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The Space Show
The Space Show focuses on timely and important issues influencing the development of outer-space commerce, space tourism,space exploration and space development. The Space Show is committed to facilitating our becoming a space-faring nation and society with a growing and self-sustaining space-faring economy.  The Space Show also focuses on other related subjects of interest to us all.

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Created by: David Livingston
Created on: 11 May 2005
Language: English


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Add this to another station Dr. Matthew Moynihan, Tuesday, 5-26-15 (51.30MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Matthew Moynihan. Topics: Polywell fusion and an overview of fusion progress & fusion companies. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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. Matthew Moynihan to the program to discuss the Polywell and the fusion industry and progress. In the first segment of our 1 hour 48 minute discussion, we opened up talking about fusors and the Polywell, plus the work of Dr. Bussard re the Polywell and more. Also, note that Dr. Moynihan mentioned several organizations, individuals and companies during the show for which he will post a blog comment with specific links to those he mentioned. If you are so inclined, do follow up on his list of contacts regarding fusion. Our early discussion of fusors also led to a discussion about amateur fusion and the fact that 13 and 14 year old students have created fusion in their homes. He provided us with the details of these science faire winning experiments, how to get information about doing this, and the criteria used to determine if fusion happened. At various times during our discussion, he mentioned Carl Greninger and his high school fusion program. For more information, visit http://lobby.nwnc.us.com/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/SitePages/Home.aspx. Dr. Moynihan went into detail about the Polywell but he also mentioned alternative fusion efforts. He did explain the technology behind the Polywell, trapping diamagnetic plasma and much more. Our guest suggested that we might want to view the talk given at Microsoft by Dr. Park which you can find by searching for "Microsoft Hosts The Polywell." Listeners asked several questions including one that asked him to compare the Polywell and other alternative fusion efforts to the ITER and also to the work being done regarding the large Tokamak reactors. Tim emailed in a question asking about the Skunkworks Compact Fusion Reactor. Other listeners asked about VASIMIR and a potential fusion rocket. Rita asked why fission was supposed to be more dangerous than fusion. Later, a Mom emailed in saying her son was listening and asking about his doing a fusion experiment in their home. She wanted to know how safe it was to do these experiments. Her question was followed by one asking about needing permits and complying with various regulations to do a fusor experiment. Toward the end of the segment, as a result of another listener question, Matt provided us with a timeline of fusion progress & challenges since the 1950s. In the second segment, Matt talked about solar energy as a result of a set of questions from Tim. As you will hear, using solar or any other type of energy does not have to be an either or proposition. Tim also asked Matt about the Joint European Torus which Matt discussed in some detail. Read the rest of this summary at www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 27 May 2015 09:00:43 PDT
Add this to another station Christopher Stone, Sunday,5-24-15 (44.66MB; download) -- Guest: Christopher (Chris) Stone; Topics: Deterrence and the National Security Space Strategy. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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 Chris Stone back to the program to discuss his recent Space Review article, "Security Through Vulnerability?: The False Deterrence of the National Security Space Strategy." You can read his article at www.thespacereview.com/article/2731/1. In addition, I am fully aware that this is a controversial topic and discussion so I am more than willing to give equal time to a qualified person who wants to take a different position and articulate a different perspective on deterrence and the NSSS. If you want to do that, please contact me by email. During the first segment of our 1 hour 31 minute program, Mr. Stone started out by describing the National Security Space Strategy (NSSS) 2011 document, it's purpose and the agencies involved with it including Department of Defense (DOD). He also said Congress is presently carrying out oversight on it and may make some changes. Any such changes would be part of the Defense Authorization Act which if passed by Congress would need approval by the White House. Chris then explained why he thought the NSSS was more about a policy rather than a strategy, then he addressed his main concern and the purpose of his article, deterrence. He explained deterrence from the U.S perspective but also the way others see it, including China and throughout Asia as they see deterrence quite differently than we do. Our guest spoke about this difference at various times during both segments of our discussion. Chris then discussed the four elements making up deterrence, 1) Deterrence Through Norms, 2) Deterrence Through Alliances, 3) Deterrence Through Resilience and 4) Deterrence Through Response. He took us through each one of these elements, discussing it in detail and showing why he thought the policy was idealistic and not particularly practical. Here, he cited various Chinese behaviors in space for examples of why he does not believe the NSSS has the capability of preventing attacks on US space assets. Chris discussed counter measures and the risk of attacks which could destabilize LEO and possibly other orbits as well. We discussed the significant US and western nations dependence on space for military as well as economic activity so having effective countermeasures as well as an effective deterrent becomes critical for us moving forward as a nation and for the world. Michael Listner was our first caller and both Michael & Chris discussed the difference is our deterrent strategy now and with earlier administrations which had a more active deterrence strategy as compared to a more passive passive policy today. Two new terms were introduced to the discussion with Michael's call, "soft deterrence and a "Space Pearl Harbor." You can see the rest of this review @ www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 25 May 2015 08:36:17 PDT
Add this to another station Dr. Pal Brekke, Friday, 5-22-15 (30.18MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Pal Brekke. Topics: The Northern Nights and solar activity. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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 back Dr. Pal Brekke to discuss the Northern Lights, his new documentary video on the Northern Lights, and solar activity. During our one hour show, we started with the Northern Lights and his video, "Northern Lights-a Magic Experience DVD." You can see the trailer to the video and order it at www.solarmax.no/Aurora/DVD.html. Dr. Brekke introduced us to the Northern Lights, talked about Northern Lights tourism, and where the best locations are to see them and during what season. Our guest was asked about the same thing happening in the southern hemisphere and he said yes, the Southern Lights or Polar Lights. Not only did Dr. Brekke talk about his documentary video but we discussed some of the mythology associated with the Northern Lights, mostly on the fear side of things. Dr. Brekke then talked about how the Northern Lights can move south, sometimes even being visible as far south as Florida. He then explained why this happens re the solar wind putting pressure on Earth's magnetosphere. Our guest was asked about the various colors in the lights and he explained it using a neon tube for advertising purposes as an example. B John asked a series of questions including one about telescopes and gravitational lenses. We then switched over to talk about sunspots, CMEs and the 11 year solar cycle. A listener asked Dr. Brekke to explain solar weather and space weather, then Dr. Brekke was asked if Earth's climate is impacted by sunspots and if so, how. Don't miss this discussion. Jack sent in a question asking how close one can get to the sun without feeling the intense temperatures or having hardware destroyed. You will be surprised by what Dr. Brekke said in response to this question so don't miss it. Our next topic included short comments on existing and future solar missions planned from Europe and the U.S. B John then asked about a possible repeat of the Carrington Effect and what that might mean for Earth based and orbiting electronic hardware. Dr. Brekke had much to say about such an event and the potential damage that could happen were another Carrington Effect realized. Near the end of our discussion, a listener asked our guest how best to take photos of the Northern Lights. He suggested using an SLR type camera, not a point and shoot or cell phone camera, use a tripod, a low f stop and a very high ISS setting. He then touted the Sony A7S camera. Before our discussion ended, our guest was asked about the best tools for solar research over the past decades and most important findings. Again, don't miss his answer. As the show was about to end, the final listener question was how scientists predict how much life is left for our sun. Read the balance of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 23 May 2015 09:17:08 PDT
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show "Hotel Mars," Wednesday, 5-20-15 (5.48MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, William (Bill) Harwood, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Air Force X37-B, ULA, SpaceX & more. 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. John Batchelor and I welcomed back William (Bill) Harwood, CBS Space News Reporter, to update us on the X37-B Air Force launch by ULA on an Atlas 5, the 10 cubesats that were on board, and the Planetary Society LightSail mission which was also launched on the same Atlas 5 rocket. Bill talked about the secrecy of the X37-B project, the cubesats, and the solar sails which make up the LightSail mission. We then talked about SpaceX and their recent pad abort test, the progress being made on the spaceport work at Boca Chica near Brownsville, TX. Other topics included the Dragon capsule taking cargo to and from the ISS plus the differences in the cargo Dragon and the human Dragon once it starts operations.You can email Mr. Batchelor or Bill Harwood through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 21 May 2015 07:01:26 PDT
Add this to another station Dr. Eligar Sadeh, Tuesday, 5-19-15 (48.10MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Eligar Sadeh. Topic: Public Private Partnerships for U.S. space launch systems, cis lunar development & more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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. Eligar Sadeh back to the show to discuss his recent Astropolitics published article, "Report: Public Private Partnerships and the Development of Space Launch Systems in the United States." You can find this report on The Space Show blog for this particular program. During the first segment of our 92 minute program, Dr. Sadeh introduced us to the topic and the Report subjects which you can read on TSS blog. He addressed the traditional aerospace contracting model, the problem with cost overruns which hurt the traditional model and some of the issues with fixed price contracts, especially with technology and commercial opportunities. We talked about risk reward and he cited SpaceX and Orbital Sciences as examples of the success of the private public partnership type of arrangement. In addition, Eligar suggested that such partnerships were supportive of developing programs such as space transportation services. Other topics in the first segment included SLS, National Security Space, big science programs, planetary missions, and others that still use the traditional model. Our guest introduced us to the Better Buying Power approach which he referenced several times during the show. Tim called from Huntsville to talk about risk, profits, and cubesats. Eligar then went into some detail about the competitive launch environment, specifically for national security payloads and how that is now changing and opening up. Jake emailed us to inquire if Congress was fully on board with these new public private partnerships. Jennifer wanted to know how international participation might change the public private partnership relationship. Next, I asked Eligar to explain the Acquisition Death Spiral which was in Fig. 4 of his Report paper. In the second segment, John from Ft. Worth was our first caller & he wanted to address the risk in a fixed price contract. John and Eligar had an interesting discussion on controlling costs and risks so don't miss it. Later, I asked Eligar to explain the New Entrants Certification Guide (NECG) which was issued in 2011. This document provides the guidelines for the competitive launch environment for national security and other launch competitors. Our next caller, Doug, wanted to talk about public private partnerships beyond LEO, specifically the Moon. Eligar talked with Doug about leveraging assets for the private sector, citing the ISS and a few of the commercial users as examples. Both Doug and Eligar had a very interesting and comprehensive discussion on this topic which considered cislunar transportation, a lunar hab, possible commercial incentives to drive commercial involvement, and more. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 20 May 2015 08:21:15 PDT
Add this to another station Dr. John Learned, Monday, 5-18-15 (46.93MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. John Learned. Topics: Fast Radio Bursts, neutrinos, and related physics issues. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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. John Learned to the show to discuss Fast Radio Bursts (FRB), neutrinos, and more. Note that this program was co-hosted with Dr. John Jurist. During the first segment of our 1 hour 26 minute discussion, Dr. Learned introduced us to FRBs and talked about what they may or may not be. We also talked about the Parkes Observatory in Australia and the peryton issue. The discussion of FRBs and peryton issues took up a significant part of our first segment. Later in the segment we switched over to talking about neutrinos. Dr Learned spoke to the three kinds of neutrinos, mass differences and more. We fielded many listener emails on neutrinos and the FRBs. I asked our guest about media reports suggesting FRBs might be a form of ET communication. Our guest addressed this several times during our discussion. Later in the segment, Sally asked what the benefit of these studies were to humanity. Dr. Learned appreciated the question and gave a good answer. In fact, he answered it several times during the program as did Dr. Jurist. Near the end of the segment, I asked how neutrons were detected. Detecting neutrons is quite a challenge so don't miss the response. It is not trivial for sure. In the second segment, we talked about the Purdue Group and other groups doing research with neutrinos per questions from listeners. Dr. Learned then spoke more about the hunt for modulated or variable stars. The subject of neutrino beams came up as a possible far out method of ET communication. Other topics in the segment included non linear dynamics, chaos theory, and frequencies. Later our guest talked about a new class of star found in the Kepler data. Our guest was asked about Higgs-Boson, we talked about the LHC, and the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and experiments. Our last topic addressed a series of questions about commercial space development, the cost to access space, and science research cost benefits. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach either Dr. Learned or Dr. Jurist through me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 19 May 2015 08:50:57 PDT
Add this to another station Dr. Michael Schmidt, Sunday, 5-17-15 (44.17MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Michael Schmidt. Topics: Personal spaceflight medicine, Omics, targeted genetic countermeasures. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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 back Dr. Michael Schmidt for updates and more information regarding Personal Spaceflight Medicine. Note that the abstract referenced in the second segment has been uploaded to the blog for this show. During the first segment of our 92 minute program, Dr. Schmidt defined personal spaceflight medicine for us & talked about targeting individuals for specific countermeasures to human factors risks for longer duration spaceflight safety. We talked about artificial gravity and radiation with our listeners asking questions about both fields. Our guest cited several examples to make his point. At one point he talked about the current twin study underway on the year long plus ISS experiment with a Russian cosmonaut as well. Questions were asked about using pharmaceuticals in space, how they might react with different people, and the distribution methods so far which are not great. At one point, Dr. Doug emailed in asking about the use of omics for space travel issues and if in fact the use of omics would reveal even more questions that cannot be answered, ultimately delaying long duration HSF missions even longer than they are delayed now. Don't miss the guest response to Doug's question. Kris emailed in asking about the use of deliberate hypothermia to store Mars bound astronauts, and then another Doug question came in about selecting the best people based on omics for a mission. Near the end of the segment, I asked our guest if he had done work for Mars One. He explained their limited capacity relationship which I assume ended. In the second segment, BJohn asked about the possibility of astronauts sleeping in a small vertical centrifuge. Dr. Rowe called to talk about the issue relating to pharmaceutical use in space. he talked about delivery methods, malabsorption, etc. Later, Dr. Schmidt brought up the damage done from sleep deprivation and showed how this is a potential problem for space missions. Doug emailed in a question about GCRs and radiation, then Dr. Schmidt talked about his new paper on BDNF with his associate Dr. thomas Goodwin, "Protecting Neural Structures and Cognitive Function During Prolonged Space Flight by Targeting The Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Molecular Network." We talked about BDNF and spaceflight, exercises, mitigation measures, and more. He referenced Mars simulation, behavioral issues and more. You don't want to miss this discussion. Read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 18 May 2015 16:52:21 PDT
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Dr. Marc Rayman, Wednesday, 5-13-15 (4.99MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Marc Rayman, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The Dwarf Planet Ceres & Dawn Mission. Vostochny airport and more. 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. John Batchelor and I welcomed back Dr. Marc Rayman to update us on the latest with the Dawn Mission and Ceres. We talked about the bright spots on Ceres that are still a mystery, dwarf planets, possible similarities with Pluto, what's ahead for the Dawn Mission and Ceres, plus why it is unlikely that there be ice on the surface of Ceres. We also talked about the end game for Dawn and the fact that dawn was not equipped to detect a magnetic field on Ceres. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Rayman through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com .
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 14 May 2015 07:38:18 PDT
Add this to another station Open Lines, Tuesday, 5-12-15 (72.03MB; download) -- Guests: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston; Topics: We remembered Charles Pooley and discussed multiple current space topics of interest. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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. Welcome to our first May 2016 Open Lines program. During the first segment of our very long 2 hour 26 minute program, I suggested 13 topics for discussion. While we did manage to discuss most of them, the most popular included remembering Charles Pooley and talking about the EM drive. Many listeners called in during both segments to remember Charles Pooley. Also in the first segment, the EM drive came up for discussion with John in Ft. Worth. He had much to say about the potential of the EM drive, plus he commented on why many traditional scientists say nothing is there, that any results are only on the margin. I cited a recent article at www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/04/evaluating-nasas-futuristic-em-drive. In the second segment, we started off with Steve Nixon talking about Charles but it soon evolved to a discussion about space solar power and the upcoming ISDC conference. In touting SSP, Steve referenced the work by Keith Henson and others, the SunSat Competition, and more. I was extremely skeptical of his SSP claims which depended on Skylon working and significantly lowering the cost of space access. That claim made me even more skeptical. I told him Keith was welcome back on the show to discuss his latest SSP analysis, assumptions, and claims so we will see if Keith wants to return after ISDC which is later this month in Toronto. I recall earlier comments & analysis by Keith which were certainly in the skeptical range from my perspective. I do hope he returns as we can have a good discussion with lots of listener participation. Based on listener emails and some phone comments, I was not the only one skeptical about the latest SSP claims. BJohn emailed us to say that Pooley's idead were coming into their time, plus he commented on EM drive. Dr. Dwayne Day called in and somehow we got to talking about high price art auctions and the Picasso that just sold at Christies for $179 million +. I also referenced the Christies auction last year of James Bond movie items including the original Moonraker Space Shuttle model which sold for $89,000+. Dwayne then addressed his reason for calling which was a recent Jeff Foust article reporting on the status of the NTSB investigation and report regarding both the Virgin Galactic and Orbital Antares accidents. Dwayne's comments on the investigation were interesting so make sure you hear them. We talked more on the EM drive, then Tim called to refute SSP as well as terrestrial solar power. He also said the EM drive could be used as a doomsday weapon! Dr. Doug called and said kind things about Charles, then he wanted to talk about home grown space experiments. Read the balance of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 13 May 2015 09:15:15 PDT
Add this to another station Dr. Doug Plata, Monday 5-11-15 (48.36MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Doug Plata. Topics: Return to the Moon, Space Access Society & relevant, topical space news & information. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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. Doug Plata back to the show to discuss his Return to the Moon (RTM) segment within the Space Access Society (SAS) meeting last week in Phoenix, plus space policy and other topical issues. Due to a server glitch and phone line issues in connecting with Doug, this 100 minute show does not have a break as we took our breaks to reconnect to the server and Doug. As we started out our discussion, Doug gave a shout out to Space Access and to the founder of it, Henry Vanderbilt. Doug then turned his attention to his Return to the Moon conference within the Space Access Society conference. Doug also provided us with his specific definition for Lunar Cots. He mentioned the key speakers including Jeff Greason, Jim Muncy, Erik Seedhouse, and Dave Masten. He summarized each of their presentations, plus he mentioned the SAS lead in speaker to his segment, Dennis Stone of NASA JSC, and the speaker after the RTM segment, Bruce Pittman. Doug said both speakers were so on topic that in reality they could have easily been part of the RTM segment. Doug discussed lunar lander options, powering rovers on the lunar surface, especially after taking a call from Jon in New Jersey. He went into some detail on the presentations within the RTM segment. BJohn in Sweden asked several quality questions via email so pay attention to them when I read them on air. Space policy and politics came u as Doug was concerned that a NASA RTM effort might be part of a larger international effort, not a public private partnership effort and it would result in footprints on the Moon all over again without sustainability. Near the end of the program, he discussed this with Dr. Lurio who called in to raise issues around Doug's comments & concern. Doug also reported on the rest of SAS including the Virgin Galactic talk/update. Again, I apologize for the streaming and phone line issues early in this show. Post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach dug through me @ drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 12 May 2015 11:00:17 PDT
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