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Jeffrey (Jefff) Smith, Tuesday, 3-18-14 March 19, 2014

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Jeffrey (Jefff) Smith, Tuesday, 3-18-14

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Guest:  Jeffrey (Jeff) Smith.  Topics:  Space Expedition Corp Griffith Observatory event, XCOR, Lynx, NewSpace.  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 Jeff Smith to the program to discuss the recent Space Expedition Corp program held at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.  We initially learned of this event when Doug Messier was recent a guest on the program and since Jeff was going to be in Los Angeles, he decided to attend the event while in Los Angeles.  During the first segment of our 91 minute, Jeff introduced us to Space Expedition Corp (www.spacexc.com) which is a Netherlands based space service company wanting to sell & service flights on the XCOR Lynx suborbital vehicle in Curacao.  Jeff described the audience attending the event, spoke about the qualifications, expertise, and knowledge regarding the Space Expedition Corp’s (SXC) speaker at the event and others in the company.  Listeners asked many questions, including environmental questions regarding rocket pollution in the atmosphere.  Jeff said this was discussed at the event.  Another listener asked about ITAR given XCOR was working with a company in the Netherlands. Both Jeff and then later another listener, Carl, responded and explained the ITAR situation vis a vis XCOR.  Jeff also talked about opportunities in aerospace as a result of many leaving the Air Force or other services after their 20 years.  Another observation Jeff offered was that he thought more companies were interested in marketing space, not doing space.  Jeff was asked if SXC planned Lynx flights at locations other than Curacao.  Listener Carl responded that XCOR was planning flights in the States and elsewhere but it was not clear if SXC would be operating in locations other than Curacao.

In the second segment, I asked Jeff for his thoughts on the NewSpace industry in general, plus the emerging suborbital industry.  Here, Jeff had lots to say, including some concern for market issues and the low barrier to entry for parts of the industry.  Betsy in Tulsa asked him what inspired his interest in NewSpace and like many of us, Jeff was addicted to space everything at a very early age, chose to get an education in a related field and follow a career in aerospace.  He also wanted to follow the entrepreneurial side of things through NewSpace.  He said NewSpace seems to be more ideologically driven than traditional aerospace.  We talked about star gazing in Tucson, the Planetary Science Institute plan for telescopes on a Lynx, & the ability of students, especially at the high school level, to do science experiments that were space related through cubesats and more.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog.  Jeff can be contacted through me.

Michelle Evans, Monday, 12-9-13 December 10, 2013

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Michelle Evans, Monday, 12-9-13

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Guest:  Michelle Evans.  Topics:  X-15 Rocketplane and Michelle’s Book, The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space.  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 back Michelle Evans to continue her Space Show discussion about the X-15 Rocket Plane and her best selling book, The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 28 minute program, Michelle responded to my trivia question to name the presidents involved with the X-15 program.  We talked about how astronauts were greeted and treated compared to the record breaking X-15 pilots.  We also talked about the incredible level of interest and reception our guest receives with her book talks at various organizations, plus the amazing interest shown in the topic coming from overseas.  In response to a question about the most memorable flights, Michelle mentioned the Peter Knight flight above Mach 4 when all electronics failed and ejection was not an option.  We talked about tricks and pranks the pilots played as strong Type A personalities.  Also mentioned was the fatal Mike Adams flight.  Listeners asked several questions, including a few that attempted to compare X-15 to the new effort to fly suborbital by Virgin and XCOR.  Michelle then had much to say for the X-15 engine, the XLR99 which produced 66,000 lbs. of thrust.  Rick sent in a question asking why the 200th flight never happened.  As the segment was ending, we inquired about X-15 artifacts including mockups, the actual X-15s, and the two B-52s that flew the rocket plane.

In the second segment, Ted asked about X-15 espionage.  As you will hear, there was none but listen to the full answer.  We then talked about the B-52s, especially the one that is outside the Edwards gate.  Michelle did a shout out to Tommy Ericson in Sweden for the excellent X-15 artwork in the her book.  We talked about surviving X-15 equipment and learned the simulator was gone but that a skinless version of the rocket plane used for testing was still in existence.  I asked Michelle to tell us about her talk at Griffith Observatory in LA, then she talked about the two living pilots, Joe Engle and Bill Dana.  Michelle also talked about Joe’s astronaut duties with the Space Shuttle.

Please post comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  Michelle can be reached through her website at www.mach25media.com.

Griffith Observatory,Part 2 Taped Interviews, Friday, 9-14-12 September 15, 2012

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Griffith Observatory,Part 2 Taped Interviews, Friday, 9-14-12

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Guests:  Dr. Laura Danly;  Anthony Cook.  Topics:  Griffith Observatory walking tour.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  Welcome to Part Two of the taped interviews regarding my visit to the Los Angeles Area for the AIAA Space 2012 Conference and more.  Our Part 2 interviews took place at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA.  We started out with a discussion of the very interesting history of both Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory, features, and facilities of the Observatory, all with the curator, Dr. Laura Danly.  The passion, emotion, excitement, and scientific nature of Dr. Danly comes through in this interview and I can assure you, it translates into an incredible museum and science center which I hope all of you will visit if you have the opportunity to do so.  Our second segment was a walking tour with Anthony Cook who took us (my son and his friend were me on this assignment) to the roof, the telescope domes, and the solar viewing area inside the building.  Prior to the actual walking tour, we visited the area detailing the planets, a space jewelry collection and lots more.  You can learn much more about the Griffith Observatory by visiting their website, www.griffithobservatory.org

Please post your comments on the blog.  If you want to email either Dr. Danly or Mr. Cook, send your note to me and I will forward it for you.