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Dr. Julie Robinson, Monday, 12-21-15 December 22, 2015

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Dr. Julie Robinson, Monday, 12-21-15

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Guest: Dr. Julie Robinson.  Topics:  The ISS and how it benefits humanity.  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 to the program Dr. Julie Robinson, Chief Scientist for the ISS.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, I started the interview by asking our guest how research on the ISS benefits humanity.  Dr. Robinson told us about a special NASA website on this subject, www.nasa.gov/stationbenefits.com. You can freely download the NASA report on these benefits and contributions, “The International Space Station Benefits For Humanity, 2nd edition,” at https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/jsc_benefits_for_humanity_tagged_6-30-15.pdf.  This website has terrific station information on it so I urge you to become familiar with it.  Our guest said that since 2011, there have been significant R&D benefits.  Dr. Robinson listed a few examples including the development and refining of ultra sound, drug work, mitigation strategies for Duchesne Muscular Dystrophy, protein crystal growth, the new discoveries regarding latent virus shredding, plus having tested the new drug, Prolia, for bone strengthening.  Listener Jackie wanted to know more about expansion plans.  Our guest mentioned the BEAM inflatable module experiment for the ISS in 2016 as one way to expand the ISS.  Our guest was asked about the priority of experiments given ISS participants are international and governed by a multi-nation ISS agreement.  Don’t miss how projects are selected and financed.  Helen sent in a note wanting to know how the ISS contributed to cleaning up global water supplies.  Dr. Robinson replied by talking about the powerful ISS observational role and close coordination with UN agencies that do help to clean up water supplies. Environmental monitoring mentioned as well.   Julie was asked about the possibility of ISS post 2024, the planned shut down date for the station.  She said the station was designed to last 30 years with good safety margins built into the design.  The actual shut down of the station will be made on a political and budgetary basis along with the station partners.  I asked her about the possibility of privatizing the station as many Space Show guests and listeners have advocated or even said would happen down the road. Our guest said the station was not designed to operate cheaply. When it was designed and built, it was pushing the edge of technology, design, engineering, and life support.  She suggested a private company would do much better developing a new station built upon what we have learned from many disciplines since the station was designed and built.  Dr. Robinson had more to say on this subject so don’t miss it.  Todd asked her about the use of robots on the station taking over most of the duties now performed by astronauts.  In short, she said that technology was not there yet, it was being worked on but it may be ten years or so out from now.  Before the break, a listener asked her about an earlier comments about the station not supporting humans to Mars.  Dr. Robinson corrected this listener.  As a National Lab, it is chartered to devote half its resources and budget to supporting humanitarian issues, projects and causes, and half to space exploration which would include Mars missions.

In the second segment, we discussed in more detail Earth Sciences, technology, education, and cognition experiments. For all these categories, our guest provided examples showing how these missions benefit humanity and the role the ISS played in them.  Listener Paul asked if the station had downward looking radar on it, then BJohn asked another question wondering how our guest would design the next station for a $100 billion dollar budget.  Julie said the station would not cost $100 billion, then she said the next station would likely be private, citing some additional examples to support her statement. Don’t miss what she had to say on this subject.  Animal experiments were mentioned, especially using mice.  She was asked about using other animals but she explained why mice and other rodents were the research animal of choice on land as well as in space.  In elaborating about technologies, she also cited many examples including one present in all our laptops as well as one involved in alloy manufacturing.  Regarding educational outreach, the ISS has many programs on a global basis but one she talked about was the one using ham radio operators to provide a link to talk to the station at various schools.  Space tourism on the station was discussed, so was commercial business including NanoRacks, and Chinese space station possibilities.  Near the end of the program, Dr. Robinson answered questions about the ISS budget and how to lower it.  Our guest offered us excellent closing comments.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can reach Dr. Robinson through The Space Show as well as her NASA website.

 

Dr. Dragos Bratasanu, Sunday, 12-20-15 December 21, 2015

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Dr. Dragos Bratasanu, Sunday, 12-20-15

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Guest: Dr. Dragos Bratasanu. Topics: “The Amazing You” film, inspiring entrepreneurism and STEM risk taking, NASA & 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 Dr. Drago Bratasanu back to the show to talk about his global inspirational program, “The Pursuit Of Dreams” and his award winning and inspiring film, “The Amazing You.” for more information and to download the film per our discussion, visit his website, www.drdragosb.com. During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, Dragos described his program and his target age groups. He explained why he left his aerospace job to undertake this program because he saw the need for inspiring young people to pursue their dreams and take risks to start their own business. Given his background in aerospace, using NASA and space professionals in his film to inspire and motivate was a natural for him. Since Dragos presents his program in various countries and the film is available in many languages, we talked about cultural differences, similarities, universal likes and dislikes. During this segment, he talked about some of the tools he used in his film and his presentation such as virtual reality. He took listener questions including one from a listener starting up a special type of cubesat company. Here, we talked about the usual business concerns including market timing, marketing, financial issues, government regulation, and management. Notice how Dragos integrated these issues into his presentation so that they become relevant in his program & to his film.

In the second segment, Dragos talked more about his actual program, “The Pursuit of Dreams.” We talked about his online course which you can access through his website. John from Ft. Worth called to discuss risk taking, motivation, inspiration and the population in general given what he referred to as challenges that are actually lowering the standard of living for people using the U.S. as an example. He suggested this makes it harder for people to start their own business. Don’t miss how Dragos responded to John’s comments. Dragos later pointed out that the path talked about in his film and his program involves hard work. Both Dragos and I used the music industry as an example given that so many famous artists spent years learning and being trained in classical music despite what they do in music today. Later, Dragos was asked if he had many opportunities to directly talk & work with teen agers. You might be surprised by what he said in response to this question. He was also asked if he had favorite countries or found cultural differences in response to his film and program or the use of NASA. One of the surprising things he said was that the US was probably the country with the least favorable response to NASA. Don’t miss his concluding comments.

Please post your questions/comments on TSS blog above. You can reach Drago through his website or me.

Michelle Cadieux, Tuesday, 12-8-15 December 9, 2015

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Michelle Cadieux, Tuesday, 12-8-15

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Guest: Michelle Cadieux. Topics: Space research, startup organizations, cubesats, important space information sources and 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 Michelle Cadieux to the show to discuss the space startup community, cubesat startups, space research, and much more. I suggest you listen with pen and paper as our guest mentioned several companies and resources that you might want to contact and use. During the first segment of our 1 hour 21 minute program, Ms. Cadieux started out by talking about the Minneapolis based Robotics Alley Conference (www.roboticalley.org). Michelle’s team placed in the investment and innovation category of this conference with a space project which she described on the show. As we learned, her team’s project was the only space project at the conference which caters to the general robotic science and engineering fields. Michelle then discussed the SpaceWorkBench (https://spaceworkbench.wordpress.com/). From this point forward, Michelle offered up organizations and companies doing interesting tings in the space startup community or reporting on it. We talked about cubesat opportunities and options, the possibility of future deep space cubesat, then the subject of the lunar space elevator came up. Michelle mentioned the company Lunar Lift Alliance. The lunar space elevator was mentioned many more times in this segment as well as the second segment of our program. The next topic focused on hackathons around the country. We talked about their market, what they do, crowd funding programs plus Michelle mentioned specific companies and resources for interested listeners. Later in the segment, I asked our guest about human spaceflight opportunities and we talked about space tourism.

In the second segment, Michelle told us about her Facebook site which lists & tells us about startup, hackathon-like and similar events on a national basis. You can find her site at www.facebook.com/creativecommunications?_rdr=p. One event that stood out was the Las Vegas AT&T Development Program with its cash prizes. Todd in San Diego asked our guest about the regulatory environment for the space startups. Next, we briefly discussed asteroid mining with our guest mentioning asteroid valuations. Space law came up, then I asked Michelle about relationships with the hackathon and startup community with the larger aerospace companies such as SpaceX, ULA, etc. Michelle mentioned that many of these organizations sponsor events in this entrepreneurial community. During the remainder of the second segment, cubesats were again discussed along with people’s interest in getting out of LEO and my asking Michelle if she wanted to go to space. Tim called with questions about the lunar space elevator and possibly a Martian space elevator. As the show was about to end, business plan competitions were brought up along with a focus on the need for innovation.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach our guest through me or through her Facebook site.

Dr. Jim Dewar, Sunday, 12-6-15 December 7, 2015

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Dr. Jim Dewar, Sunday, 12-6-15

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Please download and read Dr. Dewar’s paper here:  a-technical-note-on-nuclear-rockets-1-2

Guest:  Dr. James (Jim) Dewar.  Topics:  The nuclear rocket, changing the paradigm to use it for economic growth to LEO.  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 Dr. Jim Dewar to the show to discuss his plans for the use of nuclear rockets specifically from Earth to LEO.  In addition, Jim’s book (it is out of print) “The Nuclear Rocket: Making Our Planet Green, Peaceful And Prosperous” is being made available as a Space Show fundraiser and we thank Jim for this great gift.  You can get a new paperback autographed copy of this book for a $50 contribution to The Space Show.  Please make your contribution using Pay Pal on TSS or OGLF websites or mail a check to TSS as instructed on the donation page of the websites.  Also, send me an email telling me your $50 contribution is for Jim’s book, provide your full name and your mailing address.  I need this email to know you want the book in exchange for your donation.  As of the time I am archiving this show, I have only ten remaining copies of the book to give away so act fast as once they are gone, this offer ends.  During the first segment of our two hour show, Dr. Dewar outlined his plan to break the nuclear rocket ban on using a nuclear rocket from Earth to LEO.  Jim spent some time explaining the history behind this ban which is not law!  The ban came to be in 1960 as a result of a luncheon meeting.  Listen to his telling of this story.  Do you find all of this frustrating?  I asked Jim how nuclear propulsion would work from Earth to LEO.  As you will hear, he said it was applicable to second or third stages on the rocket, not the first stage of the rocket.  He explains this in detail so don’t miss it.  Most of the first segment was devoted to discussing this ban, the early nuclear rocket history and tests, questions about the Soviet Union nuclear rocket program, the U.S. Congress, and cost comparisons with chemical rockets figuring in the cost for permits, dealing with protestors, time delays, etc. Jim also explained the economic benefits of his unique public private partnership he wants to see created to do nuclear propulsion to LEO and why.  His methodology for making this happen is potentially doable.

In the second segment, we continued talking tech about the nuclear rocket including core issues, the possibility of gas cores, specific impulse for the NTR, then a question came in about supporting the NewSpace agenda of NASA supporting space settlement and low cost space access.  He was asked if the NTR plan he was proposing supported these NewSpace goals.  Don’t miss what he had to say about this as I believe it was an important part of the discussion.  Jim repeated often during the show that as a nation we were nearly $20 trillion in debt and bankrupt. He then explained the economics of his program and why they would benefit NASA and the country in this challenging economic time rather than be deleted as a program that was just too costly.  Quite the opposite, he stated his program was made to order for these tough economic times.  See if you agree.  I do and we talked about it some more at length as we neared the end of our program. I suggested a sales approach that was much broader than just the space industry.   John in Ft. Worth called to discuss many technical issues and core temperatures.  BJohn wanted to know if the NTR should be reusable and refuelable.  Joe wanted to know how to start the program to advocate the public private partnership Jim was talking about and which he fully describes in his book.  Comments came up regarding Dr. Zubrin and the nuclear salt water rocket,  (see http://path-2.narod.ru/design/base_e/nswr.pdf).  Near the end of the show when we were talking about creating the needed policy for the partnership, Dr. Dewar referenced Admiral Rickover as a model for the type of leadership needed to make the NTR project happen.  As the program was ending, questions came up about Thorium and U233.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog per above.  You can reach Dr. Dewar about his first book or anything else through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will send you his email address or forward your note.

Timothy Sandefur, Tuesday, 12-1-15 December 2, 2015

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Timothy Sandefur, Tuesday, 12-1-15

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Guest:  Timothy Sandefur;  Topics:  “The Politics of Star Trek,” Kirk & Spock, science fiction, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica & 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 Timothy (Tim) Sandefur, principal attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, to discuss his article at Claremont.org, “The Politics of Star Trek.”  You can download this article at www.claremont.org/crb/article/the-politics-of-star-trek.  During the first segment of our 81 minute program, Mr. Sandefur introduced us to the Star Trek universe, explained the focus of his article, his long standing interest in Star Trek, and why he wrote about this subject. He discussed Star Trek in the context of what was happening with liberalism in the country at the time as the New Left was just starting to develop.  All the writers were liberal, the Vietnam war was a crucial turning point with liberalism as was the Chicago Democratic Convention with its riots.  The New Left, which he described, was challenging the traditional left, a challenge that Star Trek picked up upon in the various series.  Our guest was asked if political correctness was part of Star Trek since the original series which aired from 1966-69.  As you will hear mentioned several times in our discussion, Star Trek aired during turbulent times in the country and political correctness was at its earliest stage of development.  He cited some examples of how the writers were going off in this direction.  In addition, he talked at length about the differences represented by Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, again citing various episodes by name as examples of what he was describing.  He backed up his description of tension between Spock and Kirk with episode facts.  Later, I asked him if the basic Star Trek themes, especially for the original series, were also themes represented in literature as well as other movies such as The Matrix.  Mr. Sandefur talked at length about the Matrix and said Kirk always chose reality no matter how harsh it would turn out to be.  Kirk always chose the red pill.  Mr. Sandefur talked about the background of Roddenberry and others coming out of WW2, NAZI hunting which was going on even as the show was being produced, all of which helped to solidify their view of humanity which they worked into Star Trek series.  Again, our guest cited several episodes by name, describing why that particular show reference supported what Mr. Sandefur was describing.  A listener asked him about the Klingons.  Our guest explained how the Klingons were cast as unmitigated evil as Rodenberry and the writers equated them to the former Soviet Union in the Cold War.  The Klingon discussion was most interesting.  We talked about the development of Warf in the later series &the Klingon warrior culture obtaining almost celebrity status.  Before the segment ended, the Romulans were quickly mentioned. Here, our guest said they were mainly about race but more was said about them in the second segment.

In the second segment, we started with a call from John in Ft. Worth.  John talked about the Romulans being an offshoot of the Vulcans, their perhaps being an example of the Chinese or the N. Koreans at the time.  Our guest said that some of the battles with Romulan spacecraft were actually submarine warfare battles using spaceships instead of submarines.  Listeners asked about the economics of the Star Trek society.  Our guest had much to say about this, especially in light of the transporter which in theory would render useless an economic system, supply and demand, scarcity, money and more.  We then talked about constraints imposed on the series by both the replicator and the transporter.  The recent J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek was mentioned but our guest did not like what Abrams had done with the franchise.  Next up, we talked about the Prime Directive which he said was designed to be broken.  Kirk broke the Prime Directive all the time because he firmly believed the people had to be free.  The Lincoln Douglas debates were referenced as were other examples of Kirk’s views which contrasted with Spock who did not want to interfere in other societies, even when the people were enslaved. by a computer like Vol or by a brutal dictator.  In Next Generation, Capt. Picard was the opposite of Kirk and followed the Prime Directive.  In essence, Mr. Sandefur said the Prime Directive was created to be broken.  Our guest received a question about NASA and space exploration, then we talked about Seven of Nine and the Borg.  He said the Borg were extremely evil because the took away individualism which Kirk would have never allowed.  Eventually, the Borg were destroyed by reprogramming the captured Borg Hugh to allow for individualism to be spread back into the collective computer much like a computer virus.  Don’t miss what Tim had to say about the Borg.  Several times during the discussion, Tim referred to the Battlestar Galactica series in contrast to Star Trek.  We also talked about Star Wars in contrast to Star Trek.  Tim said the differences were stark because Star Trek did not do magic and Star Wars was based on magic.  He pointed out parts of Star Wars which were very offensive, racial, and discriminating.  Again, he cited examples in support of his comments.  Near the end of the discussion after talking about the Borg, we talked about the character Q. Q was always putting humanity on trial and in fact in the final episode, humanity finally wins out.  Saving humanity & individualism was an overriding theme of the Star Trek franchise.  Our guest offered us a closing comment to hold close in that Roddenberry viewed humanity as a special gift needing constant nourishment.  It reflected our courage to never let go of this perspective on humanity.

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-25-15 November 26, 2015

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-25-15

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Charles Lurio, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Suborbital industry and Blue Origin. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

 

John Batchelor and I welcomed back Dr. Charles Lurio to discuss the suborbital space industry and in particular, Blue Origin. Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin is building the New Shepard suborbital spacecraft which recently flew to 100 km, returned to the pad & landed vertically demonstrating reusability for the first time for a launch vehicle returning from space. Dr. Lurio, John and I discussed the flight, its significance and then John wanted to compare this success to the efforts of SpaceX to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 on a barge in the Atlantic. Both Dr. Lurio and I explained the differences and the challenges faced by SpaceX as they were very different than the challenges faced by Blue Origin. John wanted to know if NASA or other national space agencies were working on reusability. Charles said no with specific comments about NASA. We also talked about the animated part of the Blue Origin video which can be seen at www.blueorigin.com. I also asked Charles about the vehicle plan to go to and from space with passengers on an automatic basis without a pilot or crew.

 

You can email Mr. Batchelor or D r. Charles Lurio through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com. You can get more information about Dr. Lurio at www.thelurioreport.com.

 

 

Dr. Charles Lurio, Tuesday, 11-10-15 November 11, 2015

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Dr. Charles Lurio, Tuesday, 11-10-15

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Guest: Dr. Charles Lurio.  Topic:  Commercial Space law updates, NASA, SLS, HSF, space leadership plus 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 Dr. Charles Lurio for this comprehensive commercial space update plus Dr. Lurio took a hard look at human spaceflight.  During the first segment of our nearly 1 hour 55 minute show, Charles started with the news that broke just before airtime that congress had approved the new commercial space legislation.  The House and Senate compromised on the learning period extending it to 2023.  Charles hit on some highlights of the bill but said he had not yet had time to read the final version since the news literally broke minutes before air time.  Other first segment discussion topics included the return to flight for Falcon 9 and the Cygnus which will launch on an Atlas 5 until Antares has a return to flight sometime early next year.  Charles talked about the new Russian rocket motor for Antares and its relationship to other major Russian rocket motors.  Next, we talked about the NASA delay for the commercial cargo awards and their letter to Boeing saying that the cargo version of the CST 100 was no longer under consideration.  Charles speculated that the delay might have been taken to allow for return to flight for the Falcon and for the Cygnus on the Atlas 5.  Paul in NY emailed Charles asking for him to tell us his favorite commercial space company and his favorite NewSpace company.  Charles said he loved SpaceX and commented on them moving the ground in the launch industry.  He said he has always been a fan of XCOR and gave us some update at to the XCOR progress and challenges, especially in their wing production.  Charles also said that the asteroid mining companies, particularly Deep Space Industries, were starting to attract foreign capital as he mentioned investment interest from the Czech Republic.  I asked Charles if he was satisfied with the way the industry was developing so far.  He said he was amazed with it and what has happened so far, but made the point that commercial space was far from being on easy street.  He then explained his comments listing examples to support his comments.  I asked him about the NASA Roadmap to Mars and he repeated back to me, you meant the “Jokemap” to Mars?  That should provide you with a clue as to the rest of the discussion on this topic.  Before the break, Don called from New Hampshire to talk about radiation, Brookhaven, and human spaceflight.  Charles and Don talked about shielding, the lack of real quality experiments plus finding out answers to other needed questions for HSF BELO including life support systems, microgravity, plus lots more. Charles concluded that NASA was not serious about space, something many guests have said over and over again in recent years.  Don said the system management was shortsighted.  Charles said what we needed was a new NACA, not so much NASA.  This remained a theme for Charles for the rest of the show.  Before ending the call, Don talked about Japanese radiation experiments and equipment that NASA won’t use, citing NE213 and a newer version, EJ301.

 

In the second segment, I asked Charles what would be a reasonable set of expectations for our commercial and HSF program given the state of comprehensive matters facing the US and the world at this time in 2015.  Charles had some very interesting things to say in response to this question which actually commanded most of the second segment.  A subtopic in this discussion was the subject of technology and technology development.  Again, don’t miss what he said about technology.  I asked Charles about the development of cislunar space and the Moon.  He would welcome both but listen to all of what he had to say about this because he repeated himself that we were not doing anything.  Doug in S. California called in with multiple questions for Charles about what was needed for a flyby to Mars and more.  It appeared to me that Doug was not getting what Charles was talking about though Charles kept saying that Doug was not asking the right set of questions.  In summary, I think Doug was suggesting technology advancements lowering costs for example, would compel policy makers and the public to support and create the space policy we seem to yearn for when this subject comes up on the show. Charles kept repeating that the technology to be used was not the issue. Instead, the issue was political in that there was no will to do things, no leadership.  Since this is something I have ranted about on many Space Show programs, I supported Charles on the leadership issue and I do believe that having the will to do something serious in space and having the leadership to actually get policies in place that can be implemented are much bigger problems than the technology or even the financial side of things.  Once the policy and will are there, implementation is next and that is when technology will be looked at and decided upon.  See what you think about this discussion with Dr. Doug.  Later, on the same subject, Charles said it was very difficult to change society attitudes.  Doug Messier emailed in comments that it was easy to rant on NASA but pointed out the slow going of many commercial space projects from suborbital development to rocket development.  Doug suggested that had progress been faster, leadership and some of the issues Charles was bringing up would be there and the industry might be different today.  Both Charles and I agreed with Doug Messier except the reality on the ground is what has to be dealt with and for which solutions are needed regarding moving the commercial industry and HSF forward.  As the show was ending, Charles said development would not and does not follow a predicted path.  He also said that it was possible for there to be “moments of great acceleration” that could jump us forward.  This subject has not come up in recent years on TSS but it is worth noting that one cannot count on or build project around the hope for serendipity to change something.  Great if it happens but no way can one count on or plan  on it happening.  In the end, Charles and I both said that there is far more leadership awareness today than yesterday. I suggested that from Space Show interviews, lots of bright people were focused on solving this problem and I had faith that it would be solved though I had no idea of a timeline or what the solution would look like.  Charles concluded that commercial space and HSF will continue to evolve incrementally over time on an unpredicted path.

 

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Charles Chafer, Monday, 10-26-15 October 27, 2015

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Charles Chafer, Monday, 10-26-15

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Guest: Charles Chafer. Topics: Commercial space history & overview, space burial and memorial services. 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 Charlie Chafer back to the program to discuss commercial space, the Celestis space memorial services and flights, plus much more. During the first segment of our 88 minute program, Charlie started out by providing an overview of the commercial space history since he played a huge role in its start decades ago. For example, he talked about the fist ever commercial launch that was done by his company, the regulatory and permit process back then, and how the industry has evolved since those early days. It’s a most interesting discussion with one of the major founders of the commercial space industry. We then changed topic to talk about the space memorial services and how this industry has changed since 1994 when Charlie co-founded Celestis. As for today, Celestis has a global customer space offering several categories of space memorial services, all of which are described on the Celestis website, www.celestis.com. There launches are far more routine today with more launch vehicle availability. Regarding the lunar service, he talked about sending Eugene Shoemaker’s remains to the Moon, then later in the second segment, he talked about the commercial space significance of having done this. Celestis offers four services including Earth Rise which is suborbital, an orbital service known as Earth Orbit or Earth view, the Lunar Service, and the Voyager Service which is a deep space mission. He described each service but also he talked at length as to how Celestis carries out a memorial spaceflight starting with advance work before the launch, tours of the launch pad, a special Celestial memorial service, and the launch. Listeners asked Charlie several questions about the service including listener Judy who had seen rocket launches before and wondered how those attending a memorial service launch viewed watching a rocket launch. Before the segment ended, Charlie was asked about pet memorial services. Celestis offers the Celestis Pets Memorial service. Check out www.celestispets.com for more information on this service.

In the second segment, we focused on commercial space, customers, markets, commercial waves and more. Our guest pointed out some thoughts that might suggest a possible commercial space “bubble” ahead. He also talked about & described the three waves of commercial space history. Charlie talked about his interest in opening up commercial markets in the space weather field and we talked about the value of data as a product. Regarding SSP which he mentioned, he said it has not developed but may do so down the road in the future. The same for pharmaceuticals and other energy related possibilities. We talked about the many commercial applications, customers, and uses for GPS, truly a successful commercial space field and product. A listener asked Charlie how he thought the commercial markets might change if we had low cost commercial launches available to go to private, commercial space stations instead of the ISS. Jake wanted to know Charlie’s thoughts on SLS and Orion. I asked Charlie if he saw any possibilities for human spaceflight commercial products or services in the near to intermediate term. Other points of interest included space tourism and adventure travel, especially for orbital flight which might be 15-17 years in the future. A listener then asked Charlie about the lunar memorial service and if you had to be a special person to get permission to be have remains sent to the Moon. Charlie described the process they went through with Gene Shoemaker and why they did it the way they did it because they wanted to set a commercial space precedent for the future. Among his closing comments, he said space is hard and take action to follow your dreams.

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Steve Wolfe, Steven Gonzalez, Tuesday, 10-20-15 October 21, 2015

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Steve Wolfe, Steven Gonzalez, Tuesday, 10-20-15

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 Guests: Steve Wolfe, Steven Gonzalez; Topics: We discussed the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition to be held in Houston, TX Nov. 17-19. 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 our two guests, Steve Wolfe and Steven Gonzalez for an in-depth discussion on the upcoming Space Commerce Conference & Exposition which will be in Houston November 17-19, 2015. For more information, visit the conference website at www.spacecomexpo.com. During the first segment, Steve Wolfe described SpaceCom as this is an unusual type of conference or space event. Both Steve and Steven spent the majority of the first segment explaining just how unique and different this event is given it is a business to business out reach effort with five industries including medical, manufacturing, energy, communications, and transportation. The outreach is focused on showing these industries that there are new commercial opportunities coming out of today’s space industry, especially through the use of ISS commercial opportunities. Check out the event agenda at www.spacecomexpo.com/Content/At-a-Glance-Agenda/13_78 as this illustrates just how unique this event is. Also on their website, you can find information relating to who should attend this event (www.spacecomexpo.com/Content/Who-Should-Attend/5_36 plus all essential event and hotel registration information. That said, our two guests discussed the event and its three days of programming in detail as each day of the conference offers a different structure and program. Listener questions were focused on the conference agenda and structure, plus there were several questions about space advocates attending the event, networking, the Exposition Hall and how that has been set up to facilitate networking opportunities, and more.

In the second segment, I asked about live streaming the conference or segments of it. For this year, the event will not be live streamed but there may be some segments posted on the website at a later date, especially the reports coming out of the second day workshop groups. In addition, we learned that the conference has a focus on STEAM/STEM, a topic we discussed at length during this segment. Later, a listener asked what their outcome expectations were for the event. This provided us with an interesting discussion with outcome and innovation evaluative mechanisms. Listeners asked specific questions about the launch industry, NewSpace entrepreneurial startups, and possible private space stations since the life of the ISS may be limited. Our guests told us the theme for this year’s event was “LEO and BELW.” Make sure you hear this part of our discussion. Near the end of the segment, Brandy wanted to know about changing commercial and NewSpace industry trends. Both guests offered us closing comments and unique take aways for this event.

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Ben Haldeman, Monday, 10-19-15 October 20, 2015

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Ben Haldeman, Monday, 10-19-15

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Guest: Ben Haldeman.  Topics:  Planet Labs and their Dove satellite imaging program.  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 Ben Haldeman of Planet Labs to the show.  During the first segment of our 87 minute show, Ben introduced us to Planet Labs, told us about the company history, goals, and Dove satellite imaging program wherein they want to image the entire Earth every day.  You can find out more about this at their website, www.planet.com.  Ben described the size and nature of their satellite fleet, how they can cover the entire planet once a day, their agnostic launch  policy, and their cubesat manufacturing process for their 10cm x10cm x by30cm finished product.  He explained the company’s iterative approach, the company employee growth, and their recent payload losses on the Antares and the Falcon 9.  We talked at length about the ISS process of getting the Dove satellites, launching them from the ISS, and the astronaut training needed to carry out the Planet Labs mission.  Also discussed was the orbital decay profile for their satellites at the end of their life, altitudes for their Dove satellites, and plans to use the preferred sun synchronous orbit given the ISS may have a limited remaining life expectancy.  Ground stations were described as was the satellite pointing process.  Listeners asked many email questions including the use of off the shelf GPS and  the range of optical spectrum/wavelengths for the cameras/sensors being able to detect images.  Listeners also wanted to know if Planet Labs had plans to make satellites via 3D printing and if any radiation hardening was being used with their onboard electronics.

 

In the shorter second segment, we talked about Planet Labs hiring and their internship program.  The company mostly hires engineers but about 25% of their hires are from different disciplines.  They also hire a person a day so if you are interested, be sure to check it out.  They are located in a truly exciting and creative part of San Francisco, known as SOMA (South of Market) and this is the area to be in if you like technology, want to be on the leading edge of the cutting edge, and be surrounded by peers that redefine the meaning of the word.  You can find out more about their hiring and intern program by checking their website.  Adrian asked another question about solar sails and CCD cameras.  I asked Ben the question Debra was asked by a Mom on the Friday show regarding her child studying engineering but preferring Apple Computer for example over a space company.  I asked Ben to respond to that Mom’s question.  Don’t miss what he had to say about it as our discussion involved Silicon Valley, being located in the San Francisco Bay Area which is a highly evolved tech market place, including the Bay Area universities, and more.  Ben ad some very interesting observations about this and was able to address what is happening in other parts of the country that are not as tech dominated as Northern California.  Before the show ended, Ben was asked about the future financial plans for the company, plans to work with Bigelow private space stations, and polar launches from Vandenberg.  Don’t miss his concluding comments as he told us what excited him about his work.  Remember, while he liked space, he did not come to Planet Labs from college as a space geek or advocate, thus his perspectives were most interesting and we thanked him for sharing this information with us.

 

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