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Dr. Armin Ellis, Monday, 3-23-15 March 24, 2015

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Dr. Armin Ellis, Monday, 3-23-15

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Guest:  Dr. Armin Ellis.  Topics: The Exploration Institute and the upcoming Summit, exploration expeditions & 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 Dr. Armin Ellis to the program to discuss the brand new Exploration Institute (http://exploration.institute) and the upcoming Exploration Institute Summit (see http://exploration.institute/summit-2015) from April 14-15, 2015 at the Keck Institute at Cal Tech located in Pasadena, CA.  Check out the Summit flyer at http://exploration.institute/summitflyer.  During the first segment of our 86 minute discussion, Dr. Ellis provided us with the background on why he felt it necessary to start the Exploration Institute. He described the first rate team he assembled to move the Institute forward toward its goals and he talked about the importance and need for more exploration in our society.  The Summit, which he described in detail, will be limited to 35 people.  As we heard, there are still opening for the Summit so Dr. Ellis encouraged interested people to complete and send in the application form on the website so that an interview can be scheduled.  He explained how the Summit was really an unconference which is why participants needed to apply and be accepted.  By the end of the Summit, those in attendance will have approved three different expeditions which will then go into the Exploration Institute pipeline for financing, management, and eventual deployment.  Armin also defined exploration in this segment so that we would have the proper context for it for this discussion. He also talked about  some of the planned short talks at the Summit including one on the topic of how to brand an expedition and another on safety issues.  When listeners asked our guest what type of expeditions he had in mind, he said the group would decide that issue and  they would vote on it. One listener asked Armin how JPL had impacted his decision to create the Exploration Institute and his appreciation of exploration and expeditions.  Another topic that came up in both segments was the need for effective communication, especially through story telling.  Listeners asked him to differentiate the Exploration Institute from other exploration organizations such as the Explorer’s Club.  Several times during the discussion we talked about the human need to explore for without it there is an increased risk of simply disappearing or perishing over time.

 

In the second segment, Armin asked for ideas on cubesats and other concepts for expeditions.  You can send them to him via the contact page on the website.  He spoke to story telling, not just in books but on blogs, YouTube, and other forms of modern media.  Several educational outreach suggestions were offered by listeners including school programs, local student expeditions, and taking the idea to the scouting community. Later, I asked Dr. Ellis for his 5 year business plan for the Exploration Institute, we talked about the Institute’s newsletter, subscribing to it and making available past editions on the website.  Toward the end, Armin gave a shout out to his team of advisors and participants with him in the Institute.  Armin, in response to one of my questions, offered some suggestions on how to communicate with people who seem unable to connect the dots on big vision concepts.

 

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Patrick Ritchie, Monday, 3-31-14 April 1, 2014

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Patrick Ritchie, Monday, 3-31-14

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Guest: Patrick Ritchie.  Subject:  South by Southwest event in Austin, TX and the space & science event components.  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 Patrick Ritchie to the program to discuss the space and tech components of the South by Southwest (SXSW) event held each March in Austin, TX.  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Patrick introduced us to South by Southwest, the Interactive segment which is what space and tech are part of plus the larger event component, music.  As you will hear, the music side of  SXSW is by far larger with upwards of more than 150,000 attending while around 30,000 attend Interactive.  Patrick discussed some of the Interactive and specific space keynotes plus some of the space tracks at the event.  Patrick sent me several links to the space and tech Interactive components, including the Snowden keynote.  You can get more on this content by using these URLs:  Google Lunar X-Prize Panel:  http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP24530; Kerbal Space Program
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_OE03288;  Planetary protection
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP22997; Live with the ISS
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP25456; James Webb & Kepler
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP17180; User experience @ NASA
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP18449; & Snowden
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIhS9aB-qgU.  Patrick addressed SXSW networking opportunities, gaming with specific attention on Kerbal Space.

In the second segment, we talked about Austin’s similarities to Silicon Valley, venture capital, innovation and the Austin culture, the University of Texas role in these areas, and the overall space awareness level of the Austin technology area plus the general population.  Listeners asked our guest about the Brownsville SpaceX spaceport proposal as well as their rocket testing site and the Blue Origins Texas location.  Tony called in regarding the talk by Elon Musk.  Patrick even got a question about the new Texas football coach!  More was said about the gaming part of the event and the Kerbal Space game.  We then talked about the Las Vegas SXSW V2V for start-ups and innovative businesses.  As the program was ending, Patrick fielded questions about Canadians and the Canadian Space Program.

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Ed Wright, Monday, 4-29-13 April 30, 2013

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Ed Wright, Monday, 4-29-13

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Guest:  Ed Wright.  Topics:  Citizens in Space update & information on the upcoming Space Hackers Workshop in Mountain View, 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.

We welcomed Ed Wright back to the program for updates regarding Citizens in Space (www.citizensinspace.org) and the upcoming Space Hackers Workshop to be held in Mountain View, CA from May 4-5.  You can visit the Space Hackers Workshop website through the Citizens in Space website or by going to http://spacehacker.eventbrite.com for details, registration, etc.  During the first part of our 90 minute program, Ed updated us on how Citizens in Space has evolved, their training program, the broadening of citizen scientists, the use of the XCOR Lynx vehicle, and much more.  I believe that after you hear how the program has evolved and progressed, you will agree with me that this is an outstanding program, both for citizen science and enabling people to go to space and do more than just be a passenger.  During this first section, we covered the program, goals, the changes, and the desired outcomes in detail.

In our second segment, we switched to focus on the Space Hackers Workshop in Silicon Valley, Mountain View, CA from May 4-5.  If you register online, there is a savings so if you are going, online registration is your best bet.  This workshop, the first of many to be held around the country, will feature advanced technology, hardware, and hands on instructional opportunities regarding building your own space science experiment.  Ed talked extensively about the quality of cameras now available at very affordable costs and the Beagle Board Black control board (http://beagleboard.org).  I suggest this workshop for anyone interested in technology, building hardware, doing space projects, and more.

Ed detailed the workshop in our discussion but if you have questions for him, you can email him through me or by using edward.v.wright@rocketacademy.org. Also, if you attend the workshop, I want to hear from you about it on The Space Show.  Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.