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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. Pat Hynes, Monday, 9-22-14 (61.88MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Pat Hynes. Topics: Dr. Hynes discusses the upcoming ISPCS for Oct. 15-16, 2014 in Las Cruces, NM. 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. Pat Hynes to tell us about this year's International Symposium For Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) from Oct. 15-16, Las Cruces, NM. During out 68 minute program, Dr. Hynes noted that this is the 10th Anniversary of this important symposium event (check it out at www.ispcs.com). The theme for this year's program is "The Power of Ten" which our guest explained in the context of many of the speakers, panels and talks. For example, she noted the entry on the agenda for Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA, which said "One to the power of ten is one. Two the power of ten is…more. Never before have the titles of 'new space' and 'old space' been as trivial as they are today. Bill Gerstenmaier discusses how to leverage both the strengths and vulnerabilities of the aerospace industry to foster greater collaboration as we reach new powers of ten together." Also noted was George Sowers of ULA who "will discuss the concept of power as presented in his book The Philosophy for the Future. In this conception, power is defined as power-to or capability and is optimistic and affirming. A formal definition of power will be given and the various kinds of power will be discussed including economic, political and scientific. Sowers will argue that that the overarching goal of humanity should be to maximize the power of humankind in the long run. Human expansion beyond earth in general and commercial development of space in particular are seen to be perfectly aligned with that overarching goal." Pat also said that ULA, SpaceX and the Air Force would be there for questions about their plans, disagreements, etc. Along these lines, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy for the DOD, Doug Loverro, is a keynote speaker on the topic of "A Collision in Space: The Interaction of Commercial Space Desires and Defense Space Needs." Pat went into some detail to explain just how different this event is from typical space conferences. Having attended many of the ISPCS events, I can attest to the fact that they are very unique and highly valuable for those attending, participating and speaking. Go to the Agenda on the website to see all the keynote, panels, and Spotlight Talk speakers and subject descriptions. Toward the end of our discussion, we talked about conference logistics, shuttles, and the special Friday tour to Spaceport America. We also learned that there would be a 5:30 AM Boeing Run. Check out what Pat said about this event. Looking ahead for those of you doing advance planning, the ISPCS will be Oct. 14-15 in 2015. Read the balance of this summary a www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:04:11 PDT
Add this to another station Michael Belfirore, Sunday, 9-21-14 (92.49MB; download) -- Guest: Michael Belfiore. Topics: Current events for space topics, selection of Dragon & CST100, 3D printing in space, lots 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 Belfiore back to the show to discuss a variety of space news and current events items, plus trends in the industry. During the first segment of our 1 hour 41 minute program, Michael talked about DARPA given his recent book on the agency, then we turned to the recent commercial crew down select NASA announcement naming the Boeing CST100 and SpaceX Dragon as the two companies that NASA will continue supporting for commercial crew. We spent lots of time talking about Boeing and SpaceX plus everyone was wondering if Sierra Nevada and Dream Chaser would find a way to stay in the game. The next topic was the Google Lunar X Prize challenge. Michael pointed out that a government had gotten to the Moon fist with a rover, the Chinese, thus the rules of the contest were changed to allow the contest to continue. Marshall called to talk about the down select process and winners. SLS John called to tell us that he thought Dream Chaser and SpaceX would be the winners. He and others suggested Boeing was the conservative choice. He also asked about the news that a Boeing-Bezos deal was in the making for the new American made RD180 engine replacement. Michael suggested throughout our discussion that the old guard or the traditional aerospace industry and participants were under lots of pressure from NewSpace. In the second segment, we took a call from Doug who commented on the down select process. Michael then talked about the Tesla deal for Nevada and their proposed gigafactory for electric car batteries. We talked about electric cars in general, then Tim called to suggest a conversion kit for conventional autos to turn them into electric cars. I questioned that from a market perspective. Michael then introduced space manifesting and we talked about the 3D printer on the way to the ISS. Michael mentioned Maven which was to be inserted into Mars orbit Sunday evening, 9:37 EDT. News update: Maven's orbital insertion was a big success! Congrats to NASA and the entire Maven team. We also talked about Comet Siding Spring, Suborbital flights came up and we heard Michael express concerns about Virgin Galactic & confidence with the Lynx and XCOR. He talked about the early spaceflight participants and the risks they would be taking. Visit his website, www.michaelbelfiore.com. You can also subscribe to his email newsletter and join him on social media, all through his website. Please post comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Michael through his website or me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:36:50 PDT
Add this to another station Stewart Money, Friday, 9-19-14 (81.57MB; download) -- Guest: Stewart Money. Topics: Stewart discussed SpaceX per his new book, "Here Be Dragons: The Rise of SpaceX and the Journey to Mars." 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 Stewart Money to the show to discuss his new ApogeePrime published book, "Here Be Dragons: The Rise of SpaceX and the Journey to Mars" You can get much more information by visiting www.innerspace.net along with www.apogeeprime.com/prime/bookpages/9781926837338.html, and www.amazon.com/Here-Dragons-Rise-Spacex-Journey/dp/1926837339/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411235694&sr=8-1&keywords=here+be+dragons+the+rise+of+SpaceX+and+the+Journey+to+Mars. Remember, if you buy this great book through Amazon, use the OGLF Amazon portal (instructions on the OGLF & Space Show websites plus all archived programs on the blog and The Space Show website) & Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show. During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Stewart explained why he wanted to write a book about SpaceX to tell the story from the beginning up to current SpaceX history. We spent lots of time talking about the early days including the Mars Oasis Project, the forming of SpaceX in 2002 and the three questions that Elon asked prior to starting the company. Stewart's book and our discussion take you step by step through the emergence of SpaceX through each stage of its development. Even if you are familiar with the SpaceX story or the basics, you will learn much from the book as well as listening to Stewart as he narrates the SpaceX story and responds to listener email questions along with my comments. Some of the questions asked him were for the biggest challenges Elon and SpaceX faced plus the most important successes. He was asked for the origin of Elon's interest in Mars and if the Mars interest was a company wide passion and belief. In response to a question about the biggest SpaceX failure, Stewart said it was the inability to enter the EELV national security launch program on his timing. In the second segment, a listener wanted to compare the SLS, Falcon Heavy, and MCT with one another. Questions were asked about the unveiling of the Dragon V.2 as Stewart attended the ceremony. Others wanted to know about SpaceX launch sites at the Cape & in Texas. Andrew asked about SpaceX PR & damage control when necessary, Dana asked if SpaceX was interested in space tourism & Larry asked about reusability. Stewart said it was a core value for the company. Stewart provided us with a good, brief summary of our discussion and what he considered to be a priority take away from our discussion. Please post comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach Stewart through me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:17:46 PDT
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Anatoly Zak, Wednesday, 9-17-14 (11.00MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Russian space program, Russian ISS plans, Vostochny spaceport. 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 Anatoly Zak to discuss many topics including dogs in space (see his website, www.russianspaceweb.com). We also talked about issues surrounding their new spaceport, Vostochny and possible Russian plans for their part of the ISS for 2020 and beyond. Another issued discussed by Anatoly was the RD180 rocket motor. He outlined the probable Russian perspective on this issue. The possibility of a thaw in US-Russian relations was also discussed. Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog. You can contact any of us through .
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:52:14 PDT
Add this to another station Dr. Michael Griffin, Tuesday, 9-16-14 (83.32MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Mike Griffin. Topics: Human spaceflight policy, political choices, space technology, Mars, Moon, Asteroids 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 back to the program Dr. Mike Griffin. During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Mike talked about human spaceflight (HSF) and the commercial space market. He said exploration would be a government project or at least with government in the lead, especially if the commercial market was not there. He threw water on the argument that our space policy was budget driven. Instead, he talked about it being based on choices we make. It was not and is not about the money. His comments throughout or discussion on this topic supported his argument. He even said the cost of space for the U.S. taxpayer was around 15 cents/day. This discussion evolved to one on the importance of leadership which we agreed was in short supply today. Included in this discussion was Mike's vision for our space policy & program, plus he explained its importance and value to our nation both today and for the future. He spoke to the issue of what society wants and the choices it makes that shape our future. Space should be part of our national policy debate and hopefully such a debate would enable quality choices to be made that keep us on the leadership edge with all nations. Mike was asked who he thought would be next on the Moon and he said China. We also talked about the private sector taking us back to the Moon with HSF. He said that the private sector could do this, capital was not an issue, but for the private sector to do it there needs to be a closing of the business case which he did not see at this time. SLS John called in & asked about space advocacy diversity which he said seemed to be at war with NASA & whatever the program of record might be. Mike had much to say about this, especially about inefficiencies in government organizations and projects. He also said if the private venture or industry cannot make money, then it should be a federal project. Many times during our discussion he said that there are things that a society should do just because they are hard & they don't have to look good on the balance sheet. John also asked about the RD-180 engine, Mike offered us his conclusion as to why we should be a new version of the RD-180 so that we do not continue being dependent on Russia for space related hardware, etc. Later, he was asked about cislunar space development which he said should be a public enterprise. He cited many examples and models supporting the public development of this important space infrastructure. SLS was discussed. Mike very clearly articulated the case for SLS today and again repeated that SLS future Read the rest of this summary at www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:37:29 PDT
Add this to another station Erik Seedhouse, Monday, 9-15-14 (81.02MB; download) -- Guest: Erik Seedhouse. Topics: Erik's latest book, "Beyond Human: Engineering Our Future Evolution," & human modification for 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 Erik Seedhouse back to the program to discuss his latest book "Beyond Human: Engineering Our Future Evolution." During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Erik talked about long duration spaceflight and critical issues in radiation and microgravity that he believes may force changes or modifications in humans in order to survive the trips and live on Mars or another celestial location. He also talked about changes here on Earth such as advances in bioprinting, especially for organs. Our guest spent lots of time on the radiation challenges, shielding, and the need for possible genetic modification. Another point he made was for nuclear propulsion to cut the travel time to Mars and other locals down and make the voyage safer. His favorite advanced propulsion system was Vasimr. Dr. Rowe called in and brought up his concerns with the cardiovascular (CV) system in space, a subject Bill has talked about on many Space Show programs. Erik's research did not focus on the CV system so he was unable to comment on what Dr. Rowe was discussing. Next, Erik spoke about muscle atrophy and other microgravity challenges and suggested human modification would address those areas as well. He also talked about animal and human cloning, then a listener brought up a subject from our recent open lines program re pregnancy, childbirth, and kids in space. Erik suggested there might be sterilization as a requirement or abortive medication on board. I commented that this would cause a firestorm with the public, especially on publicly financed missions. In our second segment, our lead off topic was a Posthuman/Transhuman future. Erik cited examples and also used the classic movie Gattaca as an example. Listener Paul sent in an email about the ethics behind what Erik was talking about. Erik was asked about the lifespan of humans that might live on Mars or the Moon, then Ben asked if long duration spaceflight and humans in space were an economic driver for human genetic engineering. Erik said no, that it was a very small part of the industry with organ printing as one of the major drivers. Todd inquired about exercise and this led Erik to talk about genetic screening to select the most qualified people for the spaceflight missions. As we neared the end of the show, Erik told us about his next book about expeditions, then he talked about Virgin Galactic and XCOR. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach Erik through me. Also, when buying the book, use the Amazon OGLF portal so Amazon will contribute to The Space Show.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:19:18 PDT
Add this to another station Open Lines, Sunday, 9-14-14 (118.85MB; download) -- Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: A variety of space topics were discussed by listeners. 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. Today's Open Lines discussion covered lots of topics with a variety of callers in each segment. During the first segment of the 2 hour 10 minute program, I started off with a clarification regarding the recent program with Dan Adamo and range safety issues for Brownsville, TX. Michael Listner was our first caller. He updated us on the AF-SpaceX litigation, then he spoke about the need to develop a US version of the RD-180 rocker motor. He referenced this Aviation Week article, http://aviationweek.com/space/engine-makers-pushing-am-other-technologies-rd-180-replacement. I asked Michael for a Code of Conduct update and he also updated us on the Asteroid Bill proposed in the House. Next, Doug called in to talk about his recent telecom presentation on his "Space Psychology: Space Settlers In Confined Quarters " PPT on his Cislunarone.com site. He presented a few slides to us, then I suggested he schedule a full Space Show for this discussion. You can download his Power Point at www.cislunarone.com/psychology.ppt. Some of the issues Doug raised focused on childbirth & pregnancy, & child development in space. This discussion prompted additional comments by others including a call from Marshall later in the second segment. In the second segment, Kelly called to talk about the upcoming bid announcement for commercial crew re the NASA down select process. Kelly is working on Dream Chaser and had some interesting comments about Dream Chaser as well as the competition. Kelly favored Boeing and SNC. Doug emailed Kelly to ask about Dream Chaser for suborbital flight, then the topic of orbital servicing came up for Dream Chaser. Gerry Williams from San Diego called us to talk about his Mars Movie Guide which you can find at http://marsmovieguide.com. We talked about classic Mars sci-fi films as well as the newer Mars films. I asked him about the first ever Mars film which was a five minute 1910 film "A Trip To Mars" made by the Thomas Edison group. You can view this silent film at www.youtube.com/watch?v=np7VImsSMQM. I strongly suggest you take a look at it. Thanks to Gerry for bringing this and other information to our attention. Our last caller was SLS John to talk about the NASA down select process. I got him to give us his prediction for the winners: SpaceX & Dream Chaser. John also opined on the RD-180 engine and then he questioned the possibility of a change in the speed of light given our recent program with Louise Riofrio. Please post comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can reach any of the participants through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:21:20 PDT
Add this to another station Rob Godwin, Friday, 9-12-14 (82.06MB; download) -- Guest: Robert (Rob) Godwin. Topics: We discussed the new ApogeePrime book "2001: The Heritage And Legacy Of The Space Odyssey" & 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 back to our program Rob Godwin to discuss his new book, "2001: the Heritage And Legacy Of The Space Odyssey." During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Rob began by paying tribute to the late Fred Ordway, co-author of the book as Fred recently passed away. Fred was also the technical advisor on the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" so Rob spent some time discussing his role, the contacts he had in the global aerospace industry to help make the film accurate, even in the future. Rob explained the structure of the book with the first two parts coming from Fred and the third part contributed by Rob. Early in the segment, I asked Rob why this movie still had such a large following and appeal. Listen to Rob's explanation. Why do you think this movie remains so popular today? Rob talked at length throughout our discussion about Fred's contacts and he even told stories about Fred getting the latest lunar photos from the Soviet Union and a leading French observatory to help assure the film would not be out of date at release time. Our guest also talked about Sir Arthur Clarke, his role in the early days of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and his work with the director, Stanley Kubrick. Rob went back in time when discussing the first two segments of the book to talk about classic space themed science fiction movies and books. If this interests you, listen to the program with pen and paper so you can jot them down to find them online at a later date. In talking about these old classics, Rob showed us how 2001 and later movies were built upon the themes, story lines, and even the special effects of many of these old classics. Listeners had lots of questions. Todd wanted to know about the movies impact on our actual space program. Another asked Rob about the movie's impact on the NewSpace community. Ben wanted to know about the "hidden & deep meaning" of 2001 movie. As the segment was ending, we talked about Star Wars, Star Trek & other movies in context with 2001. Rob hit on Clarke's "The Lost Worlds of 2001" as to how he explained the meaning of the movie. In the second segment, we talked about buying the book at www.apogeeprime.com. Rob also told us about an upcoming special event at the IAC in Toronto to honor Fred Ordway and a possible US touring exhibit related to the book and film. Listeners asked about modern space sci fi films including Gravity & Prometheus, then the discussion returned to Star Trek and the introduction of the idea of suspended animation in film. Listeners kept bringing up other sci fi films for discussion and Rob stressed the importance of the early& classic work by Voltaire, "Micromegas." This is a free download at www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30123. Go to thespaceshow.com for the rest of the summary.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:50:30 PDT
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Matt Wallace, Wednesday, 9-10-14 (11.12MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Matthew (Matt) Wallace, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Mars 2020 Rover Project 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. We welcomed Matthew (Matt) Wallace, the Deputy Project Manager for Mars 2020, to discuss the Mars 2020 Rover Project and future Mars rover missions. We talked about similarities and improvements from the Curiosity rover including wheel changes. The landing site selection process was talked about as the team now has over 50 possible landing sites to consider. Mars 2020 will carry with it tools to search for organics and signs of past life and more. The Mars Sample Return Mission was talked about, including a short brief on how Mars 2020 will capture and save possible sample return items. Our guest also described in brief detail the rover's capabilities to look for organics & signs of life with the use of a laser tool. Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog. You can contact any of us through .
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:14:31 PDT
Add this to another station Dan Adamo, Tuesday, 9-9-14 (107.19MB; download) -- Guest: Dan Adamo. Topic: Range safety issues at the proposed Brownsville, Texas spaceport plus much 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 back to the show Dan Adamo to discuss his paper, "Range Safety Implications for Brownsville, Texas Launches To Earth Orbit." You can freely download the paper by registering for at www.spaceenterpriseinstitute.org. During the first segment of our 2 hour program, Dan started out telling us why he did the calculations and wrote this paper. Next and for the balance of the discussion, we talked about range safety issues, the enforcing organization which is the FAA, the Brownsville EIR, SpaceX launches & how they might work given the range safety constraints that may be applied to this launch site. As you will hear, Brownsville is a completely new launch site with zero history or data behind it so as Dan said, it might have been very easy to overlook or even defer the analysis regarding range safety issues. Also note that Dan said range safety issues are not concerned with the normal or the nominal ground track. The range safety rules consider what may go wrong and who might be impacted by a failed launch, even if it might be rare that such an incident would happen. In response to email questions, Dan said that range safety issues apply to the launch regardless of destination though clearly they can limit the choice of destination as in the case of limitations from Brownsville to the ISS. Dan does a good job of explaining this in the first segment and throughout our discussion. He also addressed listener questions regarding a possible difference in the range safety rules for cargo/satellite launches & human launches. Another issue that came up questioned if FAA range safety rules would be applicable to a private spaceport in the same way for a government launch center like the Cape, KSC, or Vandenberg. Dan said yes and explained the reasoning behind range safety rules. Joe emailed in about range safety for Russian launches, then as the segment ended, our guest addressed launching from other parts of the Texas Gulf Coast which he said presented similar constraints as Brownsville. In the second segment, Alan asked Dan if he would write a simple primer for orbital dynamics to help the untrained person understand the issues better. Dan will be considering doing that. The question came up if SpaceX rockets would be required to use explosives on board for a destruct command or if the termination of thrust in a problem launch could be handled by other means. Dan got specific questions about the EIR and a possible Falcon Heavy launch as well as Falcon 9 launches. As we neared the end of the show, the subject of reusability came up and then the sparks flew as listeners did not like what Dan said and which I supported. To read the balance of this summary, visit www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:30:29 PDT
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