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The Space Show this week – Oct.21.2019

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

1. Monday, Oct. 21, 2019; 7 PM PDT (9 pm CDT; 10 PM EDT): We welcome Dr. Jose V. Lopez to discuss his paper regarding Planetary Protection in which he suggests we should be spreading Earthly molecules throughout the solar system and Mars. His paper has been uploaded to the blog page for this program and we have discussed it on several earlier Space Show programs.

2. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT, 10-11:30 pm EDT): We welcome back both Linda Plush and Dr. John Jurist for fresh work and views regarding human factors for long duration human spaceflight.

3. Wednesday, Oct. 23 2019; Pre-recorded Hotel Mars Program with John Batchelor. See Upcoming Show on The Space Show website for details.

4. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019: 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT, 10-11:30 pm EDT): We welcome space architect Suzana Bianco. Note that Ms. Bianco was a presenter at the SSI Space Settlement Conference in Seattle during early Sept. 2019. [See the  video of her panel.]

5. Friday, Oct. 25, 2019; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am -1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT):. We welcome Don Pickering, CEO of Olis Robotics to discuss advances with AI and robotics for space and more.

6. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): We welcome you to OPEN LINES. Call us and talk about the issues that you want to talk about. All callers welcome, so are all space, STEM, STEAM, economic, and science topics.

Some recent shows:

** Sun, 10/20/2019Dr. Gerald Jackson discussed antimatter based propulsion systems.

** Fri, 10/18/2019Jose Ocasio-Christian talked about “the Caelus Foundation, their Chinese space program workshops, policy and more”.

* Thu, 10/17/2019Dr. Eligar Sadeh and Layla Martin discussed “the launch of the Astropolitics Institute, What it is and why now?”

** Wed, 10/16/2019 – Hotel Mars with John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston Dr. Karen Meech talked about “the two interstellar comets we have discovered, Comet Borisov and Comet Oumuamua”.

** The Space Show – Tue, 10/15/2019 –  Dr. Alan Hale discussed “multiple astronomy, telescope and exoplanet subjects. Also Hale-Bopp and other comets. Alan’s new Ice and Stone 2020 educational outreach project.”

** The Space Show – Mon, 10/14/2019Robert Zimmerman of www.behindtheblack.com “covered multiple topics in this one segment 123 minute program featuring listener phone calls and email questions”.

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 – David Livingston

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The Space Show this week – Sept.23.2019

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

1. Monday, Sept. 23, 2019; 2:00 pm PDT (4:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm EDT): No show today as Monday is reserved for special programming.

2. Tuesday, Sept. 24 , 2019; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT, 10-11:30 pm EDT):  Dr. Anahita Modiriasari will talk about lunar and Martian lava tubes.

3. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019: Pre-recorded Hotel Mars Program with John Batchelor. See Upcoming Show on The Space Show website for details.

4. Friday, Sept. 27, 2019; 9:30-11:00 am PDT (11:30 am-1:00 pm CDT, 12:30-2:00 pm EDT): We welcome back Dallas Bienhoff will discuss cislunar development and his recent SSI discussion comments.

5. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): OPEN LINES. We want to hear from you. STEM, STEAM, SPACE, SCIENCE calls welcome. First time callers welcome. Talk about what is on your mind with space.

Some recent shows:

** The Space Show – Sun, 09/22/2019 – Space attorney Wayne White  discussed property rights and other commercial space legal issues.

** Fri, 09/20/2019Dr. David Warmflash  talked about his new book, Moon: An Illustrated History: From Ancient Myths to the Colonies of Tomorrow , and about “Apollo’s Biomedical Lessons, human lunar spaceflight and more”.

** Tue, 09/17/2019Kim Holder and John Jossy “provided us with their analysis of the SIS Space Settlement Conference. This was an in-depth discussion of the extraordinary two day event”.

** Mon, 09/16/2019Dr. Patricia Hynes “discussed the upcoming ISPCS Conference to be held in Las Cruces, NM from Oct. 9-10, 2019 with implications for commercial and exploratory space”.

** The Space Hotel – Wed, 09/11/2019 – John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston talk with Anatoly Zak (RussianSpaceWeb.com) about the latest Russian space news and developments.

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 – David Livingston

 

The Space Show this week – Sept.16.2019

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

1. Monday, Sept. 16, 2019; 2:00 pm PDT (4:00 pm CDT; 5:00 pm EDT): We welcome Dr. Patricia Hynes back to the program to discuss International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight  (ISPCS 2019), Oct.9-10, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT; 10-11:30 pm EDT): We welcome back both Kim Holder and John Jossy to discuss the recently held SSI Space Settlement Conference. Lots happened at this conference and Kim and John will tell us about it.

3. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019: Pre-recorded Hotel Mars Program with John Batchelor. See Upcoming Show on The Space Show website for details.

4 Friday, Sept. 20, 2019; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1:00 pm CDT; 12:30-2:00 pm EDT): We welcome Dr. David Warmflash regarding his new book, Moon: An Illustrated History: From Ancient Myths to the Colonies of Tomorrow , plus much more.

5. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): We welcome back Wayne White, noted space attorney regarding property rights and other commercial space legal issues.

Some recent shows:

** The Space Show – Sun, 09/15/2019Dr. Ajay Kothari talked about “returning to the Moon and beyond with his plans and ideas”:

** The Space Show – Fri, 09/13/2019 –  Lars Osborne and Daudi Barnes discussed their company, Agile Space Propulsion, and “explained their propulsion systems, hypergolic fuel uses and why they stand out from other companies”.

** The Space Show – Tue, 09/10/2019 – Aerospace engineer Andrew Rader talked about his new book Beyond The Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars.

** The Space Show/Hotel Mars – Wed, 09/04/2019  – John Batchelor and David Livingston talked with Douglas Loverro about “the USAF, creating a Space Force, China, Mars, national security 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.

The Space Show - David Livingston
The Space Show – David Livingston

 

SpaceX Falcon Heavy successfully launches Arabsat-6A and lands all 3 boosters

SpaceX this afternoon launched a Falcon Heavy rocket with the Arabsat-6A communications satellite from Cape Kennedy Space Center. This was the second launch of a FH but this time all 3 cores of the FH were the most up-to-date Block 5 versions. And all 3 boosters  successfully landed. The 2 side boosters landed back on pads at Cape Canaveral while the center landed on a floating platform at sea.

A clip from the SpaceX webcast showing the liftoff:

Here is the segment of the webcast with the return flights and landings of the boosters:

After a coast period, the upper stage engine fired for about 85 seconds and 5 minutes later Arabsat-6A was deployed:

Contact was later made with the satellite after the deployment.

The power of the FH sent the satellite into a long ellipse with an apogee of 90,000 km (55,500 mi) beyond Earth. The satellite will fire its on-board engine to circularize the orbit and bring it to its assigned slot in geostationary orbit (35,786 km above the equator). The initial extra high orbit will reduce the amount of fuel that the satellite needs to reach its spot as compared to a launch with, say, a Falcon 9 rocket. This extra fuel will give the satellite a few more years of operation since it needs to occasionally fire the engine to maintain its position.

The next Falcon Heavy launch is expected to lift off in June (presumably with the same two side boosters as this flight). The mission will be for the U.S. Air Force and is referred to as STP-2 (Space Test Program-2). STP-2 will carry several military and scientific research satellites including the Planetary Society’s LightSail-2 solar sail: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Flies Again; LightSail 2 Is Next! | The Planetary Society

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Videos: SpaceX Crew Dragon Demonstration-1 launch

Below are videos and images of the launch early this morning of the SpaceX Falcon 9 with the Crew Dragon for the Demonstration 1 mission (DM-1). (Will add more videos as they become available). The first stage landed successfully on a platform in the Atlantic. The Dragon is scheduled to dock with the ISS at around 6 am EST Sunday, Feb.3rd. Watch the rendezvous and docking live starting at 3:30 am EST (0830 UTC) on the .

[ Update: Post-launch briefing:

A second passenger aboard the Crew Dragon enjoys weightlessness:

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The complete SpaceX/NASA joint webcast:

The first stage just after landing:

A preview video of the launch system on the pad:

A video tour of the interior of the interior:

More about the Crew Dragon:

A view of preparations for the mission:

An animation of how the Dragon will catch up with the  International Space Station:

Some screen captures during the countdown and launch:

Liftoff
Just after the first stage (left) and second stage (right) separated and the second stage engine began firing.
Test dummy Riley in the Dragon interior.
The Falcon 9 and the Crew Dragon on the pad before the launch.
View of pad about 5 minutes before scheduled liftoff.

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