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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 Chris Carberry, Tuesday, 4-7-15 (52.83MB; download) -- Guest: Chris Carberry. Topics: Explore Mars Humans2Mars Summit, Mars and moon discussion, affordable space policy, NASA budgets, private sector & more. 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 Chris Carberry back to the show to discuss Explore Mars events & activities. During the first segment of our 96 minute program, Chris started out by telling us about the upcoming Humans2Mars Summit planned for May 5-7 in Washington, DC. All the conference and registration information is available at http://h2m.exploremars.org. This discussion led me to asking him why we should go to Mars and why now. As part of this discussion, I challenged Chris on using tax payer money for a Mars mission rather than letting the private sector do it. In fact, he did get a listener question about this, suggesting that either Mars One or SpaceX take us to Mars, not the government. Eric sent in a note asking who we thought might be the next NASA administrator or at least who the candidates might be. He also wanted Chris to advise how best to influence officials, policy makers, members of congress, etc. to go to Mars. Chris offered several suggestions to this part of Eric's two question email. Chris responded to emails about the Affordable Mars Workshop architecture for Mars that we have been hearing about over the past week, plus the recent NSS-SFF meeting where settlement seemed to be the agreed upon goal. Don't miss what Chris had to say about these events as he attended both. Doug called from S. California to make the case for going back to the Moon on its own, not just as a stepping stone to Mars. Doug suggested that the lunar return folks team with the Mars folks to find the best way to do both missions as it should not be one or the other. He also wanted to make sure going back to the Moon did not delay going to Mars and that going to Mars did not delay or destroy the opportunities for returning to the Moon. Chris and Doug had a vibrant exchange on this subject, especially given this era of tight budgets & constraints. In the second segment, John from Ft. Worth called to express a concern that going to Mars might end up like Apollo and after a few Martian visits, we quit that too. Chris explained why he did not think that would happen. Later, Dr. Lurio called and said that "these guys are ALL living in fantasy land, one version or another." His call was to pick up from the email he sent us and to elaborate on his position which was hotly debated and challenged by Chris. One thing Chris and Charles agreed upon was that there would be no repeat of a so-called "Kennedy Moment." As the show was ending, Chris went over the Humans2Mars Summit again and we talked about the need to start working on Mars plans rather than always just talking and "planning" about them. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Chris through the Explore Mars website or me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:44:28 UTC
Add this to another station CAP Saucier, Monday, 4-6-15 (44.82MB; download) -- Gust: CAP Saucier. Topics: CAP's new book, "Explore The Cosmos Like Neil deGrasse Tyson plus biographical information about Dr. Tyson, science education. 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 CAP Saucier to the program to discuss her new book, "Explore The Cosmos Like Neil deGrasse Tyson." For more information about our guest and her work, visit her website, www.capsaucier.com. During the first segment of our 1 hour 27 minute program, CAP introduced us to her new book and how she met Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson plus her interviews with him for this book. Note that this book was a five year project in the making. I asked her for a few things that she thought stood out with Neil. One was that he does not have role models. Instead, he has mentors. We spent some time discussing this and the differences between the two. Regarding his mentors, Sir Isaac Newton and his parents stood out and were a the top of the list. During our discussion we went back and forth in talking about Dr. Tyson and the science message in her book which was targeted toward middle school students. Listeners asked our questions about the level of our scientific knowledge and if Dr. Tyson commented on that. He did comment and this proved to be a continuing topic throughout our program. We talked about favorite parts of the book, Neil's favorite planet and CAP being able to see Andromeda through a telescope at Kitt Peake. This is an interesting story, don't miss it. In response to another listener email, CAP said that Neil's priority was defending against incoming asteroids. In the second segment, we started off talking about science education in the U.S. Our guest said we ranked in the lower half in science education among educated countries. This led us to discussing STEM and the newer form, STEAM. The "A" is added for Art. We both talked about the importance of art in addition to the traditional STEM topic. We talked about where we come from in the cosmos, supernovas, and science fact, all in the context of science fact. Note the email question from Adrian on this subject. I asked CAP if we needed to start with better science education in grade school but she said middle school was a good age, around 4th and 5th grade. CAP introduced the topic of evolution and said it needs to be brought back to science education. CAP the spoke to her literary style which has been to tell a story through a biography. In both segments, the subject of the Next Generation Science Standards came up. Our guest had much to say about them. Check ou the website, www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards. Toward the end of the show, listener Pauline in Fargo wanted to know if Neil wanted to go to space. Don't miss her answer. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach CAP through her website or me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:43:30 UTC
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Dr. Haym Benaroya, Wednesday, 4-1-15 (9.59MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Haym Benaroya, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Mars HSF & settlement given Mars methane, water, & nitrogen. 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 Dr. Haym Benaroya to discuss Mars habitats and the use of Martian insitu resources. We talked about Mars methane, nitrogen in the Martian soil, water on Mars, the use of lava tubes, Mars gravity, engineering Martian structures and more. John asked Dr. Benaroya for a timeline for going to and living on Mars. He suggested around the time range of 2075. He also said robots would go there first and pave the way for humans. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Benaroya through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com. Doug can also be reached through his excellent website, Parabolic Arc.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:19:57 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Bruce Damer, Tuesday, 3-31-15 (70.25MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Bruce Damer. Topics: The Shepherd concept for asteroids/icy planetesimals as a possible stepping stone for sustainable human spaceflight. 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 Dr. Bruce Damer back to the show to discuss his new concept for enclosing an asteroid with a Xenon gas filled enclosure, the Shepherd concept, to help make human spaceflight sustainable. During the first segment of our 83 minute program, Dr. Damer introduced us to the concept, compared it to the NASA ARM baggie option as well as the boulder option, plus the private sector potential for the mission even without NASA. You can read the paper we talked about during the show which was recently published in New Space, "Shepherd: A Concept for Gentle Asteroid Retrieval with a Gas-Filled Enclosure" at http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2014.0024. During this segment, Dr. Damer talked about capturing fuel in space and talked about a demo project, possibly in LEO. Doug emailed in several questions and comments about the NASA ARM video, then asking if Dr. Damer's idea could be used to extract the most valuable volatile thus only having to bring back a portion of the asteroid. Don't miss what Bruce had to say in response to Doug's comments and questions. Claire in Boston emailed in to voice her unhappiness with ARM and the fact that many others like her did not like the mission. She asked Bruce what the value was even with his idea rather than using the resources for returning to the Moon or going to Mars. Bruce suggested the mission would produce excellent science and enhance commercial spaceflight. Again, don't miss his full answer to Claire's question. One of the later topics in this segment dealt with forces on the asteroid in the baggie concept that could possibly destroy the asteroid. He explained why Shepherd would probably be different. In the second segment, Dr. Damer talked about the Shepherd mining variant, the Shepherd biological variant, and the Shepherd fuel variant. I asked him if this was similar to 3D printing in space and he said it was, then he explained his answer. He also said the founders of the Shepherd idea were putting it out to everyone as Open Source as he said would be valuable to give it away to industry. Later he said the most likely to develop this technology would be NewSpace entrepreneurs. Jim in Denver emailed in about the applicability of Shepherd to human spaceflight to Mars. Here, Bruce talked about orbiting Shepherd models supplying the surface group below. He also said being on the surface may not be the best way to set up a settlement but listen to the total scope of his comments on this subject. He even cited Von Braun, Bonestell, Willy Ley and others for depicting this idea using a Mars transfer orbit. To read the rest of this summary, visit www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:35:08 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Tony Milligan, Monday, 3-30-15 (53.59MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Tony Milligan. Topics: Dr. Milligan's new book, "Nobody Owns the Moon: The Ethics of Space Exploitation" plus commercial space development ethical issues. 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 Dr. Tony Milligan to the show to discuss his new book, "Nobody Owns the Moon: The Ethics of Space Exploitation." Note that at approximately 1 hour 47 minutes into the program we lost our guest. I took a short break and was able to get him back with us for the final ten minutes of our 1 hour 58 minute discussion. In the first segment of the show, Dr. Milligan introduced us to the book and the topic from a moral and ethical perspective. He said that he was in the middle range from not wanting any space development activity for ethical reasons to uncontrolled commercial development as in free market activity. He said we had an obligation to do it right but defining what right meant was challenging. I asked him about enforcement and that turned out to be a significant discussion topic for most of our program. I took an early call from Kris in Wyoming who challenged our guest on all levels given his wanting to put a thorium reactor on the Moon, dispose of thorium waste inside a crater, and fuel a lunar settlement. Kris and Tony went back and forth on the issues, approvals that should be required, trivial versus non-trivial, who decides or makes the decisions. Tony cited the Sphinx and Pyramids to make a point which Kris and others rejected during their give and take and the show. One of the issues that kept coming up was that the celestial item in discussion had cultural significance which Tony worked to define. Many emails were received and discussed regarding cultural significance issues, the comparisons to terrestrial monuments and a celestial body, plus the point that the development on the Moon or Mars would not be visible from Earth so why should it matter. See if you agree with Dr. Milligan on the visibility issue. We talked about Ch. 7 in his book on mining off world. Trivial and non-trivial pursuits came up again as our guest would not be inclined to approve a trivial pursuit but if it was significant, it would probably be approved. Of course who decides if a project is trivial or not and then attempts to enforce all of this remains an issue. Michael Listner called in and largely supported our guest saying this discussion was highly relevant. We also talked about the NASA ARM mission , lunar protection, and more. In the second segment, Tim from Huntsville was our first caller. He misread the bio for our guest but wanted to talk about vandalism and other issues but they were descriptive used for another book written by Dr. Milligan. Read the rest of this summary at www.thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Thank you.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:04:40 UTC
Add this to another station Open Lines, Sunday, 3-29-15 (54.80MB; download) -- Guest: Open Lines. Topics: We discussed a wide variety of space news and current topics of interest. 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 final Open Lines show for March 2015. During the first segment of the two hour show, I suggested topics addressing the modification of the NASA ARM with the boulder, the NASA proposed cancellation of the LRO and Opportunity missions. I read an email from BJohn about the ISS and our inability to get humans to Mars. Michael Listner was the first caller. He addressed many topics including Russian-NASA ISS negotiations, Mars one, and I asked him about the topic for the Monday show regarding Tony Milligan and his new book, "Nobody Owns The Moon. Doug was the next caller to talk about the NASA modified ARM and planetary defense, Mars One, space tourism, and then he promoted his special COTS 2 segment at the upcoming Space Access Conference at the end of this month in Phoenix. In the second segment, Kris was our first caller and he addressed the ethical and legal issues mentioned around the Tony Milligan Monday show and his book and said China and Russia would ignore such issues which would only serve to restrain America and the west. I asked Kris some follow up questions from our nuclear discussion last Friday and when I mentioned the Outer Space Treaty, he dismissed it as not being that effective with China and Russia should they choose to violate provisions in it. Dwayne called to provide the details around the NASA ARM mission regarding the boulder & the baggie options. This is a good and comprehensive discussion so don't miss it. Dwayne also mentioned Mars One and its PR machine, then he clarified some comments I made on the last Hotel Mars show regarding the Air Force Super Strypi rail small satellite launcher. We talked in general about the small satellite launch industry as well. Ft. Worth John was our final caller. He clarified some of his previous remarks regarding the Falcon 9 and the use of side boosters. We also talked some about the proposed NASA budget leading to the cancellation of LRO and Opportunity. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach any of the callers or participants through me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:22:06 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Pamela "Rai" Menges, Friday, 3-27-15 (48.96MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Pamela "Rai" Menges. Topics: Space innovation, privately funded research, The Space Power Lab, nuclear power & weapons, commercial space & more. 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 Dr. Pamela "Rai" Menges to the show. I suggest you visit her websites and follow along as applicable with our discussion. Visit http://arsispace.com/spacetechnology.htm and http://starsailorenergy.com. During the first segment of our 1 hour 47 minute show, Dr. Menges introduced us to Aerospace Research Systems, Inc. (ARSI) and talked about the company history dating back to its founding in 1993. We talked about research technologies, private R&D, government funding for research, and specific projects referenced by our guest including the Space Power Laboratory. At one point Dr. Menges discussed the pros and cons of taking government research money and why she elected not to do so. Also, the use of public relations (PR) and the role it plays with those accepting government money. After a brief mention and discussion of the possible space policy positions presented by Ohio Senator Rob Portman, we turned our attention toward power storage and the work our guest has been doing in this area for non-electrolytic power storage. Don't miss this discussion. Another topic was the use of AC and DC power transmission, the Carrington Event in the 1800's, and our electrical grid. Jack emailed about the spaceplane shown on the ARSI website, the Ramstar Model. Our guest had much to say about this experimental spaceplane concept and design. In the second segment, Ben in Boston asked about telemedicine commercial astronaut healthcare per the descriptive on the ARSI website. Pamela went into detail about this topic, their work with JSC and more. We then spoke to the issue of commercial astronaut safety in general with our guest expressing her thoughts of the safety issues within the industry and the regulatory environment. Later in the segment, the concept of ground effect vehicles came up along with advanced hypersonic technology and even SSTO possibilities. I asked our guest about nuclear propulsion and then several listeners asked her about it as well. Carol's email took us on a different path as she asked about the need for lots of centrifuges for a peaceful nuclear energy program. This opened the door for our guest to speak about nuclear weapons, the current talks with Iran, and the treaty organizations that safeguard against proliferation. Pamela had much to say about this subject, our government, the Iranians, enrichment, centrifuges, trust but verify and more. Do not miss this discussion. Ft. Worth John called to ask about the use of centrifuges as opposed to other technologies such as gaseous diffusion. Near the end of the program, Luis emailed us about Reaction Engines and the Skylon project space plane. Read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com or http:://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:49:43 UTC
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Doug Messier Wednesday, 3-25-15 (5.55MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Doug Messier, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Mars One, small satellite launchers with VG & others. 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 Doug Messier to discuss Mars One, Virgin Galactic and Launcher One. Mars One was up first, then John focused on Virgin Galactic. Doug talked about their recent job fair success in Long Beach, their new hanger for Launcher One and we talked about the small satellite launch business in general including the Air Force rail gun small satellite launcher, Super Strypi. John asked lots of questions about the viability of Mars One plus the small satellite launcher industry and the new participants developing this industry at a fast clip. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Doug Messier through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com. Doug can also be reached through his excellent website, Parabolic Arc.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:11:21 UTC
Add this to another station Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 3-24-15 (56.20MB; download) -- Guest: Robert (Bob) Zimmerman. Topics: A variety of space news topics and projects were discussed on this two hour program. 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 Bob Zimmerman to the show for this 122 minute discussion on a wide range and variety of space news and project topics. During the first segment, Bob spoke about Virgin Galactic and Launcher One delays, comparing it to the recent news that the AF will soon be testing a small satellite rail gun launcher, Super Strypi. Bob suggested that the market might be passing VG by. He also spoke to suborbital space both with VG and XCOR and true to form, was still skeptical about their potential success. Some of Bob's comments were challenged by listeners later in the show so stay tuned. Next up Bob talked about the Russians opening up ISS tourism again in 2018 saying that the Russians believe the American private sector will be successful in transporting astronauts to and from the ISS by then so they will have available seats for tourists. Don't miss his comments on this subject. He was asked about XCOR and he offered more comments on the company and suborbital space in general. He then turned to the current round of ISS cargo bidding and compared it to the first round of cargo bidding a decade ago. His comparison was most interesting and goes to the success being made by the developing commercial space sector. Marshall was our first caller and talked about the next big planetary or HSF mission. He also wanted Bob to discuss colonization. Bob said he supported it but was realistic. Bob then spoke about both the new Russian spaceport Vostochny and compared it to the progress being made by SpaceX and their new Brownsville spaceport. He had much to say on this. A listener emailed him to explain the space policy position of Sen. Ted Cruz. That turned out to be quite a discussion, including Bob opining once again on SLS. Becky in Florida asked Bob about Mars One and Bob said it was a boondoggle. In the second segment, Dr. Charles Lurio was our first caller. Charles wanted to take Bob behind the woodshed on three points: First, his comments on Kistler were wrong as the company was Rocketplane Kistler plus other details Bob missed. Second, he said Excalibur Almaz was not a fraud. This resulted in quite the exchange with Bob. The third area that upset Charles the most dealt with the comments Bob made about XCOR. Charles was determined to correct the record on XCOR so again, don't miss this exchange. I asked Bob about the Indian space program and specifically their human spaceflight program. Jerry from Florida emailed in additional info on Rocketplane Kistler. SLS John called in to argue with Bob on his SLS comments. I call their argument a draw with all participants including myself saying what we have been saying about SLS for years. Read the rest of the summary @ thespaceshow.com or http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:58:56 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Armin Ellis, Monday, 3-23-15 (37.98MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Armin Ellis. Topics: The Exploration Institute and the upcoming Summit, exploration expeditions & more. 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 Dr. Armin Ellis to the program to discuss the brand new Exploration Institute (http://exploration.institute) and the upcoming Exploration Institute Summit (see http://exploration.institute/summit-2015) from April 14-15, 2015 at the Keck Institute at Cal Tech located in Pasadena, CA. Check out the Summit flyer at http://exploration.institute/summitflyer. During the first segment of our 86 minute discussion, Dr. Ellis provided us with the background on why he felt it necessary to start the Exploration Institute. He described the first rate team he assembled to move the Institute forward toward its goals and he talked about the importance and need for more exploration in our society. The Summit, which he described in detail, will be limited to 35 people. As we heard, there are still opening for the Summit so Dr. Ellis encouraged interested people to complete and send in the application form on the website so that an interview can be scheduled. He explained how the Summit was really an unconference which is why participants needed to apply and be accepted. By the end of the Summit, those in attendance will have approved three different expeditions which will then go into the Exploration Institute pipeline for financing, management, and eventual deployment. Armin also defined exploration in this segment so that we would have the proper context for it for this discussion. He also talked about some of the planned short talks at the Summit including one on the topic of how to brand an expedition and another on safety issues. When listeners asked our guest what type of expeditions he had in mind, he said the group would decide that issue and they would vote on it. One listener asked Armin how JPL had impacted his decision to create the Exploration Institute and his appreciation of exploration and expeditions. Another topic that came up in both segments was the need for effective communication, especially through story telling. Listeners asked him to differentiate the Exploration Institute from other exploration organizations such as the Explorer's Club. Several times during the discussion we talked about the human need to explore for without it there is an increased risk of simply disappearing or perishing over time. In the second segment, Armin asked for ideas on cubesats and other concepts for expeditions. You can send them to him via the contact page on the website. He spoke to story telling, not just in books but on blogs, YouTube, and other forms of modern media. Several educational outreach suggestions were offered by listeners including school programs, local student expeditions, and taking the idea to the scouting community. Read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com or httP://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:05:16 UTC
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