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The Space Foundation Conference

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Guest: Dr. Philip Harris. Topics: space policy, White House Conference On Space Enterprise. Dr. Phil Harris returned for this program to discuss US space policy and convening a special White House Conference On Space Enterprise. His new book, "Toward Human Emergence: A Human Resource Philosophy for the Future can be purchased on the One Giant Leap Foundation (OGLF) Amazon partners website at www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/books. If you purchase it from the OGLF site, Amazon makes a contribution to OGLF/The Space Show. You can find out more about Dr. Harris and his work by visiting his website, www.drphilipharris.com. In our first segment, Dr. Harris talked about the changing cultures and referenced the Epilog of his book mentioned above titled "Private Enterprise Challenges Offworld-Utilizing Space Resources for Economic Renewal." If you would like a copy of this document, email your request to me. Dr. Harris spent most of this segment outlining the history behind his calling for the White House Conference going back as far as 1984! He listed several commercial models that space enterprise could build upon and then talked about the commercial viability of space based and lunar based solar power. Listeners challenged him on the economics of energy from space but as you will hear, Dr. Harris was thinking very long term and has a long term vision but it needs to be started now. At the end of this segment, he received some questions about the Augustine Commission which he said was myopic. As we started our second segment, he talked about our being part of the Knowledge Culture and what this meant for space development as well as for our individual responsibility. He returned to energy from space and focused in on lunar solar power. In this segment, we discussed the importance of the ISS and the Le Grange points as destinations such as L1 and L5. In the context of long term vision, he compared and contrasted the United States with China. At the end of this segment, he repeated saying that returning to the Moon should be part of any program. Segment three started with a private enterprise discussion. He told us a few stories, including one from 1984 with Gene Roddenberry. He referenced the Steering Committee managed by Ken Cox and talked about the need to develop a real space transportation system that was both affordable and reliable. When we closed this segment, he returned to the Moon and again talked about the substantial lunar resources we should be exploiting. His final comments before the break were about the need to develop a good strategic plan. As we started the fourth and last segment, we spoke about plans to go to Mars. He suggested the first half of our century would be devoted to the Moon and learning how to go to Mars while the second half would be done in the second half of the century. He cited the space visions of both Dr. Zubrin and Buzz. The subject of space law came up and he talked about how it had emerged into being a viable career path at this time. He also talked about the future Astrolaw which he said will be the law created those living and working in space. He offered us many inspiring and literary quotes from well known and respected people that support the need and focus of our space program. If you have questions or comments for Dr. Philip Harris, you can email him at PhilHarris@aol.com.

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15 Apr 2010 Dr. Philip R. Harris
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