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Jon Goff, Friday, 7-24-15 July 25, 2015

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Jon Goff, Friday, 7-24-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2512-BWB-2015-07-24.mp3

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Guest: Jon Goff; Topics: Altius Space-Machines updates, new projects, commercial space, fuel depots & 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 Jon Goff back to the show for Altius Space-Machine updates and more. Make sure you follow along with us at his website, www.altius-space.com. During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Jon brought us up on Altius activities since his last time as a guest on the show in March 2013. We discussed the projects listed on his website home page, Prospector, Lisa, the Robotic Manipulator, and EMBARC-2. I asked him for updates on Sticky Boom and how the new projects related to Sticky Boom. As you will hear, Jon and his team are engaged in several innovative projects. Listeners wanted to ask Jon about fuel depots so that topic contributed to both our first and second segments. Later in the first segment, Doug called to compare the Falcon Heavy with the use of depots, suggesting the Falcon Heavy would be more cost effective to LEO than using depots. This was an interesting discussion on this topic so don’t miss it. ISRU was discussed as was aerobraking coming back from the Moon.

In the second segment, Joe had the lead off question asking Jon if they were planning to engage in cubesats and Earth-imaging. Jon’s reply included a discussion of his Big Vision concept for his company and how he wants to contribute to the space industry. Carl in Tucson asked Jon about using Sticky Boom or one of other concepts to get rid of LEO space debris. Following that discussion, Jon told us about his Private Placement plans for his MAGE (Mechanical Assistant for Glovebox Experiments) project, where Altius is trying to adapt some COTS robotics and 3d vision solutions for use inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox on the ISS, and on the 3DOF STEM Arm testbed that they wanted to use for testing various Sticky Boom capture mechanisms on an air-bearing table. Another listener asked Jon about building launch vehicles for cubesats. Wayne asked about SBIRs, exceptions for those from outside the U.S. and foreign government funds for companies like Altius. As we were nearing an end to our program, I asked Jon for his five year forecast for the cubesat industry, then the same for his company. Jon had much to say on this topic, including talking about ADS-B ground stations, SpaceX, One Web, smallsats beyond LEO into MEO and GEO. As we were ending, Harry asked how independent Jon was from NASA policy, the administrator, etc. We concluded our discussion with Jon mentioning possible future hiring needs and his thoughts on having started up his own business five years ago.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Jon through his website, me, or the private placement address he gave out on air.

Dr. John Brandenburg, Tuesday, 5-20-14 May 21, 2014

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Dr. John Brandenburg, Tuesday, 5-20-14

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Guest:  Dr. John Brandenburg.  Topics:  Metaphysics, physics, ancient history, the Bible, life’s meaning.  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 back plasma physicist Dr. John Brandenburg to talk about his new book, “Cosmic Jesus: The Metaphysics of How the God of Israel Became the God of the Cosmos.”  Remember, if you buy the book through the OGLF Amazon portal, Amazon contributes part of the purchase price to The Space Show/OGLF.  In the first segment of our 2 hour 1 minute show (this was a 90 minute segment), Dr. Brandenburg introduced us to the topic of metaphysics which he defined as what can be deduced from physics or the attempt to answer basic questions like what happened before the Big Bang and what is actually out there or here or anywhere.  Dr. Brandenburg provided us with the foundation and background for having written this book starting with his fundamentalist upbringing, his Ph.D and his work at Lawrence Livermore Lab.  This is one of the few Space Show programs that is hard to describe in summary format but during the first long segment, John related things we know about in physics to metaphysics and biblical history.  John from Ft. Worth called and here we departed from the metaphysical and biblical to a discussion about related theories and associations in physics, including the work of noted Russian physicist, Dr. Andrei Sakharov. John also cited biblical references in his physics discussion, plus we talked about Mars rocks, extraterrestrial life, early life on Mars, and the realization that we here on Earth are not the center of the biological universe.  In discussing this, Dr. Brandenburg said many times throughout the program that we were headed for a Second Copernican Revolution.  Our long first segment ended with the three of us talking about the gravitational constant, models of gravity, & gravity modification.

In the short second segment, we talked about Alexander the Great and the combining of the physical/scientific universe with the spiritual universe.  Dr. Brandenburg then spoke to the separation which he said came later on with the scientific revolution with Kepler, Galileo, Copernicus, Newton and others.  John also told us about one of his theories suggesting that around 1520, the Spanish brought back to Spain information about the Aztecs and Aztec culture and items.  This was a big deal to the Europeans, especially those in Northern Europe so note what he proposes.  As we were nearing the two hour point and the end of the show, I asked John about future book plans and for his take away or Pearls of Wisdom from tonight’s discussion.  He referred back to many of his earlier extraterrestrial life in the universe comments and said that even if we as Earthlings are demoted from being the biological center the universe, we are still very important.  A metaphysical perspective for sure.

Please post your comments/Questions on TSS blog.  You can reach Dr. Brandenburg through me.