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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: 12 May 2005
Language: English


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Add this to another station Dr. John Rummel, Tuesday, 4-5-16 (20.55MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. John Rummel; Topics: Planetary protection, humans to Mars, Mars safety and contamination concerns. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. We welcomed Dr. John Rummel to the program to continue or discussion on planetary protection, specifically humans to Mars. During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Dr. Rummel introduced us to the problems existing at this time regarding humans to Mars. He said HSF to Mars at this time would probably be prohibited by planetary protection rules but that would change as we learned much more about Mars. He talked about humans going to Mars and being able to do something useful on the surface, not just sit in the hab for the most part. To be able to do something useful means we need much more information about Mars. He said we travel with molecules, then he cited some examples of the unknowns regarding contamination with our molecules both as to what may be on Mars and to the safety of the Martian crew. He also talked about using the Moon as a training ground to help us be better prepared for eventually going to Mars with a crew. BJohn sent in an email saying life on Mars could not be disproven so what are we waiting with respect to planetary protection issues? Don't miss how our guest responded to BJohn's question. Our guest suggested we not be impatient about getting humans to Mars and again he stressed that we have no EVA systems for Mars, no clear EDL system, and that for now we cannot do useful things on the surface of Mars. Make sure you hear all that he has to say on this subject for the full context of his comments. Dr. Doug sent in an email about cross contamination issues concluding that "we should just accept that there has been bilateral biological exposure between the planets for eons and so at some point we have to just accept that and go ahead and send people to live on Mars." Don't miss John's reply. In the second segment, Paul asked about Mars One and SpaceX timelines for humans to Mars. Our guest said that the rules would not prevent private parties from going to Mars and be productive. He also brought up some of the criticisms of contamination issues as expressed by Dr. Zubrin. Since our guest had been a consultant to Mars One, I asked him about their plan to go in the early 2020s. John had much to say during the show and in response to this question about Mars One. At one time he even suggested we consider supporting their effort and why. Thomas called in from Singapore to talk about a hard landing accident on Mars and contamination from that type of accidental landing. John had much to say about risk taking, testing of equipment and the ultimate no risk position of never landing an anything on Mars. Listen to the entire discussion so you don't take anything out of context. It was a very interesting given and take. It is worth pointing out that Johnt again talked about the need to be productive on the surface of Mars and for that we need lots more information about Mars. Sample return missions came up. Read the balance of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:37:54 UTC
Add this to another station Tim Dooley, Monday, 4-4-16 (20.76MB; download) -- Guest: Tim Dooley; Mr. Dooley discusses his latest book in series Tales From An Alternate History regarding The Victorian Space Age. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Tim Dooley provided us with an introduction to his Victorian Space Age work and stories as part of his Tales From An Alternate History. In particular, we mostly talked about the stories in his newest book, "Early Spaceflight." This book contains three stories, "The Quest For Speed," A Friendly Wager," and The First Martian." An important part of Tim's work are the pictures he uses, sometimes inspired by reality, but all original drawings by Tim as he is an extremely talented artist. Given we have so many new Space Show listeners that may not be familiar with Tim's earlier shows and his work, the first segment focuses on an introduction to the Victorian Space Age projects, missions, technology, and Mars and Venus visits. Noe that his early space timeline builds on the beginning, starting way back with the BC timeline. Make sure you visit the different timelines at www.victorianspaceage.com/Time-Line.html as each one provides a chronological accounting of what happened in space development and when. Also, be sure to visit his website for more information on his stories and The Victorian Space Age at www.victorianspaceage.com/index.html. A few of the highlights of the first segment include mentioning Dr. Robert Zubrin and his counterpart in the Victorian Space Age, the same for Elon Musk, and even the early days of space advocacy. Note the similarities with Venus cloud cities to today's theories for humans going to Venus. The same for Mars and the Moon. In this early space history, there was also a private sector industry along side the government industry and the Elon Musk counterpart was the super industrialist of the time. Another modern person that had a counterpart in the early period was Conrad Hilton. Don't miss this story line. Before the segment ended, BJohn asked about early balloon flight and the possible inspiration for the "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells. Don't miss Tim's response to this set of questions. In the second segment, BJohn asked another question pertaining to the ancient Greeks in space and the so called God Illusion. Tim had much to say about this, including a reference to Carl Sagan on the subject. Don't miss this discussion. Tim addressed character development in his stories and alternate timeline. We noted similar technologies such as the use of parachutes and heatshields in the early period. Furthermore, we learned that interstellar flight began in 1833 in Arizona. The technology used for this type of flight was folding space. Don't miss Tim's description of this advanced technology. BJohn got in one more question about other national space programs then and now, specifically China. Please post your comments/questions in the comments section for this show in the archived section of The Space Show website. You can reach Tim Dooley through his website or me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:10:32 UTC
Add this to another station Jay Wittner, Gary Bickford, Sunday, 4-3-16 (21.44MB; download) -- Guests: Jay Wittner, Gary Bickford; Topics: The Integrated Space Plan updates, volunteers, changes, ISDC 2016. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. We welcomed Jay Wittner and Gary Bickford to the program to update us on changes and new developments with The Integrated Space Place (see www.thespaceplan.com). During the first segment of our 93 minute program, Jay introduced us to The Space Plan and explained the layout of the plan, how to enlarge it on our computers, then explained why it was a view of a detailed future for space development. Jay mentioned that the center column was the critical path of movement for the industry toward our space future in the year 2100. He talked about the continuing online work with the plan which Gary was doing and the fact that one could click on any part of the plan for specific information related to that mode. Additional topics discussed in the first segment included their wanting to incorporate different perspectives from different players in the industry such as SpaceX, the need to present factual information and to over time present an evolving path to full space development. Paul sent in a question about the upcoming ISDC conference. Our guests had much to say about their two hour presentation at ISDC but we talked about this event in more depth during the second segment. Jeff asked if the plan was more focused on human spaceflight or science missions and another guest wanted to know if the plan was U.S. centric. In the second segment, our guests talked about the constant need to update and modify The Space Plan given the growth and changes in the space industry. Our guests cited several examples of ways in which the plan could be used. They used the example of how to get to the moon. Listen to what they had to say about this and the application to the question of The Space Plan. 3 D printing served as another example. A listener asked our guests for the qualification for volunteers to help with Space Plan updates and changes. Our guests listed several areas of interest for potential volunteers. If you are interested, you can email them for more information at info@thespaceplan.com. Harry from Boston wanted to know if the group had any contact with NASA, DARPA and other government agencies involved in space. BJohn sent in a note asking if the first human mission to the Mars could take advantage of shorter travel time during the close conjunctions 2033 and -35 which was earlier than suggested by the Plan. BJohn also suggested the use of a 12 year cycle of launch windows for gravity assist from Jupiter to time missions beyond Jupiter. Don't miss what our guests said in response to BJohn's question. In addition, I got in a comment or two abut budgets and advanced propulsion. As the program was nearing the end, our guests focused on the center part of the Plan or what they refer to as the critical path. They also talked about policy and economics which will play a bigger part as they expand their website. Please read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 04 Apr 2016 14:47:26 UTC
Add this to another station Richard Easton, Dr. Bleddyn Bowen, Friday, 4-1-16 (21.74MB; download) -- Guests: Richard Easton, Dr. Bleddyn Bowen; Topics: Space power theory, strategy, policy, and more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. We welcomed back Richard Easton with his guest, Dr. Bleddyn Bowen from the UK. Richard was the co-host for this program as he chose this as an Indiegogo perk during our recent website modernization campaign. Richard selected Dr. Bowen as the guest and was with us from Wales. During the first segment of our 94 minute discussion, Richard explained why he chose this particular topic and introduced us to Dr. Bowen. Dr. Bowen explained his space power theory as well who Carl Von Clausewitz was and what he was known for since his work influenced our guest and his academic work on developing his space power theory. Don't miss this early part of our discussion as it provided the foundation for the rest of our very thorough discussion on space warfare, security issues, strategies, and the use of space power.Some other topics discussed in the first segment included responsive space strategy, severe consequences for offensive behavior and actions, Cold War analogies, cyber warfare, space war games, beyond geosynchronous orbit, other space locations of strategic interest such as L4 or L5, and the HGEO orbit. In the second segment, Bleddyn was asked about space based weapons. Mike Listner called in with his thoughts on space weapons and space power per the discussion in the first segment. Bleddyn made the comment that his theory was not for the battlefield but more of a tool for studying the issue. BJohn asked many questions during our program. He wanted to know if the space solar power beam could be weaponized and on another he wanted to know if N. Korea could set off an EMP bomb. He also expressed his concern about the use of nuclear rockets and propulsion in space. Don't miss what our guest said in response to these questions. As our segment was winding down, I asked Bleddyn for a prediction of things ten years out. He suggested I was asking the wrong question, then he asked my question in a different way. Listen to what he said and how he responded to it. What do you think?Another listener question came in from Don asking about the influence on space power by a U.S. President, especially once our 2016 election is all over and done. Our guest had much to say on this subject, don't miss it. Chemical weapons, arms control agreements and conventions, WW2 and more came up leading us into a summary statement by both co-host Richard and our guest, Dr. Bowen. In their respective summary statements, Dr. Bowen spoke to the differences in space power and space security and the need for more awareness and what is known as space normal. Richard mentioned GPS vulnerabilities and new software upgrades to the system with more needing to be done to add to the security of the system. Please post your comments/questions in the comments section for this show when it is archived. You can reach either guest through me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 02 Apr 2016 14:47:57 UTC
Add this to another station Henry Vanderbilt, Tuesday, 3-29-16 (21.13MB; download) -- Guest: Henry Vanderbilt; Topic: Space Access Society Conference, April 7-9 in Phoenix, event agenda & presenters. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. We welcomed back Henry Vanderbilt to update us on this year's Space Access Society Conference to be held in Phoenix, Arizona from April 7-9. Find out more about the conference, speakers, registration and more at http://space-access.org/updates/sa16info.html. During the first segment of our 92 minute discussion, Henry provided us with a short but detailed history of the Space Access Society conferences, then suggested the theme for this year will be looking at what will likely unfold over the thirty years along with what should unfold over the same future time period. One thing that he stressed for the future was expanding BLEO to cislunar development, specifically cislunar transportation. He said he was not opposed to going to Mars but he thought it best to be incremental in moving forward and first create the conditions and infrastructure to Make Mars possible in the future. For the balance of this segment, Henry highlighted many of the speakers and their topics. I suggest you follow along with the agenda which you can see at the above Space Access event website. Near the end of the first segment, Marshall called to talk about the commercial crew program and buying RD 180 engines. At one point Henry compared the cost of the RD 180 to the cost of buying a seat on the Soyuz to send American astronauts to the ISS. He said today's price was around $70 million per seat but when Dennis Tito did it years ago, the cost was about $20 million. In the second segment, Henry went over the variety of panel discussions planned for the event. He said a panel discussion is brain storming about the future. Refer to the agenda for the specifics on the panel discussions Henry mentioned. A listener asked about the event being live streamed. It is not but I brought up the bloggers that would be there so that those not attending can follow what is happening. If you are interested in following the bloggers, listen for the details in this segment. Henry also went through conference location and hotel information. While the main hotel is sold out, he said there might be some cancellations in a few days regarding people who had to make last minute changes in their plans. He also said alternative hotels are listed on the Space Access website. Nearing the end of the program, we talked about the exhibit area for the event which still has space available. If this interests you, email Henry through the Space Access website. Don in Las Vegas asked if there would be a memorial for Charles Pooley. Don't miss this short segment. I suggested having the Happy Hour in memory of Charles. Maybe that will happen. For the balance of our discussion, Henry mentioned other speakers, student projects, and a few additional concepts that would be discussed at this year's event. Please post your comments/questions in the comments section of this archived show. You can reach Henry Vanderbilt through the Space Access website.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:48:08 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, aired Monday, 3-28-16-16 (2.85MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Vostochny Cosmodrome rocket testing 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. 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 Anatoly Zak to discuss the integrated testing in place with the Russian Soyuz rocket at the new Vostochny Cosmodrome spaceport. Anatoly described the integrating testing process, talked about other Russian rockets, the Briz-M upper stage plus additional Russian space news. Visit Anatoly's website, Russian Space Web.com (www.russianspaceweb.com/index.html). You can reach Mr. Batchelor or Mr. Zak through me. Post comments/questions in the comments section for this archived program.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:26:53 UTC
Add this to another station Rob Manning, Monday, 3-28-16 (23.47MB; download) -- Guest: Rob Manning; Topics: Human-scale Mars landers, supersonic retro-propulsion (SRP) for Mars landings. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. We welcomed Rob Manning back to the show to discuss landing human-scale landers on Mars with supersonic retro-propulsion (SRP) or with other tools. During the first segment of our 1 hour 42 minute discussion, I asked Rob to define the problem regarding landing large payloads on Mars and to provide us with the definition of a large lander. A good portion of the first segment was a comprehensive discussion of these issues. Some of the topics included previous Mars landers, Martian atmospheric considerations, supersonic parachutes and Earth testing of them, vehicle entry mass, flying engines backwards as it is called, heavy lift, Mars landing areas and why, reusability, what is being learned from the SpaceX flyback booster reusability tests, and lots more. It was an information packed first segment and I suggest careful listening attention. In addition, you will likely find Rob's recent paper with several co-authors, "A High-Heritage Blunt-Body Entry, Descent, and Landing Concept for Human Mars Exploration" of interest and helpful in understanding the challenges for putting large payloads on Mars. You can download the paper at www.ssdl.gatech.edu/papers/conferencePapers/AIAA-2016-0219.pdf. Other topics in this segment included a question from Ralph about space advocate mission planning designs and if the actual mission planners ever pay attention to advocate proposals. Don't miss what Rob had to say in response to Ralph's question. It might surprise you. More was said about this in the second segment. Before the beak, Rob talked about the deceleration curve for g's regarding the return to Earth. He talked about how this can impact the crew and force significant design and engineering changes on the mission. In the second segment, Doug sent in a provocative email asking our guest "Might it be easier to accomplish great things in space than many assume?" Don't miss Rob's response to this question. By the way, part of Rob's response focused on the different ways SpaceX could do something and test it as compared to NASA. Later, Doug called in to ask our guest about deployable heatshields which might allow Mars landings to take place at higher up elevations. Again, don't miss what Rob had to say in response to Doug's heatshield question.Linda from Las Vegas asked for more information about the differences in landing large payloads or humans on the Moon or an asteroid compared to do it on Mars. Rob had much to say about EDL for all three destinations. Near the end of our discussion, our guest was asked about space advocate papers for planning missions or engineering and if such papers or proposals were considered by those actually doing the mission. Rob talked about the need for such papers to have some sort of critical feedback for the author as technical criticism is essential. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:42:02 UTC
Add this to another station John Strickland, Friday, 3-25-16 (22.31MB; download) -- Guest: John Strickland; Topics: Mars operations with high mass expeditions & robust bases, Oberth Effect, propulsion needs for Mars. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. We welcomed back John Strickland for the third part of his three part series. For the third in the series, John focused "on Mars operations with high mass expeditions and robust bases, using the Oberth effect to massively lower propulsion needs for Mars. This also covered aero-capture, how to reduce propellant mass and increase expedition mass, base-first policy, crew safety, new interest in reusable ferries, and much more." During the first segment of our 97 minute discussion, John started out by talking about how to get to Mars, the use of cislunar infrastructure, especially at L1, and the use of multiple expeditions. Much of what he talked about in this segment was technical, especially when he addressed km/second needs for orbit, launch, orbit, landing. He was asked about ISRU by Dr. Doug so he spent time discussing that. Near the end of the segment, he was asked if he had a Power Point or otherwise written document summarizing what he was talking about as that would probably make following the discussion easier. He referred us to his 2011 publication which is on the NSS website, ACCESS TO MARS: (Part 1) EARTH TO MARS TRANSIT LOGISTICS ALTERNATIVES, an ISDC presentation from May 18-22, 2011. You can follow along by using this 109 slide document, www.nss.org/settlement/mars/AccessToMars.pdf. John discussed getting to the Martian surface with cargo as well as with humans, the use of different fuels, robotic missions and uses, ISRU, aero-capture, and even the use of advanced propulsion such as Vasimir. He also talked about his space ferry idea. In the second segment, we started with a question from BJohn about crew safety, suggesting that a "crewed Mars lander will carry its ascent stage fully fueled, and not use ISRU. This gives the crew the option to abort to orbit anytime during the landing sequence." John did not agree with his suggestion and explained why his plan provided better safety than what BJohn was suggesting. What do you think? Post your ideas on TSS blog. About seven minutes into the second half, John stopped the discussion to answer his cell phone. This provided an interesting first of a kind break on The Space Show as we heard John's side of the conversation. Moving on after John's phone call, Doug emailed in a question about John's reliance on reusability when it was yet to be proven. See what you think of John's reply. Again, let us know by posting your thoughts on TSS blog. John explained the Oberth Effect and "swing by maneuver." Doug sent in a follow up question asking John how long he suggested crews remain on Mars. John said around 500 days but it would depend on the transfer back to orbit. He then talked about both a conjunction class mission and an opposition class mission. In addition, he referenced zero boil off conditions or ZBO. Please read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 26 Mar 2016 14:44:18 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Mike Griffin, Tuesday, 3-22-16 (21.09MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Mike Griffin; Topic: Space Policy, commercial space, public benefits from space and more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. We welcomed Dr. Mike Griffin back to the show to discuss US space policy and much more. In the first segment of our 92 minute program, I asked Dr. Griffin for his view of US space policy per his recent House Science Committee testimony. We spent most of the first segment talking about our space policy now and for the future. One point that our gust made related to the ISS and the fact that we should continue using it but most of all, we should be planning on the continued use of the station. He said given how much time it takes to plan and finance space experiments, many potential ISS users won't make the investment given the long term use of the station is in flux. He made the case for continuing with the ISS and making that part of our policy to drive even more experiments and use of the station. Our guest then proceeded to outline three separate steps which he said should constitute our space program moving forward. See what you think of his three steps, then post your comments about them on TSS blog. Before leaving this subject, I asked how we would finance the robust space policy and program he was talking about. Again, don't miss his response to this question. What do you think? I asked our guest the same question I have been asking many other Space Show guests and listeners which was what was in it for the American taxpayer to finance the extended space policy and program he was advocating. Mike's response might surprise you. He focused on establishing American pre-eminence and what that would mean for each of us. He also talked about updates to our industrial capability along with our way of lie. Mike said that 70% of a Americans support space but obviously they don't dwell on it as we do in the community. Jeff from Tucson sent in a question asking about safety for crew and cargo regarding SLS which does not separate cargo and crew as did Aries 1 and Aries 5. Mike had much to say in response to Jeff's question so don't miss his comments on crew safety. Jack, referring back to Mike's testimony, asked about space settlement and why it seemed that at the hearing, there was no interest in settlement. Mike disagreed and said the difference was more semantics than anything else as they spoke to having a permanent presence on the Moon and elsewhere in the solar system. By the way, if you want to see the House Science Committee hearing, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zebh4UXovq4. Robert Jacobson sent in a note asking about reliable economic and investor information for making space investments. Mike said it was very difficult to get accurate financial, economic, and investment information in space investments. He also provided us with his opinion and thoughts on the new interest of venture capitalists in investing in commercial space companies and sectors. Read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:57:20 UTC
Add this to another station Chris Carberry, Rick Zucker, Monday, 3-21-16 (20.64MB; download) -- Guests: Chris Carberry, Rick Zucker; Topics: Humans two Mars, the Explore Mars, Inc. upcoming summit, Affordable Mars Workshop & more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. We welcomed Chris Carberry and Rick Zucker to our 90 minute discussion. During the first segment, I asked our guests about three recent topics discussed on The Space Show that were relevant to humans going to Mars. The three topics included planetary protection, why go to Mars first rather than learning and proving out technology by first returning to the Moon, and where was there a viable policy for humans to go to Mars? We spent most of the first segment addressing these three areas. On the topic of planetary protection, Chris had some interesting things to say. The subject is taken seriously, it is continually discussed and he and others see it as an evolving issue. He believed that there would have to be risk adjustments and modifications as more information about humans to Mars becomes known. He also said that were humans permitted to go to Mars but only to places of little or no interest, one would have to determine if it was worth doing a human Mars mission to such a location. This was a fascinating discussion, don't miss it. As for the Moon, as I said to Dr. Benaroya on Sunday, Mars advocates do not see the Moon as an essential first step for going to Mars. While Mars first advocates do not oppose going to the Moon, they say by landing humans on the Moon, the risk is that the program to Mars gets sidetracked, maybe even for decades. Chris advocated cislunar development without landing on the Moon. As I suggested to our Sunday guest, Mars first advocates believe that if the goal is to go to Mars and they say that is the goal, then one should go to Mars, not some other destination. Regarding the absence of a Mars policy, both Chris and Rick talked about how the issue for humans to Mars has been improving along with more and more interest in congress as confirmed by their recent legislative blitz. Our guests also referenced the upcoming third edition of the Affordable Mars Report, out in about two weeks, as further evidence of a humans to Mars policy that is evolving for the better each year. During this segment, our guests talked about the upcoming Humans 2Mars Summit planned for May 17-19 at GWU in Washington, DC. Several of the main speakers and events were discussed. You can find out more about this event and the free streaming of it by visiting http://h2m.exploremars.org. Before the segment ended, Bonnie in Atlanta wanted to know if Explore Mars was reaching out to the presidential candidates. Our guests talked about their outreach activities in this area plus they said that after their big May event, they would have teams going to congress for more legislative educational efforts for the eventual humans to Mars mission. The final questions of the segment dealt with our TRL for going to Mars at this time, plus a time line for a realistic launch date for a humans to Mars mission. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:22:52 UTC
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