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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 4-11-12 April 12, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 4-11-12

John Batchelor, Derek Webber, Dr. David Livingston

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1750-BWB-2012-04-11.mp3

Guests:  John Batchelor, Derek Webber, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Spaceports. 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. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. The topics in this 11 minute segment focused on spaceports, the potential for Space X to develop a spaceport in the area ofBrownsville,Texas,  the Cecil Field, Florida spaceport, commercial spaceport operations as compared to the old style government run spaceports, and space tourism.  Derek also talked about the market for spaceports when asked by John about international locations.  Derek stressed the need for successful, commercially driven and market based operations and believes the industry will grow, especially with space tourism.  Derek talked about supplementing spaceport revenue with terrestrial tourism revenue and projects. If you have comments/questions for either John Batchelor or Derek Webber, send them to me and I will forward them to you.

The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 4-4-12 April 5, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 4-4-12

John Batchelor, Gwynne Shotwell of Space X, DrSpace

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1746-BWB-2012-04-04.mp3

Guests:  John Batchelor, Gwynne Shotwell, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics: Space X, the upcoming Falcon 9 launch & Dragon birthing with ISS and more.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. The topics in this 20 minute plus two part segment focused on the upcoming Space X Falcon 9 launch with the Dragon to the ISS, the birthing process (not docking), and what it means for the company and the country to have a successful private and entrepreneurial launch company open up the space markets and processes for more participation.  In the second segment after the break, we talked about Falcon Heavy, Stratolaunch, and Space X plans for a future with Mars.  If you have comments/questions for either John Batchelor or Gwynne Shotwell, send them to me and I will forward them to you.

The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 3-14-12 March 15, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 3-14-12

John Batchelor, Andrew Nelson, Dr. David Livingston

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1735-BWB-2012-03-14.mp3

Guests:  John Batchelor, Andrew Nelson, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  XCOR Aerospace and suborbital spaceflight/research.  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. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. The topics in this 11 minute plus segment focused on XCOR Aerospace, their Lynx vehicle, space tourism, and suborbital research missions.  Mr. Nelson, the COO of XCOR, spoke about their wanting to fly up to four times a day, vehicles that go to 200,000 feet as well as to 350,00 feet, the views that can be seen from the edge of space and much more.  We talked about the great success XCOR has had in gaining international interest and partners with their Lynx and their business model.  In response to questions, Andrew talked about microgravity and oncology research.  At one point he suggested that research revenues might come in around 60-70% of their total gross revenues.  Andrew also talked about ticket sales and prices and said that the $95K price includes the training, testing, and the flight.  If you have comments or questions, post them on The Space Show blog URL above.

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John Batchelor “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 3-7-12 March 8, 2012

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John Batchelor “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 3-7-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1729-BWB-2012-03-07.mp3

John Batchelor, Rusty Schweickart, DrSpace

Guests:  John Batchelor, Rusty Schweickart, DrSpace.  Topics: Planetary Defense, asteroid impact, Asteroid 2011AG5.  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.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. The topics in this 11 minute plus segment focused on the asteroid 2011AG5, asteroid impacts, the means to intervene to deflect an incoming asteroid threat as well as understanding the force of impact for an asteroid the size of 2011AG5.  During the discussion, we discussed the odds of the asteroid hitting theUS.  Rusty explained the Keyhole and its significance for an asteroid that may be approaching Earth.  Rusty also gave us critical dates to watch as more refined observational information becomes available for 2011AG5.  Finally, we talked about technologies that are available now to deal with an incoming asteroid such as a gravity tractor.  Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. If you want to contact either John or Rusty, send your note to me and I will forward it to you.

John Batchelor, “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 2-29-12 March 1, 2012

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John Batchelor, “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 2-29-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1724-BWB-2012-02-29.mp3

Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Charles Lurio, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012 and suborbital spaceflight. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. The topics in this 11 minute plus segment focused on the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference just concluded in Palo Alto, CA.  Dr. Lurio and I were both present and we went over a few of the highlights of the conference.  We talked about suborbital research opportunities, the scientific interest in these flights, the progress being made by the companies, and more.  John Batchelor asked us about the role of NASA and how suborbital fits into the overall broad scale space program.  Please post your comments regarding this John Batchelor Show segment on The Space Show Blog. If you want to email John Batchelor or Dr. Lurio, you can do so through me or their respective websites. Please check out The Lurio Report at www.thelurioreport.com.

John Batchelor “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 2-22-12 February 22, 2012

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John Batchelor “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 2-22-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1719-BWB-2012-02-22.mp3

Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston. Topics:  The 11th Annual California Round robber for policy debate.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. The topics in this 11 minute plus segment focused on the 11th annual high school California Round Robin for policy debate which was held Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at theCollegePreparatory School inOakland,CA.   I was one of four critics (not judges) asked to participate and advise the debating teams on how realistic their presentations were in terms of what is actually done regarding the subject in the space industry.  The question the debaters focused on asked if theU.S. government should pay for and develop space solar power.  One team took the affirmative.  The other team accepted the need for space solar power but took the position that it should be paid for and developed by the private sector.  High School debate rules were followed.  In the coming weeks the debate audio will be uploaded to a special website for everyone to hear.  When the audio is available, I will modify the archives for this program to include the URL so those of you interested in hearing it can do so.  In addition to critiquing the students, each of the four of us (critics) had an opportunity to address not just the two debate teams but also the 60-70 adults in the room.  We stressed the possibility of understanding, seeing, and valuing space as a possible path for solutions to many of the problems we all face today.  In talking to the students after the debate, they were all open to STEM college programs, space, science, and technology careers.  They were actually excited about the debate, the topic, and their future.  During this segment with John Batchelor, I went into more detail about the actual debate, how they handled the multiple disciplines they talked about including engineering, technology, space issues, beaming issues, business, financial and economic issues. When the debate ended, we took questions from the students and the adults. Some of the questions dealt with space debris, microwave beaming and space weapons, the Outer Space Treaty, space liability issues, and an aging space workforce.  Please post your comments regarding this John Batchelor Show segment on The Space Show Blog.  If you want to email John Batchelor you can do so through me or their respective websites.

The John Batchelor Show, “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 1-25-12 January 26, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show, “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 1-25-12

Project Icarus, Nuclear Thermal Rockets, Project Bifrost

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1698-BWB-2012-01-25.mp3

Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Richard Obousy, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Project Bifrost, nuclear thermal rockets, Project Icarus.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  The topics in this 11 minute plus segment focused on Project Bifrost, nuclear thermal rockets, and Icarus Interstellar with Project Icarus.  Dr. Obousy expanded on these topics, the issue of interstellar flight and even some timelines looking off into the future.  Please visit  www.icarusinterstellar.org for more information. This is one of many excellent articles on Project Bifrost:  http://news.discovery.com/space/project-bifrost-interstellar-space-fission-120120.html.  Please post your comments about this segment on The Space Show Blog URL above.  If you want to send a note to Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Obousy, please do so to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward it to them.

The John Batchelor Show, Hotel Mars Segment, Wednesday, 1-18-12 January 19, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show, Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-18-12

Kepler Space Telescoe and Exomoons

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1693-BWB-2012-01-18.mp3

Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Kipping Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Kepler Space Telescope and the search for Exomoons.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  The topics in this 11 minute plus segment focused on the Kepler Space Telescope (KST) and the search for Exomoons.  Our guest was Dr. David Kipping, an astronomer based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).  Dr. Kipping has written extensively on the subject of exomoons and you can read one of his articles at www.time.com/printout/0,8816,2104376,00.html.  During our segment, Dr. Kipping talked about transits, the role of exomoons in computer the mass of a planet and its makeup, size, speed, and more.  We talked about how far out the KST can see and what it might take to discover Earth size moons.  Toward the end of the segment, Mr. Batchelor brought up the role of red dwarfs in this discussion.  If you have comments or questions, please post them on the blog URL above.  Dr. Kipping has been invited to be a regular guest on an upcoming Space Show program.

The John Batchelor Show, Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-11-12 January 12, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show, Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-11-12

Featuring John Batchelor, Dr. Seth Shostak & Dr. David Livingston

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1688-BWB-2012-01-11.mp3

Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Seth Shostak, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Kepler Space Telescope and SETI.   You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor.  Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, http://www.johnbatchelorshow.com. The topics in this 11 minute plus segment focused on the Kepler Space Telescope (KST) and the search for life supporting planets as an enhancement to SETI.  Dr. Shostak explained several of the recent KST discoveries in the context of SETI and answered many related SETI questions posed by John and me.  For example, I asked Seth if KST was changing the odds and the number of potential targets per the Drake Equation.  Don’t miss this segment which helps us all understand the added value of KST and SETI.  Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog for everyone to see and read.  You can learn more about Seti at www.seti.org.

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars Segment, Wednesday, 1-4-12 January 5, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars Segment, Wednesday, 1-4-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1683-BWB-2012-01-04.mp3

Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The recent appointment of a Russian space czar to solve Russian launch problems & space policy hints regarding the Republican presidential candidates and how they might view space development and policy.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. The topics in this 11 minute plus segment John Batchelor Show included the appointment of a new Russian defense and space czar, Dmitry Rogozin to solve the Russian launch problems and to outline a new Russian space program through 2030.  You can read about this at http://www.parabolicarc.com/2011/12/29/new-russian-space-czar-hits-ground-running.  John then switched the topic to a discussion about the Republican presidential candidates likely space policy.  For this discussion, we referred to a Jan. 3, 2012 Space Review article on the subject by Dr. Jeff Foust.  You can read his article at www.thespacereview.com/article/1999/1.  Mr. Batchelor focused his discussion on Romney, Gingrich, Ron Paul and commercial space ongoing projects.  If you want to send a note to Mr. Batchelor, send it to me and I will forward it for you.  Please post any comments or questions you might have on The Space Show blog URL above.