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Gil Moore, Monday, 9-3-12 September 3, 2012

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Gil Moore, Monday, 9-3-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1847-BWB-2012-09-03.mp3

Guest:  Gil Moore.  Topics: New CubeSat program including POPACS, Rampart, PrintSat, 3D Printing and more.  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 Gil Moore back to the program to talk with us about his new CubeSat projects including Rampart, PrintSat and POPACS (Polar Orbiting Passive Atmospheric Calibration Spheres).  We also talked about 3D printing, the previous Starshine Project plus small satellite elliptical and circular orbital concerns, trajectories, and issues. Rather than writing this summary per the program’s two segments, I am doing it as one continuous summary for the nearly two hour discussion as our topics and themes did not change much.  Gil provided us with an excellent understanding of these programs which also offer terrific student opportunities for both high school and college students to get involved in satellite and space projects.  As you listen to the program, Gil provides names and email addresses for people to contact, including himself.  If you have questions, want to know how to participate in these projects, or just want more information about cubesats and the industry, do make use of the contacts.  Not only did Gil take us through complicated cubesat orbital dynamics, he stressed the need to give students the space and “the opportunity to do their own thing.”  If you want to research areas Gil talked about during our program use Google for the following key words and topics which are just a few of those mentioned in our discussion:  , Project Starshine, POPACS (Polar Orbiting Passive Atmospheric Calibration Spheres), 3D Printing, Rampart Cubesat project, Cubesats, PrintSat, Windform XT, elliptical orbits, circular orbits, N-Prize, See Sat, CelesTrak, Satellite Tool Kit, Dr. T. S. Kelso, polar orbits, secondary propulsion, and the NASA Get Away Special Program, a program referred to by Gil as the best student outreach program ever for Nasa but it was eventually cancelled.

If you have comments/questions regarding this program, please post them on The Space Show Blog.  Gil did provide his email address so feel free to contact him at GilMoore12@aol.com.  The abstract for the paper he referred to which he gave at SmallSat this year can be found at www.smallsat.org/technical-program/sessionx.pdf.

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