Broadcast 2226 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Dr. Clay Moltz. Topics: We discussed our guest's new book, "Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space," plus numerous related topics. 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. Clay Moltz to the show to discuss his new book "Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space." Please remember to buy this book through the OGLF/The Space Show Amazon portal so Amazon will contribute to The Space Show. Our Amazon instructions are in every archive summary and on each Space Show blog entry. During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Dr. Moltz told us why he wrote the book which was to address orbital crowding, possible conflict in space and to bring these issues and others to the attention of the general public as space impacts everyone everyday. A major topic for our discussion was space debris. Using this field as an example, Dr. Moltz made a very strong case for rules of the road, space traffic control issues, and responsible behavior by both governments and the private sector. We talked about entrepreneurs and private groups resisting a more regulated environment and he made the case for the need for cooperation to avoid conflicts. Early in his book, he outlined three significant points of view regarding the debate over space policy, ranging from conflict & the military use of space was inevitable so prepare for it to avoiding problems by piecemeal global engagement to increasing the use of international space projects through international governance. Dr. Moltz received many email questions challenging a regulated environment and the need for more controls on space businesses and operations. We talked about the cubesat technology and growth of the industry, the lack of registration, & as the industry grows, possible crowding problems. We also discussed the U.N. treaties that seem to cover what we were talking about so why the need for more agreements & regulations? In our second segment, we continued our human spaceflight discussion from the end of the first segment, plus we looked at space in other countries. We mostly focused on China, India, Iran, and North Korea among others. We talked about large scale industries that may develop over time such as SSP. GPS was an example, then a listener asked about cyberwarfare & the impact on space policy. Toward the end of the program, I asked about space interest among students at the Naval Postgraduate School. Students are very interested space and the subjects discussed in Clay's book and on today's show. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach Dr. Moltz through me.



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11 Apr 2014 Dr. Clay Moltz
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