The Space Show this week – Jan.17.2022

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST): We welcome back Robert Zimmerman for updates and more.

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022; 1:00 pm PST (3:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm EST): TBD. Check the Upcoming Show Menu at www.thespaceshow.com for updates on scheduling.

3. Friday, Jan.21, 2022; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): No Program today.

4. Sunday, Jan.23, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): We welcome back Dr. Thomas Matula with Dr. Darryl Mitry regarding their book, Beyond the Covid Shock: The Great Economic Transition. Part of this discussion will focus on the economic transition and space economy.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Jan.16.2022 –  Brian Dunn talked about “his scifi book with shades of reality and plausibility, TubeTown Frontier, which refers to building a settlement in lava tubes on the Moon“.

** Friday, Jan.14.2022Dr. James R. Wertz discussed “his lunar development, economic and settlement plans“. Here are three files presenting more details of his proposed settlements.

** Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Jan.12.2022Jeromy Grimmett, founder and CEO of Rogue Space Systems, spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about commercial in-space servicing and “the Space Force plan Orbital Prime which will select winning company technology to partner with to remove LEO space debris“.

** Tuesday, Jan.11.22Joe Carroll discussed “Artificial gravity, Starship as a tanker, space settlement, debris mitigation, solar system surface gravity, Joe’s recent Space Review Article, ‘How to clarify human futures beyond Earth‘”.

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – Jan.14.2022

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** ISS 2030: NASA Extends Operations of the International Space StationNASA

NASA announced the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to extend International Space Station (ISS) operations through 2030. Over the past two decades, the United States has maintained a continuous human presence in orbit around the Earth to test technologies, conduct scientific research, and develop skills needed to explore farther than ever before. The unique microgravity laboratory has hosted more than 3,000 research investigations from over 4,200 researchers across the world and is returning enormous scientific, educational, and technological developments to benefit people on Earth. Nearly 110 countries and areas have participated in activities aboard the station, including more than 1,500,000 students per year in STEM activities. Extending operations through 2030 will continue another productive decade of research advancement and enable a seamless transition of capabilities in low-Earth orbit to one or more commercially owned and operated destinations in the late 2020s.  Learn more here: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2...

** Astrobee robots in 360° | Cosmic KissEuropean Space Agency, ESA on Youtube

Join ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer inside Kibo, the Japanese laboratory module of the International Space Station in 360°, setting up Astrobee robotic free-flyers for the ReSWARM experiment. Short for RElative Satellite sWArming and Robotic Maneuvering, this robotics demonstration tests autonomous microgravity motion planning and control for on-orbit assembly and coordinated motion. This investigation aims to test coordination between multiple robots, robots and cargo, and robots and their operating environment as developers envision the future of autonomous robot operations in space. Matthias was launched to the International Space Station on Crew Dragon Endurance as part of Crew-3 at 02:03 GMT/03:03 CET Thursday 11 November 2021. His ESA mission on board is known as Cosmic Kiss and will see him live and work for approximately six months in orbit. Follow Matthias: https://bit.ly/ESACosmicKiss

** Chinese astronauts manually dock spacecraft for first time at space stationVideoFromSpace

Shenzhou-13 astronauts completed a manual rendezvous and docking test with the Tianzhou-2 spacecraft on January 8, 2022.

** Teleoperated Docking Test of Space Station, Cargo Craft Lays Foundation for Unmanned Docking: ExpertCCTV Video News Agency

China verified the effectiveness and reliability of its emergency plan for unmanned laboratory module docking during the future construction process of its space station through the successful manual rendezvous and docking experiment between the core module Tianhe and the Tianzhou-2 cargo craft.

** The Chinese Space Station Tests Module Transfer Capability, A Startup is Developing Laser Comms TechDongfang Hour

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

** See also:

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The Space Show this week – Jan.10.2022

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST): We welcome back Joe Carroll for updates regarding artificial gravity [via rotating structures], tethers and more.

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022; 1:00 pm PST (3:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm EST): Jeromy Grimmett, founder and CEO of Rogue Space Systems Corporation, will talk with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about the “Space Force plan to use private companies to mitigate space debris“.

3. Friday, Jan.14, 2022; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): We welcome back Dr. James R. Wertz to discuss his lunar development and economic plans. See his three presentations on our blog page.

4. Sunday, Jan.16, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): We welcome Brian Dunn to the program to discuss his TubeTown plan and concept/project.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Jan.9.2022Dr. Anna Krylov of the USC Chemistry Dept. spoke out “about mixing science with ideology“.

** Friday, Jan.7.2022Marcia S. Smith of SpacePolicyOnline.comjoined us again for a look at policy from 2021 into 2022, congressional actions or lack of actions, plus lots more“.

** Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Jan.5.2022Eric Berger spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about

the delay faced by SpaceX regarding Starship launches at Boca Chica due to questions needing to be answered and evaluated regarding the EIR under review. Eric suggested there was a lot to the report and that SpaceX has many questions to evaluate and answer so he did not see any signs with the FAA slow walking Starship approval. He also speculated that Starship might need more time to get ready for test launches so SpaceX was ok with the delay, answering the questions and readying Starship.

** Tuesday, Jan.4.2022Dr. Malcolm Davis discussed “Asian space and national security focused on China and Australia, commercial space in Australia, space policy, space weaponization, nuclear weapons and the first strike defense posture and more“.

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – Jan.7.2022

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Expedition 66 Astronaut Kayla Barron Talks with Spokesman-Review Newspaper – Jan. 5, 2022NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 66 Flight Engineer Kayla Barron discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview January 5 with the Washington Spokesman Review, a daily newspaper based in Spokane, Washington. Barron is in the midst of a long-duration science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.

** Expedition 66 PAO Grant Larson Productions- January 5, 2022NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 66 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Raja Chari discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview January 5 with Grant Larson Productions to be used for educational content for K-12 students. Vande Hei and Chari are in the midst of long-duration science missions living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.

** China space station’s robotic arm relocates cargo spacecraft in successful trialCCTV Video News Agency

The robotic arm attached to China space station successfully caught and relocated the Tianzhou-2 cargo ship in a test on Thursday, China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) said. It’s the first such maneuver of the 10-meter-long robotic arm, which can lift objects weighing up to 20 tonnes.

See also China completes in-orbit spacecraft transposition test with space station’s robotic arm – Xinhua

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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Video: Update on graphene development and applications

While it probably exaggerates its near-term importance to tell 2022 graduates that “The future is graphene” (as The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock, was told in the 60s about plastics) , the future is nevertheless very bright for applications of the amazing one-atom-thick material. Here is an update on developments with graphene via an interview with Adrian Nixon, Editor in Chief of Nixene Publishing at Ex Terra – The Journal of Space Commerce:

On this edition of The Ex Terra Podcast, we return to the topic of Graphene with Adrian Nixon, Editor in Chief of Nixene Publishing. The Nixene Journal is a publishing company specializing in Graphene and other 2D materials based in Manchester, United Kingdom. We publish the Nixene Journal, a monthly analysis of developments in the fast-moving business and technology world of graphene in “plain English” for global decision makers and investors. Adrian Nixon began his career as a chemist, and took a somewhat circuitous path to publishing. As a scientist, his knowledge of graphene is extensive, and he is well versed in the potential applications for the material in space commerce, as well as here on Earth.

Nixene Publishing produces the monthly Nixene Journal, which provides busy decision makers with up-to-date knowledge and information, as well as Special Editions tailored to a specific topic. They are ideal as corporate reports or industry events. Both print and digital versions are available, and a subscription is not required. The company also produces a video series focused on graphene, holds webinars and workshops, and provides consulting services.

Adrian is a member of the International Space Elevator Consortium Board, and a Strategic Advisory Board member of StellarModal, the space transportation association. On this edition of the podcast, Adrian and host Tom Patton talk about the many uses of graphene, how it came to be discovered, it’s chemical makeup (Adrian is a chemist, after all), and a couple of the more Earthly uses for the substance.

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