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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-16-15 December 17, 2015

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-16-15

Special Guest:  Dr. Jeff Foust, Special Guest Host: Dr. Francis Rose

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Guests: Francis Rose (Guest Host), Dr. Jeff Foust, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Return to flight for Orbital ATK and SpaceX. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. 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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. 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. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

 

Francis Rose, guest hosting for John Batchelor, and I welcomed back Dr. Jeff Foust to discuss the return to flight for Orbital ATK and SpaceX. In our discussion, we talked about the Russian rocket engines and their use in the U.S, specifically the RC180 and the RD181. Jeff elaborated on Orbital ATK using the Atlas 5 for two launches before bringing the Antares back on line in the late spring 2016. Regarding SpaceX, Jeff said everyone was waiting for the scheduled static firing test which had not happened by air time, followed by the Falcon 9 launch on Saturday providing everything went well with the test. Francis also asked Jeff about what seemed to be very heavy ISS space traffic coming and going.

 

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Timothy Sandefur, Tuesday, 12-1-15 December 2, 2015

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Timothy Sandefur, Tuesday, 12-1-15

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Guest:  Timothy Sandefur;  Topics:  “The Politics of Star Trek,” Kirk & Spock, science fiction, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica & 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 Timothy (Tim) Sandefur, principal attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, to discuss his article at Claremont.org, “The Politics of Star Trek.”  You can download this article at www.claremont.org/crb/article/the-politics-of-star-trek.  During the first segment of our 81 minute program, Mr. Sandefur introduced us to the Star Trek universe, explained the focus of his article, his long standing interest in Star Trek, and why he wrote about this subject. He discussed Star Trek in the context of what was happening with liberalism in the country at the time as the New Left was just starting to develop.  All the writers were liberal, the Vietnam war was a crucial turning point with liberalism as was the Chicago Democratic Convention with its riots.  The New Left, which he described, was challenging the traditional left, a challenge that Star Trek picked up upon in the various series.  Our guest was asked if political correctness was part of Star Trek since the original series which aired from 1966-69.  As you will hear mentioned several times in our discussion, Star Trek aired during turbulent times in the country and political correctness was at its earliest stage of development.  He cited some examples of how the writers were going off in this direction.  In addition, he talked at length about the differences represented by Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, again citing various episodes by name as examples of what he was describing.  He backed up his description of tension between Spock and Kirk with episode facts.  Later, I asked him if the basic Star Trek themes, especially for the original series, were also themes represented in literature as well as other movies such as The Matrix.  Mr. Sandefur talked at length about the Matrix and said Kirk always chose reality no matter how harsh it would turn out to be.  Kirk always chose the red pill.  Mr. Sandefur talked about the background of Roddenberry and others coming out of WW2, NAZI hunting which was going on even as the show was being produced, all of which helped to solidify their view of humanity which they worked into Star Trek series.  Again, our guest cited several episodes by name, describing why that particular show reference supported what Mr. Sandefur was describing.  A listener asked him about the Klingons.  Our guest explained how the Klingons were cast as unmitigated evil as Rodenberry and the writers equated them to the former Soviet Union in the Cold War.  The Klingon discussion was most interesting.  We talked about the development of Warf in the later series &the Klingon warrior culture obtaining almost celebrity status.  Before the segment ended, the Romulans were quickly mentioned. Here, our guest said they were mainly about race but more was said about them in the second segment.

In the second segment, we started with a call from John in Ft. Worth.  John talked about the Romulans being an offshoot of the Vulcans, their perhaps being an example of the Chinese or the N. Koreans at the time.  Our guest said that some of the battles with Romulan spacecraft were actually submarine warfare battles using spaceships instead of submarines.  Listeners asked about the economics of the Star Trek society.  Our guest had much to say about this, especially in light of the transporter which in theory would render useless an economic system, supply and demand, scarcity, money and more.  We then talked about constraints imposed on the series by both the replicator and the transporter.  The recent J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek was mentioned but our guest did not like what Abrams had done with the franchise.  Next up, we talked about the Prime Directive which he said was designed to be broken.  Kirk broke the Prime Directive all the time because he firmly believed the people had to be free.  The Lincoln Douglas debates were referenced as were other examples of Kirk’s views which contrasted with Spock who did not want to interfere in other societies, even when the people were enslaved. by a computer like Vol or by a brutal dictator.  In Next Generation, Capt. Picard was the opposite of Kirk and followed the Prime Directive.  In essence, Mr. Sandefur said the Prime Directive was created to be broken.  Our guest received a question about NASA and space exploration, then we talked about Seven of Nine and the Borg.  He said the Borg were extremely evil because the took away individualism which Kirk would have never allowed.  Eventually, the Borg were destroyed by reprogramming the captured Borg Hugh to allow for individualism to be spread back into the collective computer much like a computer virus.  Don’t miss what Tim had to say about the Borg.  Several times during the discussion, Tim referred to the Battlestar Galactica series in contrast to Star Trek.  We also talked about Star Wars in contrast to Star Trek.  Tim said the differences were stark because Star Trek did not do magic and Star Wars was based on magic.  He pointed out parts of Star Wars which were very offensive, racial, and discriminating.  Again, he cited examples in support of his comments.  Near the end of the discussion after talking about the Borg, we talked about the character Q. Q was always putting humanity on trial and in fact in the final episode, humanity finally wins out.  Saving humanity & individualism was an overriding theme of the Star Trek franchise.  Our guest offered us a closing comment to hold close in that Roddenberry viewed humanity as a special gift needing constant nourishment.  It reflected our courage to never let go of this perspective on humanity.

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Rand Simberg, Friday, 9-11-15 September 12, 2015

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Rand Simberg, Friday, 9-11-15

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Guest: Rand Simberg. Topics: The Roadblock to Mars and Rand’s recent Kickstarter campaign 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. 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 to discuss his recent successful Kickstarter campaign, “Clearing The Roadblock To Mars.” Check it out at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1960236542/clearing-the-roadblock-to-mars. During the first segment of our 1 hour 32 minute show, Rand introduced us to the purpose of this campaign which was to show how much better and wiser NASA could use the funds now being spent on SLS. Or as Rand said throughout our discussion, to get more bang for the buck. Of course this assumes NASA would use the savings wisely. In this segment, Rand spent considerable time addressing the lack of SLS missions, the types of missions SLS might be used for but so far no such SLS missions have been settled on, plus he talked about having more efficiency by using smaller rockets, more launches and fuel depots. He also said we were not serious about space as evidence by the SLS program. Several listeners asked him about the trades between heavy lift and a smaller rocket, the risks involved, costs and more as this is a common debate topic in the industry. Rand said the debate would eventually be settled by market forces. I added in that the characteristics and performance of the rockets being used to settle the heavy lift or not question will also factor into any conclusions reached on this subject. Rand then talked about the Aerojet Rocketdyne announcement that they wanted to acquire ULA for $2 billion. This led to an additional discussion about the Atlas rocket, Russian rocket engines, Vulcan, and Blue Origin. He also answered specific questions about his Kickstarter project which he said was to show how much more could be done wit h the SLS money rather than spending it on SLS. In response to listener questions wanting him to compare SLS to Falcon Heavy, he said about three Falcon Heavy launches would equal one SLS launch. He advocated SpaceX do an Apollo 8 type of flight with the Falcon and Dragon but then said it probably would not happen because of their relationship with NASA.

As we started the second segment, Dr. Doug called from S. California to inquire about the technical capability of SLS and Falcon Heavy plus the ULA Vulcan medium to heavy lift rocket. In addition, Rand discussed the reusable Vulcan concept as compared to the SpaceX concept of landing on a barge. Rand was asked about the need for heavy lift for Mars. He made it clear he was not interested in Mars per se, instead, he wanted to lower the cost of space access to make it possible for anyone to go anywhere in the solar system, including Mars. Rand said over and over again that he was destination agnostic. He continued getting questions about heavy life vs. many smaller rocket launches. Rand said things like it was too risky to put all your eggs in one basket, i.e. the one big heavy lift launcher. Several listeners wanted to know the best path to try to influence the direction of space policy. Rand focused on congress and suggested visiting local congressional offices. Other listeners asked him about a possible increase in the NASA budget. He said money was not the issue for NASA. The issue was using the money wisely to do more with it than we are doing now. He repeated many times during the program that we were not going to have a replay of the Apollo program. Don’t miss his comments on this as they are scattered throughout our discussion. Near the end of the show, Rand was asked about the 2016 elections and space policy, rocket staging, even SSTO rocketry. When offering us concluding comments, he repeated we would not be repeating Apollo, that it was never that popular and much about it is a myth. Don’t miss what he had to say about the Apollo program and missions.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. Rand can be reached through me or his blog, www.Transterrestrial.com.