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Dr. Brian Laubscher, Sunday, 6-8-14 June 9, 2014

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Dr. Brian Laubscher, Sunday, 6-8-14


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Guest:  Dr. Bryan Laubscher.  Topics:  Carbon nanotubes, new manufacturing, Space Elevator.  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 http://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. Bryn Laubscher back to the program for our 2 hour 22 minute discussion about carbon nanotubes and the Space Elevator.  During our first segment, Dr. Laubscher talked about carbon nanotubes, the manufacturing process, how to move the process and technology forward, end uses for the product, possible timelines for advancement and the current day use of Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) in the process.  Bryan talked about the need to find a better process for making carbon nanotubes than CVD.  Later is this segment, Dr. Laubscher was asked about the potential relationship to space other than with the space elevator.  This was an interesting discussion , don’t miss it.

In our second segment, Bryan talked about how hard and challenging the space elevator was and later in the segment, due to a call from Pooley, we went through many of the top challenges faced by the elevator with a status report on each one.  As this segment was opening, I did ask Bryan for a time line for space elevator advancement.  Our guest suggested that at some point, there would be significant demand for the elevator.  Next, we talked about the upcoming International Space Elevator 2014 Conference to be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, August 22-24, 2014.  For conference info, visit http://www.spaceelevatorconference.org. John from Ft. Worth called to talk about materials, composites and much more. We also talked about the strength needed for the elevator ribbon and John asked about SSTO.  Blaze emailed us about nuclear waste and Bryan had an interesting take on it. This was another valuable discussion, don’t miss it.  Dr. Laubscher talked about ribbon length, characteristics, strength needed, and its location in space, plus the counter weights it would need.  Adrian emailed several questions to us about the ribbon breaking and related issues.  He also asked our guest radiation issues.  Doug emailed about ways to climb up and down the ribbon.  Some of the other issues that came up were wind, lightening, ribbon oscillation, space debris, policy & regulatory issues.  As our program was ending, Bryan offered us words of wisdom and said his company website was http://www.odysseustech.com.  In addition, Dr. Peter Swan emailed us about his paper on the elevator which you can download and read at  http://www.virginiaedition.com/media/spaceelevators.pdf.

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Dr. Bryan Laubscher & Victor Cummings, Sunday, 9-9-12 September 9, 2012

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Dr. Bryan Laubscher & Victor Cummings, Sunday, 9-9-12


Guests:  Dr. Bryan Laubscher, Victor Cummings.  Topics:  The space elevator screenplay, “High Lift.”  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 back Dr. Bryan Laubscher and for the first time Victor Cummings to discuss the space elevator screenplay, “High Lift.”  This screenplay won the ScriptVamp 2011 Dream Quest: Feature Screenwriting Competition and was the Grand Prize Winner.  Visit

https://scriptvamp.com/Victor_E.html for more information about the screenplay and the competition. Visit the High Lift website at www.highlift.us.   Victor started our discussion by providing us with his background that took him into the screenwriting profession. He talked about challenges & screenplay issues plus the differences in a screenplay compared to other forms of writing.  Both Victor and Bryan told us some about the story line, the plot and as a result of my pressuring them, the villain!  The space elevator is considered to already be in existence in the story and there are space elevator centers for different purposes and destinations.  As you will hear, using the space elevator is key to solving the global warming problem and saving the Earth.  Both our guests talked about reviews and oversight from professionals, agents, etc.  They told us how they had to remove much of the science jargon and focus the screenplay on a younger and more generally educated audience.  Listeners asked several email questions about the science fiction genre in screenplays as well as target audience and marketing concerns.  Our guests talked quite a bit about the issues in getting an agent, making that first sale, and capturing an audience.  We also talked about science fiction usually being bigger in the budget area and more costly, probably due to technical special effects.  Near the end of the first segment, a listener wanted to know if a successful screenplay and movie would further interest, funding, and development of the space elevator project.

In the second segment, we talked about markets and the need to break the circular loop of needing to have a sale but needing to have an agent but first needing the sale.  We talked about their winning the ScriptVamp competition per above and raising money for their project through crowd sourcing, particularly Kickstarter.  A listener suggested our guests attend the well known Maui Writers Conference and another brought up the Darpa 100 Year Starship Program.  As our program was drawing to a close, Victor and Bryan asked for help with Hollywood type contacts for their screenplay.

If you want to contact Victor and Bryan, send your note to me and I will forward it to them both.  Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per the above URL.

Dr. Bryan Laubscher, Monday, 7-16-12 July 17, 2012

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Dr. Bryan Laubscher, Monday, 7-16-12


Guest:  Dr. Bryan Laubscher.  Topics:  The Space Elevator and the upcoming annual elevator conference.  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 back Dr. Bryan Laubscher for our annual space elevator update program.  Our first order of business was to discuss the upcoming Space Elevator 2012 conference.  Check it out at www.isec.org/sec.  Registration, hotel, programming, speaker, and session information is provided on the website.  Dr. Laubscher noted some differences this year including its location, the Seattle Museum of Flight.  Also, the Family Science Fest on the conference first day.  Bryan highlighted some of the sessions including those dealing with elevator operations and alternative launch options including Stratolauncher.  We fielded several email questions from listeners and then Michael called in to ask about security requirements for the elevator.  This turned out to be a most interesting discussion but one leaving us with lots of unanswered questions. In discussing elevator security, we talked about international law, the proposed Law of the Sea Treaty, offshore oil platforms, territorial water issues, DOD and department of Navy defense actions, and more.  Tony emailed in a series of questions including one that asked about the rotovavtor.  Later, I asked Bryan if elevator security should be a taxpayer responsibility and he said yes, noting that revenues from the elevator along with taxes paid would be in excess of security costs.  We then talked about the elevator being an international project or an American project.  Bryan preferred American but we talked about both sides of this issue.  Bryan also had lots to say about materials and the CNT ribbon.  He told us about the detangler and the size of the ribbon, plus the incremental plan in ribbon development.  We asked Bryan timeline questions and it was also said that the biggest problem other than materials waiting to be solved was the surface to LEO transportation.

In our second shorter segment, we talked about inspiration, the need to learn systems engineering, and the absence of congressional political support for the elevator.  A listener asked about the payload capacity which Bryan said was 20 tons.  He mentioned spinoff technology including energy storage.  Terry wanted to know how scalable the elevator concept was and Bryan mentioned progress with climber reusability issues. In our summary, he said the overall biggest challenge still remained the materials.

Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. If you want to contact Dr. Laubscher, send your email to me for forwarding.  For more info on the conference, use www.isec.org/sec/index.php/contact-us.