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Guests: AIAA Space 2013 Taped Interviews. Topics: Recorded interviews from AIAA Space 2013 including Dr. Doug Plata; NASA Press Conference;, Michelle Evans. 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. Welcome to this 2 hour 14 minute set of three interviews recorded at AIAA Space 2013 in San Diego (except for the last interview). Please note there were audio issues as there was background noise both at the San Diego Convention Center and the restaurant where I met Michelle Evans for her interview regarding her X-15 book. The NASA Press Conference, while conducted in a private room, also consisted of a conference call through NASA with media reps not at the conference. Some of the participants at the table and on the phone spoke with a very low voice. The interviews follow one another with about five seconds of dead air space between each one. When the interview with Michelle Evans ends, so does our recording. We started with Dr. Doug Plata who presented two papers at an AIAA Technical Committee Meeting Monday night. His two presentations covered space advocacy unification ideas and his Lunar Cots and Cislunar transportation ideas. Doug reports interesting and sometimes challenging feedback from those listening to his presentations. And it was not all supportive of his idea. Next, we have the NASA Press Conference. As part of the background to this press conference, the keynote at lunch was a panel moderated by NASA’s William (Bill) Gerstenmaier with four other NASA participants charged with leading different parts of the NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission. At lunch, these individuals made a presentation, showed animation and video of the mission, charts and graphs, then took questions from the AIAA lunch audience. The NASA participants got tough questions about SLS, mission dependency on SLS, the use of large quantities of Xenon, and even if the civil space program for human spaceflight would disappear if this mission failed for any reason given the dysfunction many see in NASA at this time. I think you will find Bill’s response to my question about SLS issues and dependence on it for the mission to be interesting. I learned a few things about SLS and I suspect you will also learn a few things about this program. Let us know your thoughts on both SLS and the asteroid redirect mission by posting on The Space Show blog. The last interview was at a Fuddruckers Restaurant off I-5 as I was driving through Orange County on the way back to Hollywood. I met Michelle Evans and Cherie for a different type of discussion about Michelle’s excellent book, “The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space.” Michelle was recently a guest on the program about her book. We talked about those she interviewed for the book and their thoughts on today’s current space program. I also asked if Michelle thought a program such as X-15 could be initiated today. Michelle also told us about the global interest in the X-15 as she has heard from people in Nepal, Austria, and many other faraway places. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. If you purchase Michelle’s X-15 book, please do so though The Space Show/OGLF Amazon portal. You will find instructions on all archive summaries and the blog.