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Guest: Gurbir Singh; Topics: We discussed Gurbir's new book, The Atlas Of Space Rocket Launch Sites and additional related stories.
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We welcomed Gurbir Singh back to the show to discuss his new book along with coauthor Brian Harvey, "The Atlas Of Space Rocket Launch Sites." To begin our show, I asked our guest about the Canary Island which is where he was for this interview. We talked about telescopes and observatories on the island for which it is known, plus I asked if the islands were named for the bird. I subsequently found out the islands were named after a specific breed of dog from the Latin term and had nothing to do with the bird. Gurbir also honored Brian Harvey, his co-author. Perhaps you are familiar with other books by Brian. The Space Show will reach out to him.
Gurbir talked about his new book, as to the amount of images in the book which he said was about 500. He talked about their being in color and in high resolution plus the book is a large format book. Gurbir proceeded to tell us that the chapters were organized by countries having space rocket launch sites for launching to orbital space. He provided us with a list of qualifications for a site to be in the book, some of which might surprise you as they are not active or busy sites. Also, suborbital sites were not included. Make sure you hear his qualifications for being in the book. Our guest then took us through the book, country by country with how many sites the country had plus their location. For example, when it came to India, not only did he just list the sites, but he had something to say about each location. Rather than list all the countries and sites in this summary, I urge you to pay attention to the discussion for the locations and sites that most interest you. Some sites were talked about more than others. For example in the U.S., we zeroed in on Kodiak in Alaska, also Wallops, and we talked about the Cape given I had been there to see launches.
Gurbir brought to our attention some of the controversial issues in countries with rocket launch sites. Environmental issues were or are a big concern with many claiming climate abuse, pollution, toxic chemicals in the atmosphere and issues like. He also told about the challenge the sites cause by the displacement of people. We don't hear that much about this problem in the U.S. but evidently it is a big problem around the world at an many sites.
While we got several email questions, Marshall was our only caller. He wanted to know about sites in Africa and then eventually wondered aloud why not in Kenya. Our guest had an interesting reply for Marshall, especially with regards to South Africa. After Marshal's call, Linda in Denver sent in a note asking if there were sites in Mexico. The answer was no. Linda's question was followed by one from Carla wanting to know about possible sites in Canada. No was the answer there as well but listen to the rest of what our guest said about Canada.
Gurbir was asked what his next book would be about and he said he was working on the early days of rocketry around the 1930s. He then told us a story about Sir Arthur Clark, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), the first private satellite TV service, and India satellite TV for education as the first in the world. Don't miss this story.
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