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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 6-16-15 June 17, 2015

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 6-16-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2495-BWB-2015-06-16.mp3

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Guest:  Bob Zimmerman. Topics: Commercial space historical overview, launch industry, space news, rockets, & 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 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 Bob Zimmerman back to the program to discuss a variety of commercial space, space news, and related topics.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 56 minute discussion, Bob started out with an historical overview of the progress made in developing the commercial space industry, a U.S. cargo capability to the ISS, and eventually the U.S. capability of carrying astronauts back to the ISS.  He started his timeline in 2004, specifically addressing the time since President Obama came to office.  For almost the entire first segment, Bob noted milestones, progress, company developments, the beginning of competition and much more. Later in the segment, he mentioned what he said was the lack of progress in the suborbital industry during the time period he had been talking about and suggested that the suborbital companies may be missing parts of the market given their continued delays.  He talked about this in more detail during the second segment.  He also talked about human spaceflight (HSF), SLS, Falcon and SpaceX as a game changer, the efforts of Sierra-Nevada to continue on with Dream Chaser, & his opinion that it will likely be the private sector that manages HSF to the Moon and Mars rather than a public program.  We talked about public opinion and space, then Marshall called to ask questions about China, their space program, plus a possible Chinese impact on our space policy.  Bob had much to say about the Chinese program, then he had about an equal amount to say about the Russian program. Sylvester emailed in to also ask about China, specifically if Bob thought we would soon be cooperating with one another in space.  Bob seized this opportunity to make it very clear as to why he disliked international partnerships, instead preferring competition. Before the segment ended, Beth asked Bob for his thoughts on the Moon-Mars debate.

 

In the second segment, Kristen started us off talking about LightSail.  Bob had much to say about the mission, The Planetary Society, how it was funded, and the fact that it was based around using cubesats.  He then spoke to the success of cubesats and how they are changing aspects of the industry. Bob jumped to Comet 67 P, the Rosetta mission and the Philae Lander.  He used this opportunity to provide an overview of planetary missions starting in 1957.  In talking about the success of planetary missions, he mentioned the Dawn mission to Ceres and Vesta plus many more.  I asked Bob about New Horizons and Pluto. Bob had much to say about Pluto, its moons, & specifically the moon Charon.  Other topics that came up as we neared the close of the show included the Europa mission and an effort to use crowd funding to make a porno film in space. This prompted Bob to say a few words about sex in space, plus he thought the porno film was just a PR stunt.  Before the show ended, Tim in Huntsville asked for Bob to share his thoughts on the company Interorbital Systems.  Bob then turned to the suborbitals having some things to say about Virgin Galactic, Blue Origins, and XCOR. He spoke to the need for redundancy, mentioned possible Stratolaunch problems with Orbital ATK no longer working with them on the rocket, then suggested some things to watch for in the second half of this year and closed out with a summary of key points he made during this program.  Check out Bob’s blog, www.behindtheblack.com.

 

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Randa & Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems, Monday, 6-15-15 June 16, 2015

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Randa & Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems, Monday, 6-15-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2494-BWB-2015-06-15.mp3

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Guests:  Randa & Rod Milliron.  Topics:  Interorbital Systems news & updates re their modular rocket & 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 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 Randa and Rod Milliron of Interorbital Systems (www.interorbital.com) for news and updates since their 2014 Space Show appearance. During the first segment of our 1 hour 28 minute program, Randa and Rod updated us on their launch license application process as they just returned from starting the process with the FAA AST office.  They also attended a ride share conference at the Applied Physics Lab which they talked about.  We talked about launch sites, the EIR needed for their launch license, and other issues relevant to getting a launch license.  Our guests mentioned they were planning both land and sea launches.  We talked more about the ocean launches in the second segment of the program.  Our guests described their test launch program, then we talked about their satellite kits, both the TubeSat kit and the CubeSat kit.  We then received a call from one of the Interorbital customers, Barbara at Boreal Space (www.borealspace.com).  Following Barbara’s call and her take on being an Interorbital customer, Randa talked about their Guidance System test program and upcoming test flight, then Jack sent in an email asking them for time lines on their launch manifest.  You can see the Interorbital launch manifest at http://interorbital.com/interorbital_05022015_014.htm.  We talked about the capabilities of their satellite kits once the TubeSat or CubeSat made it to orbit as Kristine asked what these small satellite can do.  Next, the Interorbital orbital plans were discussed as were the company suborbital plans.  Jake in Dallas inquired about their suborbital to orbital plans using their modular rocket system.  Don’t miss what our guests had to say about this.  Randa then brought up their space rescue and suit design program featuring Olaf Spitzer jumping from space off of one of the Interorbital rockets.  Our guests had much to say about this planned jump, especially when they compared it to the recent record holding balloon jumps. Near the end of the first segment, questions came in about 3D printing and rocket reusability.

 

In the second segment, Tim called to ask about the cost to make each modular rocket, wanting to know if they could make a profit given these costs.  Our guests said actual costs were proprietary but they did say they would price their orbital launch at $1 million for 30-50 kilos to a 310 km orbit.  Tim also wanted to know how Randa and Rod got started in this business, plus he wanted to know if crowd funding was a good way to go.  They supported crowd funding but said it might not be a good method for starting up a launch business.  Don’t miss their comments on this subject.  Mac inquired about going to a geo orbit with their N36 rocket and a small payload.  Bill asked how many employees they had. The number was 12.  Next, we got a listener question asking about their lunar plans.  Our guests went into some detail regarding their lunar plans and missions.  I asked our guests about the very small cubesat, the PocketCube.  I also asked about the skill level needed for assembling their Personal Satellite Kits and found out they also sell backup kits/parts in case you ruin something making the kit.  Near the end of the show I asked them for then remaining 2015 plans so don’t miss their expected highlights for the balance of the year.  Wayne got in a last minute question asking about their ocean launch plans.  Here, we learned that they had changed from earlier floating launch ideas.  Listen to how they intend on launch from the ocean with their new concept.  Interorbital does not produce a newsletter so watch their website for updated information.

 

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Randa and Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems, Monday, 4-7-14 April 8, 2014

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Randa and Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems, Monday, 4-7-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2223-BWB-2014-04-07.mp3

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Guests:  Randa and Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems.  Topics:  The successful IOS launch March 29, 2014 & Interorbital Systems updates.  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.  Note that there was phone line noise on this program, especially with listeners calling in on cell phones on the toll free line. We welcomed Randa and Rod Milliron back to the program to discuss their successful March 29, 2014 Common Propulsion Module Test Vehicle launch plus updates on the overall Interorbital Systems (IOS) s progress.

In our fist segment of this 91 minute program, we mainly talked about their recent launch which Randa and Rod took us through step by step.  Lots of questions came in via email by listeners and later on by phone calls.  Some of the questions focused on the PR given the John Frusicante’s (Red Hot Chili Peppers) album ENCLOSURE (The Record Collection, Malibu) payload which was incorrectly described by the non-space industry media.  We also talked about IOS getting a Class 3 waiver for the launch & what that process involved.  Rod took us through technical and design aspects for the rocket and we also talked about the larger Neptune Modular Rocket System that the company is developing for orbital spaceflight.  Also of interest to listeners were the IOS TubeSat and CubeSat do it yourself kits which include a launch when the kit is completed.  As we learned, IOS is rapidly filling up their third planned launch for these kits.  Another point of interest was their upcoming launch for this summer which will be a guided launch for the first time.  Both Randa and Rod talked about being vertically integrated and making and doing all the parts and engineering in house.  One email listener asked for their plans to go suborbital and then orbital. Another listener inquired about the do it yourself satellite kits pricing & ease of building.  Before the segment ended, we talked about the IOS plans for ocean launch.  Neb called in from Bosnia to talk about the IOS success throughout Europe and the positive impact of the musical payload.

In the second segment, we talked about IOS ITAR requirements, the number of payloads per rocket, the ongoing plans for a lunar mission, nuclear propulsion, and their guidance system.  Neb call again from Bosnia to talk about how IOS was inspiring people around the world.  Randa gave us an update on the plans for Olav Zipser to skydive from a rocket, then Doug emailed in to inquire about how the diameter of the common propulsion module was determined.  Randa & Rod also talked about their future plans for visiting Venus. Don’t miss this discussion.

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Randa & Rod Milliron with Olav Zipser, Sunday, 5-13-12 May 14, 2012

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Randa & Rod Milliron with Olav Zipser, Sunday, 5-13-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1773-BWB-2012-05-13.mp3

Guests:  Randa and Rod Milliron; Olav Zipser.  Topics:  Interorbital Systems update, Olav Zipser & freeflying rocket ejection.  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 Randa and Rod Milliron for updates with their company, Interorbital Systems (IOS).  Visit their website at http://interorbital.com.  During our first hour long segment, our guests provided us with a current overview of IOS, their rockets and their static and flight testing upcoming program.  We talked about their sea launch plans, their rocket fuel which is white fuming nitric acid with turpentine/furfuryl alcohol, and their TubeSat and newly added CubeSat personal satellite kits available on their website.  We learned more about their modular rocket plans along with both suborbital and orbital plans for the company.  Listeners asked lots of questions about their modular rocket system, ocean launch, their choice of fuel, and the high altitude jump from their rocket planned by Olav Zipser.  In the last segment of the program, Olav joined us for a detailed discussion about his plans so more about that later in this summary.  We talked about the personal satellite kits and I asked if they were user friendly in terms of building them. As we learned, they do require expertise and thus are a terrific learning tool for students as well as others, crossing over many disciplines from soldering to software programming.  If you or a group are interested in these kits, contact Randa/Rod for more information through their website.  Some listeners asked our guests technical questions about their guidance system plans and their rocket pressure fed system.

In the second segment, Olav Zipser joined us.  For more information about Olav and his freeflying astronaut program which he created, visit his website at www.freeflyastronaut.com.  His freeflying program which he invented for skydiving allows him to use his body as a type of “lifting body” (he cannot go up) in that he can change his positions, movements, angles, etc. to actually “fly” during his skydive.  For jumping from the IOS rocket at about 40 KM (25 miles), he intends to practice the jumps from various altitudes working up to his main jump altitude in which he hopes to break the record set by Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger decades ago.  Olav fielded several questions about how he intended to exit from the rocket, stabilize himself against spin, handle human supersonic flight including going into and out of supersonic flight.  Olav had much to say about the need for a custom designed space suit to allow him to safely do his jump.  He also explained why he was working with the Russians on this space suit design.  As you will hear, flexibility is crucial to the type of space suit he requires for this jump.  At the end of our discussion, Olav said that his suit design and what he learns from his jump should allow a safe emergency crew exit even for an unconscious person, giving the person a fighting chance for survival.  Our program ended with a brief summary of thoughts offered by Randa and Ron, their plans to attend the CubeSat workshop which is part of SmallSat each year, plus they left us with a worthy closing statement you will want to hear.

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