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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 The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-07-16 (2.34MB; download) -- 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.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:05:00 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-30-16 (2.30MB; download) -- 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.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:41:44 UTC
Add this to another station Open Lines, Tuesday, 12-6-16 (15.88MB; download) -- Welcome to our 2 hour 18 minute Open Lines program. During our program, we took three phone calls. The first was from Dave who wanted to talk about nuclear rockets and the nuclear museum in Las Vegas with a Nerva nuclear rocket engine on display. Dave got several listener email questions and comments during his call. In the second segment, Dr. Jurist called in to continue talking about nuclear rockets, large chemical rockets, acoustic rocket signatures, and Mars travel times given Dave talked about the need for a nuclear rocket for going beyond the Moon. He was asked about the Mars travel times put forth by Elon Musk for his big rocket and when John called, I asked him about those travel times as well. John also fielded listener questions via email. Our last caller was Jerry who called in from Florida. He addressed a question that was asked to John regarding the differences in the way Musk and SpaceX see what is possible as compared to others, using the same science and performance information, come up as being skeptical. Don't miss what Jerry said about these differences. Jerry also talked about rocket speeds, the use of a parabolic orbit to Mars and space happenings along the Space Coast in Florida. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:00:58 UTC
Add this to another station Jim Muncy, Monday, 12-5-16 (11.06MB; download) -- We welcomed Jim Muncy back to the show to discuss the potential space policy in the new Trump administration. During our one segment 96 minute show, Jim talked about the Trump space transition team, statements that some of them have had made during the campaign and more recently, and what this may suggest for a Trump space policy. Jim was quick to point out that it was probable our space policy would be broader than just NASA as he highlighted not only the DOD space activities, but how both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce might play an important role in our new space policy. Jim responded to many questions about the Moon vs. Mars, China, public private partnerships, and much more. Read the full summary for this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:57:55 UTC
Add this to another station Barry Levin, Sunday, 12-4-16 (14.09MB; download) -- We welcomed back Barry Levin for the second part of his series on the 4th Industrial Revolution and advanced manufacturing for the space industry and even broader society oriented benefits. During our two hour three minute discussion, Barry summarized his first program and then started talking about 3D printing. You will note he prepared several documents and two videos which hs posted on Dropbox. You can find this information in the comments section of this archived show. Barry also talked about using desktop and individual like 3D pinters and learning these systems to deal with the displaced employment by labor saving methods related to the 4th Industrial Revolution. This was an major theme that was discussed through both segments of our program. Barry believed that by doing eduction differently, eventually the problem of lost jobs and displaced labor will be resolved. Listen for his ideas on education and let us know what you think since they revolve around 3D printing but much more. We also talked about advanced manufacturing in the aerospace industry, Apollo legacy issues and much more. Listeners called and send Barry emails with their questions and concerns regarding what he was talking about. Please read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:29:50 UTC
Add this to another station Susanne Peters, Friday, 12-2-16 (12.99MB; download) -- We welcomed Ms. Susanne Peters to the show from German. During our 1 hour53 minute program, our guest talked about space debris problems in LEO and other orbits. We talked about policy, debris mitigation ideas and why nothing gets tested or put in place. We also looked at the cost benefit analysis of doing something and discussed the fact that there was little incentive to spend money to mitigate against this risk at this time. Listen to the discussion to understand why. In the second segment, Ms. Peters talked about the German astronaut contest to have a woman astronaut. She explained the contest, told us she was entered and she was still in the running but the competition was closing in on the final rounds. She explained why Germany wanted to have a woman astronaut, why she wanted to go to space and then said she would fly on any vehicle, government or commercial. Real the full summary of this program on our website at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:36:21 UTC
Add this to another station Mark Whittington, Tuesday, 11-29-16 (13.02MB; download) -- We welcomed back Mark Whittington to our 1 hour 40 minute discussion on what the Trump presidency may mean for US space policy and programs. Mark was very bullish that "we will get space back on the right road." We talked about policy, key players, potential NASA administrator choices, ORion, SLS, returning to the Moon, ARM, Mars missions, public private partnerships and cooperation with other national space agencies. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:33:02 UTC
Add this to another station Lt. Col. Pete Garretson, Sunday, 11-27-16 (11.68MB; download) -- We welcomed Lt. Col. Pete Garretson back to the program to discuss the national space policy for the future and the Global Trends document which in his opinion should have a focus on commercial space development and much more. During our 1 hour 40 minute program, Pete spelled out the details behind his ideas and talked about the need for having a very big vision. He then focused on space solar power, explaining why this is something we should pursue. We also talked about both the Chinese and the Japanese pursuing development of funded SSP programs. We talked about the need for US leadership and rules plus the most likely economic growth from pursuing commercial space big vision projects including SSP and space resource mining and development. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:32:57 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-23-16 (0.99MB; download) -- John Batchelor and I welcomed back Anatoly Zak (www.russianspaceweb.com) to update us on the possible partnership with Boeing and Roscosmos to build two orbiting lunar space stations when the ISS is shut down. There is also talk of expanding the partnership to all the ISS members. Anatoly said there would not be additional costs, it would likely just continue the same is if the ISS were still functioning. We also talked about the purposes of these two lunar space stations and the hard choices that Russia may have to make due to their own budget concerns regarding having their own LEO space station once the ISS is shut down or this international partnership for the lunar orbiting space stations. Read the full summary at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:24:40 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Gil Levin, Tuesday, 11-22-16 (10.35MB; download) -- We welcomed back Dr. Gil Levin for this 90 minute discussion about finding molecular type life on Mars. We talked extensively about Gil's well known Viking lander Labeled Release experiments and the findings from both the Viking 1 and Viking 2 missions. Dr. Levin asserts that signs of molecular life were found but in the 40 years since Viking, no confirming experiments have been done or planned by NASA. We talked about the absence of life detection experiments on the Mars rovers, findings in similar rocks and locations in Earth that suggest life was detected on Mars, plus toward the end of the program, Gil explained exactly what the labeled release experiment was and we found out it was and still is the test used to develop microbes in water. You definitely want to hear Gil's explanation of this toward the end of our discussion. Another topic focused on the speculation as to why NASA and others might not want to confirm life on Mars. Listen and tell us what you think by posting on our blog. Another important topic discussed was the potential for a Mars Sample Return Mission. Gil was strongly opposed to bringing a Mars sample back to Earth. Listen to both his reasons for his oppositions and his suggestions for dealing with a Mars sample. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:11:12 UTC
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