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Brian Shiro, Monday, 6-3-13 June 4, 2013

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Brian Shiro, Monday, 6-3-13


Guest:  Brian Shiro.  Topics:  Astronauts 4 Hire, NOAA, & Next Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference.  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.

We welcomed Brian Shiro back to the program for Astronauts 4 Hire (A4H) updates, NOAA information, plus information regarding the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) underway in Broomfield, Colorado.  During the first segment of our one hour 27 minute program, Brian introduced us to the A4H organization, its basic categories of membership, and the demographics of its members which can also be found at www.astronauts4hire.org/p/the-a4h.html.  For more information and contact information regarding A4H, make sure you visit their main website page, www.astronauts4hire.org.  We spent lots of time with Brian discussing flight parameters, astronaut training, and mission operations.  Listeners asked Brian lots of questions via email, including about A4H being prepared for orbital flight, not just suborbital flight.  We talked about the international participation, possible ITAR issues and considerations, then wondered if the high level of academic and professional level of membership deters membership or participation from those without the advanced degrees.  We learned that A4H makes use of three different training centers from flight training all the way to survival training.  A listener wanted to know about specific mission training or prep prior to an A4H person managing an actual flight experiment.  A medical school student wanted to know if experiments were supervised, reviewed, and controlled or would people wanting to fly an experiment just pay their money and go.  This proved to be an interesting discussion.

In our second segment, we talked about space tourism, more about the NSRC 2013 Conference, then I asked Brian about the role of space assets in the NOAA Tsunami Warning Center work.  Brian had much to say about the role of space resources so don’t miss this discussion. We talked about the methods for predicting tsunami warnings using not only space resources but ocean devices.  We also talked about how an earthquake might deform a part of the ocean bottom and how that leads to a tsunami.  Later, Jane emailed in a question about the NOAA space program and we learned it’s the third largest space program in the U.S., but bigger than most other national space programs.  Near the end of the program we talked about possible A4H & NASA missions as well as A4H operational missions such as manning a Bigelow space station.  Doug called in to inquire about an experimental suborbital research program using a live subject-a finger monkey.  Brian was happy to help out with such an experiment.  This is a very interesting idea, see what you think of it.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can reach Brian through the A4H website or through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.


Dr. Friedmann Freund & Brian Shiro, Tuesday, 6-5-12 June 6, 2012

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Dr. Friedmann Freund & Brian Shiro, Tuesday, 6-5-12


Guests:  Dr. Friedmann Freund, Brian Shiro.  Topics:  Earthquake forecasting & space resources.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, & discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, & any discussion must be relevant & applicable to Space Show programming. 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 welcomed Dr. Friedmann Freund & the return of Brian Shiro to the program to discuss earthquake forecasting & analysis using space based resources.  During our first segment, Dr. Freund & Mr. Shiro outlined the basis of their research & we talked about the use of both terrestrial & space based tools to aid the process.  We talked about satellite detection of the Ion currents & changes in the ionosphere & how this data is correlated with terrestrial data.  We talked about the direction earthquake prediction was heading & were told why the use of “prediction” was not preferable. Instead, the more accurate & useful term is forecasting.  Also mentioned was a private company with a series of ground stations, QuakeFinder (www.quakefinder.com).  Our guest talked about how this private sector commercial data gets integrated into the public sector data base & why their information is both valuable & important.  Questions were asked about the importance of the ionosphere but we also learned that the currents & waves start deep in the Earth, work their way to the surface & then can be detected as they move upward through the various atmospheric layers to the ionosphere.  Our guests explained how our space resources actually track & monitor this information.  Another point made was that we do not have real time information in advance of an event though if we had swarms of satellites or a satellite network designed to monitor areas 24/7, we would be able to be present with “eyes” before & when an event happened.  Funding issues were discussed & we heard that much of the research discussed on our program is considered “out of the box” & difficult to fund by the traditional process along with getting projects peer reviewed.  I asked about the potential of the philanthropic model for this research as it has come up on several Space Show programs.  Our guests had much to say about this potential source of funding.

In our second segment, we talked about progress being made between traditional geophysical researchers & those doing the out of the box work such as our guests.  As it turns out, there is progress on this front & Dr. Freund updated us on it.  We switched to the suborbital field as I met Dr. Freund at the recently held suborbital conference & our discussions over lunch formed the basis for this program. There does appear to be sufficient commercial suborbital research opportunities with this developing seismic research field. Next, we talked about animal behavior for earthquake forecasting & both our guests told us anecdotal stories. We learned how Dr. Freund is correlating animal behavior earthquake research with the scientific research. Toward the end of the program, Emma in NYC who asked several questions, wanted to know about Mars quakes & Moon quakes.  Our guests talked about earthquake research throughout the solar system & what we know & don’t know.  We learned that there are no geophysical research instruments providing direct information to us from Mars or anywhere in space because of the high cost of the hardware, the quantity of research tools needed, & the complex & costly operating expenses.  Other discussion topics included the possibility of mitigating an earthquake, various research projects such as the USGS Parkfield Earthquake Experiment & the EarthScope Project.  Please post your comments/questions on the blog.

If you want to email either of our guests, do so through me & I will forward your note.

Suborbital Conference Interviews, Friday, 3-2-12 March 2, 2012

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Suborbital Conference Interviews, Friday, 3-2-12


Guests:  Dr. Angie Bukley; Brian Shiro; Chuck Lauer; Dr. Sean Casey.  Topics: International Space University (ISU), Astronauts4Hire, suborbital flight, Rocketplane, research projects, SOFIA. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. 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.  This program consists of five taped interviews conducted at the Next Generation Suborbital Conference held in Palo Alto, CA from Feb. 27-29, 2012.  Each interview is about 30 minutes in length.  There is approximately 10-15 seconds of dead air between interviews.  The first interview is with Dr. Angie Bukley who is the Dean at the International Space University (ISU).  Dr. Bukley discusses ISU, the upcoming summer session at Melbourne, Florida, and much more.  The second interview is with Brian Shiro who is the President of Astronauts4Hire and a former student at both the UND SpSt program and ISU.  Brian currently is with NOAA in Hawaii.  We talk about Astronauts4Hire, suborbital flights and research and more.  The third interview which took place on Wednesday was with Chuck Lauer. Chuck announced that Rocketplane was back!  He went over the basics of their plans, the flight experience, spaceship plans, and more.  Chuck was followed by our discussion with Elizabeth (Liz) Kennick who is the new Project Leader for Teachers in Space with The Space Frontier Foundation.  Liz explains the program from top to bottom and the programs in place to do effective outreach to both teachers and students.  Our final interview was with Dr. Sean Casey. He updated us on the NASA SOFIA Program and talked about his own suborbital research project plans.  He also provided us with some comparisons of a sounding rocket versus the new generation of suborbital vehicles in terms of G-force, the quality of the ride, protecting instruments or being able to use off the shelf instruments and more.  Please post your comments  regarding any of these interviews on The Space Show blog URL above.  If you want to email any of our guests, send it to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward it to the person of your choice.