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William (Bill) Harwood, Tuesday, 6-9-15 June 10, 2015

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William (Bill) Harwood, Tuesday, 6-9-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2490-BWB-2015-06-09.mp3

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Guest:  William (Bill) Harwood; Topics: Space news, policy, & notable events now & throughout our space history.  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 Bill Harwood of CBS Space News back to the show for this 80 minute discussion.  During the first segment, I asked Bill for a bit of his personal history going back to when he first started doing space news with UPI.  Next, I asked him what over the years has impressed him the most regarding space activities.  Don’t miss what he had to say about this as multiple space events were on his list.  In addition, I brought up the Planetary Society success with LightSail, their solar sail demo project.  Bill talked about the mission, what is planned next for a larger, more lasting solar sail project, and the fact that The Planetary Society funded the $4.5 million cost from contributions by Planetary Society donors.  Also in the news was the NASA “flying Saucer” which was really the demo of a new landing system for Mars using a huge (the largest ever) supersonic parachute 100′ across.  Bill went into detail on the mission, even how it got tagged a “flying saucer” which he said was the responsibility of the media.  Listener Robert sent in an email asking for Bill’s position on the Moon-Mars debate.  Bill talked about benefits from both positions but did not share his personal preference as he wanted to stay strictly with reporting the news, not offering an editorial.  That said, his discussion of the debate and the pros and cons of each side was most interesting.  We talked some about planetary missions but honed in on New Horizons and Pluto. Also mentioned was the upcoming Europa Mission, then listener Carolyn asked him what he saw for human spaceflight over the next few years.  Ben wanted to know if the private sector could take us back to the Moon.  Bill had much to say about the emerging commercial industry but in the end suggested that the costs were so high along with very high risks that government would be the one to do it for a long time to come.  Don’t miss what he had to say about both costs and risks.  Russia and their hardware issues came up, then we had quite a discussion on commercial crew, not fully funding it, and continuing to pay the Russians rather than getting the job done with American providers.  John from Ft. Worth gave us a call to talk about the SpaceX subsidies for Falcon 9, wondering if the price of a Falcon 9 launch was the true launch cost or a subsidized cost.  John and Bill had an interesting discussion on this with a few added comments by yours truly.  John also used the time to repeat his position that going to the Moon was essential before going to Mars and that SLS was likely a place holder for labor and technology until we have a different space policy with different space leadership.  Bill talked about variables and lots of unknowns, including wild cards from China and other sources that could end up driving U.S. space policy and progress.

 

In the second segment, we talked about public private partnerships citing SpaceX as a good example of such a partnership.  That said, Bill talked about the need for the commercials to have a destination such as the ISS for their goods and services but that is harder to realize with planetary missions.  He said their needed to be something to do with the means to do it. This brought us to a space infrastructure discussion and the possible role of the government in building and paying for space infrastructure, especially to support industrial growth.  Bill then address risk in much more detail.  This is a discussion you don’t want to miss.  We talked vehicle safety, Virgin Galactic, deep space missions, and much more.  Barbara in Chicago asked Bill about frustrations and how the frustration level has changed over the three plus decades he has been covering space news.  Bill took a few questions about the ISS and the potential closing of it in 2024.  He was asked if we were in a space race with China and did not realize it.  Carl inquired about the Indian space program, then Bill talked some more about the CST-100, the Dragon, remodeling the ISS for Independent Docking Adapters for the two vehicles  and he even responded to a question about Dream Chaser.  More was said about the ISS, plus he told us he met a person at NASA who was in charge of figuring out how to deorbit the ISS which weighs about 900,000 lbs. and moves at 5 miles a second.  This is in advance of a probable 2024 termination date.  In his closing comments, he said the public needed to let Congress know about their support for space.  He also reminded us that space was dangerous, costly, and very risky.  Before the show ended, I asked if he had seen rockets blow up on the pad.  He had and he shared a few stories with us.

 

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Mike Snyder, Sunday, 10-19-14 October 20, 2014

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Mike Snyder, Sunday, 10-19-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2339-BWB-2014-10-19.mp3

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Guest: Mike Snyder.  Topics:  3D printing in space and on the Made In Space 3D printer on the ISS.  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 Mike Snyder, Director of R&D for Made In Space, to the show to discuss 3D printing in space and their printer now on the ISS.  For more information, visit the Made In Space website, http://www.madeinspace.us.  Please note that at times the cell phone audio with our guest was less than clear.  I apologize for these issues but cell phones are often a problem with broadcast equipment, even on mainstream AM talk radio programs.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 28 minute program, Mike introduced us to the company Made In Space, 3D printing and additive manufacturing.  He talked about the testing they did with their printer before it was actually launched to the ISS, said the main unit weighed about 12 kilos and consumed 300 watts of power.  ABS plastic comprised the raw material for the printer.  He also described the type of objects that this printer would be printing on station.  Listener Ben asked Mike for mass comparisons with the 3D raw materials as compared to having spare parts on board the ISS.  Mike said in the future they would be recycling printer parts as new feedstock so to speak and that would make printing in space much more economic.  Listeners asked him to describe the design and printing process for the ISS printer, who was designated to work it on board and where was the printer located on the ISS.  Listener Beth emailed in a question asking our guest to explain additive manufacturing.  Doug sent in a set of questions ranging from “if 3D printers could print body parts, could it be used to produce an endless supply of clones to take over this part of the galaxy?  to “if 3D printers could take planetary material and reproduce their own parts, might they get out of control and convert the solar system into 3D printers?  This would either result in the extinction of humanity or be the basis of a really cool movie…not sure which.”  Our guest said that 3D printers were not being made with the “self-awareness chip.”  Other listener questions wanted to know about printing fuel, surgical tools as well as body replacement parts and even if someday space tourists might have their own personal printers to make souvenirs on their flights.

In the second segment, Marshall called to talk about bandwidth issues, storing data for the printer onboard or beaming it to the printer using up precious bandwidth.  Mike spoke more about the recycler planned for the future, then he was asked if a 3D printer in space could be hacked and taken over by others.  He talked about the control process and oversight by NASA & others to secure control of the printer.  Randy asked how their printer got to space.  It went up on the recent Dragon flight.  Near the end of the program, I asked Mike for the biggest challenges and limitations facing 3D printing in space.  His response surprised me.  See what you think when you hear what Mike thought the biggest challenge would be going forward with 3D printing in space.  Doug called before the end of the show to talk about mass & additive manufacturing, plus future metal printing in space.  As we neared the end of the program, Mike talked about how 3D printing could open the door for BLEO space travel by solving much of the spare parts issue.  He left us with important closing comments.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Mike through the Made In Space website or me.