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Ed Wright, Friday, 7-12-13 July 13, 2013

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Ed Wright, Friday, 7-12-13



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Guest:  Edward (Ed) Wright.  Topics: Citizens In Space, Space Hacker Workshop.  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 Ed Wright back to the program to discuss the Space Hacker Workshop to be held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field, Dallas, Texas July 20-21, 2013.  For more information about the event and for online registration at a discount (by a certain date), please visit www.citizensinspace.org.  The specific online registration link is http://spacehackerdfw.eventbrite.com.  Ed was with us for the entire program which was 1 hour 3 minutes in length.  Ed started the discussion with an overview of both Citizens in Space and the Space Hacker Workshop program of which the first was held a few months back in Silicon Valley. Ed then shifted gears to discuss the upcoming Space Hacker Workshop to be held at Love Field in Dallas.  He spoke about some of the main speakers including the top people from XCOR.  He also said it was a hands on workshop with the participants actually engaging in building things.  We went over registration and ticket pricing, plus Ed suggested a hotel for out of town participants.  Ed received several listener questions about the workshop and Citizens In Space.  For example, a listener asked if Ed’s organization had actually paid for the ten XCOR flights he talks about or if he only has a deposit for the fights.  Another wanted to know if he had a priority choice with XCOR as to which flights Citizens In Space will get.  He was also asked when he thought XCOR would become operational with commercial flights.  In a clarification comment, Ed also told us that all the Citizens In Space flights would be citizen science flights.  Citizens in Space was not engaging in space tourism per se.  We then talked about flight opportunities, what types of projects were wanted and how to get them accepted by Citizens In Space.  He said the rules  require all experiments & results to be open source.  Another listener asked if was competing against the groups that are part of the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference.  Ed explained why there was a difference in both the customer and the target market for both.  He was also asked about scaling up to orbital spaceflight.  A few listeners wanted to know the plans for the next Space Hacker Workshop after Dallas.  Ed thought it might be at KSC in Florida but he did not make it definite at this time.  He also took a question about the fact that Lynx only flies to 2/3 of the way to space and if this impacted his citizen science projects and research.  Near the end of our discussion, Ed was asked about the regulatory environment that might adversely impact citizen science experiments, flights, & the work of Citizens In Space.  For Ed’s response to these and all the questions, don’t miss this important hour long discussion.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above. Ed can be contacted using edward.v.wright@rocketacademy.org.


Edward Wright, Monday, 4-16-12 April 17, 2012

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Edward Wright, Monday, 4-16-12


Guest:  Edward Wright.   Topics:  Citizens in Space program with the U.S. Rocket Academy.  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 Ed Wright back to the show to discuss his new program Citizens In Space.  You can find out more about this program by visiting www.citizensinspace.org.  Ed started Teachers in Space many years ago and he has now expanded it to the new program, Citizens in Space, with a focus that goes beyond the public school system.  As you will hear, the new program is more inclusive as it involves students, museum educators, and others to be both citizen scientists and space explorer astronauts.  Ed, in three full Space Show segments, described the new program, explained citizen science experiments and projects, why it was important to expand the program beyond the public school system, and much more.  During this interview, Ed talked about requirements, applicable FAA rules, the XCOR Lynx which is the vehicle they have selected, plus information on the science experiments & payload requirements.  He spent some time talking about the difference in a demonstration which he said was all too common in our current school system as compared to a real experiment. He also talked about Citizen in Space promotional programs to an expanded audience including the Maker Faire Conference/Workshop which is held in San Mateo, CA each May.  Ed talked about the Citizens in Space relationship with the Space Studies Institute and their new programs.  You can read about the SSI programs on the Citizens in Space website.  If you have comments and questions related to this show, please post them on The Space Show blog URL above.  You can email Ed Wright through his website or use edward.v.wright@rocketacademy.org.