In this show, Amanda Bush talks about the following topics:
01:27 – 04:05 Satellites assist the Malaysian Airliner Search
04:06 – 06:05 Seeing a Gravity Wave and all around the Milky Way
06:06 – 07:16 Weightless Bikinis and Parabolic Competition
07:17 – 07:59 A new Gulley on Mars
08:00 – 09:32 The first Mars War over naming Craters
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David Livingston recently interview Adam Brinckerhoff about the SpaceUnited project: Adam Brinckerhoff, Friday, 3-28-14 – Thespaceshow’s Blog
SpaceUnited is described as “your nonprofit humanitarian space agency. Explore for good.” They define a “humanitarian space agency” as follows:
It’s a organization that helps people on Earth and beyond through the use of space technologies. Today, this help comes in the form of satellite imagery, improved housing, life-support systems, and science and education programs. Tomorrow it could mean interstellar Internet access; Mars and Moon aid; or a million other things.
Their primary goals currently appeared to be implementing Humanitarian Space Missions. Here are three current missions -
ExploraLab - Would you like to send something to the stratosphere? ExploraLab is your rocket-shaped experiment payload carrier. Simply create an experiment, put it into an ExploraLab, and drop it in the mail. We’ll make sure that it flies high and then gets delivered back to you!
SHIM-1 - SHIM-1 is a mission about saving lives. We’re working to purchase real-time satellite photos for humanitarian efforts, such as emergency relief organizations and international human rights watchdogs. Discover how you can help.
HOME-1 - HOME stands for Human Optimized Modular Environment. The mission of the HOME program is to improve human life by improving housing. We’re working on building HOMEs for on and off-Earth use. Check out this awesome project.
You can follow their activities and progress at the SpaceUnited Blog. Also, SpaceUnited executives Troy Dunn and Adam Brinckerhoff present Google+ Hangouts every Tuesday at 11:30 AM MT in which they
discuss the humanitarian space exploration topic of the week, interview a guest, and answer your questions live!”
Here is a recent Hangout in which they discussed “How To Do Space Exploration Yourself” : SpaceUnited Hangout 3-18-14 – SpaceUnited -
A selection of space policy/politics related links:
* Patrick Ritchie, Monday, 3-31-14 | Thespaceshow’s Blog - A discussion about space related presentations and sessions at the recent Southwest by Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas:
* Tues 4/1/14 Hr 4 | John Batchelor Show - Bob Zimmerman’s regular segment on space news and policy:
John Powell of JP Aerospace tells me they had a successful sale of MiniCubes last month (see JP Aerospace sale on flights of MiniCubes to NearSpace).
Their latest outreach effort is a Kickstarter to fund the flight of 2000 Pongsats in September: 2000 Student Projects to the Edge of Space by John Powell — Kickstarter
(To be clear, Pongsat flights cost nothing to the students or their schools.)
Here’s the Kickstarter video:
NASA JPL gives a preview of the night sky for the coming month.: What’s Up For April 2014 - “Mars at opposition, a lunar eclipse and April’s Lyrid meteor shower.”
After the positive response to the Z-1 suit’s visual design we received, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide this new suit with an equally memorable appearance. The cover layer of a prototype suit is important as it serves to protect the suit against abrasion and snags during the rigors of testing. With the Z-2, we’re looking forward to employing cover layer design elements never used in a spacesuit before. The designs shown were produced in collaboration with ILC, the primary suit vendor and Philadelphia University. The designs were created with the intent to protect the suit and to highlight certain mobility features to aid suit testing. To take it a step further, we are leaving it up you, the public, to choose which of three candidates will be built.
Option A: “Biomimicry”
Option B: “Technology”
Option C: “Trends in Society”
A selection of today’s space policy/politics related links:
1. Monday, March 31, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PDT(5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome PATRICK RITCHIE to discuss the space & STEM aspects of the SXSW event recently held in Austin, TX. Visit the event website for an overview prior to our Monday discussion: http://sxsw.com.
2. Tuesday, April 1, 2014:, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome KEVIN HEATH President and CEO of Waypoint 2 Space, the new space & astronaut training center near JSC.
3. Friday, April 4, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PDT (12:30-2 PM EDT; 11:30 AM-1 PM CDT): We welcome back DWIGHT STEVEN-BONIECKI regarding his new book, Live TV From The Moon.
4. Sunday, April 6, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome DR. BEHROKH KHOSHNEVIS to discuss contour crafting. Be sure to visit his website prior to the show at www.craft-usc.com.
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Ira Flatow interviews astronomer Chad Trujillo about a new dwarf planet that he and his team discovered in the outer reaches of our solar system: Dwarf Planet Found at the Edge of the Solar System – Science Friday
More about the discovery:
A selection of space policy related links:
Some miscellaneous items in my queue:
* David Luther, with “a little dash of sarcasm this month”, discusses some possible useful tech that might be salvaged from the SLS project: NASA: The Space Technology Salvage Yard – Wings to Space…The Wright Stuff
* Check out the many cool animated GIFs constructed from sequences of images from the Cassini mission that illustrate the dynamism of the Saturn system: Dancing With Saturn – The Planetary Society. Here’s an example:
NASA / JPL / SSI / Animation by Bill Dunford
Epimetheus and Family
Epimetheus, as tracked by Cassini over the course of almost
an hour as the moonlet orbited in the ring plane, along
with other members of Saturn’s family of worlds.
Check out the excellent article by Mark Karpel about JP Aerospace and their near space exploits: To Space (Okay, Near-Space) in a Balloon: A little company dreams of replacing rocket power with buoyancy – Air & Space Magazine.
Leonard David reports on the OPTICKS project, which plans to beam artworks from the Humans in Space Art Contest to the Moon and back: To the Moon with an Artistic Bounce! – Coalition for Space Exploration.
OPTICKS is described as follows:
a project by Daniela de Paulis in collaboration with Jan van Muijlwijk and the CAMRAS team
OPTICKS is a live radio transmission performance between the Earth and the Moon during which images are sent to the Moon and back as radio signals. The project has been realized by visual artist Daniela de Paulis (IT/NL) in collaboration with Jan van Muijlwijk and the CAMRAS radio amateurs association based at Dwingeloo radio telescope (NL). Each live performance is made possible thanks to the collaboration of radio enthusiasts Howard Ling (UK), Bruce Halász (Brazil) and Daniel Gautschi (CH).
OPTICKS employes a technology called Earth-Moon-Earth or Moonbounce, developed shortly after WWII by the US Military as a form of reliable radio communication also used for espionage purposes. EME uses the Moon as a natural reflector for radio signals.
In October 2009 Daniela de Paulis and Jan van Muijlwijk started pioneering a new application of Moonbounce technology, called Visual Moonbounce, which allows sending images to the Moon and back, combining Radio Astronomy with amateur radio technologies.
The title OPTICKS is inspired by Newton’s discoveries of the light spectrum, reflection and refraction. Similarly, the colours composing an image – converted into radio signals – are bounced off the Moon (reflected and refracted) by its surface during each live performance.
The performance is introduced by live sounds of amateurs radio signals captured by the Dwingeloo antenna tracking the moon.
Here is a video of one of their performances from 2012:
ANS 089 Weekly AMSAT Bulletin – March 29, 2014:
* FUNcube-1 / AO-73 Transponder Test – March 29
* Eighth Annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Speaker Announced
* AMSAT Awards Announced
* Radar outage prompts delay of Falcon 9 launch
* Lithuanian President’s greetings message sent from space
* PRN codes for KickSat Sprites released
* New frequency for Ukrainian PolyITAN-1 CubeSat
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over
Other smallsat news:
A couple of space history items I came across today:
Robert Truax‘s gigantic Sea Dragon doesn’t look as economical as often claimed when all costs are included: Historical Note: The Legend of the Sea Dragon – Citizens in Space
Cosmonaut Vladimir Vasyutin became seriously ill during a mission to the orbital station Salyut-7 in the fall of 1985. Here are more details about Vasyutin and the early termination of the mission due to his illness : Vazyutin – a different kind of space hero – Sven Grahn
Space travelers that achieve hero status often make daring space walks, landing on other heavenly bodies or narrowly escaping death. But, in my book, Vladimir Vasyutin should be given a special place in the Hall of Fame. He suffered very much from illness while in space. Some of his colleagues said he hid his ailment before launch and it got worse in flight. Can all astronauts honestly say they are innocent of this very human behaviour? The final result was bad for Vladimir Vasyutin and he paid dearly for any wrong-doing and probably felt that he had failed his crew, the space program and his nation badly. But the odds were against him. Still, he fought valiantly and stayed about 65 days in orbit during his only space mission. He retired from cosmonaut duty for medical reasons in 1987. I feel much sympathy for him. Life can be very tough.Vladimir Vasyutin, space hero, passed away in 2004, at the age of fifty. I think he is well worth remembering.
NASA’s Space to Ground report gives this week’s ISS headlines, including the delayed docking of the Soyuz:
Here is a video showing the Soyuz approaching and docking with the ISS on Thursday:
The Opportunity rover on Mars is becoming artistic in its old age:
NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity caught its own silhouette in this late-afternoon image taken by the rover’s rear hazard avoidance camera. This camera is mounted low on the rover and has a wide-angle lens.
The image was taken looking eastward shortly before sunset on the 3,609th Martian day, or sol, of Opportunity’s work on Mars (March 20, 2014). The rover’s shadow falls across a slope called the McClure-Beverlin Escarpment on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, where Opportunity is investigating rock layers for evidence about ancient environments. The scene includes a glimpse into the distance across the 14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) crater.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Recent winds have blown dust off Opportunity’s solar panels, giving it more power: Cleaner NASA Rover Sees Its Shadow in Martian Spring – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Today’s selection of space policy/politics related items: