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Dr. Pamela “Rai” Menges, Friday, 3-27-15 March 28, 2015

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Dr. Pamela “Rai” Menges, Friday, 3-27-15

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Guest: Dr. Pamela “Rai” Menges. Topics: Space innovation, privately funded research, The Space Power Lab, nuclear power & weapons, commercial space & 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. Pamela “Rai” Menges to the show. I suggest you visit her websites and follow along as applicable with our discussion. Visit http://arsispace.com/spacetechnology.htm and http://starsailorenergy.com. During the first segment of our 1 hour 47 minute show, Dr. Menges introduced us to Aerospace Research Systems, Inc. (ARSI) and talked about the company history dating back to its founding in 1993. We talked about research technologies, private R&D, government funding for research, and specific projects referenced by our guest including the Space Power Laboratory. At one point Dr. Menges discussed the pros and cons of taking government research money and why she elected not to do so. Also, the use of public relations (PR) and the role it plays with those accepting government money. After a brief mention and discussion of the possible space policy positions presented by Ohio Senator Rob Portman, we turned our attention toward power storage and the work our guest has been doing in this area for non-electrolytic power storage. Don’t miss this discussion. Another topic was the use of AC and DC power transmission, the Carrington Event in the 1800’s, and our electrical grid. Jack emailed about the spaceplane shown on the ARSI website, the Ramstar Model. Our guest had much to say about this experimental spaceplane concept and design. I

n the second segment, Ben in Boston asked about telemedicine commercial astronaut healthcare per the descriptive on the ARSI website. Pamela went into detail about this topic, their work with JSC and more. We then spoke to the issue of commercial astronaut safety in general with our guest expressing her thoughts of the safety issues within the industry and the regulatory environment. Later in the segment, the concept of ground effect vehicles came up along with advanced hypersonic technology and even SSTO possibilities. I asked our guest about nuclear propulsion and then several listeners asked her about it as well. Carol’s email took us on a different path as she asked about the need for lots of centrifuges for a peaceful nuclear energy program. This opened the door for our guest to speak about nuclear weapons, the current talks with Iran, and the treaty organizations that safeguard against proliferation. Pamela had much to say about this subject, our government, the Iranians, enrichment, centrifuges, trust but verify and more. Do not miss this discussion. Ft. Worth John called to ask about the use of centrifuges as opposed to other technologies such as gaseous diffusion. Near the end of the program, Luis emailed us about Reaction Engines and the Skylon project space plane. He too sent in a question about winged ground effect vehicles. Kristopher emailed us to check out “Caspian sea monster” on YouTube for an example of these vehicles. Dr. Menges talked about her new book that will be out in the near future and for Pearls of Wisdom suggested “doing what you want to do to pursue your dreams.”

Please post comments/questions on The Space Show blog above. You can email Dr. Menges through her websites or me.

Frank Stratford, Friday, 5-17-13 May 18, 2013

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Frank Stratford, Friday, 5-17-13

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Guest:  Frank Stratford.  Topics:  Commercial space and space travel business models and revenue generation.  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 Frank Stratford back to the program to discuss various commercial space business models, including nonspace revenue generating goals and objectives.  Frank is the founder of MarsDrive so for more information, visit their website at www.marsdrive.com.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 42 minute program, Frank introduced us to the topic in his April 22, 2013 Space Review article, “The Business of Space Travel” (www.thespacereview.com/article/2281/1).  Frank talked about the need to generate nonspace revenue while building up the space company & space revenue R&D, activities, & markets.  He cited SpaceX, Bigelow, & Blue Origins as examples.  This led to a discussion about markets & financing, plus estimated costs for a human spaceflight mission to Mars. Frank compared the Mars One $6 billion estimate to his own estimate from his research to be $15 billion.  Our first caller asked if big name investors associated with these early commercial space ventures created an expectation of success and may in fact turn out to not have been such a good idea.  The detailed discussion included ROI, Stratolaunch and the revenue cycle gap from up front/early capital needs to revenue generation later on in the project’s cycle.  We talked about the nonprofit or charity model and Inspiration Mars came to mind.  I entered the discussion with comments about the need for repeat customers, a commercial space success to model, unrealistic assumptions, the lack of due diligence, and the difficulty in cost estimates, especially when the cost of getting to the destination (the Moon for example) is unknown at this time.  Surrey Space & Technology was also brought up as an example of a good business to model.

In the second segment, our called pointed out a Moon & Back interview with Robert Bigelow in which our caller said Bob said he went into the r/e business to fund his space activities.  Later, he email in additional comments suggesting that just because a space venture or idea is not funded does not mean it’s a bad idea or concept. He then advocated NASA support such as with COTS and Commercial Crew.  Public/private partnerships were advocated as a good way to move forward with space development and exploration.  Frank was then asked if a failed commercial project would hurt the industry.  He said it was possible.  Another question came in regarding paying attention to human factors and if solutions would be available at the same time as engineering technology, financing, and maybe markets.  Frank said only if work moved forward on human factor solutions at the same time and at a similar rate.  He also advocated his own organization working the problems.  Listen to his reasoning behind this.  As the program was nearing close, Frank was asked if Curiosity found proof of life in the past or now, even the most basic life, if it would make HSF to Mars more of a priority.  Don’t miss Frank’s response.  In summary, Frank talked about the need for continuous incremental development.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  If you want to email Frank Stratford, you can do so through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.