The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:
1. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016: 2-3:30 PM PST KIM HOLDER of www.moonwards.com to the show.
2. Tuesday, March 1, 2016: 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome back DR. MICHAEL SCHMIDT and DR. THOMAS GOODWIN to the program to discuss their recent paper on artificial gravity.
3. Friday, March 4, 2016: 2016; 9:30-11AM PST; (12:30-2 PM EST; 11:30AM – 1 PM CST. We welcome back ERIC LERNER of Focus Fusion to the show with updates on his fusion work.
4. Sunday, March 6 2016: 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST): We welcome back CHRIS STONE with LT.COL. PETE GARRESTSON, USAF, to discuss space solar power plans.
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This week we talk about the Space Leadership Preservation Act which is looking to change how much influence the President has over NASA.
Space news topics discussed:
* Tory Bruno explains ELC very well
* ESA’s ExoMars in final preps for March 14th liftoff
* SpaceX Falcon 9 scrubs second attempt to launch SES-9
* U.S. sanctions on Russia do not bar use of RD-180… Still
* NASA officially starts work on WFIRST space telescope
* Robotic 3D printing Demo heading for ISS
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There is a ham radio station on the Int. Space Station that the crew members (many of whom have amateur radio licenses) use to talk with hams on the ground. In addition, quite often there is an arrangement made with a school group that allows students to talk with and ask questions of the crew via the ham radio when the ISS is flying over the school’s area.
In this video, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams talks about the big impact that the ISS ham radio contacts with such class room groups had on her. Over 1000 such class room contacts have been made so far.
Find more about the ISS amateur radio program at the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) website. There is info there on how you can arrange for your local school to have a ham radio session with the ISS.
This video from Boston Dynamics of a remarkably stable and agile robot has gotten lots of attention this week:
Here is an article speculating on a future day in which robots abound: A world where everyone has a robot: why 2040 could blow your mind – Nature News & Comment
Here is the latest Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the Int. Space Station: