Tags: cryogenic propellant transfer, Falcon Heavy, GEO, Hu Davis, ISS, KIBO Japanese ISS Module, LEO, NASA, nuclear propulsion, orbital refueling, public opinion, Return to the Moon, reusable launch vehicles, SLS, space education, space infrastructure, space policy, space policy advisors, Space Shuttle, space solar power, SRBs, SSP economics, SSP engineering, U.S. congress, U.S. space leadership, William (Bill) Ketchum
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Hu Davis and William (Bill) Ketchum, Sunday, 5-5-13
Guests: Hu Davis & William (Bill) Ketchum. Topics: Space infrastructure, SSP, SLS, Falcon Heavy, reusability, space policy and U.S. space leadership. 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 Hu Davis and Bill Ketchum to the program to discuss the need for space infrastructure development, SSP, and a space leadership policy by the United States. In the first segment of our 91 minute program, we talked about the need for space infrastructure development, reusable rockets, and space solar power. Our guest Hu Davis has a Power Point presentation on SSP that will be uploaded to The Space Show blog summary so don’t forget to check it out on the blog. I will also upload to the blog Bill Ketchum’s pdf paper, “What Will America Do In Space Now?” We discussed the history of various space infrastructure studies and efforts and the same for SSP studies, pointing out how new technologies, engineering methodologies, and sophisticated manufacturing have made many projects cost effective today when that was not the case years ago. Our guests fielded several questions from listeners about the SSP business case, reusability and the SLS compared to the Falcon Heavy. Doug asked about the use of in space resources & our guests suggested that for SSP for example, using in space resources could account for 90% SSP components. Questions were asked about the land cost and the use of rectennas.
In our second segment, we talked about nuclear propulsion and tax/economic subsidies to our current terrestrial energy industry which make it harder to develop SSP. We talked about the problem and the lack of viability for SLS. Questions came in regarding on orbit propellant transfer and cryogenic transfer development. As our program was ending, our guests talked about space education outreach, persuading congressional leaders and the public to support space infrastructure development, SSP , and more.
Please post your comments/questions for our guests on The Space Show blog and I will make sure they know about them. You can email either of our guests through me at Drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Dr. William Bainbridge, Friday, 2-8-13 February 6, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: CCI Games, citizen science, Dr. William Bainbridge, EVE Online, frontier development, Galaxy Zoo, gaming, JPL, NASA, NASA story telling, nuclear propulsion, pioneering, science fiction, Sean Smith (Vile Rat), space economic issues, Space Futures Space Survey, space industry knowledge and perceptions, space policy, The Committee for the Future, the next fifty years in space, The Syncon Process, U.S. space leadership, Vile Rat., virtual reality
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Dr. William Bainbridge, Friday, 2-8-13
Guest: Dr. William Bainbridge. Topics: The Space Futures Space Questionnaire about space exploration and the next fifty years. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information.
We welcomed Dr. William Bainbridge to the program to discuss the Space Futures project which is to help define the future of space our space program for the next fifty years. Perceptions of informed, interested, and space conscious individuals are sought for the Space Futures space questionnaire. The questionnaire is based on years of prior research conducted by Dr. Bainbridge as well as other more recent surveys. You can read about the Space Future Questionnaires (different platforms are available for it) at http://convergentsystems.pbworks.com/w/page/16444389/FrontPage. If you use the Droid platform, click on the links that allow you download a free Droid APP which enables you to instantly transmit your survey responses to the survey data base. For everyone else, you can download the survey as a Word document which you can complete online and email to Dr. Bainbridge. The Word document questionnaire with 300 questions is at http://convergentsystems.pbworks.com/w/file/62227159/Space%20email%20survey.doc. Make sure you click on the DOWNLOAD tab in the upper left corner. There is a shorter 200 question Word document questionnaire on The Space Show blog. During our discussion, Dr. Bainbridge provided us with the history of this project, how the information has been and is now collected, processed, and used. We also talked about the importance of space aware people taking the time to complete the questionnaire. Lots of listeners asked Dr. Bainbridge questions about who should participate from Middle School students to those in the general population to people outside the U.S. All groups are welcome but as you will hear, it is very important to get the perceptions and opinions of those that have knowledge and expertise about space exploration and development. We talked about question groupings such as around topics including the Moon or Mars. We discussed changing trends overtime and current influences on our opinions such as today’s economic problems. I brought up the decades old Syncon Process and how some attitudes and perceptions are even stronger today than they were decades ago with Syncon. For example, attitudes including space benefitting all of humanity and more. This topic took us toward the virtual world, gaming to help increase space awareness and expertise. I mentioned the recent discussion re the lunar space elevator program this past Monday regarding CCI Games in Iceland. This was our cliff hanger as we went to our break waiting for Dr. Bainbridge’s comments about his being involved with CCI Games.
In our second segment of this 1 hr. 45 minute program, Dr. Bainbridge talked about his research with the CCI gaming product, EVE Online as he plays the game. He had much to say about the space awareness of this game and the team in Iceland that created it. He also said that Sean Smith, one of those slain in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was a player of EVE Online. His game name was “Vile Rat” and there is a huge outpouring of support and comments about him on the internet. Google Vile Rat to see these comments & news stories. We talked about other scientific games and new technologies for developing a space consciousness and expertise about space exploration. We talked about space and innovation along with frontier development, pioneering & what it means to both continue it or stop it for the future of a nation. John called to talk with Dr. Bainbridge about his surprise in taking the survey in finding out he was potentially more pessimistic about the future than he had thought he was because like so many others, he had expectations for more advancement in space exploration, development, even settlement than what exists with our present day reality. Dr. Bainbridge helped put these thoughts and realizations into context with our actual space exploration and development over the past decades. It’s a fascinating discussion and analysis, don’t miss it. Near the end of the program, a listener asked how to realize space as an investment rather than just another government expense item. We talked about better story telling by everyone concerned. Dr. Bainbridge also linked the survey questionnaires to this question because the results will help pinpoint our space insights along with the value stream. While there is a March 1 questionnaire due date, this is not a hard date and Dr. Bainbridge encouraged people to participate, even if later than March 1. Also, if someone wants hard copies of the questionnaire to distribute at a space conference or other event, perhaps even a Meetup, you can contact him for copies or you can download the questionnaire from the links provided above. Another idea is to make a simple flyer with the basic information and the URLs for space or related event distribution. I did the 300 questionnaire Word document and can’t wait to see the analysis. I certainly plan on bringing Dr. Bainbridge back to the program to discuss the project findings.
Please post your comments/questions on the blog. If you do the questionnaire, share your thoughts with us on the blog. If you want to contact Dr. Bainbridge, you can do so through me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The shorter 200 question survey is available for download here:
Mark Bray, Monday, 12-12-11 December 12, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: aerospace liability issues, aerospace standards, ANC- Bulletin, ATK, Braynstorms.com, civility, Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, Dr. Mike Griffin, Federal Acquisition Rules (FAR), Ford Motor Co. standards, government procurement., Henry Ford, Liberty Launch Vehicle, Mark Bray, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)., MIL-HDBK-17, Mil-HDBK-5, NASA, NASA standards, NewSpace, Professional Engineer title (PE), Space Shuttle, Space X, testing methods, U.S. space leadership
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Mark Bray, Monday, 12-12-11
GuestSearch: Mark Bray. Topics: Aerospace engineering standards. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. The Space Show/OGLF is now engaged in its annual fundraising drive. Please see & act upon our appeal at http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/space-show-2011-fundraising-campaign. We welcomed Mark Bray back to the program to discuss standards for NASA and the aerospace engineering field. You can also check out Mark’s blog at http://braynstorms.com as was mentioned near the end of this two hour discussion. Also, The White Paper referred to in our discussion, “Achieving Innovation and Affordability Through Standardization of Materials Development and Testing” can be downloaded from http://braynstorms.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Achieving-Innovation-and-Affordability.pdf. NOTE THAT MR. BRAY IS SPEAKING FOR HIMSELF DURING THIS INTERVIEW. HE IS NOT SPEAKING FOR NASA, ANY CONTRACTOR OR ANY OTHER PARTY. As we began our discussion with Mark, we talked about the situation at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Huntsville in terms of projects, employees, moods, morale, etc. Mark was comprehensive in his perspective, even talking about ATK, New Space and government procurement as well as the FAR. Mark then shifted to standards and talked quite a bit about testing methods and why standards are needed. Listeners asked about Space X and standards as well as Dr. Mike Griffin and standards at NASA when he was the administrator. Later in the segment, we backed up and got Mark to explain the problems regarding standards or the lack thereof. Later, a listener asked Mark for some examples. One example he gave us was Henry Ford and standards at the early Ford Motor Company. Toward the end of the segment, Mark started addressing liability issues along with fielding a question about the Dream Chaser vehicle. In the second segment, we talked about government contracts and some oversight. Mark explained testing in greater details and we asked why there would be opposition to standards. Mark also raised the issue of why there was no PE title for aerospace engineers. You might be surprised by what he had to say about this. During this segment, we again discussed liability protection for the developing companies. Mark was very critical of putting energy into liability shielding and protection over standards. I supported Mark in his comments. Make sure you hear this discussion which may prove controversial for many of you. Near the end, I asked Mark about his fellow employees at MSFC and how they processed the economic news regarding the US and from around the world. I wanted to know how the teams understood and applied to their jobs and profession the economic information and conditions in the country. Don’t miss his pearls of wisdom closing comments.