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Erik Seedhouse, Monday, 7-21-14 July 22, 2014

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Erik Seedhouse, Monday, 7-21-14

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Guest:  Erik Seedhouse.  Topics:  His new book, “Tourists In Space: A Practical Guide, Second Edition.”  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 Erik Seedhouse to the program to discuss the new Second Edition of “Tourists In Space: A Practical Guide.”  In our first segment of our 1 hour 26 minute show, Erik told us that the second edition was about 80% new and that it would be released the end of August.  If you buy the book on Amazon, you can order it at the special pre-release price.  Also, be sure to use the OGLF portal explained in the archive summary statement, on the blog and on both TSS & OGLF websites.  If you purchase it using the OGLF portal, Amazon makes a contribution to The Space Show.  Erik opened with the manual part of the book and mentioned his suborbital training company, Suborbital Training located in Melbourne, Florida.  For more information on suborbital training, visit http://www.suborbitaltraining.com.  Next, Erik talked about the flight profiles for both the XCOR Lynx and the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo.  I asked Erik for the top 3 or 4 challenges to the industry and he cited space safety as the largest challenge to overcome.  Other top challenges included the spaceship noise which will be very loud, vibrations, acceleration, and space motion sickness.  He talked about the impact mostly on the cardiac system.  Erik was asked about the use of spacesuits with by the various companies.  We also discussed orbital space tourism using the Dragon and then later using the Dream Chaser.  Erik was asked if spaceflight participant medical exams would be done by special doctors or one’s own doctor even if the doctor has no aerospace expertise or experience.  Before the break & in response to a question, Erik pointed out that the industry was on hold given the all the earlier “cry wolf” announcements about starting revenue flights.

 

In the second segment, Erik talked about going to space at the designated and approved altitude by the FAI in France, the official international record and standards keeping organization for space issues.  He pointed out that 50 miles was not space.  We talked some about the World View project, then our topic switched to spaceports here in the U.S. as well as those planned for outside the country. Erik raised some red flags given the spaceships are under ITAR control which might make it very difficult for them to be operated in a foreign country under present ITAR rules/regulations.   Orbital tourism came up for Dream Chaser, Dragon V2 and the Bigelow Aerospace habs.  In speaking about the industry, our guest pointed out how SpaceX was changing spaceflight by their success.  The Brownsville, TX proposed SpaceX spaceport got lots of discussion time and email questions.  Erik pointed out two commercial spacesuit design companies, Orbital Outfitters and Final Frontier Design.  Near the end of our program, point to point transportation was discussed as were the potential winners in the upcoming commercial crew NASA down select process.

 

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Doug Messier, Monday, 6-16-14 June 17, 2014

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Doug Messier, Monday, 6-16-14

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Guest:  Doug Messier.  Topics:  Space news reporting, suborbital, Virgin Galactic, XCOR & lots 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 Doug Messier back to the show to discuss featured news articles of late on his blog, http://www.parabolicarc.com.  Please note that Doug used a cell phone and we did have audio issues at various times during the show.  During the first long segment of our 1 hour 38 minute program, Doug talked about the Mojave Air &Spaceport, Stratolaunch and then Doug got called to task by listeners for his recent reporting & comments regarding Virgin Galactic per his blog, his recent Space Show program and his appearance on the Hotel Mars John Batchelor segment last week.  The gist of the hard questions asked Doug centered around asking him if he had a conflict of interest reporting on other companies given the XCOR book he is writing.  They asked this because to them, his reporting seemed unfair to Virgin while giving XCOR a pass on many of the same issues he talked about with Virgin.  We spent most of the first segment talking about these issues.  Doug spoke freely and talked about how he reports on these issues and why he reports the way he does.  He mentioned several Virgin stories as examples but he also made it very clear that he wants all the companies to be successful and for the industry to develop.  As you will see in the last segment, this particular type of question was asked of him as the program was drawing to a close.  Doug was in the hot seat for much of the first segment so you listen and you decide.  Let Doug know your thoughts on his Virgin reporting by posting on TSS blog or emailing him.  I then moved us to other topics & other companies at Mojave, the FAR for amateur rocketry, but the forces to be kept drawing us back to Doug, his Virgin reporting and XCOR comparisons.  Doug managed to talk about recent SFF and Space Access alerts about language in the Senate NASA funding bill that these organizations and others believe to be a poison pill.  Listen for details.  Also, I asked about Congress planning to fund at least $200 million for a new engine replacement for the RD-180.  We also talked about the Falcon 9 & AF SpaceX certification.  Dr. Doug called near the end of the segment.  During his call, he was sent an email question about the Moon by Tony in Seattle.

In the second segment, we talked about the NASA budget for FY 2015 in some detail.  Doug talked about SLS, Orion, commercial crew funding issues and SpaceX possibly expediting some flights prior to the 2017 schedule.  Doug went into detail about the Sen. Shelby amendment which many believe to be the poison pill mentioned in the first segment.  I took us through several of the top stories being reported on Parabolicarc.com including changes to the Arianne launcher, the Decelerator Flight Test, the NASA Centennial Challenge for Cubesat Deep Space, plus we talked about the Google acquisition of Skybox Imaging and their global broadband plans with Worldview.  Also mentioned as the show was drawing to a close was the GLXP, Doug’s visit to the Dragon V2 unveiling, & then Sally’s final email question asking Doug if he wanted Virgin Galactic to fail given how he reports on the company.  Don’t miss his response to Sally, plus my related comments.

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Ed Wright, Friday, 6-13-14 June 15, 2014

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Ed Wright, Friday, 6-13-14

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Guest:  Ed Wright.  Topics:  Citizens in Space, Lynx Cub Payload Carrier, U.S. Rocket Academy, commercial space.  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 Ed Wright back to the show to discuss Citizens in Space and the new U.S. Rocket Academy Lynx Cub Payload Carrier they developed with the Texas A&M Space Engineering Research Center.  For more information, visit http://www.citizensinspace.org.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 34 minute program, Ed talked about space settlement per his recent talk at ISDC 2014 in Los Angles.  After introducing us to the topic, he talked about how space settlement needs to evolve to a permanent base by starting smaller and boot strapping along the way.  He explained the process as he visualized it and outlined how such a process, including how both suborbital and orbital flights would lead to job creation, eventually job creation in space.  As part over his overall strategy, he includes the Maker Faire movement and contrasted Maker Faire to a typical space conference where Maker Faire draws thousands of people and a typical space conference draws a few hundred to maybe a thousand people.  We talked about the role to be played by ISS, military space, and the challenges presented by the human factors medical issues as well as other technical challenges.

In the second segment, Doug emailed asking about the ISDC reception Ed got regarding his talk at ISDC.  Also, Charles emailed in during both segments to suggest the Microlaunchers approach and to once again voice his doubt about suborbital tourism becoming a successful industry.  We also talked about the Citizens In Space New Space Research Platform which is ready for flight testing, the Lynx Cub Payload Carrier developed with the Texas A&M Space Engineering Research Center and XCOR.  The carrier will be used on 10 Lynx mission and made available to XCIR customers as ready to fly hardware or even as open-source hardware.  You can read about it at http://www.citizensinspace.org/2014/05/lynx-cub-payload-carrier-ready-for-flight-test and at http://www.citizensinspace.org/2014/05/lynx-cub-payload-platform-will-be-unveiled-at-makercon.  Ed then explained how Citizens In Space is broader than his earlier program, the original Teachers in Space program, and that now preference for being flown to space goes to those submitting science experiments for the upcoming suborbital flights using the Lynx Cub Payload Carrier.  He offered excellent closing comments.

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 4-8-14 April 9, 2014

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 4-8-14

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Guest:  Robert (Bob) Zimmerman.  Topics:  A variety of space news and projects discussed, including 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. 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 Bob Zimmerman back to the program for a discussion on a variety of space new and policy topics.  During our first segment of our 2 hour 5 minute show, we talked about the U.S. sanctions against Russia for their behavior in the Crimea/Ukrainian region and the instructions to NASA to halt all activity with Russia on space issues other than what is related to the ISS.  As Bob pointed out about 98% of space activity with Russia is ISS oriented so Bob said the sanctions did not amount to much.  He then talked policy, the idea that Russia wants its own space station and breaking the ISS agreement. He said nations break agreements like this all the time and cited our pulling of the EXOMARS agreements with Europe as an example.  He then   told us about the PLATO multi optical telescope being built in Europe for looking at exoplanets.  Next, listeners wanted to talk with him about the upcoming Falcon 9 launch and reusability.  Bob had much to say on the launch, the delay, and first stage reusability.  Philip emailed in from New Brunswick about the Russians largely sticking to themselves on station.  Bob spoke to cultural difference with the Russians, language issues, and said that they tended to their own experiments as we do our experiments.  He also said the Russians need to keep the ISS going and need us to stay with it.  Virgin Galactic was discussed and Bob went over some the test, engine, and personnel changes in recent times.  A listener emailed in about a Fox News Show over the past few weeks in which space made up part of the show.  The Fox News panel seemed to be traditional in nature and felt our space program was a mess and declining.  Bob spoke to his usual position in that he does not want any government space program.  Tony called from Seattle to talk more about reusability & the problems with the SpaceX first effort on this on a prior launch.

In the second segment, we mentioned the role of satellites in looking for Flight 370 and Bob talked about rescuing people and such programs in general.  We asked for suggestions for new space topics for discussion and Bob himself suggested underground oceans on Enceladus & LADEE’s results from the Moon for lunar dust experiments.  We talked about the emerging cubesat industry, Dream Chaser, then near the end of the show, I asked Bob for an update on the White Nose bat fungus problem.  We talked about the possibility of space being a topic in the 2014 congressional elections and Bob spent lots of time telling us all why SLS was no good.  Visit his website, http://www.behindtheblack.com.

Please post comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  You can reach Bob through me or his email address at the end of his bio.

 

Jeffrey (Jefff) Smith, Tuesday, 3-18-14 March 19, 2014

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Jeffrey (Jefff) Smith, Tuesday, 3-18-14

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Guest:  Jeffrey (Jeff) Smith.  Topics:  Space Expedition Corp Griffith Observatory event, XCOR, Lynx, NewSpace.  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.   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 Jeff Smith to the program to discuss the recent Space Expedition Corp program held at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.  We initially learned of this event when Doug Messier was recent a guest on the program and since Jeff was going to be in Los Angeles, he decided to attend the event while in Los Angeles.  During the first segment of our 91 minute, Jeff introduced us to Space Expedition Corp (www.spacexc.com) which is a Netherlands based space service company wanting to sell & service flights on the XCOR Lynx suborbital vehicle in Curacao.  Jeff described the audience attending the event, spoke about the qualifications, expertise, and knowledge regarding the Space Expedition Corp’s (SXC) speaker at the event and others in the company.  Listeners asked many questions, including environmental questions regarding rocket pollution in the atmosphere.  Jeff said this was discussed at the event.  Another listener asked about ITAR given XCOR was working with a company in the Netherlands. Both Jeff and then later another listener, Carl, responded and explained the ITAR situation vis a vis XCOR.  Jeff also talked about opportunities in aerospace as a result of many leaving the Air Force or other services after their 20 years.  Another observation Jeff offered was that he thought more companies were interested in marketing space, not doing space.  Jeff was asked if SXC planned Lynx flights at locations other than Curacao.  Listener Carl responded that XCOR was planning flights in the States and elsewhere but it was not clear if SXC would be operating in locations other than Curacao.

In the second segment, I asked Jeff for his thoughts on the NewSpace industry in general, plus the emerging suborbital industry.  Here, Jeff had lots to say, including some concern for market issues and the low barrier to entry for parts of the industry.  Betsy in Tulsa asked him what inspired his interest in NewSpace and like many of us, Jeff was addicted to space everything at a very early age, chose to get an education in a related field and follow a career in aerospace.  He also wanted to follow the entrepreneurial side of things through NewSpace.  He said NewSpace seems to be more ideologically driven than traditional aerospace.  We talked about star gazing in Tucson, the Planetary Science Institute plan for telescopes on a Lynx, & the ability of students, especially at the high school level, to do science experiments that were space related through cubesats and more.

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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Monday, 2-10-14 March 11, 2014

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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Monday, 2-10-14

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Guest:  Dr. Erik Seedhouse.  Topics: Suborbital spaceflight & Erik’s new book, “Suborbital: Industry at the Edge of Space.”  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.  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 Dr. Erik Seedhouse back to the show for this 1 hour 28 minute discussion regarding suborbital space and Erik’s new book, “Suborbital: Industry at the Edge of Space.”  In the first segment, Erik started out by telling why he wrote the book and he gave us updates regarding the prominent suborbital space companies.  We talked about payload flights, science flights, academic flights and space tourism flights.  Dr. Seedhouse spoke to the need to lower the cost for the flights and the need to prepare for painful accidents.  Listeners asked him to describe the flight profile for SpaceShip2 and the training many of the passengers had taken at the NASTAR Center.  Erik then spoke about competing centers, the American Astronautic Institute in Florida and Waypoint 2 Space which is adjacent to NASA JSC.  Questions came up about Astronauts4Hire and & the need to self market to get a flight.  Erik talked about floating free during the microgravity part of the flight on Virgin, addressing the issue of getting back to your seat on time before reentry.   Near the end of the segment, a listener asked why it was taking so long for suborbital flight we it was done decades ago and the information is in the public domain.  Ham the Chimp got mentioned in this section.  As the segment was closing, the new topic of space motion sickness came up.

In the second segment, a listener wanted to know if it mattered to the passenger re medical issues if vertical launch was used or horizontal launch was used.  Erik said the g force was the biggest medical problem with suborbital space.  He also talked about long arm centrifuge training, then he went over the Anti-G Straining Maneuver to deal with g force issues.  Space suits came, space tourist physical conditioning was discussion topic as was space radiation which Erik said was not a problem for suborbital flights.

Please post your comments on The Space Show blog above. Erik can be contacted at DrEricSeedhouse@hotmail.com.  Erik’s website is www.suborbitaltraining.com.

Alan Boyle, Tuesday, 2-25-14 February 26, 2014

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Alan Boyle, Tuesday, 2-25-14

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Guest:  Alan Boyle.  Topics:  Alan discussed a wide range of topics including HSF, suborbital flights, science, 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 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.  Note that there was scattered phone line noise from time to time during our discussion.

We welcomed Alan Boyle back to the show for this 1 hour 42 minute discussion on numerous space news items & topics.  During our first segment, Alan talked about the “two year rule” which suggests space tourism & suborbital commercial flights are just two years away.  Throughout the program Alan kept suggesting that 2014 might be the end of the two year rule!   Alan gave us an overview of the spaceflight companies building vehicles.  Our next topic was the Yamato Meteorite, a Mars meteorite that may indicate past life on Mars.  He compared this to the 1996 meteorite announcement and said that some of the Yamato team members were the same as those addressing the 1996 “discovery” (www.nbcnews.com/#/science/space/tiny-blobs-tunnels-meteorite-revive-debate-over-life-mars-n38431).  In talking about Mars, I brought up the Viking experiments by Dr. Gil Levin , then a listener emailed in a question about the UK Tom Bower book on Branson, “Behind the Mask.”  Georgia followed with a question about the forthcoming NASA commercial crew down select, then I asked Alan for his view of SLS.  Alan said it definitely had a role to play.  Allison called from her car to inquire about private space stations & microgravity issues.

In the second segment, we discussed Planet Labs & their recent launch of cubesats from the ISS.  Alan also explained how the cubesats were launched from the station, plus since he had seen some of their images, we got a report on image quality.  Todd emailed in a additional question about cislunar transportation/lunar settlements.  Alan had several questions pertaining to what would actually be done in a lunar settlement.  Elon Musk & his Mars plans came up and we spent a few minutes talking about that subject.  Alan said the biggest dud story of 2013 in his opinion was Comet Ison.  John called from Ft. Worth & I queried him again on SLS but he actually wanted to discuss Mars & present day capabilities.  He then talked about the need for advanced propulsion for Mars flights.  He said he would back off his SLS support had there been plans for a second generation shuttle, depots or something that would be a real program.  He said SLS was a real program & any program was better than no program.  Alan then said he was looking forward to 2015 with New Horizons, Dawn, & SpaceShip2.  He also mentioned the ESA Rosetta mission,  then as the show was ending, he was asked about the Chinese lunar rover.  The final question from Sara was about the value & importance of human spaceflight.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  Follow Alan on www.facebook.com/NBCNewsScience and www.nbcnews.com/id/3033063.

Doug Messier, Tuesday, 2-18-14 February 19, 2014

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Doug Messier, Tuesday, 2-18-14

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Guest:  Doug Messier.  Topics: We discussed a wide range of topics from Google space to space tourism, technology & 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.htmFor those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating.  This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you.

We welcomed back Doug Messier, Managing Editor of ParabolicArc.com for this 1 hour 43 minute discussion.  During our first segment, Doug talked about the proposed Google space program involving up to 1,600 satellites for global communication and wifi.  Doug shared with us as much information as was currently known regarding this program, plus he talked about the Loon Project and explained why he referred to the multiple satellite program as “Son of Teledesic.”  While no launch vehicle has been identified Doug and listeners did talk about the possible impact launch services needed for such a large program.  Doug also reported on Masten Space Systems. He also talked about Masten in the second segment.  Many listeners sent in emails about the proposed Google program, some expressing skepticism, some wanting more information.  Doug then turned his attention to Virgin Galactic and he talked about their powered test flights, engine issues, possible hybrid replacement engines, and more.  We talked about the signed up Virgin passengers and PR efforts to keep them informed of Virgin’s progress.  Doug also briefed us on XCOR and the Google Lunar XPrize contest.  A listener emailed in about the decline of the California aerospace industry and state regulatory issues.  Doug had much to say about this.  Before the break, a listener asked for an update on Stratolaunch.

In the second segment, Doug talked about the management changes at Virgin given three executives have left in recent times.  In addition, he said some of the lower level employees were sending out resumes.  In response to a question, he updated us on Virgin’s Launcher One.  We talked about Dream Chaser test flights, the name change at Dryden, & the NASA Ames name.  Near the end he gave us a brief report on Garvey Space, then Dr. Lurio called in and they discussed at length the Virgin hybrid engine issues, vehicle modifications, & the possibilities for a replacement engine.  Doug commented that they may not make it to 100KM!  As the program was ending, Doug said it would be an interesting year, that he thought there would be crewed vehicle flights later this year, and then he shared his thoughts regarding possible commercial crew downsizing. During this segment, I asked Doug to comment on his most exciting and frustrating stories of last year.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. Doug can be reached through me or through ParabolicArc.com.

Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 1-14-14 January 15, 2014

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 1-14-14

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Guest:  Robert (Bob) Zimmerman.  Topics:  Bob Zimmerman covered a wide range of topics from commercial space to ground based telescopes.  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 Bob Zimmerman back to the show for this two hour discussion.  Bob started the first segment with an overview of commercial space progress to date in 2014 which includes Space X Falcon 9 launch, Orbital’s launch to the ISS, the recent Virgin Galactic demo test plus other events.  SLS came up again and unfortunately took up time throughout the show.  As you will hear me say, I am sick of the pro and anti-SLS comments on the show and really need an SLS break as I imagine most listeners do as well. Unfortunately, callers and email questioners kept bring it back to our focus and Bob was not shy on commenting on SLS as he wants it cancelled.  We talked some about Virgin Galactic and XCOR, then I asked about Dream Chaser given the news it has been seeking international partners to continue the project.  Bob was next asked about the Chinese policy and their lunar lander.  He started comparing the Chinese program of today to the early Soviet Union program and suggested that like all space programs, they will make a significant contribution to changing the culture of the country.  We talked about the new Omnibus 2014 Budget Bill before congress and the increases to NASA, planetary science, commercial crew and more.  As we neared the break, Bob in Berkeley asked Bob the guest to opine on Inspiration Mars and Mars One.  Doug from S. California called with multiple questions before the break, starting out asking about Bob’s comments on the negatives for taking government money and wanting to know if that applied to Space Act Agreement recipients.  His last question directed to Bob and me was based on our being part of the space media and about influencing policy, culture, programs, etc.  Bob’s and my response continued into the second segment.

During the second segment, Trent chatted in from Australia, then Dave called in from Chicago to asked about the J2X engine.   Bob and I talked some more about making a policy impact, then I asked Bob for key issues that will emerge for the balance of the year.  He talked about Russia competing with private companies, HSF and Dragon, astronomy, ground based telescope improvements, and NASA science programs.  At the end, I asked about the new mission for Kepler Space Telescope to have it continuing doing useful and productive research for the rest of its life.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog and visit Bob website often, http://behindtheblack.com.  You can reach Bob through his website or through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Open Lines, Sunday, 1-12-14 January 13, 2014

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Open Lines, Sunday, 1-12-14

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Guest:  Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics: A wide ranging discussion focusing on student space inspiration, heavy lift, SLS, commercial space & 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.

Welcome to this 2 hour 11 minute wide ranging discussion with a surprising debate between two callers in the latter part of the second half of the show.  During the first segment, we started out with a call from Paul to talk about his AIAA Spaceflight Challenge Program for inspiring students.  The purpose of this program is to inspire students to be involved in space development and exploration.  Paul will keep us posted on the project as it develops over the coming months.  Charles Pooley called in next to tell us that his Microlaunchers book was out and that he and his co-author would be on The Space Show to discuss it in detail Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.  The book, “Microlaunchers: Technology for a New Space Age,” is available through Amazon.  If you buy it and I suggest you do, use the OGLF Amazon portal so Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show.  Directions for doing this are on each blog archive, website archive, TSS website home page and on www.onegiantleapfoundation.org.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I believe you will be impressed with his long awaited book and hats off to Charles for finally getting it done and for doing a terrific job with it.

In our second segment, we took a call from an upstate NY college student inquiring about the returning to the Moon, lunar commerce and such.  Following Eric’s call, Marshall called in from Texas to talk about how inspiring TSS has been for him.  We also talking space mining issues with him, the use of robots and more.  Our next caller was SLS John.  John is a strong advocate for SLS and he again articulated the case for the completion of SLS.  I challenged him again with the usual arguments against SLS which did not phase him.  Dr. Jurist wanted to comment on what SLS John was saying so using another phone line, Dr. Jurist (Montana John) and SLS John had a lengthy and detailed exchange, both supporting heavy lift and SLS , although with reservations, especially from Montana John as you will hear in their discussion.  Its an interesting discussion but I doubt it will change the minds of listeners regardless of how they see and think about SLS.  That said, I strongly suggest you listen to their entire discussion many key points were addressed by both callers.  As the show was ending, I went over some of the key upcoming guests scheduled for The Space Show.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  If you want to reach any of the callers, do so through drspace@thespaceshow.com.

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