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Dr. James (Jim) Vedda, Friday, 9-28-12 September 28, 2012

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Dr. James (Jim) Vedda, Friday, 9-28-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1861-BWB-2012-09-28.mp3

Guest:  Dr. James (Jim) Vedda. Topics:  Dr. Vedda’s new book addressing cislunar development rather than destinations.  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. We welcomed Dr. Jim Vedda back to the program to discuss his new book, “Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America’s Space Program.” If you order the book using this Amazon link, Amazon will make a donation to The Space Show:  www.amazon.com/Becoming-Spacefarers-James-A-Vedda/dp/1477130918/ref=onegiantlea20. Dr. Vedda started our discussion by responding to my question about what he meant by “rescuing America’s space program.”  This opened the way for most of the first segment to lay out the recent history of our space program and how we arrived at where we are today, Sept. 29, 2012.  Issues talked about during this narrative included Obama Space, Constellation, SLS, congressional actions, partisan divides, space vision, goals, timelines, space telescopes, Orion, Earth/Moon libration points as a destination, and much more.  We talked about the purposes of various missions & plans and if the stated purpose was sufficient or not for spending public money on it and carrying it out to completion. We then shifted to the Romney Presidential Campaign Space White Paper (www.scribd.com/doc/106652769/Space-Policy-White-Paper?secret_password=a0i3o1yj25ed5ycop3w). Dr. Vedda mentioned that space policy has not always been bipartisan & he provided examples to support his statement.
    We started the second segment by talking about our being in the training or initial phase of his three stages of space development.  The other two phases include cislunar development followed by space settlement & expansion throughout the solar system.  Dr. Vedda made the case for proximity operations in our space development program plus the need for strong public/private partnerships and when warranted, international cooperation with space projects.  Later in this segment, I asked Jim to outline for us his action plan, just how he would initiate a space development program per what he outlines in the book & discussed with us.  In response to my question, Jim outlined several initial steps that need to be taken to get the ball rolling.  See what you think of them and let us know with your blog comments.  We also talked about the general public, how Jim would make his case were he speaking at a Rotary lunch, and the best way to have a say & impact policy makers.  One of our final topics included the newly proposed bill to do multi-year congressional funding of space projects, make use of a to be created space project oversight panel, and have the Administrator serve a ten year term.  As you will hear, we supported the multi-year funding part of this proposed legislation.
Note below that you will find a special PDF slide presentation supporting Dr. Vedda’s book.  I strongly urge you to follow along with it during our discussion.
Becoming Spacefarers briefing
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James Schier, Sunday, 8-5-12 August 5, 2012

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James Schier, Sunday, 8-5-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1829-BWB-2012-08-05.mp3

Guest: James Schier.  Topics:  U.S. space policy, NASA and human spaceflight goals, hardware, programs, and upcoming test flights, commercial space development. 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. We welcomed NASA’s James Schier to the program to discuss the future of human spaceflight.  As the NASA Chief Architect and Planning Systems Manager plus a team member of the NASA Commercial Space Team, Mr. Schier spent two hours with us discussing our human spaceflight programs & future in detail.  In our first segment, we started back at the Columbia accident when a year later, it was announced that we needed a “bold new approach” to our HSF program.  Constellation was being developed, we changed administrations and then the Augustine Commission concluded that either NASA needed more funding to accomplish the program in place or it had to be stretched out if the budget remained the same or shrunk.  A flexible path was adopted and funding was left as is.  Our guest said there were three goals of the program including private sector development & participation in our HSF program, operating a fully developed & functioning ISS to 2020 and possibly beyond, & implementing a crew flyby of a NEO around 2025 with a humans to Mars mission around 2030.  This was the flexible path with a multi-program approach.  Our guest talked about the ISS becoming fully operational as an exciting national lab and he received several listener questions asking him why so many have said or written that our space program is at best in a state of confusion & at worst in a state of deterioration as we were not hearing anything like that with our guest.  Don’t miss this important discussion.  When Jim talked with us about SLS, he got similar listener questions that differed from what we were hearing about the program, the commitment to it, and its progress. Again, don’t miss what our guest had to say about the SLS program, its mission, capabilities, & the ongoing planning with the project.
In our second hour, we took a call from John about SLS as well as the program being more a congressional program rather than the President’s program.  SLS was compared to the cancelled Aries V, then we talked about the biggest risk to the program, ongoing congressional support & funding. Jim talked some more about Orion heat shield testing and reentry speeds, plus the upcoming heat shield test flight. Other Orion & SLS test flight programs were reviewed in this segment.  Listener Terry wanted to know if Orion could be flown on the Falcon 9 Heavy if SLS got cancelled.  Dr. Rowe called in to talk about specific cardiac stress issues for the returning astronauts. Mr. Schier then summarized many of the human spaceflight medical challenges facing us as we move out toward a lunar base, NEOs, and Mars. In this discussion, our guest did say that so far they were not seeing any show stoppers for extended long duration human spaceflight.  Near the end of our discussion, we talked about future missions under study, deep space habitat elements & large in-space transportation systems plus faster space travel with nuclear & possibly solar propulsion.  Standardized docking issues were mentioned along with international cooperation, citing the importance of the Russian support after the Columbia accident, highlighting the need for diverse crew space transportation.
Please post your comments/questions on the blog.  You can email Mr. Schier through me & I will forward your note to him.

Col. Carol Welsch (USAF), Monday, 7-9-12 July 10, 2012

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Col. Carol Welsch (USAF), Monday, 7-9-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1810-BWB-2012-07-09.mp3

Guest:  Col. Carol Welsch (USAF).  Topics:  Space Development & Test Directorate, Space Test Program, DOD small satellite launch assist programs.  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. We welcomed Col. Welsch back to The Space Show to discuss the Air Force Space Development & Test Directorate, the Space Test Program, and other DOD launch and small satellite assist programs.  During our first segment, Col. Welsch introduced us to the program and we talked about several of their satellite projects, their R&D program, and their launch and satellite parameters for participating in their program.  We talked about civilian as well as Air Force career opportunities within this Directorate.  Civilian jobs are listed at www.USAjobs.gov site under the name of this directorate.  We also talked about funding and congressional budget cuts, the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) program and office, as well as the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL).  We took listener calls and emails about the hyperspectral imaging (ARTEMIS) satellite, TacSat-3, and even the Civil Air Patrol and their airborne imaging sensor.  We talked about university launches, the requirements for their participation and even the need for security clearances as warranted by the specific project.  As this segment ended, Jack asked about suborbital launches and the emerging suborbital industry.

In our second segment, we talked about the future of ORS and the FY 13 proposed budget cuts.  We talked about the Army getting back into the small satellite business with KESTREL EYE and the Air Force support to the Army in these satellite programs.  I asked Col. Welsch about future plans five years out and longer and we got a glimpse of their strategic planning ideas and projects.  We talked about the possible use of foreign launchers and their educational outreach programs to school kids.  A caller asked about the Space Experiments Review Board and another wanted more information about the use of sounding rockets with NASA or in the private sector. We learned that the lead period for a NASA sounding rocket could be two years and cost a few million dollars.  If the emerging suborbitals can do the mission, this will be a real cost plus for the program and save it lots of lead time.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog URL above.  If you want to reach Col. Welsch, please send your email to me and I will forward it to her.