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Doug Messier, Monday, 6-16-14 June 17, 2014

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Doug Messier, Monday, 6-16-14

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Guest:  Doug Messier.  Topics:  Space news reporting, suborbital, Virgin Galactic, XCOR & lots 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 Doug Messier back to the show to discuss featured news articles of late on his blog, http://www.parabolicarc.com.  Please note that Doug used a cell phone and we did have audio issues at various times during the show.  During the first long segment of our 1 hour 38 minute program, Doug talked about the Mojave Air &Spaceport, Stratolaunch and then Doug got called to task by listeners for his recent reporting & comments regarding Virgin Galactic per his blog, his recent Space Show program and his appearance on the Hotel Mars John Batchelor segment last week.  The gist of the hard questions asked Doug centered around asking him if he had a conflict of interest reporting on other companies given the XCOR book he is writing.  They asked this because to them, his reporting seemed unfair to Virgin while giving XCOR a pass on many of the same issues he talked about with Virgin.  We spent most of the first segment talking about these issues.  Doug spoke freely and talked about how he reports on these issues and why he reports the way he does.  He mentioned several Virgin stories as examples but he also made it very clear that he wants all the companies to be successful and for the industry to develop.  As you will see in the last segment, this particular type of question was asked of him as the program was drawing to a close.  Doug was in the hot seat for much of the first segment so you listen and you decide.  Let Doug know your thoughts on his Virgin reporting by posting on TSS blog or emailing him.  I then moved us to other topics & other companies at Mojave, the FAR for amateur rocketry, but the forces to be kept drawing us back to Doug, his Virgin reporting and XCOR comparisons.  Doug managed to talk about recent SFF and Space Access alerts about language in the Senate NASA funding bill that these organizations and others believe to be a poison pill.  Listen for details.  Also, I asked about Congress planning to fund at least $200 million for a new engine replacement for the RD-180.  We also talked about the Falcon 9 & AF SpaceX certification.  Dr. Doug called near the end of the segment.  During his call, he was sent an email question about the Moon by Tony in Seattle.

In the second segment, we talked about the NASA budget for FY 2015 in some detail.  Doug talked about SLS, Orion, commercial crew funding issues and SpaceX possibly expediting some flights prior to the 2017 schedule.  Doug went into detail about the Sen. Shelby amendment which many believe to be the poison pill mentioned in the first segment.  I took us through several of the top stories being reported on Parabolicarc.com including changes to the Arianne launcher, the Decelerator Flight Test, the NASA Centennial Challenge for Cubesat Deep Space, plus we talked about the Google acquisition of Skybox Imaging and their global broadband plans with Worldview.  Also mentioned as the show was drawing to a close was the GLXP, Doug’s visit to the Dragon V2 unveiling, & then Sally’s final email question asking Doug if he wanted Virgin Galactic to fail given how he reports on the company.  Don’t miss his response to Sally, plus my related comments.

Post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Doug through his website or me.

Jim Crisafulli, Monday, 2-3-14 February 4, 2014

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Jim Crisafulli, Monday, 2-3-14

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Guest:  Jim Crisafulli.  topics:  We discussed the Hawaii Office of Aerospace Development and Hawaiian programs to further space development.  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 Jim Crisafulli back to the show for this 90 minute discussion of space development, exploration, and education in the State of Hawaii.  As the same discussion topics were part of the entire program, I am summarizing this show is if there was one segment despite our having taken a break for segment two about halfway through the program.  Our discussion started with my asking our guest about the space industry in Hawaii and to identify some of the unique advantages Hawaii offers space businesses, programs, organizations, and academia.  Mr. Crisafulli talked at length about the strategic advantages for enhancing space exploration and all aspects of space development, including NewSpace programs and the expansion of commercial space.  Mr. Crisafulli talked about R&D, education outreach including K-12 education.  We also discussed in some detail specific programs such as the Real World Design Challenge to inspire future scientists, engineers, educators & entrepreneurs for the developing & rapidly evolving aerospace community.  Rob Kelso called in as we started discussing the PISCES Program (Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems) as Rob is the Executive Director.  Most of the balance of the first segment Rob updated us on PISCES programs given he was last a guest on TSS on June 21, 2013.  We also highlighted the history of PISCES which got its start in 2007.  As PISCES and other Hawaiian space projects and programs take place on all the islands, we got a good overview of all that Hawaii offers in all aspects of space development and exploration.  After the break, while still discussing PISCES and educational projects, we talked about the Hawaii Spaceflight Lab located on the Manoa Campus of UH (www.hsfl.hawaii.edu/wordpress/about) and the proposed spaceport for space tourism for horizontal takeoff & landings.  Hawaii analog sites for lunar and Martian missions were talked about as were Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), a Tri-state Agreement with Alaska & Oregon, laser communication development and much more.  As our discussion was ending, we talked about the upcoming space conference to be held in Hawaii in October of this year.  More info about the conference as it becomes known.

Please post comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can email Jim or Rob of PISCES by going through me or their organization websites.

Blaze Sanders, Friday, 8-9-13 August 10, 2013

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Blaze Sanders, Friday, 8-9-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2065-BWB-2013-08-09.mp3

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Guest:  Blaze Sanders.  Topics: Solar System Express Gravity Development Board, Do It Yourself Space, NASA Internships.  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 Blaze Sanders to the program to discuss Solar System Express (SOL-X at www.solarsystemexpress.com).  During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, Blaze introduced us to his company, SOL-X, and we talked at length about their Gravity Development Board (GDB) in its various models and configurations.  In talking about the GDB, Blaze also talked about similar products on the market comprising their competition, explaining why his company believes the GDB has distinct advantages over the other products leading to marketing and positioning benefits for the GDB.  We talked about many terrestrial as well as space applications, the difference between space tolerant and space rated hardware, costs, ease of use and programming, and much more.  Blaze took calls and emails from listeners including one about space debris mitigation as well as space skydiving since the company is working on a GDB controlled space skydiving suit.  We also talked about the GLXP contestants, ArduSat on the ISS, and the GDB’s clock speed compared to the competition.

In the second segment, Blaze talked about his path from school into the space world. This path included a NASA internship and then getting involved in the NASA Cooperative Education Program, all of which is part of the NASA Pathways Program.  If these programs interest you, take note of what our guest had to say and initiate contact with the relevant NASA program.  Blaze suggested checking out this website, https://intern.nasa.gov.  Other topics that came up focused on hacker workshops, STEM, human spaceflight missions to Mars, lunar human missions, and crowd funding.  He suggested one use for the GDB on a humans to Mars mission might be entertainment, movies, pictures, etc. shown during the flight, all the time getting new information from the ground as long as they had the right USB type of connection on the mission.  Be sure to listen to this idea as entertainment on a HSF to Mars is not normally discussed, at least not on The Space Show (so far at least).  As part of his closing comments, Blaze suggested that space needs to be open to everyone, far more than just engineers and scientists. He talked about artists and other fields.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above.  You can email Blaze through their website or me.

 

Interorbital Systems with the Millirons, Friday, 2-22-13 February 23, 2013

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Interorbital Systems with the Millirons, Friday, 2-22-13

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Guests:  Randa and Rod Milliron.  Topics:  Interorbital Systems engine tests, personal satellite kits, updates, rocket building R&D.  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.

We welcomes Randa and Rod Milliron back for this 1 hour 36 minute discussion about their company, Interorbital Systems (IOS), rocket engine development and testing, and much more.  Visit their website at www.interorbital.com for more information and details of topics discussed today.  We started out by getting details about the IOS static engine test in Oct. 2012.  Our guests talked about the test and described their engine and the Neptune modular launch system.  Rod talked about using hypergolic propellants and why they chose to do so, plus our guests went over the capability of the Neptune rocket depending on how many modules and stages were used.  They also talked about adding a stage for the lunar lander as they are a GLXP participant.  We talked about the GLXP, getting secondary payload rides to the Moon or using a dedicated launcher such as the Neptune. Our guests described their plans for doing a sea launch and why, probably in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.  They also talked about having spaceport launching capabilities as well.  Listeners asked about demo flights and time lines, plus suborbital test flights.  Another listener asked about the plans for Olav Zipser to jump from a rocket in light of the Red Bull success.  Wes from Tampa emailed in about suborbital flights offering a space view for sensor testing, retrieving payloads, & testing low gravity manufacturing/3D printing.  IOS suborbital flights are their test flights.  Our guests had much to say about these matters, especially retrievable payloads.  Blair emailed in about IOS due diligence, their launch track record, and their consumer sales.  We then talked about the IOS personal satellite TubeSat and CubeSat kits. Wes called in to talk about his positive experiences given he has purchased one of the kits.  I also asked Wes about his due diligence on IOS before buying the kit.  Listen to how our guests and Wes responded to this line of questioning.

In the second segment, I asked about engine test regulations & required permits for testing at Mojave.  Randa and Rod mentioned complying with ITAR because they have foreign sales of the personal satellite kits.  They also talked about a 4H group on the Utah Colorado border building a personal satellite and the educational outreach this involves with the Ute Native Americans and others.  The Millirons were asked about their being considered fringe by some in the space community.  Note what they said about this and about attending space conferences.  A question came in as to why they were not using a hybrid engine.  Rod had lots to say about hybrids, don’t miss his comments.  Our discussion concluded with a summary of their forthcoming rocket plans and development program.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can reach our guests through their website or through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.