Broadcast 1483 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

25 Dec 2010 Dr. Stan Rosen
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Guest: Dr. Stan Rosen. Topics: Using space to improve life on Earth and revolutionary space applications. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and rate this program on the new Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. During our nearly two hour discussion, Dr. Rosen referred to his Power Point presentation, "Potentially Revolutionary Space Applications" which you can find posted on The Space Show blog above under the title "Dr. Stan Rosen Presentation Material For Sunday, 12-26-10." At the same location, you will also find his Ad Astra Spring 2009 article, "How Space Can Improve Life On Earth." I urge all of you to have opened his Power Point presentation as you listen to this program as Dr. Rosen takes us through his listing of potentially revolutionary space applications and we discuss most of them during our discussion. During his introductory comments, Dr. Rosen described the differences between space applications as compared to space spinoffs so that we would not confuse the two topics. Dr. Rosen received many listener questions about policy, influencing Congress, policy makers, and the general public regarding the potential economic and wealth building value of space development. As you will hear, he was asking for ideas and suggestions on how we in the space industry, including the space enthusiasts, can do a better job of getting our understanding of space across to those that enact policy and make investments. We also talked about the role of public and private partnerships in becoming space fairing. In addition to discussing the space applications, we talked about the leadership role the U.S. has played in the past regarding satellites, rocket launches, and other space activities. As you will hear, Dr. Rosen discussed how we have lost our lead in some of these areas and how we are being seriously challenged in other areas as other nations become space-fairing and seem to view space differently than we do. One of the many important observations Dr. Rosen provided us had to do with how we might utilize the Moon and lunar resources. Here, Dr. Rosen was talking about the half a degree lunar platform that can provide unique Earth and near-Earth space observations. The half a degree angle results in very high resolution, plus these capabilities would be human tended on the lunar surface driving further needs for our astronaut corp along with economic launches. Later in the second segment, Stan fielded a question asking about the time line for this economic development and he said it was already underway. You do not want to miss this discussion. Other issues that came up included heavy lift and the question of focusing on a destination or something else. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions for Dr. Stan Rosen, please post them on The Space Show blog URL above and you can email them to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward them to Dr. Rosen.

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