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Randa & Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems, Monday, 6-15-15 June 16, 2015

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Randa & Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems, Monday, 6-15-15

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Guests:  Randa & Rod Milliron.  Topics:  Interorbital Systems news & updates re their modular rocket & 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 Randa and Rod Milliron of Interorbital Systems (www.interorbital.com) for news and updates since their 2014 Space Show appearance. During the first segment of our 1 hour 28 minute program, Randa and Rod updated us on their launch license application process as they just returned from starting the process with the FAA AST office.  They also attended a ride share conference at the Applied Physics Lab which they talked about.  We talked about launch sites, the EIR needed for their launch license, and other issues relevant to getting a launch license.  Our guests mentioned they were planning both land and sea launches.  We talked more about the ocean launches in the second segment of the program.  Our guests described their test launch program, then we talked about their satellite kits, both the TubeSat kit and the CubeSat kit.  We then received a call from one of the Interorbital customers, Barbara at Boreal Space (www.borealspace.com).  Following Barbara’s call and her take on being an Interorbital customer, Randa talked about their Guidance System test program and upcoming test flight, then Jack sent in an email asking them for time lines on their launch manifest.  You can see the Interorbital launch manifest at http://interorbital.com/interorbital_05022015_014.htm.  We talked about the capabilities of their satellite kits once the TubeSat or CubeSat made it to orbit as Kristine asked what these small satellite can do.  Next, the Interorbital orbital plans were discussed as were the company suborbital plans.  Jake in Dallas inquired about their suborbital to orbital plans using their modular rocket system.  Don’t miss what our guests had to say about this.  Randa then brought up their space rescue and suit design program featuring Olaf Spitzer jumping from space off of one of the Interorbital rockets.  Our guests had much to say about this planned jump, especially when they compared it to the recent record holding balloon jumps. Near the end of the first segment, questions came in about 3D printing and rocket reusability.

 

In the second segment, Tim called to ask about the cost to make each modular rocket, wanting to know if they could make a profit given these costs.  Our guests said actual costs were proprietary but they did say they would price their orbital launch at $1 million for 30-50 kilos to a 310 km orbit.  Tim also wanted to know how Randa and Rod got started in this business, plus he wanted to know if crowd funding was a good way to go.  They supported crowd funding but said it might not be a good method for starting up a launch business.  Don’t miss their comments on this subject.  Mac inquired about going to a geo orbit with their N36 rocket and a small payload.  Bill asked how many employees they had. The number was 12.  Next, we got a listener question asking about their lunar plans.  Our guests went into some detail regarding their lunar plans and missions.  I asked our guests about the very small cubesat, the PocketCube.  I also asked about the skill level needed for assembling their Personal Satellite Kits and found out they also sell backup kits/parts in case you ruin something making the kit.  Near the end of the show I asked them for then remaining 2015 plans so don’t miss their expected highlights for the balance of the year.  Wayne got in a last minute question asking about their ocean launch plans.  Here, we learned that they had changed from earlier floating launch ideas.  Listen to how they intend on launch from the ocean with their new concept.  Interorbital does not produce a newsletter so watch their website for updated information.

 

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Michael Belfiore, Monday, 10-21-13 October 22, 2013

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Michael Belfiore, Monday, 10-21-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2108-BWB-2013-10-21.mp3

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Guest:  Michael Belfiore.  Topics:  XCOR, space tourism, commercial space, DARPA, robotics, 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.

We welcomed Michael Belfiore back to the show to discuss his recent XCOR Aerospace article (see www.airspacemag.com/space-exploration/The-Lynxs-Leap-223968551.html).  For more information, visit Michael’s website,  http://michaelbelfiore.com.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 44 minute program, Michael talked extensively about XCOR Aerospace and the Lynx per his above Air and Space Magazine article.  Michael has been a long time follower of XCOR and it shows in this discussion.  We also talked about the other suborbital companies and space tourism in general.  Michael was asked about XCOR’s plans to go orbital from suborbital which was another topic Michael had much to say about.  He said his preference was to fly on a Lynx for the more personal and intimate space experience, including wearing a space suit.  Michael said he was bullish about the overall space tourism industry, he is attracted to the growing small satellite industry but remains partial to human spaceflight.  We talked about SLS which he tends to ignore and discount, SpaceX and Orbital Sciences.  The topic of Cislunar space development came up and while Michael said he was supportive, he is drawn to asteroid economic development.  Before our segment ended, he updated us on the Google Lunar XPrize and I congratulated him for winning the NewSpace Journalism Award this year.

In the second segment, Michael was asked about DARPA which he follows. We talked about Starship 100, the DARPA management style & out of the box operations, the Dec. 20th robotic competition that Michael will attend, plus other important attributes of DARPA.  He mentioned upcoming magazine articles he will be writing for Popular Mechanics and AEON Magazine.  Michael was asked about other national space programs including China’s, Russia’s, and more. Doug called to talk about interstellar DARPA activities, and his cislunar economic ideas.  We also talked about returning to the Moon for settlement.

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Rick Searfoss (Col, USAF RET.), Monday, 6-18-12 June 19, 2012

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Rick Searfoss (Col, USAF RET.), Monday, 6-18-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1798-BWB-2012-06-18.mp3

Guest:  Rick Searfoss (Col., USAF, RET.).  Topics: Rocket Flight, XCOR, Lynx, flight safety, leadership.  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.  We welcomed back to The Space Show Rick Searfoss to discuss spaceflight flying, XCOR Aerospace, the Lynx, and much more.  You can learn more about Rick Searfoss by visiting his website, www.astronautspeaker.com.  For more about the Lynx and XCOR, visit www.xcor.com.  We started our discussion with an overview of a successful test flight program.  During this discussion, our guest made it clear that flight tests are supposed to detect the unknown and to catch problems in time for them to be fixed prior to surfacing during commercial operations.  The test pilot is prepared for the unknown and this is why he later said that future XCOR pilots would need to have U.S. military test pilot school experience along with their military flight experience.  Also, the testing starts out very slow and escalates based on the progress and analysis of the tests.  One crawls before one runs, so to speak.  I asked him to compare a spaceship test flight program to information I had on a new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Jetliner that Boeing was putting through 600 flight hours of flight tests (www.examiner.com/article/new-boeing-747-8-intercontinental-maiden-flight).  Don’t miss this discussion, its interesting, important, & relevant.  Col. Searfoss received an email from Jeremy asking about humans riding on solid rocket boosters (SRB) and the safety in doing that.  This resulted in another interesting discussion.  We then talked about piston pump technology, suborbital flight, turbo pumps, and the XCOR program working with ULA regarding hydrogen pumps.  I asked Rick to describe the Lynx flight from the passenger perspective.  Doug wanted to know about the first flight timeline for later this year and then Christine wrote in asking if the Lynx cockpit would have dual controls similar to an airplane.  A question came in about the Chinese rendezvous & docking per their current mission & Rick’s take on the process given his space shuttle pilot experience.  Rick talked about this with the shuttle in some detail.

In our second segment, Terry called in to ask about the XCOR flight software.  As you will hear, XCOR flight software means humans.  Listen to what he had to say about this, including issues with space shuttle software.  Our guest then talked more about the flight readiness process including the Technical Review Board and Safety Review Board process.  Other topics discussed included citizen science on board the Lynx, ITAR issues, additional Lynx pilot qualifications, and defense dept. applications for Lynx and the suborbital industry.  Lee called in to ask about an evolution to an orbital vehicle, other questions came in regarding runway requirements, passenger height & weight requirements, and spaceports.  Near the end of our discussion, we talked about an emergency exit from the Lynx, spacesuits and bailout.  Also discussed throughout the program were suggestions for the passenger to better prepare for his/her flight.

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