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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-30-15 December 31, 2015

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-30-15

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Guests: Francis Rose, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Francis and I summarized Space Show listener top space projects of the year. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

 

Guest Host Francis Rose and I discussed Space Show listeners choices for the top space projects of 2015. We divided the topics into three categories, launch services, planetary missions, and human spaceflight. Note that this program also contains the Dr. Space blooper of 2015! Near the end of the segment, I remembered to give credit to the Japanese Space Agency for being able to save their Akatsuki satellite. First, I forgot the name but to make matters worse, I initially said it was rescued and now orbiting Mercury. I immediately changed it back to Venus but in a sentence conveying uncertainty. I tried to get in a later word to correct my blooper but Francis had the last word and ended the segment. I could have edited it out but then that would not have been very open and honest with all of you so there it is, my blooper of 2015, maybe of all time. No need to email to tell me its Venus, not Mercury. I knew it at the time but bad history was made anyway. For the rest of our Hotel Mars segment, I listed the projects most frequently mentioned by Space Show listeners in our multiple end of the year shows. Both Blue Origin and SpaceX got tops in the launch industry for recovering their rocket and first stage. Planetary missions included New Horizons, Dawn, Cassini and mentions of Kepler & Cassini. The twins study and setting the American astronaut record for most time in space by Astronaut Scott Kelly were it for human spaceflight.

 

Please post your comments on TSS blog per above. You can email Mr. Rose or me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-29-15 December 30, 2015

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Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-29-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2613-BWB-2015-12-29.mp3

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Guest: Thomas (Tom) Olson. Topics: 2015 in review, 2016 space events, best and worst space events of the year. 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. 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 back Tom Olson for his traditional annual year in review show, this time for the year 2015. During the first segment of our 1 hour 45 minute discussion, I asked Tom to start off with the worst space event for 2015 rather than the best. Interestingly, he said it was the fact that another year has gone by without our flying people to space, either orbital or suborbital. This opened up a discussion about disappointments in the suborbital industry other than for Blue Origin which got the best grade along with SpaceX for their landing their rocket back on the pad after making it to space. As for the best, Tom mentioned several “bests” during the show but started out with the new commercial space legislation recently signed into law, specifically the part about funding commercial crew and U.S citizens being able to extract resources from asteroids. He spoke about the launch industry in general saying this was a near record year with 87 total launches. He talked about the ISS extension to 2024, commercial projects on the station and he said it would be better to design a commercial station properly than to try and commercialize the ISS. Tom then mentioned several entrepreneurial companies worth noting and watching including Planet Labs, Spire, Made In Space, also Sierra Nevada with the continuation of its Dream Chaser space vehicle. Listener Robert asked if his views on space solar power had changed in 2015. Tom said no but listen to his explanation. I asked Tom for the top space leaders of 2015. He had trouble naming a few other than Bezos and Musk. He said there were no heroes. All of the space men and women were heroes. Jeff from Denver asked Tom if he changed his mind on SLS/Orion from previous years. Again, Tom said no but listen to his full explanation. Another listener asked him if he thought 2016 presidential politics would influence space policy. Again, he answered with a no. Ft. Worth John called to talk about artificial gravity experiments that were needed, Falcon 9 landing the 1st stage successfully, plus he asked when the Falcon Heavy would fly.

In the second segment, Luis from Venezuela asked Tom about small scale laser beaming of power from powersats to landers and assets on the lunar surface. Next up was Dr. Lurio who put in a plug for Made In Space for a 2015 outstanding company award, then he talked about XCOR, responding to some of the recent management changes in the company plus the comments Tom was making about the company. Tom further addressed Made In Space and mentioned a 3D bioprinter. Here is the link to the story he mentioned about the bioprinter, http://medcitynews.com/2015/08/watch-out-organovo-biobots-launching-new-line-of-low-cost-3d-bioprinters. Tom spoke more about the Bigelow ISS BEAM Module experiment for later in 2016, then talked about the success of deep space exploration, JPL, and more. He mentioned running water on Mars, Cassini and Titan photos, New Horizons and Pluto and the Dawn Mission to Ceres. He also gave credit to Rosetta and the Comet 67P mission , then commented on the disappointment about the delay in the Insight Mars mission. Tom mentioned Putin’s reorganization of the Russian space industry to just Roscosmos, then he said the weirdest event of the year was the exoplanet discovery of the mysterious dimming in light value with some in the media reporting the possible discovery of alien ruins (see http://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/has-kepler-discovered-an-alien-megastructure-151014.htm). Near the end of the program, Tom talked at length about important changes in the New Space Business Plan Competition. A listener then asked him about space films for 2015 and Tom commented on The Martian and television science fiction programming. He also mentioned the twins study on the ISS was nearing its end and Scott Kelly had set a record for the most time spent in space by an American astronaut. Before the show ended we talked about one way trips to Mars, Mars One and then Tom predicted that Mr. Musk will get to Mars before NASA. He concluded by saying that 2015 was an inspiring year for space on all fronts.

Please post your comments/Questions on TSS blog above. Happy New Year to all of you. Keep it safe, have a great celebration and I wish you all a terrific 2016! Thank you again for your Space Show support.

 

Space Show Annual Year In Review Program, Sunday, 12-27-15 December 28, 2015

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Space Show Annual Year In Review Program, Sunday, 12-27-15

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Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston; Topics:  Annual review for space for year 2015.  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.  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.

Welcome to our annual Open Lines Annual Year In Review program for 2015.  As it turned out, we did the 2 hour 10 minute program without a break as calls kept coming and we kept going with the program.  Before taking listener calls, I updated everyone on the new website’s development.  We started with listener calls with Jerry’s call about seeing the Falcon 9 land the first stage from his porch in Merit Island, not far from the SpaceX launch and landing sites.  He described both the launch and the landing for us from his perspective of being there, plus he talked about potential and future SpaceX rockets and launches.  As it turned out, the overwhelming winner for the best 2015 space event was the SpaceX landing of its first stage back at the Cape.  While there was lots of discussion about the future economics of the project, reusable economics and more, including the specifics of this flight that made it perfect for the landing demonstration, there was overwhelming support for SpaceX and reusability.  Several listeners even called to talk about reusability with the Falcon Heavy, they described what they thought was the customer profile for reusability, we talked about risk vs. reward ratios, payload mass and possible pricing strategies for the “used” rocket launch and what the competition may do as a result of this excellent SpaceX success.  As for planetary missions for 2015, hands down for New Horizons and Dawn going to Ceres.  We had a few votes for Comet 67P and some mention of Kepler.  Doug, during his call, mentioned that for 2016 there might not be much happening in planetary science but he did refer to the JUNO mission which makes it to Jupiter on July 4, 2016.  John Hunt called and in addition to talking about reusability and SpaceX, we talked about the new movie Star Wars.  That too was a popular topic for the show. John and I pointed out lots of similarities to the earlier Star Wars and what seemed to be technology that had not advanced much since the initial Star Wars movie.  Another listener emailed in with the technological advances in the fighters and other systems in the new Star Wars movie so there was tech advancement though I don’t think it was easy to spot.  However, we did talk in general about reaching technology plateaus and a few callers brought that up. I cited a current article from an Australian financial publication suggesting Apple Computer had “run out of ideas” which supported what some of the listeners were asking about re space technology.  Michael Listner called to talk about the RD180 engine and the Defense Authorization Act.  We also talked about ULA CEO Tory Bruno being on The Space Show for Tuesday, Jan. 5th.  John in Fremont called about New Horizons, Dawn and 67P, then he suggested he wanted to see SpaceX go to airline type flight service & operations as soon as possible.  He was challenged on that statement.  He also suggested a return to the show by Dr. Bruce Damer regarding his Shepherd Project.  Listener Rick suggested being on the lookout for 2016 for advances in small compact fusion technology with increased involvement from commercial investors. In addition to Focus Fusion (Lawrenceville Plasma Physics) and Polywell (Energy Matter Conversion Corp., he mentioned Lockheed Martin Skunk Works with their device.  Also,  Lightsail-B is one of the payloads expected on a Falcon 9 flight in 2016 and Phase Four’s CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster (CAT) plasma engine got $1 million from DARPA in November. Expected lots of development for 2016.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach any of the callers or emailers through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

 

Space Show 2015 Annual Fund Raising Final Appeal Letter For The Year December 27, 2015

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2015 Annual Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation Fundraising Drive

December, 27, 2015

The year 2015 is rapidly coming to a close and so is our annual fundraising campaign for The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation. With less than a week remaining for a 2015 contribution to The Space Show, if you have not yet supported us, please do. It is your support that keeps us on the air, keeps our content distributed free of charge and enables many of you to promote your work, your services, your views, and your products many times over year.  So ask yourself, in terms of the space environment, are you better off with or without The Space Show?  Does The Space Show enhance and support your work and what you do in and for the space community?  If you answer in the positive to any of these questions or many more that I could easily suggest, then help The Space Show to stay strong with your support.

Our campaign is winding down so I want to thank all of you who have so generously supported The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation (OGLF) during this and previous years. Your past support has definitely kept The Space Show going, even in these challenging economic times. Without sounding weird or over the top, there simply would be no Space Show without your support.  I want each and everyone of you to know that and to know just how much everyone who listens to The Space Show appreciates your support as well but for me, it is personal, it is humbling and very rewarding.  Thank you again and again and again and again.

As I said earlier, our annual fund raising campaign has less than a week to go as we are rapidly approaching 2016 with no stopping the momentum no matter what. We need your support in these last days of our campaign to carry us into the new year so as you finalize your 2015 budgets and end of the year expenses and charitable/nonprofit giving, please remember and support us.

The Space Show operates under the 501C3 nonprofit model. We do not accept advertising or fees from guests to be on the program, even from the many repeat guests on the show that are afforded nearly unlimited self-promotion exposure for their books, websites, ideas, theories, and work related to space activities of all sorts. This year we also accepted a special category of sponsorships for our Indiegogo project for building the new website. Given our nonprofit model, The Space Show relies entirely upon listener support for its continued operation and programming, and in being able to keep our content free and available to everyone on the internet on a global basis. This includes all our programs going back to our start in 2001. Given our policy on making all our programs available, we do need your continued support for us to continue. Space Show programs are costly to produce live and archive, plus remember, we keep all our shows active and available to ou on our website. Your support for The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation is vital to our continued operation, success and for many of you, to the nearly unlimited promotion of your work.

We understand that you have choices in making your year end tax deductible contributions and we certainly appreciate your including us in your gifting priorities. 2015 is quickly coming to a close. Now is the time to support The Space Show/OGLF by making your contribution . As a 501C3 nonprofit, if you pay U.S. federal taxes, you get a tax deduction for your gift as permitted by law. The same is true for those of you paying California taxes. I recommend that you check with your tax adviser regarding any and all tax questions. You are also encouraged to contact me with your questions and comments about the show or your support. Above all, please remember that we do need and appreciate your support

You can make your donation online using Pay Pal at either www.thespaceshow.com/donate.asp  or www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/individuals.htm.  Simply click on the Pay Pal logo. If you prefer mailing a check, please make your check payable to One Giant Leap Foundation, Inc. and mail it in care of me to P.O. Box 95, Tiburon, CA 94920 USA. Remember, your gift makes The Space Show programming and all of the services such as the toll free line, archives, podcasts, email, and our blog possible.

One last note about our new website financed so generously by your support of our Indiegogo crowd funding drive earlier this year. You should be up to date on our progress if you read our blog update posts but in having spent another hour on the phone with Spencer this morning being trained on how to work the new site with more time being devoted to this with Spencer during this week, I am pretty sure we will launch January 1.  There are lots and lots of changes with the new site, not just a new and fresh design.  The blog is different, the website newsletter is different, shows are displayed differently, the searchable database has lots of options for you, plus many more features.  To comment on the blog you will need to register a Disqus account and you will see that on the website.  Spencer and I are working on either an instructional program for listeners or he may make some videos to guide listeners in getting familiar with the new site.  Also, we expect glitches to show up and hope your eagle eyes will catch them and report them to us.  I will update you this week as to any more website delays, otherwise get ready for the launch of the new site by January 1.

Thank you for your support. I look forward to sharing the New Year with you through The Space Show and the One Giant Leap Foundation, Inc. Please contact me at drspace@thespaceshow.com if you have any questions. Let’s all work to make 2016 a banner year for space, prosperity, health, and peace around the world.

Sincerely, yours,

Dr. David Livingston

The Space Show

One Giant Leap Foundation, Inc.

 

 

Space Show News and Updates, Friday, 12-25-15 December 25, 2015

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Space Show News and Updates

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope all of you have had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and that it continues right on through New Years into 2016.  Here at Space Show headquarters, we have been busy getting the new website up and running for the New Year and much more.  Thus, I thought I would give you an update on what we are doing.

Regarding the Indiegogo perks, all the lapel pins, mugs and T-shirts have been ordered and shipped. If you have not received your item, please let me know so I can check into what happened to the order.  I mailed the lapel pins nearly two months ago.  All the mugs and T-shirts were sent directly by the company Spreadshirt after Thanksgiving so anyone missing their item needs to assume it has been lost.  Again, let me know so I can check into the shipping to find out what happened or to make sure that your order was correctly processed in the first place.

Regarding the other perks from our Indiegogo campaign and the progress on launching our new website, we have had several delays. First, the additional perks become effective when the new website launches.  As for the delays, we have had many including some technical, some due to my schedule, and some due to Spencer’s workload as he is the one doing the new site.  While we have much remaining to do, including my learning how to upload shows, do the blog & the new website newsletter, plus other new features, getting the site up for the beginning of the year is our priority.  We may still be tweaking it once it is up, especially if you find flaws here and there, a program not working,  the donor honor role not yet available or something else.  However, we want to start working the new site no later than January 1 as there are some format changes for the programs and the way I will manage the show on air and those changes should start with the first program of 2016.  As soon as the new site is up, I will be contacting the other Indiegogo perk buyers to let them know that they need to plan for hosting, co-hosting, being a guest and the other time related perks such as Listener Voices.

As you know, we are in the final stages of our annual fund raising efforts for 2015. I will send out one final fund raising note this weekend to remind everyone that we do need your support.  Remember, your contributions keep The Space Show on the air and allow us to continue to distribute our content free of charge to everyone.  If you have not already done so, please support us.  For those of you that are frequent guests on the program, remember, we provide you with air time and promotional reach for your views, products, website, work and more.  Please support us in return.

Regarding 2016 programming, about half of January is already booked and we are starting to book the balance of the first quarter. If you have guest suggestions for us, please send them to me.  I will respond quickly regarding your suggestion.  If you know the person you are suggesting, let me know as it always helps to have a personal recommendation.  It will also help if you can provide the person’s email address as I invite guests to the show via email.

I’m looking forward to a great 2016 for The Space Show. We start off with terrific guests including Tuesday evening, July 5 with ULA  CEO Tory Bruno.  Keep your program and guest suggestions coming and please continue to support The Space Show.

My best to all of you for good close to 2015 and for your best year ever in 2016.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. David Livingston, Host

The Space Show

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, 12-23-15 December 24, 2015

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, 12-23-15

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: 2015 year in review. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

 

John Batchelor and I did a quick 2015 year in review. We both agreed that the latest Falcon 9 launch by SpaceX was a potential game changer with the success of their flyback booster landing upright at the Cape. We also talked about the rest of this particular SpaceX mission which was just as impressive. For planetary science, we selected several mission for our 2015 best including New Horizons, Dawn, Akatsuki which started orbiting Venus after being lost for five years, and the Japanese Hayabusa 1 and 2 missions,. We commented that we were disappointed in the suborbital industry progress other than for Blue Origin and their recent successful test flight with their rocket return to the pad. John liked the European Rosetta Mission for Comet 67P and specifically the Philae lander. We summarized our short discussion by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, plus we look forward to 2016 being another exciting year for space.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog, http://www.thespaceshow.wordpress.org.

 

Ken Murphy, Tuesday, 12-22-15 December 23, 2015

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Ken Murphy, Tuesday, 12-22-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2610-BWB-2015-12-22.mp3

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Guest: Ken Murphy. Topics: Cislunar development, returning to the Moon, Mars, Moon Day, NASA and much more.  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.   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 back Ken Murphy to discuss space current events, his coming articles and stories, and reasons for returning to the Moon and developing cislunar space.  During the first segment of our 2 hour 2 minute discussion, Ken started out by telling us about his upcoming Jan. 4, 2016 Space Review article regarding the July 2016 Moon Day celebration in Dallas.  He provided the logistical details for the event throughout our discussion, plus he described the event, the Lunar Sample Bags, the educational outreach, and their ham radio connection to the ISS via the ARISS Program.  This discussion was followed by our talking about the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and first stage recovery.  Ken then talked about making significant changes in NASA to advance space development, especially getting younger employees at NASA with an average age in the 30’s by getting rid of the older NASA employees.  This comment caused John from Ft. Worth to call to remind Ken of anti-age discrimination laws, wondering just how Ken would get rid of the older people at NASA.  We shifted our discussion to cislunar development and international lunar development efforts.  We talked about the need for public private programs to do cislunar and lunar development.  Betty emailed Ken to ask him if he thought all the lunar advocacy made a difference and helped the cause of our getting back to the Moon.  Ken’s response to Betty might surprise you so don’t miss it.  Before the break, we talked about education and the public’s space educational level.  You definitely want to hear what Ken said about the average person’s space knowledge and teachers in our K-high school grades.  Tell us what you think about Ken’s education and teacher analysis and comments by posting your thoughts on TSS blog.

In the second segment, we talked about going back to the Moon, then Ken brought up lunar dust issues, then in response to the typical Moon or Mars question, he said the Moon was our sand box made to order to train us for solar system exploration and even settlement.  He also said while he is interested in Mars and space settlement, his near term focus was on cislunar development and returning to the Moon.  During our program, he often referred to talks he has given to the general public so he talked at length about both space and STEM being a hook for getting young people interested in space and the STEM topics.  He again mentioned that on Moon Day, they would be talking with the ISS crew via the ARISS program,.  Preston from Chicago asked him if he had seen The Martian or the latest Star Wars movie.  His response and what he said about the movies will have to be a surprise for you.  Near the end of the program, Jerry asked him about his support for advanced propulsion and Jack asked him what he thought of Elon’s plans to go to Mars in 15 years or so.  Ken was also asked for his opinion on space solar power and about using water ice on the Moon for fuel.  Ken said it would be better to work the Moon from L1.  In conclusion, he offered us a good takeaway message and a good set of closing statements you will want to hear.

Make sure you post your comments/questions on TSS blog.  You can reach Ken through The Space Show or The Moon Society (www.moonsociety.org).  Finally, Merry Christmas everyone.  The Space Show team and I wish you a very good holiday season.

 

Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation Annual Fund Raising Drive December 22, 2015

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Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation Annual Fund Raising Drive

December 22, 2015

Dear Space Show Listeners

Re: 2015 Annual Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation Fundraising Drive

Christmas is literally just around the corner so once again, please let me wish all of you very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Years.  To me, the time has gone by faster than a rocket going to orbit for 2015.  Do you feel the same way?  And what better of a Christmas prize for our space industry than the outstanding SpaceX flight and first stage landing and recovery yesterday.  Congratulations to all of the SpaceX team for a job very well done.

I want to thank all of you who have so generously supported The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation (OGLF) during this and previous years. Your past support has definitely kept The Space Show going, even in these challenging economic times. Without sounding weird or over the top, there simply would be no Space Show without your support.  I want each and everyone of you to know that and to know just how much everyone who listens to The Space Show appreciates your support as well but for me, it is personal, it is humbling and very rewarding.  Thank you again and again and again

Our annual fund raising has less than two weeks to go as we are rapidly approaching 2016 full speed ahead. We need your support in these last days of our campaign so as you finalize your 2015 budgets and end of the year expenses and gifts, please remember and support us

The Space Show operates under the 501C3 nonprofit model. We do not accept advertising or fees from guests to be on the program, even from the many repeat guests on the show that are afforded nearly unlimited self-promotion exposure for their books, websites, ideas, theories, and work related to space activities of all sorts. This year we also accepted a special category of sponsorships for our Indiegogo project for building the new website. Given our nonprofit model, The Space Show relies entirely upon listener support for its continued operation and programming, and in being able to keep our content free and available to everyone on the internet on a global basis. This includes all our programs going back to our start in 2001. Given our policy on making all our programs available, we do need your help to continue broadcasting. Space Show programs are costly to produce live and archive, plus remember, we keep all our shows active and available to ou on our website. Your support for The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation is vital to our continued operation, success and for many of you, to the nearly unlimited promotion of your work

We understand that you have choices in making your year end tax deductible contributions and we certainly appreciate your including us in your gifting priorities. 2015 is quickly coming to a close. Now is the time to support The Space Show/OGLF by making your contribution . As a 501C3 nonprofit, if you pay U.S. federal taxes, you get a tax deduction for your gift as permitted by law. The same is true for those of you paying California taxes. I recommend that you check with your tax adviser regarding any and all tax questions. You are also encouraged to contact me with your questions and comments about the show or your support. Above all, please remember that we do need and appreciate your suppor

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Dr. Julie Robinson, Monday, 12-21-15 December 22, 2015

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Dr. Julie Robinson, Monday, 12-21-15

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Guest: Dr. Julie Robinson.  Topics:  The ISS and how it benefits humanity.  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.  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 back to the program Dr. Julie Robinson, Chief Scientist for the ISS.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, I started the interview by asking our guest how research on the ISS benefits humanity.  Dr. Robinson told us about a special NASA website on this subject, www.nasa.gov/stationbenefits.com. You can freely download the NASA report on these benefits and contributions, “The International Space Station Benefits For Humanity, 2nd edition,” at https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/jsc_benefits_for_humanity_tagged_6-30-15.pdf.  This website has terrific station information on it so I urge you to become familiar with it.  Our guest said that since 2011, there have been significant R&D benefits.  Dr. Robinson listed a few examples including the development and refining of ultra sound, drug work, mitigation strategies for Duchesne Muscular Dystrophy, protein crystal growth, the new discoveries regarding latent virus shredding, plus having tested the new drug, Prolia, for bone strengthening.  Listener Jackie wanted to know more about expansion plans.  Our guest mentioned the BEAM inflatable module experiment for the ISS in 2016 as one way to expand the ISS.  Our guest was asked about the priority of experiments given ISS participants are international and governed by a multi-nation ISS agreement.  Don’t miss how projects are selected and financed.  Helen sent in a note wanting to know how the ISS contributed to cleaning up global water supplies.  Dr. Robinson replied by talking about the powerful ISS observational role and close coordination with UN agencies that do help to clean up water supplies. Environmental monitoring mentioned as well.   Julie was asked about the possibility of ISS post 2024, the planned shut down date for the station.  She said the station was designed to last 30 years with good safety margins built into the design.  The actual shut down of the station will be made on a political and budgetary basis along with the station partners.  I asked her about the possibility of privatizing the station as many Space Show guests and listeners have advocated or even said would happen down the road. Our guest said the station was not designed to operate cheaply. When it was designed and built, it was pushing the edge of technology, design, engineering, and life support.  She suggested a private company would do much better developing a new station built upon what we have learned from many disciplines since the station was designed and built.  Dr. Robinson had more to say on this subject so don’t miss it.  Todd asked her about the use of robots on the station taking over most of the duties now performed by astronauts.  In short, she said that technology was not there yet, it was being worked on but it may be ten years or so out from now.  Before the break, a listener asked her about an earlier comments about the station not supporting humans to Mars.  Dr. Robinson corrected this listener.  As a National Lab, it is chartered to devote half its resources and budget to supporting humanitarian issues, projects and causes, and half to space exploration which would include Mars missions.

In the second segment, we discussed in more detail Earth Sciences, technology, education, and cognition experiments. For all these categories, our guest provided examples showing how these missions benefit humanity and the role the ISS played in them.  Listener Paul asked if the station had downward looking radar on it, then BJohn asked another question wondering how our guest would design the next station for a $100 billion dollar budget.  Julie said the station would not cost $100 billion, then she said the next station would likely be private, citing some additional examples to support her statement. Don’t miss what she had to say on this subject.  Animal experiments were mentioned, especially using mice.  She was asked about using other animals but she explained why mice and other rodents were the research animal of choice on land as well as in space.  In elaborating about technologies, she also cited many examples including one present in all our laptops as well as one involved in alloy manufacturing.  Regarding educational outreach, the ISS has many programs on a global basis but one she talked about was the one using ham radio operators to provide a link to talk to the station at various schools.  Space tourism on the station was discussed, so was commercial business including NanoRacks, and Chinese space station possibilities.  Near the end of the program, Dr. Robinson answered questions about the ISS budget and how to lower it.  Our guest offered us excellent closing comments.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can reach Dr. Robinson through The Space Show as well as her NASA website.

 

Dr. Dragos Bratasanu, Sunday, 12-20-15 December 21, 2015

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Dr. Dragos Bratasanu, Sunday, 12-20-15

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Guest: Dr. Dragos Bratasanu. Topics: “The Amazing You” film, inspiring entrepreneurism and STEM risk taking, NASA & more. 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. 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 Dr. Drago Bratasanu back to the show to talk about his global inspirational program, “The Pursuit Of Dreams” and his award winning and inspiring film, “The Amazing You.” for more information and to download the film per our discussion, visit his website, www.drdragosb.com. During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, Dragos described his program and his target age groups. He explained why he left his aerospace job to undertake this program because he saw the need for inspiring young people to pursue their dreams and take risks to start their own business. Given his background in aerospace, using NASA and space professionals in his film to inspire and motivate was a natural for him. Since Dragos presents his program in various countries and the film is available in many languages, we talked about cultural differences, similarities, universal likes and dislikes. During this segment, he talked about some of the tools he used in his film and his presentation such as virtual reality. He took listener questions including one from a listener starting up a special type of cubesat company. Here, we talked about the usual business concerns including market timing, marketing, financial issues, government regulation, and management. Notice how Dragos integrated these issues into his presentation so that they become relevant in his program & to his film.

In the second segment, Dragos talked more about his actual program, “The Pursuit of Dreams.” We talked about his online course which you can access through his website. John from Ft. Worth called to discuss risk taking, motivation, inspiration and the population in general given what he referred to as challenges that are actually lowering the standard of living for people using the U.S. as an example. He suggested this makes it harder for people to start their own business. Don’t miss how Dragos responded to John’s comments. Dragos later pointed out that the path talked about in his film and his program involves hard work. Both Dragos and I used the music industry as an example given that so many famous artists spent years learning and being trained in classical music despite what they do in music today. Later, Dragos was asked if he had many opportunities to directly talk & work with teen agers. You might be surprised by what he said in response to this question. He was also asked if he had favorite countries or found cultural differences in response to his film and program or the use of NASA. One of the surprising things he said was that the US was probably the country with the least favorable response to NASA. Don’t miss his concluding comments.

Please post your questions/comments on TSS blog above. You can reach Drago through his website or me.