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The Space Foundation Conference

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Guest: Dr. Doug Plata. Topics: The initial lunar base for colonization. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. We welcomed back Dr. Doug Plata to the show to discuss his ideas and concepts for an initial lunar base which he named Lunar Base One. Follow along with this important website. Be sure to click on the link in the upper left hand corner to download the Lunar Base One Reference Material. In the first segment of our 2 hour 1 minute discussion, Doug focused on introducing us to his Lunar Base One concept and Lunar Cots. To follow this discussion, make sure you go to the Lunar Base One website per the above URL as he follows the information on that site for our discussion. During Doug's discussion, he took calls and emails from listeners on a wide range of associated topics, questions, and comments. Listener questions covered telerobotics, wireless power transfer, artificial gravity & the use of a centrifuge at the base, wired power as in missile wire, laser beam power, battery usage, lunar dust, radiation, water, a lunar greenhouse, and check lists re solar panels, propellant, fuel cells, radiation, and more. In the second segment, Eric called using a cell in Florida to discuss robotics over humans. Later, Doug was asked if returning to the Moon would divert resources needed for going to Mars, the moons of Mars, or even an asteroid. Don't miss his response to this question. BJohn asked about line of site communications with Earth or if there would be a need for lots of communication satellites. Doug and John from Ft. Worth had an interesting discussion on several key points, then Doug spoke to lunar tourism, the transportation needs, then I asked him about changing space policy. Specifically, I asked what he would say before Congress re changing our policy as to why the Moon were he to testify before both House and Senate committees. Give your ideas on this on the blog because no matter how cool the technology and engineering may be, without a policy to go back to the Moon, most likely nothing will happen. Rasmus called from Toronto suggesting the use of mylar over a small crater. You don't want to miss this discussion. As the show was drawing to a close, Doug spoke about his return to the Moon track at this year's Space-Access Conference which will be in Phoenix in late April. He finished up his discussion talking about artificial gravity, the use of a long arm centrifuge on the Moon running at about a 5.4 RPM by the lunar team. He also spoke about inflatables and what he learned in his discussions with the University of Maine professor. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above. You can reach Doug at the address on his website or through me.



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01 Feb 2015 Dr. Doug Plata
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