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Dr. Jim Woodward, Tuesday, 7-21-15 July 22, 2015

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Dr. Jim Woodward, Tuesday, 7-21-15

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Guest: Dr. James (Jim) Woodward. Topics: The Mach Effect, gravity, and breakthrough propulsion. 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 back Dr. Jim Woodward to the program to discuss the Mach Effect, Mach thrusters and drive, and breakthrough propulsion. During our discussion, Dr. Woodward mentioned his book, “Making Starships and Stargates which you can order at http://ssi.org/exotic-propulsion-initiative as this allows SSI to get a royalty payment on the sale of the book. If you buy the book through Amazon using TSS/OGLF portal, The Space Show gets a percentage of the sales price of the book. In addition, the Charles Platt article, “Strange thrust: the unproven science that could propel our children into space” can be found here: http://boingboing.net/2014/11/24/the-quest-for-a-reactionless-s.html. Finally, Dr. Woodward mentioned the paper written by Dr. Heidi Fearn, “New Theoretical Results for the Mach Effect Thruster.” You can download this paper at www.researchgate.net/publication/280134421_New_Theoretical_Results_for_the_Mach_Effect_Thruster. Note that in the final minutes of our program, Dr. Woodward spoke very softly and we were unable to get some of what he said as part of his final comments. While the 1 hour 56 minute program was divided into two segments, this summary will be in one segment only and short as the papers above tell the story. I urge you to read them and become familiar with Dr. Woodward’s work either before or after listening to this discussion which was at times very technical and heavy in the theoretical physics fields for gravitational forces, electromagnetic forces and more as he described the Mach Effect. In addition to the physics, since Dr. Woodward’s work is dependent on funding so he spent a good amount of time in both segments answering questions and telling us what it was like trying to get funding, approved proposals, etc. for cutting edge work or even work considered to be out of the box or on the fringe. His realistic assessment of the challenges posed by his and similar work goes to the point of why we don’t see more out of the box science & advanced projects being financed. In addition to the physics and funding discussions, we talked timelines for his having commercial uses for small Mach thrusters which would start off servicing satellites. This discussion covered both segments.

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Dr. John Learned, Monday, 5-18-15 May 19, 2015

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Dr. John Learned, Monday, 5-18-15

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Guest:  Dr. John Learned.  Topics:  Fast Radio Bursts, neutrinos, and related physics issues.  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. John Learned to the show to discuss Fast Radio Bursts (FRB), neutrinos, and more.  Note that this program was co-hosted with Dr. John Jurist.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 26 minute discussion, Dr. Learned introduced us to FRBs and talked about what they may or may not be. We also talked about the Parkes Observatory in Australia and the peryton issue.  The discussion of FRBs and peryton issues took up a significant part of our first segment.  Later in the segment we switched over to talking about neutrinos.  Dr Learned spoke to the three kinds of neutrinos, mass differences and more.  We fielded many listener emails on neutrinos and the FRBs. I asked our guest about media reports suggesting FRBs might be a form of ET communication.  Our guest addressed this several times during our discussion.  Later in the segment, Sally asked what the benefit of these studies were to humanity.  Dr. Learned appreciated the question and gave a good answer.  In fact, he answered it several times during the program as did Dr. Jurist.  Near the end of the segment, I asked how neutrons were detected.  Detecting neutrons is quite a challenge so don’t miss the response.  It is not trivial for sure.

In the second segment, we talked about the Purdue Group and other groups doing research with neutrinos per questions from listeners.  Dr. Learned then spoke more about the hunt for modulated or variable stars.  The subject of neutrino beams came up as a possible far out method of ET communication.  Other topics in the segment included non linear dynamics, chaos theory, and frequencies.  Later our guest talked about a new class of star found in the Kepler data.  Our guest was asked about Higgs-Boson, we talked about the LHC, and the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and experiments.  Our last topic addressed a series of questions about commercial space development, the cost to access space, and science research cost benefits.

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Dr. John Cramer, Friday, 9-20-13 September 21, 2013

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Dr. John Cramer, Friday, 9-20-13

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Guest:  Dr. John Cramer.  Topics:  Dr. Cramer’s chapter in “Starship Century,” interstellar travel, physics.  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 Dr. John Cramer to the program to discuss his chapter in the book “Starship Century.”  Dr. Cramer titled his chapter Exotic Technologies for Interstellar Travel.  Remember, if you purchase this book using The Space Show/OGLF Amazon portal, Amazon will contribute to The Space Show.  Instructions for doing this are in all archived program summaries on our website and our blog.  Dr. Cramer’s website is http://faculty.washington.edu/jcramer.  During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Dr. Cramer talked about his chapter, interstellar spaceflight, exotic technologies, and the Quantum Grounded Theory.  He mentioned James Woodward and his work with Mach’s Principle.  I also asked him about the level of interest expressed by his students in interstellar travel and we talked about timelines for realizing interstellar travel.  Our guest said we needed breakthroughs and the progress in 100 years would depend on realizing key breakthroughs.  Dr. Cramer suggested that our challenges were still in the fields of theory as we needed much better understandings of lots of things associated with interstellar travel.  The issue of space settlement came up in terms of Mars and deep space.  We also talked about worm holes but we spent more time on that subject in the second segment.  I asked if finding the Higgs-Boson was helpful. Dr. Cramer had much to say on this as well as on the LHC and colliders in general.  Dr. Cramer was asked about his science fiction works and his writing for Analog.  We also talked about the impact of our having cancelled our collider to be built in Texas and the impact of that decision on American science for decades following that political decision.

In the second segment, Dr. Cramer went into more detail about worm holes, including an explanation of the “back reaction” issue.  Later, we talked about timelines, budgets and our political funding process.  Near the end of the program, NASA was discussed as was our reliance on large rockets.  Dr. Cramer said we would need to get away from rockets and propulsion thrust if we were to do anything with interstellar travel or deep space.  At the end, he was asked about ET based on the comments Dr. Davies made on his interview earlier this week.

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Dr. John Brandenburg, Sunday, 5-19-13 May 20, 2013

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Dr. John Brandenburg, Sunday, 5-19-13

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Guest:  Dr. John Brandenburg.  Topics:  Physics, cosmology, Unified Field Theory, Higgs-Boson.  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 welcomed back Dr. John Brandenburg for an interesting science fiction and physics discussion for 2 hours and 7 minutes.  We started our first segment with Dr. Brandenburg talking about the recent meteor impact on the Moon, parallels with the Shoemaker-Levy comet impact on Jupiter, and even referencing the Clementine Mission.  We then moved into John’s science fiction writing which he usually does under the name of Victor Norgarde.  However, his latest book project, a book that goes into the metaphysical realms and is titled “The Cosmic Jesus,” he uses his real name.  Based on his discussion of the book with us, I hope to feature it with John on future Space Show program.  Dr. Brandenburg then introduced us to the theories of Richard Feynman and John Wheeler and the impact of their work today.

In our second segment, Dr. Brandenburg talked about his GEM Tetra Unification Theory and the Higgs-Boson particle.  In this discussion, our guest did use a moderately heavy physics language citing several theories and the works of others such as Kaluza-Klein theory so stay with us as we talked about hidden dimensions, quantum mechanics, force fields, LENR & cold fusion, Mach’s Principle and much more.  John speculated on the Higgs being able to help us figure out how to reduce the mass of a spaceship so it could accelerate to the speed of light.  As you will hear, our caller John Hunt who is now in Ft. Worth rather than Atlanta talked with our guest about not impacting the inside of the spaceship and the occupants in reducing the mass of the spaceship.  At times, this was a very technical discussion.  Later in the segment, Sandra in Seattle emailed in asking our guest to assign himself to either traditional physics, the frontier of physics, or the lunatic fringe of physics.  This turned into a most interesting discussion about physics and each of the three classifications.  You guess where Dr. Brandenburg placed himself in terms of the three classification descriptors.  For most of the rest of the discussion, Dr. Brandenburg talked about physics, what it takes to get theories and ideas into the academic discussion and at some point accepted or at least seriously considered.  Another listener emailed him for conference suggestions since John said that it was important to go to conferences, publish, present, etc.  In Dr. Brandenburg’s closing remarks, he left us with a challenging question to consider!

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Les Johnson, Sunday, 7-8-12 July 9, 2012

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Les Johnson, Sunday, 7-8-12

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Guest:  Les Johnson.  Topics:  “Going Interstellar: Build Starships Now!,” and interstellar propulsion & advanced propulsion concepts.  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.  We started our discussion by talking about interstellar travel, his new book, “Going Interstellar,” and advanced concepts, both for NASA and outside the NASA mindset.  Please remember that if you purchase this book from Amazon using this link, Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF:  www.amazon.com/Going-Interstellar-Johnson/dp/1451637780/ref=onegiantlea20. Les told us that both he and his co-editor, Jack McDevitt, had very little trouble getting the authors to contribute to the book which consists of a series of short stories from well known science fiction authors plus scientists.  There is a focus on the plausible and grounded physics so that the sci-fi is rooted in actual physics.  Les took several phone calls wanting to know about advanced concepts and propulsion at NASA and in general outside of NASA. We spoke about many concepts including solar sail technology, nuclear electric propulsion, the fission fragment rocket, faster than light (FTL) travel, antimatter, & the types of possible starships that might be used, plus the time intervals to travel from point A to point B.  We talked about the challenges from the laws of physics, political leadership, funding, & timelines. Les said that barring the discovery of new physics which he is not optimistic about at this time, he does not think FTL travel will be possible. When I asked about the discovery of Higgs-boson as an example of discovering new things, he talked about the discovery of that which is predictive as compared to something entirely new and unknown.  Other topics in this segment included artistic license in sci-fi writing, the role of physics & the imagination, & even questioning the possible role of ET in contributing to advanced propulsion concepts.

In our second segment, Marshall was our first caller & we talked about the French nuclear program, fusion, & the large ITER reactor program.  Les went over many of the fusion energy challenges & we talked about some fuel issues.  Les then told us about some of the future books he is working on & then he had more to say about solar sail technology which is his preference at this time for robotic interstellar missions.  We took a call about the huge Atlanta, GA sci-fi conference, DragonCon ( http://dragoncon.org) as Les will be a featured speaker there this year. As the program was ending, we talked about HSF NASA infrastructure, the Von Braun model for spaceflight, and more about the specific stories in his book.

If you have questions/comments for our guest, please post them on The Space Show blog.  Check out his websites at www.lesjohnsonauthor.com and www.amazon.com/Les-Johnson/e/B002OUOYZQ/ref=onegiantlea20.

Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 7-3-12 July 4, 2012

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 7-3-12

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Guest:  Robert (Bob) Zimmerman.   Topics:  Recent space news and announced projects.  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.  We welcomed Bob Zimmerman back to the show.  Check out his blog at www.behindtheblack.com.  We started off our first long segment (90 minutes) by mentioning the 50th anniversary of Telstar 1, the death of our friend, Al Zaehringer, AT&T and our early space program, plus the word coming from CERN that they may have found the Higgs-Boson particle.  I then asked Bob to comment on the global warming statements being made about the current East Coast heat wave, followed by comments by Newt about the power grid outages and a taste of what an EMP would be like.  We then turned to space and Bob talked about the recent success with Dragon and Falcon 9.  He then talked about government space programs as compared to private programs.  Throughout our 135 minute discussion, he reiterated his opposition to space programs, making it clear that he does not want a “program” and why.  Let us know on the blog if you agree with him.  Bob suggested we were in a period of space revolution and that it would be very exciting over the next five years.  He talked about SpaceX compared to the Russians and the Chinese.  He did say we were in competition with them for control of space and this led us to a discussion about culture and the space frontier.  We talked about recently announced projects, Planetary Resources, Mars One, and one by the B612 Foundation.  He thought B612 was the only real one of the three.  Terry called from Texas to discuss using an Orion for a LEO mission, the Falcon Heavy for a Moon mission, Delta IV heavy and SLS.  Jerry called in from Florida and among our topics were frontier development, the Oregon Trail, the CERN reactor in Switzerland rather than in Texas, and more.  No space programs per Bob’s preferences again came up.  Let us know your thoughts about these issues on the blog.  As the segment ended, Bob was asked about Skylon which was the subject of yesterday’s program.

Tim’s call started our second segment & he asked about a lox paraffin hybrid rocket motor. We also talked about the space shuttle & its capabilities.  While Bob praised aspects of shuttle, he said the program was a failure.  I did not agree with him but listen and let us know what you think regarding this issue. Note that as the program ended, Martin sent us info on the hybrid motor mentioned earlier by Tim so check out  www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9erCLJ5KVg as Brian Cantwell delivered a presentation at Stanford on the state of the art of hybrid rockets.  Bob then updated us on the bat situation with the white nose fungus. As our program ended, Bob talked about upcoming events starting with Orbital’s Cygnus/Antares debut, Dream Chaser and other competitors.  He had some brief comments about the suborbital industry and citizen science projects and concluded by saying we were no longer in a holding pattern re commercial space.

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Monday, 2-13-12 February 14, 2012

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Monday, 2-13-12

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Guest: Robert (Bob) Zimmerman.  Topics: NASA FY13 budget & space policy. White Nose Syndrome bat update.  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.  We welcomed Bob Zimmerman back to the program for his preliminary analysis of the NASA portion of the FY13 budget just released by the White House.  You can obtain more information about Mr. Zimmerman and the issues he writes about at his blog, http://behindtheblack.com.  Bob also provided an analysis of the NASA budget at http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/a-transitional-budget. Bob started out by saying the NASA part of the budget was flat.  That said, he also said the Mars and planetary programs faced serious cuts.  He pointed out that missions in progress were still being funded, new missions such as the EuroMars missions were being scrapped though in the case of Mars, a new program was being created, the Mars Next Decade Program.  Bob went on to say the astronomy budget was being squeezed to finish the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) which has its own line item in the budget.  The JWST was decimating the astronomy budget. He pointed out that the Kepler Space Telescope (KST) was being zeroed out in another year or so after it has completed its primary mission.  Turning to manned space, Bob described it as contradictory.  Commercial Crew would receive $830 million but of course congress may change that.  Also, SLS and Orion continue getting around $3 billion.  Bob talked about the flight plan for SLS & Orion and like many others, predicted the program would ultimately be cancelled.  Bob received lots of listener questions by email & phone addressing topics including a nuclear rocket, Mars Direct, DOD space funding issues, and the PR value for NASA for the HSF program.  Bob then suggested that history has shown that if the HSF program suffers, all of NASA suffers and pointed out that is happening now. Later, Marshall called to suggest that ESA might not be able to fund their part of the Mars programs due to European economic problems.  Bob speculated that our cutting participation may actually have been in anticipation of this to avoid problems down the road because of the European economic woes.  At the end of this segment, we talked about the successful European Vega rocket launch. 

In segment two, Bob talked about new information regarding sun spots and climate per a recently reviewed paper.  Check out the story at http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/the-link-between-sunspots-and-climate. We also talked about the 2012 plan proposed by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in its search for Higgs boson.  Listeners brought up the nuclear rocket, the Cassini mission in the budget, and more on JWST.  Bob also reported some new developments with LightSquared, the FCC, and GPS issues.  Tim called in with questions about the sun and an electro magnetic pulse (EMP). As the program ended, I asked Bob for another update on the White Nose Syndrome which has killed lots of bats in the northeast.  Bob closed by saying the upcoming Falcon 9 & Dragon launch plus the Orbital Antares launch may prove to be the most important events of the year.  He said they were risky ventures, especially the Antares launch and program.  

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