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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.

Episodes

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars,  Wednesday, 1-11-17  

John Batchelor and I welcomed Jim Cantrell of Vector Space Systems to this double segment Hotel Mars program. Our discussion focused on the new dedicated small launchers including Jim's company, Vector Space Systems, his business market, rocket capabilities, 3D printing of certain rocket motor parts, launch sites, and customers. During our Hotel Mars double segment, Jim introduced us to the two Vector rockets under development, the Vector R and the Vector H. He provided us with the launch capability for each rocket plus he talked about being able to launch dedicated smallsats from either a polar orbit from Kodiak, Alaska or an equatorial launch from Launch Pad 46 at the Cape. Additionally, he addressed possible downstream technologies for consumers to direct their satellite function via their smartphone. Vector is also developing the capability to custom build smallsat constellations for customers. John asked Jim about 3D printing. Jim said they use it for making rocket injectors out of aluminum and that they will expand the use of 3D printing over time. When asked about 3D printing their rocket fuel, he said their rockets were liquid fueled rockets. Jim told us that use carbon fiber for much of their rocket structure. Earth science came up in the discussion as Vector has a new agreement with ICEYE of Finland for smallsat Earth Science (http://www.iceye.fi/#intro).

Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Friday, 1-13-17  

We welcomed Dr. Mark Bauerlein, author of "The Dumbest Generation," to our 90 minute discussion on education, the adverse impact of the digital age on students, and serious issues facing both students and our educational system in the country. We applied much of what our guest had to say to aerospace and science. Our discussion was far ranging, including primary school through college, new trends toward college safe places, and other politically correct developments moving rapidly across our educational institutions and systems. During the second segment of our program, we talk about the upper 10% of students in targeted fields such as the STEM fields, their potential leadership roles, but also in many cases their lack of knowledge across a wide range of cultural and historical areas. We also talked about college administrations including the Ivy League and top tier schools, plus the essential role of the individual and the family in improving education in our country. While this program may seem off topic to some listeners, education remains key for continued aerospace, commercial space, entrepreneurial, and science development and expansion. Our guest puts many of the issues in the spotlight with a fresh, new and important perspective. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

Barry DiGregorio, Tuesday, 1-10-17  

We welcomed Barry DiGregorio to the show to discuss the Viking life detection experiments by Dr. Levin and others. Barry took us through his research to show us why he believes that Dr. Levin's experiment did confirm molecular life on Mars. If you look at the bio for Barry on our website, you will also see links to some of his published papers supporting his argument. Barry also talked about the recently released paper regarding the Curiosity rover finding long chain organics on Mars and why that is so significant. Please read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Note that the audio was below standard given heavy storm activity in the SF Bay Area and its impact on our phone lines.

Rob Godwin, Monday, 1-9-17  

We welcomed Rob Godwin back to the show regarding his book "William Leitch: Presbyterian Scientist & The Concept of Rocket Space Flight 1854-1864." While Leitch is not well known today, he was quite the scientist, astronomer and forward thinking person during his time. Not only is Rob's book most interesting about the story of William Leitch, it also takes us into the history of the early days of rocketry and the start of the interest in spaceflight. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.

Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Sunday, 1-8-17  

We welcomed back to the show Dr. Rachel Armstrong to discuss both her new book, "Star Ark: Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship," plus the development of an interstellar culture to help us prepare for the eventuality of interstellar spaceflight. Lots of topics came up ranging from technology to culture, to finance and economics and much more. Our discussion was thorough and engaging. Please read the entire summary of this show at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.

Amir Blachman, Friday, 1-6-17  

Welcome to our nearly 90 minute discussion with Amir Blachman of Axiom Space (www.axiomspace.com). Axiom is developing a private commercial space station along with preliminary modules for the ISS until it is retired. During our discussion, we talked about markets, finances, economics, and customers for a potential commercial space station. We also talked about the customer base being a combination of governments, public players and private sector companies. Private space station manufacturing and technology were big topics as were future realistic trends. In addition, private space station in locations other than LEO were talked about but our guest was clear about starting with cislunar space. Don't miss his explanation for this. I urge you to read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program for this date, Friday, January 6, 2017.

Dr. Nick Kanas, Tuesday, 1-3-17  

Welcome to our first program for 2017. We welcomed Dr. Nick Kanas to the program to discuss his book, "Humans in Space: The Psychological Hurdles." During our 115 minute program, Dr. Kanas talked about his human spaceflight research and work starting in 1969 and the early 70's. We talked about various psychological space hurdles such as displacement, orbital and lunar stressors and probable stressors for Mars. We also talked about medical human factor issues, especially microgravity and radiation. HSF simulations and testing were discussed in the context of a cost benefit analysis for all aspects of the mission. We also talked about crew selection and compatibility issues and much more. This is a discussion you won't want to miss. Read the full summary at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Tom Olson, Friday, 12-30-16  

We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for his annual space year and review for 2016. During our 2 hour six minute program, Tom summarized key events in the space industry covering commercial space, private space organizations, planetary science, government space, policy, the new incoming Trump administration and space, returning to the Moon, Mars, and more. He also talked about the space business plan competition, and his new position as Director of Business Develolpment for Avealto, LTD which is based in the UK and will soon provide High Altitude Platforms for internet and mobile services to under served areas around the world in partnership with JP Aerospace. Tom talked about space industry winners for 2016 the challenges and setbacks. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this year in review program on this date, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

Open Lines, Tuesday, 12-27-16  

Welcome to our final Open Lines program for 2016. We covered a variety of topics with many different callers during this 2 hour 33 minute program. We addressed issues pertaining to national security space, the Russian-Chinese treaty to ban weapons in space, deep space mining potentials, SLS, Falcon Heavy and other rockets, space solar power, entrepreneurship, visionary teams, and even a plan to have a new international organization to set goals for space settlement which people funded on a global basis. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for details and websites that were provided in support of listener phone calls and news items. The program will be listed on The Space Show website for this date, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016.

Chris Stone, Friday, 12-23-16  

We welcomed Chris Stone back to The Space Show to discuss our national security space policy for 2016 with possibilities for what it may be like in the Trump administration. Chris started the discussion by commenting on a recent CNN documentary on national security space issues. We spent a significant time during the first segment talking about the issues presented in the CNN special. During the balance of the show, we talked about policy and overlaps with commercial and civil space, likely policy differences with the Obama administration and how the Trump team may view similar issues. We also talked out differing position and the recent report by the Atlantic Council. Other topics included cyber security issues, Russia, China, and other actors. Please read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Friday, Dec. 23,2016.

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-21-16  

John Batchelor and I welcomed back Dr. Haym Benaroya for this double segment Hotel Mars program focused on the possibility that the Trump Administration will foster a boom in efforts to return to the Moon. We talked about possible new additions to the Trump Transition Landing Team for space. The possible new additions are strong for commercial space and lunar activities. Dr. Benaroya was asked about habitats on the Moon, commercial opportunities, public private partnerships for financing lunar projects and what a Moon colony might look like. Also mentioned were the Chinese lunar interests and the plans discussed by Russia with Boeing for lunar orbiting space stations. Read the full summary for this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 12-20-16  

We welcomed Bob Zimmerman back to the show for this 2016 year in review. During our 2 hour 1 minute program, Bob talked about the Trump transition team members for space, a probable Trump space policy that may see the shutting down of SLS and Orion, return to flight and delays for SpaceX plus comments on commercial space in general, public private partnerships, international participation, the Outer Space Treat, commercial vendors selling goods and services to the government (NASA) and more. Please read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.

Frank White, Monday, 12-19-16  

Welcome to this 89 minute program with Frank White in which he talked about extending The Overview Effect to Mars for the Mars Overview Effect. We discussed this idea in detail, what it might mean for eventual Martians as well as for those of us still on Earth. We also talked about Martians experiencing a solar system Overview Effect and much more. Read the full summary of this program on wwww.thespaceshow.com for this date, Dec. 19, 2016.

Michael Listner, Sunday, 12-18-16  

We welcomed Michael Listner back to the show to review 2016 domestic and international space policy and law changes and additions to these two disciplines. During the first segment of ur 2 hour 8 minute discussion, we focused on domestic space policy and law issues. In the second segment, we mostly focused on international space policy, law, and the creation of space agencies or policies by multiple international players. Michael continued to field questions about our domestic space policy. Please read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this show on this date, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.

Dylan Taylor, Friday, 12-16-16  

We welcomed Dylan Taylor to the program to discuss financial and economic aspects of commercial space projects and investments. During our 95 minute program, we discussed venture capital, angel financing, capital acquisition and the life cycle of capital. In addition, we talked about IPs, the differences in goals and objectives between the angel and the VC team. Other topics included rising interest rates and a possible impact on space financing, entrepreneurship, business and team skills needed to secure project financing and much more. Our entire financial and economic discussion was focused on commercial space. Please read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this show on this date, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday,   12-14-16  

Guests: John Batchelor, Keri Kukral, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Raw Science Film Festival, space, science fiction and STEAM films. 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 Keri Kukral for a single segment Hotel Mars program to talk about the Raw Science Film Festival. John asked Keri about her interest in science fiction and science. He also asked about two film trailers which he saw on the Raw Science Film website, www.rawscience.tv. The two trailers were for the films Seat 25 and Passage To Mars. You can see these trailers at www.rawscience.tv/raw-science-film-festival-2016-submit-films-buy-tickets. Since I was at the film festival and saw both films, I will talk about them on the next Space Show OL program set for Tuesday evening, Dec. 27. Both were outstanding. I asked Keri about the film festival becoming part of the Academy Awards network. She said two more years were required, then their film winners could be entered into the Short and Animation categories and maybe some other categories. We also talked about the speakers at this year's award ceremony. You can see the list of top speakers at the same Raw Science URL per above. Keri said that it will be possible to see the films starting next week with instructions on the Raw Science website. For those interested in submitting films to the Raw Science Festival, you can get contact information off their website plus Keri gave out her email address for direct contact to her. Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Keri Kukral through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com or the information provided by Keri during our discussion.

Nancy Atkinson, Tuesday, 12-13-16  

We welcomed Nancy Atkinson back to the show to discuss her new book, "Incredible Stories From Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos." During our 98 minute program, Nancy told us how she was commissioned by the publisher to write this book, then how she selected the ten robotic planetary missions to include in the book. In doing her research, she traveled to the key people involved with each mission for interviews. The missions included in the book were New Horizons, Curiosity, Hubble, Dawn, Kepler, Cassini-Huygens, The Solar Dynamics Observatory, MRO, and LRO> Nancy included a chapter about missions being planned and concluded the book with and Epilogue: Why Explore Space. While talking about these missions, our guest relayed to us many of the behind the scenes stories she was told by those in charge of the missions. This is a book you will certainly want to get for your family and you and as a gift. Read the full summary of this show at www.thespaceshow.com for this program this date, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.

Davide Sivolella, Monday, 12-12-16  

The Space Show welcomed Davide Sivolella to discuss his terrific book, "To Orbit and Back Again: How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space." I was assisted with the interview by Dr. John Jurist. During our 1 hour 51 minute program, Davide took us through the Space Shuttle systems using detail, seldom known or discussed facts and more as his nearly 500 page book, which took two years to write, is the best ever and most complete operating manual for the shuttle. Even shuttle astronauts say they wish they had this book when flying the shuttle as it was better than other manual or guide they have. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-07-16  

Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Mike McCulloch, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: EmDrive analysis due to peer reviewed paper in AIAA Journal of Propulsion. 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. Mike McCulloch from the UK to Hotel Mars for a double segment to discuss EmDrive in light of the recently published and peer reviewed paper in the AIAA Journal of Propulsion. Our guest first explained EmDrive, then explained what was tested and published in the reviewed article. Mike also put forth his theory on why EmDrive works. Our guest refuted the dark matter theory, then we talked about being able to scale up the drive for spaceflight. Mike suggested it was not about a larger EmDrive. Rather, one might use many such EmDrives but make the cone with super conducting materials using Dielectrics to make the microwaves bounce around within the cone faster and faster. This would produce more energy (thrust). Don't miss how our guest explained this. Toward the end of the short segment, we learned about different attempts to get an EmDrive to space to test it in a vacuum. He said the big challenge was to understand it because it does seem to violate the laws of physics, especially the conservation of momentum law. Please post comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can reach either John Batchelor or Dr. McCulloch through me. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Bill Harwood through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday,  11-30-16  

Welcome to Hotel Mars. Tonight, John Batchelor and I focused on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with Dr. Joel Green. This was a double segment Hotel Mars program. Dr. Green had many interesting things to say about the telescope, the mirror, the testing process and much more. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.

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