THE SPACE SHOWBetween 1998 September 28 and October 2 the International Astronautical Federation held its Congress at the Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne.
88.3 Southern FM was the only radio station to have a reporter for the duration of the International Astronautical Federation Congress. Yes, you guessed it, The Space Show was there every day, from before 9 am until late in the evening.
Approximately 25 hours of presentations and interviews were recorded. These were all broadcast on The Space Show as time and relevance allowed, providing a unique insight into the current status of many space projects.
Here are some of the interviews recorded:-
A number of 2-hour seminars were recorded. These included:
- Gene Austin, X-33 Project Manager, NASA, about the X-33 and VentureStar
- John-David Bartoe, Re-search Manager, International Space Station, NASA Headquarters, Washington, former NASA Astronaut and astronomer about his work at the Naval Research Laboratory and at NASA (OSO, Spacelab 2, Astro, Space Station)
- Ajax Barros del Bela, Director General, Brazilian Space Agency, about the Brazilian satellites and rockets
- Dan Brandenstein, Kistler Aerospace, former NASA astronaut, about experiences as astronaut and Kistler's plans for Australian operations
- Robert Braun, NASA Langley Research Center, about Mars Surveyor 2001
- Rodney Buckland, Open University, UK (lecture on who would make a good Mars astronaut and the Humble Space Telescope - that's right, Humble, not Hubble!)
- Mauricio Carvalho, Brazsat, São Jose dos Campos, about Brazilian payloads aboard the U.S. Space Shuttle
- Andrew Cheng, Project Scientist, NEAR Mission, Applied Physics Laboratory, about the NEAR and Mathilde
- Glenn Cunningham, Project Manager, Mars Global Surveyor Project, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, about the Mars Global Surveyor
- Barry Epstein, Manager, Space Station External Affairs, NASA Headquarters, Washington, about the International Space Station
- Michael Fuchs, Marketing Manager, Rafael, Haifa, about Offeq and Shavit
- H-2 Cartoon (a cute story by NASDA, Tokyo, about the H-2 rocket)
- Bernard Harris, Spacehab, Houston, former NASA astronaut and doctor, about medical research aboard Spacehab and his experiences as an astronaut
- Mark Hemsel, President, British Interplanetary Society, London, about the BIS activities
- Jim Harford, AIAA, Washington, about a book he has written on KorolovTakanari Iwata, Associate Senior Engineer, Advanced Land Observation Satellite, NASDA, Tokyo, about the ALOS satellite
- Sergei Jiltsov, Head, Press Department, Khrunichev Space Centre, Moscow, about Khrunichev projects
- Jim Knox, USAF, speaking in a private capacity about planetary defence against asteroids
- Tim Lawder, Business Development Manager, Auspace, Canberra, about the instrumentation aboard ERS, Envinsat and Endeavour.
- Kaj Lundahl, Programme Manager, Space Science Systems Division, Swedish Space Corporation, Solna about Swedish satellites
- David Lynch, Research Scientist, Aerospace Corporation, about airborne observatories and about the threat to satellites posed by meteoroid showers
- Paul Maley, Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society, Houston, about Iridium flashes
- Rolf Mamen, Director-General, Space Operations, Canadian Space Agency, Ottawa, about Radarsat
- Mary Manley, Engineering Specialist, Advanced Programs Engineering, The Boeing Company, about the Crew Return Vehicle
- George Mueller, Kistler Aerospace, about the Kistler Launch vehicle and his lifetime work on rocket projects such as Saturn and Shuttle
- Jean-Pierre Midan, CNES about the Spot satellites
- Robert Mitchell, Cassini Programme Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory about Galileo, Europa Orbiter and Cassini
- Atsuhiro Nishida, Director-General, ISAS, Kanagawa about Muses-C
- Wubbo Ockels, ESA Astronaut, Noordwijk, about Lunarsat
- Jean-Marc Philippe, KEO, Paris, about an orbital time capsule.
- Joe Pizzicaroli, Manager Space Systems Engineering, Motorola, about the Iridium satellites
- James Powell, Principal, Plus Ultra Technologies, New York, about the Europa Sample Return mission and the nuclear technologies needed to support it
- Andrew Prentice, Mathematics Department, Monash University, Clayton, about the mysteries of Jupiter as unveiled by Galileo
- Gennady Riabkov, Air Launch Aerospace Corporation, Moscow, about the air launch of satellites
- Gerry Soffen, Director, Office Of University Programs, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, on the origins of life, the Viking mission, Mission to Planet Earth, the NASA academy, the Allan Hills meteorite and astrobiology
- Oleg Sokolov, Sector Chief, International Advanced Projects, Khrunichev State Research and Production Centre, Moscow, about Luna, Salyut, Start, Mir, Proton, Proton M and Angara
- Sputnik 40 students and Guy Pignolet, CNES, Paris, about the Sputnik 1 replica
- Ed Stone, Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, about JPL's planetary exploration programme
- Dennis Stone, President, Spaceweek International Association about Spaceweek
- Phil Sumrall, NASA Headquarters, Washington, about the X-33, VentureStar, X-34 and future space transportation systems
- Martin Sweeting, Managing Director, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., Guildford, about microsatellites
- Jill Tarter, SETI Institute, about the current search for extraterrestrial intelligence and the movie "Contact"
- Andrew Thomas, NASA Astronaut, about his mission to Mir
- Richard Tonkin, member Executive Council, Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce, Melbourne, about the Space Frontier Conference
- Samuel Venneri, Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters, Washington, about technologies being developed by NASA
- Franz Viehbock, Director, International Programmes, The Boeing Company, Seal Beach, and former Austrian cosmonaut, about trip to Mir
- Peter Wenzel, Head, Solar System Division, Space Science Department, European Space Agency, Noordwijk, about the agency's solar system exploration plans
- Galina Zachosova, Manager, Design Bureau of Transport Machinery, Moscow about rocket launch facilities
- Sergei Zuhkov, Director, Russian Technology Centre, Moscow, about new Russian space technology
On the seminar panels was an impressive array of talent and experience - a who's-who of the space industry and space agencies. All giving their view on the hottest issues as we headed toward the new millennium.
- Global Impact of Pacific Rim Space Agencies
- Technologies for Future Solar System Exploration
- Space In A Transitioning Economic Scenario
- Launch Vehicles for Lower Access to Space Cost
- From Spacelab to the International Space Station
- Future Direction, Impact and Value of the Space Programme.
Obviously these seminars and interviews took months to edit or transcribe, and kept The Space Show well supplied with exciting material until the end of 2001. Look for the Forum Series listed under Lectures for 1998, 1999 and 2001.
Ocassionally the recording was not up to broadcast standard, often because more than one microphone was open in the auditorium. Some of these unbroadcast items are now available for download. These unedited sessions may reward the patient listener.
Listen or Download Pacific Rim Space Agencies Plenary Session - China's efforts. (4 min 18 s - 4.0 MB)
Listen or Download Pacific Rim Space Agencies Plenary Session - Japan's efforts. (16 min 16 s - 15.2 MB)
Listen or Download Pacific Rim Space Agencies Plenary Session - Russia's efforts. (13 min 34 s - 12.7 MB)
Listen or Download Questions and Answers at Global Impact of Pacific Rim Space Agencies Plenary Session - includes future of Mir (12 min 34 s - 11.9 MB)
Listen or Download Henk Olthof (ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands) on Europe and Spacelab. (9 min 58 s - 9.3 MB)
Listen or Download Judith Robey (Microgravity Research Division, Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications, NASA) on Spacelab microgravity experiments. (11 min 59 s - 11.2 MB)
Listen or Download Spacelab and Space station telescience by former astronaut John-David Bartoe. (10 min 28 s - 9.8 MB)
We hope you enjoyed listening to these!