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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.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can contact Patrick Ritchie through me.

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.

Space Show Webinar: Space Education Outreach, Sunday, 7-14-13 July 13, 2013

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Space Show Webinar: Space Education Outreach, Sunday, 7-14-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2048-BWB-2013-07-14.mp3 - Audio

http://vimeo.com/channels/thespaceshow - Video Webinar

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 Guests:  Lynne Zielinski, Christine Nobbe, Barbara David, Dr. John Jurist.  Topics:  Space and STEM Education Outreach.  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 welcome you to this Space Show Webinar featuring a panel discussion on Space and STEM Education Outreach.  In addition to listening to this discussion as a regular audio Space Show program, you can view webinar video at http://vimeo.com/channels/thespaceshow.  Our panel members for this two hour 27 minute webinar presentation included Lynne Zielinski, Christine Nobbe, Barbara David, and Dr. John Jurist with myself as moderator.  Each panel member brought educational expertise to the discussion ranging from teaching in elementary school through the college graduate level plus Space Grant.  During the first hour of our webinar, each panel member made an opening statement as to why space and STEM education was important plus they shared a few highlights pertaining to their respective backgrounds & accomplishments.  As moderator, I asked panel members about science misconceptions and what they have found over time to best deal with issues at the appropriate grade level.  I also asked about funding issues given our panel of teachers referenced some highly effective and amazing student programs that they used over their respective teaching careers.  We talked not only about the programs, but also how to secure funding and for such programs since most funding now comes from outside the school district.  This was a most important discussion, also a very creative one so you will want to pay close attention to what our panel members have to say.  Several NASA and space organizations programs were identified in this segment.  Doug called near the end of the segment to inquire about conference attendee gender differences & how gender differences might show up in the early grades for space and STEM subjects and teachers.

In our longer second segment, our panel addressed budget issues relating to space and STEM education, and we talked about teaching to the BIG PICTRE plus ways to inspire the students.  Several methods were shared with our webinar audience but one thing for sure was the need to engage the students in the work, not to just lecture to them with their remaining passive listeners.  Cubesats, fieldtrips, competitions, and even video or digital training were all listed as effective ways of inspiring, stimulating and working with students in space, science, & other STEM subjects.  At times during the discussion, panel members cited specific things they had used so again, you will want to listen carefully and jot down these ideas & suggestions.  The use of toys, models, and props were discussed and as you will hear, several of our panel members maintained space & science toy collections for working with their students.  Everyone said teacher networking was important and this included workshops, conferences, and informal teacher events or brain storming sessions.  Later in the segment when I asked each member of our panel to counsel a new teacher on what works and does not work, we heard some terrific suggestions.  I then extended the question to lessons learned and not learned and again, our panel had much to say that can be helpful for us all.  At one point I asked if the teacher needed the subject interest & passion or if students or parents could drive the quality teaching/learning experience.  You might be surprised by what we heard from our panel members.  As our webinar was coming to a close, an 11th hour question came in regarding the impact of TV on students, then each panel member provided us with their respective concluding comments and “pearls of wisdom.”  Our panel members and I invite you to post not just your comments and questions on the blog but also any suggestions you have for teaching and inspiring students in the STEM and Space fields.  What have you found that works and does not work?  Let us know and you can tell us on The Space Show blog.

If you want to email any of our webinar panel members, you may do so through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Here is the Dr. Jurist Power Point Presentation:

Color Space, STEM, and US Society

Space Show 2000th Program & 12th Anniversary Tribute, Tuesday, 5-7-13 May 8, 2013

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Space Show 2000th Program & 12th Anniversary Tribute, Tuesday, 5-7-13

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Guests:  Dr. John Jurist and Dr. Doug Plata served as co-hosts.  Topics: This program honored The Space Show for its more than 2,000 programs and its upcoming 12th anniversary.  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.

This Space Show program stands out among all Space Show programs as it honors The Space Show for having passed the 2,000 program mark plus the upcoming 12th anniversary of the program later this month.  Dr. Plata and Dr. John Jurist organized this program, much of which was a surprise to me.  Dr. Plata set up a special tribute email address, honordrspace@gmail.com and they both contacted guests and listeners for their comments on the program and what they believe The Space Show has meant to them, the space world, and to our space development efforts.  Our 1 hour 47 minute program was in two segments but this summary will not be divided by segment as topics overlapped one another. Dr. Jurist asked me lots of questions about how the program started, how it has changed over the years, how the audience has changed, and how I’ve changed.  After asking one or two questions and getting my long winded responses, Dr. Plata read some great emails sent in by guests and listeners.  This was the format for the entire program.  Honestly, I was really surprised by the comments, the statements of support and meaning for The Space Show and by those of you that took time from your busy schedules to say a few words about the program.  It was a very humbling experience for me and I am glad it was an audio only program rather a webinar as I was really moved by the outpouring of support for the program and me.  Doug did not have time to read all the emails that came in but we intend to post them to the blog and will continue posting them to the blog as they come in.  Please use the special email address above but for those of you that use the regular program address, I will copy and post them to the blog as well.  John asked lots of questions about the economic impact on space, both here and around the world, about private space, NASA, human spaceflight, and such.  I spoke about public/private partnerships, the need, in my opinion, for American leadership in science and space, and why.  We also took phone calls from listeners wanting to comment on this special Space Show program.  As our program was drawing to a close, John asked me about library quality archives for research with a truly searchable, interactive academic data base.  We talked about this, what it might take to do it given the number and average length of Space Show programs.  If any of you have actual library, research and multimedia academic catalog search experience, we would like to hear from you to find out about creating a truly researchable, academic Space Show catalog/library.  If you have that type of specialized experience, please contact me using drspace@thespaceshow.com.  Perhaps we will create a funding mechanism to create the library for our archived programs and new programs coming up.

We welcome your comments/questions and more so post them on The Space Show blog.  I look forward to many more years with The Space Show, to continuing to provide a civil and credible forum for the discussion of all perspectives and points of view, and to give a voice to many of you that have much to say but are without a microphone. This program was number 2,004 and as I said on the air, the program would not exist without you the listeners and with you the guests who so freely give of your time to help us all learn more about space, science, and all that we talk about and share on The Space Show.  Thank you very much and as I said on the show and as many of you said as well, the next 2,000 shows will be even more valuable to us all than the first 2,000!  The Space Show only exists because of you the listeners and you the guests.  I never lose sight of that.  I never will.

Tribute emails are posted here:  Space Show Tribute Emails

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Friday, 3-8-13 March 9, 2013

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Friday, 3-8-13

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Guest:  Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Topics:  Dr. Tyson’s book, “Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier,” delusional thinking, space exploration, space economic power.  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 backed Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson to this 60 minute discussion about the new release of the paperback version of his current book, “Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier.”  If you buy the book with this Amazon link, Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF:  http://www.amazon.com/Space-Chronicles-Facing-Ultimate-Frontier/dp/0393343626/ref=onegiantlea20.  The book is a collection of all of Dr. Tyson’s thoughts about the past, present, and future in space.  It consists of essays, tweets, op-eds and more, plus an appendix with important documents such as the original agreement creating NASA in the late 1950s.  Neil said that some of the points he made in the book were that space was expensive and that we do things in space for one of two reasons: 1.  As a result of military threat or war; 2: In support of economic growth of the country.  He then supported his argument with historical facts, making the point that we do not explore for the sake of exploring, that exploration is not in our DNA, that we do not go into space to inspire future generations of kids, and then he even mentioned that the famous JFK Rice University speech which he said was a lie in that weeks before in a speech before Congress, President Kennedy put forth the real reason we were going to the Moon which was to show the world a path of freedom over tyranny.  Dr. Tyson documents this on p. 192 of his book by saying that “Kennedy did adopt a military posture in his speech to Congress.”  Neil stressed this point during our discussion in support of the above reasons for developing.  More about this speech can be found at www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jfk-asks-congress-to-support-the-space-program.  The actual text of the speech can be seen at www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/xzw1gaeeTES6khED14P1Iw.aspx.  Dr. Tyson also talked about the problem of delusional thinking among space enthusiasts, a theme we went back to several times during our discussion.  Another point he made was about the importance of innovation and having a culture of innovation with space goals supporting the economic growth of an innovative nation.  Kelly asked a question about the best way to increase NASAs budget in bipartisan support of space for STEM, inspiration, spin-offs, etc.  Our guest said all of the reasons cited in Kelly’s question were irrelevant.  Don’t miss what he said.  We also talked about the need for infrastructure and Neil said that governments have to pave the way for the frontier and the private companies follow and economically develop it.  He said the commercial companies do not and will not be able to open the space frontier with the needed infrastructure.  I then depicted government as sort of an advance man in space with the privates being able to capitalize that infrastructure development for profit & national wealth. A listener asked about China, a space race, and a possible space war.  Dr. Tyson also said that we should have launch vehicles that go everywhere for research and innovative reasons and we needed to shift our culture to seeing space as a long term national investment for creating wealth for the nation, far beyond the term of our elected officials.  He talked about SpaceX and the need for a rich and fertile collaboration between government and the commercial companies regarding space.  I asked our guest about testifying before Congress. You will want to hear what he had to say about that based on his experiences in do so.  We talked about space and grass roots movements. He talked about GDP economic growth during the Apollo period and then what happened each decade after that through the current period.  Jim sent in a question pointing out possible contradictions in his comments & suggested fuel depots as a way to minimize the quantity of rockets and launches. Dr Tyson said he was hardware agnostic and that in developing infrastructure and paving the way for the privates in space, fuel depots might very well be part of infrastructure but that government would be doing them, especially early on.  Later, Dr. Tyson talked about our system being a political system and that it was not going to change.  He used this as one of the examples of delusional thinking given many enthusiasts who don’t accept this reality & believe they can bypass or work around the political nature of our government and systems.  Near the end of our discussion, he was asked about the Inspire Mars mission which he said was probably a stunt but that it might serve the purpose of showing the government that lots of people are interested in an HSF to Mars.  Another listener wanted to know if the Inspire Mars mission turned out bad, would it derail human spaceflight.  He did not think it would do that given other space accidents with the loss of crew.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog and I will call them to the attention of our guest.

Nino Pollizzi, Sunday, 2-3-13 February 4, 2013

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Nino Pollizzi, Sunday, 2-3-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1942-BWB-2013-02-03.mp3

Guest:  Nino Pollizzi.  Topics: Rocket Science Tutors and the DC-X with the upcoming 20th reunion.  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 Nino Pollizzi back to the program to discuss his STEM outreach educational program, Rocket Science Tutors (www.rocketsciencetutors.com).  Rocket Science Tutors is a program for middle school students, currently in the Santa Ana school district in Orange County, CA, to teach STEM subjects to students after school. During the first part of our program, Nino described Rocket Science Tutors in detail, starting with the all volunteer staff from within the industry and the University of California Irvine (UCI) graduate students.  He described the after school problem, the need for a teacher advisor, parental approval, and the demographic of the kids enrolled in the program.  He said the program has been in place for eight years and they are open to expanding it to other schools and districts around the country.  In fact, he received listener questions about expanding it to St. Louis and Los Angeles.  Nino said the program was ready to be replicated. He has invited interested parties to contact him about this.  We talked about some of the programs and projects taught in their classes including pulleys, basic electrical systems, Ohm’s Law, parabolas, the need for algebra, and more.

      In our second segment of this 1 hour 42 minute program, we talked about the DC-X as Nino worked on that program when he was with McDonnell Douglas.  DC-X is having their 20th reunion this August in New Mexico, an event which Nino talked about during our discussion.  We also talked about the DC-X vehicle, its problems, the plans to scale up the demo to the two more advanced models, and ultimately its cancellation and the NASA selection of the X-33.  Nino also took some questions about the possibility of a single stage to orbit vehicle with a useful payload.

     If you have comments/questions for Nino regarding this program, please post them on The Space Show blog. You can also contact Nino using www.rocketsciencetutors.com/contactus.php or directly by email at nino@rocketsciencetutors.com.

Dr. Robert Brodsky, Friday, 12-7-12 December 8, 2012

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Dr. Robert Brodsky, Friday, 12-7-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1909-BWB-2012-12-07.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Robert (Bob) Brodsky.   Topics: We discussed his new book, “Catch A Rocket Plane: More Tales from the Cutting Edge & Beyond,” plus his aerospace history & overview.  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. Bob Brodsky back to the show to discuss his new book which you can order at www.amazon.com/Catch-Rocket-Plane-Cutting-Beyond/dp/1467972908/ref=onegiantlea20. Remember, if you buy the book using this URL, Amazon donates to The Space Show/OGLF.  Dr. Brodsky started out by telling us how he came up with the title to his new book, a story which you will find most interesting.  He then told us stories from his book dating from WW2 through the rocket and space age to current times.  During the segment, listeners asked him many questions about our former space program as compared to our program today.  As today was the anniversary of the launch of Apollo 17, Bob was asked quite a few questions about Apollo, the mood of the country back then, space and the Cold War, and going back to the Moon or other another destination. He talked about his experience on the NERVA nuclear rocket program and why he included a chapter about false starts since so many programs were started, then cancelled by NASA and Congress. Another issue discussed was learning to live on the Moon so we could push further out into space. Bob was asked about the quality of teaching in the earlier years as compared to today.  He talked about ABET which is the accrediting board for engineering education and how that body has changed (lowered) the standards over the years.  Doug called in to ask if we had lost so much of our labor and technical expertise that we might not be able to do an Apollo like mission today.  Note the answer by Dr. Brodsky.  You might be surprised by it.  Bob also advocated the use of cost plus contracting over fixed price contracting because he said without cost plus, the boldness, creativity, risk taking, and out of the box thinking/planning gave way to traditional, conservative, and less pushing of the window in order to avoid financial risks and losses.  He suggested that fixed price contracting produced just the opposite of what we needed from our aerospace industry.  Let us know what you think about Bob’s perspective by posting on the blog.
     In our second segment, our guest told us about a movie he once pitched regarding the terrorist takeover of the ISS.  We also talked about his role with European launch alternatives with pointing systems and sounding rockets.  A listener asked him about ITAR and would it have prevented much of what he was talking about in terms of European sharing of technology early on in our space history. He thought it would have and since our guest said he was a strong proponent of international space cooperation, ITAR is seen as a probable hindrance.  In his concluding statements, Dr. Brodsky said that man was destined to do great things and go into space and settle and live there.  He was optimistic this would happen. He did suggest the 60′s as the greatest space period in our history.
      Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  You can email Dr. Brodsky through me.

Dr. Martin Schwab, Tuesday, 12-4-12 December 5, 2012

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Dr. Martin Schwab, Tuesday, 12-4-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1907-BWB-2012-12-04.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Martin Schwab.  Topics: Kepler Space Institute Online Courses designed & taught by Dr. Schwab.  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. Martin Schwab back to the program to discuss three classes he has designed, helped to design, and is teaching at Kepler Space Institute Online.  Follow along at these websites for more information:  www.keplerspaceuniversity.com, www.keplerspaceinstitute.org =http://3x3globaldrills.com, and http://moodle.com. Please note that due to an error on my part, I cut off my microphone for the last 3.5 minutes of the program. All of the guest comments plus those of caller Tim are available on the recording but I edited out my comments about trying to resolve the problem. You will hear some rough edits as my comments talked over the caller and guest. I did leave in my closing comments though my audio is terrible, but I wanted to properly close the show.  I apologize for my error but again, nothing said by the guest or the caller was lost or impacted in any way by my error.  Also note that on the blog, I will upload the Celestial Leadership Syllabus. Look for it at the end of the program summary, only on the blog. This summary will not reflect the two segments of the program as our discussion overlapped both segments with common threads and themes.  We started with Dr. Schwab providing us with a short overview of Kepler Space University, Kepler Space Institute, and online teaching.  After the introduction and hands on approach to showing us how to navigate the Kepler websites, enroll in courses, find available courses, Dr. Schwab talked about his class, “Celestial Leadership: Advancing Humans Beyond Low Earth Orbit.”  Martin took us through the course sessions, explained his teaching technique, the essays required for each session, and the course certificate awarded upon completion.  Next, Martin talked about the high school/advance placement class, “Critical Thinking: Alternative Energies-Traditional Economics.”  This class is a combined effort with Dr. Frantz and Martin and as such is taught differently than the Celestial Learning class. While the differences are not great, do note them in our discussion.  In continuing our discussion after the break, we turned to the third class Martin shared with us, “History of Global Governance: Ancient to Modern.” Martin described this course, talked about the U.N. space treaties and other UN space work which is covered during the class.  Martin read the class description to us, we talked about the theory of following the student as in the Montessori method, and he said the class was Inquiry Based.  A listener wanted to know how to design and teach a Kepler course. During our discussion, Martin talked frequently about using Moodle to help in designing and handling the course. In the last few minutes of the program, Tim called to address educational issues from his perspective saying too many people go to college and that the more student loan money made available, the more likely universities will continue raising their fees and costs to consume the additional money in the system.  Martin had much to say on this and his ideas on education as well, don’t miss them.

Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can email Dr. Schwab at the address he provided on air.

Martin Schwab syllabus template – Celestial Leadership

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