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Dr. John Logsdon, Monday, 3-16-15 March 17, 2015

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Dr. John Logsdon, Monday, 3-16-15

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Guest: Dr. John Logsdon. Topics: Professor Logsdon’s new book, “After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program,” plus our guest responded to many space policy questions then and now. 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 Dr. John Logsdon to discuss his new book, “After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program.” During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Dr. Logsdon provided us with the multi-year history behind his researching and writing this book. We talked about the Space Shuttle but also the gap within NASA and parts of the space community including the advocate community between having great expectations but insufficient resources to support the great expectations. We talked about the likelihood of significant NASA budget increases in coming years and while possible, our guest said it was unlikely. President Nixon wanted space to be considered routine and NASA to compete for funding with other parts of the discretionary budget. What President Nixon set in motion is continuing through this day. Dr. Logsdon said policy normally comes from the White House but recently policy for SLS came from the Senate because they did not like what President Obama was doing. We talked about the long range impact of the Nixon space policy even through today and at one point Dr. Logsdon suggested that maybe Nixon got it right regarding American public sentiment about space. Our guest received questions about planetary science and its accomplishments and other listeners inquired about public/private partnerships. Still, our guest said that only governments really have the resources to carry out the type of space investment needed for exploration. Listeners asked about other forces of the time including the Cold War and space policy champions in leadership positions such as Tom Paine who was the NASA Administrator. Dr. Logsdon was asked how things might have been different had Hubert Humphry been elected president. Mars was also discussed, then Dr. Logsdon talked about the space shuttle history. In response to several questions, he shared his thoughts and experiences from his time spent serving on the CAIB. Another topic in this segment dealt with space advocacy. Our guest said we need advocacy to keep the dream alive until leadership makes it happen. He said talk about settlement and pioneering were mainly just words. Pioneering needed to answer two questions which he addressed before the break.

In segment two, we talked about the ISS and Shuttle having consumed the HSF budget and now the ISS does that with about $3 billion per year. Using the shuttle for national defense and security during the Nixon years was also a discussion topic as Nixon liked national security issues. Dr. Logsdon had much to say about the shuttle’s use by the military and for national security. You might be surprised by what you hear. As for human spaceflight, Dr. Logsdon referred her to the NRC Pathways Study which we have discussed many times on The Space Show. More questions came in regarding space advocacy which he said pushes the boundaries of realism and needs to be balanced between sober reality and pure fantasy. Tony emailed us to ask about SLS/Orion, private space over NASA, and Elon Musk and his Mars settlement plans. A question came in about being motivated by the Chinese space program. For closing remarks, Dr. Logsdon addressed the Nixon space policy and program legacy which still influences us today.

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Open Lines, Tuesday, 7-8-14 July 9, 2014

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Open Lines, Tuesday, 7-8-14

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Guest:  Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  A variety of space topics were discussed in this Open Lines program.  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.

Welcome to this 2 hour 11 minute Open Lines Show.  As we started our first segment, I made several announcements including the return to action for the Space Cynics blog.  This time we will be accepting guest editorials.  Watch for the guidelines/rules for guest editors and those submitting comments to the blog.  Once you see the guidelines/rules on the top blog menu bar, Space Cynics will be officially back. See http://spacecynic.wordpress.com.  I also talked about a recent NPR interview with the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun who just happens to be a top guy at JPL!  I’ll make an effort to invite this person to the show.  Our first caller was from Scott who wanted to talk about and promote his Droid platform app for orbital speed calculations.  If you are interested in downloading this app to your Droid device, search in Google Play for “Orbital Speed.”   Scott described his app and how it worked and since there was some history re the app and the Charles Pooley Microlaunchers book, that came up during the discussion.  This was probably the dominant topic in the first segment.  Pooley did call in regarding the app and the references to his book, but Charles, in addition to promoting Microlaunchers as he usually does, also spoke about himself as the SPACE Heretic.  You can read about this at the tiny URL goo.gl/vo7Ux7 (cut & paste to your browser or use the full URL http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140620023828-9942227-charles-pooley-heratic?_mSplash=1).  During this segment, we also talked briefly about hybrid rocket motors and specifically about escape velocity.  I read an email from B John in Sweden suggesting that going to the Moon or Mars was and is counterproductive for our HSF program.  I asked for listener comment but unfortunately this topic was not picked up by the listeners.  Perhaps some of you listening on archives will post a blog comment about B John’s ideas.

In the second segment, John Hunt called in to talk some more about escape velocity and the formulas for it.  He then asked a series of question about science and STEM education.  I shared what I knew about the topic but we were hoping for teachers or others involved in this field to call in with more information.  Perhaps those of you working in these fields can post some detailed comments in response to John’s questions on the blog.  We had several emails about American public participation for a better HSF policy and for influencing policy makers and Congress for space policy.  The email questions seemed to think some level of American public participation was needed but that the pressure in numbers was not there compared to non-space issues receiving funding.  Also, most thought that the next election was actually the focus of Congress so without the numbers and pressure pushing for this or that policy, other projects get priority funding.  John called back to talk about the need for competition and the lack of it.  Near the end, I read a series of emails with a space advocate saying those that disagreed with him on specific issues were wrong, uninformed, etc. I asked listeners what they thought of this my way or the highway space advocacy mindset.  John did talk about the upcoming NASA down select process and we both thought for sure SpaceX would be selected.  John then said NASA and the public program lacked vision but SpaceX had a vision.

Post your comments/questions on TSS blog per the above URL.  If you want to reach any of the callers, send your note to me and I will forward it to the person of your choice.

Caed Aldwych, Tuesday, 11-26-13 November 27, 2013

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Caed Aldwych, Tuesday, 11-26-13

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Guest:  Caed Aldwych.  Topics:  Global Space Organization and its plan for going to the Moon by 2020.  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 Caed Aldwych to the program for a 1 hour 42 minute discussion about his company, Global Space Organization (GSO).  You can learn more by visiting their website at www.gso-space.org.  In the first segment, Mr. Aldwych, who is the Commander of GSO, provided us with an introduction to GSO, why it was created, and what the company vision is all about and what makes this a unique company in its approach to engaging in commercial space.  Our guest spent some time putting forth the traditional commercial space models in play with other companies but did not think these models were sustainable.  He then spent time telling us about the GSO action plan, marking the differences from traditional commercial companies and letting listeners know how GSO intends to bridge the gap to make sure what they do vis a vis the Moon will be sustainable.  Part of the plan Caed talked about focused on partnerships with other companies and uniting together to accomplish common and mutual space goals.  When asked for a timeline for lunar development with financing in place, he estimated about a decade.  During our discussion, Caed stressed that he was not looking for investment money at this time.  He strongly believes in competition for space services and products and that competition will help his company reach its goals.  We also talked about the need for a permanent base on the Moon with a settlement, habitats, and real commercial, revenue generating business.  You don’t want to miss his first segment discussion on just why GSO is different from other commercial space companies.

In the second segment, we started off with our guest describing the GSO membership program, including membership fees which for the present are not being collected.  When membership fees start being collected, they only apply to membership matters, not the commercial space plans of the company. Caed was asked about the Roman terms used for the board and officers.  Later, he reiterated the part of the GSO plan for the company to stand out and to be noticed and recognized on a global level.  He was also asked about ITAR and their plan for global relationships, plus his thoughts on Inspiration Mars and more on Mars One which he talked about in the first segment.  Listeners wanted to know about GSO plans for selecting lunar crews and as you will hear, members comprise the priority list for crew members and employees.  Toward the end, I asked him for his time line action plan from 2014 to 2020.

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Dragos Bratasanu, Monday, 11-25-13 November 26, 2013

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Dragos Bratasanu, Monday, 11-25-13

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Guest:  Dragos Bratasanu.  Topics:  The film project “The Amazing Future & You” designed to facilitate entrepreneurial & organizational success.  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 Dragos Bratasanu who was with us from Bucharest, Romania, to discuss his film project, “The Amazing Future & You.”  Find out more about the project and our discussion at www.successengineer.org.  During our 1 hour 26 minute discussion, Dragos provided us with his personal background and story that led him to this project and his goal of helping to facilitate optimizing performance for individuals and organizations in all types of business environments, including the space business environment.  Through his personal experiences and interviews with successful people around the world, Dragos has put together a program to share this information with others and he introduced us to his work and the program during today’s Space Show program.  In our first segment, not only did we get the background leading up to this program, but Dragos took us through the basics of the program step by step.  Listen closely to the main points, the conditions, and parameters to build success in your business. Listeners asked several email questions about the steps and methodology involved and this helped to clarify the program Dragos was introducing to us.

In the second segment, Jack asked Dragos if his film identified and addressed the biggest problem areas with solutions.  Don’t miss the response to this question by our guest. Next, Dragos talked some more about the concept of failure, what it means, and how best to deal with it, especially in the context being discussed in his film project and interviews with successful leaders and businessmen and women.  Later in response to Patty who wanted to start a bookstore as a secondary business, Dragos spoke to the need to pursue one’s inner purpose and the need to be in line with your values whatever the business being pursued.  Next, we talked about the difference in the story for yourself as to why and how you do the business but the need to have a different story for your customer that addresses customer needs.  By way of example, he cited one of his own experiences involving a climate change story to help him accomplish his goal.  Dragos again stressed the need for these stories to always be in harmony with your values.  Near the end of our discussion, a listener asked if space and technical businesses were harder than the non-technical business.  He was also asked about differences in nations, cultures, and to adapt cross culture and across boundaries.  I suggest you sign up for his newsletter on his website to stay informed and up to date with future interview information and story releases.

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Anatoly Zak, Tuesday, 9-3-13 September 4, 2013

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Anatoly Zak, Tuesday, 9-3-13

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Guest:  Anatoly Zak.  Topics:  The Soviet & Russian space program, his incredible new book!  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 Anatoly Zak as a first time guest to The Space Show and we promise, he will return as a regular guest on the show!  Make sure you check out his website, www.russianspaceweb.com.  Anatoly was with us to talk about his new book published by Apogee Prime, Russia In space: the Past Explained the Future Explored.  I assure you that the praise you will hear from me and others throughout our discussion about this book is an understatement as this is one of the very best space books I have been fortunate to read and have as a permanent reference book.  Remember, if you get this book through Amazon using the OGLF portal, Amazon donates a percentage of the sale to The Space Show.  Amazon OGLF instructions are on our website, the OGLF website, the archives, and the blog archives but email me if you have questions.  In the first segment of our 1 hour 38 minute program, we talked about the production of this book which took our guest 3-4 years to complete.  I then asked Mr. Zak for the Russian perspective of the success of Apollo 11.  I pointed out some fascinating Soviet/Russian hardware pictures in the book such as the predecessor of Dream Chaser.  Todd asked about the durability of the Soyuz and all weather capability of Russian rockets compared to American rockets.  Next, I asked Anatoly about the commercial, NewSpace effort to buy the Mir Space Station and send Dennis Tito to it as the first space tourist.  You have to listen to what Anatoly told us.  This is a very different story from what we have heard from others on The Space Show, including those that I have talked with who were part of the effort to save, buy, and operate Mir.  Even when Dr. Lurio called in at the beginning of the second segment, Charles was as surprised at the new information as I was and we joked about talking to our friends who were involved in the effort. As you will hear, I told Charles several time he could run with it, I will sit on the sidelines.  But all kidding aside, don’t miss this discussion.  I then asked Anatoly about the effort to use a Soyuz to fly passengers to the Moon, orbit it, and return home. Again, a totally different story than what many of us have heard.  No way he said.  All PR fluff and more.  Don’t miss this exchange. Dwayne wanted to know the actual percentage of operating costs the Americans and tourists pay when they ride the Soyuz to the ISS.  Anatoly did not know the exact percentage but said the Russian program was much healthier financially today and could stand on its own without this revenue.  Recent Russian rocket failures came up and our guest talked about the need for serious improvement in Russian quality control.  Near the end of the first segment, I asked if Putin liked the space program or if the Russian program suffered a similar fate as the American program with the White House and most inside the Beltway.  As you will hear, Putin is a fan of the space program, Russia has increased its space budget, and they treat space differently than we do.  John called in to ask about nuclear energy and propulsion in the Russian program. Anatoly updated us on nuclear power usage in space but not for propulsion.

We started the second segment with the call from Dr. Lurio. He asked about the Angara rocket program which was designed to replace the Proton.  He then asked about the entrepreneurial effort in Russia as compared to the States.  Another listener emailed in questions about the Buran program and espionage.  Dwayne called back to ask about the Russian and Chinese oceanic surveillance satellites.  I then asked Mr. Zak to discuss the Russian and Chinese cooperation and relationship with their two space programs, if such a relationship exists.  Our next topic focused on Anatoly’s perspective of NASA and SLS.  He had much to say about designing and building rockets, the eventual payload, and mission.  He said we do not have a productive program in place for SLS, then we talked about learning the lessons of history which he said was hard to do for both the Russians and Americans.  I also asked Anatoly for his thoughts on NewSpace which he said was important but not able to do enough significant things which for now only government can do. Tim called in just under the wire (as usual) to inquire about a rocket capable of multiple payloads and various missions.  Anatoly told him why this does not work.  Tim then asked our guest about fuel depots, cryogenic transfer, and storable fuels.  Sean from Little Rock wanted to hear what Anatoly thought about Mars One.  Anatoly said such missions were unrealistic and not serious regarding engineering or equipment. Near the end, we got questions about Russians and UFOs, the movie Space Cowboys, tracking items in space, and Russian space advocacy.

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Dr. Paul Spudis, Sunday, 7-21-13 July 22, 2013

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Dr. Paul Spudis, Sunday, 7-21-13

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Guest:  Dr. Paul Spudis.  Topics:  Space policy, testifying before congress, asteroid missions, RTM, 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 back Dr. Paul Spudis, Senior Staff Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, to discuss U.S. civil space policy, testifying before congress, NASA asteroid missions, returning to the Moon, ISRU for both the Moon and Mars, and much more.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 41 minute discussion, Dr. Spudis provided us with an overview of our current civil space program and the history behind how this program developed over the last 50 plus years.  We talked about space visions, destinations, fiscal issues, innovation, & more.  Dr. Spudis also talked about his testimony before the House Science Committee which you can read as well as see on the video on his site, www.spudislunarresources.com.  Many listeners asked questions about providing congressional testimony and what our guest thought of the committee members and their interest in what the invited guests were telling them.  Paul also submitted a human spaceflight statement to the NAS for their human spaceflight study. You can find the links to his submitted paper and the NAS results so far on his website or go to the NAS site directly at www8.nationalacademies.org/aseboutreach/publicviewhumanspaceflight.aspx.    Other topics during this segment included our civil space policy & those making policy, congressional authorizations, SLS & Orion, NASA asteroid missions, & NewSpace.

We started the second segment with a listener call about lunar ISRU and multiple uses for the same lander for the Moon and Mars.  A listener asked Paul to elaborate on why he was not supportive of the NASA asteroid missions which he said were similar to PR stunts.  A listener asked about blame & accountability between Congress and the NASA Administrator.  Don’t miss what our guest had to say about each & their role.  Doug called to talk about cislunar architecture & transportation.  I asked our guest about creating a type of business plan to prioritize the steps needed for implementation to establish the space policy favored by our guest. Don’t miss this discussion.  Another listener asked our guest for his opinions on the Inspiration Mars and Mars One proposed missions.  We also talked about the impact of high quality computer graphics on space policy, the difference in interest and focus from the Apollo era to now, & the importance of space advocacy.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. Dr. Spudis can be reached through his website.

Brent Sherwood, Tuesday, 7-24-12 July 25, 2012

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Brent Sherwood, Tuesday, 7-24-12

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Guest:  Brent Sherwood.  Topics: Human spaceflight to Mars: Is it on the path or a distraction?  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 Brent Sherwood back to the show to discuss his GLEX paper and ideas regarding human spaceflight (HSF), Mars, and alternative NASA goals/missions regarding HSF.  His GLEX paper, “Mars-On the Path or in the Way” is posted on The Space Show blog following this program summary.  Please read & review his paper as it contains far more detail regarding his proposal, analysis and his conclusion than what we were able to discuss during our program.  In our first segment, Mr. Sherwood provided us with the background and context for his having written this paper and for his conclusion that HSF to Mars is not the right path. He then outlined alternative paths for HSF missions that he believes can better “regain the cultural centrality of human space flight and grow by attracting private capital.” Our guest talked about the value proposition of a HSF mission to Mars, plus the value proposition of the alternatives he describes in his paper & on this program.  The value proposition is understood to refer to the value received by sending humans to Mars (or the alternative HSF missions) as compared to the value of the mission costs, the opportunity costs, risks, etc.  Mr. Sherwood assesses the value proposition for all of his alternative HSF proposals which include the Explore Mars mission, lunar settlement, space passenger travel, and SSP.  For most of this initial segment, Brent outlined his ideas and explained why he has concluded that HSF to Mars does not measure up as a value promise & why SSP is his first choice.  We began taking listener email questions and phone calls after he summarized his position  & as you can imagine, most all the listener questions/comments were of the challenging nature to his conclusion that HSF to Mars was not in the best interest of our space program.  I urge you read his paper and to pay attention to the technical, cost, time line, and historical information shared with us by our guest.

In the second segment of this nearly two hour program, Brent took questions and expanded more as to why he supports other options than HSF to Mars.  He also explained why he is calling for a debate on this issue within the space community.  At the start of this segment, I asked him if he thought discovering life on Mars would change his opinion and the value proposition.  He said no but did say it would expedite the Martian sample return mission, but would not alter the variables & unknowns involved in the magnitude of technology challenges needing resolution before sending humans safely to and from Mars.  Toward the end of our discussion, I asked how he might move forward to implement the industry debate he has called for on this show & in his paper.  Suggestions on how to do this are wanted so if you have any, post them on the blog.

Brent would like your feedback so after listening to this program and reading his paper, please post comments/questions on the blog.  You can email Brent Sherwood by sending your note to me & I will forward it to him.

Brent Sherwood’s GLEX Paper:

Mars-On the Path or In the Way?

 

Dr. Jeff Bell, Tuesday, 7-10-12 July 11, 2012

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Dr. Jeff Bell, Tuesday, 7-10-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1811-BWB-2012-07-10.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Jeff Bell.  Topics:  Vintage Jeff Bell.  We discussed a wide range of space history and current space projects from Dr. Bell’s perspective.  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 the return of Dr. Jeff Bell to The Space Show.  This 2.5 hour marathon discussion with Dr. Bell was classic Jeff Bell with space history, his analysis of current projects, new space ideas, NASA, Congress and well, you name it.  Dr. Bell had lots to say about many topics and for those of you familiar with Dr. Bell & his analysis, I promise you, you will not be disappointed with this discussion.  Those of you new to Dr. Bell, hold onto your seat!  Jeff started off with the cold war space history, X-33, and DCX. In doing so, he offered up his critique of the classic space book by G. Harry Stine, “Halfway To Anywhere: Achieving America’s Destiny In Space.”  As to be expected, Dr. Bell provided a very hard hitting, factual, and critical analysis of these topics & the book.  We also talked about the new company in Florida, Project Speed, and air breathing engines for space vehicles.  Dr. Bell spent some time on this analysis including scramjets, ramjets and the National Aerospace Plane.  When asked to confirm that little progress was being made from his perspective re space vehicles & even aviation, he cited the current military games going on in Hawaii, referencing the planes being used by the Air Force, Navy, & other military services, all to illustrate by example the points he was making.  He put out the fire on nuclear propulsion based on economics & costs, & then in discussing human spaceflight (HSF), like so many others, he said the rational for it was difficult justify to Congress & the taxpayers.  A listener asked Jeff he was biased in his analysis.  Jeff said he was unbiased in his examination of the facts. This issue surfaced again later during our program.  We then talked about a Washington Post article saying that our science field was over populated by excessive PhDs that cannot find work in their discipline (www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-pushes-for-more-scientists-but-the-jobs-arent-there/2012/07/07/gJQAZJpQUW_story.html?hpid=z1).  This prompted listeners to reply and John made some excellent points about science PhDs that Jeff missed.

In our second segment, we started off with space visions, including the one from this program, followed by a discussion of the “Sputnik Panic” following theUSSR launch of Sputnik.  We both had much to say about this event & its aftermath. Returning to the HSF rational, Jeff said there were two main problems with it. First, the very high cost.  Second, the is no place to go that does not require massive technology & support to sustain life.  He spent some time elaborating on this & responding to listener comments.  Next up, Planetary Resources, asteroid mining, space telescopes, & Earth imaging.  Dr. Bell took no prisoners in sharing his analysis with us.  He did talk about several serious projects including the B612 project & Pan Starrs.  As the program was ending, Dr. Bell had many positive things to say about the recently completed SpaceX Dragon & Falcon 9 flight, & the pork as he called it, SLS.  Dr. Bell was very strong & clear in his support for SpaceX and their accomplishments.

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Ed Buckbee, Friday, 4-20-12 April 20, 2012

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Ed Buckbee, Friday, 4-20-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1756-BWB-2012-04-20.mp3

Guest:  Ed Buckbee.  Topics:  Wernher Von Braun, NASA, Space Policy, SLS, commercial crew, HSF.  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 Ed Buckbee back to the show to discuss NASA, Wernher Von Braun’s influence on our space program, and the future of human spaceflight.  To learn more about Mr. Buckbee’s activities, visit his website, www.air-space.com.  Ed started us off with a brief history of human spaceflight going back to the flight of Alan Shephard.  He had much to say about the early period of NASA’s history being fertile grounds for young people, inspiration, and motivation.  I asked him about his recent award received in Munich, Germany, the Wernher Von Braun Gold Medal for Promotion and Support of Human Spaceflight.  Ed had much to say about receiving this award and its significance.  As a key player in the U.S. Space Camp program, I asked him many questions about space camp and as you will hear, we strongly recommend it if you have or know kids of the appropriate age for attending it in Huntsville.  Listeners asked many questions about the influence of Von Braun on our space program as well as his part in the SS in Nazi Germany.  Ed talked about this throughout our program.  Another issue that was heavily discussed was the Chinese space program.  Listeners had many questions for him about the Chinese program, how it was viewed by NASA, Congress, DOD, as well as their costs for space access & program development.  Another listener asked him about space tourism, both orbital and suborbital tourism.  Ed thought it would prove interesting but did not think we should depend on it as a killer app for economic or industrial development.  Terry called and asked Ed the interesting question of how the younger Germans viewed Von Braun given his being part of the SS and then coming here to lead the development of our space program.  Ed said the older Germans definitely see him as being part of the Third Reich.  The younger Germans see him as part of technology and in past history.  Don’t miss the full discussion with Mr. Buckbee regarding this question.  Toward the end of our first segment, we talked about Von Braun and going to the Moon with Ed suggesting today he would be promoting it as an international mission with 5-7 countries taking part in it.

In the second segment, we received a listener email asking what President Eisenhower said if anything in private about Von Braun.  Ed seemed to think Ike was OK with Von Braun given his appointments and positions once NASA was created.  About this time during the show, I received the Cosmic Log email notice which was about the retirement of the shuttle so I asked Ed about shuttle’s retirement.  You will want to hear what he had to say about it.  The issue of the NASA budget came up and I brought up the subcommittee hearings from earlier in the week with recommendations to reduce commercial crew funding in favor of the Mars exploration program, SLS, and JWST.  We talked about the importance of commercial crew and the need to keep it on track to restore U.S. HSF capability.  Both of us plus several listeners expressed the opinion that it would be the private sector taking us back to the Moon and for commercial reasons.  Near the end of the program, a listener asked about the Von Braun family and their interest in today’s NASA and space program.  I think you will find what Ed had to say to be most interesting regarding Von Braun’s children and his wife and how they view space.

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Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Haym Benaroya, & DrSpace, Monday, 4-9-12 April 9, 2012

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Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Haym Benaroya, & DrSpace, Monday, 4-9-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1748-BWB-2012-04-09.mp3

Guests:  Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Haym Benaroya.  Topics:  Space policy ideas as presented in our Op-Ed & Open Letter which you can read on The Space Show blog.  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 Drs. Jurist and Benaroya to discuss our two articles to be published regarding U.S. space policy.  You can read the drafts of these two articles on The Space Show blog per the URL above for this particular program and date.  We are asking for your constructive feedback, comments, and questions as our intention is to refine both letters and submit them for publication.  All comments and feedback are welcome but the most useful feedback will offer suggestions for how to make our letters more effective in fostering space policy that supports economic, STEM, and space program growth on the civil side as well as on the private, entrepreneurial, & commercial side.  In addition, The Space Show suggests that listeners write their own 1,000 word Op-Ed and submit it to The Space Show.  I will put it up on the blog, plus offer you time on The Space Show to articulate your perspective and views. We know that some of you will disagree with what we have said and we do want your contribution to the discussion as you will hear during this program.  So do join in on the overall space policy debate.  Don’t just sit on the sidelines, get your ideas out there to advance the discussion.  During our discussion which was 90 minutes without a break, the three of us explained why we decided to write and publish our thoughts on space policy and our future in space, plus we went into some detail as to the content of leach letter.  We fielded several listener questions which offered suggestions as well as critiques of both our approach and our content.  Several of the listener comments offered no suggestions for making the letters more effective, opting instead to tell us where we were going wrong.  Please post your comments, suggestions, and feedback on the blog.  Any emails sent directly to me regarding our letters and this discussion will be posted on the blog in your name without any editing on my part.  If you want to send an email to Dr. Jurist or Dr. Benaroya, please send it to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will gladly forward it for you.

1.  9 April 2012 – Open Letter to Our Government

2.  9 April 2012 – The United States at the Crossroads