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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. Doug Plata, Dr. John Strickland, Sunday, 1-10-16 (49.54MB; download) -- Guests: Dr. Doug Plata, John Strickland. Topics: This program featured a debate about competing ideas for cislunar 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. Welcome to our first ever Cislunar Debate with guests John Strickland and Dr. Doug Plata. During the first segment of our 1 hour 55 minute discussion, it was clear to the listeners that while both Doug and John want to see cislunar development, they have different positions on how to accomplish the development. Doug also created an informal, totally unscientific survey listeners could use to "vote" the program or approach they liked the best, either Doug's or Johns. To vote of the categories identified in the survey, please go to (archive listeners get to vote too) www.lunarcots.com/survey. Due to time constraints, not all topics listed on the survey were discussed but should we do a second debate, the rest of the survey categories will be front and center in our discussion. You can comment on our new blog (part of TSS archives on the new website) about the survey, both approaches, and the discussion in general. Also note that the guests have posted comments and important links supporting their approach in the comments section of the blog for this show. We started the first segment with each guest providing us with both an introductory and opening position statement reflecting their cislunar approach, goals, and expected outcome from our debate. After the opening statements, both Doug and John put forth their objectives and rationales. For example, Doug wanted to accomplish the earliest possible settlement of the Moon and his approach reflects that objective by being simpler and less costly. John's objectives focused on sustainable development for both the Moon and Mars, included a larger, more complex, and costlier program. I did ask each candidate for their budget information for their approach plus the timeline for development. See what you think of this discussion, especially when I challenged both guests about our their costs considering our current economic climate. In addition, this segment included a discussion on public-private partnership development, public only development, high mass versus low mass mission planning, BLEO components, and large reusable boosters as compared to the use of expendables. Locations were important to this part of the discussion so much was said about Earth-Moon Lagrange points , the lunar surface, and orbiting fuel depots. John talked about expanding humans in the solar system, Mars as a backup planet, and having fully redundant rescue capabilities. Doug was looking to reduce costs to do much more and to do it faster. He spoke of using the Falcon Heavy and Vulcan, lunar propellant, and simpler infrastructure for life support. Read the rest of the summary at www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 12 Jan 2016 03:40:04 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Henry Hertzfeld, Friday, 1-8-16 (44.22MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Henry Hertzfeld; Topics: An analysis of today's launch industry, commercial space, competition vs. partnership, economic issues 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. 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. Henry Hertzfeld. During the first segment of our 1 hour 20 minute broad ranging discussion, we first discussed the launch industry in detail. I asked our guest if the higher than usual number of launches in 2015, about 82, was sustainable. As part of this discussion, he said that commercial launches were approximately 25% of the total number of launches. In addition, he pointed out that a number of the launches involved small satellites resulting in a high number of payloads given the mass of the small satellite but not necessarily more launch vehicles given ride sharing and other factors. The heavy lift part of the industry was and is the most profitable but there is very little to no elasticity in this market. It has not been price sensitive which he said was not changing. You do not want miss what he said about these issues so listen carefully. Reusability was also discussed and here our guest provided us with a good economic analysis with lots of unanswered questions - so far. One set of those unanswered questions dealt with why we are not yet seeing an abundance of new space opportunities resulting in more launches, even with lower launch prices by SpaceX. Regarding reusability, he said we would likely see other benefits from it besides just lower pricing. Our next topic focused on the recently passed into law "U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act," specifically the part of the law that focused on space resource exploitation, commonly referred to asteroid or deep space mining. We spent most of the balance of the first segment discussing this subject, bringing to bear various points of view and perspectives. It was a good discussion, don't miss it. Our guest did say that it was unlikely resources would be returned to Earth as I asked him to comment on the "trillion dollar asteroid" concept which is heard all too often. First space use of resources will probably be lunar water for fuel along with other possible resource usage but only for insitu space development. Before leaving this discussion, I asked Dr. Hertzfeld what he thought the impact would be on the companies involved in deep space mining programs and their quest for new investors. Do not miss what he had to say about attracting capital and investors to these projects. Prior to the close of the first segment, listener Oscar in Tucson asked Dr. Hertzfeld for his take on college students in general given the recent protests, comments by some students, even Ivy League students about watering down or eliminating the First Amendment, and the need for "safe spaces" Read the rest of this review @ www.thespaceshow.com
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 09 Jan 2016 18:16:31 UTC
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Anatoly Zak, Wednesday, 1-6-16 (5.46MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Russian space program 2016, EXOMARS & more. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio. John Batchelor and I welcomed back Anatoly Zak (www.russianspaceweb.com) for updates with the Russian space plans for 2016 (see www.russianspaceweb.com/2016.html) plus the European-Russian ExoMars Mission (see www.russianspaceweb.com/exomars_2016.html). Anatoly discussed these plans but spent more time on the critical aspects of ExoMars for both 2016 and 2018. We talked about Russian quality control for assurances this time so their Mars launch would be successful, plus Anatoly explained why ExoMars was so critical to the Russian space program. Anatoly also shared with us the early stage development of Russian rocket reusability.You can email Mr. Batchelor or Anatoly Zak through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com. Anatoly can also be reached through his website.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 07 Jan 2016 17:04:23 UTC
Add this to another station Tory Bruno, Tuesday, 1-5-16 (33.04MB; download) -- Guest: Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno; Topics: United Launch Alliance (ULA), Atlas & Delta rockets, the launch industry, ULA's vision, rocket reuse, policy & 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 ULA CEO Tory Bruno to the program for a wide ranging discussion about ULA, Atlas and Delta rockets, ULA programs and visions, the launch industry, rocket reuse and much much more. Tonight's program consisted of one 64 minute segment. The listener demand to hear Mr. Bruno overwhelmed our two streaming services despite my having added extra bandwidth to the broadcast. As host I switched around using my questions, listener emails, and listener phone calls. I want to thank everyone for being succinct and to the point with your comments and questions for Mr. Bruno. My first question to our guest dealt with his experience in the space industry from his start with Lockheed Martin in 1984 through to today as CEO of ULA, asking him about the changes that have taken place in the industry, what he thinks of the way the industry has been evolving, and was this expected or was it a surprise change in direction that few if any anticipated. You do not want to miss Mr. Bruno's response to this question. I also asked him how ULA plans on competing in an environment of disruptive technologies in a rapidly changing industry. The last of my initial questions focused on the ULA Cislunar 1000 vision as I asked him about the economic, regulatory, and market structure for 1,000 people living and working in space in 30 years. I wanted to know what ULA thought that environment would look like in the future. Next, I started reading listener emails and taking listener phone calls. Listeners covered a variety of topics ranging from the Delta II rocket, the Delta IV coming retirement, Blue Origin and the BE-4 engine, the reserve Aerojet engine, RD-180's, cryogenic fuels and transfer, the Vulcan rocket, human rating the Atlas V and lots more. We also talked with Mr. Bruno about the transformation of ULA which continues today as it moves from serving the nation and its security as its primary duty to competing in the new commercial world. Mr. Bruno had much to say on this subject. Listener and my questions also addressed the ULA role in the commercial crew program & scheduled astronaut launches on the Atlas V as soon as late 2017. Mr. Bruno talked extensively about additive manufacturing (3D printing) and how that was revolutionizing the industry and ULA now and into the future. Cryogenic fuels and related issues were a hot topic for our discussion as was the stated objective of ULA to be the transportation guys for Cislunar space. Later in the segment, I asked our guest if there were reasonable ways to speed up bringing new technology, designs and products to market or... please read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:53:21 UTC
Add this to another station Mark Hopkins, Monday, 1-4-16 (43.96MB; download) -- Guest: Mark Hopkins; Topics: Interstellar space settlement, space settlement in general. 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 Mark Hopkins back to the show to discuss interstellar space settlement. Here are some articles of interest in support of Mark's discussion: www.nss.org/settlement/space/oneillcylinder.htm, www.nss.org/spacemovement/interstellar.html. During the first segment of our 1 hour 28 minute program, Mark introduced us to interstellar space settlement by focusing on two sets of ideas. One set involved using O'Neill cylinders with the other was based on looking at future technology 20 years or more in the future. He fully described both idea sets, including propulsion issues, speed of light travel, how many places there might be to visit and the why do it in the first place big vision & policy question. See if you agree with Mark's answer as to why people would want to do and have interstellar settlement. Email questions started coming in as a response to Mark's presentation. Paul said something would have to b done with the Outer Space Treaty if property rights were to be established. BJohn in Sweden, being very skeptical, asked about cloned human spaceflight, downloading a brain, and what he termed "real human spaceflight." Tim inquired about solar system settlement and technology while including lunar, Martian, and orbital settlement. We also asked our guest about time lines for doing any type of solar system settlement. Later, BJohn sked more questions about uploading one's mind or brain, again being very skeptical about what our guest was saying. Mark talked about refueling from for Mars with lunar water ice. Late in the first segment, Karen offered us her opinion that having governments involved in settlement would delay or kill the project. Before the segment ended, Roger suggested that even an O'Neill space station of any kind was way beyond our technological capability today. Mark mentioned the expansion of 3D printing in space and what that would mean for the industry & space development. In the second segment, Doug called to discuss several things with our guest. For example, he mentioned using beamed technology though he acknowledged using this technology could result in the development and use of a space weapon. Doug then brought up the Fermi Paradox, applying it to our discussion. This proved to be an interesting discussion as well so don't miss it. Topics Doug and Mark talked about included the beam technology, slowing down using it, beam weaponization, self-replicating systems and risks, plus more. Listener Jack sent in a note asking Mark about setting up a special NSS fund to start funding private sector efforts for interstellar settlement. Todd asked if the science fiction movies helped or hurt the cause of space settlement in general. Read the rest of the review @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 05 Jan 2016 18:50:57 UTC
Add this to another station Open Lines & Space 2016 Predictions, Sunday, 01-03-15 (48.20MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. David Livingston; Topics: Open Lines discussion and listener 2016 space predictions. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog comments on The Space Show website. 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. For the first program of 2016, we did Open Lines plus you the listeners provided us with your space predictions for 2016. We started out our 1 hour 37 minute program by my announcing the launch of our new website and noting that the launch took out the drspace@thespaceshow.com email address. I used the Special Announcement option (it posts on our Wordpress blog) on the new website to post two messages before our show, one stating that shows would no longer be archived on our Wordpress blog and the other notifying listeners of the email problem and giving out my davidlivingston.com addresses for use on today's program. I urge you to check the Special Announcement box on the new website homepage from time to time to make sure you don't miss anything. Also, read my introductory announcement about the blog changes. If at times I sounded distracted during today's show, I was. During the show, the IT people were working to fix the email address issue and they kept coming to me for more information. Also, I had Tom helping me with new website issues and comments from listeners. I do apologize for being distracted from time to time. I started today's discussion by offering my 2016 predictions which were mostly that for the new year, we would see the status quo for the industry. Later a few listeners reminded me of some planned events that I had omitted and I must confess, I was excited about some of them including the Bigelow BEAM experiment and learning about the Elon Musk plans for going to Mars. John from Freemont, CA was our first caller saying that he was looking forward to the "spectacular" Falcon Heavy launch. I questioned him as to why he used the word spectacular. This was a fun discussion that actually brought in other listeners to the topic later when they called the show. Doug called with a list of predictions for 2016 including events around the Dragon, the Mars plans by Mr. Musk, and more. He also mentioned the Juno mission to Jupiter, then expressed some concern about international partnerships government to government as he wanted to see international partnerships along the public/private model plus he wanted American commercial companies to lead the partnerships. As Doug is one of the participants in the Friday, Jan. 10 Great Cislunar Debate with John Strickland, I asked him for a preview of what he would promote in the debate. I read some listener emails that addressed the suborbital operators as did Doug in his call. Doug also talked about Russian rockets and the SpaceX Raptor engine. Rick, also from Freemont, emailed us that he thought the FH launch would be spectacular because of the large number of engines firing at one time. In the second segment, John from Redding, CA was our first caller. See Recent Shows @ www.thespaceshow.com for the rest of the summary.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:49:33 UTC
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-30-15 (5.50MB; download) -- Guests: Francis Rose, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Francis and I summarized Space Show listener top space projects of the year. 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. Guest Host Francis Rose and I discussed Space Show listeners choices for the top space projects of 2015. We divided the topics into three categories, launch services, planetary missions, and human spaceflight. Note that this program also contains the Dr. Space blooper of 2015! Near the end of the segment, I remembered to give credit to the Japanese Space Agency for being able to save their Akatsuki satellite. First, I forgot the name but to make matters worse, I initially said it was rescued and now orbiting Mercury. I immediately changed it back to Venus but in a sentence conveying uncertainty. I tried to get in a later word to correct my blooper but Francis had the last word and ended the segment. I could have edited it out but then that would not have been very open and honest with all of you so there it is, my blooper of 2015, maybe of all time. No need to email to tell me its Venus, not Mercury. I knew it at the time but bad history was made anyway. For the rest of our Hotel Mars segment, I listed the projects most frequently mentioned by Space Show listeners in our multiple end of the year shows. Both Blue Origin and SpaceX got tops in the launch industry for recovering their rocket and first stage. Planetary missions included New Horizons, Dawn, Cassini and mentions of Kepler & Cassini. The twins study and setting the American astronaut record for most time in space by Astronaut Scott Kelly were it for human spaceflight. Please post your comments on TSS blog per above. You can email Mr. Rose or me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:06:18 UTC
Add this to another station Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-29-15 (59.02MB; download) -- Guest: Thomas (Tom) Olson. Topics: 2015 in review, 2016 space events, best and worst space events of the year. 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 Tom Olson for his traditional annual year in review show, this time for the year 2015. During the first segment of our 1 hour 45 minute discussion, I asked Tom to start off with the worst space event for 2015 rather than the best. Interestingly, he said it was the fact that another year has gone by without our flying people to space, either orbital or suborbital. This opened up a discussion about disappointments in the suborbital industry other than for Blue Origin which got the best grade along with SpaceX for their landing their rocket back on the pad after making it to space. As for the best, Tom mentioned several "bests" during the show but started out with the new commercial space legislation recently signed into law, specifically the part about funding commercial crew and U.S citizens being able to extract resources from asteroids. He spoke about the launch industry in general saying this was a near record year with 87 total launches. He talked about the ISS extension to 2024, commercial projects on the station and he said it would be better to design a commercial station properly than to try and commercialize the ISS. Tom then mentioned several entrepreneurial companies worth noting and watching including Planet Labs, Spire, Made In Space, also Sierra Nevada with the continuation of its Dream Chaser space vehicle. Listener Robert asked if his views on space solar power had changed in 2015. Tom said no but listen to his explanation. I asked Tom for the top space leaders of 2015. He had trouble naming a few other than Bezos and Musk. He said there were no heroes. All of the space men and women were heroes. Jeff from Denver asked Tom if he changed his mind on SLS/Orion from previous years. Again, Tom said no but listen to his full explanation. Another listener asked him if he thought 2016 presidential politics would influence space policy. Again, he answered with a no. Ft. Worth John called to talk about artificial gravity experiments that were needed, Falcon 9 landing the 1st stage successfully, plus he asked when the Falcon Heavy would fly. In the second segment, Luis from Venezuela asked Tom about small scale laser beaming of power from powersats to landers and assets on the lunar surface. Next up was Dr. Lurio who put in a plug for Made In Space for a 2015 outstanding company award, then he talked about XCOR, responding to some of the recent management changes in the company plus the comments Tom was making about the company. Tom further addressed Made In Space and mentioned a 3D bioprinter. Here is the link to the story he mentioned about the bioprinter, http://medcitynews.com/2015/08/watch-out-organovo-biobots-launching-new-line-of-low-cost-3d-bioprinters. Read the rest of the review @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:08:26 UTC
Add this to another station Space Show Annual Year In Review, Sunday, 12-27-15 (65.01MB; download) -- Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston; Topics: Annual review for space for year 2015. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. Welcome to our annual Open Lines Annual Year In Review program for 2015. As it turned out, we did the 2 hour 10 minute program without a break as calls kept coming and we kept going with the program. Before taking listener calls, I updated everyone on the new website's development. We started with listener calls with Jerry's call about seeing the Falcon 9 land the first stage from his porch in Merit Island, not far from the SpaceX launch and landing sites. He described both the launch and the landing for us from his perspective of being there, plus he talked about potential and future SpaceX rockets and launches. As it turned out, the overwhelming winner for the best 2015 space event was the SpaceX landing of its first stage back at the Cape. While there was lots of discussion about the future economics of the project, reusable economics and more, including the specifics of this flight that made it perfect for the landing demonstration, there was overwhelming support for SpaceX and reusability. Several listeners even called to talk about reusability with the Falcon Heavy, they described what they thought was the customer profile for reusability, we talked about risk vs. reward ratios, payload mass and possible pricing strategies for the "used" rocket launch and what the competition may do as a result of this excellent SpaceX success. As for planetary missions for 2015, hands down for New Horizons and Dawn going to Ceres. We had a few votes for Comet 67P and some mention of Kepler. Doug, during his call, mentioned that for 2016 there might not be much happening in planetary science but he did refer to the JUNO mission which makes it to Jupiter on July 4, 2016. John Hunt called and in addition to talking about reusability and SpaceX, we talked about the new movie Star Wars. That too was a popular topic for the show. John and I pointed out lots of similarities to the earlier Star Wars and what seemed to be technology that had not advanced much since the initial Star Wars movie. Another listener emailed in with the technological advances in the fighters and other systems in the new Star Wars movie so there was tech advancement though I don't think it was easy to spot. However, we did talk in general about reaching technology plateaus and a few callers brought that up. I cited a current article from an Australian financial publication suggesting Apple Computer had "run out of ideas" which supported what some of the listeners were asking about re space technology. Michael Listner called to talk about the RD180 engine and the Defense Authorization Act. We also talked about ULA CEO Tory Bruno being on The Space Show for Tuesday, Jan. 5th. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:29:52 UTC
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-23-15 (5.27MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: 2015 year in review. 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 did a quick 2015 year in review. We both agreed that the latest Falcon 9 launch by SpaceX was a potential game changer with the success of their flyback booster landing upright at the Cape. We also talked about the rest of this particular SpaceX mission which was just as impressive. For planetary science, we selected several mission for our 2015 best including New Horizons, Dawn, Akatsuki which started orbiting Venus after being lost for five years, and the Japanese Hayabusa 1 and 2 missions,. We commented that we were disappointed in the suborbital industry progress other than for Blue Origin and their recent successful test flight with their rocket return to the pad. John liked the European Rosetta Mission for Comet 67P and specifically the Philae lander. We summarized our short discussion by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, plus we look forward to 2016 being another exciting year for space.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:45:51 UTC
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