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Near Space vs Space - Live Show 3.38

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♫ Theme Music ♫ In 1969, a group of astronauts changed the world... They walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong: "That's one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind." In 1972, our journey ended. We've never been back. 2010 begins a year of change. Private companies are working on next-generation spaceships, governments are looking to go back to the moon, and on to mars. It's time to look up, and dream again. It's time to push humans into the cosmos. It's time to educate and engage the planet. It's time for Spacevidcast. ♫ Theme Music ♫ Welcome to Spacevidcast 3.38 for Friday, December 17, 2010 My name is Benjamin Higginbotham and with me as always is the beautiful, lovely, wonderful and talented, Cariann Higginbotham We are back! Oh my gosh! Can you believe it! We were gone for like four and a half years! Cariann: Is that where we went? Ben: I may be exaggerating ever-so-slightly. So we're back. This is the weekly LIVE show. It's a community driven show. If you're looking for the news shows those are the SpacePods, also available on our YouTube channel And we're going to have a pretty awesome discussion tonight about all things space. And the best way to join us is to join live. And by the way... Since this is a live show, I think we have a Roku box to give away. Cariann: Oh yeah! I think that's right! Ben: I think we do. So make sure you tweet out the show, that it's live. Make sure that you are watching and in the IRC chatroom and one of you, right here, right now, live on the show will win a Roku HD player. Before the show we were actually talking about AppleTV and Roku and the different boxes. You don't want an AppleTV. They're lame. Roku is way-cooler.Speaking of, I don't know if you guys know this. So we have our live Roku channel where you can watch live launches Spacevidcast Live. By the way "Hi. Space Travelers Emporium" We also now have, as of a week ago Pete also wrote a Boxee channel. We are now available on a Boxee box. Cariann: A Boxee box. Ben: A Boxee box. Now a Boxee box is more expensive than a Roku box and I'm not sure that it's more feature-full. So it's cool and all but I personally prefer Roku. However, if you've got a Boxee box, feel free to install the free Spacevidcast app. Much like on Roku, you can watch live launch coverage, live Spacevidcast coverage. All that fun jazz. It's available to you right now. Just go to the Boxee app store and boom! Download Spacevidcast. How neat is that? Cariann: That's pretty neat. Ben: That's pretty neat. Cariann: That's pretty neat. Ben: Alright Let's go ahead and get started with...oh. I'm going to slow down because I'm going to do the Space News opening. So I'm going to slow so that Caf can get that ready. Let's go ahead and get started with...some Space News ♫ Space News ♫ [Ben & Cariann are twittering and snickering] And to black! Oh...epic WIN. I told him to crank the audio because the next clips that we have, have really low audio. I forgot about the Space News. Hmm... Oh well... Live shows. They're fun. Cariann: Adam. If you could juggle back there while you're directing the show, that would really help. Ben: He's right there. There you go. That's not a green screen, it's the real show. Actually, it's an anniversary show. We've got two anniversaries today, Friday the 17th. First one, go ahead.The first one is? Well, the Wright brothers' first flight was December 17, 1903. Which is very, very cool. Obviously without the Wright brothers making their historic flight we wouldn't be where we are today. (whispering) Of course, somebody probably would have done it, but ignore that part. Ben: Even cooler.... Cariann: A hundred years later in 2003, it was the first powered flight of Spaceship One. Thank you. Ben: I saw you trying to cheat. Cariann: Yep. I'm like, "Yep, can't see that from here." Something....something. How cool...how neat is that? Cariann: What a beaut. Ben: What a beaut! I thought that was very cool. Sadly, it's only 2010 and not 2013. Because that would have been a cool 1903 - 2013. But...we'll just have to deal with it the way it is. Ben: Someday. Yeah. Cool anniversary. Speaking of new space, Virgin Galactic speaking of White Knight One, is going to team up with Orbital and help deliver actual customers to the International Space Station. Above sub-orbital. Now don't read that to be that Virgin Galactic is building a sub-orbital spaceship. They're not. Orbital is looking to build a sub-orbital craft. They will team up with Virgin and Virgin will look to help sell seats on the Orbital craft so there is one paying seat...What? What are you giggling at? Cariann: Umm...Orbital Virgin. Ben: (chuckles) So Virgin will help sell seats on the Orbital Craft. I Can't help it. This is what it is. In addition they're going to use White Knight Two to help perform drop tests for the vehicle as well as if there is a launch abort...well they go up, abort, and pull the vehicle to the side White Knight Two will then pick it up and then redeliver it back to the space coast or wherever they're launching from to help recover the vehicle. It's more of a teaming up with the Virgin Galactic infrastructure. So Virgin Galactic, themselves, won't be building vehicles to go into LEO but other companies are looking to do that. If you saw the SpacePod on that it's kind of a neat looking vehicle. Everyone was like (in a mocking tone) "It looks like this vehicle from the 80's...it looks like that vehicle." Who cares?! Right? If they build it, and they make it, and it's like a shuttle type...aweome! Cariann: You know the eighties are coming back...so screw ya'all. Ben: Yeah!... Cariann: It looks fine. There's nothing wrong with it. What? Ben: I was going to say..... Cariann: Thank you Uncle...exactly. Who cares...it flies! Ben: Exactly! It flies! Ben: And that's the cool thing. Actually this is a good lead in. So, the cool thing about all this is that we're starting to see some competition. We've got Orbital Sciences, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Masten Spacce Systems, Armadillo Aerospace, I'm forgetting a couple. We've got all these companies that are starting to compete and build these Next Generation vehicles that will start to drive the cost of space flight down. However, very recently it was published that the cost of sending NASA probes up into space has actually increased. Not decreased. A lot of people are saying that, "The goal of moving to commercial space was to lower the cost," and "look that's not happening. Everything is increasing." I think we're forgetting that we haven't actually launched payload on a commercial space flight yet. We're not actually flying these commercial space flights yet. So the cost increase is not because of COTS. Cariann: You mean the cheese wheel didn't...? Ben: The cheese wheel? Cariann: That was not good? We haven't seen the cost benefit of commercial space flight yet. They're just getting started. They're not putting payloads into space just yet. So you need to give it a little bit more time before you say "Oh this isn't working." It actually will work... it's just we need to start actually flying these missions. Companies such as Virgin and SpaceX and all, they need some...this is rocket science. It's not like building a cell phone. It takes some time to make all of this go. Cariann: Plus, these people are creating jobs. Ben: Absolutely. Cariann: You have to give them some credit for that. Everyone is looking for jobs and they're creating them out of thin air. Ben: You want to explain the cheese reference? Because I don't think we've ever actually mentioned that on any of the SpacePods or Live shows before. Cariann: Oh. I'm sorry. Ben: It's all good, just explain what the cheese reference is. Cariann: So SpaceX, uh... Ben: "It's a bit runny" Cariann: (chuckling) SpaceX has a sense of humor... Ben: "The cat ate it" Cariann:...oddly enough. I shouldn't say oddly enough. Of course they have a sense of humor. They're a very small, nimble, company. Of course they decided, on their last launch, which was just a couple weeks ago, Ben: Falcon 9: Flight 2; COTS 1 Demonstration with the Dragon. Which was awesome! Cariann: They had a "Super Secret" payload. Ben: And they wouldn't tell us what the payload was. They did the press briefing afterwards. I think it was Robert Pearlman from CollectSpace who actually asked, "What was the secret payload?" Elon Musk was like, "I'm not going to tell you." Cariann: That was the thing Ben: "You have to wait 'til tomorrow. I'll tell you tomorrow." Cariann: The best part was that at first a lot of these companies when they say 'secret', at least I automatically think military. Something that's "TOP SECRET". Not just like, "Psst...don't tell them..." Ben: MarsOz in the chatroom even said it was a spy satellite for China. Cariann: Right! Exactly! Ben: It wasn't... Cariann: No no no. Goodness, no. Thank you for Robert Pearlman asking the question directly. You could immediately tell from his reaction that he [Musk] was like, "I'm not going to tell you." It wasn't like, "Oh no, no. We can't talk about that. Actually, please strike that and take him [Pearlman] out of the...". It wasn't this top secret, scary thing. But there was something kind of weird about the whole thing. Finally, there was a picture, which I'm sorry we don't have, of a cheese wheel. They're [SpaceX] saying call it "Top Secret" more like the Val Kilmer movie. So there's a picture..if you've ever seen it, a really bad 80's movie, there was the logo from the movie that said 'Top Secret', and there was a picture of a cow. It was this ridiculous, totally funny, funny, thing which I found funny. Anyway... Ben: So anyhow, they flew cheese and that was off a Monty Python cheese sketch which is what it was flown after and you can YouTube that. It's a pretty funny sketch from Monty Python. "It's a bit runny ." Cariann: So between, yeah like I said, they have a sense of humour and they wanted to put something up there and they wanted to call it secret. And they did. It's good to see somebody still laughing, right? Ben: And we haven't had a live show since Falcon 9, Flight 2. Again, congratulations to SpaceX. The first company, not government, but company, to put a craft into space, orbit the earth, and then safely recover it. There were some comments on YouTube saying, "Well, Virgin's done this before." Actually, that's not true. First. Virgin has flown no craft into space. Scaled Composites did fly White Knight One and Space Ship One into sub-orbital space but has not orbited the earth. So that's the big difference. Cariann: That's a huge difference. Ben: This was a craft capable of low earth orbit, capable of going to the International Space Station, which White Night One, Space Ship One, White Night Two and Space Ship Two which is still built by Scaled Composites but will be run by Virgin Galactic, they are all incapable of doing. So this is the first time a company has ever done that. Keep in mind the heat shield on Dragon is also capable of a lunar re-entry. When you go to the moon you have a faster re-entry to earth so you need a bigger heat shield. It could do Lunar or Martian re-entry into Earth. Now they haven't said that they're going to the Moon or Mars outright. They haven't said that. But it's interesting that it's capable of doing that right now today. Is it not? At least re-entry. Now there's still a lot of work that needs to be done on Dragon. They've got to get the photo voltaics done, and a bunch of other fun things. But, great, successful mission. That's two successful Falcon flights in-a-row. There are all these people. (mocking) "Private space has to prove themselves and blah blah blah blah blah!" Well! I think they're doing that. Cariann: They're in the process of doing that. In the very beginning NASA had to prove themselves as well. Ben: As TheNASAMan mentions, "They still do have to rendezvous with the ISS." They did control the vehicle in space. They met all their COTS requirements for COTS Test One. We'll have two more COTS' tests. Possibly only one more COTS test. They're looking to possibly combine COTS Two and Three which would be into one mission then dock with the International Space Station. Now keep in mind, at this point, Dragon would be for cargo only. While SpaceX has a design for a human rated capsule, at this time Dragon is not human rated. So it will be cargo only. But, y'know, someday. Cariann: So while were talking about human space flight, I found this interesting little bit. I'd like to just chat about it for a second if we have it. Ben: That's why we have a chat show. Cariann: There ya go. There's a senator in Texas Ben: (whimsically) Dragon is cheese rated...sorry. That's funny. That's funny. Cariann: That is funny. I like that. There's a senator in Texas who is pushing through this bill that he has called, "The Space Flight Liability Bill". It's designed to protect private space flight companies from being sued if passengers on board are injured or killed. Ben: Which makes sense. Space flight is one of the hardest things humans have done. Last night, maybe two nights ago, chatroom help me out, we were having a talk about the failure rate in human crafts. What percentage of humans were lost in different, for different countries and whatnot. It was pretty staggeringly high. It's like five percent. Imagine that for a moment. If that happened with airlines. Five percent of everyone who flew on an airline died. That's a staggeringly high number. Cariann: It's disturbing. Ben: That's very difficult. So that makes a lot of sense because there will be problems. It's a controlled explosion people. That's what we're talking about. Cariann: And I found it fascinating he wanted to push it through now instead of the next, what is it called? The next legislature time period which would be two years from now because he thinks that would be too late. I found that really fascinating that this guy - he's right outside of - right by Blue Origin and Armadillo Aerospace is down there. Ben: That's the one I was forgetting. Blue Origin. Cariann: All those guys are down there. So he's a little more submerged in it than probably a senator from, I don't know, Iowa, per se? I think that was really interesting that he's trying to get this through as fast as possible because it's going to take some time to get it all the way until it is law. Ben: I'd like to read the whole bill but overall I think it's actually a good idea because we don't want to hold back this... as RonSmythe mentioned in the chatroom, "The airline industry is much more mature." For whatever reason I've been equating, comparing, space against airline and that's a very fair statement. The space industry is not nearly as mature as the airline industry. Mostly because we have space programs not a space industry. We have an airline industry. So the airline industry has had a lot more time and we're just now building a space industry. So you could say we've been in space for fifty years. We've had space programs for fifty years. Not a space industry for fifty years. So that will be a huge shift in mentality when we move to a space industry. One thing that's going to change is liability for stuff like this. But even so... Space flight is still much more difficult than airline travel. It is still...airline travel is much easier to do than the giant, controlled, explosion of getting you to LEO. So there's still going to be that danger and we'll get better at it certainly, but it is still going to be very complex for the foreseeable future.I'm going to just throw it out. For the next 10 to 20 years. It is what it is. Unless there's a radical shift in propulsion technology, which I am a hug advocate of but you can't just will it. I f I could it will have already been willed. Cariann: And if I may, just really quickly. On the light side of it there happened to be a comment at the end of this article that I found fascinating. I won't give out a name or anything because it doesn't really matter. He or she says, "Mark my words on saved. Any fool who allows himself to believe that he's going to be shot in a space rocket for a tour of Buck Rogers' home planet is in for a rude awakening. But I will take your money and deliver condolences to your family with a blue ribbon for Space Bravery. Man will never fly in outer space. That is absurd and an insult to the intelligence of anyone with a lick of sense. Ben: Doesn't????? Cariann: Just saying! Ben: Doesn't space adventure????? Haven't we already done this with space adventures??? [Both are stuttering over themselves] Cariann: There's got to be 600 or so astronauts in the world that can???? I don't know where this person came from. I just found it hysterical. So I just thought I'd share! Go on! Next! Ben: This is why we have Spacevidcast. So we can fight this...stuff! Right?! Once again, allow me to suggest joining in the community show so you can be part of the chatroom and talk about this stuff. Which is going 24/7 so you can pop-in at any time and talk. So THAT will be interesting something, something. Cariann: Ooohhh, we should shoot that guy in one of the first ones. Ben: Slightly lighter note. The Nexus S was released today and oh my gosh. Here's a Nexus S. Hang on, let me turn it on so you can see it. Is anyone surprised I have a Nexus S on the day it came out? Noooo. Alright. So there you go. Hang on, I want to show you the really cool effect it does when you turn it off. It goes like this. Nyha ha. Cariann: Like an old tube TV used to. You kids remember those things?! Ben: Here's why I'm bringing up the Nexus S. Here's how it's relevant to space. Google sent these phones, six or seven of them. Cariann: Seven Ben: Seven of them into space. Here's a quick clip. Watch this from NewScientist. [video] Here in California a team is preparing to launch home made space craft. But it's not your typical mission. They want to see how Google's Nexus S phone holds up at altitudes greater than 30,000 meters. The phone has a number of sensors like an accelerometer, a gyroscope, snf of course, a camera. So we hope to get some really cool pictures. We hope also to get a chance to run the sensors against some pretty harsh conditions. We hope to get some idea of what types of forces the balloon is subject to. The setup is surprisingly simple. They've taken a Styrofoam beer cooler. Cut out one side and attached the phone along with radio transmitters and extra cameras. It's actually a really easy project to do. You can do it for fairly cheaply if you can find a phone to do it with. Really. Less than $500 if you have the phone doing the transmission of the current location. Prior to having phones to send up, you'd have to construct the micro-controller yourself. Add batteries. Add all the sensors yourself. And that would be a lot more trouble. Once aloft the balloons will soar upwards between 3 and 7 meters per second They'll pop when they reach an altitude of about 30,000M and send the payloads back to earth. It can take up to thirty minutes before they hit the ground and horizontal winds will blow them off course. The last launch we did was about 150 miles. We're hoping these will stay within 200 miles. Hopefully even less. Seven balloons were launched and six have since been recovered. Now engineers are sifting through pictures from near-space and a ton of sensor data. For the moment it's all fun and games but Google is hoping to incorporate technology from it's newest phone into the next generation of cheap, commodity, satellites. So as BZ mentioned in the chat room and just freaked-out with, technically it's not space. The boundary of space is 100 km so it was about a third of the way there. It was near-space. Let me point out that when you saw that last shot before they went back to the graphic, that was the curvature of the Earth you were seeing. So it's high enough up that you can actually see the Earth curving. Alright. That's pretty high up. So we'll call it near-space. Technically not space. BUT, high enough where it's freaking cool! So lay off people. First off, that was really neat and that's why I brought up the Nexus S. But I had an idea. Cariann: Was it neat? Ben: Ya'know that sure is neat. Cariann"That's pretty neat. Ben: How neat is that? Near-space. Yes. Near-space How cool would this be? Here's a thought I had. Which is: If you wanted to do micro-satellites and stuff like what they were doing you'd have to piece it all together yourself. You've got to source the balloons and all the pieces. Anyone can do this. You can get a school and you can make it happen. It's about $500 to do. Cariann: They were using Styrofoam beer coolers for crying-out-loud. Ben: Obviously, if you wanted to do this you could. But wouldn't it be cool if someone did two different things. First, someone put a kit together for you. So you could just buy the "Near-Space Kit". Right? That has the balloon and the little Styrofoam thing that you put your phone into and everything else that let's you launch and put stuff into near-space. I'm just going to say space from now on because saying "near-space" is stupid. You know what I mean. It is what it is. Alright? It is. You can see the curvature of the Earth. It's enough to make people say "Wow. That's space. That's cool." Alright. The second part would be that someone should build some software for iPhone, Android or whatever, that does all of the stuff on the device that you need to do. So it uses all the sensors and it records all the data for you. It records the GPS data and transmits the GPS data back to a computer for you so you can track it when it's in range of the cellular towers and keeps the camera recording and then records, possibly burns the data into the camera recording for you. So you've got all this software on the camera. You buy the kit. You install the software. You drop it in there. Hope you don't lose your phone, because you could lose it...they recovered six or seven. Right? And then you've got everything you need to launch this into space. So that's my challenge to the Spacevidcasters. Someone come up with a kit that you can buy. Then someone else come up with some awesome near-space software that you can install on either iPhone or Android or whatever. So you can start doing this stuff. Wouldn't that make your life? Would that be one of those things where now people start getting interested because it's something they can make themselves? Cariann: Right Ben: Right? I mean I would do that. I'd be like, piecing it together, I'll probably do anyhow because it makes some good video and I think it would be kind of fun to have everyone send in stickers or whatever We'll put stuff up as high as we can get it. Actually, you can not send a balloon into.... Someone answer this: You can't send a balloon into actual, the technical boundary of space. 100,000Km. It would burst way before then. Right? You would need some propulsion to get it up that high Cariann: BZ says, "No." Ben: Oh! Alright! So let's take this to the next level Spacevidcasters. Do the near-space balloon. Then do the actual space system that has propulsion that can actually.... you know? It goes up as high as it could and then pushes it the rest of the way If we could for a reasonable price. How awesome would that be? That's my challenge to the rocket scientist's in the room that were whining that it's not actually space but near-space. Figure out how to do it so that it's actually in space. Then we'll record it and make it happen here on Spacevidcast. Alright? So!....My phone was ringing...at least I remembered to put it on silent. Cariann: Oh goodness gracious. Ben: We did the launch costs... What's left? Oh. Oh. Oh! Kennedy Space Center. Cariann: Yes! Ben: Your turn. Cariann: Oh? Well hold on. I have to grab it though. Ben: Well...then. Later on today NASA is going to be doing tanking tests for Space Shuttle Discovery. That's going to be where they're actually going to be doing some serious tests this time around. They're actually going to be simulating launch conditions as best they can including scheduled holds in the time line the whole nine. They're going to fully tanking the liquid hydrogen and oxygen to see if there are any additional leaks and just get ready to launch this vehicle finally. We will be covering that live right here on Spacevidcast so certainly tune in and chat live and watch the tanking test as they occur - in high definition - as they occur. How neat is that? Cariann: It's pretty neat. Ya' know what? That's a bute. Ben: That's a bute. For those of you who don't understand the reference, we will post a link in the chat room in post show So you have to watch live in order to see that. So they'll be doing tanking tests. Once the tanking tests are complete they're going to detank the whole thing. They;re going to get rid of all the fuel. They're going to roll it back to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Do X-Rays on the external tank. The big orange things...thing. There's...only one! Make sure that there are no additional cracks or problems with the external tank in hopes that if everything checks out they roll it back in January for launch in early February. That's what we're hoping will happen. Tanking tests begin tomorrow. Live coverage right here on Spacevidcast. It's going to be awesome. So make sure to watch that. And, speaking of NASA's Kennedy Space Center... Cariann: Thank you! Now that was a segue I can work with. At Kennedy Space Center work has begun on a new, master plan to transform KSC into a little, mini, space "Disney". That's more Transformers. And I don't think Disney has the right . Not that it matters. So with the hopes that they get one of the retired shuttles, they want to put it on display. Not just up-right and boring but actually in an enclosed area where you can go look at it inside And they want to have it suspended in the air, looking like it's in orbit. So they want to have like a huge.... Ben: That would be awesome!. Cariann: Didn't you see the picture? Ben: I didn't know there was a picture.We don't have that on the switcher, but, hang on. I'm going to do one of these. This is why we're a web show. Oh! It's out of focus. Alright. Well, pretend like that's in focus. Cariann: It pretty much looks like a Space Shuttle on orbit, guys! Anyway. It's like a hundred million dollar revamping project and they've already got the designs going on. It should be really, really, cool. The initial design concepts call for a 64,000 square foot home for the orbiter. People can sort of go up. They say "up close" but they don't mean like this close. They mean about as close as maybe the camera is to me right about now. because really (chuckling).... Still, it would look really cool. If you've ever been to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center Ben: It's $1000 to go through the Visitor's Center now Cariann: While it's interesting maybe the first time you go through. Or possibly the second time you go through The third, fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh time you go through. Not so much. Especially when you're over the age of 12. There's a lot of the parts of it that are just...old. Ben: Yeah. But it's a live rocket production faci.... Cariann: Yeah, but when you're at the Visitor's Center, the Visitor's Center proper... it could use a little love. Ben: It could use love. Cariann: There's one section, the last section Tim brought us through. The last time that we were there. Ben: Tim tim? Cariann: Tim tim. That we were there. That was very very cool and interactive and a little bit retro with some of the posters and stuff like that. And that was a lot more fun. But the rest of it is kind of, um...it could use some help. So this will be really nice and it will be an interesting way to have the orbiter on display. Again not just boring and just sitting there like the rocket garden. Actually in an area where you can go. They'll have two different levels, it looks like in the design. So you can see it from underneath, or you can go above and see it with the payload doors, the bay doors open and the arm extended and all that other fun stuff. I thought that would be very, very cool. I'm very excited about that. You know they definitely deserve to have one of the shuttles considering all of them have been there at some point in time. You'd think that maybe they could lay claim to one vehicle. Ben: That would be cool. I'd love to see that. It would be a little bit ironic if they lost the space shuttle to somewhere else. For the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Cariann: Sad...yeah. Ben: Alright. On that note. That's our show. Is Porkchop in the live chat room? Cariann: I thought so. Ben: Porkchop. Say "Hi" if your in the live chat room. I do want to remind you guys that we have a live show every week. We'll be back next week for Spacevidcast. It's every Friday at 0200 UTC. Cariann: Next week will be our Christmas Eve show. Ben: Yes it will. It will be Thursday in the states, that's 6pm PST, 9pm EST. It's going to be very festively. Festive-ish? Cariann: Festive-ish? I don't know. We didn't get our Santa hats this year at Target. Ben: In the mean time we've got SpacePods that we do throughout the week. So make sure to tune into those for all your space news. The non...whatever. But this is the fun conversational show. This is where space geeks get together and we talk and we have fun and it's, it's awesome. And I think that's the only awesome in the show. Cariann: The only awesome in the show? Ben: Well yeah. We need to mention...we need to make sure we hit at least seven awesomes. For this particular show before we're out. Cariann: Oh. We have a lot of neats. Ben: We do have a lot of neats. But there's an "awesome" meter that we're doing. They've been tracking the word awesome in the actual transcriptions. Like how many times we say awesome. Cariann: I understand. Alright. So we definitely need to up our awesome? Ben: Yeah. We need to have like more awesome in the show Cariann: Okay. So how many awesomes do you think we've gotten so far? Ben: I don't know but we're close enough where I'm going to take it out. Did Porkshop say "Hi?" Cariann: Yes he did. Ben: Porkchop congratulations! You won the Roku! Cariann: THAT's why we were looking for you! Ben: You had to tweet AND be in the chat room. BAM! Porkchop! Winner of the Roku. Tune in next week live for your chance to win a Roku HD player where you can play...stuff... on your HDTV and awesome stuff like that. Caf were you trying to say something to us earlier? Caf: We have another video Cariann: We do? Ben: OH MY GOSH! I completely forgot. Before we get out....ACH!!! I skipped an entire news item. Cariann: I was relying on you, and your computer that I can't see, for that! Ben: TMA-20. Expedition 26/27 launched to the International Space Station. Cariann: Oh for cryin' out loud we both forgot. Ben: Here is launch coverage. [video] 10 seconds... Five seconds Engines at maximum thrust and lift off of the Soyuz TMA-20 as Cady Coleman, Paolo Nespoli and Dmitry Kondratyev head toward the International Space Station. All the parameters of the control system are within the norm. Okay, we copy. The Soyuz lighting up the night sky there at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It's a good pitch program according to flight controllers. Thrusters are stable. The Soyuz delivering 102 tons of thrust from it's four boosters and single engine. The first stage of the Soyuz measures 68 feet in length and 24 feet in diameter. It is burning liquid fuel for the first 2 minutes and 6 seconds of the flight. Pressure is normal. Sixty seconds Yaw, pitch and roll are within the norm. 1 minute and 10 seconds into the flight the velocity is at 1100 MPH. [Awesome-meter: 17 awesomes]

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Posted by: spacevidcast on Dec 19, 2010

Show Notes:
New bill to protect NewSpace companies
http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/Senator-files-bill-in-advance-of-commercial-space/suXn8JU1_EyuDVQDy8gV3g.cspx
Nexus S in Near Space
http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/14/google-fires-nexus-s-into-space-invites-tenuous-galaxy-s-analog/
New Master Plan for KSC Visitor Complex; includes new space shuttle orbiter home design
iPods in to Space?
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1367594080/ipod-into-space
Virgin Galactic to go to LEO?
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1012/16virgingalactic/
Shuttle Fueling Tests on Friday
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts133/status.html
Launch costs going up, not down
http://www.spacenews.com/civil/101216-costs-cloud-planetary-program.html

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