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Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes, Monday, 9-14-15 September 15, 2015

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Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes, Monday, 9-14-15

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Guest: Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes. Topic: The 11th annual International Symposium for Personal & commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS). 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. Pat Hynes back to the show to talk about this year’s ISPCS to be held in Las Cruces, NM from Oct. 6-8, 2015. For detailed information about the Symposium, hotel & conference registration, please visit www.ispcs.com. Initially our program was to be on the 60 minute format but as our discussion progressed, it extended beyond our usual 90 minute plus program to 1 hour 37 minutes without a break. As a result of this, the program summary has been written for a one segment program. We started our discussion with Dr. Hynes talking about commercial space and how the industry and the Symposium had changed over the past eleven years. Dr. Hynes described the basic logistics and style of the Symposium as it is a complete package from morning to evening, including food, snacks, total hospitality and more. The agenda which covers two full days features 42 speakers, all speaking as keynotes, typically for 18 minutes with a 10 minute Q&A. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Make A Difference” and Pat talked about this in the context of people wanting more than just a job, instead wanting to make a difference in what they do. Later as the program was ending, we talked diversity with women and minorities and again making a difference was a top priority. Unlike a traditional conference promotion Space Show program, we did not simply follow the agenda and the scheduled speakers and panels. While Dr. Hynes did highlight speakers and panels, she did so in a big picture way to stay focused on the theme and to let us know just what went on behind the scenes in selecting speakers and panel subjects for this year’s Symposium. Pat honed in on specific topics such as the Virgin Galactic accident, the NTSB report, and human factors issues, plus the need for balanced risk taking in developing the commercial spaceflight industry. Pat also brought up the proposed Aerojet Rocketdyne bid to buy ULA for $2 billion. This led to a discussion about the ULA and Blue Origin relationship, the Boeing and NASA culture, and how this year’s Symposium would be addressing these matters. Much more was said about this subject, including the use of Twitter and social media. Cargo resupply was brought up with the various players/participants as was the suborbital and orbital industry. We took a call from space attorney Michael Listner who talked about the need for balanced risk taking. Michael mentioned his Op-Ed in the current Space News issue titled “Space Has Its Place in U.S. Presidential Race.” Pat mentioned large new players in the industry including Google, BlackSky Global and others. As our discussion progressed, Pat talked about the programming focusing on creating effective work teams with a panel chaired by Michael Simpson of The Secure World Foundation, one of our Space Show sponsors. This discussion took us to our final topic for the program, women with careers in aerospace, how they get stuck, their need to balance life, and make a difference. Dr. Hynes mentioned the National Center for Women and Information Technology which was also part of the panel discussion focusing on Creating Effective Work Teams. As we were winding down, our guest mentioned the panel on Disruptive Technologies for the New Space Future, and the ISS as a national lab. You can see the full agenda and read about each of the exciting and relevant keynote speakers and panel discussions at www.ispcs.com/agenda.php. We concluded our discussion by talking about the conference logistics, hotel availability, and the Spaceport America tour at the end of the symposium on the following day. For more information about attending this year’s ISPCS, visit www.ispcs.com. Once you are on the site, you can easily register for the symposium as well as make your hotel reservations.

 

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Dr. Jeff Bell, Monday, 9-7-15 September 8, 2015

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Dr. Jeff Bell, Monday, 9-7-15

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Guest: Dr. Jeff Bell. Topics: Dr. Bell offered us a critique of many aspects of both the NewSpace & traditional space industry. 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.

 

After a long absence, we welcomed Dr. Jeff Bell back to the show for a nearly 2.5 hour critique of NewSpace as well as traditional aerospace. In the first segment of our very long program, Dr. Bell started off talking about the SpaceShip2 accident and the NTSB report, then he went into a lengthy discussion about hybrid rocket motors. Later in the segment, he turned his attention to first stage recovery efforts regarding the Falcon 9, testing procedures, ground testing, and more. Jeff had much to say about these & other topics which covered the first hour of the program.

 

In the second longer segment, Jeff from Tucson was the first caller. He started off by talking about a book Dr. Bell had recommended on a previous Space Show program “Ignition.” Per our discussion, it is a free download book at http://web.gccaz.edu/~wkehowsk/ignition.pdf. Other topics in this segment included the Ranger Program, lots on cubesats as Dr. Bell questioned the usefulness of very small satellites. Later on, Dr. Bell recommended another book, this one by George Sutton, “History of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines.” Another topic Jeff seemed to go after was what he referred to as, “NewSpace Patent Wars. He particularly zeroed in on the Blue Origin-Space X patent dispute over landing first stage rockets on a barge to achieve reusable first stages. Jeff then told how patent wars had been used over the years and he cited many different examples, including going back to Robert Goddard. Later in the segment, he suggested many of these influences were a result of the influence Silicon Valley has had on the space industry, particularly NewSpace. He then talked about booster recovery in general. Doug sent in a note asking Jeff which he preferred, the SpaceX’s propulsive recovery or ULA’s airborne recovery of just the engines. Before the segment ended, Jeff addressed Antares and the use of Russian rocket motors. More was said about cubesats, then Jeff took off on government subsidized programs. His last topic or target one might say was suborbital tourism. Don’t miss what he had to say about this part of the industry.

 

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 12-16-14 December 17, 2014

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 12-16-14

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Guest:  Robert (Bob) Zimmerman.  Topics: Space news projects and updates, end of the year review, looking to 2015.  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 Bob Zimmerman back to the program for a wide ranging discussion of space news, space companies, projects, programs and more.  During the first segment of our two hour seven minute show, Bob started off promoting his book on Apollo 8, “Genesis” as we are coming up on the anniversary of this famous flight orbiting the Moon on Christmas eve at a distant time in our past.  After Bob’s infomercial was complete, he did have much to say about the everlasting importance of the Apollo 8 mission.  I asked Bob for end of the year space events to keep our eyes on so we talked about the upcoming SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and the attempt to recover the first stage on a barge as part of the SpaceX reusability plan.  We also talked about the Russian Angara rocket test flight.  A listener asked Bob for updates on the NTSB accident investigation for Virgin Galactic.  Bob also talked about SLS (it was yet another recurrent theme throughout the program) and as predicted, he had nothing good to say about it or Orion.  BJohn emailed us to ask about nuclear propulsion.  Both Bob and I responded and while we support it, there does not seem to be a business case for it or demand for it so there is no significant push to make it happen.  Marshall called to talk about the impact of falling oil prices on the space economy.  I had much to say about this as did Bob who in the end talked about trusting capitalism, freedom, and private enterprise to do the right thing.  We also talked about the impact of falling oil prices on the Russian economy, specifically their space program.  I then brought up the interest rate risk which is a huge potential danger for the US economy.  Luis emailed in about Falcon 9 prices of $5-7 million per a January 2014 Parabolic Arc article.  Note that this was clarified early in the next segment.

In segment two, Dr. Charles Lurio called to explain more about the SpaceX launch cost referenced by Luis in the previous segment.  Charles also talked about the Orbital effort to replace the Antares  rocket motor with another Russian motor, the RD 181.  Joe emailed in a note about the compact fusion plans for Lockheed.  Bob used the opportunity to criticize the large companies, their projects, pork, you name it.  Doug emailed in about some Boeing YouTube videos which Bob completely dismissed as having zero relevancy on anything.  Bob also took some slams at Orion and the recent test flight.  Next, we talked about the new announcement about Curiosity finding methane on Mars.  Bob added more to the story and said it was a wait and see situation but ultimately we would have to there to really answer questions about it.  SLS John called and said the program of record was going forward and made the point that for private enterprise to do something in space as Bob kept talking about, there needed to be a profit motive and he doubted that existed other than for some orbital and comsat missions.  Bob disagreed leaving the door open for a private company to pursue something not previously considered, again saying he trusted in the ingenuity of the private sector.  John reported that he had modeled the Falcon Heavy and could show it would take 53 metric tons to LEO.   Bob then talked about Falcon Heavy being cheaper than SLS (planned that is) so there really was no need for SLS.  Henry emailed a question about a possible Europa mission & Bob suggested if they would kill SLS, money could be directed to the planetary science department for things like a Europa mission plus they could still reduce the NASA budget.  In his concluding comments, Bob said he was skeptical about the suborbital industry and that its time had come and gone given the emerging orbital capsules and flight plans.  He concluded saying he was looking forward to the upcoming SpaceX launch abort tests.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog.  You can reach Bob through his website http://www.behindtheblack.com or me.