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Dennis Wingo, Sunday, 3-30-14 March 31, 2014

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Dennis Wingo, Sunday, 3-30-14

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Guest:  Dennis Wing.  Topics:  The Wingo SpaceRef article, “The Path Forward In American Space-2014 Edition,” ISS, SLS, budgets.  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 http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Dennis Wingo back to the program to discuss his ideas as stated in his Space Ref Op-Ed of March 6, 2014, “The Path Forward In American Space-2014 Edition.”  Check  http://spaceref.com/the-path-forward-in-american-space—2014-edition.html.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 46 minute discussion, Dennis began with a space program historical overview going back to JFK, James Webb, early space policy, and the FY 1966 peak NASA budget.  He was making the case that budget problems are not the sole cause for problems in our space policy. Instead, government, NASA and policy makers are choosing programs to spend money on and space has shown a sharp decline in prioritization over a long period of time.  Dennis talked about the three programs consuming large amounts of NASA’s budget but with strong congressional support:  ISS, the James Webb Telescope, and SLS.  He says we muddle along not having sufficient funds to do any of these project properly so he makes the case for SLS and & ISS working together to maximize the potential benefit of each program.  When asked if the Russian political problems might be a game changer for Commercial Crew, he said it was possible but too early to tell.  During this segment, Dennis elaborated on this idea with information, facts, and assumptions.  He then shows how such a plan can produce practical benefits for the American people, a must in modern day space programs.  He also talked about Silicon Valley and their investments in commercial space companies and what this means to the industry.

In the second segment, we talked about needed American public support and ways to influence policy makers, congressional leaders, etc.  We also talked about the media, the specific science and space media, and problems with it.  Dennis mentioned the upcoming comet flyby of Mars and its potential impact on people.  Check out Comet Siding Spring.  Dennis was asked for his action plan to help implement his idea, then he was asked for his thoughts on international participation and for his level of concern over the Chinese lunar program.  He concluded saying that American citizens needed to see practical benefits from our space program, that inspiration, spinoffs, etc. had not worked all that well over the decades as space program drivers.

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1. Space-for-All at HobbySpace » Space policy roundup – Mar.31.14 - March 31, 2014

[…] Dennis Wingo, Sunday, 3-30-14 – Thespaceshow’s Blog – Dennis discusses his essay, The Path Forward In American Space-2014 Edition –  March 6, 2014. […]

2. The Space Show - March 31, 2014

Toward the end of the program, Dennis told us about an article written by the former 1960’s Chairman of the Board for General Electric, Ralph J. Cordiner. The article was titled “Competitive Private Enterprise in Space.” You can find the article at http://rjacobson.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/cordiner-article-1961.pdf. I recommend you read the article.

David

3. Tony Rusi - March 31, 2014

The answer is simple really. Kill NASA and kill the “ten bigger government” programs that are bigger than NASA. Mars is going to get colonized by Elon Musk anyway. Nowadays, NASA couldn’t explore it’s way out of a paper bag! The Space Shuttle was costing us $30,000 a pound to LEO. The non-reused Falcon 9 is costing $2,000 a pound to LEO. Re-using just the first stage is going to drop the cost of the Falcon 9 to $500 a pound to LEO. Re-using the first stage, second stage, and Dragon Capsule will drop the cost below $100 a pound to LEO. Now LEO is halfway to anywhere. So taking a 1,000 lbs (mars colonist, provisions, and gear) to Mars is going to cost SpaceX ~$200,000 wholesale. But they are charging $500,000 retail! SpaceX will actually profit $24 Billion taking 80,000 colonists to Mars over the next 40 years. SpaceX has actually discovered the “holy grail of spaceflight”, cheap access to space. That is re-usability thru propulsive landing. Who needs NASA? NASA has been a government employment program. Let the good ones go find real jobs in the private sector. If NASA was doing what they should be doing they’d be building starships. Even the Google Boys said they’d rather give their money to Elon Musk instead of a charity! Because Elon’s a real Capitalist who will generate more and more wealth with every dollar you give him. I think we should change the Constitution and elect him President. As it is, Elon’s probably going to be the President of United Mars!

Dwayne Day - April 3, 2014

Sounds like somebody is in looooove…

Andy Hill - April 6, 2014

Elon Musk is a clever guy and I want to see him succeed as much as anyone but he cant do everything so we need others to step up to the plate as well.

He needs competition as much as anyone and we need other players or some of the more traditional ones to start being more inventive in pushing the boundaries. I not sure that SpaceX will continue to operate as it has so far once it has an IPO and investors need to be kept sweet.

One of the problems that keeps coming up is that we have too many eggs in a single basket, rather than just swapping baskets how about trying a lot of different bags.


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