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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 Tom Marotta Charles Miller, Josh Jenkins, Monday, 1-25-16 (20.68MB; download) -- Guests: Tom Marotta, Josh Jenkins, Charles Miller; Topics: March Storm 2016, space advocacy, commercial space development. 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. 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. This is our first Indiegogo perk co-host program. Our featured co-host was Tom Marotta who has been a previous Space Show guest. Tom chose the discussion topic of March Storm 2016 and brought on board with him Charles Miller and Josh Jenkins. During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Tom started out asking Charles about March Storm, its goals and measurable outcomes. Visit www.marchstorm.com to see the Citizens Space Agenda for March Storm 2016 because Charles took us through each agenda item which is also a goal of March Storm. Note that the event this year is March 13-17. Charles also pointed out agenda items from last year's March Storm that became policy or law as a result of the new commercial space law signed late last year. Tom asked Josh to describe his experiences with March Storm as a student and one that has advocated for space policy, organized college student participation and participated in other citizen lobby events including March Storm. Josh explained the March Storm training, roll playing and how they make their advocacy more effective with congressional members and staffers. Pat called from the Washington, DC area to ask about the national security benefits for March Storm 2016. Charles responded to this question for a good but short discussion. He mentioned many of the agenda items that he said would contribute directly to national security including low cost space access and rocket reusability among others. Tom asked Charles and Josh about first time participants & meeting with staff & members. As you will hear, the group mostly meets with staffers but they do get some face time with the members. Tom asked our guests what they found to be most exciting about March Storm. Charles mentioned two items that excited him, the cheap access to space prize and the transition from the ISS to commercial and private industry. Josh mentioned his work on the SEDS Act and working toward human settlement to develop the space economy. Another question dealt with space advocacy, specific rockets and destinations. Our guests said they are both destination and rocket agnostic. Listen to their full explanation regarding this matter as it helps to underscore the approach taken by March Storm with congress. Public private partnerships were discussed several times in both segments. March Storm does not push for either a government program or a total private program. Instead, March Storms strives to bring together the best of the government space program and the best the private sector has to establish a high quality and productive space program. In the second segment, Josh was the guest as Charles had to leave early. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:57:59 UTC
Add this to another station John Strickland, Sunday, 1-24-16 (13.51MB; download) -- Guest: John Strickland; Topics: Near term space policy, reusability, fuel depots, cislunar development, Mars & 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 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 John Strickland back to the program for the first of a three part series. Today's program focused on near term space policy issues such as how to jump-start development of reusable spacecraft and depots along with reusable boosters. During the first segment of our 1 hour 58 minute program, John first defined what he meant by "near term" saying this would be anything 5-7 or 8 years out. He also mentioned specific tipping points and the ability to reuse rocket first stages. Concerning reusing first stages, he cited some stats from Elon Musk on successful reusable missions, then he projected out how many "used" first stages he would have to market in a year or two, all at discounted launch prices. Our guest extrapolated from this a positive impact on the commercial space launch and full industry. John spoke about Reaction Engines out of the UK and their Skylon project. He addressed their cooling radiator technology suggesting what it means for the industry though it is still developmental, needing lots more funding and years away from operation after years of testing. John also mentioned that by the time it might become operational, SpaceX large rockets like the BFR might in operation offering competition to Skylon. The subject of a space tug came up several times during both the first & second segment of the program. This resulted in an extensive discussion with callers and emails. John described different scenarios for how a space tug my operate, its propulsion, refueling at a depot and much more. Part of this discussion focused on selling propellant with possible markets. He described different methodologies for fueling depots to be used by a tug. Near the end of the first segment, Marshall called to talk about lunar and Martian landers. John had much to say about these topics. Before Marshall hung up, I reminded him of the problem in landing large payloads on Mars. John disputed that, talked about Mars EDL and why there was no further issue about landing large payloads on Mars. Let us know what you think about this issue and what John had to say by posting your comments on TSS blog. In the second segment, we started with a call from John in New Jersey who had more to say about space tugs. Both Johns talked about different types of space tugs including the Dragon and possibly the Cygnus. Universal docking was mentioned as well. SLS was the next topic so brace yourself for yet another SLS Space Show discussion. Following the SLS give and take, our guest spoke about the SpaceX Raptor engine, more on Mars EDL, and the shape of the Mars reentry rocket as he said the wider the entry vehicle, the easier to land on Mars with less propellant. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:35:30 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. William (Bill Farrand, Friday, 1-22-16 (10.28MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. William (Bill) Farrand; Topics: Mars rovers, remote sensing, mission instrument design & 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. 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 Dr. William (Bill) Farrand to discuss the Mars rovers, particularly Spirit and Opportunity which landed on Mars 12 years ago this month. In the first segment of our 1 hour 29 minute show, Dr. Farrand, a member of the Spirt/Opportunity team, updated us on the latest info coming back from Opportunity and he again told us what happened to Spirit to cause it to cease operating. Opportunity is very exciting and to see it still working 12 years later when it had an original life expectancy of about six months is quite amazing. We talked about the Opportunity team, the new information coming back from the rover, the science being done & the discoveries made by these two rovers over the past dozen years. Our guest took some questions about the move The Martian. While liking the movie, he said that the Martian landscape and terrain were not very realistic nor was the Pathfinder landing site. Later in the program, he was asked about Martian dust storms and he explained why the dust storm in the movie's opening scene was inaccurate. Don't miss his comments. Karen asked our guest to list off some of the top Opportunity discoveries which Dr. Farrand did do. He was asked about Opportunity detecting signs of past life but said no because it was not designed to identify organic materials. In his response, he focused on the upcoming Mars 2020 mission which would be better designed for organic and other life detection type experiments. As part of this discussion, Charlie in Atlanta asked what life detection instruments on a robotic space mission would consist of & wondered why such instruments were not on other Mars rovers. Before the segment ended, another series of questions fielded by our guest dealt with comparing Mars geology to Earth geology. Dr. Farrand talked about similarities between Mars and Earth geology but he also identified differences in rocks & geologic features. One of the major differences focused on the absence of tectonic plates and movements on Mars which are largely responsible for earthquakes here on the home planet. He talked about Mars faults and mars quakes but its nothing like what happens on Earth. Volcanic issues between Earth & Mars were also discussed with comparisons made between the two planets.In the second segment, BJohn asked about mission instrument selection differences based upon destinations such as our Moon, Mars, Martian moons, or an icy moon of Jupiter. Luis from Venezuela wanted our guest to compare Martian exploration by virtual reality as compared to astronauts on the ground. Read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:04:45 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-20-16 (1.33MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Jens Biele, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Rosetta Mission & Philae Lander update. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio. John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. Jens Biele to the show to discuss updates regarding the Rosetta Mission and the Philae Lander. First, regarding Philae, it appears to be dead but mission control is still keeping channels open & hoping for some sort of communication from it though as it moves further from the sun, communications are unlikely. Dr. Biele was also asked about exciting discoveries regarding Rosetta. One that stood out was learning that water on Comet 67P was not like water on Earth or elsewhere. Listen for details, at least to the extent the problem is understood today. He also said there were exceptional night images of the comet that had not yet been made public because of the challenges involved in explaining what is seen in the images. Can't wait to see them when they are made public! During our short Hotel Mars segment, our guest of honor mentioned organic molecules on 67P & he discussed amino acids wondering where they might have come from. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Jens Biele through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:47:26 UTC
Add this to another station Space Show 2016 Guest Suggestions, Tuesday, 1-19-16 (23.06MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. David Livingston; Topics: Listener program and guest suggestions for 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. For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. Welcome to our listener topic and guest selection program for 2016. During the first segment of our 1 hour 40 minute show, I made a few announcements and then we took the first call from Kim in Mexico. Kim made some very good suggestions for Space Show programs and guest including Hop's Blog which can be reached through www.clowder.net/hop and The Space Stack Exchange, https://space.stackexchange.com. Tim from Huntsville called next to talk about SLS and economic issues given I had read a news article on air about a CBO report on the increasing 2016 national deficit and the potential impact of rising interest rates on the debt, spending, and discretionary spending including NASA on into the future. Tim then sought financial information about the timing to take out some sort of financial loan in periods of rising interest rates, inflation, etc. As it turned it, I think he was seeking financial advice for himself so I cautioned him to value the advice to the degree he was paying for it. He got the point. In the second segment, John from Fremont called to talk about a suggestion he had sent me earlier regarding a space archaeologist who used imaging & infrared satellite data to find lost artifacts, cities, and such at different places on Earth. I will be contacting his suggestion with a Space Show invitation. Sarah from Boston emailed in asking for a series of shows doing a graduate level introduction to the subject of aerospace engineering. I then told listeners about an email I had received from Julian in Australia about the Australian Broadcasting Company four part space series that you may want to watch. Here is the URL for the series: www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/showcase/features/outwardbound. John Hunt called in to suggest programming on VASIMIR and its founder, Franklin R. Chang Diaz. I said that I had made attempts to do VASIMIR programming and to have the CEO on the show but so far my efforts have not panned out. I mentioned a new attempt coming up and I hope that we can do this long awaited program/interview. John also said he wanted more physics, rocket engine, fuels, and cosmology programming. Tim called back to suggest a shown on the Rare Earth theory and identified the two main people involved suggesting I invite one of them or both to the show. I told him I would follow up on the suggestion.Please post comments/questions and your 2016 guest and program ideas in the comments section of this archived show. Remember to log in to comments to do that using your Disqus or preferred social media account.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:32:53 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Geoffrey Landis, Monday, 1-18-16 (20.37MB; download) -- Dr. Geoffrey Landis, Venus, Mars, outer planets, solar system human spaceflight destinations, space settlement, Venus surface conditions, the atmosphere of Venus, cloud cities on Venus, Venus vs. Mars for settlement, terreforming Venus, Venus and CO2, Venus resurfaced, bioform Venus, Venus - Earth cycler orbits, heavy lift launch vehicles, Calisto, Phobos, Deimos, Europa, asteroids, science fiction, human factors BLEO, advanced propulsion,.. Read the balance of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:57:53 UTC
Add this to another station Chris Stone, Sunday, 1-17-16 (25.19MB; download) -- Guest: Christopher (Chris) Stone; Topics: Space asset defense, protection and deterrence for national security & commercial assets. 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. For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. We welcomed Chris Stone back to the program to discuss national security space issues. During the first segment of our 1 hour 50 minute program, Chris started out by giving us a working definition for national security space and some of the key issues associated with this segment of the space industry. We talked about passive defense and active defense, jamming, and physical attacks on space hardware, both of the reversible kind and the irreversible kind. I asked our guest if we considered an attack on our space assets as an act of war. Don't miss his reply to this question. Dr. Doug from S. California called for a somewhat lengthy discussion with Chris until we cut it short due to cell phone problems with Doug's line. Doug was questioning the value of the rapid replacement and quick launch to replace damaged space assets. List to what he had to say about this, why he was not supportive of it and hear what Chris said about Doug's ideas. Doug include satellite replacement, GPS, and the use of our SM3 missile defense system in his analysis. Its an interesting discussion so don't miss it. Also in this segment, Chris talked about first strike vulnerability and the idea brought up by Doug of giving up on space and diversifying capability to advanced ground and air systems if we lose the space component. Chris had much to say about this but was not advocating giving up on space as he said it was a key part of our defense and economic triad. In addition, it would signal our retreat which would open the door for even more aggressive adversarial problems. I asked Chris to comment on the progress of the Responsive Space programs to date. Chris talked about the potential Chinese Operationally Responsive Space Satellite knows as Koizhou (see www.parabolicarc.com/2013/10/03/china-launch-rocket), then I read an email from Jack about the effectiveness of our budget for space defense matters. Next in this segment, we had a discussion about vulnerability and risk regarding the different types of interference. Since Chris had been indicating that we were not that well prepared, Ben sent in a note asking for the justification for our leaders to not fully prepare this country for serious attacks on our space assets given the nature of today's economy and the role space place across all segments of our lives and commerce. I then read a note from Roger suggesting that the best deterrence was to make sure the adversary knew all hell would be unleashed on them for messing with our space assets. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:24:02 UTC
Add this to another station Steve Wolfe, James Causey, Friday, 1-15-16 (19.99MB; download) -- Guests: Steve Wolfe, James Causey; Topics: SpaceCom as a space business to business trade show focusing on commercial space opportunities. 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. 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 Steve Wolfe and James Cause to the program to discuss the business to business commercial space trade show, SpaceCom (see www.spacecomexpo.com). During the first segment of our 1 hour 27 minute program, James started out by describing the business to business commercial space trade show, SpaceCom, which will be an annual event in Houston. The event has NASA support, especially from JSC in Houston. We discussed the 2015 event with Steve on Space Show #2659 on Oct. 20 of last year so do listen to this program for event and expo details. James talked about the five industries being targeted to show them commercial space opportunities that they may not be considering or may not be aware of. These industries included the medical industry, manufacturing, the energy industry, communications and transportation industries. Near the end of this segment, our guests described programs available only in the Exhibit Hall. Listeners also sent in several email questions during this segment, including how they might be able to speak or participate in the expo event. In the second segment, we focused on technology transfer, the SpaceCom focus on LEO, suborbital flight, and tech transfer with listener questions asking if Mars was included in their focus as well as cislunar space development. One listener wanted to know about commercial opportunities for on orbit fuel depots and cryo technology development. Don't miss how our guests related that to their event's overall focus. Our guests frequently mentioned Satellite Applications Catapult, a UKSpace organization. Toward the end of our discussion, I asked both our guests how they differentiated SpaceCom from other commercial space programs and venues. Make sure you listen to their response to my question. Wayne got in the last question, asking them about time lines for commercial space development and noting the fact that the U.S. is not particularly good at long term investing. Our last topic dealt with turning point events for commercial space. Don't miss what our guests said plus what I said in addition to the events identified by our two guests. Both James and Steve left us with good closing comments and takeaway points.Please post your comments/questions in the comment section of this show's Space Show archive page. Remember, to comment, you need to log in with your Disqus or social media account. You can reach Steve and James through www.spacecomexpo.com or me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 16 Jan 2016 16:07:27 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-13-16 (11.03MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston. Topics. The discovery of the young massive galaxy cluster IDCS 1426. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio. John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. Mark Brodwin to discuss the discovery and measurement of the massive young galaxy cluster IDCS 1428. Dr. Brodwin discussed the detailed analysis since 2012 by multiple ground and space telescopes. He told us how galaxy size is measured, plus he extrapolated the 10 billion light year away galaxy to what it would be like today in real time. We also talked about the size of this galaxy cluster being about equal to 500 trillion Earth suns! John and I asked Mark technical questions about the contributions of the different ground and space based telescopes, plus our guest helped us to understand the science associated with this discovery. Stay tuned for more as Dr. Brodwin will be a full Space Show program guest next month. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Brodwin through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com or through Dr. Brodwin's university website at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:44:24 UTC
Add this to another station Jim Muncy, Tuesday, 1-12-16 (56.44MB; download) -- Guest: Jim Muncy; Topics: The recently passed commercial space law, resource extraction and utilization, presidential candidates & space. 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. 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 Jim Muncy back to the show to discuss the newly passed U.S. commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 (see https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2262). During our one hour program, Mr. Muncy focused on Title II pertaining to resource extraction. This is commonly referred to as the asteroid mining part of the bill but actually the Act is far broader than just asteroid mining. Mr. Muncy went into quite a bit of detail in the discussion to explain this. He also pointed out why it does not conflict with the Outer Space Treaty, nor does it grant any property rights to the business or resource user. Jim talked about the balance of the bill, the fact that it was bipartisan, and the work that went into it by Congress and others to accomplish this legislation which Jim said was the most significant commercial space legislation since 2004, the Remote Sensing Act, and even the Launch Act of 1984. In the process of talking about the rest of the legislation, he mentioned an exemption by NASA from using commercial launchers to be able to use the SLS for specific SLS type missions. This led to an SLS/Orion discussion, appropriate payloads and missions for SLS, the cost involved, alternatives using fuel depots which would leave more money available for exploration missions. He also used the planned SLS upper stage as an example of the high costs and limited application which makes the hardware even more expensive. This part of our discussion sparked several listener emails including one from the UK and BJohn from Sweden. In the last ten minutes of the program, I asked our guest about the space policy positions of the presidential candidates of both parties. Jim said that both Senator Cruz and Senator Rubio played important parts in the commercial space law that we have been discussing. He said in the 2008 campaign, Hilary had made positive statements about commercial space. When specifically asked about Donald Trump, he told us what we knew already in that he has said we need to fix infrastructure first but Jim said he had no idea what he would do as president or if he might include space as part of an infrastructure improvement program. Jim's summary stressed the point that the bipartisan commercial space law shows what congress can do to better the nation by working together. This piece of legislation was a good role model for congress moving forward. Please post your comments/question in the comments section of this show's archive on The Space Show website. As a reminder, you need to have a Disqus account to comment or you can log in using your social media accounts.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:43:31 UTC
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