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Mark Whittington, Sunday, 11-9-14 November 10, 2014

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Mark Whittington, Sunday, 11-9-14

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Guest:  Mark Whittington.  Topics:  Commercial space news updates, mid-term elections & space policy/budgets, & much 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 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 Mark Whittington back to the program for a wide ranging discussion on space news, policy, & technical matters.  You can follow Mark on his blog, http://curmudgeons.blogspot.com.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 46 minute program, Mark focused on the SpaceShipTwo accident, the Orbital Antares loss, the Mid-Term elections and what that may mean for space policy, Texas and the commercial space industry including the planned SpaceX spaceport, plus the space interest level of Texas Republicans taking over in the Senate and continuing in the House.  He also spoke the NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) as a possible program to be cancelled referencing the work by Dr. Binzel at MIT who wants it cancelled in favor of finishing the NEO survey.  Later in the segment, Mark mentioned the Falcon Heavy to Mars, Inspiration Mars, and SLS.  He also talked about possible renewed interest in some sort of return to the Moon program.

In segment two, Dr. Doug called to talk about a Lunar Cots like program & a reusable lunar lander.  We addressed Dr. Dava Newman of MIT being nominated for the position of NASA Deputy Administrator.  Dava was a January 2014 guest on The Space Show and as you will hear, I think this was an excellent choice for the position.  We spoke more about SLS, then Mark mentioned the recent Whitehouse.gov call for feedback  on lunar & space policy by Tom Kalil, the Deputy Director for Policy for The White House Office of Science & Technology.  Dr. Doug and Mark talked about the ULA-Masten Zeus lander.  Mark updated us on the Lunar XPrize , we spoke about the book “The Martian” and concluded by talking about upcoming Sci-Fi TV channel space related programming .  As the program was concluding, Mark said space tourism will survive the Virgin accident but Virgin’s survival will come down to investors and customers.  He also suggested their might be congressional hearings which he thought would be fine providing they did not go to the extreme to strangle the industry with regulations & oversight.

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Dr. Dava Newman, Friday, 1-31-14 February 1, 2014

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Dr. Dava Newman, Friday, 1-31-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2177-BWB-2014-01-31.mp3

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Guest:  Dr. Dava Newman.  Topic:  Dr. Newman’s BioSuit positive pressure space suit project.  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. Dava Newman to the program to discuss her positive pressure BioSuit spacesuit project at MIT.  During our 1 hour 1 minute single segment program, Dr. Newman took us through a brief history of positive pressure spacesuits up to and including her BioSuit version 4 project. For more information, please visit these and other websites: http://web.mit.edu/aeroastro/www/people/dnewman/bio.html; www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2013/12/10/mit-biosuit-system-dava-newman;   http://mvl.mit.edu/EVA/biosuit and http://esd.mit.edu/Faculty_Pages/newman/newman.htm. We covered many topics, fielded numerous listener email questions, and learned much about the BioSuit as well as traditional spacesuits.  The history started with Dr. Paul Webb and his efforts from the early 70’s (Dr. Webb was a guest on TSS on Sep.t. 17, 2006), then we talked about the progress in materials, designs, and engineering leading up to the BioSuit.  Dr. Newman explained how flexibility and movement were possible in the BioSuit, how this reduced the amount of energy expended by the astronaut, and even reduced some of the thermal needs.  We also talked about repairs of the suit, then we spent much time talking about the life support and EVA pack plus the helmet.  As we learned, joints and concave parts of the body like the back of the knee do present problems but they believe they have solutions to these challenges by using special materials to fill in the void spaces.  At one point, Professor Newman was asked about needing different suits for orbit, the Moon, and Mars.  As we learned, the basic suit is the same for everything but depending on the mission, different life support and EVA packs would be available.  Then we talked about a suit for inside the vehicle or the ISS, the Variable Vector Suit.  Questions came in about how the suit works, closes up, and suit economics compared to the costs of traditional spacesuits and EVA suits.  Questions about radiation protection, lunar dust protection and more was asked, plus we talked about the possibility of using the basic BioSuit for space tourism flights providing the tourist is not outside the spaceship.  During our discussion, Professor Newman went over many of the pressure issues and requirements plus other technical issues for this suit.  We also learned that it could be made operational within 2-3 years of full up funding.

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