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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.


Jay Wittner & Ron Jones, Friday, 2-24-17  

We welcomed Jay Wittner and Ron Jones back to the program to discuss the updated Integrated Space Plan along with the upcoming NSS ISDC conference to be held in May in St. Louis. Here all about the Integrated Space Plan, the revisions, and the future plans for this important space development too. Read the full summary at for this show on this date, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday,  2-22-17  

John and I welcomed back Anatoly Zak to update us with development with the Russian space program, return to flight for their two main rockets, labor and corruption problems, US-Russian space relations and much more. Read the full summary of this program at for this date, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

Nick Nielsen, Tuesday, 2-21-17  

We welcomed Nick Nielsen to the program to discuss the expansion of The Overview Effect to include The Homeworld Effect and The Mars Effect. Nick explained and discussed these perspectives in detail and we expanded them even further to the many different perspectives that we will gain from becoming a spacefaring culture. We talked similar perspectives from the Moon, Venus, asteroids, deep space flight, along with differences between say a government/military astronaut and a commercial or private sector astronaut. This is an interesting, different, and thought provoking discussion that greatly expands The Overview Effect perspective and impact. Read the full summary for this show for this date on Tuesday, 2-21-17 at

Eric Lerner, Monday, 2-201-7  

We welcomed Eric Lerner back to the show to discuss his Focus Fusion work along with his work in alternative cosmology seeking theories and explanations for the universe that challenge The Big Bang Theory and thinking. During the first segment of our 85 minute program, we talked fusion. Not only did Eric update us on his own work, we talked about problems with fusion R&D funding, a comparison of different fusion alternatives being worked on, and the challenges yet to be overcome. In the second segment of our 85 minute program, Eric was asked about plasma cosmology, the Electric Universe theory, the need to know math and its place in theories, how to identify a totally bogus idea from a plausible but fringe theory or concept and much more. Read the full summary of this program for this date at for Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Janet Ivey, Sunday, 2-19-17  

We welcomed Janet Ivey of Janet's Planet ( During our one hour 47 minute program, Janet started at the beginning to share with us how Janet's Planet came to be with an amazing focus on space and science education for school age kids. She spoke about what and who inspired her, educational outreach, especially to young girls for them to do science, plus much more. We spoke about why space and science was important, how best to reach kids, teachers, and parents. One of the listener questions even asked Janet for solutions to the declining science and math literacy rates among western nations. Janet explained many of her projects, directed us to her multi-media presentation which you can see on Vimeo, Read the full summary of this program for this date, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday,  2-8--17  

John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. Geoffrey Landis to Hotel Mars for a discussion about Venus. We talked about the possibilities of cloud cities in the upper atmosphere of Venus, a Venus land rover of sorts and new technology allowing us to potentially operate on the surface of Venus. Read the full summary of this program for this date, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at

Dr. John Brandenburg, Thursday, 2-16-17  

We welcomed back Dr. John Brandenburg for this 1 hour 58 minute program. The first segment focused on John's theory about Mars, nuclear explosions in its past, and the presence of specific isotopes in the Martian atmosphere supporting his theory. John opened by reading an email a Space Show listener sent him suggesting that time alone would explain the presence of the isotopes he was referencing in his theory. John explained why the listener was wrong and suggested the listener check out his references in his Sept. 2016 AIAA paper as the listener attended that talk. John also talked about him GEM Unification theory, gravity and the role of electro-magnetism (EM). He specifically referenced the EmDrive research being carried out by Eagleworks. In the second segment, he talked a bout his new science fiction book, "To Rule the Night: The UFO Wars- Book II of the Morningstar UFO Theory." He explained the trilogy to us as he has already written but not yet published Book III. John spent some time talking about how he writes science fiction, the inspiration he draws from and as you will hear toward the end of the show, the global history of the planet and humanity that he adds to his stories. Read the full summary of this program at for this date, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Dr. Armen Papazian, Sunday, 2-12-17  

We welcomed back Dr. Armen Papazian to the show to discuss alternative ways to finance space projects and manage economies. You can read the papers that show the business models our guest talked about during the show on The Space Show blog for this program as Dr. Papazian uploaded many of them to the blog prior to today's program. Both segments of our our 2 hour 4 minute program covered and elaborated on similar topics which was to alter the economic mindset and thinking away from creating money by creating debt to doing so by investing government money in equity projects. He spent considerable time explaining this, using space and NASA as the models. Please read the full summary of this program at for this date, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Friday, 2-10-17  

Welcome to our 90 minute program with Dr. Erik Seedhouse to discuss his latest book "Spaceports Around the World, A Global Growth Industry." Erik noted that most launch sites around the world are now referred to as spaceports. In addition, not only did he talk about all the spaceports in the United States, we talked about spaceports in other countries, specifically Europe, Russia, China , India and a few more. He talked about the regulatory environment for the US spaceports for both orbital and suborbital launches. Regarding suborbital, he talked about horizontal takeoff and return plus vertical takeoff and landing. Spaceport economics were discussed, especially with Spaceport America in New Mexico. Private human spaceflight economics were also discussed. Read the full summary of this program at for this date, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Dr. Pascal Lee, Tuesday, 2-7-17  

We welcomed back to the show Dr. Pascal Lee of SETI, The Mars Institute, and NASA Ames. During our nearly two hour program, we talked about Pascal's award winning documentary film, "Passage To Mars" which covers his Northwest Passage Drive Expedition to Devon Island. Other discussion topics included the NASA Haughton-Mars Project on Devon Island in the Arctic, going to both the Moon and Mars and how and when we can do that, plus SETI. Regarding SETI, Pascal took us through the Drake Equation, sharing with us a different perspective and analysis regarding the possibility of there being another advanced civilization out there in the universe someplace. Read the full summary of this program at for this date, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

Dr. Phil Metzger, Monday, 2-6-17  

We welcomed back Dr. Phil Metzger to the program to discuss space development along with economic development on and off planet. During our 1 hour 47 minute discussion, we covered many topics including space manufacturing, markets, infrastructure, using the Moon and NEOs for this development and much more. Make sure you read the papers posted on the blog section of the archives for this program on TSS website. Read the full summary of this show at for this program on this date, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.

Barry Levin, Sunday, 2-5-17  

We welcomed back Barry Levin for our nearly two hour discussion on Fourth Industrial Manufacturing tools applied to space development. This program follows the previous "Back of the Envelope" type of shows discussing this topic. Among the topics discussed during our program included 3D printer, job displacement and what to do about it, how to do another similar Space Show program but make it interactive with 3D printing and some of the other tools Barry talked about, plus space and educational policy. We took many listener phone calls and emails which you will want to hear and follow. Be sure to read the full summary of this program at for this program on this date, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

Rex Ridenoure, Friday, 2-3-17  

We welcomes Rex Ridenoure back to the program for our 1 hour 41 minute discussion. During the first segment of our program, Rex updated us with Ecliptic Enterp;rises news. We talked about their incredible RocketCam project which has expanded, how their business has changed and their moving into the small launcher and satellite business. Also discussed was the upcoming Light Sail 2 mission, spinning lander status, and the array of sensors. In the second segment, Rex talked with us about the challenges running a small aerospace business. He received several very interesting listener email questions which you will want to hear. As the program was ending, Rex talked with us about NewSpace and 2017. Read the full summary of this program at for this program this date, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Joan Horvath & Rich Cameron, Tuesday, 1-31-17  

We welcomed Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron back to the show to discuss consumer 3D printing, what can be done with these devices, 3D printing education and 3D printing space applications. Our guests talked about multiple 3D printing materials and the uses for each material, the impact of gravity on a printer and much more. If you are interested in 3D printing, want to learn about it, take classes, talk with a consultant for your possible business, listen to Joan and Rich and contact them. Read the full summary of this program at for this date, January 31, 2017.

Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Monday, 01-30-17  

We welcomed back author Dr. Erik Seedhouse to discuss his new book, "mars One: The Ultimate Reality TV Show?" During this two segment 94 minute discussion, Dr. Seedhouse house took us through various segments of the Mars one plan for a one way human mission to Mars to be followed by another such launch with four astronauts for every launch window between Earth and Mars which is about once every 29 months. Erik was most critical on life support issues, our lack of technology for a closed life support system, ethical issues which we explored in detail as well as legal issues. Other parts of our discussion focused on what would happen with an emergency, getting a launch license, rescue possibilities and more. Please read the full summary of this show at for this program on this date, Monday, January 30, 2017.

Open Lines, Sunday, 1-29-17  

Welcome to this two hour 4 minute Open Lines discussion. After several announcement and suggested topic discussions, we talked with several listeners on many topics. One of the main topics was yet again the Moon or Mars debate, this time with references to the program of last Sunday with Dr. Larry Kuznetz on the Mars spacesuit and Larry's comments near the end of his show as to why we should not consider the Moon as a jumping off point for Mars. Our discussion led to the Musk and SpaceX plans for going to Mars plus our present day space capabilities. A listener asked me for my thoughts on the climate change debate and this then became a discussion topic on the show. In the second segment, Marshall called to talk about what we might do once we got to the Moon or Mars, suggesting that we had no real plan nor was there at this time a business case for either destination. A listener email asked me if I had any retirement plans and what they might be, then Doug suggested by a phone call which went dad that we should be focused on more than just mining. Unfortunately, he was not able to complete his comments do to his phone quitting on him. Kim in Mexico then called in with her ideas of what we would do on the Moon and on early space settlements. Kim had much to say so don't miss all her comments. John from Freemont called to talk about the Al Globus low radiation Earth orbit I mentioned earlier. He also talked about Moon Exress getting $20 million in funding. Before the segment and show ended, Doug emailed in with a follow up to a question he had asked on an earlier show about making assumptions about China grabbing or doing certain things on the Moon and what our response might be. This time Doug referred us to the documentary movie, "Death By China" produced by Dr. Peter Navarro who is part of the Trump space landing team with the transition. Please read the full summary of this program at for this date, Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Dr. Clark Lindsey, Friday, 1-27-17  

We welcomed Dr. Clark Lindsey back to the program During our 92 minute program, we talked about changes and trends leading up to today's NewSpace and commercial space industries. We covered most if not all the industry segments, major companies and projects and programs currently underway. This was a wide ranging program you will find most interesting. We even discussed company fiancés, making money in space and much more. Read the full program summary at for this program this date, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

Rod Pyle, Tuesday, 1-24-17  

We welcomed Rod Pyle back to the show to talk about his three latest books and related issues in space news and policy today. The first of his three books we talked about was "Amazing Stories Of The Space Age." This is an exciting and fun book to read going back to real stories dating from the early days of the space age. This took us into topics today related to China and other space actors plus today's policies. Next, we talked about his coffee table book, "Mars: Making Contact." This book has amazing Mars photos in it, some we have not seen before. The third book we talked about was "Blueprint for a Battlestar." This book has a layout resembling old fashioned blue prints and has designs and photos of all sorts of things from space weapons to much more. Rod discussed and highlighted many of the drawings and photos in the book. Read the full summary of this show at for the date January 24, 2017.

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Thursday, 1-19-17  

Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Linda Elkins Tanton; Topics: NASA asteroid mission to 16 Psyche. 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, Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( 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. Please note due to the illness of a close friend, I was unable to participate in this Hotel Mars program. John Batchelor welcomed Dr. Linda Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University to the program to discuss the NASA newly named Discovery mission to the all metal asteroid 16 Psyche. During the double segment program, John and Lindy discussed the mission, the potential worth of this all metallic asteroid, the solar electric propulsion to be used for it and the instrumentation that will be on the program. It will launch in 2023 and take five years so to avoid a high mass fuel payload. As a result, the spacecraft is slow, more affordable and lighter. As you will hear, it may be able to launch in 2022. Asteroid 16 Psyche is the heaviest of the M-type asteroids. Also, 16 Psyche might be the exposed iron core of a protoplanet.[2] Radar observations of the asteroid from Earth indicate an iron–nickel composition. Much was discussed about this mission and this type of asteroid so enjoy this Hotel Mars program. Please post comments/questions on The Space Show blog for this program. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Elkins-Tanton through me at or through her Arizona State website page.

Dr. Philip Lubin, Monday, 1-23-17  

We welcomed Dr. Philip Lubin to the show to discuss interstellar flight possibilities and physics. During our one segment 94 minute program, Dr. Lubin introduced us to the NASA Deep-In Directed Energy for Relativistic Interstellar Missions and the Breakthrough Starshot program. Read about these programs and much more at During our program, Dr. Lubin addressed many of the challenges for interstellar flight including laser beam propulsion and beam issues. We also talked about competing technologies including anti-matter plus our guest explained the shortcoming of chemical propulsion rockets. One of the themes repeated throughout our discussion was the need for the technology to be experiencing exponential growth. Our 94 minute discussion is detailed, thorough, and most interesting. Included in the discussion was much on the interstellar spaceships to be used starting with the very small wafers to talking about human sleeper ships. Please read the full summary of this program at for this date, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

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