Broadcast 690 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

22 Mar 2007 Dr. James R. Wertz
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Dr. Jim Wertz was the returning guest on The Space Show to discuss the upcoming Responsive Space conference from April 23-26, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. We started the program with Dr. Wertz providing us with a definition of responsive space. We then talked about possible dual use capability for a path from responsive military space to commercial use. We also talked about US launch infrastructure and regulations being a barrier to rapid launches, especially when compared with Russia and other rocket launching countries. Several times during the program, Dr. Wertz referred to the Rand Corporation report, "National Security Space Launch Report." I suggest you download the report and read it as it can be found at www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2006/RAND_MG503.sum.pdf. We also spent some time talking about possibilities for lunar commerce and what could be done on the Moon. We discussed the reality of lunar commerce and agreed that its important to keep the vision alive but its also important to be grounded in reality and to realize that numbers count in engineering, technology, and economics. We discussed the launch rate relationship with lowering launch costs, both for the short term and the longer term. Later in the program our conversation turned to the VSE and you will find what Dr. Wertz has to say about the VSE and how we are going back to the Moon to be most interesting. During this part of the discussion, options to the NASA way came up and we talked about Direct Launch. Listeners can learn more about this program at www.directlauncher.com. Dr. Wertz did a super job in talking about the need for responsive space and its importance. We discussed the military in space and much more so this is an important program. Dr. Wertz mentioned that Microcosm has the largest space technical bookstore in the area and you can find out more about that at www.astrobooks.com. The website for Microcosm is www.smad.com and his email address for your comments and questions is jwertz@smad.com. For those of you who come to Responsive Space, please be sure to introduce yourself to Dr. Wertz as well as to me. Right now we are planning live Space Show programming from this conference. If you do send an email question or comment to Dr. Wertz, please put The Space Show in the subject line.

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