Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 6-16-15 June 17, 2015Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, 67P, Airbus, Arianne, ARM, Blue Origins, Boeing CST100, Charon., Chinese Space Program, Commercial Crew, commercial space overview, Congress, Constellation, Cots, Dragon V2, Dream Chaser, Europa Mission, human spaceflight, Interorbital Systems, ISS, launch industry, LightSail, Moon vs. Mars, NASA, New Horizons, Orbital ATK, orbital industry, Philae lander., Planetary Society, Pluto, private space, Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Rosetta, Russian space program, sex in space, SLS, Stratolaunch, suborbital industry, Virgin Galactic, XCOR
Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 6-16-15
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Guest: Bob Zimmerman. Topics: Commercial space historical overview, launch industry, space news, rockets, & 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 Bob Zimmerman back to the program to discuss a variety of commercial space, space news, and related topics. During the first segment of our 1 hour 56 minute discussion, Bob started out with an historical overview of the progress made in developing the commercial space industry, a U.S. cargo capability to the ISS, and eventually the U.S. capability of carrying astronauts back to the ISS. He started his timeline in 2004, specifically addressing the time since President Obama came to office. For almost the entire first segment, Bob noted milestones, progress, company developments, the beginning of competition and much more. Later in the segment, he mentioned what he said was the lack of progress in the suborbital industry during the time period he had been talking about and suggested that the suborbital companies may be missing parts of the market given their continued delays. He talked about this in more detail during the second segment. He also talked about human spaceflight (HSF), SLS, Falcon and SpaceX as a game changer, the efforts of Sierra-Nevada to continue on with Dream Chaser, & his opinion that it will likely be the private sector that manages HSF to the Moon and Mars rather than a public program. We talked about public opinion and space, then Marshall called to ask questions about China, their space program, plus a possible Chinese impact on our space policy. Bob had much to say about the Chinese program, then he had about an equal amount to say about the Russian program. Sylvester emailed in to also ask about China, specifically if Bob thought we would soon be cooperating with one another in space. Bob seized this opportunity to make it very clear as to why he disliked international partnerships, instead preferring competition. Before the segment ended, Beth asked Bob for his thoughts on the Moon-Mars debate.
In the second segment, Kristen started us off talking about LightSail. Bob had much to say about the mission, The Planetary Society, how it was funded, and the fact that it was based around using cubesats. He then spoke to the success of cubesats and how they are changing aspects of the industry. Bob jumped to Comet 67 P, the Rosetta mission and the Philae Lander. He used this opportunity to provide an overview of planetary missions starting in 1957. In talking about the success of planetary missions, he mentioned the Dawn mission to Ceres and Vesta plus many more. I asked Bob about New Horizons and Pluto. Bob had much to say about Pluto, its moons, & specifically the moon Charon. Other topics that came up as we neared the close of the show included the Europa mission and an effort to use crowd funding to make a porno film in space. This prompted Bob to say a few words about sex in space, plus he thought the porno film was just a PR stunt. Before the show ended, Tim in Huntsville asked for Bob to share his thoughts on the company Interorbital Systems. Bob then turned to the suborbitals having some things to say about Virgin Galactic, Blue Origins, and XCOR. He spoke to the need for redundancy, mentioned possible Stratolaunch problems with Orbital ATK no longer working with them on the rocket, then suggested some things to watch for in the second half of this year and closed out with a summary of key points he made during this program. Check out Bob’s blog, www.behindtheblack.com.
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William (Bill) Harwood, Sunday, 11-24-13 November 25, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, and Orion., Arianne, CBS News Space Consultant, Challenger, Columbia, Dream Chaser, Elon Musk, Falcon 9 competition, Falcon 9. , GEO, government space programs, GTO., human spaceflight, ILC, Inspiration Mars, ISS, JFK legacy, launcher market share, politics and space policy, private sector, SES, SLS, space coast economy, space settlement, Space Shuttle, space tourism, suborbital flight., Virgin Galactic, William (Bill) Harwood
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William (Bill) Harwood, Sunday, 11-24-13
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Guest: William (Bill) Harwood. Topics: SpaceX Falcon 9 GEO Launch, space policy, suborbital issues 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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.
We welcomed Bill Harwood, the CBS News space consultant to the show. During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Bill told us about his press conference and briefing with Elon Musk, the CTO from SES, the company sending the first GEO bird to orbit on the Falcon 9 on Monday afternoon, 11-25-13, and Ms. Shotwell of SpaceX. Most of the first segment was spent discussing the press conference, the comments about the launch made by all participants, the challenges of doing the first GEO launch for the new Falcon 9 V1.1 and more. Not only did Bill go over the details of the launch and the SES satellite orbital insertion, plus the Falcon 9 plans for second stage firing and getting in position for the satellite to take over for its part, we talked about SpaceX launch costs, we compared the Falcon 9 costs as best we could to the Arianne and the ILS Proton costs. Bill was asked about the thoughts of the Falcon 9 competition and what it might mean for a SpaceX success with their first GEO launch. Also in this segment, Bill was asked about Inspiration Mars, SLS, & Orion. Other topics included space settlement, suborbital flight, Virgin Galactic, robotic missions, and the why that justifies HSF. As the segment was ending, a listener asked about the Florida space coast economy and its economic recovery.
In the second segment, Bill was asked if SpaceX was creating a new market or taking market share from the existing competition. We talked about NASA story telling for a better space policy, the JFK legacy, & space being treated by many as a luxury. I asked Bill about the private sector being able to kick start space industry development and Bill responded with information how hard space was, especially orbital space which requires speeds of 85 football fields per second. Dream Chaser and its recent accident were discussed and there was lots of listener support for Dream Chaser as there was from our guest. More was said about the potential market for suborbital tourism and flights. Bill was asked about the biggest change over the years in his covering space issues and he said it was the change in politics. I asked him about his reporting during both Challenger and Columbia. As the program closed, Bill was asked about the ISS, commercial development for the station, and the need to keep the station going beyond 2020.
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