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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, Friday, 6-24-16 (27.18MB; download) -- We welcomed back Dr. Doug Plata for this 1 hour 58 minute discussion. Doug talked about space budgets, especially for human spaceflight with some interesting conclusions and analysis. We also discussed the Moon vs. Mars and doing missions more efficiently and for less money. Doug also talked about various propulsion forms, HSF cost/benefit analysis, partial gravity issues and his advocacy strategy. Please read the full review at www.thespaceshow.com for this show for June 24, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:13:14 UTC
Add this to another station Open Lines, Tuesday, 6-21-16 (23.30MB; download) -- Welcome to our Tuesday Open Lines Program. For the first segment, Dan Adamo was with us to talk about the recent Washington Post interview with Elon Musk about his Mars plans. You can read the article and Dan's analysis in the comments section on TSS website for this program. Dan discussed his analysis, aerobraking on Mars, the payload in the Red Dragon to Mars, return missions, and why he prefers the moons of Mars and telerobotics to going to the surface of Mars. Marshall also called in wanting to ask Dan about lava tubes on Mars and maybe on a Martian moon. In the second segment, Dr. Doug called in to talk about space settlement and people living on Mars, including the possibility of kids being taken to Mars by their parents who want to make Mars their new home. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com and look for this program for this date.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:56:34 UTC
Add this to another station Zoltan Levay, Monday, 6-20-16 (15.82MB; download) -- We welcomed Zoltan Levay to the program to discuss the Hubble Space Telescope,images, public access and more. Mr. Levay talks about how Hubble works, booking time on it, research projects, what it can and cannot do and more. We also talked about the James Webb Space Telescope which will be online in a few years. Zoltan did a great job in talking about Hubble, the famous Deep Field images and much more. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program for June 20, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:01:58 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Michael McCulloch, Friday, 6-17-16 (20.00MB; download) -- Dr. Michael McCulloch joined us to discuss his theory of why the Em Drive works. We discussed EM Drive, inertia and his theory about inertia, thrust and much more. This is a fascinating discussion. Read the full summary of the program at www.thespaceshow.com for this show for June 17, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:08:42 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 6-15-16 (4.19MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Dan Durda, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The suborbital industry for both research & tourism. 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 Dr. Dan Durda of the Southwest Research Institute Boulder Office to discuss the suborbital industry from both a research perspective and space tourist point of view. Dr. Durda talked about the major entries in the industry, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and the former XCOR. He talked about experimenters wanting to fly their own experiments and the likelihood that tourist flights will be separate from research flights. Dan was asked about research flight costs and frequencies and when revenue flights might start for Virgin. There are already research flights on Masten and Blue. Near the end of the second segment of this double segment discussion, John asked Dr. Durda to describe what the flight might be like. Don't miss how he described it. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Dan Durda through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:06:26 UTC
Add this to another station Space Show Auditions, Tuesday, 6-14-16 (27.42MB; download) -- Tonight was our Space Show Auditions program except nobody called to say they wanted to be a guest on the show. Too bad for those of you who send me emails telling me you want to be on the show for this or that reason as our policy is and continues to be we don't accept as guests those people that invite themselves to the show. The path for self-invited guests is through an Auditions show like last night or to call an Open Lines show. As it turns out, we fielded two emails and two calls as if the program was Open Lines. During our two hour no break program, John Hunt called to talk about our upcoming show on Friday about EM drive. He then got a listener email from Dan asking him more about his comments from a few weeks ago about the Hilary campaign saying they would release all UFO information should she become president. John and I had fun addressing that topic for another 15 minutes or so but note that I am not going to take any more UFO related emails short of something happening that is very newsworthy. Just before calling it a night for the show, Tim from Huntsville called. He had not been listening so he brought up the UFO issue again, then he made some comments which I misunderstood so we started having a heated discussion with my thinking he was advocating a certain plan for $10 per lb. to orbit. Tim finally got me to understand what he was talking about and we then agreed. He also talked about EM drive issues per the show this coming Friday morning. Please read the full summary of this show at www.thespaceshow.com for this show on this date, June 14, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:07:45 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Monday, 6-13-16 (23.20MB; download) -- We welcomed back Dr. Erik Seedhouse to discuss his new XCOR book, plus later in the program we discussed microgravity issues for astronauts for long duration space flight, especially the vision problems. Dr. Seedhouse had much to say about the XCOR plans to suspend work on the Lynx spaceplane and the suborbital industry in general. When talking about the vision problem in the second part of the show, he explained it, plus he talked about human missions to Mars and more. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on June 13, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:01:54 UTC
Add this to another station Paul Breed, Sunday, 6-12-16 (23.31MB; download) -- We welcomed back to the show Paul Breed of Unusual Rockets. During this 1 hour 41 minute program (no break), Paul talked about his plans to build a small cubesat type launcher and the challenges in doing so. He also address issues in the suborbital and space industry. Paul fielded many listener questions. You can read the entire program summary at www.thespaceshow.com, the go to the show with Paul Breed for June 12, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:09:44 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Dan Durda, Friday, 6-10-16 (13.83MB; download) -- We welcomed Dr. Dan Durda back for a 60 minute discussion regarding the suborbital spaceflight industry and the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference along with a look at the SpaceFest Conference event going on at this time in Tucson, AZ. During the first half of our 60 minute program, Dan focused on the suborbital industry, new trends, tourism, research, and the impact of XCOR and the demise of their Lynx vehicle. He also received several listener questions about the industry and pending flights. Later in the segment Dan described the SpaceFest Event which he was attending. Please read the full summary of this show at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, June 10, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:08:13 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, 6-7-16 (2.64MB; download) -- Please note that this program was recorded on 6-1-16 but it did not air until the evening of 6-7-16. Guests: John Batchelor, Doug Messier, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: XCOR suspends work on the Lynx spacecraft. 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 Doug Messier of Parabolic Arc (www.parabolicarc.com) who has been reporting on the suspension of the Lynx spacecraft and XCOR personnel layoffs related to the Lynx. During our discussion, Doug said that XCOR had laid off just under half their employees. Most of those who were dismissed were working on the Lynx. He said money was an issue plus the new XCOR corporate leaderships felt it needed to make changes in the company. He said there was not enough money to pursue both the Lynx and the engine competition for ULA upper stage Centaur rocket motor. Doug was asked if Lynx ticket holders would be getting refunds but he did not know the answer to that question. He also said they were competing with Blue Origin and Aerojet Rocketdyne regarding the ULA engine in question. When asked why XCOR fell behind on Lynx production, he indicated that there were wing and other problems plus financial issues. He suggested too that it was challenging to build a spaceplane that would fly like a jet and go to Mach 3. Other XCOR and Lynx comments were offered during our Hotel Mars segment for this week. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Doug Messier through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com. In addition, Doug can be reached through his website, www.parabolicarc.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:05:42 UTC
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