The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 6-12-13 June 13, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, : John Batchelor, commercial space ROI, IPO for commercial space industry, John Batchelor Hotel Mars, lunar commerce, NewSpace Global, Richard David, space entrepreneurism, suborbital, Virgin Galactic, XCOR
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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 6-12-13
Guests: John Batchelor, Richard David, Dr. David Livingston: Topics: Commercial space industry growth & investment potential. 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. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.
During our 11 minute plus discussion with Richard David & John Batchelor, we discussed New Space Global (www.newspaceglobal.com) and investment outlook for the emerging industry. We talked about suborbital, space entrepreneurism, investor requirements, plus industry development adjacent to spaceports. We also learned that the U.S. contributes to 75% of all global space entrepreneurism efforts. Richard defined some commercial space industry characteristics with still make space investment challenging and appreciated.
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Jerry L. Ross, Tuesday, 4-30-13 May 1, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, "Spacewalker: My Journey In Space And Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer, astronaut training, B1 Bomber testing., Columbia, Constellation, Dragon, faith, ISS, Jerry Ross, liquid rocket motors, MIR, Moon, NASA, on orbit construction, Orion, private space vehicles, SLS, space leadership, space policy, Space Shuttle, space vehicle testing, spacewalks, SRBs, suborbital
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Jerry L. Ross, Tuesday, 4-30-13
Guest: Jerry L. Ross. Topics: “Spacewalker: My Journey In Space And Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer,” HSF safety, NASA & space policy. 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 retired astronaut Jerry L. Ross to our program to discuss his new book, “Spacewalker: My Journey In Space And Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer,” space policy and leadership, HSF safety, and much more. If you buy his book which I recommend, use this Amazon link as Amazon will make a donation to The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation: www.amazon.com/Spacewalker-Journey-Space-Record-Setting-Frequent/dp/1557536317/ref=onegiantlea20. Please visit Jerry’s website for more information, www.jerrylross.com. During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Mr. Ross spoke about the Space Shuttle & retirement, Constellation, returning to the Moon, going BLEO, the ISS, and his test flights on the B1 bomber. This led us to talking about the safety test program used by NASA, the B1, and the private spaceships. I asked if NASA was overkill in this area and if the privates would be able to engage in comprehensive flight safety testing with programs radically different from those NASA has used. You do not want to miss this discussion, especially when I asked about the complexities of the B1 as compared to a spaceship. We talked about SLS, Orion, & Inspiration Mars which Jerry supports. In response to an email from Becky, we talked about the NASA astronauts, the fact that there are more astronauts than flight opportunities, and the current situation for NASA astronauts. Our guest mentioned two year training missions and when I inquired about that time period, we learned that it included learning Russian, training with ESA, Japanese, Canadian, and Russian hardware and more. Jerry was asked if he rode on a Soyuz. He said no but was in a Soyuz and talked about his going on board MIR.
In our second segment, we started out asking him about faith which is part of the subtitle of his book. Here again our guest had much to say so listen carefully to this discussion. As Jerry was part of the team that recovered debris from the Columbia accident, I asked him about it. He told us about his experience in learning about the disaster, crew families and more. This is a first hand accounting of getting the news and working with the families and the people involved in finding the debris. Another topic discussed was on orbit construction, mainly with the private companies. Jerry talked about this at length given his work in establishing how to do it for the ISS and actually doing multiple missions making and assembling parts in space. We also talked about gender differences in these space walks. Toward the end of our discussion, space leadership came up as did missions and goals. The shuttle thermal tiles were discussed and he referenced tile damage on his Atlantis flight which was the third flight after Challenger. This was an amazing story and luck was really shining on the Atlantis crew.
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Dr. Roger Launius, Friday, 11-30-12 December 1, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " NASA Aeronautics Book Series, " SpaceX, "Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space, ballistic reentry, capsules, Dr. Roger Launius, Earth Science Missions, Gerard O'Neill, giggle factor, heavy lift, human spaceflight, magical thinking, Mars winged vehicles, NASA budget, NASA spinoffs, Orbital, RLVs, sequestration, SLS, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, space infrastructure, space policy, space radiation, space settlement, Space Shuttle, spaceplane fantasies, suborbital, Utopian Thinking with space, V2, winged space vehicles
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Dr. Roger Launius, Friday, 11-30-12
Guest: Dr. Roger Launius. Topics: “Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space” by Dr. Launius, space policy issues, magical thinking. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. We welcomes Dr. Roger Launius back to the program to discuss his latest book, “Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space” which is a free download at www.nasa.gov/pdf/695726main_ComingHome-ebook.pdf. During our first segment, our guest provided us with a short history of resolving challenges with reentry from space with human spaceflight. We discussed winged vehicles and capsules from a historical, practical, and engineering perspective. We also talked about DOD influence and the advantages as well as disadvantages of both types of space vehicles. One listener question asked about winged vehicles evolving from suborbital to orbital HSF. Terry called in with ballistic reentry questions about the V2 rocket & we mentioned museum locations where people can see a complete V2 on display. Another listener wanted to know if there were any winged vehicle concepts for Mars. Here, our guest talked about some science fiction examples but nothing for real on the drawing board. Our guest then introduced us to magical thinking and we talked about reality in space exploration as compared to fantasy. As this segment was ending, we talked about RLVs and reentry issues.
In our second segment, we started off talking about the NASA budget and the potential impact of sequestration. Our guest said human spaceflight is the biggest challenge and in fact at one point he said we were just one banana peel away from losing HSF! This was in the context of access to the ISS with only the Soyuz and how fragile the access was until we had multiple ways of getting to the station. We then discussed risk and some of the issues raised on this subject by other Space Show guests that believe we need more risk to advance human spaceflight. Risk was also discussed in the context of hypothetical ISS recue missions with HSF vehicles not yet ready for prime time. We also talked about the value and purpose of HSF, including should settlement really be the purpose of it. We had a lengthy discussion on this subject. Both Roger and I suggested the purpose of HSF is a challenge, can be illusive, and is probably something larger and broader than space settlement. Don’t miss his explanation behind his thinking. We also talked about spinoffs as a reason for HSF, the we addressed the lack of needed infrastructure, radiation issues, etc. Toward the end, we took some questions about SLS and heavy lift. Jane asked our guest about the visitors to the Air and SpaceMuseum at the Smithsonian & if Roger could infer an increase or decline in the interest in space by the visitors or if the visitors had an awareness of the challenges facing NASA and HSF.
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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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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 9-18-12 September 19, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: AIAA, Big Dumb Booster, citizen science, Commercial Crew, commercial space, Congressional space budgets, congressional space policy., Dragon, Dream Chaser, Falcon 9. , Falcon Heavy, heavy lift, Hubble, Kepler Space Telescope, NASA budgets, Orbital, Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, sequestration, SLS, space telescopes, suborbital, Virgin Galactic
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Col. Carol Welsch (USAF), Monday, 7-9-12 July 10, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: academic cubesat programs, Civil Air Patrol, Col. Carol Welsch (USAF), congressional funding, Falcon 9. , Falcon Heavy, FY13 budget concerns, KESTREL EYE, Minotaur launch vehicle, NASA sounding rockets, ORS-1, small launch vehicles, Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Development and Test Directorate, Space Experiments Review Board, Space Test Program, STP-S26, suborbital, TacSat-3, TacSat-4, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, USAF Space Command.
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Col. Carol Welsch (USAF), Monday, 7-9-12
Guest: Col. Carol Welsch (USAF). Topics: Space Development & Test Directorate, Space Test Program, DOD small satellite launch assist programs. 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 Col. Welsch back to The Space Show to discuss the Air Force Space Development & Test Directorate, the Space Test Program, and other DOD launch and small satellite assist programs. During our first segment, Col. Welsch introduced us to the program and we talked about several of their satellite projects, their R&D program, and their launch and satellite parameters for participating in their program. We talked about civilian as well as Air Force career opportunities within this Directorate. Civilian jobs are listed at www.USAjobs.gov site under the name of this directorate. We also talked about funding and congressional budget cuts, the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) program and office, as well as the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). We took listener calls and emails about the hyperspectral imaging (ARTEMIS) satellite, TacSat-3, and even the Civil Air Patrol and their airborne imaging sensor. We talked about university launches, the requirements for their participation and even the need for security clearances as warranted by the specific project. As this segment ended, Jack asked about suborbital launches and the emerging suborbital industry.
In our second segment, we talked about the future of ORS and the FY 13 proposed budget cuts. We talked about the Army getting back into the small satellite business with KESTREL EYE and the Air Force support to the Army in these satellite programs. I asked Col. Welsch about future plans five years out and longer and we got a glimpse of their strategic planning ideas and projects. We talked about the possible use of foreign launchers and their educational outreach programs to school kids. A caller asked about the Space Experiments Review Board and another wanted more information about the use of sounding rockets with NASA or in the private sector. We learned that the lead period for a NASA sounding rocket could be two years and cost a few million dollars. If the emerging suborbitals can do the mission, this will be a real cost plus for the program and save it lots of lead time.
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Dr. Scott Pace, Sunday, 5-27-12 May 28, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " space politics, " SpaceX, Asia as emerging space power, celestial land claims, Cis-lunar space., Commercial Crew, commercial space, common heritage, competition for commercial crew, Cots, down select commercial crew, Dr. Scott Pace, Dragon, European Code of Conduct, Falcon 9. , FAR, Global Space Exploration Conference, human spaceflight. Beyond Low Earth Orbit, ISS, Law of the Sea Treaty, NASA, NASA budget, NewSpace, property rights, public/private partnerships, Return to the Moon, rocket flight test program, SLS, Space Act Agreement, space treaties, strategic rational for human spaceflight, suborbital
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Dr. Scott Pace, Sunday, 5-27-12
Guest: Dr. Scott Pace. Topics: Space policy, COTS, HSF safety, commercial space & more. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr. Scott Pace back to the program for a comprehensive discussion on a variety of topics impacting space policy, commercial space, and both our civil and entrepreneurial space communities. We started our first segment with a summary of the AIAA-IAF Global Space Exploration Conference held last week inWashington,DC. We talked about the international make-up of the conference, the focus on budget issues, commercial space, and some of the different issues of concern to Europe, Asia, and theU.S. We also talked about the impact on the Europeans of theU.S. terminating certain space program partnerships as the Europeans do four year planning and budgeting unlike theU.S. which is year to year. Our first caller was Michael Listner about the European Code of Conduct for Outer Space. This was a comprehensive and important discussion on a subject that we are sure to hear more about over time. TheU.S. may even sign on to it so I strongly suggest everyone pay attention to this issue & this discussion. We mentioned recent public comments about the Law of the Sea Treaty and looked at the potential impact of the treaty on space development should theU.S. modify or adopt a version of the treaty. Toward the end of the first segment, Jerry sent in a note asking about comments made to the Washington Post by our guest on the number of test flights that might be needed for the Falcon 9, plus the response from NASA Watch. Dr. Pace talked about HSF flight safety, rocket testing programs, and how today differs from the early days of our human spaceflight history. Risk averseness was part of our conversation.
In our second segment, we talked about the rational for human spaceflight. Dr. Pace offered a geopolitical rational for HSF rather than just a capability driven program and rational. Here we talked about Asian countries emerging as space powers and participants along with what happens when we aim for Beyond LEO (BLEO) and the need to engage the new players. You will hear Dr. Pace advocate a return to the Moon several times during our program as that is a way to engage new players, plus we need to learn certain skills all over again before going BLEO. We switched topics & talked about increasing the NASA budget & treating NASA as an investment, not an expense. Dr. Pace brought our focus to what do we get for what we spend. Don’t miss this discussion. We talked about commercial crew, down selecting as an option, and competition. Dr. Pace put these issues into the form of a cost-benefit analysis project to be examined based on the goals of the desired or stated policy. Again, don’t miss his analysis of these issues. We also talked about the FAR and the SAA, insight, oversight, accountability, and higher costs coming from the FAR. Property rights & land claims were brought up along with space settlement issues. Listener Jim inquired about using the Dragon for BLEO missions. Scott had much to say about this potential. Toward the end, we talked about theU.S. budget deficit & what we spend on NASA, then I read a letter from two 5th grade students opposing space development & I asked Dr. Pace to provide us with his reply. We concluded our discussion with Dr. Pace honing in on the need for leadership here and abroad, along with the need for a robust economy.
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Doug Messier, Tuesday, 4-12-12 April 18, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Ares V, Atlas, CCDEV3, Centaur, China and the ISS, Constellation, Delta, Douglas Messier, Dragon, Dream Chaser, Falcon 9. , global warming & NASA scientists, ISS, Lynx, Mojave Air and Spaceport, NASA, ParabolicArc.com Space Access Society conference, RLV technology, SLS, Soyuz, space policy, Space Studies Institute, Space X, suborbital, ULA, Virgin drop tests, XCOR
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Doug Messier, Tuesday, 4-12-12
Guest: DouglasMessier. Topics: Parabolic Arc & space news, SAS conference, suborbitals, and more. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed back Doug Messier who is the Managing Editor of www.parabolicarc.com which is an excellent space news and information blog. We started our discussion with Doug seeking his thoughts on the recently held Space Access Society Conference in Phoenix, AZ last weekend. Doug told us what he thought were the highlights of the conference and referenced comments made by Jim Muncy several times during our discussion. We talked about the coming Space X launch at the end of this month, some about SSP satellites, and other company plans discussed at the conference. Doug fielded a few listener questions about interviewing people in the space industry, especially NewSpace, wanting to know what he does when he is given obvious spin by the person being interviewed.
In the second 45 minute segment, Doug took questions about Shuttle Discovery flying one more time around the Cape on the 747 on its way to Dulles Airport and the Smithsonian Museum. Also mentioned were the reported comments of former Discovery astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher to a boy watching the shuttle on the 747 advising him to “Study Russian.” He talked about the transition from shuttle to whatever comes next and both of us commented that the transition seemed mismanaged. Another listener asked him about human rating the Atlas and Delta and he said it was underway. A listener wanted to know if the 2012 first quarter had presented him with any surprises regarding space. John in Atlanta called in for a comprehensive discussion from SRB usage to a mini shuttle, Dream Chaser, separate vehicles for cargo and crew, first stage recovery for reusability, and more. Doug talked some more about the XCOR Lynx, possible Russian plans to enlarge the Soyuz, and he took a question on possible Chinese ISS missions. Ron from Queens called in with Dream Chaser and Stratolaunch questions. Doug talked about the Mojave Air and Spaceport and we learned that the Mojave group had offered some consulting to Spaceport America in New Mexico but it had been rejected. This brought up a discussion about crosswinds and other runway issues at Spaceport America. I repeated some of the news I talked about last year which was published in both the print and online edition of the Albuquerque Journal. One of the articles on this from 1/16/11 is at www.abqjournal.com/news/state/1623176state01-16-11.htm but you may need to be a subscriber to view this article. Terry inquired about CCDEV3 (we know it has a new name) and was hoping at least 2-3 companies would be selected. Doug, Terry, and I agreed that competition was important. Tim called from Huntsville & we got distracted by his questions about the 50 NASA astronauts writing a letter challenging NASA science on global warming & the NASA response. This discussion was more about civility rather than global warming. Also, there were some garbled words in the recording in this segment so I had to delete what could not be understood. You will find three such edits in this particular discussion & I do apologize for this. There is about 2 seconds of silence with each edit. Near the end, Terry sent us the link to a SpacePolicyOnline.com article about the Senate subcommittee adding more money to the Mars program and cutting about $305 million from commercial crew. See www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/senate-subcommittee-adds-100-million-for-mars-missions for details.
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