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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

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2439-BWB-2015-03-23.mp3

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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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Dr. Don Flournoy, Friday, 11-22-13 November 23, 2013

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Dr. Don Flournoy, Friday, 11-22-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2127-BWB-2013-11-22.mp3

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Guest:  Dr. Don Flournoy.  Topics:  SunSat Design Competition, Space Solar Power.  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 Dr. Don Flournoy to the program to discuss the upcoming SunSat Design Competition (www.nss.org/news/releases/NSS_Release_20131028_SunSat.html).  Information about the SunSat Design Competition, the guidelines, prizes and all the details can be found at http://sunsat.gridlab.ohio.edu/node/7.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, Dr. Flournoy introduced us to the International SunSat Design Competition along with the concept of Space Solar Power (SSP).  We talked about the competition, the role of the NSS and also the SpaceJournal which our guest edits, www.spacejournal.ohio.edu (The Online Journal of Space Communication).  Specifically, Don referenced Issue 17, then later Issue 16.  He talked about the need to do proper story telling in a visual format, the need to have your design be technically doable, and include a business plan.  He described the top prizes of which there would be a few at $10K each.  We went over design contest logistics, due dates, the guidelines which are on the above URL and more.  Don then talked about the fundraising involved by the competition, the need to raise sponsorship dollars, crowd funding, and more.  One listener asked if an entry could focus on the launch problem related to SSP.  Yes, that was acceptable.  We talked about the rectennas and he pointed us to an article about this which was posted on Issue 17.  Randy wanted to know if the policy aspect could be an entry since that would be short on the technical component. Again, yes since policy and legal are clearly part of the solution to implementing SSP.  Demo projects came up, especially in reference to nanosatellites and cubesats. Don told about the presentations that take place at the ISDC meeting in May.  We talked about other countries interested in SSP& their role in the competition.

In the second segment, we started with a call from Seth who is member of Don’s Advisory Board.  Seth had additional information about the competition to share with us, plus he talked about the overall educational value of the design competition and work that Don was doing with his students and the online journal.  Don referenced his work with non-technical students, the need to do visualizations for the project, and the work coming out of the Grid Lab.  Don told us about the course he teaches which focuses on creative visualization for science & technology plus how to use social medial.  Our guest was then asked about the potential impact of a demo project and how that might change the project development timeline.  Near the end of the program, Dr. Flournoy was asked about using the Moon for SSP, then he again went over the requirements for entry, including the need to include a business plan. As we were ending, a listener asked him about outreach efforts to policy makers, Congress, staffers,& others, plus their overall interest in SSP.  He was also asked about his student’s reaction to the competition and the overall idea of SSP.

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