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Aired on February 26th, 2013
Guest: Dr. George Robinson. Topics: Human species survival via space habitation BLEO. 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. We welcomed back Dr. George Robinson to the show to discuss the imperative of human space development and the need to migrate to space and BLEO for human species survival. During the first segment of our 1 hour 55 minute program, Dr. Robinson put forth the basics supporting human species survival through space migration and permanent space habitation. During this initial segment, he introduced us to many concepts and components that support space migration. For example, we talked about the need for the creation of a unique private sector, specifically a cyber sovereign company or venture. Our guest also talked about these issues from the point of view of his being an evolutionary biologist with a background in biology and chemistry and serving as an evolutionary biologist throughout his legal, teaching, consulting and business career. Listeners asked our guest about space settlement as opposed to space migration and George explained the difference. Our guest also talked about species extinction and said humans were no exception to the threat of species extinction which is why species survival has become an important issue, one even considered by NASA, DARPA, and other national and international government agencies. Dr. Robinson introduced us to the Space Propulsion Synergy Team (SPST) and their October 2012 White Paper, "The Justification for Human Space Development and Habitation Beyond Low Earth Orbit: An Invitation for an Open National and Global Dialogue." You can download this paper at http://www.eaglehill.us/subscriberSPAEVO/pdfs-policy-series/SPAEVO-polic.... George supports the paper but does not think NASA is in a position to do this and in fact supports replacing NASA with a more nationally directed international space agency working toward species survival and space migration. The role of those not migrating to space was also discussed as they too have an important part to play in species survival. As this segment ended, George got a question about the newly proposed human Mars 501 day orbital loop flight. George suggested better options to support species survival & migration. In our second segment, Dr. Robinson went into more detail about a cyber sovereign entity and the role of the private sector, plus the need for a unique global private sector. He further developed the role of the population in species survival, specifically for those not migrating to space. He received questions about current leadership and leadership challenges both here and around the world. We talked about public perception, species survival and space migration as hard sell issues to the public and our leaders. The need to have risk capital was discussed. In the context of risk capital, we talked about U.S. & global economic problems & the risk of excessive government regulation. As our program was ending, Dr. Robinson and I talked about the white paper recommendation for a national and global dialogue regarding these issues. If you have comments/questions, post them on The Space Show blog. If you want to contact Dr. Robinson or the SPST or the Journal of Space & Evolution, you can do so through me at firstname.lastname@example.org.