Category Archives: Uncategorized

The Space Show this week – Sept.12.2022

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

1. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST): We welcome back Dr. Ajay Kothari to continue his advocacy for the use of thorium reactors for power generation.

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022; 1:00 pm PST (3:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm EST): Eric Berger talks with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston,  about the SpaceX Starship and NASA’s SLS [Space Launch System] prep work and more.

3. Friday, Sept.16, 2022; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): This program is TBD due to a last minute change by our planned guest.

4. Sunday, Sept.18, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): We welcome back Dr. Armen Papazian from London regarding his new book, The Space Value of Money: Rethinking Finance Beyond Risk & Time [Amazon commission link].

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Sept.11.2022Dale Skran, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Space Society, discussed “SSP [Space Solar Power], settlement, the human gravity RX, Starship plans, NASA and much more“.

** Friday, Sept.9.2022Dallas Bienhoff talked about “his joining with OffWorld (see in addition to talking about other timely topics impacting space development, our efforts for a lunar return, new rockets and spaceships, human spaceflight, policy, adversaries and much more“.

** Hotel Mars – Dr. Michael Hecht, principle investigator of the MOXIE experiment on the Perseverance rover on Mars, spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about the latest results in extracting oxygen from the CO2 in the Martian atmosphere. “Michael explained Moxie, talked about the results, we talked about its future for Mars visitors and explorers, scaling it up for humans and much more.”

** Tuesday, Sept.6.2022John Bucknell discussed “SSP [Space Solar Power] and business development for John’s company Virtus Solis Technologies, SSP tech advances, orbits, solutions for our current energy problems and more“.

** Hotel Mars Wednesday, Aug.31.2022Rand Simberg spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about the Space Launch System (SLS) and the attempts to launch it for the first time.

** 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.

The Space Show - David Livingston
The Space Show – Dr. David Livingston

=== Amazon Ads ===

Escaping Gravity:
My Quest to Transform NASA and
Launch a New Space Age


Spacepower Ascendant:
Space Development Theory and a New Space Strategy

SpaceCasts: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – Aug.28.2022

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

** International Space Station is preparing humans for deep space explorationVideoFromSpace

Life support technology, experiments and living in microgravity on the International Space Station have been stepping stones for humans to reach out further into the solar system.

** Astronaut Jessica Watkins Answers Kentucky Student Questions – Aug. 22, 2022 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Jessica Watkins answered pre-recorded questions about life and work on the orbiting laboratory during an in-flight event August 22 with students, faculty, and staff at the Challenger Center in Hazard, Kentucky. Watkins is in the midst of a 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.

Join NASA as we go forward to the Moon and on to Mars — discover the latest on Earth, the Solar System and beyond with a weekly update in your inbox. Subscribe at:

** Expedition 67 Astronaut Frank Rubio Answers Media Questions Before Launch – Aug. 22, 2022 – NASA Video

NASA Astronaut Frank Rubio discusses his upcoming mission to the International Space Station and takes questions from media during a virtual news conference from Star City, Russia. Rubio, along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin, is scheduled to launch to the space station Wednesday, Sept. 21, aboard the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He will be a flight engineer and member of the Expedition 68 station crew.

** Robotic arm inspects Chinese space station in these amazing viewsVideoFromSpace

Watch China’s robotic arm scan the exterior of the Tiangong space station in these views. The inspection was completed to “ensure it is ready to move the Wentian lab module from its current docking bay to its permanent dock,” according to China Central Television (CCTV).

** See amazing views of Earth from the Chinese space stationVideoFromSpace

China has released a stunning compilation of views of Earth from the Tiangong space station.

** T+227: Astrobee, Free-Flying Robots on the ISS (with Jonathan Barlow) – Main Engine Cut Off

Jonathan Barlow from the NASA Ames Research Center joins me to talk about Astrobee—the free-flying robots on the International Space Station that test new technologies, sensors, and operations, and assist astronauts and mission controllers alike. Jonathan is the Astrobee Lead Engineer and has been with the program since the beginning, so we go way back to its origins and talk in-depth about what the robots are up to today on the ISS.

** T+224: Northrop Grumman’s Commercial Space Station, with Rick Mastracchio (Director Of Business Development) – Main Engine Cut Off

Rick Mastracchio, former NASA astronaut and current Director Of Business Development at Northrop Grumman Space Systems, joins me to talk about Northrop Grumman’s Commercial Space Station concept that they are working on as part of NASA’s Commercial LEO Destinations program.

** 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!


=== Amazon Ads ===

LEGO Ideas International Space Station Building Kit,
Adult Set for Display,
Makes a Great Birthday Present
(864 Pieces)


Outpost in Orbit:
A Pictorial & Verbal History of the Space Station

The Space Show this week – Mar.29.2021

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

1. Monday, Mar. 29, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT: No program today.

2. Tuesday, Mar.30, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Michelle Evans who will be presenting new material for her classic X-15 book, The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space [Amazon commission link].

3. Wednesday, Mar.31 2021, 1:30 pm PDT (3:30 CDT, 4:30 pm EDT): Hotel Mars – Dr. Haym Benaroya, of Rutgers University will talk with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about the latest developments in  lunar habitats, returning to the Moon and more.

4. Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021; 6:30-8:90 pm PDT (8:30-10:00 pm CDT, 9:30-11:00 pm EDT): A San Francisco AIAA Chapter webinar featuring an interview with Dr. David Livingston about The Space Show with Kim Holder and John Jossy. For registration and details for “The Space Show Behind The Scenes” program, see The Space Show website Upcoming Show Menu for April 1, 2021.

5. Friday, Apr.2, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): We welcome Bruce Pittman back to the program to discuss his proposal, “Spacecraft Nation:  A Toolkit for Building Back Better Using Space“.

6. Sunday, Apr.4, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): No program today as this is Easter Sunday.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Mar.28.2021Leonard David and Barbara Sprungman-David discussed “multiple topics including space educational outreach and the impact of the pandemic on kids with Zoom learning and space“.

** Friday, Mar.26.2021Robert (Sam) Wilson discuss his paper on hypersonics for weapons and other purposes. Find more about the paper (pdf) at The Hypersonic Missile Debate | The Aerospace Corporation.

**  Wednesday, Mar.24.2021 – Hotel Mars – The Space Show/John Bachelor Show – Anatoly Zak of talked with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the Perseverance on mars, the upcoming helicopter flight in the thin Martian atmosphere, Curiosity progress, plus we talked about the ISS leak in the Russian segment, the effort to repair it, the materials used in the repair, the impact of the leak on the remaining life of the ISS and related items. In the second segment, we discussed the agreement with China and Russia on establishing a lunar base together in the not too distant future.

** Tuesday, Mar.23.2021Robert Zimmermanreturned for a two hour plus discussion ranging from the Mars rovers, especially Perseverance, to NASA marketing policy for Mars and the rover missions, to suborbital tourism, SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin news plus 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.

The Space Show - David Livingston
The Space Show – Dr. David Livingston

=== Amazon Ads ===

Rise of the Space Age Millennials:
The Space Aspirations of a Rising Generation


America’s New Destiny in Space

Space policy roundup – Jan.8.2020

A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government (US and international) related space news and resource items that I found of interest (find previous space policy roundups here):


**  The Space Show – Tue, 01/07/2020 –  Dr. Malcolm Davis “from Australia regarding commercial space, national space security and much more”

** January 3, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** Episode T+144: 2019 Impacts – Main Engine Cut Off

A look back at 2019 through the lens of “Who actually did something that matters this year?”


== Amazon Ad ==

Fire in the Sky:
Cosmic Collisions, Killer Asteroids, and
the Race to Defend Earth

Space policy roundup – April.26.2019

A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government (US and international) related space news and resource items that I found of interest:


** China in Space: A Strategic Competition? | U.S.-CHINA – Senate hearing on April 25, 22019:

Unable to see this video? Click here.

** The Space Show – Mon, 04/22/2019Daniel Suarez discussed his new science fiction novel, Delta-v, and “deep space mining, space economics, commercial space, policy and regulations, government space activities, risk taking, lunar return, Mars and much much more”.

** The Space Show – Tue, 04/23/2019Jeffrey Smith talked about his two recent booster series articles on The Space Review (Part 1 and Part 2) and “also talked rocket and booster history, returning to the Moon and more”.

** Constellations, a New Space and Satellite Innovation Podcast: 48 – Explosion in VC Funding, The Year of Commercial Space Travel and Earth Observation for Everyone

Investment in the satellite and space industry has evolved from traditional government sources to backing by a couple of billionaire Unicorn investors, and now to an explosion in venture capital and angel investors driving the industry. This new wave of funding has taken the industry from a dozen or so privately funded space companies globally in 2009 to 435 today, that have received over $20 billion in investment. Chad Anderson, CEO of Space Angels discusses many of the exciting trends occurring in the space industry including where investment funding is going, and more importantly why. He talks about his prediction that 2018 would be the year of SmallSat and that 2019 will be the year of Commercial Space Travel. Chad also discusses the potential for earth observation to follow the path of GPS and become tightly intertwined in our everyday lives.

** April 23, 2019 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black



Outpost in Orbit: A Pictorial & Verbal History of the Space Station