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1321 (Special Edition)||Listen to the show!|
|Aired on March 8th, 2010|
|Guest: Dr. Erik Seedhouse|
|Guest: Dr. Erick Seedhouse. Topics: China and U.S. space programs and is there a space race? Dr. Erik Seedhouse returned to The Space Show to discuss his new book, "The New Space Race: China vs. the United States." You can purchase this book on the OGLF book page and Amazon will contribute to OGLF/The Space Show. Use this URL: www.amazon.com/dp/144190879X?tag=onegialeafou-20. In our first segment, Dr. Seedhouse summarized China's space policy and discussed space in terms of world leadership, particularly the human spaceflight program which is almost all of the Chinese program. He talked about the importance to China of the One China Policy and how this plays out in space and possibly even with the GAP that may result form the US not being able to fly astronauts to space for years. He mentioned the U.S. Space Doctrine and the concept of controlling battle space. ASAT technology came up, orbital access for the Chinese was discussed and he mentioned an incident where a Chinese satellite came with in 12 miles of the ISS. In our second segment, Jack from Virginia asked five questions regarding cooperation with China, our proposed new policy and the FY 2011 budget, Sino-American space cooperation, the space weapons treaty, and the Chinese use of Russian space technology, Dr. Seedhouse responded to each of these questions so don't miss this discussion. We also talked about the retirement of the Space Shuttle and money being proposed to terminate Constellation which he said could be used to help keep shuttle flying. Issues about the Soyuz also came up and were addressed. In the third segment, Erik had more to say about the One China Policy and its possible impact on Taiwan as well as the GAP. ITAR was brought up as were back channel discussions and negotiations that he was aware of between the U.S. and China. He introduced us to the Schriever war games and applied them to our space policy discussion. Make sure you listen to this discussion. In questions about treaties, he said they were very hard to enforce or police. He also responded to another question by listener Jack about Russian technology for China and said that China no longer had to rely on it, they were passed that point in their space research and development work. Toward the end of this segment, Dr. Seedhouse had more to say about the proposed policy, flexible path and how best to stabilize US space policy. He then talked about the need for policy to be destination driven. Toward the end of the program, he talked about the commercial launchers, Atlas, Delta, and the Falcon 9 under development. While he supports commercial space development, he also believes that we should be pursuing the government program so listen to his policy suggestions. I strongly recommend his book as it is hard hitting and factual regarding China and U.S. space policy. If you have a question or comment for Dr. Erik Seedhouse, you can email him at DrErikSeedhouse@hotmail.com|
|About our guest...|
Dr. Erik Seedhouse
Erik Seedhouse is an aerospace scientist whose ambition has always been to work as an astronaut. After completing his first degree in Sports Science at Northumbria University the author joined the legendary 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, the world’s most elite airborne regiment. During his time in the ‘Para’s’ Erik spent six months in Belize, where he was trained in the art of jungle warfare and conducted several border patrols along the Belize-Guatemala border. Later, he spent several months learning the intricacies of desert warfare on the Akamas Range in Cyprus. He made more than thirty jumps from a Hercules C130 aircraft, performed more than two hundred abseils from a helicopter and fired more light anti-tank weapons than he cares to remember! Upon returning to the comparatively mundane world of academia, the author embarked upon a Master’s degree in Medical Science at Sheffield University. He supported his master’s degree studies by winning prize money in 100km ultradistance running races. Shortly after placing third in the World 100km Championships in 1992 and setting the North American 100km record, the author turned to ultradistance triathlon, winning the World Endurance Triathlon Championships in 1995 and 1996. For good measure, he also won the inaugural World Double Ironman Championships in 1995 and the infamous Decatriathlon, the world’s longest triathlon, an event requiring competitors to swim 38km, cycle 1800km, and run 422km. Non-stop! Returning to academia once again in 1996, Erik pursued his Ph.D. at the German Space Agency’s Institute for Space Medicine. While conducting his Ph.D studies he still found time to win Ultraman Hawaii and the European Ultraman Championships as well as completing the Race Across America bike race. Due to his success as the world’s leading ultradistance triathlete Erik was featured in dozens of magazines and television interviews. In 1997, GQ magazine nominated him as the ‘Fittest Man in the World’. In 1999, Erik decided it was time to get a real job. He retired from being a professional triathlete and started his post-doctoral studies at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University’s School of Kinesiology. While living in Vancouver, Erik gained his pilot’s license, started climbing mountains and took up sky-diving to relax in his spare time. In 2005 the author worked as an astronaut training consultant for Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas and wrote ‘Tourists in Space’, a training manual for spaceflight participants. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the Aerospace Medical Association. Recently, he was one of the final thirty candidates of the Canadian Space Agency’s Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. Erik currently works as manned spaceflight consultant and author. He plans to travel into space with one of the private spaceflight companies. As well as being a triathlete, skydiver, pilot and author, Erik is an avid scuba diver and has logged more than two hundred dives in more than twenty countries. His favorite movie is the director’s cut of ‘Blade Runner’, his favorite science fiction authors are Allen Steele and Stanislav Lem and his favorite science fiction series is Red Dwarf. ‘Prepare for Launch’ is his fifth book. When not writing, he spends as much time as possible in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii and at his real home in Sandefjord, Norway. Erik lives with his wife and two cats on the Niagara Escarpment in Canada.
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