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ISDC 2014, Monday, 4-28-14 April 29, 2014

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ISDC 2014, Monday, 4-28-14

Featuring John Spencer and Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade

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Guests:  Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade, John Spencer.  Topics:  ISDC 2014 Space Conference, speakers, tracks, events, and programs.  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.

We welcomed Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade and John Spencer to the program to discuss this year’s ISDC 2014 conference to be held at the Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway Hotel from May 14-18, 2014.  The theme of this years conference is “A Space Renaissance.”  For more information and to follow our one hour discussion in one segment, visit http://www.isdc.nss.org/2014.  We started our discussion with John setting the stage for ISDC 2014 and today’s rapidly evolving space industry.  Nicola talked about the 11 tracks which are all detailed on the ISDC website. For full information about the tracks, panels, and track speakers & coordinators, see http://isdc.nss.org/2014/tracks.html.  As you will hear, some tracks go for the entire length of the conference, others only for a day or two.  Nicola highlighted many of the speakers, track c-chairs, & more. Both our guests stressed the Los Angeles benefits including connections to the film industry and terrific sites to see, several of which are available on ISDC special tours including SpaceX, JPL, and the Griffith Observatory.  Nicola also talked about dinner and lunch speakers as well as the morning keynote speakers.  Note that while keynotes are in progress, there are no competing tracks going on at the same time.  We also talked about awards going to Elon Musk and Gwynne Shotwell.  Check out the featured speakers at http://isdc.nss.org/2014/speakers-vip.html and the meal & plenary speakers at http://isdc.nss.org/2014/speakers-meals.html.  Conference registration has many options from full conference registration to daily registration.  Also, hotel registration is available through the ISDC website. We also learned that the overflow hotel is almost adjacent to the Sheraton Gateway but if you register early, you can still get the Sheraton Gateway at the conference rate.  our guests highlighted some of the special areas of expertise for many guests.  For example, when talking about Tabor, John discussed Inspiration Mars and the World View program. Near the end, we learned that there is an ISDC Meet UP at the end of the conference Sunday afternoon.  If you can stay, don’t miss this event.

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Bruce Pittman, Monday, 12-16-13 December 16, 2013

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Bruce Pittman, Monday, 12-16-13

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Guest:  Bruce Pittman.  Topics:  Commercial space, new technologies, emerging space industries.  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 to the show Bruce Pittman for a 1 hour 23 minute far ranging discussion on commercial space and related topics.  We started our first segment with the Planetary Sustainability Initiative.  More about this is available on the Sustainable Silicon Valley website, www.sustainablesv.org/ssv2013/index.php.  Bruce shared with us stories from the recent conference, including the fact that California Governor Jerry Brown attended and was involved in the discussions.  From this program, we talked about new technologies that could benefit life support for deep space missions including Mars as well as space technologies that could be used here on Earth.  Another example cited was the Bloom Box by Bloom Energy (www.bloomenergy.com).  Bruce also mentioned the SpaceX Raptor engine designed to use methane for BLEO missions.  In talking about 2013 commercial space, Bruce cited the successful end to the COTS program and we talked about emerging business opportunities on the ISS.  He also mentioned a change toward commercial space investments in the attitude of VC types in Silicon Valley.  In addition, he mentioned the blossoming cubesat and nanosat industry.  The Moon came up, especially in light of the recent Chinese lunar robotic lander and Bruce talked about the developing lunar and commercial space private ventures underway in the U.S. now.  Next, our guest was asked about public/private partnerships and here we had quite the discussion, especially with regards to some saying more government oversight was needed for commercial ventures.  Dave called in to continue the public private partnership discussion in light of the NASA Advisory Council and consideration toward applying such partnerships to heavy lift vehicles.  Bruce brought up the potential game changing technology for launch vehicle reusability.

In our second segment, our guest talked about the excitement ahead for 2014 given the advances with the suborbital companies, the potential start of space tourism, and more.  We talked about the Google Solve For X program focusing on fusion energy.  Bruce mentioned advances with LENR. Doug called to talk about the Space Act Agreement and budgeting issues for space and the private companies.  We concluded our discussion with a preview glance at the 2014 ISDC Conference to be held in Los Angeles in May.  The last listener question dealt with Mars One and Inspiration Mars. Bruce offered a few comments on both program.

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