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Website Modernization Listener #4, Monday, 8-17-15 August 17, 2015

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Website Modernization Listener #4, Monday, 8-17-15

Special Guest:  John Hunt

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2531-BWB-2015-08-17.mp3

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Guest: John Hunt;  Topics: Searching TSS archives, topic search, guest search, early Space Show programs, hyperlinks, “The Martian,” mach thrusters. 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.

 

Welcome to this new regular series in support of The Space Show Website & Archives Modernization Program. The Space Show will be bringing you daily short interviews (10-15 minutes each) with listeners who will share with us why they believe the new website and archival quality database will be important to them and enhance their Space Show listening experience. For the fourth of these short programs, we welcomed back John Hunt who is both an avid listener to the program, a frequent caller, and he has been a guest as well. John spoke to the need of having a guest and topic search program, including covering the early shows before 2008 that are not part of the current GuestSearch tool other than by guest name. We talked about having rebuilt the database to given the 2007 and earlier shows key words so that they would be part of our new, fully searchable, archival quality database for the archives. John was clear on the benefits and advantages to himself and other listeners with these Space Show website upgrades. John briefly mentioned having finished “The Martian” and Dr. Woodward’s book on mach thruster physics. We will hear more from him on these topics on Space Show programs.

 

If you want to share your thoughts with us on one of these short programs, we want to hear from you. Email me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and we will set up an interview time to record your thoughts on what you expect and are looking forward to with our new website. You can post your comments/questions about this segment or these short broadcasts on The Space Show blog at the above URL. Please visit 1. Indiegogo project site: www.indiegogo.com/projects/oglf-and-the-space-show-modernization-campaign;  2. Our support site: www.supportthespaceshow.com;  3. Facebook Space Show page: www.facebook.com/OGLFTheSpaceShow?ref=hl.

 

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Webinar: SLS Debate with John Hunt, Rick Boozer, Sunday, 11-16-14 November 17, 2014

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Webinar: SLS Debate with John Hunt, Rick Boozer, Sunday, 11-16-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2357-BWB-2014-11-16.mp3

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Guests:  Webinar with Rick Boozer, John Hunt.  Topics:  Our guests debated the merits of the SLS rocket.  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 Rick Boozer and John Hunt to the program for our special WEBINAR SLS Debate.  You can hear the audio only for this debate as you would any Space Show program.  The video can be found on our Vimeo Space Show Channel, http://vimeo.com/channels/thespaceshow.  Regarding the video, my microphone lock was not working so you will see the mic swing to in front of my face from time to time.  Also, I look down a bit as I take notes to be able to summarize  the discussion.  These issues will be corrected for the next webinar. Rick’s book on the subject, “The Plundering of NASA: An Expose” is available on Amazon.  If you purchase the book and I hope you do, please use the OGLF/Space Show Amazon portal so Amazon will make a contribution to TSS.  Instructions are on the website, the blog, and all program archive summaries.

During the first segment of our two hour webinar, both John and Rick made five minute opening statements followed by a 2.5 minute rebuttal of the position statement by the other guest.  Rick Boozer does not support SLS and John Hunt does support it.  John went first, putting forth a good summary of why he supports SLS, the benefits it provides, and the importance of the project.  Rick’s opening statement outlined why he opposes the SLS rocket, calling it an “existential threat.”  He also said SLS was a “rocket to nowhere.”  The opening statements provided the basic positions for both guests as they debated all aspects of SLS so do carefully listen to their respective position comments.  We took both calls and emails from listeners.  Evon emailed in wanting to know what the money saved from SLS would best be spent on.  John pointed out that there was no assurance that any savings would even be spent on space let alone his priorities.  While Rick agreed, he did list several projects he felt far more deserving of funding, including using the funds to speed up the commercial crew program since it has never been funded to the level requested by the President.  Rick took the opportunity to bring up cost plus contracting and why it was not suitable for a more mature manufacturing project, instead being best suited for R&D projects.  He said that was a driver in the high cost of SLS.  In contrast, John cited his aviation experience with the A12 and P7 aircraft using fixed price contracts, cancellations, and more.  Dr. Doug sent in a note asking about the fundamental need for a heavy lift rocket.  Our guests had a different take on Doug’s question so listen to how they answered it.  Rick pointed out the advantages of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy as compared to the initial SLS version.  In fact, comparisons to Falcon Heavy plus future SpaceX plans and public remarks made by Elon Musk were cited frequently by Rick throughout the program.  John, while applauding the SpaceX accomplishments so far, strongly suggested that we see what the performance actually is on the SpaceX  rockets yet to be tested & flown.  John said we should not be in a hurry to cancel SLS in favor of unproven and as of yet nonexistent technology.  Tim from Huntsville called during this segment to inquire about SLS in light of Falcon 9 success, reusability success and more.  John suggested that reusability would be an important step forward but wanted to wait to see what it looked like when & if it becomes operationally successful.

In the second half of our webinar, Dr. Doug called & inquired about both the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy as compared to SLS.  Rick referenced an Elon Musk MIT video talk, www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/elon-musk-mit-interview-video-24-oct-2014.  Rick referenced this talk several times during this segment.  Rick also said SLS would not be going anywhere as there was no budget for its completion.  He cited the references to back up his claims.  Doug also inquired about public/private partnerships, ULA working with Blue Origin, and ULA with Masten.  Andrew sent in an email asking each guest to outline a viable sequence of launch vehicle development and payloads using what hardware.  John took the opportunity to reply to Rick’s budget comments and said there was no way to know what a future congress and administration would do and he listed the rational for keeping SLS going given our state of uncertainty with many space and international issues.  Jerry called from Florida to inquire about the SpaceX super heavy rocket with methane engines as well as the possibility of using a Dragon as a lander.  Adrian emailed a question to our guests wondering if the Chinese lunar program would create a space race or urgency here in the U.S.  Rick then talked about the likelihood of SpaceX getting to deep space before NASA & this would be an embarrassment for NASA and the SLS/Orion gang.  John did agree that if that happened, it would be an embarrassment for NASA.  Kirk emailed in asking Rick about his opening statement when he said SLS would cause the US to rely on Russian in ways other than eating into the commercial budget. He wanted Rick to tell us the other ways such Russian reliance might unfold.  Listen to how Rick responded to Kirk’s question.  Each of our guests provided us with an excellent five minute closing statement.  Rick said the situation was very serious and had the potential to adversely impact the prominence and leadership of the U.S.  Don’t miss his concluding comments.  John reminded us that SLS was the program of record approved on a bipartisan basis, that it was important to have heavy lift capability, and that it preserved skills, work force talent, and needed capabilities for the nation for times when space would be better appreciated & valued.  He said the problems with SLS were all solvable & would be solved as the project moved forward.  Rick quickly got in a question on what capabilities were needed and being preserved!

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Open Lines, Sunday, 6-30-13 June 30, 2013

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Open Lines, Sunday, 6-30-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2039-BWB-2013-06-30.mp3

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Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Blue Ridge Nebula Starline, radiation, Skylon, Falcon 9 Vandenberg, NEOs, & Asteroid missions.  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 of you interested in the opportunity to submit feedback on the NRC congressionally mandated Human Spaceflight Study, please go to www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.   Please remember that your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

Our program today was a 2 hour 5 minute Open Line discussion.  I started it out with some Space Show announcements, suggested topics for today’s discussion, then I opened the phone lines for listener participation.  Dr. Doug Haynes was our first caller. Doug is celebrating the tenth anniversary of Blue Ridge Nebula Starline (www.blueridgeairlines.com) and his sister site, www.bluenebula.com.  Dr. Haynes talked about his vehicles, missions, propulsion, AST, orbital, suborbital and all HSF, his issues with zero gravity, green space technology, spaceports with the Front Range Airport as well as Denver International. Follow our discussion about his vehicles and pods via his Blue Nebula website above.  Doug also told us about his books through the 3rd Wave Air Books which is linked to both his websites.  I did mention Doug’s very well known newsletter & how to visit his operation for those in and around the Denver area.  Our next caller was Dr. Doug Plata from Southern California to discuss space radiation and our Monday guest, Dr. Marcelo Vazquez.  Doug took us through several radiation risks and mitigation strategies.  We talked about radiation and the Mars missions plus what might & might not be appropriate regarding taxpayer money or the cash equivalent regarding helping a private company do a HSF to Mars.  Just before the break, questions came up about the upcoming SpaceX Falcon 9 Vandenberg launch.

In our second segment, Tim Weaver was our first caller to talk about Skylon.  There has been some recent press suggesting that the UK government my be interested in some funding with Skylon (www.sen.com/news/uk-pledges-fresh-support-for-revolutionary-space-engine.html).  We talked about the UK space interests and program along with the astronaut safety issue mentioned earlier and by Rand Simberg in his recent program.  John Hunt called in to talk about the Zubrin article on NASA’s asteroid retrieval mission, then he said he doubted anything would become of Skylon.  His last point pertained to astronaut safety per the Rand Simberg show and comments.  He suggested that since the government flies astronauts for national prestige, safety would be extreme given the potential prestige damage resulting from an accident.  Before the end, Doug sent in a note saying the Falcon 9 Vandenberg launch is currently set for Sept. 5th.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can reach any of the guests who called in today via their website or my email address.