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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. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 8-31-14 (120.77MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. William (Bill) Rowe. Topics: Cardiovascular & other issues for long duration human spaceflight. 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. Bill Rowe back to the program to discuss cardiovascular issues for human spaceflight & EVAs, plus many other issues pertaining to long duration spaceflight. Note that we experienced serious phone line issues with Bill about 12 minutes into the program forcing us to stop for repairs. Evidently the fiber phone lines now serving Dr. Rowe cause broadcast equipment problems. Bill was able to go to a neighbor's house to do the show but you will hear some line issues plus unusual cuts as I spliced together part of his opening to the point we were able to resume with a good phone line. Once past that point, there were no further phone line issues. During the first segment of our 2 hour 11 minute program, Dr. Rowe introduced us to his discussion main points and we began using his website for references throughout the show. It is important to be on his website and go where he points at various times in the discussion (see www.femsinspace.com). While parts of the discussion relied on medical terms and descriptions, our guest did an excellent job of breaking it down for us non-medical types to easily understand the information he was sharing with us. Among the issues we talked about were cardiac issues that don't present symptoms, plus the problems with increased adrenalin secretion in the body which happens in space. Dr. Rowe spent significant time discussing the adrenalin issues citing known astronaut examples. In fact when talking about the adrenalin levels in space, he said that within five days of being in space the levels are twice that of being on Earth. Another issue brought up was possible cardiovascular damage for excessive exercise and here he cited the research projects he had been involved in with marathon running athletes. He strongly suggested the use of regularly taken electrocardiograms on the crews while in space. Next, Dr. Rowe talked about EVA issues, specifically cooling. He explained other risks and made the case for future robotic EVA missions instead of human mission. Before the segment ended, he had much to say about exercise in space. In our second segment, Bill reviewed for us his comments on oxidative stress and suggested we follow along with his website submarine model, www.femsinspace.com/Oxidative_stress.htm. A listener then emailed in that the ISS did have an ultrasound on board which could be used for the purposes Dr. Rowe suggested (see www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/benefits/ultrasound.html). Bill talked more about lunar dust toxicity plus magnesium and calcium usage in space and in general. You can read the rest of this summary at www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:14:38 PDT
Add this to another station Mike Simmons, Friday, 8-29-84 (56.61MB; download) -- Guest: Mike Simmons. Topics: Astronomers Without Borders, telescopes and astronomy as part of our culture and in international relations. 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 Mike Simmons to the program, Founder and president of Astronomers Without Borders (http://astronomerswithoutborders.org). During our 61 minute discussion, Mr. Simmons started out by introducing us to Astronomers Without Borders and visits to Iran and Iraq. He talked about astronomy as a cultural connection among nations and peoples, especially with young and well educated people around the world. We discussed the organization and total eclipse tours, trips, and other astro tourism projects. He mentioned the organization's Monthly Hangout which is a Google Plus monthly meeting with guests which you can find on YouTube. Our guest talked about the Mt. Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles and several listeners asked him about visiting the famous observatory. The same for Mt. Palomar which is still in use and also in S. California. Joe asked about the best age to introduce children to astronomy. Mike then told us about telescopes and pointed us to basic telescopes his organization sells for those interested. See http://store.astronomerswithoutborders.org. Listeners asked Mike about their participation in Uwingu programs, specifically the Beam Me to Mars program. We learned that the organization has been a beneficiary of Uwingu grants. Listeners asked about night viewing, light pollution and dark skies programs. Paul sent in a question inquiring about astronomy and the connection to space exploration & development which are major themes for The Space Show. This provoked an interesting discussion with our guest. Near the end of our discussion, Mike talked about astronomy in the arts including astro crafts, astro poetry, space artists, and more. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach Mike through the email address he gave on air, his website, or me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:50:28 PDT
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Dr. jeff Foust, Wednesday, 8-27-14 (10.18MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Jeff Foust, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: SpaceX Falcon 9R launch failure & 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. We welcomed back Dr. Jeff Foust as we discussed the recent SpaceX 9R launch failure and destruction last week in Texas. In Jeff explained the problems as they are known today, why this will not likely impact regular Falcon 9 launches, and he discussed the upcoming Asia Sat launch plus the next ISS resupply mission. Also mentioned was the SpaceX work toward reusability, the Antares and possible plans to scrap their Russian rocket motor, the Soyuz to the ISS and tight launch deadlines for SpaceX regarding its upcoming ISS launch. Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog. You can contact any of us through drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:18:29 PDT
Add this to another station Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 8-26-14 (115.92MB; download) -- Guest: Robert (Bob) Zimmerman. Topics: Space news events and updates on a variety of current topics. 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 Bob Zimmerman to discuss current and hot topics happening in space at this time. During the first segment of our 2 hour 6 minute discussion, Bob asked me about the recent Bay Area-NAPA earthquake on Sunday morning, August 24, then we switched over to space topics starting with SpaceX and the Falcon 9R test launch explosion. Next, Bob talked about the failure of the ESA Galileo GPS launch involving the Soyuz-Arianne. Several questions came up regarding the ESA GPS system. We also talked about other regional GPS systems. Bob moved us to the launch failure (booster rocket) for the Air Force Hypersonic vehicle, then to the decision by Sea Launch to take a break. Bob had much to say about the Sea Launch partnership now involving mostly Russia and the Ukraine. Russia and the ISS came up and here Bob also had much to say, including going over the news that Russia may now be interested in extending the life of the ISS. Bob suggested some important Russian reasons for wanting to do this, see what you think. The Atlas RD-180 rocket engine came up for discussion as did the upcoming NASA down select for commercial crew with Dream Chaser, SpaceX, and Boeing with their CST 100. Next up was SLS which I permitted to be discussed for a while, including a call by SLS John in Ft. Worth, then I stopped it and said that SLS was a beaten to death topic on the show and that listeners and I were sick of it. I said no more SLS talk unless there was something new on one side or the other of the SLS issue. At one point I even assigned SLS John a new topic to research and call in about. Let us know with your blog comments, are you sick of SLS discussions on TSS? Do you want to keep hearing them or not? Luis emailed in about having GPS redundancy and backup systems re the European system as an example. Bob had specific ideas about this but thought the better route would be to be able to quickly replace a lost or destroyed satellite. As the segment neared its end, Joe asked about CST and Falcon 9/Heavy & Bob had more to say about ISS modules & Doug asked a series of questions about the benefits of extending ISS to 2028. Don't miss Bob's response. In the second segment, Joe asked about small sats taking over market share from the previous big satellites. Bob provided an interesting short discussion on this topic. SLS John called back about the Falcon Heavy flying and then somehow the discussion focused in on presidential candidates and their space policy in upcoming elections. After a short non-partisan review of what Bob thought might unfold depending on which party wins in November, we moved on to Rosetta and 67 P. To read the rest of this summary see www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:19:04 PDT
Add this to another station Michael Listner, Monday, 8-25-14 (99.18MB; download) -- Guest: Michael Listner. Topics: Space law, ARM & property rights, SpaceX-AF litigation, RD-180 engine & 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 Michael Listner back to the program for this update regarding specific space law issues and theories. In the first segment of the this 1 hour 48 minute program, Michael talked about the proposed Asteroid Bill in Congress and how to maybe get some limited property rights for asteroid mining by being able to move a small asteroid as in the NASA ARM project. Michael theorized that if one moves an asteroid, its no longer in its natural orbit and then no longer defined as a celestial body. We spent most of the first segment and a good part of the second segment discussing this theory and why it might work. When asked if it would apply to lunar property rights or other space property rights, Michael was clear that it only applied to a small asteroid that could be moved. He also said it would require an administration to endorse such a plan and that it would be difficult to establish as customary and it would certainly be an uphill effort. BJohn and others sent in email comments about this. As you will hear from BJohn's emails which I read on air, not every thought positively about Michael's idea. Michael also talked about other forms of international agreements being much easier to obtain than treaties. He also said the property rights policy battles would be fought diplomatically. In the second segment, we talked about the SpaceX-US Air Force litigation and the AF Motion to Dismiss. Next, we covered the RD-180 rocket motor issue and Michael noted that a new shipment of RD-180 motors had been received. He also said there was new information suggesting Russia might want to expand the mission time for the ISS (http://www.parabolicarc.com/2014/08/25/russia-agree-iss-extension). Property rights and moving an asteroid came back as a topic in this segment & Michael again talked about treaties which he said were top down in policy making while transparency, etc. was considered bottom up policy making. We talked quite a bit about property rights being US one sided and he said that the Asteroid Bill actually enabled those outside the U.S. to put their projects under U.S. law for U.S protection. We moved on to cubesats and oversight/regulation issues. Near the end, Michael updated us on the Code of Conduct in which there should be another draft emerging in the near future. As the program was drawing to a close, I asked Michael for remaining 2014 legal issues that might get a 2014 resolve. We looked forward to early next year & our guest commented on issues involving Russia, China, and ESA. Please post your comments on TSS blog above. You can reach Michael through me or using the email address he gave out on air as the program was ending.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:31:39 PDT
Add this to another station Dr. Alan Stern, Sunday, 8-24-14 (55.72MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Alan Stern. Topics: New Horizons to Pluto, Uwingu Mars programs. 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. Alan Stern back to the program to discuss New Horizons which is on target for its summer rendezvous with Pluto and new Uwingu projects relating to Mars (www.uwingu.com). During our hour long program, Dr. Stern started with New Horizons and he mentioned the 10 AM PDT, 1 PM EDT NASA press conference today regarding New Horizons passing Neptune's orbit plus it being the 25th anniversary of Voyager passing the Neptune system. The press conference is at www.space.com/17933-nasa-television-webcasts-live-space-tv.html but if you miss it, I'm confident it will be archived. Alan reported that New Horizons was in good health, we talked about the course corrections it has made along its trip to Pluto, plus special events planned for its arrival in the Pluto system. Other topics included the Kuiper Belt and Ort Cloud, dwarf planets and just how many planets are in our solar system per a question asked by a listener regarding his son's science class. BJohn asked questions about the Gaia telescope and comparisons of New Horizons to Dawn and the Rosetta mission. Another listener asked about the New Horizons team and its costs so far. We talked about the need for advanced propulsion and what missions would be most suited for it. Doug sent in an email regarding Pluto, Ceres, and the start of a new era of exploration. Lots of comments and questions about Pluto being a planet as Alan referred to Pluto as a planet. Dr. Stern did go over the differences and similarities with Rosetta, New Horizons and the Dawn Mission and he said the Gaia telescope could not do the imaging Bjorn asked about but that Earth-based telescopes could do a good job in some circumstances s could Hubble. At the halfway point, we switched over to talking about Uwingu and their latest Mars project (see http://uwingu.com/beam-me-to-mars). I mentioned on air about a Space Show contest which would award the winner a message to Mars so if you have ideas for such a contest, email them to me please. I plan on sending a Space Show message to Mars and will post it on the blog. Alan also talked about the program naming Mars craters which will appear on their Mars map which is planned to go to Mars on the Mars One robotic mission in a few years. Before the show ended, a listener asked Alan about the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:08:44 PDT
Add this to another station Dr. Rick Linnehan, Friday, 8-22-14 (54.23MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Rick Linnehan, NASA Astronaut; Topics: Animals in space, human long duration spaceflight. 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 NASA Astronaut Dr. Rick Linnehan to the program to discuss animals and their place in space in history, the present, and the future, plus human concerns for long duration spaceflight. During this one hour program, we stared off by asking Dr. Linnehan for an overview of the role played by animals in space, including looking to the future for animals for agriculture, research pathology work, comfort, & other purposes. We talked about microgravity issues and countermeasures, then I asked specifically about taking chickens to Mars for feed purposes. Our guest talked about the effect of microgravity on chickens and the egg laying process. He said a few times that while we might likely evolve over many years, decades or even longer to having a larger role for animals in space, most of the ideas and concepts today are pie in the sky. We talked about some of the animals that had been and are in space including lab rodents, fruit flies, some small fish and others. Our guest talked about the space acclimation process for animals, including the small fish, and we learned that in many instances the animals acclimate to microgravity faster than humans. Our guest mentioned the need for advanced propulsion for long duration human spaceflight and suggested that Mars was on the edge of the possible using chemical rockets. Rick mentioned some of the other human factors issues such as radiation and psychological challenges. We also discussed astronaut exercise routines and the countermeasure exercise equipment currently being used with efforts underway to redesign the equipment to be more effective and lighter. Several questions came up about private sector humans to Mars missions and crew health. When asked if we could do a humans to Mars mission now or by the early 2020s, our guest said yes but listen to the details of this discussion. Also, with regards to the private astronaut missions to Mars or elsewhere, several questions arose about the conditioning of the private astronaut crew, what microgravity countermeasures and exercise equipment they would have on board, what routines they would strictly follow and more. Our guest was mostly referring to space agency astronauts in terms of our readiness to do human spaceflight to Mars now or the very near future. He was unable to address private astronaut missions or their details because they are unknown. We did talk about gravity and the absence of it in spaceflight, both for humans and animals. Advanced propulsion questions and comments kept coming up during the entire show. To read the balance of this summary review, visit www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Thank you.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:35:30 PDT
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Chris Carberry, Wednesday, 8-20-14 (8.69MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Chris Carberry, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The ExploreMars ExoLance Mars Life Detection Project. 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. We welcomed Chris Carberry, Executive Director of ExploreMars.org as we discussed the ExoLance Mars Life Detection project now in its design stage. For more information, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/exolance. Chris explained the project, told us about some of the project's consulting scientists, using the tungsten penetrator probes as possible spaceship ballast on upcoming NASA missions to Mars, and the "biology lab on a chip" concept for the actual life detection experiments on the penetrators. Chris was also asked why finding life on Mars is important and why his group is looking to do this for microbial life rather than NASA.Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog. You can contact any of us through drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:17:12 PDT
Add this to another station Dr. Vadim Rygalov, Dr. John Jurist, Tuesday, 8-19-14 (91.35MB; download) -- Guests: Dr. Vadim Rygalov, Dr. John Jurist. Topics: High altitude freefall, astronaut rescue from space and 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 both Dr. Rygalov and Dr. Jurist back to the program for this one hour 39 minute discussion. Prior to starting, I suggested to the listeners that they follow along on the Power Point that has been posted to TSS blog for this program, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Dr. Rygalov used this PPT during his recent ICES conference presentation in Tucson. During the first segment, Dr. Jurist started off with an overview of this work which began with graduate student USAF Captain Sara Ford several years. Dr. Jurist and Captain Ford were on the program to present her thesis work which is available in the archives from Dec. 20, 2009, http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1277-BWB-2009-12-20.mp3. John also talked about Project Moose, www.astronautix.com/craft/moose.htm, and the more recent Red Bull Felix Baumgartner jump from high altitude. John also talked about the parameters his students use when working on this issue. Dr. Rygalov then explained his focus in the research and the analytical effort to describe the major characteristics of a free falling object from high altitude. Our guests talked about hitting dense atmosphere, the impact of the stratosphere and the issue of avoiding a very dangerous flat spin. Describing the process of stabilizing to avoid the flat spin presented an interesting discussion, especially as Dr. Rygalov explained out Felix Baumgartner dealt with the issue. Both guests then talked about the need to attend to the horizontal velocity if one is escaping from a space vehicle but both our guests did say that such an escape was potentially survivable. Doug called in from S. California to inquire about the Red Bull jump and the use of a drogue chute which he believed he saw in a video. John, Vadim and I suggested to Doug that a drogue chute was not deployed because of how Felix controlled the jump, plus we talked about the ground support, technology, and hardware he had to help in the jump. While Doug was talking about the use of a drogue chute with our two guests, I did a quick Google search on the issue and then read a short paragraph from a technology review of the jump at www.extremetech.com/extreme/137521-the-tech-behind-felix-baumgartners-stratospheric-skydive. The paragraph I read explained why a drogue chute was not deployed though Doug seemed to be skeptical. While I had no way to verify what was in the article I was quoting, I encouraged Doug and others to do their own due diligence on the issue. In fact, we should all remember that if there is something we care about or have an interest in, we owe it to ourselves to do due diligence to validate what we are reading or hearing, To read the rest of this summary, visit www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:08:45 PDT
Add this to another station Jeremy Straub, Dr. Ronald Marsh, Monday, 8-18-14 (85.27MB; download) -- Guests: Jeremy Straub, Dr. Ronald Marsh. Topics: NSF Grant to UND Computer Science for undergraduate satellite mission critical development software. 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 Jeremy Straub and Dr. Ronald Marsh to the program to discuss the NSF Grant awarded the University of North Dakota (UND) computer science department for undergraduate summer work to design and develop mission critical software for cubesats. During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Jeremy Straub introduced us to the UND programs and Open Orbiter. You can read more about these programs by visiting http://webapp.und.edu/dept/our/uletter/?p=48008. Also, take note of the computer science dept. website where program registration will soon be announced, http://cs.und.edu. Jeremy described the programs, Open Orbiter, the undergraduate student participation and expectations, transfer credits, and more. Dr. Marsh, the Computer Science Dept. Head, talked about the role of the computer science department, & why this program was in this department and not Space Studies or the School of Engineering. Listeners asked questions about the program & the possibility of mission critical software development for BLEO cubesats as well as possible commercial applications. We learned that this was an academic program and it might not lead to the actual launch of a functioning cubesat. Jeremy described the additional key activities associated with the grant including a visit to missile system complex, JPL, and a high altitude balloon launch. In the second segment, Charles Pooley called in to promote Microlaunchers and to again talk about the problem with secondary payloads which cubesats rely upon for their launches. Jeremy talked about government sponsored cubesat launch programs including the NASA ELaNA program, ESA programs, the U.S. CubeSat Program, and the University Nanosat Program. In response to the comments by Charles, I talked about the complex benefits students get from working with these secondary payload launch programs and opportunities. One listener asked if computer wise high school students could participate in the program. To do so, students must be enrolled in a college or university. Jeremy also said all the rules would be published when the application process opens up in the near future. We talked about open source work, the program starting in the summer of 2015, that it would be an on campus 10 week program with no upper limit to the number of students that would be accepted into the program. We talked about gender issues and shortages in computer science with Dr. Marsh and we learned that employers do not accept distance learning students as they want the students they hire to have attended on campus classes. To read the balance of this summary, visit www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:05:53 PDT
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