Broadcast 1879 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Brad Blair. Topics: Space debris mitigation ideas, space governance, space mining, ISRU, plus other topics. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies. We welcomed Brad Blair back to the program to discuss several issues including a law suit against governments per the Liability Convention to create a super fund to use in mitigating space debris. Other topics included space mining, ISRU development, HSF to Mars, Cislunar development, the Red Bull Stratos jump, space skydiving, the NIAC-RAP (Robotic Asteroid Prospector Project), and more. During the first segment of our two hour discussion, Brad focused on the space debris lawsuit. He explained the concept, the state liability issues in the Liability Convention, the idea of creating a superfund, and practical issues in doing this. He suggested interested parties talk to space attorney Declan O'Donnell for more information. Declan, a frequent Space Show guest, can be contacted using or 1-800-632-2828. We fielded many listeners questions and phone calls about the lawsuit & superfund idea, some of which continued into the second segment. Brad talked about large and small debris removal issues, mostly in LEO, and he suggested the use of Earth-based lasers as a debris removal tool. We also talked about space salvage & the use of a bidding system for private companies to remove & possibly recycle space debris. As we neared the end of the segment, Doug asked about Lunar ISRU, either excavating or using explosives on the Moon, and mining tools such as the slusher bucket. Our second segment started off with Brad talking about space mining & the use of space resources. He then talked about his NIAC RAP project. A caller asked him why the taxpayers should fund space debris cleanup per his lawsuit idea. You will want to hear this discussion. We got several emails and a call from Spike regarding debris and mining issues. Next, Brad talked about commercial markets and market development for space projects. He also talked about the potential of 3D printing and said many times that we are at a tipping point for commercial space development. He talked about space visions for space settlement and development. Doug called back to ask about his space skydiving ideas using a rocket instead of a balloon. At the program's end, he told us about his venture, NewSpace Analytics, LLC. Post your comments/questions on The Space Show Blog. Brad can be reached @



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23 Oct 2012 Brad Blair
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