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Open Lines, Sunday, 11-8-15 November 9, 2015

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Open Lines, Sunday, 11-8-15

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Guest: Open Lines.   Topics:  We discussed multiple aerospace industry topics along with the possible impact of raising interest rates on NASA and the industry.  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 1 hour 55 minute Open Lines discussion.

 

I started off the first segment with suggested show discussion topics, then John from Ft. Worth was our first caller to discuss the Don Nelson recent show and his idea for a fleet of modern private and commercial space shuttle freighters.  John had some interesting things to say about this idea as well as potential market issues given Don wants his freighters to be privately built and operated.  During the call with John, we talked about the possibility of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates and what that may mean for the space industry as well as other segments of our economy.  Though the NASA part of the budget is small, it is visible and it could be adversely impacted by a rise in interest rates as more money will have to go to paying the interest on our national debt.  Our next caller was Jeff from Tucson.  Jeff pointed out large aerospace industry trends and addressed the recent NASA delay in commercial cargo awards though they told Boeing they were no longer under consideration with the CST100.  Jeff also spoke about other projects with SpaceX, Orbital ATK, ULA and Aerojet Rocketdyne.  He spent a good portion of his discussion time talking about problems facing Aerojet Rocketdyne, possible merger solutions and parts of the business which it may need to let go as compared to pursue and continue developing.

 

In the second segment, Tim called in with questions about Maven and the recent announcement regarding the Martian atmosphere.  Doug was our next caller. Doug is planning a debate at the upcoming ISDC meeting next year on cislunar plans starring himself with his plan and John Strickland with his plan.  Doug talked about the differences between his position and John’s, wanted to our thoughts on adding more people to the debate with their cislunar ideas, then I asked Doug what his expected outcome was for doing this.  Don’t miss what he said about his expectations.  I told him I would be glad to do a Space Show debate with John and him as a “warmup” to the ISDC event.  I hope that happens.  Doug concluded his call saying he still hoped to call The Space Show while riding and trying to eat on the Gravitron at his local theme park while spinning at 24 rpms.  If he manages to this, it should be an interesting call.

 

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Dr. Doug Plata, Sunday, 9-13-15 September 13, 2015

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Dr. Doug Plata, Sunday, 9-13-15

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Guest: Dr. Doug Plata. Topics: Doug’s Space Advocate Projects present and to do. 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. Doug Plata back to the show to discuss his space advocate projects that he has already done. In addition, he created a wish list of future advocate projects that he wants to do on his own or in collaboration with others. His 27 page Power Point Presentation detailing all of these projects has been posted to The Space Show blog so please take a look at it and follow along with us during the discussion. Dr. Plata’s discussion follows the PPT page by page. You can see it at https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. In the first segment of our 2 hour 7 minute discussion, Doug explained why he does these projects citing having fun as a major motivating factor.   He does go through the PPT topics and slides in order so rather than going through each one here in the summary, follow along with the PPT presentation on the blog. Some of the project had a more detailed discussion than others such as the theme park ride, the Gravitron which came up in the second segment. Listeners asked him several email questions on a variety of topics including how he could open up his projects to collaboration with others that were not physically in the same location or area as Doug. Doug was also asked if one needed an engineering, physics or other specific background to do what he was doing and Doug said no. I asked Doug if he felt constrained by physics, engineering, human factors medical science, etc. with his projects. This resulted in an interesting and most practical discussion and repose. Doug also coined a great phrase in response to this question, “Physics does not work in Power Point!” Later in the first segment, he talked in detail about large landers and the Centaur upper stage. His PPT shows pictures of his projects and where applicable, he created images to help us along in our understanding. We continued talking about the projects he has already done for the balance of the segment.

In the second segment, we finished the discussion of his already done projects but we spent some time on the Gravitron. Here, Doug talked about additional experiments he would like to do revolving around the Graviton but he was not sure that the ride operators would be all that cooperative with him in allowing him and others to do these experiments. It is an interesting discussion, don’t miss it. Doug soon turned to his wish list projects which start on slide 11. As before, our discussion tracked the slide number so it is easy to follow along with us. Among the listener questions that he fielded in this segment, one asked him how he knew for sure that there was sufficient water ice on the Moon at the poles or anywhere for that matter. Don’t miss his response. John from Ft. Worth called this segment to follow up on his earlier dried food comments. John and Doug talked about dried food, the old C-rations used by the military or the more modern MREs, psychological food, the need to have fresh food, vegetables, greens, and such. Doug explained his theory on what fresh items might be most suitable for growing on say a Mars mission. Later in the segment, both listeners and I suggested Doug organize this and see if he could sell it as a mini-series for influencing kids based on the old Mr. Wizard TV show from decades ago. In fact, thorough out the show, Doug received many suggestions for increased marketing and awareness for his projects like this with little cost, hardly any lab equipment, and in the home environment. When we got to slide 24, Doug had much to say about experiments using a Finger monkey. He was not sure if one would have to do some sort of IRB to use the animal, especially if it was just a space advocate experiment. Near the end of the segment, Doug spoke in detail about humans vs. robots and robots that could repair other robots. Doug offered specific ideas regarding the humans vs. robot debate. He offered us good concluding points but again, he stated that having fun doing these projects was a big part of why he does it & why anyone should do it. One final question came in just before the show ended. This listener wanted to know if he was doing an end run around traditional space advocacy organizations because everything he talked about during our program was individual to him or other advocates. Not once did he make mention of any of the space advocacy organizations. Don’t miss his response to this question.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above. You can reach Doug through me or his website per his PPT, www.lunarcots.com.

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