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Dr. Jason Reimuller, Tuesday, 9-8-15 September 9, 2015

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Dr. Jason Reimuller, Tuesday, 9-8-15

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Guest:  Dr. Jason Reimuller. Topics: Project PoSSUM and its manned suborbital research program focusing on the mesosphere. 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 Dr. Jason Reimuller back to the show for this 1 hour 28 minute discussion and update regarding Project PoSSUM (www.projectpossum.org). During the first segment of the program, Dr. Reimuller provided us with an overview of Project PoSSUM, then he went into detail regarding the need to study the mesosphere and Noctilucent clouds. He explained his two training programs, the PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification Program and the PoSSUM Academy. I found it interesting that both programs have a math level requirement for participants. Our first segment was devoted to Jason telling us about these two programs as well as their research projects which included a spacesuit research project along with Final Frontier Design. Near the end of the segment, we talked about launch vehicles to be used by Project PoSSUM, timelines & FAA licensing requirements.

In the second segment, Jason focused on their public and educational outreach programs for their science projects. Jason told us about their high altitude balloon projects, probably with World View and the global appeal of their citizen science projects. Among the many listener questions, Ronnie asked about the field of aerometry while another listener inquired as to why the study of the upper atmosphere was important. As the segment was ending, listeners asked Jason about his use of cubesats while another listener asked if balloons from JP Aerospace would be used. Also mentioned was the PoSSUM manual which can be obtained from the Project PoSSUM website along with various articles of spirit ware. Gina got the last question in to ask if one could get by in the two programs without the required math that Jason mentioned earlier in the show.

Please post your comments on TSS blog per the above URL. Jason can be reached through me or his website (he also gave out his email address on air).

Tom Olson, 2014 Year In Review, Tuesday, 12-30-14 December 31, 2014

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Tom Olson, 2014 Year In Review, Tuesday, 12-30-14

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  Space year 2014 in review.  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 Tom Olson back to the show for his annual end of the year review show for the space year at hand, 2014.  During the first segment of our last program for 2014, I asked Tom for positive memorable events in 2014 .  Tom came well prepared for this question.  Do you have the same memorable events list or a different one?  Let us know on the blog.  As Tom was going through his list of memorable positive events and developments for 2014, we took some email questions about Blue Atlas, the Delta IV and human rating it, and of course ULA.  Another listener wanted to know what Tom thought of the idea of a prize for an on orbiting demo propellant depot and fuel transfer.  Toward the end of the first segment, Dr. Lurio called in and talked about fuel depots, markets for them, NASA and more. We also talked about Virgin Galactic and SpaceShip2 plus what may be forthcoming from the NTSB report when it becomes available.  Antares was also discussed before the break.

In the second segment, Jeff from Tucson called in about a possible Netscape Moment.  Tom did not think much of a Netscape Moment, instead he talked about the concept of space scalable.  I got in on the discussion as did others and this led us to our discussing reusability with SpaceX and would it be a game changer.  Later in the segment, more was said about the Delta IV, ULA, Atlas and even SLS.  For 2015, Tom talked about Bigelow Aerospace getting their modules up to the ISS.  He also talked about Dragon V2 and Falcon Heavy.  In addition, Tom mentioned Power Beaming test for SSP in space beaming power from point to point but in space.  Of course SLS and Orion came up. Tom is not supportive of it, Dr. Lurio called in who is not supportive of it and holding up the fort for it was our friend SLS John.  The latter part of the show was an ongoing give and take with Lurio, Tom and SLS John highly engaged in a back and forth but as you will hear, there were no winners.  Tom and I did a bit of reminiscing because we go back with one another for more than a decade.  We wished everyone a very Happy New Year and a great 2015.  And remember, “y’all come back for more in 2015!”

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach Tom Olson or any of the callers or emailiers through me.

Ted Southern, Tuesday, 12-23-14 December 24, 2014

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Ted Southern, Tuesday, 12-23-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2381-BWB-2014-12-23.mp3

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Guest:  Ted Southern.  Topics:  Commercial IVA space suits & SAA agreement between NASA & Final Frontier Design (FFD).  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 Ted Southern, President & co-founder of FFD to talk about his company, IVA space suit design and their newly awarded NASA SAA for space suit development.  During the first segment of our 1 hr 44 minute program, I asked Ted how he went from a classical musical background and education to designing and making space suits.  Ted told us an interesting story regarding his evolution to space suits including professional costume making.  I’m sure you will enjoy his personal and company history.  Ted then talked about space suit gloves, the various astronaut glove competitions and why the glove is extremely critical and complex.  As you will hear, there is a constant push to advance the design and capability of the space suit glove.  We talked about the importance of mobility for space suits.  A current NASA IVA suit runs about $250K while the EVA suit might cost as much as $12 million each!  FFD is working to lower the cost & improve the mobility of the IVA (intra-vehicular activity suit) launch and re-entry space suit for orbital space flight.  Listeners asked many email questions including questions about materials, air consumption, helmets, heat, cooling and more.  We also talked about 3D printing for replacement parts while on orbit.  Toward the end of the segment, we talked about space tourism suits, the size of the potential market & why Ted has focused more on the commercial orbital market.

In the second segment, Ted was asked about advances in the face plate and the helmet.  Ted then spoke to issues of both a soft helmet and the hard shell helmet.  Don’t miss this interesting discussion.  Penny asked him about an emergency wearing the space suit and how easy it would be to get out of it and if one can run away from a downed spacecraft wearing a space suit.  Ted mentioned the weight of the suit, compared it to other suits, and then spoke to the challenges of getting out of the suit in a hurry.  Robert sent in a question inquiring about the mechanical counter pressure suit that Dava Newman at MIT has been working on (Dr. Newman addressed this on TSS in January 2014).  I then asked Ted about self-repairing space suits the way we now have self-repairing tires.  Ted explained why the tire technology does not work for a space suit plus they don’t have self-repairing materials for a space suit.  Joe inquired about using a heads up display in the helmet.  Before I took a call, I asked Ted about the pressure in a fire hose and how that differed from a space suit.  We talked some about fire hose usage based on my old Navy firefighting training.  Stay tuned to hear the pressure in a fire hose which is many many times greater than the pressure used in a space suit. Doug called to inquire about space suit fashion and putting FFD suits in a fashion show.  Doug and Ted talked about space suit colors and 3D printing for insitu repair. As the program was ending, Ted told us about his company’s Space Suit Experience for $400 and an advanced reservation.  You get to try on and wear a space suit.  Note the discussion about size issues for being able to wear a space suit.  Ted brought up the issue of high blood pressure being better for high G acceleration. Don’t miss this and his other final comments.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog.  You can reach Ted Southern through is website, http://www.finalfrontierdesign.com or me.