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Andy Weir, Monday, 11-10-14 November 11, 2014

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Andy Weir, Monday, 11-10-14

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Guest:  Andy Weir.  Topics:  We engaged author Andy Weir in a thorough discussion of his best selling book, “The Martian” along with the essential engineering & needed technology for survival.  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 best selling author Andy Weir to the program to discuss his book “The Martian.”  For more information, visit his websites, http://www.andyweirauthor.com and http://www.galactanet.com.   During the first segment of our 100 minute show, Andy started out by telling us how he came up with the story idea, & his three years spent in writing the book.  I asked if he used consultants, NASA, or other aerospace experts.  He said no & that most of the feedback and help came through suggestions from people who read the chapters he put up on his website.  Andy also did his own research, math work, physics, and engineering analysis.  He talked about a few errors that were pointed out to him & indicated that the most challenging work were the times and orbits regarding Mars and the missions described in the book. During the show, Andy got lots of email questions and phone calls regarding certain story lines and sections of the book.  He was also asked about life on Mars but that issue was not relevant to his story.  He did get questions about the human waste recycling carried out on Mars & why he chose Mars and not the Moon or another destination.  Sandra asked him about the private space company plans to visit and/or settle Mars given how hard it was for Andy’s character, Watney, to survive.  Andy had very interesting comments on this question including the Elon Musk Mars plans and then Mars One.  Human factors were brought up including radiation, microgravity, vision problems, and more.  Andy did address these issues in the book so listen to his reply to this line of questioning.  As the segment ended, we talked about using Phobos and Deneb for Martian navigation along with Watney’s trek to get to Pathfinder to use its parts for communication.  NASA came up several times in the segment as readers get a pretty good “view” of NASA problem solving, information, data, and PR control, plus amazing creativity.

In the second segment, we had lots of listener emails and phone calls.  Andy was asked what science fiction had influenced him, then he got an interesting email from Andrew in Tucson who had actually worked on the Pathfinder hardware.  Andrew said Andy was spot on accurate!  Dr. Doug called on many topics including using the Hohmann Transfer Orbit which Andy did not use as he designed Hermes, the big spaceship, to work with constant acceleration using ion propulsion.  The Aldrin Cycler was also mentioned.  Listeners mentioned the new movie Interstellar and made some comparisons if they had read “The Martian” and seen the move.  In both segments, we talked about “The Martian” being made into a film for release in a year.  Andy said so far the scriptfollowed the book but he did say he has no editorial input to the movie.  We got a call from Curt in Taiwan who wished there was a PG version of the book given he wants his kids to read it and some of the language is course.  Sara emailed us from Denver asking if Andy had considered making the hero character Watney a woman instead of a man.  Tim was the last caller & he wanted to know if the hard science & engineering would be in the movie.  During this final segment, Andy was asked about how he got to Mars without a transfer orbit.  He suggested we view his animated video on this at http://www.galactanet.com/martian/hermes.mp4.  In addition, he referred us to his Google talk.  You can easily find it by searching for “Andy Weir Google Talk.”

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Open Lines, Sunday, 7-27-14 July 28, 2014

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Open Lines, Sunday, 7-27-14

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Guest:  Open Lines.  Topics:  Orbital dynamics app for iPhone, iPad, NewSpace Conference, art. gravity 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 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.

Welcome to our Open Lines program.  The first segment of our 131 minute program opened with a technical glitch so you will hear some announcement repeats, etc.  We had a damaged wire connection that I did not pick up on until I got several email complaints.  I did start the program over again but you can tell we had a glitch listening to the opening of this program.  Prior to taking calls, I put out some suggested talking points including the recent Chinese ASAT test, the NewSpace 2014 conference, the Asteroids Act 2014, and the recently dismissed ULA petition to the SpaceX-Air Force litigation.  I also went over the upcoming Space Show schedule.  Our first caller was Doug from Australia who wanted to talk about his app for the iPhone and iPad, Leo-Low Earth Orbit.  Search for that title in the App store. You can find out more about his app, orbital dynamics and the uses for this app at http://leo-lowearthorbit.com.  For those of you wanting to try out the app but using a different platform for your smartphone, email Doug for assistance.  You can reach him through his website plus he gave out his email address on air.  Marshall called in to talk about the need to take on more risks for human spaceflight. He also talked about the RD-180 rocket motor.  John from Ft. Worth called in to give us his theory of ducking jury duty since I mentioned I had jury duty the end of the week and had to cancel the Friday show because of it.  When he got around to space, he wanted to know if the Aquarius paper had been uploaded to the SEI website per a recent Space Show discussion.  You can find the paper at http://www.spaceenterpriseinstitute.org/downloads.  As the segment ended, we started talking about artificial gravity and asking about the gravity RX needed for HSF plus other related issues.

In the second segment, I read an email from B John in Sweden who believes he has the answers to the human factors challenges and criticizes both space doctors and me for not recognizing his solutions and what he has said on a past show regarding known 17th century solutions for the human factors challenges.  I read his email in full, then promised him a guest appearance on The Space Show providing he bring credentials, facts, science, medicine, numbers, etc. to his discussion.  I said he could not do a Space Show program on this topic with only his hunch, his ideas, unfounded theories, ideology, & religion. He needs to come to the debate with facts.  You can hear more on this subject by listening to my reading of his emails on the July 22  program with Dr. Mark Shelhamer.  If he can support his theories, you will see his show listed on the website newsletter for coming attractions and in the weekly newsletter for the time and date of his interview.  Atty Michael Listner called in to talk about the Asteroids Bill 2014 in Congress which we discussed in detail.  Google Asteroids Bill 2014 and you can easily find it. It’s a very short read, about five pages.  We also talked about the SpaceX-Air Force litigation and the court dismissing the ULA petition though mandating negotiation talks between SpaceX and ULA.  Rick called in to talk about having won the Lightening Round at NewSpace.  The company, CubeCab (www.cubecab.com), intends to place specific cubesats in LEO one at a time. He talked about using air launch so check them out at their website.  Rick also told us that we could see the Newspace 2014 videos by going to http://www.youtube.com and searching for NewSpace 2014.  There you will see most of the talks and panel discussions from the conference.  You can email any of the guests for today’s show through me.

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