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Doug Messier, Tuesday, 11-17-15 November 18, 2015

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Doug Messier, Tuesday, 11-17-15

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Guest:  Doug Messier.  Topics:  The Virgin Galactic current multi-part series on www.parabolicarc.com 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 Doug Messier back to the program.  During the first segment of our nearly two hour show, Doug started off by telling about his current multi-part series running this past week on www.paraboloicarc.com regarding Virgin Galactic and SpaceShipTwo.  Given the accident happened slightly more than a year ago, Doug put together a comprehensive series of articles on the accident, the pilots, the NTSB report, Virgin Galactic, Scaled and more.  This is a multi-part series you will want to read.  The majority of the first segment’s discussion was based on the articles with questions from listeners and myself about various aspects of the company, the accident, the people involved, the mission control room, and the NTSB report plus supporting documents which Doug studied for his articles.  Listener Alec sent in an email before the show wanting to know if SS2 has been more closely modeled after SS! if the company would have been flying by now.  Doug had much to say in response to this question dealing with the expansion to SS2 which was 3 times larger than SS1 and more.  When asked about return to flight, Doug suggested the possibility of Feb. 2016 but that was not definite.  This was in response to Josh asking for a Virgin time line.  Doug also got questions about Virgin and Spaceport America, then he was asked if noticed differences in Virgin’s presentation both pre and post the accident.  The subject of safety and test flight programs came up for Virgin, XCOR and all the companies.  We talked about safety and test flight programs in general with Doug, myself and some listeners,  agreeing that the test programs were not extensive enough or sufficiently comprehensive.  Don’t miss this discussion which included comments about the flight test envelope challenges, the X-15 as a possible model, and comments made by Neil Armstrong at the recent Suborbital Conference held a few years ago in Palo Alto, CA.

In the second segment, I started out by asking Doug about the new Commercial Space Law agreed upon by the House and Senate, specifically the part about asteroid mining and quasi-property rights.  I pointed out the feedback I was getting about this section being in opposition to the Outer Space Treat and many were not happy with it, nor did we know if it would have any legal standing outside the U.S.  Tim called in to support the asteroid mining provisions in the law.  John from Ft. Worth called in to talk about the DARPA XS-1 program and Masten Space Sciences. Burton in Canada asked about SLS, then Dr. Lurio called in to talk safety and many other topics.  Before the show ended, Tim called back to ask about the XCOR piston pump progress.

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Charles Chafer, Monday, 10-26-15 October 27, 2015

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Charles Chafer, Monday, 10-26-15

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Guest: Charles Chafer. Topics: Commercial space history & overview, space burial and memorial services. 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 Charlie Chafer back to the program to discuss commercial space, the Celestis space memorial services and flights, plus much more. During the first segment of our 88 minute program, Charlie started out by providing an overview of the commercial space history since he played a huge role in its start decades ago. For example, he talked about the fist ever commercial launch that was done by his company, the regulatory and permit process back then, and how the industry has evolved since those early days. It’s a most interesting discussion with one of the major founders of the commercial space industry. We then changed topic to talk about the space memorial services and how this industry has changed since 1994 when Charlie co-founded Celestis. As for today, Celestis has a global customer space offering several categories of space memorial services, all of which are described on the Celestis website, www.celestis.com. There launches are far more routine today with more launch vehicle availability. Regarding the lunar service, he talked about sending Eugene Shoemaker’s remains to the Moon, then later in the second segment, he talked about the commercial space significance of having done this. Celestis offers four services including Earth Rise which is suborbital, an orbital service known as Earth Orbit or Earth view, the Lunar Service, and the Voyager Service which is a deep space mission. He described each service but also he talked at length as to how Celestis carries out a memorial spaceflight starting with advance work before the launch, tours of the launch pad, a special Celestial memorial service, and the launch. Listeners asked Charlie several questions about the service including listener Judy who had seen rocket launches before and wondered how those attending a memorial service launch viewed watching a rocket launch. Before the segment ended, Charlie was asked about pet memorial services. Celestis offers the Celestis Pets Memorial service. Check out www.celestispets.com for more information on this service.

In the second segment, we focused on commercial space, customers, markets, commercial waves and more. Our guest pointed out some thoughts that might suggest a possible commercial space “bubble” ahead. He also talked about & described the three waves of commercial space history. Charlie talked about his interest in opening up commercial markets in the space weather field and we talked about the value of data as a product. Regarding SSP which he mentioned, he said it has not developed but may do so down the road in the future. The same for pharmaceuticals and other energy related possibilities. We talked about the many commercial applications, customers, and uses for GPS, truly a successful commercial space field and product. A listener asked Charlie how he thought the commercial markets might change if we had low cost commercial launches available to go to private, commercial space stations instead of the ISS. Jake wanted to know Charlie’s thoughts on SLS and Orion. I asked Charlie if he saw any possibilities for human spaceflight commercial products or services in the near to intermediate term. Other points of interest included space tourism and adventure travel, especially for orbital flight which might be 15-17 years in the future. A listener then asked Charlie about the lunar memorial service and if you had to be a special person to get permission to be have remains sent to the Moon. Charlie described the process they went through with Gene Shoemaker and why they did it the way they did it because they wanted to set a commercial space precedent for the future. Among his closing comments, he said space is hard and take action to follow your dreams.

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Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes, Monday, 9-14-15 September 15, 2015

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Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes, Monday, 9-14-15

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Guest: Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes. Topic: The 11th annual International Symposium for Personal & commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS). 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. Pat Hynes back to the show to talk about this year’s ISPCS to be held in Las Cruces, NM from Oct. 6-8, 2015. For detailed information about the Symposium, hotel & conference registration, please visit www.ispcs.com. Initially our program was to be on the 60 minute format but as our discussion progressed, it extended beyond our usual 90 minute plus program to 1 hour 37 minutes without a break. As a result of this, the program summary has been written for a one segment program. We started our discussion with Dr. Hynes talking about commercial space and how the industry and the Symposium had changed over the past eleven years. Dr. Hynes described the basic logistics and style of the Symposium as it is a complete package from morning to evening, including food, snacks, total hospitality and more. The agenda which covers two full days features 42 speakers, all speaking as keynotes, typically for 18 minutes with a 10 minute Q&A. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Make A Difference” and Pat talked about this in the context of people wanting more than just a job, instead wanting to make a difference in what they do. Later as the program was ending, we talked diversity with women and minorities and again making a difference was a top priority. Unlike a traditional conference promotion Space Show program, we did not simply follow the agenda and the scheduled speakers and panels. While Dr. Hynes did highlight speakers and panels, she did so in a big picture way to stay focused on the theme and to let us know just what went on behind the scenes in selecting speakers and panel subjects for this year’s Symposium. Pat honed in on specific topics such as the Virgin Galactic accident, the NTSB report, and human factors issues, plus the need for balanced risk taking in developing the commercial spaceflight industry. Pat also brought up the proposed Aerojet Rocketdyne bid to buy ULA for $2 billion. This led to a discussion about the ULA and Blue Origin relationship, the Boeing and NASA culture, and how this year’s Symposium would be addressing these matters. Much more was said about this subject, including the use of Twitter and social media. Cargo resupply was brought up with the various players/participants as was the suborbital and orbital industry. We took a call from space attorney Michael Listner who talked about the need for balanced risk taking. Michael mentioned his Op-Ed in the current Space News issue titled “Space Has Its Place in U.S. Presidential Race.” Pat mentioned large new players in the industry including Google, BlackSky Global and others. As our discussion progressed, Pat talked about the programming focusing on creating effective work teams with a panel chaired by Michael Simpson of The Secure World Foundation, one of our Space Show sponsors. This discussion took us to our final topic for the program, women with careers in aerospace, how they get stuck, their need to balance life, and make a difference. Dr. Hynes mentioned the National Center for Women and Information Technology which was also part of the panel discussion focusing on Creating Effective Work Teams. As we were winding down, our guest mentioned the panel on Disruptive Technologies for the New Space Future, and the ISS as a national lab. You can see the full agenda and read about each of the exciting and relevant keynote speakers and panel discussions at www.ispcs.com/agenda.php. We concluded our discussion by talking about the conference logistics, hotel availability, and the Spaceport America tour at the end of the symposium on the following day. For more information about attending this year’s ISPCS, visit www.ispcs.com. Once you are on the site, you can easily register for the symposium as well as make your hotel reservations.

 

Please post any comments/questions you have on The Space Show blog. To ask questions about the ISPCS, use www.ispcs.com/contact.php or send an email to nmsgc@nmsu.edu.

 

 

 

Christopher (Chris) Orwoll, Monday, 12-8-14 December 9, 2014

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Christopher (Chris) Orwoll, Monday, 12-8-14

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Guest:  Christopher (Chris) Orwoll. Topics:  The New Mexico Museum of Space History, museum displays and artifacts.  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 Chris Orwoll, Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Space History back to the show.  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Chris first responded to some of my questions about his nuclear submarine service in the U.S. Navy and the similarities with being on a submarine as compared to being in a spaceflight capsule.  In fact, our guest told us a story about his meeting with retired astronauts Charlie Duke and Buzz Aldrin in which they asked him lots of questions about submarines and discussed similarities with spaceflight.  We then moved on to talk about the New Mexico Museum of Space History located in Alamogordo, New Mexico (www.nmspacemuseum.org).  We learned that the museum is an affiliate with the Smithsonian plus it is a state museum.  Chris told us the museum was in transition to new exhibits which he discussed along with existing exhibits, events, the Space Hall of Fame, the DCX exhibit and more.  I asked Chris how they borrow items from the Smithsonian and he explained in detail the loan system for museums, including the NM Museum of Space History.  Listener Harry asked him about museum events such as the event centered around Dr. John Paul Stapp and his rocket sled ride on Sonic Wind 1 which is at the museum.  Other events were discussed as were the exhibits for Little Joe II which was the largest rocket ever launched in New Mexico.

In the second segment, Chris led off with a discussion of the gravesite of the famous Ham the astrochimp as Ham is buried at the museum.  We learned that museum visitors often left interesting things at Ham’s grave site including bananas.  Also discussed was how best to get to and visit the museum as there is currently no direct air service to Alamogordo.  Listener Paul asked how people are chosen for the Hall of Fame.  Listen to what Chris said about the process, the selection list, and those doing the selecting.  Another listener asked if the museum had any Chinese space artifacts.  The answer was no but listen to what Chris said about Chinese space artifacts in general.  Other topics included museum outreach and student field trips.  I asked Chris about the level of space awareness and knowledge for the students visiting the museum.  Listen to what he said about this because it is a problem, not just in New Mexico but across the country.  When asked for the most popular parts of the museum for visits, our guest said Ham’s gravesite, Sonic Wind 1 and the Moon rock which the museum has in its collection.  We also talked about the upcoming unmanned exhibit that will include models of Mars rovers and more.  Chris talked about the museum’s Clyde Tombaugh and Pluto exhibit, then he was asked if the museum had any exhibits about the Roswell UFO crash.  He said no but he did say they had on display the crash dummies used at the time for Air Force experiments.  Jay asked Chris about space art in the museum.  Given the museum is a glass cube, gallery lighting is a problem for art. Chris did say they were closing off windows from the inside and hoped to display more art in the future.  As our program was ending, he was asked about the most common questions asked by students and he said they related to human spaceflight.  We talked about science fiction versus reality for student interest, then Chris mentioned the their X-37B Simulator and the Little Joe II rocket display.

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Rand Simberg, Friday, 11-14-14 November 15, 2014

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Rand Simberg, Friday, 11-14-14

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Guest:  Rand Simberg.  Topics:  Test flights, space tourism, policy, recent accidents,  rockets, rocket motors, heavy lift & 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 Rand Simberg back to the show for a wide ranging discussion on top space news items, the SS2 accident update, space policy issues, and more.  During the first segment of this 96 minute program, Rand led off with the mentioning of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 12 launch.  Next up was a short discussion about Comet 67P and the Philae lander, then Rand mentioned his current article in PJ Media, http://pjmedia.com/blog/commercial-spaceflights-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-last-week-of-october.  Rand talked about what is currently known about the SS2 accident, the NTSB investigation, & that nothing has been ruled out as a cause or partial cause for the accident.  When asked if he thought the accident would cause the FAA to start regulating the industry, he did not think so but listen to his reply.  This topic also came up in the last segment of our show. Rand mentioned that XCOR was moving ahead & there technology is different from the one employed by Virgin.  He also made a point of explaining multiple times that a test flight was not a commercial flight.  Rand got some listener emails about investment in Virgin and if it was waning.  Helen emailed in asking about a possible lapse in the Virgin safety culture.  Carl emailed in about the impact of the SS2 accident on Spaceport America.  We switched gears and talked about Antares, the Orbital-ATK merger, & the use of Russian rocket motors.

In the second segment, Rand was asked about the possible impact on Virgin’s customer base.  Rand said that the bigger risk was the investment risk.  The RD180 came up again as did the Atlas 5, Delta 4, and the Falcon 9.  We talked about possible midterm election impact and here Rand thought there might be more impact on the DOD side than NASA.  We discussed projects that might be cancelled as a result of the election and the ARM topped the list.  he did talk SLS and thought that eventually it would be shut down, especially if SpaceX gets Falcon Heavy flying.  Rand also mentioned the NRC Pathways Human Spaceflight Study but was critical of it, especially the part that said there had been no and will be no launch vehicle advances for the past 30 years.  Dr. Lurio was our first caller & he wanted to discuss possible FAA regulations, his understanding of the test flight vs. commercial flight policy application & more.  They talked about hybrid rocket motor vibrations and the unknowns regarding the current test flight.  Toward the end of their discussion they joked about using SLS to launch many many cubesats.  Kirk emailed us with a question about methane engine.  Rand had much to say about methane rocket motors so don’t miss his reply.  Rand talked about hybrid rocket motors and some of their problems, specifically for SS2 and Dream Chaser.  I asked our guest about the upcoming Orion test flight and the heat shield comments offered earlier in the week by Bob Zimmerman.  I then asked if he thought there would be a surge in return to the Moon projects.  Michael Listner called in regarding the likelihood of safety regulations coming to pass as a result of the accident.  Rand and Michael had an active discussion about this possibility.  As the program was ending, Rand talked about his book, “Safe Is Not An Option” which is available online and in the ebook format.  Remember, if you buy it through the OGLF Amazon portal, Amazon makes a contribution to TSS.  Rand mentioned he might update the book once the NTSB report on the accident is finalized.  Read Rand’s blog, Transterrestrial Musings at  http://transterrestrial.com.

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Dr. Pat Hynes, Monday, 9-22-14 September 22, 2014

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Dr. Pat Hynes, Monday, 9-22-14

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Guest:  Dr. Pat Hynes.  Topics:  Dr. Hynes discusses the upcoming ISPCS for Oct. 15-16, 2014 in Las Cruces, NM.  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 back Dr. Pat Hynes to tell us about this year’s International Symposium For Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) from Oct. 15-16, Las Cruces, NM.  During out 68 minute program, Dr. Hynes noted that this is the 10th Anniversary of this important symposium event (check it out at http://www.ispcs.com).  The theme for this year’s program is “The Power of Ten” which our guest explained in the context of many of the speakers, panels and talks.  For example, she noted the entry on the agenda for Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA, which said “One to the power of ten is one. Two the power of ten is…more. Never before have the titles of ‘new space’ and ‘old space’ been as trivial as they are today. Bill Gerstenmaier discusses how to leverage both the strengths and vulnerabilities of the aerospace industry to foster greater collaboration as we reach new powers of ten together.”  Also noted was George Sowers of ULA who “will discuss the concept of power as presented in his book The Philosophy for the Future. In this conception, power is defined as power-to or capability and is optimistic and affirming. A formal definition of power will be given and the various kinds of power will be discussed including economic, political and scientific. Sowers will argue that that the overarching goal of humanity should be to maximize the power of humankind in the long run. Human expansion beyond earth in general and commercial development of space in particular are seen to be perfectly aligned with that overarching goal.”  Pat also said that ULA, SpaceX and the Air Force would be there for questions about their plans, disagreements, etc.  Along these lines, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy for the DOD, Doug Loverro, is a keynote speaker on the topic of “A Collision in Space: The Interaction of Commercial Space Desires and Defense Space Needs.”  Pat went into some detail to explain just how different this event is from typical space conferences.  Having attended many of the ISPCS events, I can attest to the fact that they are very unique and highly valuable for those attending, participating and speaking.  Go to the Agenda on the website to see all the keynote, panels, and Spotlight Talk speakers and subject descriptions.  Toward the end of our discussion, we talked about conference logistics, shuttles, and the special Friday tour to Spaceport America.  We also learned that there would be a 5:30 AM Boeing Run.  Check out what Pat said about this event.  Looking ahead for those of you doing advance planning, the ISPCS will be Oct. 14-15 in 2015.  The theme for the 2015 event will be “Making A Difference” which Pat explained prior to the end of the discussion.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. If you have event questions use the contact information on the ISPCS website.  You can reach Dr. Hynes through the ISPCS website, Space Grant New Mexico, or me.

Golden Oldie Tom Olson Space Year 2009 In Review, Friday, 12-27-13 December 26, 2013

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Golden Oldie Tom Olson Space Year 2009 In Review, Friday, 12-27-13

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Guest: Tom Olson. Topics: Summary of 2009 and a look forward to 2010 for space 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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

Welcome to the fourth Golden Oldie Year In Review series. This time Tom Olson returned for our annual summary of space 2009 and our anticipation for what might be ahead for us all for space development in 2010. This show was aired live and recorded on Dec. 29, 2009. In our first segment of this two hour program, Tom highlighted Virgin Galactic and Space Ship 2. He also talked about the upcoming launch for Falcon 9 and the fact that Falcon 1 had a successful commercial launch earlier this year. He highlighted Augustine, the business plan competition at NewSpace 2009 and the Space Investment Summits. He spent some time going over the Solaren and PGE SSP deal, all from a perspective you have heard before on this show. A listener asked about the need for a killer app for human spaceflight and the subject of the killer app was discussed in detail. We talked about the Augustine Commission suggestions as well as issues around space advocacy civility which is a topic that has been addressed on recent programs by many guests and listeners.

In our second segment, NewSpace was discussed in terms of it starting to show some profitability for some of its components. The issues of what happens if Virgin or space tourism goes the way of the Concorde came up and Tom boldly examined this possibility and what it would mean for the industry and space development. A listener asked him if he would invest in any NewSpace or launch vehicle company. He said no but listen to his full explanation. See if you agree. When asked about progress being made with the Space Investment Summits and the business plan competitions, he said he thought so but the jury was still out regarding deal flow. He told us the next Space Investment Summit would be in Chicago the day before ISDC starts in May 2010. When Mr. Olson was asked to look forward for NASA, he suggested that the agency would simply “muddle through.” He was asked about Spaceport America and its potential commercial success and their development of the runways now underway. He had much to say about this project and spaceports in general so make sure you hear his comments.

As we started our third and final segment, Tom mentioned a German scientific paper stating that global warming violated the first and second law of thermodynamics. Here is the URL that describes the paper and contains the link to the actual paper: www.climategate.com/german-physicists-trash-global-warming-theory. I thanked Tom for sending this to us. The subject of the trillion dollar asteroid came up in the context of some business plans Tom and others have recently seen regarding this idea as a commercial venture. Tom puts forth the arguments against this idea as a commercial success. See what you think about what he had to say. We talked about long term space missions and the enabling technologies that would be needed to help us realize such missions. Tom strongly suggests that investing in nanotechnology and enabling technologies may well prove more viable and profitable than any actual space investment over the near to intermediate term. You won’t want to miss this discussion. Tom made several references to the global economic problems and meltdown and its impact on space projects and development. Toward the end of the show we talked about Masten winning the LLC and wondered aloud about what might be next for LLC technology. When Tom was asked for his closing comments or pearls of wisdom to close out 2009, he said “play nicer in 2010!”

If you have any comments or questions for Tom Olson, please send them to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will send them to him. For all Space Show listeners, a very Happy New Year to you and the best for a terrific 2010!

 

 

 

Rob Lowe, ShipInSpace, Sunday, 9-8-13 September 8, 2013

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Rob Lowe, ShipInSpace, Sunday, 9-8-13

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Guest:  Rob Lowe.   Topics:  ShipInSpace space tourism company in the UK and their 48 passenger spacecraft.  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 Rob Lowe to the program to introduce us to and discuss ShipInSpace, a new entry in the suborbital space tourism industry.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 24 minute program, Mr. Lowe introduced us to ShipInSpace, he described their proposed space tourist flight adventure program, we talked about the vehicle, the entry and reentry g forces, the stacking system for passenger pods and the safety escape system.  Rob also described a typical parabolic flight profile for ShipInSpace once it starts operations in five years.  Rob answered questions about vehicle safety and certification, their two year passenger training program, the vertical launch and horizontal landing design, the hatch closure and opening procedures, plus the use of space suits for the occupants, and their pricing model which is significantly lower than their competition.  Rob also addressed listener questions about ShipInSpace financing, budgets, and the start of ticket sales.  Crowd funding was brought up in the financial discussion, our guest was asked about the competition not only from Virgin and XCOR but from other companies in the U.S., Canada, and across Europe. One of our listeners in India wanted to know how ShipInSpace was different from the AXE APOLLO space project.

In the second segment, Rob was asked about choosing one’s pod mates for the flight given each stacked pod had room for four passengers.  We also learned that initially the flight frequency would be weekly but that might increase over time.  Rob digressed to tell us about his book which is available on Amazon, “The Eccentric Universe.”  Remember, if you buy the book using The Space Show/OGLF Amazon portal (instructions are in all show summaries on the website and the blog plus the blog has a specific link to our Amazon portal), Amazon will make a donation to The Space Show/OGLF.  His book sounds most interesting so check it out. Later, our guest was asked about the possibility of their using Spaceport America and our guest indicated that it was a possibility, as was the use of spaceports in Europe and elsewhere.  Near the end of our discussion, Rob gazed forward with an assessment of the potential of a future space tourism and development industry, then a listener asked them about plans to move toward orbital tourism.  We asked our guest about their proposed flight test program, Point to Point transportation, and a few more questions about their competition.  The last listener sent in an email saying he was a skeptic and wondered about their Plan B if the marketing survey they are counting on turned out to be invalid.  In response he said that the company and the spacecraft were designed to do other types of mission so not to worry. He also cited the demand Mars One has experienced in opening up the application process for their mission as solid evidence of the interest in space tourism and travel.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can contact Rob Lowe through my email address.

 

DC-X 20th Anniversary Program, Sunday, 5-26-13 May 27, 2013

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DC-X 20th Anniversary Program, Sunday, 5-26-13

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Guests:  Dr. William Gaubatz, Cathy Harper, Nino Polizzi, Chris Orwoll.  Topics:  We discussed the DC-X SSTO rocket & its 20th anniversary celebration.  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 Dr. William Gaubatz, Cathy Harper, Nino Polizzi, & Chris Orwoll to the program to discuss the 20th anniversary of the DC-X SSTO prototype rocket and the celebration planned for August 16-18 at Spaceport America and the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM.  Please visit their website for more information about the celebration and the DC-X: www.dc-xspacequest.org.  Our program was 1 hour 38 minutes in one segment.  Dr. Gaubatz started off with a DC-X overview and information about the anniversary celebration.  Bill was followed by Nino who talked about the DC-X team and participants in the event.  He also provided us with his email address for specific follow up per his discussion.  Please contact him directly about this program. Next, we talked with Cathy. She provided us with information about the conference, the logistics for the first day at Spaceport America, then the balance of the event in Alamogordo at the NM Museum of Space History.  We talked about the International Space Hall of Fame and the first ever team induction to the Hall of Fame.  The listeners and I asked several questions about a team induction and Cathy and then later the other guests explained the idea behind a team induction in addition to telling us who the DC-X team members were, including specific companies/contractors for the project.  Chris Orwoll spoke about the museum and its new relationship with the Smithsonian Institution as it is now a Smithsonian Affiliate.  We talked about the benefits for the NM museum with this new relationship.  Chris outlined new museum plans for the NewSpace addition with the DC-X SpaceQuest exhibit.  Listeners asked many questions via email and by telephone.  Jack from VA called in with questions about the team and the government contracting method used with DC-X.  Dave Ketchum called in to talk about the impact of DC-X on hobby rocketry.  Several listeners email in questions about why DC-X was cancelled, the politics of it, and one wanted to know who designed the aeroshell for the rocket.  Montana John emailed in asking about the payload mass fraction to the GTOW of the vehicle.  Chris also talked more about the museum and its plans, funding plans, and development already underway.  Listeners and the guests did spend time talking about the politics of the DC-X, SSTO, and low cost launches to LEO, along with the politics of it all then and now.  One question asked our guests had to do with why there was so much support & interest for DC-X 20 years after the project was cancelled.  Don’t miss our guest responses.  Toward the end, our guests summarized the conference logistics and plans for the DC-X celebration. Chris and Cathy then told us that the museum had been selected to house the NSS archives.  This is important so listen to what they had to say. If you have NSS or L5 archives, please contact them or the curator per their instructions.

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Wayne White, Sunday, 3-3-13 March 4, 2013

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Wayne White, Sunday, 3-3-13

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Guest:  Wayne White.  Topics:  Space real property rights, salvage law and mining law issues.  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 Wayne White, noted space attorney, for an excellent discussion on real space property rights, space salvage law & space mining law.  Given the amount of email and listener calls during the program, we went to  2.5 hours! Wayne started us out with about a 20 plus minute overview of space and related property rights today, the governing U.N. treaties, & the problems ambiguity causes in the financial and investment worlds. He also gave us good working definitions for both common law and natural law.  He spent some time discussing this in terms of establishing property rights in space.  This discussion included territorial property rights stemming from sovereignty as well.  I believe Wayne’s introduction to the subject was most useful in giving us the basic understanding of the issues so we could move forward with our discussion in the program to possible solutions and why some possible solutions would not work.  After Wayne finished his introduction, I offered some challenges to his assumptions and we fielded several listener emails and a call from Marshall.  My assumption challenges were based on a different outcome for private sector financial & economic growth & investment should governments continue with economic problems or face a much worse set of economic conditions than we see today.

In the second segment, we talked orbital debris and mitigation issues, the reality of satellite service and much more. Wayne also cited the Nimitz law suit against NASA for parking fees re asteroid 433EROS as evidence that the courts need a property right legal format to even hear such cases.  He also mentioned one of Rand Simberg’ s recent property rights ideas around the Space Settlement Prize Act.  Wayne went into details as to why in his legal opinion, this idea would not work.  We talked about the U.N. treaties, benefit sharing per the U.N. treaties as being part of the property rights issue, and the idea of establishing a legal Authority for issuing property rights.  Listen to why Wayne was not enthusiastic about any of these suggestions or alternative ideas.  Near the end, Bethany sent in the question I referred to in my earlier comments in that she suggested the resolution re space property rights rests with the companies that want to go to space for commercial purposes and need property rights for their businesses  That in fact, it was not our responsibility to do this as the responsibility belonged to those wanting to commercially operate and profit through space commerce.  We discussed Bethany’s question & Wayne agree with her. We talked about company lobbying & other things they could do to influence policy makers.  Our last call came in under the wire from Charles to suggest Antarctica as a model for space property rights.  Wayne explained why that was not a good model.  At the end, Wayne suggested some actions for space enthusiasts interested in this issue.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Wayne White at wnwhite@sbcglobal.net.

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