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Jim Muncy, Sunday, 6-3-12 June 4, 2012

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Jim Muncy, Sunday, 6-3-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1787-BWB-2012-06-03.mp3

Guest:  Jim Muncy.  Topics:  Space policy, COTS, SpaceX, Commercial Crew and more.  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 back Jim Muncy to discuss space policy in light of the very successful COTS flight by SpaceX with their Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule.  During our fist segment, we talked about this COTS flight, the berthing with the ISS and what this might mean for the COTS program, space policy and funding issues, and commercial crew.  Jim had much to say covering many aspects of our policy and budget concerns, plus NASA policy now and what we hope for in the future.  We talked about challenges ahead, members of congress, resistance points, and human safety.  Toward the end of the first segment, we asked Jim about the confidence level in the mission before and during it and if either Jim or others were surprised by the outcome.  This is an interesting discussion, don’t miss it. As our segment ended, we were addressing HSF safety issues, NASA oversight and contracting methods.

In our second segment, we talked about ULA and human rating the Atlas and Delta rockets.  We then discussed using the successful COTS model being used to move commercial crew forward.  We again discussed down selecting as a possible result of congressional funding action/policy as opposed to the process currently in place that will eventually allow NASA to pick the program from all the contenders – the one NASA thinks may be best.  Markets for HSF beyond the life of the ISS were discussed in detail and we had more to say on crew safety on the HSF rockets under development.  Another issue talked about was the public option for launch vehicles that some policy people support and how to be an advocate with the most impact on our members of congress regarding space issues.  I asked about the impact on space policy & programs given our national and global economic issues.  In short, don’t expect more funding for NASA & space which leads us to now more than ever having alternative means of financing space missions. Commercial space programs & partnerships clearly provide an important & needed alternative. Toward the end, a caller brought up the Romney Space Advisory Committee. Jim suggested that things will change & not to assume anything as final at this point in time.  He hoped that we had a good national debate in the coming campaign as to just what our space policy should be for the future.

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Dr. Harley Thronson, Friday, 1-27-12 January 28, 2012

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Dr. Harley Thronson, Friday, 1-27-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1699-BWB-2012-01-27.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Harley Thronson.  Topics:  “Accelerating the Future: The Importance of Human Achievements Beyond LEO Within a Decade.”  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 Dr. Harley Thronson back to the show to discuss the existing and future planning for human spaceflight beyond LEO (BEO).  We talked about two recent Space Review articles Dr. Thronson wrote which I believe you will find very interesting.  (www.thespacereview.com/article/1985/1 and www.thespacereview.com/article/1756/1.  In addition, Dr. Thronson discussed the Future In Space Telecon (FISO) series that he hosts every Wednesday afternoon at 3 PM EST.  To learn more about FISO and get on their mailing list visit http://spirit.as.utexas.edu/~fiso/fisowg.html and www.futureinspaceoperations.com.   In our first segment, we discussed the FISO telecons, then we switched to what’s next for human spaceflight (HSF) after LEO or BEO (beyond Earth orbit).  For this discussion, we referred to the two Space Review articles referenced above.  As we learned, there is considerable thought being given within NASA and among others at to what is next after the ISS and how do we start preparing for it.   Dr. Thronson talked about prioritizing what has to be done to move beyond the ISS and LEO.  Also in the mix were mission and even hardware design compromises that may enhance our ability to be ready to fly sooner, not later.  Those involved in this planning are of the opinion that we must compromise and also must fly soon, start something, otherwise we will lose opportunities and drive up costs even more than they will be.  Much of this has to do with being able to capitalize on the existing ISS workforce and those who know how to do space stations and HSF.  If we do not retain these people, then starting over again years later will be costly and will have a huge learning curve associated with it.  The goal of planners and thinkers Dr. Thronson is working with is to be BEO by the end of the decade.  We discussed where to go and here, our guest had much to say about Mars and the Moon, but said Earth-Moon libration points were best for starting out using a stepping stone approach.  Much of the first segment went into detail about these subjects and issues.

In the second segment, we talked about crew safety, using previously built but never used ISS modules as the basis for a BEO station, and compromises that can get us going quicker, not later but not adversely impacting safety.  Michael called in to talk about accidents and inevitable fatalities with HSF and the industry to properly handle them when/if they happen.  Both Dr. Thronson and I had much to say about safety, accident management, and this subject.  Another listener wanted to know when there would actually be work on BEO projects rather than just talking about them.  Dr. Thronson had much about getting started, time lines, mission readiness and more.

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