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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 Open Lines, Sunday, 2-28-16 (25.11MB; download) -- Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston; Topics: Johanthon Pacer on his Enceladus &Triton moon theory, STEM vs. STEAM, 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. Welcome to our last Open Lines program for February 2016. After putting forth some suggested topics, our first caller was Johanthon Pacer who wanted to discuss his Enceladus &Triton moon theory regarding excess heat and the possibility of gigantic naturally occurring electric generators on the moons. The balance of our first segment was devoted to Johanthon and his theory which he discussed in detail. Note that Johanthon would like substantive feedback and commentary regarding his theory so please post your comments and thoughts about what he said in the comments section for this program now that it is archived. If you want to talk with or exchange information directly with our caller, let me know and I will introduce the two of you via email. Johanthon's theory is very interesting and our discussion was also most interesting so don't miss it. In the second segment, we had only one caller, John from Ft. Worth. John first wanted to talk about STEM and STEAM. He was asking why the move to put art (A) in STEM for STEAM. I shared my thoughts with him on the issue but as I said on air, I don't actually know the origins of the push to use STEAM rather than STEM. Our STEAM discussion included a look at modern education through college and more. I asked John for his thoughts on our first segment caller's moon theory. John thought it was interesting and raised a few questions based on what caller Johanthon said. For the remainder of the program, I discussed two magazine articles of interest as there were no further callers nor did I receive any emails from listeners. The first article appeared in the February 2016 issue of Aerospace America and is titled "Liberating Cubesats." This article does a good job of summarizing what is going on in the small launcher industry, the players, their status on bringing their launcher to market, and the target market that will be served by the different small satellite launchers. It is a very interesting and informative article about this industry and the development of small launchers. The next article I recommended appeared in the March 2016 Smithsonian Air&Space Magazine. The article, "How to Land a Building on Mars," can be found on page 28. Given recent Space Show guest comments on how landing large payloads on Mars has been resolved, I thought this would be a good article for listeners to read for a due diligence check on the issue of landing large payloads on Mars. This subject will be discussed further when Dr. Rob Manning returns to The Space Show on Monday, March 28. You should be able to find both articles online. Please post your comments/questions in the comment section for this archived program on The Space Show website.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:03:00 UTC
Add this to another station John Strickland, Friday, 2-26-16 (20.97MB; download) -- Guest: John Strickland; Topics: HSF to Mars, setting up a Mars colony, reusability & retro-propulsion landing. 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 John Strickland back to the show to discuss Mars colonization with transportation to and from Mars. During the first segment of this 1 hour 31 minute discussion, we started out by John responding to my question about our current TRL for getting humans on Mars. This opened the door for John to talk about our TRL today as well as in the near future, entry, descent, and landing on Mars which he said was solved by landing with retro-propulsion, plus he made many additional claims in support of getting humans to Mars fairly soon. I pointed out to John that the retro-propulsion landings for Mars were far from operational nor was the problem solved, then I suggested he listen to the upcoming show Rob Manning who is one of the architects of this type of potential landing on Mars. John based his conclusion on retro-propulsion landings on Mars on SpaceX first stage recovery and to some degree, the same for Blue Origin. Let us know what you think about this by posting your comment on the blog. John also talked about propellant depots and their usage for Mars HSF missions. John described his concept of a high mass mission and why. This prompted Doug to check in with us with a series of questions throughout the show regarding John's ideas. Crew safety was another topic during this segment. This was followed by Joshua asking about the economic drivers for the Mars mission John was talking about. Don't miss what John said in response to Joshua's question. In the second segment, John was asked if we should first go to Mars or do an O'Neill colony. John suggested both should be done ASAP. Don't miss his explanation. BJohn asked John about the Martian moons. John had much to say about the mons and how best to go there and use them to facilitate the humans to Mars missions. Jack emailed in a question about the recent House Science Committee hearing on the Space Leadership Preservation Act that featured Dr. Mike Griffin and Col. Eileen Collins answering the congressional questions. Jack's purpose in referencing the hearings was to ask John what he thought of Mike's response dealing with when we will be ready to send a crew to Mars. You can watch the 2 hour 15 minute hearing at https://science.house.gov/legislation/hearings/full-committee-hearing-space-leadership-preservation-act-and-need-stability. Doug joined in with email comments about a Mars flyby mission saying to do that with a crew would not require the testing program Mike suggested for humans to Mars. Later in the segment, John was asked if he was hearing credible rumors about the SpaceX plans to go to Mars which will be announced at the September IAC meeting in Mexico. John talked about different versions of SpaceX rockets that might be involved but he had nothing specific to say about the SpaceX plans. So we all wait for the big announcement. Read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 27 Feb 2016 16:47:44 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 2-24-16 (2.41MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Allan Needell, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Apollo 11 command module graffiti, 3D Digitization Program. 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. Allan Needell, Curator of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Space Division, to discuss both the Apollo 11 command module graffiti which has been uncovered plus the museum's 3D Digitization Program. During our ten minute discussion, Dr. Needell talked about some of the scribbled messages on the walls of Columbia having been known before, but in the process of undertaking the 3D Digitization Program, other messages were recently discovered. Because nobody had been in the capsule for decades, they were forgotten and unseen. Dr. Needell did talk with Mike Collins and Buzz about the messages. Most were written by Mike Collins. Our guest went into detail about the 3D Digitization Program and what it will eventually mean for people not present in the museum. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Needell through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com. Dr. Needell can also be reached at his museum website page, https://airandspace.si.edu/staff/allan-needell. You can read about graffiti via many sources on the web as the story has been widely reported. I used a story at www.sciencealert.com and one from http://smithsonianscience.si.edu as resources for this discussion.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:07:14 UTC
Add this to another station Space Show Guest Auditions, Tuesday, 2-23-16 (20.35MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. David Livingston, Host; Topics: Possible guest topics included military space, repurposing NASA , directed energy propulsion & space development as exploitation. 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. Welcome to our first guest audition program for 2016. In the first segment of our 1 hour 27 minute program we had two callers proposing vastly different topics plus Tim called near the end of the segment to talk about space settlement. The first caller was Patrick from Defense Daily. He proposed programming focusing on the military and several related topics. Patrick was very interesting and I will be following up his call with a Space Show invitation. The second call was from Aario from Iran though now he lives in Germany but was visiting in the States. He proposed being a guest to talk about repurposing NASA to focus on space infrastructure. I was skeptical about this happening, suggested it might take an Act of Congress to change the National Space Policy to do that and referenced the efforts to repurpose NASA to focus on space settlement which I also don't think will happen. I suggested Aario do his homework on his idea, load up with facts and other information and we would exchange notes on his idea when he was back in Germany. We could discuss his being a guest to put forth his ideas despite my being skeptical that his idea would gain any traction at all. However, first, I want to see some facts or analysis why he wants to repurpose NASA for building infrastructure other than it being his personal preference. What do you think about his idea for repurposing NASA and being a guest on the show to discuss it in detail? Post your thoughts on the blog. Tim from Huntsville was our next caller. Tim had picked up on the space settlement comments with the previous caller and wanted to say that in his opinion, Congress did not care about it. He also commented on the college student space views that I mentioned with our previous caller re exploitation and fixing things up on Earth before going into space but also making sure we don't ruin space as we have done to Earth. As I told Tim, I'm hoping this student will come on the show to express her views but we will see. In the second segment, Mike from Phoenix called and proposed being a guest on the show after Elon Musk announces his Mars plans at the IAC later this year. He will be at the IAC for the announcement so I told him to take good notes and to come on and tell us about it. He also suggested Dr. Philip Lubin from UC Santa Barbara on directed energy propulsion from his presentation at the 2015 NIAC Fall Symposium. There were no other calls or emails for this show so I used the time to make a few announcements, go over the future Space Show schedule and to promote the remaining programs for this week, including Hotel Mars focusing on Apollo graffiti. In addition, I let listeners know that I have only one autographed copy left of Dr. Dewar's book, "The Nuclear Rocket." Read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:34:39 UTC
Add this to another station Phil Smith, Monday, 2-22-16 (24.96MB; download) -- Guest: Phil Smith; Topics: Space tourism, launch industry, cubesats, market analysis for the space industry & relevant segments. 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 Phil Smith back to the program to discuss market and industry analysis for space tourism, the launcher industry, cubesats and much more. During the first segment of our 1 hour and 49 minute program, we started off discussing space tourism. First, our guest put the space tourism industry into economic perspective as part of the overall $324 billion space industry. We then talked about suborbital space tourism, the unveiling of the Virgin Galactic SS2 Unity a few days ago, plus the potential of the industry. While our guest did have things to say about Virgin Galactic, XCOR, and Blue Origin, The Tauri Group does not pick winners. Our space tourism discussion, including market and economic analysis, took the better part of the first segment. However, we also talked about orbital tourism and the impact on space tourism industry growth by lowering prices per questions asked by Dr. Doug when he called the show. Included in the price discussion was the probability of lowering prices and by how much given venture capital and ROI pressure on many of the companies. One thing our guest pointed out was that they showed the tourism part of the industry being larger than the research side of the industry using the same vehicles. Listener David asked if Blue Origin's recent success might impact Virgin Galactic plans and if so, how and by how much. He also wanted to know the longer term impact Blue might have on SpaceX. In winding up our suborbital discussion, Mr. Smith said two things had happened to change the outlook for the industry. First, hardware was now flying even if only under experimental licenses. The second big thing was the large amount of investment in the industry by non-space players though it was unclear if this was sustainable money. Our guest also said "Big Data" was getting most of the investment. He provided us with examples of this and a clear definition of big data. Regarding the launch industry, he said 2015 was a good year with 86 orbital launches though most of the launches were government. GEO satellites was the largest share on the commercial side and they were the largest revenue producers. He talked about a possible glut in launch vehicles with 60 such vehicles in operation or being produced on a global level. While smallsat and cubesat launches were increasing, he also talked about cluster or constellation launches which means lots more satellites on one launch which would have the result of lowering the number of launches but possibly launching more satellites. Before the segment ended, George from Boston asked about forecast track records along with the Tauri Group track record. Our guest provided us with examples of track records, including one dating back to early Air Force fusion energy studies. He said Tauri Group track records were proprietary for customers requesting the information. Read the rest of this review @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:10:45 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Markus Voelter, Sunday, 2-21-16 (24.17MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Markus Voelter; Topics: Dr. Voelter' s SOFIA flight, Omega Tau Podcasts on science, aviation, space, & more, space in Germany. 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. Markus Voelter to the program to discuss his flight experience aboard the NASA-DLR Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), along with his Omega Tau Podcasts. During the first segment of our 1 hour 45 minute discussion, Markus described the SOFIA program, the DLR-NASA relationship and responsibilities for SOFIA, plus he went in to significant detail about his ten hour flight experience aboard the SOFIA observation flight from Palmdale, CA. In fact, our first segment is all about flying onboard the special Boeing 747SP SOFIA aircraft. Among the topics discussed and covered as a result what Markus told us and listener questions were the SOFIA public outreach program, the advantages of using the 747SP, how the plane gets to 43,000 feet at the top of the stratosphere, the special infrared telescope with its design, gimbals, and size, how the telescope is operated both manually and remotely, SOFIA routes and air traffic control issues, infrared astronomy, why infrared on the SOFIA 747SP rather than on a satellite or even a balloon, the special FIFI-LS imaging spectrometer, SOFIA science, operational crew, science crew, visitors/teachers onboard the SOFIA flights, food on the flight, flight logistics, and lots more. Markus did ten hours of podcasting on this flight which you can listen to at http://omegataupodcast.net/touren-tours/sofia. There is also a special SOFIA slide show with photos regarding SOFIA and our guest's experience at www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NjZOPKuh4k. There were specific listener questions about the telescope mirror exposed to the atmosphere since the side of the plane opens up during the viewing periods. Marshall wanted to know if SOFIA scientists had a proprietary period of use with their observation data, and then Luis wanted to know about SOFIA financial problems given the project has faced cancellation several times. This allowed Markus to elaborate on the SOFIA project's high operating costs, then Markus and I engaged in a mini discussion about the "game" politicians play in approving and funding projects knowing the expenses may be downplayed only to face cancelling the projects later on when reality sets in and some may have a different use in mind for the money they are spending on the older project. Julian wanted to know if there were actual cost comparisons for running and operating SOFIA versus a similar telescope on a satellite. In addition, since Markus said he did not offer transcripts for his podcasts, a subject the two of us discussed in detail for a few minutes as we had similar thoughts on the matter, Julian suggested his podcasts get German cultural funding support for transcripts. Don't miss what Markus said about this idea. During the first segment, we also covered lots of telescope and 747SP logistical topics. Please read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:14:46 UTC
Add this to another station Dvid Hop Hollister, Friday, 2-19-16 (22.93MB; download) -- Guest: David (Hop) Hollister; Topics: Hop's Blog, space settlement, space destinations, tethers, telerobotics & 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 David (Hop) Hollister to this 1 hour 40 minute program. In the first segment, we talked about his well known & respected space blog, Hop's Blog. Check it out at http://hopsblog-hop.blogspot.com. Hop started out discussing his interest in space and why he decided to create Hop's Blog which had something to do with determining for himself if space settlement was plausible. As you will hear him say, the book is still open on the subject despite his wanting to see space settlement take place. His reasons for suggesting the book still being open have to do with the complexities, costs, and technological advancements needed for space settlement. All of this is further complicated if the settlement strives to be Earth independent in a short period of time. He elaborated on these issues during this segment. Hop also suggested alternative destinations for settlement other than Mars. For starters, he talked about the Moon, orbital destinations, and nearby asteroids as possibilities. He does not think Mars should be the only settlement destination considered by NASA and mission planners. In this discussion, he noted resource depletion as a problem on Earth. Hop was also asked about life being found on Mars in which case he said he was not supportive of disturbing or contaminating that life so he would put a hold on Mars settlement. Kim called in from Mexico to ask Hop about tethers. Hop has tether information on his blog which you should check out. Kim and Hop had quite the discussion about tethers, including lunar tethers, Phobos and Deimos tethers, tethers coupled with rocket reusability, and much more. He explained the tether mass to payload mass ratio and talked about them in EM-1 and elsewhere. He mentioned the tether work of Chris Wolfe which is on his blog under the section titled Deimos tether. Josh from Denver sent in an email that said if tethers were so great like people talk about, why are they not showing up in mission plans, demos, or reality. Don't miss what Hop said in response to this question. Other listeners asked additional tether questions. In the second segment, I asked Hop if he focused on or was concerned about the human factors issues for long duration human spaceflight. Here our guest talked about spin habs to mitigate the effects of microgravity. Shielding was discussed as it would be needed to mitigate radiation problems. He thought the mental issues might be overrated so I told him about my earlier interviews with Dr. Rygalov and what he did as part of the Soviet Union space program to keep cosmonauts mentally stable during long Mir space station visits. I also told our guest about issues relating to separating from Earth over time. Another area of discussion was student outreach. Hop does engage in student outreach plus he uses coloring books to visually display information and concepts to students. Google Hop David Coloring Books for more information about his colo
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:33:35 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 2-17-16 (2.65MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Mark Brodwin, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Gravity wave confirmation, LIGO experiment, coalescing black holes. 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). 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 Dr. Mark Brodwin to discuss the recent announcement regarding the confirmation of gravity waves using the LIGO observatories in Louisana and Washington. Dr. Brodwin explained the LIGO observatory experiment, gravity waves in general, coalescing black holes, and the significance of this confirmation for the astronomy field. He talked about this opening up an entirely new field that will enable observation of the high energy universe. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Brodwin through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:59:15 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. John Brandenburg, Tuesday, 2-16-16 (29.91MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. John Brandenburg; Topics: The New Mars Synthesis: the new concept of Mars past, evidence for life. 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 Dr. John Brandenburg for the third and final part of his Space Show Trilogy for early 2016. During the first segment of our 2 hour 10 minute program, Dr. Brandenburg talked about early Mars history and geology to pave the way for making the case for some type of past life having been on Mars with probable life there today. Dr. Brandenburg's discussion was at times technical with lots of focus on there once having been an ocean in the northern part of Mars, the chemical makeup of the Martian atmosphere in the past and present, Martian meteorite analysis, and more. Listen carefully and let us know what you think. At times I asked Dr. Brandenburg to compare and contrast his views with the more orthodox Mars views. Don't miss how he did this comparison. Rather than going into the detail with all the analysis provided by Dr. Brandenburg, I simply urge you to listen carefully, take notes for later due diligence and research on your own if you are so inclined, and then share your findings and analysis with us in the comments section below. Email questions and calls for Dr. Brandenburg were on the light side for this program. That said, John did get asked about planetary protection and could that be a reason for not announcing past or present life on Mars. Dr. Brandenburg discussed this as a possibility both in this segment and our second segment. Doug sent in an interesting email asking "does it matter to the question of life elsewhere if life on Mars was found to be related to Earth life versus being a second genesis?" Don't miss what our guest said in response to Doug. Before this segment ended, Dr. Brandenburg said that Primordial Soup Theory of how life began was wrong and no longer valid. He talked about life coming from elsewhere for both Mars and Earth (about the same time) from spores. He elaborated on this here but also to some degree in the second part of the show. In the second segment, John said we were maturing as a species, we were not alone in the universe, and we needed to accept it. He called it the Second Copernican Revolution which he said was a problem for some because they see it as a demotion of importance for humans. He had much to say about this during this segment of our discussion. It was a topic that he kept coming back to until the end of the program.Dr. Brandenburg talked about the Viking landers, perchlorate & life detection on Mars. He also was more specific about Mars atmospheric gasses which took him to making the suggestion that photosynthesis was happening on Mars. Listen to his explanation. What do you think? Let us know by posting a comment on our blog. Kathy in Seattle asked John if he thought a past or present life announcement would be made within a few years. Our guest said yes and told us why he thought that such an announcement would be forthcoming soon. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17:44:33 UTC
Add this to another station Richard Rocket, Monday, 2-15-16 (16.16MB; download) -- Guest: Richard Rocket; Topic: NewSpace Global LLC, commercial space, private space investment, smallsat industry, publicly traded space companies. 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 Richard Rocket back to the program for updates with NewSpace Global LLC, commercial space, private space investment, the smallsat industry and much more. Our program was 70 minutes in one segment. However, note that our sponsor messages were presented on air immediately before the program started as we wanted to maximize our limited talk time with our guest. Please listen to our sponsor messages for without them, there would be no Space Show program. Richard began our briefing with an update and description of NewSpace Global which he described as a subscription based intelligence provider for threshold commercial space companies. NewSpace Global does financial, market, management, capitalization, & technology analysis for both publicly traded and emerging and startup commercial space companies. Regarding the smallsat industry, Richard and I spent a good portion of our hour discussion on this industry as it has shown amazing growth with opportunities in a very short period of time. Richard pegged the turning point when Skybox was bought by Google for $500 million a few years ago. Other factors are now contributing to the stellar rise of this industry including small sat and cubesat launch opportunities, mostly as secondary payloads, on more and more launches. Richard was asked about customers and revenues for this industry and he said the businesses were still relying on government as the main if not only customer with related revenue stream weaknesses. He talked about a future breakout which the industry needed to be viable as a true commercial industry. Listener Joe got in a question about the present day decline in the stock market and possible recession or more economic woes and the impact on the developing commercial space industry. Richard offered very interesting observations and perspectives regarding the economy that you need to hear. Part of his response focused on the long term which the commercial space industry relies on so some of the economic woes will not severely impact the space industry. John in Freemont called to ask about the existence of a mutual fund for small investors wanting to invest in th emerging commercial space industry or even the more established part of the industry. Richard said no such fund existed and most of the companies, especially on the emerging side of the industry were all private. He went on to talk about their public index of companies which they follow, plus he talked about the Earth Observation Satellite industry and how it has been impacting Earth. Venture capital investors and investment were also discussed. Richard did spend time talking about publicly traded companies doing commercial space business. Most of these are large organizations such as Boeing, Lockheed, Orbital ATK and such. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:24:42 UTC
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