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Charles Pooley & Ed LeBouthillier, Monday, 1-13-14 January 14, 2014

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Charles Pooley & Ed LeBouthillier, Monday, 1-13-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2164-BWB-2014-01-13.mp3

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Guests:  Charles Pooley &Ed LeBouthillier.  Topics:  The Microlauncher concept and new book just published.  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 Charles Pooley back to the show along with his co-author Ed LeBouthillier to discuss the first Microlaunchers book,  “Microlaunchers: Technology for a New Space Age.”  For more information, visit www.microlaunchers.com. Remember, if you order the book through Amazon, please do so through the OGLF Amazon portal which is listed on TSS website, TSS blog, and in all archive summary statements.  If you have questions about this, email me.  It is important for TSS to receive these contributions from Amazon.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 33 minute program, Charles and Ed talked with us about the Microlaunchers concept and how that concept is depicted in the book.  We also learned how Charles and Ed met and the role each had in writing and completing this book.  Our first caller Jeff from Tucson won the give away copy of the book.  Jeff also asked our guests about the role of cubesats in the Microlaunchers concept specifically for LEO and then GEO.  This led to Charles talking with us about secondary payloads and why he does not favor them.  Charles & Ed then described some of the Microlaunchers launch parameters, then we took a question from Paul in Boston who wanted to ask about market concerns for the Microlauncher concept.  Doug from S. California was the next caller with three specific issues to raise with our two guests.  We also talked about payload mass and the path to a larger system, including the GEO market.  As the segment ended, Charles put forth his payload pricing goals for his system.

In the second segment, we started out with Ed describing the organization of the book into three main sections. Next, our guests fielded questions about propulsion.  Charles said they were using a bi-propellant fuel consisting of liquid propane and liquid oxygen.  Hardware issues were also discussed and our guests raised issues of how to get more awareness and visibility for their concept.  The last call came from Nels in London as we were about to end the show.  Nels wanted to know about the trades considered and used regarding the fuels and the propulsion systems our guests talked about during the program.  Both our guests left us with closing comments you will want to hear.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog.  You can reach our guests through the Microlaunchers website or through me. Learn more about Ed at http://home.earthlink.net/~apendragn/atg.

Open Lines, Tuesday, 11-12-13 November 13, 2013

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Open Lines, Tuesday, 11-12-13

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Guest:  Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Listeners called in to discuss a wide ranging set of topics from propulsion, SLS, Lunar COTS, STEM, 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.

Welcome to this 2 hour 2 minute Open Lines discussion.  Jeff was our first caller regarding propulsion, SLS, Orion, SRBs, ATK, advanced technology as compared to existing or old technology, composite materials, and much more.  I also asked him about sequestration in the defense side of space.  Todd sent an email to Jeff to inquire what he thought about the possibility of an SLS cancelation.  We talked about the possibility of canceling the SLS project due to economic issues with the government.  Jeff also spoke about XCOR, ULA, Rocketdyne, pumps, and lower cost options with NewSpace companies.  Charles Pooley called in to talk about the Indian Mars mission, the 4 stage PSLV rocket, and his forthcoming book due out before the end of the year.  Tim sent in a STEM article & he called so we talked about the article but both of us did not think much of the author’s comments on the subject.  Next up was Doug from Southern California regarding articles about Bigelow and Lunar Cots.  The use of SLS was discussed for commercial missions or public/private partnerships and I parted company from his analysis and conclusions.  The articles suggested by Doug included www.parabolicarc.com/2013/11/12/50647 and www.newspacejournal.com/2013/11/12/bigelow-report-calls-for-use-of-cots-model-for-cislunar-transportation.  As frequent listeners know, Doug is a strong advocate of lunar cots.  I also asked him what the profitable commercial mission would for lunar cots.  Mostly Doug talked about selling rides to NASA except with the SLS, they would be using a gov. vehicle. It’s an interesting discussion.  What do you think about the ideas we talked about?  Andrew from Tucson was our last caller and we learned he has been busy with precision tool and engineering for rocket parts.  We also talked about the need for cultural changes in the country and he talked specifics in this area, not with generalizations.  We also talked about astronomy, career paths, and telescopes.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  If you want to email any of the participants, you can do so through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Sir Martin Rees, Monday, 9-2-13 September 3, 2013

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Sir Martin Rees, Monday, 9-2-13

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Guest:  Sir Martin Rees.  Topics: Interstellar travel, the future of space &science, quasars, life extension, Mars missions & 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 back Sir Martin Rees to discuss his chapter in the new book Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon, edited by James & Gregory Benford.  Sir Martin’s chapter, titled “To the Ends of the Universe,” looks forward through time and centuries to address human spaceflight, eventual interstellar travel, life extension & more.  In looking forward, he levies criticism on the past. We talked about several of his comments regarding our past & current space program. Dr. Rees mentioned the need for life extension though for Mars he said we could do that without life extension but we should not fool ourselves as it will prove far less comfortable than Mt. Everest or the South Pole.  We talked about finding planets & the possibilities for life, then we switched to the discovery of quasars soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Listeners asked our guest about his comments that the political impetus for current & future space work seems to have been lost, especially in contrast to the Apollo era.  In his response, our guest suggested we need low cost and reusable launch vehicles given how costly everything is today.  He commented that mining asteroids did not make sense other than for ISRU purposes. Before going to break, he was asked about the UK government investment in Skylon which he supported.

In the second segment, we spoke about changes in the UK space activity over the past decade.  Sir Martin made comparisons with the UK, ESA & NASA, especially regarding long term planning & our very short one year budgets.  He suggested our budget process makes us unreliable partners in many respects.  Quasars were again a discussion topic, plus Sir Martin fielded a question from a high school student wanting to know how we know the laws of physics are the same throughout the universe.  Another listener wanted to know about science fiction as a leading indicator for science.  Dr. Rees suggested some excellent books for those interested in reading specific science fiction works. James Benford, editor Starship Century called to point out the excellent reading list in the back of the book, plus he offered us important comments about the book & authors. Near the end, Sir Martin was asked to look forward 10-15 years & tell us his thoughts.  His response focused on finding even more planets around the stars, identifying more threatening NEOs, & even more attention given to life extension issues.  The last two questions asked our guest dealt with the ISS living beyond 2020 asking if that was valuable and also the recent podcast by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson that SpaceX would not be able to go to Mars.  Throughout the discussion, he mentioned the private sector doing things government could not, especially due to less risk averseness.

Please post your comments/questions for Sir Martin Rees on The Space Show blog.  You can reach him through me or his Cambridge website, www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~mjr.

 

Sara Meschberger, Monday, 6-24-13 June 25, 2013

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Sara Meschberger, Monday, 6-24-13

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Guest:  Sara Meschberger;  Topics:  We discussed the NewSpace Conference 2013 from July 25-27 in San Jose, CA.  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 of you interested in the opportunity to submit feedback on the NRC congressionally mandated Human Spaceflight Study, please go to www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.  Please remember that your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

We welcomed Sara Meschberger to the program for the first hour to discuss the upcoming NewSpace Conference, July 25-27 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, CA.  For more information about the conference, including online registration, visit http://newspace.spacefrontier.org.  During the first hour of our 1 hour 8 minute program, Sara took us through the highlights for this year’s conference including panel topics, keynote speakers, and panel speakers.  You can follow along with us by using the Agenda and Speakers tabs on the NewSpace 2013 website.  This is a single track conference with lots of networking and social activities.  Sara answered many listener email questions about the conference.  For example, it will be live streamed and archived for those of you unable to attend in person.  The Saturday evening event is the 25th Anniversary Black-Tie Birthday Party for SFF and special programming and an MC are planned.  During our discussion, Sara was asked about recent trends for the NewSpace Conference and the Business Plan Competition which will be held in the fall with prizes totaling $135,000!  Toward the end of our hour discussion, Sara was asked about her experiences with SEDS and similarities with SFF & the NewSpace focus on commercial and private space, plus a listener wanted to know how Sara got her interest in space.  Sara’s space history was fascinating starting at a very early age and including building and flying rockets plus astronomy.  Before our program ended, we talked about the NewSpace Exhibit Hall, Media Alerts for the conference, & advocacy outreach and support.  After our hour long discussion, I returned for about eight minutes to go over some of the details for upcoming Space Show programming, including an added show this week for Wednesday morning and that there would be no Hotel Mars segment this week regarding my appearances on The John Batchelor Show.

If you have comments or questions about this year’s NewSpace 2013 Conference or for Sara, not only can you post them on The Space Show blog above.  You can also email Sara at sara.meschberger@spacefrontier.org.