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Henry Vanderbilt, Thursday, 3-22-12 March 23, 2012

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Henry Vanderbilt, Thursday, 3-22-12


Guest:  Henry Vanderbilt.  Topics:  Space Access Society Conference, Phoenix, ArizonaApril 12-14, 2012.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://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 Henry Vanderbilt to the program to discuss the upcoming Space Access Society Conference, April 12-14, 2012 to be held at the Grace Inn in Phoenix, Arizona. For the conference agenda, registration and full hotel information, visit www.space-access.org.  During the first part of our initial segment, Henry provided us with an historical overview of not only the development and evolution of the Space Access Society meetings and conference, but also his own personal work in the space arena leading up to his excellent space activism of today which focuses on the space transportation issue.  This is a comprehensive look at activities that have brought space exploration and development to today since about 1986.  While Henry has been a frequent Space Show guest, this is perhaps the most detailed look we have had from him regarding his space evolution and the rise in importance of the Space Access Society (SAS).  Later in this nearly hour long segment and until our break, Henry highlighted many of the speakers that will be at the conference.  You can see the full list and the three day agenda at www.space-access.org/updates/sa12info.html.

In our second segment, we talked about more of the speakers but mainly focused on those that would address policy and budget issues as not all of the SAS speakers are on the business/entrepreneurial side of space development.  Some of the highlights included the NASA Chief Technology Office, ULA, policies for going beyond LEO, and advocacy on issues supported by SAS.  As part of this discussion, we talked about SLS, ISS, Space X, depots, and budgetary pressures on NASA and key members of congress.

If you have comments/questions, please post them on The Space Show blog URL.  If you have questions for Henry about SAS, you can email him at space.access@space-access.org.


1. Tom - June 6, 2012

It is frustrating that this project should have been already done. regardless of all the armchair space experts, this is one of a few dozen plans that can be more accurately mapped out to its conclusions. We have sufficient technical & business experience in related areas to actually not just deliver a new kind of engineering anomaly, but deliver a working operational system that can close the loop between the Lunar surface and high Earth orbit. This system accomplished several fronts at once without having to modify its architecture. Space travel has essentially been defaulted to robots and telemetry. With the ISS and shuttle (now defunct), stretching the goals has been roadblocked because nothing is being innovated to attempt breaking LEO for humans. This seems more like the 21st century equivalent of ‘laying’ the transatlantic telegraph cable between London and New York. But with far more backing from other fields.
1) We know how to put up geostationary satellites.
2) We know how to put rovers and monitoring stations on the Moon
3) We can make the materials for the ‘Lunar’ ribbon.
4) We can stabilize a structure in space with gyros, thrusters, solar powered fins…. there is a buttload of contractors who have workshops ready to go.
And frankly, if you can’t sell it here… China, India or Dubai could be clients for a project like this? It could Sputnik all over again… this time the US might have a bit of ‘friendly’ competition that’s got a bigger set of balls! Treaties be damned, somebody might just own the Moon in 20 years or less?

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