Brent Sherwood, Monday, 6-29-15 June 30, 2015Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Announcement of Opportunity, Brent Sherwood, Comets, competition, cubesats, Deimos., Europa, flagship missions, JPL, launch costs, miniaturization, NASA, NASA Discovery Missions, NEOs, Phobos, planetary exploration, science diversity, science missions, Solar System Mission Formulation, Technology Readiness Level (TRL), Venus
Brent Sherwood, Monday, 6-29-15
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Guest: Brent Sherwood; Topics: NASA Discovery Missions, planetary exploration 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. 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 Brent Sherwood back to the show to discuss NASA planetary science missions and in particular the Discovery class missions. During our nearly two hour discussion without a break, Brent started out by telling us how NASA selects Discovery class missions. He talked about the two kinds of science but focused on the Discovery missions which have a $500 million budget not including launch or operating costs. He said it was open season on the solar system other than the sun or Earth as they were covered by other NASA programs. In speaking about the history of Discovery missions, he named a few that we are all familiar with such as Kepler, Grail, Deep Impact, Stardust, the Phoenix Mission, Dawn and the upcoming Insight Mission to Mars. Brent then explained the proposed missions under the auspices of his team. These proposed missions include VERITAS, BASiX, CORE, Pandora, Proteus, Psyche, Kuiper, and ELF. Brent explained each proposed mission to us, talked about the P.I. for each mission, and the science to be gained from the mission. Listeners had many questions for him including how the principal investigator (PI) was selected. Brent explained the process, where the PIs come from, how a mission is proposed, is it coming from a university or academic setting, has it been proposed before, or is it coming from JPL or another NASA center or the Applied Physics Lab (APL). Brent was clear that Discovery missions, given their limited resources, were not about developing and proving out new technology so in answer to my question about the TRL of completing these missions, he said they were all coming in with very high TRLs though the missions sound very futuristic, even bordering on science fiction. As for timelines, Discovery missions approved now would fly in 2021 so they have about a six year time frame to be developed and flown. In response to questions, our guest addressed this six year time line in some detail. All of these missions sounded very exciting but as Brent said, it is a very competitive process and only one or two if any of them may be selected as other teams are proposing their Discovery projects as well and they are equally exciting. Later in the segment, Brent was asked about the choice of launch vehicle for each project. This was a very interesting discussion, don’t miss it as our guest explained in detail the role of the PI regarding the launch vehicle and how NASA actually selects a rocket for the mission. In response to BJohn’s question about launch costs, they certainly factor into the mission planning. Doug asked a question about the Photos-Deimos mission and if the mission could identify a favorable small crater which could later be the site for a covered habitat and if it could identify frozen volatiles in the polar craters of those moons if they exist. Brent said it might have such capabilities but that these missions only do the work specific to their actual project. He had more to say on this so don’t miss all his comments. BJohn asked why not a Uranus mission. Brent said Uranus was too far out and too costly for a Discovery class project. Near the end of the segment, BJohn also asked about the importance of miniaturization now and for the future with NASA and these missions. Brent said it was very important and then updated us on all the cubesat opportunities and uses being integrated into NASA missions. He spoke about the significance of cubesats for several minutes so don’t miss what he had to say about them. Doug asked a question about realizing economic value from these missions or at least what was the rationalization behind these purely science missions. Brent provided an excellent answer to Doug’s questions so don’t miss it. We ended the show after Brent’s response. See what you think of it and post your comments on TSS blog. Doug sent in a final note saying “I agree with his answer re: the value of science. I believe that it is worth a certain amount of our money to increase our knowledge for its own value.”
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Mark Fisher, Friday, 5-16-14 May 17, 2014Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: aerospace industry, biomedical, civil & commercial space, commercial space business models, computational flow dynamics (CFD), cubesats, Dept. of Defense, ESA, free market exploration of space, government space, human spaceflight, Huntsville, launch costs, LEO, Mark Fisher, military space, N-33, NewSpace, RD-180, rocket engine development, ROI space ventures, Schafer Corporation, science missions, small launchers, space investment, space tourism, suborbital space
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Mark Fisher, Friday, 5-16-14
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Guest: Mark Fisher. Topic: Commercial & Civil space, Schafer Corp space activities, space exploration/development. 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 Mark Fisher, VP, General Manager & Director of Huntsville Operations for Schafer Corporation (www.schafercorp.com. During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute discussion, Mark Fisher introduced us to the Schafer Corporation which has in excess of 40 years experience and activity in the civil, commercial, DOD, & the government space industry. We honed in on civil and commercial and Mark talked about Bigelow Aerospace, Stratolaunch, the entrepreneurial community, and NewSpace. This discussion took us to new technologies and here Mark said that NewSpace was providing lots of new technology. We also talked about human spaceflight and its growth, particularly on the NewSpace side of things. Listener Jack emailed in a question about the wisdom of international partnerships to which Mark had much to say. I asked our guest about overlapping areas with DOD & commercial space, then about pursuing ROIs from space activities & projects & if that was a big switch from just a decade ago. That brought up a discussion about business models and the role Schafer plays with clients in business as well as with engineering as Schafer is an engineering company. One point made continuously by our guest was that space investment leads to results but its an ebb & flow over the long haul. We talked about space technology, computer, and electronic advances, plus changes over time in materials and optics. The subject of launch vehicles & the industry came up, especially with cubesats, SpaceX & Orbital. Pooley called in to talk once again about small launchers & Microlaunchers. At one point he commented that Leo, being too crowded, should be abandoned for escape orbital opportunities. Both Mark & I had some interesting comments per what Charles was talking about.
In the second segment we talked about the U.S. capability to build new launchers & engines but we also talked about the high costs and long development & testing time in doing so. Mark shared with us his rocket motor development experience. We talked about Mark’s Schafer team, the development of an internship program at Schafer, and Shafer employment opportunities. A listener asked about difference in approach to the public, civil, & commercial side of space projects & the need for commercial to fund itself. We talked about wireless medial monitoring, miniaturization, & other space spinoff technologies. Much was said about the biomedical push by NASA. I asked about the once robust Huntsville space economy which has had some issues in recent years. An inquiry was made about DOD, Mars technology development, sharing tools with NASA, and if we needed to make weapons to advance technology.
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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-2-13 January 3, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Mercury, : John Batchelor, Cassini, Curiosity, Dawn, Dr. David Livingston, ESA, Europa, Iris, Jupiter, LADEE, Mars, Maven, Messenger, Moon, NASA Planetary Missions, New Horizons, Saturn, science missions, solar system, Venus Express, Vesta
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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-2-13
Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston: Topics: Our discussion is an overview of current and planned 2013 NASA planetary missions. 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. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, http://www.johnbatchelorshow.com. During our 11 minute plus discussion, John and I provided a short overview of current, operating NASA planetary and science missions plus missions planned for 2013. We also mentioned a few ESA missions and talked about a future Europa mission.
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Dr. James (Jim) Vedda, Friday, 9-28-12 September 28, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: "Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America's Space Program, Apollo, Augustine Committee, Cislunar space, congressional funding, DARPA, Dr. Jim Vedda, expansion in the solar system, human spaceflight, ISS, LEO, lunar mining, Moon, NASA, NASA as a jobs program, Obama Space, Orion, proximity operations, public/private space partnerships., robotics, science missions, SLS, space destinations, space inspiration, space policy, space settlement, space telescopes, space training ground, STEM
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Dr. Roger Handberg, Monday, 1-16-12 January 17, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Apollo, Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO), budget priorities, Chinese Space Program, Congress, Constellation, DOD space, Dr. Roger Handberg, European Code of Conduct for Outer Space, human spaceflight (HSF), Indian space program, ISS, key government space positions, LEO, NASA, National Space Council., OMB, Outer Space Treaty, Presidential Science Advisor, property rights, science missions, SLS, space advocacy, space budgets, space policy, Space Shuttle, space vision, Space X, STEM, U.S. presidents and space policy
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Dr. Roger Handberg, Monday, 1-16-12
Guest: Dr. Roger Handberg. Topics: Space policy, leadership, Asia space, ISS, & 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. Roger Handberg to the program for a comprehensive space policy discussion. During this program, several of his recent Space Review articles were referenced and I urge you to read them. See Dec. 19, 2011 “ISS Next: chasing humanity’s future in space and the ‘next logical step” (www.thespacereview.com/article/1993/1). Also Nov. 21, 2011, “American human spaceflight and future options, short-and long-term” (www.thespacereview.com/article/1974/1. Our discussion started with a brief overview of U.S. space policy for the new year 2012. Dr. Handberg said our policy was in a state of confusion and described the situation around the Kennedy Space Center as practically in shutdown mode. We talked history and what it was like in 1970 before shuttle. Dr. Handberg then talked about our robust science missions and projects but they don’t get the attention like HSF & it is the HSF missions that are the problem. Dr. Handberg referenced the Augustine report and SLS. He also said the Chinese were moving ahead though they were still several decades behind the U.S. We then talked about the need to think beyond the SLS & beyond the existing ISS which has a limited remaining lifespan. In fact, thinking big and beyond the ISS is a major theme in his Dec. 19, 2011 Space Review article. We spent considerable time discussing what was next for the U.S. after the ISS. Our guest said we were at risk of repeating one of the major failures of Apollo, that is, what to do after the program ends. In this case, what does the U.S. do after the ISS ends? His analysis of the problem pointed to our having no clear vision and a strong need to reorganize the political system because NASA budgets are done yearly so no budget is ever finalized. He confirmed what many others have said and that was that president’s don’t care about space. We addressed commercial and private space, both for space stations and launch vehicles. Anthony in the UK asked him what he thought the single event might be for people to say we’ve now been overtaken. Dr. Handberg suggested that point might come when the ISS ends its life and there is nothing else while the Chinese have their own space station and are still going forward.
In the second segment, I asked our guest for his thoughts on how college students have changed over his long teaching career. Don’t miss this discussion. You might be surprised by what he had to say. Listeners asked him if and when he thought SLS would be cancelled for budgetary reasons. His response was most interesting. Other listeners asked more questions about SLS, the shut down of Constellation, the private HSF effort, and space markets. Near the end of the program, Maria asked him how to get Congress to consider space as an investment, not an expense. He said that today, all government spending is considered an expense and while space is an investment, thinking it will be treated that way by congress is to be in political denial. As the program was ending, I asked our guest how to make space advocacy more effective. He said we needed to get space conscious (not necessarily advocates) in key positions within government & the administration. He named a few positions as examples. Finally, we talked about the Outer Space Treaty, the EU Code of Conduct, & bringing back the National Space Council.
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