Broadcast 1840 (Special Edition)

26 Aug 2012 Dr. Alan Stern
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Guest: Dr. Alan Stern. Topics: Uwingu space venture, updates for New Horizons, Pluto and more. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. 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 welcomed back Dr. Alan Stern to discuss a new kind of business venture, Uwingu (see www.uwingu.com). During our first segment, Dr. Stern fully explained this new venture and showed why it was like no other. We also talked about the start-up funding campaign on Indiegogo (www.indiegogo.com/projects/180221?c=home). For the record, I became a supporter of Uwingu after our program. I found the Indiegogo process to be especially simple, clear, easy, and quick. I do recommend you support Uwingu because it does represent a completely different funding model for space ventures, college education, programs such as The Space Show, research proposals, and more. As you will hear, Uwingu will sell space related products off their website (to be announced later), and the proceeds go to the Uwingu Fund to be used to give out awards based on review, due diligence, and in some cases, peer review. Alan explained this process in our first segment and in parts of our second segment. In our second segment, we asked Alan for updates to the New Horizons Mission on its way to Pluto. We learned about important New Horizon events coming up in 2013, including a full rehearsal of the mission prior to its arrival at Pluto. I asked Alan about the Pluto postage stamp campaign and learned that it is now before the U.S. Post Office for consideration. Alan talked about other projects he is working on, including the suborbital research flight projects with the Southwest Research Institute. These projects include his being the PI of the LAMP instrument on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, which launched in 2009, and the PI for ALICE on ESA's ROSETTA Mission. Going back to Uwingu, Dr. Stern was asked about ITAR issues, the social media contacts for Uwingu, and then he was asked about other questions pertaining to the Kuiper Belt objects, . As the program ended, Alan talked about the upcoming Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference, June 3-5, 2012 in Broomfield, Colorado. For full information about this conference, visit http://nsrc.swri.org. Please post your comments/questions on our blog. If you want to contact Dr. Stern, send your note to me and I will forward it to him.

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