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Jim Muncy, Sunday, 1-20-13 January 21, 2013

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Jim Muncy, Sunday, 1-20-13


Guest:  Jim Muncy.  Topics: Comprehensive space policy & commercial space discussion.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://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 Jim Muncy back to the show for this comprehensive space policy and commercial space two hour plus discussion.  While many topics overlapped both segments and we went back and forth on several topics, this summary will be a two part summary.  Jim started the discussion with a look at new space legislation kicking off the year.  After a short summary of several items and their impact on commercial space, we talked about the makeup of the new Congress and how it might view civil and commercial space.  Jim then started addressing specific projects including Orion and its expansion to include ESA, SLS, the Boeing CST100, Atlas 5, and more.  A listener asked about the Space Settlement Act and the Space Foundation Pioneering White Paper.  We then turned our attention to Cis-lunar space as a commercial gateway and Jim mentioned new commercial opportunities such as Golden Spike.  We also talked about the recent study on NASA by the National Academies.  Other topics included the need to do exploration, to take risks and NASA acting more like the old NACA with aviation.  The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was brought up by a caller and we started talking about large program expenses as compared to smaller, less costly, & more frequent programs that fly much more often.  In response to another listener, Jim said SLS was not in competition for funds with commercial crew as one was near term & the other long term.  Falcon Heavy was brought up, especially as an alternative to SLS.

     In our second segment, Jim was asked about how best to influence congress. Later on, Jim was asked to comment on the liability indemnification issue surrounding Spaceport America & Virgin Galactic.  Our domestic economic situation came up many times in both segments but in this segment, it was applied to problems with our weather satellite system & infrastructure needs as opposed to flying missions.  This included mention of the Hurricane Sandy relief package just passed by Congress.  Other issues talked about included the aerospace skilled workforce, parochial congressional interests, the NASA bureaucracy, & the role of space advocacy.

     Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  You can email Mr. Muncy through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.


1. Joe from Houston - January 22, 2013

Print more money and use smoke and mirrors to mask that action. The game of musical chairs is alive and well. The power-smart ones win the money and the dumb ones lose the money when the power-smart ones shut the music off and claim the game is over. That has been the consistent answer for a government that controls everyone trying to earn the money that the government prints and controls.

In reality, going to space costs a very tiny drop of money compared to the tons of handouts being printed and distributed each day for entirely different things related to living on the ground in a safe and protected environment.

Jim’s interesting sermon about the right to file a lawsuit no matter what is all based on the political system that allows it. Like abortion, which has been in the news lately; some people like it; most don’t; the justice system grinds up the dumb ones since the power-smart ones shut the music off and claim the game is over. If you are smart and powerful enough, you can get an abortion. If not, you can’t and will likely become dependent on government handouts to bear and raise your child. This lawsuit meat grinder justice system usually sides with the massive army of power-smart ones who can shut the music off and claim game is over.

We need more power-smart professionals paid to correct the existing musical chairs game before we can nonchalantly travel into space. Until then, each successful trip to space without catastrophe is a true life-long accomplishment reserved for a small number of heroes just like during Apollo. Simply begging for a (government handout) chance to achieve great things in space is a cloaked path to a high risk taking venture that ultimately ends up in court with the power-smart ones shutting the music off and claiming the game is over.

2. Alan M - January 21, 2013

Also, do you think you could add an acurate running time for each show, so we can plan the time to listen from archives. Thanks.

3. Alan M - January 21, 2013

Good show. A lot of the same subjects and opinions though. Dave, still had call waiting, or whatever, on this show. It seems to me that this wasn’t a problem until recently and that it is your line and not most of the people calling in to the show. Law of averages or something, I think. May need to get a lawyer or something to have “your carrier” fix this. It is directly related to your organization’s mission and they need to resolve it. Could you switch your provider?

4. DougSpace - January 21, 2013

Just wanted to say that this was a particularly interesting show. Although I wasn’t able to listen to all of it, from what I heard, I thought that Mr. Muncy had a lot of good things to say.

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