Broadcast 2677 Jay Wittner & Gary Bickford

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Guests:  Jay Wittner, Gary Bickford;  Topics:  The Integrated Space Plan updates, volunteers, changes, ISDC 2016.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,   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

We welcomed Jay Wittner and Gary Bickford to the program to update us on changes and new developments with The Integrated Space Place (see  During the first segment of our 93 minute program, Jay introduced us to The Space Plan and explained the layout of the plan, how to enlarge it on our computers, then explained why it was a view of a detailed future for space development.  Jay mentioned that the center column was the critical path of movement for the industry toward our space future in the year 2100.  He talked about the continuing online work with the plan which Gary was doing and the fact that one could click on any part of the plan for specific information related to that mode.

Additional topics discussed in the first segment included their wanting to incorporate different perspectives from different players in the industry such as SpaceX, the need to present factual information and to over time present an evolving path to full space development. 

Paul sent in a question about the upcoming ISDC conference.  Our guests had much to say about their two hour presentation at ISDC but we talked about this event in more depth during the second segment.  Jeff asked if the plan was more focused on human spaceflight or science missions and another guest wanted to know if the plan was U.S. centric. 

In the second segment, our guests talked about the constant need to update and modify The Space Plan given the growth and changes in the space industry.  Our guests cited several examples of ways in which the plan could be used.  They used the example of how to get to the moon.  Listen to what they had to say about this and the application to the question of The Space Plan.  3 D printing served as another example.

A listener asked our guests for the qualification for volunteers to help with Space Plan updates and changes.  Our guests listed several areas of interest for potential volunteers.  If you are interested, you can email them for more information at

Harry from Boston wanted to know if the group had any contact with NASA, DARPA and other government agencies involved in space.  BJohn sent in a note asking if the first human mission to the Mars could take advantage of shorter travel time during the close conjunctions 2033 and -35 which was earlier than suggested by the Plan.  BJohn also suggested the use of a 12 year cycle of launch windows for gravity assist from Jupiter to time missions beyond Jupiter.  Don't miss what our guests said in response to BJohn's question.  In addition, I got in a comment or two abut budgets and advanced propulsion.

As the program was nearing the end, our guests focused on the center part of the Plan or what they refer to as the critical path.  They also talked about policy and economics which will play a bigger part as they expand their website.

In the final few minutes of the program, our guests focused on the upcoming ISDC Conference May 18-22 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  You can find out about ISDC, register for the conference and hotel at  Our guests talked about their two hour block of time which they said was very unusual for ISDC speakers.  We also talked conference logistics.

Please post your comments/questions in the comments section of this archived program on The Space Show website.  You can reach our guests through their website or me.




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03 Apr 2016 Jay Wittner, Gary Bickford
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