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Open Lines, Sunday, 8-2-15 August 2, 2015

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Open Lines, Sunday, 8-2-15

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Guest: Open Lines with the host and Spencer Austin-Martin; Topics: Space Show website and archive modernization, NewSpace, Virgin Galactic & NTSB Report & other timely topics. 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.

 

Welcome to hour two hour twelve minute Open Lines program. In the first segment which was 70 minutes in length, besides throwing out some potential topics of interest, I introduced everyone to Spencer Austin-Martin. Spencer, a Space Show listener, stepped forward earlier this year to help us out with our website problem. Since then, Spencer has designed both our support website for our upcoming Indiegogo crowdfunding project to design and build a new website plus develop a fully searchable and archival quality database. Today we launched our support website, www.supporthespaceshow.com which will compliment our Indiegogo site once we take it public next Sunday, August 9 as Spencer will be with us for the full program that day. Today, Spencer explained the basic plan for the new site, what we can do with our archives, what the benefits will be for you the listener and for researchers. We also talked about some of the specifics of our Indiegogo project & incentives. While the support site is now up and running, it will likely be tweaked a bit before next Sunday. We answered many listener questions about the new site and our campaign Later, the topic of written transcripts for the new site came up for now and the future. I understand this would be a valuable benefit for listeners and researchers but for now there are legal, financial, and other constraints associated with doing this. I spent some time explaining the issues but I did say that the new website and archives will be able to deal with written transcripts down the road if we can find out way to get over constraints, of which there are many. Dr. Doug called to promote his idea regarding key words, we had a heated discussion and we certainly disagreed as Doug would like to see a real time notation available for guest usage of key words. I have asked Doug to post his idea (succinctly I hope) on the blog so that you can fully understand what he would like and so that you can chime in on it, tweak it, love it, hate it, or all of the above. In addition in this segment and the next one, I put out a call for help with voice recognition software that I can use to help me out as I recover from major hand surgery and the lack of use of my right hand for six week, plus for down the road use with transcripts. Listen to my call for help in both segments concerning a need for a quality voice recognition program and if you can suggest one, post it on the blog or email me direct.

 

In the second segment, John from Ft. Worth called to talk about the recent program with Dr. Woodward as he has been reading Dr. Woodward’s book on Mach thrusters. John had some interesting comments to offer us. So far he has remained skeptical but he has not yet finished the book. We hope to hear back from him with his final analysis once he has completed the book. John also brought up Em Drive and I talked about the NASA news release confirming EM Drive results by German Scientists. Here is one of the many news releases: www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3177449/Nasa-s-impossible-fuel-free-thrusters-work-German-scientists-confirm-viability-super-fast-space-travel-slash-journey-moon-4-HOURS.html. Author Anthony Young called to talk about his experience at the NewSpace Conference earlier in July as this was his first ever space conference. Anthony gave a glowing report about the conference and I supported what he said. It was the finest NewSpace Conference I’ve attended. I asked him to comment on the Dr. Linda Billings article I mentioned up front (you can read it here – www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-inexcusable-jingoism-of-american-spaceflight-rhetoric). Anthony then spoke to the entrepreneurial panel at the conference, the networking, the Exhibit Hall and especially the virtual reality project by SpaceVR. Dwayne called to comment about the Virgin Galactic safety article I referenced from the Daily Beast sent in by Dr. Lurio. Dwayne explained the issue and mentioned that this information was appearing in lots of places but he suggested we go to www.parabolocarc.com for the latest. Doug Messier of parabolicarc.com will be our Hotel Mars guest this week on the NTSB report and related VG safety issues. Before signing off, Dwayne offered us his perspective on the Linda Billings article.

 

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Spencer or the callers and those sending emails through me.

 

Open Lines, Tuesday, 5-12-15 May 13, 2015

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Open Lines, Tuesday, 5-12-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2472-BWB-2015-05-12.mp3

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Guests: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston; Topics: We remembered Charles Pooley and discussed multiple current space topics of interest.  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.

 

Welcome to our first May 2016 Open Lines program.  During the first segment of our very long 2 hour 26 minute program, I suggested 13 topics for discussion.  While we did manage to discuss most of them, the most popular included remembering Charles Pooley and talking about the EM drive.  Many listeners called in during both segments to remember Charles Pooley.  Also in the first segment, the EM drive came up for discussion with John in Ft. Worth.  He had much to say about the potential of the EM drive, plus he commented on why many traditional scientists say nothing is there, that any results are only on the margin.  I cited a recent article at www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/04/evaluating-nasas-futuristic-em-drive.

 

In the second segment, we started off with Steve Nixon talking about Charles but it soon evolved to a discussion about space solar power and the upcoming ISDC conference.  In touting SSP, Steve referenced the work by Keith Henson and others, the SunSat Competition, and more.  I was extremely skeptical of his SSP claims which depended on Skylon working and significantly lowering the cost of space access. That claim made me even more skeptical.  I told him Keith was welcome back on the show to discuss his latest SSP analysis, assumptions, and claims so we will see if Keith wants to return after ISDC which is later this month in Toronto.  I recall earlier comments & analysis by Keith which were certainly in the skeptical range from my perspective.  I do hope he returns as we can have a good discussion with lots of listener participation.  Based on listener emails and some phone comments, I was not the only one skeptical about the latest SSP claims.  BJohn emailed us to say that Pooley’s idead were coming into their time, plus he commented on EM drive.  Dr. Dwayne Day called in and somehow we got to talking about high price art auctions and the Picasso that just sold at Christies for $179 million +.  I also referenced the Christies auction last year of James Bond movie items including the original Moonraker Space Shuttle model which sold for $89,000+.  Dwayne then addressed his reason for calling which was a recent Jeff Foust article reporting on the status of the NTSB investigation and report regarding both the Virgin Galactic and Orbital Antares accidents.  Dwayne’s comments on the investigation were interesting so make sure you hear them.  We talked more on the EM drive, then Tim called to refute SSP as well as terrestrial solar power. He also said the EM drive could be used as a doomsday weapon!  Dr. Doug called and said kind things about Charles, then he wanted to talk about home grown space experiments.  He briefly mentioned one he did regarding eating dried foods.  He will have more to say about this on the next Open Lines show at the end of this month.

 

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach any of the participants through me @ drspace@thespaceshow.com.