences as an astronaut, being on board the ISS for 4.5 months, microgravity bone and muscle loss issues, exercising while on the ISS, and concern about riding the shuttle and the SRBs.  Dr. Magnus also did some real cooking in space and she shared some of her space cooking know how and experiences with us but unfortunately, no recipes.

If you have comments/questions, please post them on The Space Show blog.  If you have AIAA conference or other questions, send them to me and I will forward them to someone who can provide you with an answer.  See you in San Diego!

 

Blaze Sanders, Friday, 8-9-13 August 10, 2013

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Blaze Sanders, Friday, 8-9-13

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Guest:  Blaze Sanders.  Topics: Solar System Express Gravity Development Board, Do It Yourself Space, NASA Internships.  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 Blaze Sanders to the program to discuss Solar System Express (SOL-X at www.solarsystemexpress.com).  During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, Blaze introduced us to his company, SOL-X, and we talked at length about their Gravity Development Board (GDB) in its various models and configurations.  In talking about the GDB, Blaze also talked about similar products on the market comprising their competition, explaining why his company believes the GDB has distinct advantages over the other products leading to marketing and positioning benefits for the GDB.  We talked about many terrestrial as well as space applications, the difference between space tolerant and space rated hardware, costs, ease of use and programming, and much more.  Blaze took calls and emails from listeners including one about space debris mitigation as well as space skydiving since the company is working on a GDB controlled space skydiving suit.  We also talked about the GLXP contestants, ArduSat on the ISS, and the GDB’s clock speed compared to the competition.

In the second segment, Blaze talked about his path from school into the space world. This path included a NASA internship and then getting involved in the NASA Cooperative Education Program, all of which is part of the NASA Pathways Program.  If these programs interest you, take note of what our guest had to say and initiate contact with the relevant NASA program.  Blaze suggested checking out this website, https://intern.nasa.gov.  Other topics that came up focused on hacker workshops, STEM, human spaceflight missions to Mars, lunar human missions, and crowd funding.  He suggested one use for the GDB on a humans to Mars mission might be entertainment, movies, pictures, etc. shown during the flight, all the time getting new information from the ground as long as they had the right USB type of connection on the mission.  Be sure to listen to this idea as entertainment on a HSF to Mars is not normally discussed, at least not on The Space Show (so far at least).  As part of his closing comments, Blaze suggested that space needs to be open to everyone, far more than just engineers and scientists. He talked about artists and other fields.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above.  You can email Blaze through their website or me.

 

Dr. Paul Spudis, Sunday, 7-21-13 July 22, 2013

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Dr. Paul Spudis, Sunday, 7-21-13

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Guest:  Dr. Paul Spudis.  Topics:  Space policy, testifying before congress, asteroid missions, RTM, and 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed back Dr. Paul Spudis, Senior Staff Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, to discuss U.S. civil space policy, testifying before congress, NASA asteroid missions, returning to the Moon, ISRU for both the Moon and Mars, and much more.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 41 minute discussion, Dr. Spudis provided us with an overview of our current civil space program and the history behind how this program developed over the last 50 plus years.  We talked about space visions, destinations, fiscal issues, innovation, & more.  Dr. Spudis also talked about his testimony before the House Science Committee which you can read as well as see on the video on his site, www.spudislunarresources.com.  Many listeners asked questions about providing congressional testimony and what our guest thought of the committee members and their interest in what the invited guests were telling them.  Paul also submitted a human spaceflight statement to the NAS for their human spaceflight study. You can find the links to his submitted paper and the NAS results so far on his website or go to the NAS site directly at www8.nationalacademies.org/aseboutreach/publicviewhumanspaceflight.aspx.    Other topics during this segment included our civil space policy & those making policy, congressional authorizations, SLS & Orion, NASA asteroid missions, & NewSpace.

We started the second segment with a listener call about lunar ISRU and multiple uses for the same lander for the Moon and Mars.  A listener asked Paul to elaborate on why he was not supportive of the NASA asteroid missions which he said were similar to PR stunts.  A listener asked about blame & accountability between Congress and the NASA Administrator.  Don’t miss what our guest had to say about each & their role.  Doug called to talk about cislunar architecture & transportation.  I asked our guest about creating a type of business plan to prioritize the steps needed for implementation to establish the space policy favored by our guest. Don’t miss this discussion.  Another listener asked our guest for his opinions on the Inspiration Mars and Mars One proposed missions.  We also talked about the impact of high quality computer graphics on space policy, the difference in interest and focus from the Apollo era to now, & the importance of space advocacy.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. Dr. Spudis can be reached through his website.

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