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New Years Eve and Space - Live Show 3.40

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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 ♫ It is Spacevidcast 3.40 for Friday, December 31st, 2010. My name is Benjamin Higginbotham and with me as always is the beautiful, lovely, wonderful, talented, and incredibly peppy Cariann Higginbotham. We'll be your Spacevidcasters this evening and that is the last time you will ever see that opening in a live show. Cariann: Oh thank god! Ben: You know, actually a little tidbit if you guys did not know... Cariann: I hate that picture! Ben: She hates that picture ... she really does, she absolutely hates that picture. ... ah, but there is a segment in there where the voice says "in two-thousand-ten, something something something..." It drives me bonkers every week I hear that! It's twenty-ten, twenty-ten. And I didn't put that in the script. I didn't say make sure ... Cariann: No, he just wrote two zero one zero. Ben: So yes, twenty-ten is how that should go. So we had Christmas last week. So as one of the gifts we have there is a wall of moon pies as you can see. Cariann: Yeah, in case you can't tell. Ben: So it goes up here, there's another row of them below and there's actually another row below that that you can't see, which is pretty awesome. Cariann: We have three rows of moon pies. Ben: Yeah, hopefully you guys got some pretty awesome space geek-ery type stuff. If not, return it and on there is a 12-inch lunar globe that you can get. It's something that I have asked for for two years and now I'm just going to buy myself at this point. You know, I'm really disappointed. [Cariann mimics Ben's whining] Ben: But it's not expensive, it's like 50 bucks, so it's something that's going to be really cool. Yeah. I'm just saying... If that's what you've got, if you've got something from Amazon (Ben's trying to make amends). Cariann: If I might say for a moment, it's impressive that we made it to show 40. Ben: It is impressive that we made it to show 40. Cariann: I don't think we've ever had this many shows in a season. Ben: Nope, no last year season two was 38 shows I believe. So two more this year! Cariann: So go us! We were less sick this year and/or our anniversary didn't land on one of the days. Ben: So, let's get started. Before you get into that Caf, I'm going to do the Space News open, although I have a feeling that now it's going to get all borked because we already have that preview. But I'm going to do the Space News open anyhow. Yes, but if you take it off your preview, because I'm watching in the screen, so take Space News out of your preview, yeah you're going to go to black afterwards. You've got to click on us again because its ... there you go. ... now you can go to it. Space News. ♫ Space News ♫ Ben: See? See? Look at that! Just like .... oh! Cariann: So close! Ben: You know what? Season four, we will fix that and make it so we can actually get to the space news open. Cariann: No we won't. Ben: No we probably won't. Alright, first off, you guys may have heard, but because of the fantastic political system here in the United States, NASA will be spending another ½ billion dollars on Ares development. What's Ares again? Do you remember? Cariann: It was that new deodorant from NASA, right? Ben: Yeah it's that cancelled rocket. Ah, so an additional 165 million dollars will be going to ATK. Cariann: Which is Alliant Techsystems. Ben: Yup, there you go. They make the 5-segment solid rocket booster. Now, my hope is that just because Ares and Constellation as a whole ... Well, just because Ares is cancelled, doesn't necessarily mean that we can't use the 5-segment SRB (solid rocket booster) technology that ATK has developed. Having said that, we don't know what the next ... Cariann: Chances of that are ... Ben: Yeah, so I thought that was a fun way to, you know, going into 2011, your tax dollars hard at work! Yup, that's not NASA's fault by the way. Cariann: No it's totally not! That was Con-gre-gess (can't find words) ... Ben: Con-gre-gess? That was congress's fault. [lots of non-sensical words] Ben: On that note, let's take a peek at a ... India recently had a launch of their GSLV and we haven't shown that yet so let's go ahead and show the GSLV launch, here you go. Announcer: 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 0 ... Solid rockets have been ignited and liftoff of the GSLV a very majestic liftoff on the second launch pad. So we just now heard the announcement, L40 and S139 stages performing nominally. The vehicle piercing through the clouds ... Ben (in background): Nothing can go wrong at this point! Announcer: So we are at 47 seconds after liftoff. The first event that we look for right now is ... Cariann (in background): It looks like it is, what's going on there? It's, where's it going? Hey, hey, hey! Ben: I love this because that line is where it's supposed to go and that little dot is where it's going. [laughter] So alright, go ahead and there's that image I'd like to go to. Check this out, I want to show you guys what happened here. So, the GSLV, in the middle, inside there's a solid rocket motor in the middle of this. The solid rocket motor did fine, what happened is you see on either side there are those booster engines, and the engines that sit on the bottom. Those steer the vehicle. One of the ... yeah, not nominal performance. One of the engines was not responding to computer commands, and what happened is it started to get off course. Now, what I had heard is that they terminated the launch because they basically had lost control of the vehicle. But I had also heard from other people is they didn't terminate the launch, but what had happened is because it started to veer too far at a certain angle, the stresses on the vehicle basically ... it shattered itself to pieces. Uh, I'm not sure which. Yeah, I thought it looked less like a termination system and more like it kind of shook itself apart. But, you know, really kind of hard to tell. Cariann: Yeah, I mean I'm not going to judge. It's not like I made one myself. Ben: Yeah, Eeyore says you can see the upper stage come off. I didn't actually see that. But, it was kind of cloudy and I'm really far away from the monitor. So there you go, SpaceX makes it look a lot easier than it really is don't they? Cariann: Yeah, that's the thing. It's sad that people or companies like SpaceX, you know, when they do do something and it's correct and it's good and it's fine, everyone's like "meh" because they don't realize how difficult it really is. It almost takes something like this sadly. I mean thankfully, I never heard if anybody got hurt in this particular ... Ben: No no no no. Satellite only, satellite only. Cariann: Right, so that's good. It sucks because it is still a lot of money, but it takes something like that for you to go "oh, oh maybe they (SpaceX) do know what they're doing." Ben: As QuantumG said, "it's all nominal at SpaceX." But, you know, I use SpaceX as an example, I could have just as easily said NASA or whomever. So, there you go. That's just fun, right? You know, I feel like I shouldn't admit it because space geeks are supposed to root for the vehicle. "Yay, go! Let's make it into space!" But all of us, I know a little bit we're like, "Bada Boom, Big Bada Boom!" (reference to The Fifth Element) Right? Cariann: I'm not. Ben: I am, "Bada Boom!" Yeah ... yeah. Oh, unfortunately that was the second vehicle that they have lost. Cariann: Yeah ... you know ISRO's not doing so good this year. Ben: Yeah, oopsy doopers! [Ben laughs] Cariann: Oh well. Ben: So now ... Cariann: Which is funny because isn't Ariane like 6 for 6 this year? Ben: Oh you know, they just had ... and I don't have any video of their launch either. I totally should. Cariann: Sorry. Ben: That's alright. But they just had an Ariane 5 launch. It was the 199th launch, the last launch of the year is that Ariane 5. Which is also why there's no more calendar down here. [chuckles] But yeah, so they're doing fantastically well over there. But again, so their new vehicle, the Vega, ask them about that! Cariann: Yeah, I know, I know. Ben: Anyhow, it's rocket science, it's hard. Cariann: It is. Ben: It's not easy to do. Rocket science is not easy-ish. Ah, so speaking of things that are having fun and exploding or un-exploding... How's this for a turn of events? Galaxy 15, we did a story on this quite a while ago, a few months ago. Cariann: Oh, this was your favorite wasn't it? Ben: It was! And it was a zombie sat, and I was like brains, BRAINS! Because what happened was that the satellite basically got knocked out of control and was no longer accepting commands from the ground and it was "slagging" into the orbital space of these other satellites. But it was still broadcasting and they couldn't shut it down! So it was interfering with these other satellites, so they had to do these little maneuvers to move the other satellites out of the way. Cariann: Because there's a lot of space junk up there. Ben: Yeah, no, they just had to move it so that they could still ... Cariann: Well, you can't just say, "we're going to move it here, well we can't move you here because this guy is coming this way, so you need to go this way..." Ben: No, what it has to do with is they need to make sure they stay within the broadcast window so that you can still receive the signal, but ... Cariann: But they can't intersect, like [smacks hands together]. Ben: Yeah, they can't hit, so all they have to do is make sure that they kind of slide around each other. Anyhow, on December 23rd, they lost power, which was anticipated, they expected it to lose power. But then it rebooted, it came back online and they have control of it again. Cariann: Nice. Ben: Yes, they had a full system reset, which just goes to prove in IT, you have to power off and power back on again. 99% of the time that will fix your problem, it applies even to satellites. So they powered it off, powered it back on again, and they have control of it. They put it into safe mode to do some additional testing, but how neat is that? Cariann: That is pretty neat. Ben: So yeah, good news, good Christmas news for the zombie sat. It is true, you can de-zombify a satellite I guess is what it really comes down to. Cariann: Yeah, and that's what everyone needs to know. Ben: Other cool stuff ... check this out. This is on JPL's website. When you're looking at the sun ... Something was like "ahhhhhh"? (music in background) I don't know. When you're looking at the sun in the sky, it looks very orange. And the sky looks very blue, and part of the reason for that is when the light hits our atmosphere the red wavelengths make it through entirely, but blue tends to scatter outwards. And so when blue scatters outward, it makes the sun appear very orange and it makes the sky appear very very blue. Well, on Mars you would expect the sun to be red as well, however the wavelengths that it scatters looks very very different. Check it out! This is what a Mars sunset looks like. It's very very blue! And that's because on mars, the red is absorbed and the blue is not. So the blue makes it through so you end up with a blue sunrise and sunset. How pretty is that? That came from JPL, so if you go to, you can actually ... blame it on Ben. Oh, you can actually see ... Cariann: I like how somehow that magically gets through. Ben: I'm try to spot check the chat room. Cariann: No, I understand. Ben: So, yeah, how pretty cool, how neat is that? Cariann: It's pretty neat! She's a beaut! [laughter] Ben: I just thought it was really pretty, I thought it was really cool. And we had a conversation with ... I don't remember who it was or where it was or when it was, but someone from NASA, and they're probably going to yell at me, about what would happen when you go to Mars and as a human you step foot on the surface of Mars and you've got your visor on and everything's red. What will you perceive it as? Because if you take a camera and you white-balance on red, it's going to look very Earth-like. So will the human brain just eliminate the red and make it look more Earth-like? Will the sky turn blue in your mind? Cariann: That's what we need to do, we need to only send color-blind people to Mars first. Ben: Well no, that's the other thing. Apparently if you get induced in color like that for an extended period of time, your brain will just switch it to black and white. It just will "bink!" and go to black and white and off you go. Cariann: Really? Ben: Yeah, yup. Well the luminance or luminosity is the most important part of the picture for a camera or the human eye. So you know, black and white's the ... That's why we need to send humans to Mars, so we know what color it is. What color does the human brain perceive Mars to be. [musing] Cariann: Can we send one guy, one regular color seeing guy and one colorblind guy at the same time and be like, quick! Ben: What color do you see!? They would be like "ahh! I don't know!" [laughter] So yeah, and the last part of my news item which isn't news and we're just going to talk about stuff because we can ... It's the end of the year and we're just going to gossip for a while so it will be fun. Is ... check out this footage I found. It's on Youtube. This is old stuff, but it's kind of cool. Cariann: This is cool. Ben: It's a shuttle taking off under its own power horizontally. Here you go. Look at that. That's not landing. Cariann: It just looks like it's landing. Ben: And that's obviously not a reverse it's no one cheating. It's taking off and that is a shuttle designed for space. Cariann: It looks tiny doesn't it? It looks like an incorrect airplane. Ben: Yup, so obviously that's not an American shuttle, that's the Russian Buran shuttle. But still very cool. In many regards, that particular orbiter was superior to ours. Except that they never sent humans to space ... The business end of that vehicle just looks pretty mean right? Cariann: Yeah. Ben: So yeah, it could take off and it could circle around and re-land if it needed to. Cariann: That's so cool. Ben: I just thought that was pretty neat! Cariann: You have to stop saying that. You really, really do. Ben: Yeah, well ... So yeah, that's all I had. The rest of the show is up to you. Ready, go! Cariann: Jenny, that picture is gorgeous by the way. I love all of your pictures really. Ben: Oh, the one that was in the chat room earlier? Cariann: Yup. Ben: So scroll back in the timeline. Cariann: Yup, the white sun rise, it's beautiful. Ben: I figured for the rest of the show we'd talk a little bit about 2011 a little bit about what we're going to do. So, some of the space community-type stuff. Debating .... Cariann: Whose zombie sat was it? Ben: I thought this was an Orbital Sciences zombie sat? Yeah, I don't have the notes in front of me, but I'm pretty sure it was an Orbital Sciences zombie sat. Cariann: Okay. Ben: Yes, bring back the blue lights [points]. Trebels was complaining because we used to have blue lights that lit up the background here. Cariann: Trebels is complaining because that's pretty much what Trebels does. Ben: That is exactly what Trebels does. So there are a couple of things that I'm thinking about doing and I would love your feedback. And certainly e-mail me at [email protected] or post on Facebook, whatever you want to do. One thing I have been against for a long time is a community forum, a place where you guys can go and actually have a text-based forum and enter stuff in. If you can't get a large enough community to run the forum it's kind of pointless, they kind of self-implode and they take away from the brand frankly. No, it's not a beer, it's a Coke. Coke in a bottle, it's delicious. Cariann: Merry Christmas! Ben: I'm thinking the season 4, the 400 series, it might be time for us to introduce forums to the website. And I'd love to know how many of you would actively participate, which means you post at least once a day in the forum. And I have a minimum threshold that I have to have of people that would be willing to post. And if ... yeah so QuantumG says "forums kind of suck". And they do, right, but they do have their place as well. So I'm considering it. I'm not saying we're going to do it. Cariann: I love the maybe, yes, absolutely, probably ... hell no! [laughs] Ben: Right. That's the problem right? A lot of people would be like, "No, what's the point? Why even do that?" And the advocates for it are very vocal and the other people are like "Whatever, no I'm not going to do that." But you can't just have a group of five or six people constantly talking in a forum. You need to have a group of passionate, intelligent people, able to self-moderate and mod... You know, you need to have a good community there. I'm not sure we're big enough for that yet. But, we're starting to get close. Yeah, so there you go. So that's just ... [both start making weird noises] That's thought number one. I'm also thinking about moving IRC into our own service, where you would run, you'd register with us, and you'd have a version on the UStream site as well. So you can still go to, you could still log in to IRC, but the idea being when we get 15, 16, 80 thousand viewers, we wouldn't have net-splits and other issues that UStream doesn't really handle very well. Cariann: Right. Ben: So when we have launch ... shuttle launches, everyone would be able to communicate and we'd be able to control the room a little bit better, do things like install chan services, I know ... Exactly. So that's another concept. Again, haven't made up my mind on that, just something that I'm throwing around. And of course new open, new graphics, all that fun jazz type stuff. That's a little bit about what we're thinking about doing for the season four stuff. Cariann: Uh-huh Ben: What? Cariann: What? Ben: Why are you just smiling at me? Cariann: I like you. Ben: Oh, hi. Cariann: Hi. Ben: So, ... no, we're not doing 4chan. So yeah that's what we've got planned. Do you have anything to add? Cariann: Ha, Trebel wants two live shows a week. Ben: Well, that would be awesome right? Being able to do more community involvement type stuff where ... because space is fun, space is geeky. We've got all this together right? We like getting together and having fun and doing this stuff. And being able to do this on two different days at two completely different time slots. Because this works for a lot of people in the US, but if you're in Europe, these time slots don't work so well for you. So maybe doing something like ... I don't know, 11 am. I don't know. 11 am Universal Time. Might work better for someone. But ... Cariann: Oh, we could have a morning show? Ben: Yeah a morning show. Cariann: We could have coffee at the coffee shop? Ben: Wake up with Spacevidcast! Eh? We could have the really cheesy show openings with the big suns that go by ... Cariann: Oh sad Quantum! Ben: What did Quantum say? Cariann: Quantum says two live shows but one with Ben and one with Cariann. Ben: Hahaha, one would get ratings and one would not. Cariann: Sad! That's not true. Ben: I'm not the one that would get ratings, it's all you, yup. Cariann: That's not true! Ben: So yeah, that would be really cool, the problem is we just simply don't have the resources for that. So I would love to do that, probably not going to happen. Cariann: Yeah, I wish Spacevidcast could pay my salary. Ben: Yeah, no kidding. Yeah, you know, that would be fun, I just ... I don't foresee that happening ... ever. [laughs] I guess ever is really strong, but not in the foreseeable future. Certainly not for season four. Cariann: Right. Ben: We'll continue on the SpacePods, I think those have been wildly successful, so we'll expand on those a little bit more. I think we've got a good formula for those finally, so that's where we'll go with that. Cariann: Three of those a week or four? Ben: I'd like to actually extend that to five per week with one live show. Um, we're going to have to work into that though. That's not something ... I don't know if you guys know this, but each SpacePod takes between 6 and 8 hours to produce from the moment I start writing it to the moment I'm done uploading and sending it on Youtube and all the different distribution websites. A lot of that goes into compression time, but you know, it does, it takes a scary amount of time. I do have a full time job as well, so I'll work 8 to 10 hours per day there, then come home and work another 6 to 8 hours on the SpacePods. You know, that's a lot of stuff! And then I have ... there's the prep work for the live shows. So doing that five days a week is just a bit much. It's just very hard. Cariann: It's rough. Ben: It is, it's very very hard. Cariann: No, that does not include dinner time. Ben will actually just simply not eat. Actually he came home tonight to pick me up in order just ... he literally came home, picked me up, we went out and he's like, "Do you mind if we stop to get something to eat?" So I was driving, which I normally do so that he can eat on the way in. It's really bad. It's really bad. Ah, season four is Ben and Cariann's baby. So don't even for a moment mistake that. In the slightest. [laughs] Ben: Ah, tehWKD, yeah maybe. The idea being to do breaking SpacePods for accidents and huge news. Um, the thing is, we're a video site, and it takes a lot longer to produce a video than it does to shoot a quick little thing of text up on a website. So maybe what we'll do is expand the articles section of the website and give you more text to peruse. In addition to just the videos and podcasts and whatnot. And that's one thing we do want to increase are the podcasts and all of the different content available ways that you can consume the content for season four. Um, you know. Cariann: Um, somebody mentioned having it basically be a Spacevidcast channel instead of a NASA TV channel. Ben: Yeah, that's one thing that we're looking at. It's a technical problem. It's not a content problem. Although it's a little bit of both. The technical problem is if we turned it into an on-demand playback channel, I can only make it an on-demand playback channel, which means when live Arianespace coverage comes up of a launch, maybe you guys want to see that live launch, I would be unable to cut to that with audio. Unless I drove up to the coffee shop to literally move a lever up for ... le-ver? really? I said lever, it's more of a slider. There are physical buttons I have to press to make the audio work. And that's how our current setup is. Cariann: So there's an hour and a half drive to do this [imitates pressing button]. Ben: Yup. Cariann: Yay! Ben: That's not going to happen. So yeah, that's ... lever, [various pronunciations repeated] ... that's what we're working on. If we can figure out how to automate and route some of the audio through the computer, that will help a lot, but yeah. Cariann: An audio-bot? Everyone thinks that we should just have a robot. Ben: Is there any other stuff that the community would like to see? Because this is a community based show, right? I mean we do this for you guys and it's about getting people excited about space and the whole thing, so ... It's all about what you guys want to see us do in the new year for season four. New open, new graphics, new credits. I'm tempted with the idea of doing your space weather update and doing like a hardcore cheesy terrible green screen where we get up and be like, "You can see the solar winds are moving towards the Earth!" Right? Exactly as cheesy as you think it would be. Uh, I thought it'd be fun, right? But actual solar weather, so really what's actually going on. Cariann: Right, which would be kind of interesting. Did you want to do anything with that now? Or do you want to do that later? Ben: This? Oh here go ahead, how do you want to give it away? Cariann: Oh, I don't know... Ben: I don't know, pick something. Cariann: I'm terrible at that! Ben: Who wants it? Roku box. [Cariann laughs] Cariann: There you go. Ben: Dear lord. Well I think djflux was the first person to say me [he wasn't]. Wow! Wow you all. Is that why you all watch? You don't watch for the show anymore. You watch to see if you can win the Roku box. I believe djflux was the first person to say me. So I'm going to have to go with djflux. Cariann: Alright flux I don't know that I have your physical address, so you'll have to e-mail me. If that's alright. Ben: Oh Colton, we'll take care of you. You know that. So yeah, and then ... Cariann: Colton, who gave you her computer? Ben: Exactly. Cariann: Colton... Ben: Anything else? Cariann: Are we giving away moon pies too? Ben: Nope. No, they're just on the set. Cariann: They're for decoration. Ben: No these moon pies ... do you want to tell the story of where the moon pies came from? The whole, for those that don't know moon pies? Cariann: Oh, you want the history of the moon pies? Ben: Sure. Absolutely. There may be some people who have no idea why we have moon pies sitting on our desk. Cariann: Well, I'm sure there's someone in the chat room that knows better than me, but we'll pretend for a moment. I believe it goes back to the days of the miners. People who mined not people who were under-age. Ben: Oh no, I meant why we're doing them on the show. Cariann: Oh. Well that's why I asked you if you wanted the history of the moon pie! Ben: No no no, just why we're doing them on the show. Cariann: The reason that we're doing them on the show is because some of our good friends one who still works at the X-Prize Foundation and one who used to work at the X-Prize foundation, had a meeting at Google proper and had some ice cream sandwiches and decided to have an ice cream sandwich eating contest. Of course one won and the other one lost terribly and did a terrible terrible dunking of said ice cream wrapper in the hoop that was nearby. But we won't name names on that account. And so somewhere along the line, QuarkSpin decided to send some moon pies to the X-Prize Foundation for a second challenge, which the boys very so nicely took up and broadcast Ben: Immediately regretted. Cariann: Yes, broadcast it out to the world. I think I got to be timer on that one if I remember correctly. And of course the other counterpart won. So since then we've decided to pick up the challenge because as soon as they took a bite, they were like, "This was a terrible idea!" And we were like "what are you talking about?" "That seems like it would be super super easy!" Never having had a moon pie before of course. So then at the very first SpaceUp, we decided to have a little bit of a moon pie eating contest. With a whole mess of us and also immediately regretted that decision as well. Yeah, so that's the ... the word moon is in moon pies, why not have the eating contest. Everyone loves those. And getting anyone and everyone in the world to have one of these is a personal goal of mine. Ben: So these are reserved for the upcoming SpaceUp Houston. I think that will be the next time. SpaceUp Houston and certainly the launch of STS-133, which is currently slated for early February. Cariann: And no worries about them getting stale! Ben: No, no. These will last until the end of time. Cariann: And they are chocolate-flavored, so for those of you that were at SpaceUp DC and had the unfortunate experience of getting some banana-flavored variations, that won't ever happen again. Ben: You know, BZ brought up, and it's been mentioned in the show a couple of times now, the ability for you guys to call and have a viewer call-in show ... Ah, probably not every week, but maybe certainly once a month I don't think that's a bad idea. Um, we'll work on figuring out the tech for that. Actually I think we've already got the tech figured out for that. We just haven't done it yet. So yeah, I think a call-in show would be fun. The difficult part is, we are a video show and I like people to call in via video. So you'd need to have a web cam and your audio set up and working, which means you need to be pre-staged before you're sent to us. But, we have all the tech to set that up and make that go. No, Skype does not work. I'll tell you that right now. So yeah. We'll probably ... Cariann: But I was told I could buy Skype for $20. Ben: Yeah. Oh, we'll work on that for early Season 4 type stuff. I think that will be fun. And you know, your ability to come in and give your two cents because we're not just space news and boring blah blah blah. Cariann: Anyone but Quantum. Ben: Well yeah no. No Quantum. I mean seriously, Quantum. [Cariann laughs] Cariann: Who I've met in person and adore in every way shape and form. Ben: And we'll talk in post-show about why any of the traditional video conferencing apps that you guys are mentioning, Skype, Facetime, heck there's Sightspeed, all those fun things they just simply won't work for a call-in show type scenario. They work great for a 1-to-1 call, but when you're trying to do one into live actual show, they just don't work. And I can tell you, we can go into that in post-show a little bit. Yeah, so that's a little bit about what we have planned for 2011. I think 2011's going to be an awesome year for the space industry as a whole. We're going to see the final demonstrations from SpaceX for the COTS program, so they'll start hopefully delivering cargo to the International Space Station, the first private company to be able to do that. I think we're going to start seeing some tests from Virgin Galactic of engine firings for SpaceShipTwo. Actually bringing a test vehicle into orbit, or sub-orbit. Sub-orbit, sorry! Cariann: I expect to see a lot from people like Masten and Armadillo, that kind of thing. Ben: Masten's a little bit of a slacker. Cariann: Well he is, because he likes to build LEGO® shuttles and spend Christmas with the family. Ben: How dare he! Instead of building rockets! What is he thinking? Cariann: Exactly. Slacker. Ben: Yeah and actually Zigger's saying Bigelow is up there now. I was on some website commenting somewhere. Some facebook feed somewhere, what 2011's going to look like. I almost said 2000 and 11. [chuckles] And someone had asked, "Is manned exploration of the stars dead now that Constellation's dead?" And I said no! It's just beginning because we already have some Bigelow test articles orbiting the Earth today. We've already got SpaceX with a potential crew capsule. Right now it's cargo but it could be a crew capsule that could take a lunar re-entry into earth, or even a Martian re-entry into Earth based on the heat shield that it's got. They way over-designed that. There's got to be a reason for that. You combine some of those technologies, you know, get up to the Bigelow station, take Bigelow to a lunar ... it could be that instead of a government going back to the moon next, it's a combination of a series of companies. SpaceX, Bigelow, even something like Virgin. You know, maybe they're in there somewhere. I don't know. Yeah, and as Eeyore says there's a stripped-down Orion. Yeah, I mean there's some really great stuff that could happen in 2011. Cariann: BZ! GLXP anyone? Anyone? Ben: Asking to make launches more of a live event. Once again everyone, remember I do have a full time job that pays for everything, so if a launch happens off-hours it's a lot easier, but even then we still have to produce the SpacePods. Out of the 24 hours in the day, I'm working 16-18 of them every single day, every day. And that doesn't leave a whole lot of time for food and sleep. So, I'm not saying no, but ... Cariann: I am high maintenance! Ben: Yes. She doesn't do any of it, so it's all right here. So if I run out of time ... Cariann: This is the only part I do. Ben: Yup, so it is what it is. Yeah, I mean it's a timing thing. If we can figure out how to do the timing, we could make it go. Cariann: I could drive. [Cariann laughs] Ben: We're just a casual show. Cariann: Alright, good anyway. So ... Ben: Should we just roll credits and then go into post-show? Cariann: Might as well, right? At this point? Ben: Oh yeah, I think we're pretty much ... should we just skip credits and do the rest of the show as is and just call it ... Cariann: No, because I really think we need to do the separation in the post show. Ben: Why? Ben: Because it might get a little after-dark. Alright, so season four of Spacevidcast will start late January. Cariann: Yes. Ben: We need some time to finish prepping some materials. It will not be happening in the first week of January. Probably not even in the second week of January. Late January. Follow our website. We'll give you more information as to when the next live show will be coming on. Follow our twitter account, we'll be giving you more information as to when we'll be coming back with episode 4.01 right here on Thank you guys for watching and we'll see you next year!

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Duration: 35 minutes and 11 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: spacevidcast on Jan 2, 2011

A rocket goes bada boom, a sunset on Mars, Zombie sat ate enough brains to come back to life, continued Ares development and a look forward to what we're thinking of doing in Spacevidcast 400.

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