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Dragos Bratasanu, Friday, 3-7-14 March 8, 2014

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Dragos Bratasanu, Friday, 3-7-14

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Guest:  Dragos Bratasanu.  Topics:  Failures in aerospace and aviation & how to avoid them.  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 show Dragos Bratasanu to discuss his new ebook, “Engineering Success.”  Note that for a limited time, you can download this book for free from his website, www.successengineer.org.  In addition, he has given listeners Chapter One of his book which has been uploaded to The Space Show blog for this program.  During the first segment of this 94 minute discussion, Dragos started out by telling us why he wrote the book, what he wanted to accomplish with the book and the methodology he used in writing it.  He worked with several consultants and as you will hear, he cited numerous examples both in the space industry and outside the space industry to make his points about what he kept referring to as the social context of decision making, accountability, etc.  After providing us with the background to aviation and aerospace failures, he talked about remedies and modifications per the social context which I took to refer to the organizational culture though Dragos has a much broader definition which you will get during this interview.

In our second segment, he talked with us about scheduling and budget pressures that lead to failures and some of the recognizable danger signals.  He also provided us with some useful stats for speaking up from the employee ranks about problems and issues and why they often go unreported.  We talked about some additional specific corporate examples he used to make his point, plus we talked about the entrepreneurial space company culture.  Later, he went through the important four human needs followed by the four behaviors.  Our guest provided us with a good summary of his book and the subject.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog.  You can sign up for his free newsletter on his website and also for a limited time, download the ebook for free.  You can contact Dragos through his website or me.

 

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.