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Open Lines, Sunday, 11-19-12 November 19, 2012

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Open Lines, Sunday, 11-19-12


Guest:  Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Space Show surveys & feedback, SatCon 2012, post election space policy & 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. Welcome to our nearly 2.5 hour Open Lines discussion on a wide range of topics. Most of our topics covered the entire show so this summary is in just one segment. In addition to a few talking points at the beginning of the show, I stressed the need for more Space Show listener feedback and the use of possible surveys.  The survey issue came up with several callers and many ideas for surveys were put forth.  If you have ideas or suggestions for better Space Show feedback including the use of surveys, please post your ideas on The Space Show blog. In addition, we had some strange phone line issues throughout this program.  We are working to track down what happened but since there is no call waiting at our end, I’m not sure the problems were with our equipment.  Regardless, The Space Show apologizes for the phone line distractions. Daniel, a first responder, called in with a brief summary of the recently completed SatCon 2012 Conference in NYC.  He had some very interesting things to share with us, especially about national security satellite issues.  Check out this conference at www.satconexpo.com. Tim called to talk about our recent program regarding JP Aerospace.  Tim said he was working the numbers and does not feel that an airship can make it to orbit.  Let us know if you agree with Tim.  By the way, others on earlier programs have made it clear that they do not believe JP can get an airship to orbit.  In the meantime, John continues to work the problem and best of luck to him and his crew in figuring out how to reach his goal.  Doug called in and we talked post election space policy. A few other callers did the same thing including John from Atlanta.  I really had no great insights to bring to the table but I suspect that more likely based on how things go with the economy and sequestration, the status quo will prevail on space policy.  That said, the SLS program might actually be a target of NASA budget cuts over the next few years but it is way too early to tell.  Some listeners seemed to want a partisan discussion on policy and I did my best to avoid it though I did disclose my dislike for our two main political parties.  I was also clear that the private sector engaged in capital acquisition was at risk through increased regulation, taxes, inflation, etc.  Like everyone, I am hopeful that risk capital will remain strong and space ventures will be able to grow in their share of this unique investor market, but it is a fragile market given our economic situation and the uncertainties ahead of us at this time.  John from Winterhaven called about my comments regarding doing something with one’s ideas and concepts over and above just speaking the words or writing a paper. I referred to this throughout our discussion as “breathing life” into one’s concepts/ideas.  I am also planning a full Space Show on this subject.  Other topics included news stories on the Falcon engine problems and EML2 NASA missions.
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Open Lines, Sunday, 7-1-12 July 1, 2012

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Open Lines, Sunday, 7-1-12


Guest:  Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  A wide range of space related topics over a 2.5 hour Space Show program.  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.  Our initial discussion topic during our hour long first segment was with Charles Pooley who called in to talk about the NASA Nanosat Challenge and the website, http://challenge.gov/NASA/49-nano-satellite-launch-challenge.  Charles was hoping listeners might have more information about this program.  If you do, please post your comments on the blog.  We also talked about the N-Prize and Charles described the basics of this program.  Peter Platzer of Do It Yourself Space called in from Mtn. View, CA to talk about Do It Yourself Space, Nanosatisfi and their Kickstarter project.  Websites to visit to learn more about what Peter shared with us include http://diyinspace.com and www.nanosatisfi.com.  If you want to contact Peter about this project, you can email him at peter@nanosatisfi.com.  As you will hear, this is an innovative build your own satellite venture designed to engage everyone in space activities.  Our next caller was Frank Van Rensselaer, author of the recent Space News op-ed, What Will Be This Administration’s Legacy for NASA?, http://spacenews.com/commentaries/120618-administration-legacy-nasa.html.   Frank talked about the NASA legacy, I tied in my KSC tour and what I saw in terms of the take down of so much of our HSF infrastructure, the shuttles, etc.  I asked Frank about NASA budget and funding issues, the role of Congress, OMB and the OSTP.  We also talked about commercial space, its importance moving forward for the future and robust civil and commercial space programs. I questioned Frank on differing views as to what our space policy should be, including perspectives contrary to his own.  I believe this is a most interesting 20 plus minute conversation.

In the second segment, we led off with a call from John in Atlanta who talked about SLS as a placeholder program, the ISS, Commercial Crew, and human rating the Delta and possibly the Atlas.  After John’s call, Kelly called in to talk about SpaceX from his perspective which is different than the perspective most of us have regarding SpaceX, the Falcon 9 and Dragon.  See what you think of what Kelly had to say and post your comments on The Space Show blog.  I’m sure many of you will want to challenge or disagree with Kelly.  Have at it but please, keep it civil.  While Kelly was talking, Jim sent in an email saying “Wow!  Kelly seems to be living in a different dimension than the rest of us. I wonder what Kelly thinks about the Falcon Heavy?”  Later, Terry emailed us about Sen. Hutchinson, her retirement, and the SLS.  He also asked about the possibility of life for the ISS after 2020.  Toward the end of the program, Terry called to address his concerns. Since we talked about economic issues and good programs being cut when an economy is weak, I read a sad announcement about the funding & program cancellation for the outstanding Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law at Ole Miss Law School. I hope to address the quality of this excellent Center in a future Space Show program.  As the show ended, I went over the upcoming week’s schedule and that I would be discussing my Florida Space Coast trip in some detail on this week’s Friday morning program.

If you have comments/questions, post them on the blog.  If you want to email one of the callers, send your note to me and I will forward it to the person of your choice.