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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-2-15 September 3, 2015

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-2-15

Special Guest:  Anatoly Zak

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2544-BWB-2015-09-02.mp3

Guests: John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston; Topics: New developments with the Voschotny Spaceport, Soyuz launches & 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.

John Batchelor and I welcomed Anatoly Zak back to Hotel Mars to update us on the Voschotny spaceport, Soyuz rocket launches, the new Angara rocket and pad development, plus Russian space station plans past 2024. We also talked about the 6,00KM distance from most Russian centers to Voschotny and the constraints and limitations on getting their with large shipments due to old infrastructure that cannot handle large loads. Anatoly was asked about the orbital inclination from launch from Voschotny. I also asked him about the personal involvement of Putin in the spaceport development project. He said Putin does not get involved directly but it is known to be his pet project.

Please post your comments on The Space Show blog URL above. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Anatoly Zak through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

John Oehler, Sunday, 6-29-14 June 30, 2014

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John Oehler, Sunday, 6-29-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2270-BWB-2014-06-29.mp3

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 Guest:  John Oehler.  Topics:  We discussed the author’s new book, “Papyrus: A Thriller” along with 1983 space technologies, 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.

We welcomed John Oehler back to the program to discuss his new book,”Papyrus: A Thriller,” and some of the 1983 space technologies that contributed to the story.  During the first segment of this 90 minute discussion, Mr. Oehler responded to a few of my general questions regarding ground penetrating radar (GPR), book contests, and self-publishing.  Our guest then told us the story of writing this book, a project which was start and stop over many years.  He also explained why the 1983 setting.  We talked about Queen Tiye who was the mother of King Tutankhamen, the sun god focus, and how the Eritrean war of independence factored in to the story.  Without giving too much away, very early on we saw the use of modern technology and space based technology contributing to the story as a secret message was accidentally discovered to be under a papyrus written by Queen Tiye in the Cairo Museum.  John developed a very exciting way of getting the papyrus out of the museum to be scanned by high technology and from there the story goes back and forth from 1983 to the days of the 19th Dynasty and the focus on the sun god.  Our guest told us enough of the story to get us excited to read the entire book and having read it, I can tell you it’s a “you can’t put me down” type book to read.  One of the questions I asked our guest was could the story have been told or even worked had there been no space technology, specifically remote sensing.  John did not think it would have been written without that contribution.

In the second segment, we talked more about the sun god religion and what happened after the 30 year duration of the focus on the sun god.  I asked John about his next book, “Tepui,” which takes place in Venezuela.  Marshall called in to ask about the need for an author to actually have been to the ISS, the Moon, or Mars to write a good story just as John Oehler has been to the locations he writes about in his books.  We spent a good amount of time discussing this subject from the artist and craft perspective.  We even talked about the Mars Microphone idea and why that would be important for writing good stories about Mars.  More was said about both GPR and LIDAR and how they could be used to write a story based on Martian analysis and findings using these tools on Mars.  For more information about this book and all of John Oehler’s books, visit his website at http://johnoehler.com.  Remember to use the OGLF Amazon portal if you purchase this book through Amazon.

Please post all comments/questions on TSS blog.  You can reach our guest through his website or me.

Dr. Eligar Sadeh, Monday, 1-7-13 January 8, 2013

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Dr. Eligar Sadeh, Monday, 1-7-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1925-BWB-2013-01-07.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Eligar Sadeh.  Topics:  Space policy & strategy for 2013, Dr. Sadeh’s new book, 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.  We welcomed back Dr. Eligar Sadeh to discuss his new book, “Space Strategy in the 21st Century: Theory and policy,” as well as space policy and strategy for 2013 and beyond.  If you purchase his book from Amazon using this special URL, Amazon will contribute to The Space Show:  www.amazon.com/Space-Strategy-21st-Century-Politics/dp/0415622115/ref=onegiantlea20.  Dr. Sadeh also talked about the recent SWF sponsored Panel Discussion on Space Policy Challenges Facing the Second Obama Administration as he was a participant in these discussions.  Dr. Sadeh started out with a space industry overview, noting that while there are plans and policies, there are no strategies for implementing plans and policies.  We talked about commercial space and our guest made a point throughout the entire discussion that after decades, not only was there little or no strategy, but that commercial space was still in need of government subsidies.  At one point I pushed Eligar for when he thought the turning point might come for the commercial space sectors  so don’t miss his answer.  We talked about the launch industry, the issue of launch costs, and heard our guest say that only the entrepreneurial sector was completely focused on lowering costs.  Other sectors valued routine and reliable scheduling plus a very high launch reliability over lowering costs.  Over and over Eligar cited the telecommunications industry as the one commercial market now able to stand on its own in a market driven sector.  Other issues talked about with the listeners were GPS, Remote Sensing, Value Propositions of Space, civil space, DOD & National Security space, the U.S. economy, NASA,  space agency budgets, and more.

      In our second segment, Doug and I pressured Dr. Sadeh to tell us what his ideal space strategy would be were he the top dog in space.  With some pushing, Eligar did outline a pathway to a quality national space strategy and said what he thought that strategy should contain.  He also mentioned another small segment interested in lower launch costs, Operationally Responsive Space (ORS).  Later in the segment, I asked for his 2013 scenario for space and he said it would be about the same as 2012, mostly for economic reasons.  Later Doug called & we talked about public/private partnerships with Doug.  As we were ending, we talked about the journal ASTROPOLITICS as Eligar is the editor of it.  We also briefly hit upon space governance, and making space sustainable which represented his closing comments. As promised, I will post on the blog the public/private partnership paper Eligar and I wrote several years ago.  Eligar also asked that I post the Table of Contents of his new book posted on the blog so you will find that there as well.

     Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Dr. Sadeh at esadeh@gmail.com.

Public Private Partnerships 2005   Space Strategy Book Introduction

National Center For Remote Sensing, Air & Space Law, Friday, 10-12-12 October 13, 2012

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National Center For Remote Sensing, Air & Space Law, Friday, 10-12-12

With Chuck Dickey, John Wood, & Nick Welly

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1871-BWB-2012-10-12.mp3

Guests:  Chuck Dickey, John Wood, Nick Welly.  Topics:  We discuss the NationalCenter for Remote Sensing, Air & Space Law at Ole Miss.  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 our three guests to the program to discuss the benefits and services provided to the U.S. along with the global space community by the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air & Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law as well as the quality legal education afforded the students pursuing an interest in space law. Visit their website for more information and for the publications and events mentioned during our discussion:  www.spacelaw.olemiss.edu. Our program started with an opening statement about the Center by each of our three guests.  As you will hear, John and Nick were students at the Center while Chuck has been a user of services provided by the Center as well as providing internship opportunities for the space law students.  Each guest told just how important the Center was and still is to them and their work.  Throughout our program, we talked about the Center Director, Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz who has been a guest on this program several times in the past.  In our first segment, we talked about international space law, U.S. space law, and other space law schools, comparing their programs to those offered by the National Center.  Specific issues such as remote sensing were highlighted as was commercial space, and telecommunications.  Published by the National Center, the Journal of Space Law was discussed, including the archival base as well as new issue subscriptions.  We talked about some of the articles published in it and the publication as an outstanding resource for space law and researchers in general.  Also mentioned was the Res Communis blog which is a free subscription providing important and timely information about aviation and space law issues.  Michael called in to talk about academics, treaty space law, international space law issues, and the contributions to the field from the Center.  He mentioned the upcoming 7th Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law in Washington, DC, an event sponsored by the Center.  You can find out more about this event on the Center’s website.

In our short second segment, I asked about planetary protection and Article 9 of the OST based on our program earlier in the week with the director of NASA’s Planetary Protection office.  Our guests told us about their studies and work in this area and the relevance of this to the work of the Center.  Listener Sagi called in to talk about the Center and how it has benefitted him in his law practice & more. I also thanked him for his part in helping me set up this program with our three guests. Other topics during this segment included commercial space, commercial space companies, other space law programs in the U.S. and around the world, plus the European Code of Conduct for Outer Space Development.  Our three guests left us with meaningful closing comments which you definitely want to hear.

Please post your comments/questions about this discussion on The Space Show blog.

 

Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Friday, 8-24-12 August 24, 2012

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Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Friday, 8-24-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1839-BWB-2012-08-24.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Farouk El-Baz.  Topics:  Apollo lunar landing site selection, lunar geology, Mars-desert analogs and more.  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 Dr. Farouk El-Baz to The Space Show.  Please visit his website for lots more information on the topics we discussed, lots of great pictures, plus many additional important topics, www.faroudelbaz.com. We started our discussion with Dr. El-Baz having a Star Trek shuttle craft named in his honor. Its a great story you will enjoy hearing. From Star Trek, we got down to business and wanted to know about the Apollo lunar landing site selection process. Dr. El-Baz told us how they did it, especially given the absence of any real information about the lunar geology and surface.  Three of the concerns he mentioned included the site being free of rocks, absolutely flat, and making sure the Lunar Lander would not sink in the lunar dust.  What’s more, Dr. El-Baz was 29 years old when he was in charge of doing this.  As you will hear, age is an important part of this discussion in the second segment near the end of the program.  I did ask Dr. El-Baz about selecting sites using Egyptian mythology as conspiracy theories suggest, plus his response to those who do not believe we ever went to the Moon. With the latter point, he had much to say about Moon rocks as proof of our lunar visits.  His comments on Orion and mythology were very interesting.  Another question asked him dealt with the shutting down of the program.  NASA risk averseness was the top reason.  Nels asked many questions about a possible Apollo polar orbit and lunar ice.  Our guest had much to say about this, the sun angles needed for landing, lighting, and more.  As we moved to lunar commerce, our guest talked about mining titanium and HE3 but not at this time.  I asked Dr. El-Baz about the Apollo-Soyuz Test Flight (ASTF) and working with the Soviets, then we returned to the plausibility of lunar commerce at this time.

As we started the second segment, we talked about commercial ROI opportunities for cargo to the ISS by the private companies but he suggested everything else was more distant and would probably need testing & seeding by the government.  I then asked him about his work studying deserts and using Earth deserts as analogs for studying Mars.  Dr. El-Baz had much to say about deserts, Mars, about their formation by rivers that had dried up & were buried under sand and how they know that.  We talked about Earth movement, especially the SaharaDesert, and the impact of natural geological events on climate change.  Imaging satellites were discussed & I asked our guest if we would have been able to have today’s knowledge were it not for the space program.  Don’t miss his fascinating answer.  At another point in our discussion, Dr. El-Baz mentioned 126 separate university research projects during Apollo.  The last listener question asked our guest about the extremely young age of the Apollo scientific & work force.  Dr. El-Baz had much to say about this, said that the work could only have been done by people in their 20’s and 30’s.  He said the older folks need to step aside and let the young people go forward, make the mistakes & solve the problems.  In the end, age made a huge difference for the good of the Apollo program.  Our guest also commented on our present day aging space & technology workforce.

Please post your comments/questions on the blog.  If you want to email Dr. El-Baz, send your note to me & I will forward it to him.