Broadcast 3133 David Hook

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Guest:  David Hook;  Topics:  R&D for new commercial SST jets, drone issues and concerns, Virtual reality magazine, FCC rules and regulations existing and needed modifications.  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 back Dave Hook to this 1 hour 59 minute 2 segment discussion regarding the new breed of commercial SST's being developed, drones, and Dave's change over with his magazine to a virtual reality magazine.  We started our discussion with commercial SST R&D which covered our first segment.  We talked about changes needed in laws, FAA rules and regulations and related items. Also discussed were the mitigation strategies being used to minimize the sonic boom. Dave went through several of the technologies, all of which related to the shape of the nose to change the sound wave going across the plane.  I asked about flight controls and differences in controlling he plane in regular flight as compared to supersonic flight.   Dave provided us with decibel parameters for noise reduction requirements.  In addition, he talked about safety organizations and third party organizations being used for modeling.

Listeners asked several email questions including questions about potential commercial markets for a new SST,  Dave thought there would be commercial markets and talked about pricing ideas, possible mach speeds compared to the Concorde, and likely flight times between New York and London and Sydney to Los Angeles.  In response to another question, we talked about possible hypersonic vehicle competition if that technology one day matures into commercial readiness. Our guest had much to say about hypersonics and some of the development challenges so don't miss what he had to say on this topic.  One note is that our guest talked about the SR 71 and skin temperature issue which he said were big issues for the hypersonic development. 

Dave directed us to Boom Technology ( which is an SST development company.  If you look around the Boom website, you will get an understanding of what they are working towards with their 55 seat airliner capable of going Mach 2.2 which was twice the speed of the Concorde.  Note the investors backing Boom Technology.

Before the segment ended, I asked our guest a few general questions about his Air Force flight days including the cold water suit he wore (poopie suit), plus I wanted to know if he thought there would be any military or DOD objections to flying commercial SST routes over the U.S.  He mentioned a few possible concerns but in general did not think the military would raise objections to new commercial SST flight.  We also talked about international regulations and safety concerns plus suggested timelines for a new commercial SST to enter service.  Dave mentioned the use of turbofan engines which would be more efficient than other engines and thought that maybe within a decade we might see the emergency of new commercial SST flights in the US and globally.

In the second segment, we took a call from Dr. Jurist and an email regarding the need for a huge technological threshold to overcome if a commercial transport wanted to exceed Concorde-like speeds due to the skin heating issue along with fuel concerns.  John's call elaborated on his email and reinforced the opinion that a leap in technology was needed for this to happen.  We then switched the topic to drones which remained our topic for almost all of the second segment.

Dave talked about drone issues for personal and commercial use citing FAA autonomous flight rules in Part 101 and Part 107.  He also mentioned a bill in the senate which he explained in detail along with why he was not that supportive of it.  The bill mostly focused on DOJ and Homeland Security issues but seemed to omit FCC and bandwidth critical issues. Dave spent considerable time talking about rules, regulations and the differences in using a drone for private use as compared to commercial use.  Jurist brought up challenging examples such using the drone to monitor fencing and livestock concerns on a farm or ranch wondering if that would prove commercial or personal.  Don't miss what our guest said about these issues.  In addition, much time was spent on the 400' altitude parameter along with privacy issues. 

Bad actors were discussed as were how one might control or limit the bad actor or even enforce the rules and regulations.  Some of the issues mentioned even included shining laser pointers at airplanes and cockpits which Dave said was a federal law violation.  The privacy issues were most interesting, especially when our guest was asked about shooting the drone down for snooping over private property and people. You might be surprised by how some of these issues and possible behaviors are viewed by law enforcement.

As the show was close to ending, Dave told us about his magazine he has been publishing for 8 years, "General Aviation Security."  He said he is switching it to a virtual reality issue starting in September.  He explained what this meant, how one could read and view and see it (with and without goggles) and more.  I will let you know more when Dave sends me more info as the publishing date gets closer.

An 11th hour question came in from listener Barbara wanting to know if we could jam drone signals if it was flying over our home.  He said jamming was against FCC thus federal law.  He did not recommend jamming the signal of a drone as there would be consequences for doing so if you were found out.  Another late caller talked about traditional remote control hobby aircraft and conflicts caused by the drones which are considered autonomous flight vehicles.  Don't miss this discussion.

Please post your comments/questions on this show's blog on TSS website.  You can reach Mr. Hook through me.




Hook returns re drones and the new SST's being developed!

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15 Jun 2018 David Hook
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