Broadcast 2065 (Special Edition)

09 Aug 2013 Blaze Sanders
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Guest: Blaze Sanders. Topics: Solar System Express Gravity Development Board, Do It Yourself Space, NASA Internships. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. 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 www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. We welcomed Blaze Sanders to the program to discuss Solar System Express (SOL-X at www.solarsystemexpress.com). During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, Blaze introduced us to his company, SOL-X, and we talked at length about their Gravity Development Board (GDB) in its various models and configurations. In talking about the GDB, Blaze also talked about similar products on the market comprising their competition, explaining why his company believes the GDB has distinct advantages over the other products leading to marketing and positioning benefits for the GDB. We talked about many terrestrial as well as space applications, the difference between space tolerant and space rated hardware, costs, ease of use and programming, and much more. Blaze took calls and emails from listeners including one about space debris mitigation as well as space skydiving since the company is working on a GDB controlled space skydiving suit. We also talked about the GLXP contestants, ArduSat on the ISS, and the GDB's clock speed compared to the competition. In the second segment, Blaze talked about his path from school into the space world. This path included a NASA internship and then getting involved in the NASA Cooperative Education Program, all of which is part of the NASA Pathways Program. If these programs interest you, take note of what our guest had to say and initiate contact with the relevant NASA program. Blaze suggested checking out this website, https://intern.nasa.gov. Other topics that came up focused on hacker workshops, STEM, human spaceflight missions to Mars, lunar human missions, and crowd funding. He suggested one use for the GDB on a humans to Mars mission might be entertainment, movies, pictures, etc. shown during the flight, all the time getting new information from the ground as long as they had the right USB type of connection on the mission. Be sure to listen to this idea as entertainment on a HSF to Mars is not normally discussed, at least not on The Space Show (so far at least). As part of his closing comments, Blaze suggested that space needs to be open to everyone, far more than just engineers and scientists. He talked about artists and other fields. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above. You can email Blaze through their website or me.

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