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Eric Berger, Monday, 4-26-15 April 28, 2015

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Eric Berger, Monday, 4-26-15

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Guest:  Eric Berger.  Topics:  Space policy, NASA’s future, commercial space, human spaceflight challenges, & lots 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 Eric Berger to the program for a wide ranging discussion on US space policy, NASA, our space future, commercial space and more.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 37 minute show, Eric started the discussion by talking about his early interest in space, his contacting NASA as a child, getting back a great set of photos and other information and being hooked and excited about space ever since.  Some of the early topics in this segment included his surprise that we are not yet beyond low earth orbit with manned spaceflight, then he addressed why it is taking so long to go to Mars , why Mars is the next big step for humans and why going to Mars is so hard.  In his discussion of these topics, he referenced Elon Musk and the SpaceX Mars plans, even Mars One.  I asked Eric for his perspective on the NASA ARM mission which led to one of many discussion of NASA budget constraints and the idea that this or that project is all that can be done within the budget permitted by Congress.  Eric started getting lots of listener emails.  Jenkins wrote in saying that its not the budget that is the problems, the choices we make as a country regarding how we spend money that is the problem.  Eric then referenced the human spaceflight study released last year by the NRC regarding the likelihood that we will be living with tight NASA budgets for the foreseeable future.  Paul in New Mexico asked Eric about the impact of commercial space on policy and NASA.  Eric said it was an important impact so don’t miss his full statement.  Later in the segment, we talked about his seven part “Adrift” series last year and I asked him what his biggest surprise was in researching the articles for the series.  He said it was finding a shift in his view on SLS and that SLS could very well be an important part of our spaceflight future but that it needs to be funded to launch real programs.  He also said that maybe Falcon Heavy could do most of what SLS could do, especially in the Earth-Moon systems but that remains to be seen.  We then talked about the time it took to do various parts of Apollo compared to how much time it takes to do just about anything in space today.  Michael Listner called to talk about needing both NASA & commercial space and some realities involved in policy and space issues.  As the segment was ending, a Portland listener asked if competition with China might develop and force the US to spend more and do more in space.  Don’t miss Eric’s answer.

In the second segment, Eric was asked about space settlement being the goal and the purpose of our National Space Policy through a change in law per March Storm and other groups who are advocating this.  Eric was OK with space settlement but listen to his comments for the full context of his message.  He also said it was hard to figure out what to do with SLS but that some changes might be a full ten years out from today.  We talked about space technology advancements and then Gerald Driggers called in to say we had lots more work to do. For example, we talked about the need to fly a centrifuge in space to determine the gravity RX for humans.  The issue of the lack of space leadership came up from the White House down to the congress.  Many times our guest said it would take a change in leadership to get a change in space leadership but that just changing leadership does not mean the new leader(s) will care about or prioritize space.  Regarding commercial space, he went a bit deeper in this segment.  He said there was lots of commercial space activity but that NASA was still the center of it.  He made the case for the industry needing a broader base than just NASA.  I asked about a Europa mission and another listener asked he could articulate the Senator Ted Cruz view on space policy.  We talked timelines for humans to Mars and for a return to the Moon, he was asked if NASA should be eliminated in favor for a return to something like the old NACA, then Benny in Denver asked about the Texas spaceport facilities being developed for SpaceX and the Blue Origin facility.  As we neared the end of the program, Eric again stressed the difficulty in going to Mars, he looked back at our space history including Gemini 4, and he talked about the Obama policy from 2010 about not going back to the Moon though many in NASA do want to go back to the moon.  Bottom line was Mars around 2050.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can reach Eric through me or the Houston Chronicle.

Open Lines, 3-8-15 March 9, 2015

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Open Lines, 3-8-15

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Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: A variety of space related discussion topics and news items per numerous callers to the program. 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 this Open Lines program in which many space topics were discussed by those emailing and calling today’s show. During the first segment of our very long 2 hour 37 minute program, I suggested several topics for discussion including Gliese 581d, topics suggested by listener Kirk in a before the show email, the SpaceX vs. Blue Origin patent litigation, and the recently held Pioneering Space National Summit with space settlement and cheap access to space as the consensus goals of the summit. To begin the program I read an email from a Portland listener wanting information about Mars One. Our first caller was Michael Listner who explained in some detail the ruling recently handed down by the court regarding the SpaceX vs. Blue Origin patent challenge regarding landing a first stage on a floating barge and restarting the rocket engine. Michael did a great job in walking us through the decision, what it means and what to expect next so don’t miss what he had to say about this important case. Blue Origin was granted the patent in 2013. Marshall called to talk about this being the year of the Dwarf Planet with Dawn and Ceres plus later on New Horizons reaching Pluto. Jon from NJ called and we talked about communicating over interstellar space given the story I reported on regarding Gliese 581d 22 light years from earth. We lamented the amount of time it would take to send signals back and forth were it an inhabited planet. Jon thought there might be faster ways of communicating using packets of data. He also suggested a themed Open Lines show, “Confessions of a Space Cadet.”

In the second segment, Kelly Starks called and was extremely controversial. First, let me say that Kelly’s statements, perspectives and views are not those of The Space Show, One Giant Leap Foundation, or me, David Livingston. They represent only Kelly and nobody else. The controversy came when Kelly compared working for old space as compared to New Space companies and then accused NewSpace companies of cutting corners for safety, compromising designs, etc. I strongly disagreed with Kelly through the length of his call and at times cautioned him in making unfounded accusations against his former employer. He said he could back up his accusations but as you will hear, I was very skeptical of his ability to do that and told him so. Toward the end of his comments, he mentioned his old ArcJet space plane project which died for lack of funding, interest, and support. He called back before the end of the show getting in the last call of the show to tell us more about ArcJet plus I told him if he had any material on it that was handy, I would upload it to the blog. For those of you interested in Kelly’s ArcJet project, I have uploaded two of his papers to the blog for this specific show so you can download them as you please. John from Ft. Worth called in to give a different “spin” and take to Kelly’s comments but I was not really accepting of John’s take on what Kelly had to say. Doug called to also talk about dwarf planets and suggested we might be in a golden era of planetary science. He said the Ceres white spot might prove to be very interesting if its water. Doug and I also talked about his concept of going directly to the Moon. At first I misunderstood what he was talking about but in the end we were both on the same page as to what he had to say about the issue and I thanked him for clearing up my confusion over his comments. I asked him for his views on what Kelly had to say but for the most part he just said it was not something he was interested in.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. For those of you wanting to take issue or support what Kelly had to say, civility is required when posting on the blog. Ideas can be held up to the light of day and are fair game. Any posts lacking civility will be removed from the blog.

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Dr. Don Flournoy, Friday, 11-22-13 November 23, 2013

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Dr. Don Flournoy, Friday, 11-22-13

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Guest:  Dr. Don Flournoy.  Topics:  SunSat Design Competition, Space Solar Power.  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 Dr. Don Flournoy to the program to discuss the upcoming SunSat Design Competition (www.nss.org/news/releases/NSS_Release_20131028_SunSat.html).  Information about the SunSat Design Competition, the guidelines, prizes and all the details can be found at http://sunsat.gridlab.ohio.edu/node/7.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, Dr. Flournoy introduced us to the International SunSat Design Competition along with the concept of Space Solar Power (SSP).  We talked about the competition, the role of the NSS and also the SpaceJournal which our guest edits, www.spacejournal.ohio.edu (The Online Journal of Space Communication).  Specifically, Don referenced Issue 17, then later Issue 16.  He talked about the need to do proper story telling in a visual format, the need to have your design be technically doable, and include a business plan.  He described the top prizes of which there would be a few at $10K each.  We went over design contest logistics, due dates, the guidelines which are on the above URL and more.  Don then talked about the fundraising involved by the competition, the need to raise sponsorship dollars, crowd funding, and more.  One listener asked if an entry could focus on the launch problem related to SSP.  Yes, that was acceptable.  We talked about the rectennas and he pointed us to an article about this which was posted on Issue 17.  Randy wanted to know if the policy aspect could be an entry since that would be short on the technical component. Again, yes since policy and legal are clearly part of the solution to implementing SSP.  Demo projects came up, especially in reference to nanosatellites and cubesats. Don told about the presentations that take place at the ISDC meeting in May.  We talked about other countries interested in SSP& their role in the competition.

In the second segment, we started with a call from Seth who is member of Don’s Advisory Board.  Seth had additional information about the competition to share with us, plus he talked about the overall educational value of the design competition and work that Don was doing with his students and the online journal.  Don referenced his work with non-technical students, the need to do visualizations for the project, and the work coming out of the Grid Lab.  Don told us about the course he teaches which focuses on creative visualization for science & technology plus how to use social medial.  Our guest was then asked about the potential impact of a demo project and how that might change the project development timeline.  Near the end of the program, Dr. Flournoy was asked about using the Moon for SSP, then he again went over the requirements for entry, including the need to include a business plan. As we were ending, a listener asked him about outreach efforts to policy makers, Congress, staffers,& others, plus their overall interest in SSP.  He was also asked about his student’s reaction to the competition and the overall idea of SSP.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above.

Trent Waddington, Friday, 8-2-13 August 3, 2013

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Trent Waddington, Friday, 8-2-13

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Guest:  Trent Waddington.  Topics: Trent provides us with an Australian’s view of NewSpace 2013 & space in Australia.  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 Trent Waddington to the program to discuss his take on the recently concluded NewSpace 2013 Conference.  Check out the conference website for information, video archives and more:  http://newspace.spacefrontier.org.  In the first segment of this 2 hour five minute program, Trent went day by day, speaker and panel in his critique of the NewSpace Conference as he took elaborate notes during the sessions.  For this analysis, Trent commented on most of the programming starting out with his initial comments on public/private partnerships & the successful role of the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) over the years in influence and possibly winning in the commercial space policy debate.  Rather than telling you what Trent had to say about the speakers and panels, I urge you to listen to his comments so nothing is taken out of context in terms of what he said and thought about conference specifics.  During the first segment, Trent covered the first two days of the conference.

In the second segment, Trent started with the early morning talk given by Rick Tumlinson, then the talk about 3D printing regarding Made in Space, then we talked about the video the Foundation made, “There Is Another Way,” to support the Foundation’s perspective of commercial space development, heavy lift, etc.  You can see the 6 minute plus video at http://spacefrontier.org/thereisanotherway.  I read one of the Foundation’s promotion letters regarding the video and then Trent and I discussed it.  I reported on the feedback I’ve received via email since the video was first shown at the conference Saturday morning up to the start of this Space Show program.  Trent had a different take on the video from having seen it at the conference and also having talked to those present for their perspectives.  I urge each of you to watch it. Post your comments on it on The Space Show blog.  After the video discussion, Trent commented on the balance of conference speakers throughout the day, then he reported on space work in Australia which focuses on research and on scram jet development and testing.  His conference conclusions and assessments were interesting, including his use of the term “NewSpace Fanatics.”  Listeners asked him for his takeaways from the conference for which he offered us three so don’t miss what he had to say.  When Trent left San Jose, he drove to Hawthorne and toured SpaceX.  He had much to say about touring SpaceX which I must say, having done it several times myself, is really impressive and inspiring.

If you have comments and questions for Trent, post them on The Space Show blog.  You can email Trent through me.