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Guest: Scot Stride; Topics: Scot talked about his radio and radar space mission experience, projects, flight hardware, the use of off the shelf items to save money, plus our guest talked about his own SETI research involving SETV, S3ETI and the UAP phenomena along with the physics of ET type searches.
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We welcomed Scot Stride back to the program to discuss the topics and subtopics mentioned in the above Tags. Note that the Tags will be repeated for your convenience immediately below this paragraph. Out 2 hour 6 minute program was divided into two basic parts. First, we talked about Scot's work on NASA missions, the design of radar and communications systems equipment, the use of off the shelf equipment and when to do that as compared to their making special equipment for a mission or only using far more costly RADHARD gear. Scot explained all of this to us plus he talked about having worked on the Mars helicopter Ingenuity, the DSOC for the Psyche mission, his work underway for EnVision which is one of the upcoming missions to Venus and more. His work on the Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, was most interesting so be sure to hear what he said about it, flying in the Martian atmosphere, getting comms off Mars and more. While for this summary I have highlighted Ingenuity, what he said about his other JPL projects was of great interest so be sure to pay attention to this part of our discussion. If you are so inclined, post comments about what Scot talked about on our blog. Both Scot and I would like to hear from you.
As our discussion evolved, Scot talked about his private research which has focused on searching for ET markers for life. When Scot was a guest 17 years earlier on July 11, 2005, he was also interested in this research but things have advanced over the years in addition to now studying the UAP information from the released previously classified Navy videos along with information from other sources. During the remainder of our program, Scot talked extensively about SETI searches and expanding the type of SETI search's to SETV and S3ETI searches. Scot has defined SETV as the Search for ET Visitation. Our guest defined S3ETI as Solar System SETI. In updating the topic, Scot added in the UAP phenomena most of us are familiar with along with some of the new projects and tools being engaged in the searches. While the Allen Telescope Array was in its early stages of development when Scot was originally a guest, Scot did make a point in this interview to say many times that this important telescope array needed to be finished. Scot then talked about the Breakthrough Institute and the prize and research programs including Breakthrough Listen. The Space Show has covered Breakthrough and Listen with multiple guests over the years so we are well familiar with the program and the tools. We are also familiar with the Breakthrough plan for wafer-like interstellar beamed propulsion but that was not a significant part of our program with Scott.
One of the standouts from our discussion with Scot, at least from my perspective, was the focus on the poor quality of data available for research. Pay careful to the commentary about this problem as offered by Scot because like Scot, I believe this is a big part of getting to any real answers or even "truth" about ET visitations and searches for ET both in and outside our solar system. Simply put, we need more and better data but it may prove questionable as to our obtaining it. I concurred with Scot on these issues. Let us know what you think regarding what Scot had to say about the need for more and better data. If you have ideas on how such data could be reliably and independently collected, let us know by posing on our blog
Another interesting topic from my perspective was our discussion regarding the use or active or passive searches. Scot did a great job with his analysis because he applied economics the cost factors for an active SETI like Search. I believe this was a very important part of our discussion so listen up and then share your thoughts with us on our blog. What do you think we should be doing, active or passive? In addition, note what happened when Scot applied economics to a theoretical ET suggesting that they might face similar challenges with their own version of active searches. Fascinating and most fun to engage in this speculation. Before moving on Scot talked about applying traditional SETI to the UAP search for information buy Scot was not that supportive of doing that. Don't miss why Scot was not supportive of traditional SETI entering the UAP arena but then listen up for the positive suggestions offered by our guest, especially when we briefly talked about Seth Shostak. By the way, in talking about the need for better data, note what our guest said about eye witness testimony and information, even from highly trained naval pilots. Scot later mentioned the Battle Over Los Angeles UFO case from 1942 when there was an attempt to shoot at one of the UFO-like vehicles. This was actually in response to a question from Susan in Dallas wanting to know if we or anyone else had ever tried to shoot down one of the UAP craft. Ft. Worth John who really knows this subject matter contributed to this program given his expertise in the UAP incidents.
Please post your comments/questions on the blog for Scot Stride. You can reach Scot through his JPL website or by going through me.