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John Oehler, Sunday, 6-29-14 June 30, 2014

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John Oehler, Sunday, 6-29-14

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 Guest:  John Oehler.  Topics:  We discussed the author’s new book, “Papyrus: A Thriller” along with 1983 space technologies, and 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 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 John Oehler back to the program to discuss his new book,”Papyrus: A Thriller,” and some of the 1983 space technologies that contributed to the story.  During the first segment of this 90 minute discussion, Mr. Oehler responded to a few of my general questions regarding ground penetrating radar (GPR), book contests, and self-publishing.  Our guest then told us the story of writing this book, a project which was start and stop over many years.  He also explained why the 1983 setting.  We talked about Queen Tiye who was the mother of King Tutankhamen, the sun god focus, and how the Eritrean war of independence factored in to the story.  Without giving too much away, very early on we saw the use of modern technology and space based technology contributing to the story as a secret message was accidentally discovered to be under a papyrus written by Queen Tiye in the Cairo Museum.  John developed a very exciting way of getting the papyrus out of the museum to be scanned by high technology and from there the story goes back and forth from 1983 to the days of the 19th Dynasty and the focus on the sun god.  Our guest told us enough of the story to get us excited to read the entire book and having read it, I can tell you it’s a “you can’t put me down” type book to read.  One of the questions I asked our guest was could the story have been told or even worked had there been no space technology, specifically remote sensing.  John did not think it would have been written without that contribution.

In the second segment, we talked more about the sun god religion and what happened after the 30 year duration of the focus on the sun god.  I asked John about his next book, “Tepui,” which takes place in Venezuela.  Marshall called in to ask about the need for an author to actually have been to the ISS, the Moon, or Mars to write a good story just as John Oehler has been to the locations he writes about in his books.  We spent a good amount of time discussing this subject from the artist and craft perspective.  We even talked about the Mars Microphone idea and why that would be important for writing good stories about Mars.  More was said about both GPR and LIDAR and how they could be used to write a story based on Martian analysis and findings using these tools on Mars.  For more information about this book and all of John Oehler’s books, visit his website at http://johnoehler.com.  Remember to use the OGLF Amazon portal if you purchase this book through Amazon.

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Joan Horvath, Friday, 1-17-14 January 18, 2014

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Joan Horvath, Friday, 1-17-14

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Guest:  Joan Horvath.  Topics:  3D Printing for space and for terrestrial applications.  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 Joan Horvath back to the show to discuss 3D printing with her company Deezmaker & 3D printing for space and here on Earth.  For more information, visit her company website, http://deezmaker.com.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 27 minute show, Ms. Horvath introduced us to 3D printing and Deezmaker in Pasadena, CA.  Joan talked about being part of the Maker and Hacker communities, the two highly successful Deezmaker Kickstarter programs, and their two small desktop and portable printers, the Bukobot and the Bukito Portable Printer.  She described their customer as being one of 3 types. Their target included high school and college students.  We talked about the capabilities of their printers, the fact they both are do it yourself assembly kits, and that the company offers some assistance in assembly as well as scanning.  Other topics in this segment included mass manufacturing, molds, robotics, mechanical parts, materials used to build the kits as well as for printing items.  Joan was asked about plans to put a 3D printer on the ISS, the success of both Kickstarter programs, the interest & demand for 3D printing, Deezmaker competition, and even lunar surface 3D printing.  We learned that tops among the challenges her company printers faced were supply chain problems.  I asked if Deezmaker faced ITAR challenges which it does not.  Joan often referred to their printers as a “little factory on the desk.”  Jack emailed asking if these smaller printers were stepping stones to learning how to work with larger 3D printers.  Joan talked about the operating software & computer tools, including G Code which 3D printers use.  She also relayed a story to us about how these printers served as a learning inspirational tool for geometry/math students and others.  Rob of PISCES called in from Hawaii to ask about 3D printing and volcanic basalt.

In the second segment, Aaron wanted to know if the 3D printing claims were exaggerated.  Joan said the industry was definitely on the ramp of the hype cycle.  She then said what she thought 3D printing would be good for and not so good for.  The latter group included food.  She then discussed uses in archaeology, paleontology, and other fields.  Our guest was asked more about lunar 3D printing. She said it would be OK for 1 or 2 things, not for mass production copies of something needed.  Ben talked about industry consolidation.  Joan thought it might still be too early to see widespread consolidation.  Doug called to say he was skeptical about 3D printing & asked supply chain questions and questions about trades and analysis.  Joan mentioned an upcoming Burbank, CA expo, the Deezmaker blog on the website, a calendar of events and more.  As we ended our discussion, we talked about international 3D printing interests, materials, garage invention tinkering with 3D printing, and the Deezmaker open house the first Sunday of every month in Pasadena.

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