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Jim Lewis, Tuesday, 4-10-12 April 11, 2012

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Jim Lewis, Tuesday, 4-10-12


Guest:  Jim Lewis.  Topics:  Satellite Communication Conference 2012, FloridaSpaceCoasthappenings, Space Brothers-The Movie.  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 Jim Lewis back to The Space Show to discuss what is happening on the Space Coast in Florida, the recently held Satellite Communications 2012 conference, and many other relevant and interesting space topics.  We started with the satellite conference.  Check it out at www.satellitetoday.com/satellite2012.  As you will hear, this conference addresses far more than just satellites.  Jim then told us about the work his company did on filming the KSC part of the Japanese film Space Brothers (www.spacebrothers-movie.com). There are lots of news stories about the filming of this movie at KSC but here is one from Space.com:  www.space.com/11635-nasa-space-brothers-japanese-science-fiction-film.html.  While the film is in Japanese, you will still enjoy the trailer and the story Jim told us about Buzz Aldrin being in the movie.  We then talked about Space X and their upcoming flight at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base launch pad.  Jim updated us on some additional commercial space news along the Space Coast and he mentioned the recent 60 Minutes follow up segment by Scott Pelly.  He said the segment focused on the negatives going on in the area and while it was accurate, it ignored some of the positive developments happening along the coast. Jim spent some time going over the positives that are taking place in the area so when you watch the 60 Minutes segment, keep in mind that the news is not all bleak. For those of you who missed the 60 Minutes segment, you can watch the 12 minute feature which aired earlier this month at www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7403938n.  Listeners asked if the suborbital research market and opportunities were part of the satellite conference and we also talked about bandwidth issues that were discussed at the conference.  Jim did not know about suborbital at the conference but he did have lots to say about bandwidth issues which his own business deals with all the time.  Other listeners asked about cubesats at the conference and Jim surprised us by letting us know that in the booth area, there was a significant display by the NRO!

In our second segment, Jim mentioned that Florida tourism was still strong, that his sense was that Space X was expanding in the area and then we talked about docking and birthing at the ISS.  Jim mentioned some of the documentaries his firm has recently worked on and then he told us a short story about Aaron Robertson suggesting that better engineering from the space industry makes better cars, etc.  Don’t miss what Jim had to say about this because it true in a much broader sense than just for cars.   A listener asked Jim about the Republican presidential primary and Newt’s comments. Terry called in and we talked about the potential for Space X to have a Texas spaceport.  We also talked about the end of the shuttle program and the prep and delivery of the shuttles to their new museum homes.  At the end, we talked about the Deep Space Communications program run by Jim’s company.  You can learn more about CCI at www.cciflorida.com. If you are interested in the Deep Space Communication project, contact me or visit http://deepspacecom.net.

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