Broadcast 1538 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Taylor Dinerman. Topics: Nuclear power, Japanese accident civil & commercial space programs, DOD space programs. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. We welcomed back Taylor Dinerman for this one hour special discussion, followed by a look ahead at some upcoming unique Space Show programs. We started our discussion talking about the Japanese nuclear power plant accident, the risks for the United States and what this might mean for the need for power in the United States as well as around the world. Taylor talked about the likely impact on expenditures for the Japanese space program along with the relationship of this accident to the R&D for space solar power. Our guest had much to say about SSP so you will certainly want to listen to this segment. Concerning our discussion about SSP, we talked about unique markets for it, including remote locations and military applications. Listener Steve asked our guest about the estimate for the dollar cost per kilogram to GEO to make solar space power practical and if Space X had any medium term prospects to meet this cost estimate ? You might be surprised by Taylor's response to this question. In the second segment, we discussed the potential US and global impact on the emerging private sector space development industry. Mr. Dinerman spoke about the need for capital and the fact that NASA is now supporting the suborbital industry. He talked about having triggers of the kind when Dennis Tito became the first tourist suggesting that the private space community needs its own trigger. He suggested seeing Virgin, XCOR or others start flying might just be that trigger. We talked about the disarray facing NASA and what we might expect regarding the budget and policy for 2011 and 2012. When we came back from our break, I used the remaining time to mention some of our upcoming Space Show programs so don't miss the exciting schedule planned for The Space Show over the next few months. I also explained the down time for the program as I am about to travel back to Grand Forks for nearly two weeks of on campus teaching and some Space Show dates will need to be cancelled. Please post all your comments and questions for Taylor Dinerman on the blog URL above. You can also email them to me at and I will forward your message to Taylor.



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01 Apr 2011 Taylor Dinerman
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