Broadcast 2336 (Special Edition)

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Guests: Open Lines/Auditions with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Nuclear rocket propulsion was the main discussion topic. 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. Welcome to this 1 hour 50 minute program focused on auditions for possible new Space Show guests plus Open Lines calls from listeners. While there were no audition calls, two callers checked in to talk about nuclear propulsion, reactors, fuels, ISP, etc. Both calls were interesting and instructive. I also promoted the upcoming Next Giant Leap Conference in Hawaii from Nov. 9-13. For more information about this conference, visit During the first segment, I went over the audition ground rules for the show and discussed the best way for self-invited guests to be on The Space Show. The best way is to call an Open Lines program and let us know what you have to say and why you believe you should be on the program as a guest. Long time Space Show guest and caller Dave Ketchledge called to talk about nuclear rockets and reactors. We covered lots of information including what it takes to actually turn on and start up a nuclear reactor. We talked core issues & I inquired about the possibility of a gas core. Dave talked about new and exotic nuclear fuels, the nuclear waste problem, including how the waste is treated by the advanced design Westinghouse and GE reactors plus those in France. I asked Dave for his thoughts on the timeline for a nuclear rocket. He said probably 20 years but were we to have leadership in the area and funding, perhaps as early as ten years. Toward the end of his call, he shared with us a few horror stories where nuclear workers had done really stupid things. In the second segment, again there were no audition callers so I talked about how to be a Space Show guest, especially if you are self-inviting yourself to the show. As I said before, the best way to do it is to call an Open Lines show or come in recommended by a previous guest or somebody I know. I also spoke about listener participation through emails and phone calls with live shows rather than emailing me complaints about the program or guest after listening to the live show. The bottom line is that we want your feedback and exchange with the guests, not after the fact. SLS John called to talk about the Classroom show from Sunday, specifically the nuclear component of the discussion revolving around the Aquarius project proposed by Dr. Jim Logan and Dan Adamo. John was again questioning the 900 seconds of ISP with water as the fuel. I suggested he post his comments on the blog for that show as I was not the one to respond since Aquarius was not my project. I did ask John to explain some basics about nuclear rockets, especially the part about the dissociation of the hydrogen atom. We went over T/M, chemical fuel bonding, molecular weight and what happens with the very high temperatures involved in the nuclear rocket. I also asked John for his background in the subject and for his bio as he is part of the Great SLS Webinar Debate upcoming on The Space Show on Sunday, Nov. 16 with Rick Boozer. Finally, during this segment I highlighted some of the upcoming Space Show programs on the schedule. Please post comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can reach either of our callers through me.



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14 Oct 2014 Dr. David Livingston
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