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Robert (Rob) Kelso, Friday, 6-21-13 June 22, 2013

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Robert (Rob) Kelso, Friday, 6-21-13


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Guest:  Robert (Rob) Kelso;  Topics:  The PISCES Program plus additional Hawaiian space projects & assets.  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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Rob Kelso, Executive Director of PISCS, to the program.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 28 minute program, Mr. Kelso not only introduced us to the Pacific International Space Center (PISCES) in Hawaii, but also to the long standing space related traditions & history with the state of Hawaii.  As our discussion was held on the summer solstice, this certainly contributed to making Rob’s Hawaii space historical summary most interesting & relevant.  Rob noted the role played by Hawaii as an analog site for the Apollo training and newer robotic missions.  In fact, much of our discussion focused in on features within Hawaii that are being used more and more for space analog sites, insitu learning, 3 D printing methodology, and technical development.  Rob talked about the PISCES engagement of both public and private sectors & the need to help develop 21st century skills within the Hawaiian aerospace industry.  Also discussed in this segment were the relationships with other NASA centers, both for human spaceflight as well as robotic and science missions.

In our second segment, we talked about the PISCES signing of six memoranda of understanding.  While Rob had something to say about each project, you can read a good summary of these important projects at www.hawaii247.com/2013/04/25/pisces-signs-six-memoranda-of-understanding.  Also in this segment, we talked about the HI-SEAS Project (http://hi-seas.org). HI-SEAS is the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation planetary surface exploration analog site at 8,500 feet on the side of Mauna Loa, focusing on research for food  preparation strategies for long duration HSF.  Rob talked about HI-SEAS quite a bit so don’t overlook what he had to say about this program.  Later, Doug called in regarding the RESOLVE Program which PISCES participates in with goals of creating O2 & rocket fuel by melting moon rocks to help support humans living on the Moon.  Rob then talked about the Robotic Search & Rescue Program and telerobotics.  This led to a discussion about communication latency issues, even with the Moon.  When asked about State of Hawaii and PISCES objectives, he said near term included showing an ROI to the state with longer term goals of having a state technology research park contributing to all aspects of education, STEM, & space development in the state.  Christine emailed in a question about the biggest challenges faced by Hawaii and PISCES, especially since other states are also motivated to building up their space and STEM industries.  His response was most interesting.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per the above URL.  You can email Rob Kelso through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.



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