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The Space Show

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 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
Add this to another station Dr. Louis Friedman, Monday, 1-11-16 (56.30MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Louis Friedman; Topics: Asteroid Redirect Mission and Dr. Friedman's new book, "Human Spaceflight: From Mars to the Stars." 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 Dr. Louis Friedman back to the show, this time to discuss the NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and his new book, "Human Spaceflight: From Mars to the Stars." Our program used the one hour format so today's program summary used just one segment. We started our discussion with Dr. Friedman providing us with updates on the ARM & we learned that the ARM was alive and well. Dr. Friedman also said the ARM will actually enable getting back to the moon sooner. Don’t miss his explanation of this. Dr. Friedman talked about the role of SLS and Orion with ARM, planned robotic missions to the asteroid and an eventual human mission. Our ARM discussion was followed with our talking about his book for the rest of the show. Regarding his book, Dr. Friedman proposed the idea that humans will go to Mars but then stop. Beyond Mars, human exploration will be carried out via further advances in technology with robotics, nanotechnology, biotech plus other disciplines. He pointed out that after 50 years of human spaceflight, there have been far more technology advances than advances in the life support areas supporting human spaceflight. Listeners asked Dr. Friedman about other solar system destinations like Venus, Ceres, the Moon, and even moons of other planets. See if you agree with what Dr. Friedman said about these and other possible solar system destinations. We talked about timelines for humans to Mars, why Mars was and is so special for most people, and the need, if any, for space settlement, especially on the Moon and on Mars. BJohn wanted to know about going to Phobos, one of the two Martian moons. Jackie wanted to know about the ideas expressed by author Kim Stanley Robinson in his book "Aurora." Near the end of the program, I then asked Lou about the audience response to his ideas based on his speaking appearances about his book. Note what he said about the space enthusiast community as compared to a general audience. Before the show ended, another listener asked Lou what our TRL (technology readiness level) was for going to Mars today or in the near future. BJohn asked if space settlement would be undertaken by microbes! Do not miss Dr. Friedman's concluding comments. Please post your comments/questions to the comment section of this program's archive on www.thespaceshow.com. Remember, you need a Disqus account or you need to log in with one of your social media accounts.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 13 Jan 2016 01:27:49 UTC
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
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