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Frontier Space

Frontier Space

By Kolemann Lutz
Frontier Space is a space research organization and podcast listened to in over 54 countries that empowers innovation in space technology, colonisation, exploration and activities beyond Earth.

Our host Kolemann Lutz explores ideas and lifetime's worth of innovation and research with leaders, researchers, and entrepreneurs to push the envelope of science and expansion of life throughout the Solar System and beyond.

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Exploring Oceans of Europa with a Cryobot - Ep. 13

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Exploring Oceans of Europa with a Cryobot - Ep. 13

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Active Deployable Cubesat Mirrors - Ep 20
Learn about satellite/telescope deployable mirrors, inspired from James Webb Telescope foldable mirror architecture, that is being developed by Noah Schwartz, Adaptive Optics Engineer at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre. Active deployable primary mirrors holds the potential to significantly improve satellite diffraction limit with potential implications to increase satellite imagery resolution by 2-3X. Discover the experiment results from 500 tests on deployment mirrors, opto-mechanical challenges to packaging and cubesat payload volume, potential implications for a wide range of satellites, and a glimpse into next generation on-orbit cubesat docking implications. Reference: Schwartz, Noah, et al. “Active deployable primary mirrors on CubeSat.” Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave. Vol. 11443. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2021. From
July 23, 2021
Artificial Gravity with Tail to Tail Starships Docking - Ep 19
Ever wonder how to generate artificial gravity on Starships and spacecraft in transit to Mars? Chris Behrens, Technology and Science Writer at BehrensTech, shares a bold idea on generating artificial gravity with rocket spacecraft tail to tail docking approach. The 19th episode of the Frontier Space podcast explores the potential effects and significance of flipping, rotating spacecraft on the cabin design, power and communication systems, payload forces. Chris and Kole explore the implications of biological challenges in microgravity and adjustable mirrored engineering on structural design and integrity, human factors, in-orbit refueling, and simulating 3/8Gs to support the ecosystem, technologies, humans, and life beyond Earth and on Mars.
June 25, 2021
Interplanetary Space Highways - Ep 18
A dialogue on the research developments of Space manifolds and interplanetary highways and the significance for life, spacecraft, and mission design. Our guest Aaron Rosengren, Assistant Professor, Space Systems at University of California, San Diego dives into stable manifolds, Influence of bodies and Lagrange points, Planetary manifold dynamics, near Earth asteroids, and weak stability boundaries Aaron J. Rosengren received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2014. He served as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow for the European Union Asteroid and Space Debris Network, Stardust, from 2014 to 2016, at the Institute of Applied Physics Nello Carrara of the Italian National Research Council. In 2017, Dr. Rosengren worked at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece in the Department of Physics, as part of the EU H2020 Project ReDSHIFT. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona (2017-2020) prior to his appointment at UC San Diego in July 2020. He received the "COSPAR Outstanding Paper Award for Young Scientists" on three separate occasions and has held invited visiting researcher positions in Australia, Israel, Italy, and Serbia. Research Paper: The arches of chaos in the Solar System. Science Advances  25 Nov 2020: Vol. 6, no. 48, eabd1313. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abd1313
April 30, 2021
Architecture and Significance of Space Elevators - Ep 17
A jam-packed conversation with Peter A. Swan, Ph.D., President of International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC), about the engineering, architecture, and benefits of the 100,000km Modern-day Space Elevator. This episode encompasses mass, cost, escape velocities, and logistics comparison of elevator vs. rocket propulsion, as well as graphene manufacturing process and the transit time to Mars. Learn about how candidate Earth-based locations, sci-fi, payload size, Galactic Harbor, and a glimpse into the future of Space Elevators to move massive tonnage to GEO, Solar System, and beyond. Peter A. Swan, Ph.D. - President of ISEC and team lead for developing the concept of space elevators. A member of the International Academy of Astronautics and Fellow of AIAA and TBIS. He graduated from the USMA, 1968, and served 20 years in the Air Force. He joined the Iridium satellite program then Teaching Science and Technology, Inc. teaching space systems engineering. He continues to teach at Arizona State University for their OLLI classes. His latest book is Road to the Space Elevator Era [2019]. Blue Marble Week - Elevators, Space Edition If you enjoy or find value from this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and follow our journey on LinkedIn and Facebook.
March 17, 2021
Water in NEO Asteroids for ISRU - Ep 16
This month's episode dives into the details of water ice mining near-Earth object (NEO) asteroids with Dr. Andrew Rivkin, lead asteroid researcher from John Hopkins, to learn about how hydrated NEOs can enable the ecosystem, technologies, and humans beyond planet Earth with a focus on the search, quantity, accessibility, and implications of NEOs. Key topics discussed include asteroid classes, carbonaceous asteroids, size and H2O mass estimates in NEOs, infrared spectroscopy, limitations of Earth and space telescopes, James Webb on imaging asteroids, water-based propulsion, and water ice asteroid mining vs. lunar ice mining  Andy's 2018 Paper: How Many Hydrated NEO's are there?, 60 Seconds in Space 2.4kg Thermasat boils H2O into steam for propulsion: New Cubesat Uses Hydros with Water Electrolysis Propulsion for Thrust:
February 22, 2021
Making Space Babies Off-Planet with SpaceBorn United
A dialogue with Egbert Edelbroek, CEO at SpaceBorn United, on the mission to enable human reproduction in space, Mars, and beyond Earth. At the heart of the conversation is SpaceBorn's Lotus mission to launch and operate an embryo incubator by 2025 onboard a recoverable biosatellite on a five-day conception mission. We explore the details and challenges involved with reproduction beyond Earth in orbit, Mars and in alternative gravity, assistant reproductive technologies(ART), and SpaceBorn's childbirth mission. Other topics include a vitro fertilisation (IVF), artificial wombs, cryogenic storage, Asgardia, digital space nation, space hotels, and tourism. SpaceBorn United Asgardia, the First Digital Space Nation 60 Seconds in Space Magnetic-Plasma fusion Rocket Propulsion to get to Mars 10X faster Dysregulated Mitochondria in Microgravity Key role in Astronaut Physiological Challenges
January 31, 2021
Microbes to Colonize Mars First - Ep 14
In this month's episode, we explore the significance of space colonization beyond Earth with Microbes first with Dr. Jose Lopez, a Molecular and Evolutionary biology Researcher at Nova South Eastern. The discussion includes perspective shifts from exploration and sterilization to colonization, fostering symbiosis and diversity of early microbial settlers and the symbiosis of nanotechnology and microbes to adapt and improve anaerobic properties, photosynthesis, and metabolisms of microbes, bacteria, and fungi in improving biological support capacity of Martian regolith.  The dialogue includes simulating and testing optimal microbes including Gaian microbiomes, spore formers, extremophiles, cyanobacteria under Martian conditions to enhance nutrient uptake in the soil, and better condition the atmosphere of Mars. We discuss further researcher to enable Interplanetary Microbiome Engineering (IME) and the core technologies enabling early microbial settlements such as DNA sequencers, artificial microbial genomes, rife machines, underground sunken electrodes, as well as nanopore sequencers to match DNA electric currents and frequencies Dr. Jose Lopez's 2019 Research Paper Inevitable future: space colonization beyond Earth with microbes first 60 Seconds in Space Jupiter's Migration Paths that Potentially Caused the Runaway Greenhouse Effect on Venus Nobel Prize winner says the universe has gone through multiple Big Bangs
November 2, 2020
Exploring Oceans of Europa with a Cryobot - Ep. 13
For September's episode, we hear from Bill Stone, CEO and Founder at Stone Aerospace, a U.S.-based aerospace startup developing their Valkyrie cryobot, alien-hunting submarine, underwater UAV's, surface space bots, and more. In pondering about the potential aphotic cellular lifeforms under the 20km ice shell of Europa, the smallest of 79 moons orbiting Jupiter, Bill provides a mission overview of the 300 kg Crybot, innovations such as the hot water laser drill system, and key challenges related to ice penetration, mobility, power, communication, and thermal constraints of the cryobot. We dive into the technical design considerations for extraterrestrial life detection systems including devices such as fluorescent UV spectrometer, polarographic 3D microscopes, DNA sequencers, and the proposed National Europa Simulator. 60 Seconds in Space Nano-diamond Self-charging Batteries Could Disrupt Energy Launching Carbon-foam Probes to Celestial Bodies
September 11, 2020
Building Transcontinental Railroad in Earth Orbit - Trans Astra - Ep 12
In this month's episode, we hear from astropreneur Dr. Joel Sercel, Founder and CEO at Trans Astronautica, a startup developing synthetic asteroid tracking telescopes, asteroid mining spacecraft, rovers, lunar outpost, and propellant depot. 60 Seconds in Space Radiation devouring fungi could almost entirely mitigate radiation in space Shockwave-based Propulsion System Travel to Mars at 5X Speed of Sound
August 10, 2020
Thousands of Spacebots OffWorld - Ep 11
Join us as we hear from our guest Jim Keravala, Cofounder and CEO at OffWorld, a startup developing a robotic workforce that plans to mine, manufacture, and build on the Moon, asteroids, LEO, Mars, and beyond. Key topics of discussion include extraction, construction on the lunar surface, terrestrial mining, NASA Artemis, reinforcement learning and specs for spacebots, lunar dust, and building fabrication facilities at L1.
July 6, 2020
Flying UAS with Infinite Airborne Endurance - Ep. 10
In the tenth episode, Fatema Hamdani, Co-founder and President at Hamdani Aerospace, and our host Kole discuss the technologies and innovations toward designing and operating Ultra-Long Endurance UAS on Earth and Mars. Key highlights include Earth observation applications, biomimicry, nuclear-powered solar cells, planetary atmosphere on flight, and more. 60 Seconds in Space Rust can reduce the weight or improve radiation shielding by 30% Jupiter is so huge, the solar system almost had two suns Erosion of ozone layer responsible for mass extinction event 360M yrs ago
June 10, 2020
Human Evolution on Mars - Ep. 9
Chime in to listen to a conversation with Dr. Scott Solomon, Evolutionary Biologist at Rice University, about our beliefs on the evolution of homo sapiens and biology on Mars. In this episode we discuss the following topics: Physiological challenges and mutations for long-term missions on Mars Tendencies and preferences of early settlers Biological Implications for cosmonauts and policymaking Significance of Digitalized Genomes, CRISPR/Cas9 Epigenetic Engineering, Quantum Tunneling, Medical wearables, Fitbits, and Brain-Machine Interfaces on Mars Settlement and Exploration Guest: Dr. Scott Solomon, Evolutionary Biologist and Professor at Rice University TEDx Talk on Evolutionary Biology on Mars Evolutionary Biology on Mars | Scott Solomon | TEDxUniversityofHouston 60 Seconds on Space/Mars ESA: Human Urine to Make Concrete on the Moon Plan to Build One Starship a Week Fruitfly-sized Nano cardboard could monitor resources on Mars Elon Musk and SpaceX to Launch Next Gen of deep space telescopes
May 11, 2020
Next Gen Infrared Satellite Constellation - Satellite Vu - Ep. 8
Join us as we explore the next generation of infrared imaging satellites with Anthony Baker, Founder and CEO at Satellite Vu, a London-based company launching a infrared constellation to monitor the temperature and energy sources of every building on planet Earth in near real-time. Our conversation primarily encompasses the myriad of Earth Observation applications from 3.5m resolution mid-wave infrared imagery such as monitoring building emissions and energy, oil and fracking, plastic clean up, wildlife tracking, insurance claims, engine blocks of cars, and illegal fishing/black market shark fin trade. ________________________________________ 60 Seconds in Space Biggest Explosion Since the Big bang If life exists on Titan, it’s even weirder than we thought Japan's Hayabusa2 Shoots Copper Bomb at Asteroid Ryugu ________________________________________ Audiotracks Audiomachine - Invocation The Forbidden Kingdom music - As One Tale Ends Ascension - Inspiring Epic AShamaluevMusic Uplifting Background Corporate Uplifting Piano
April 2, 2020
Moving Solar System with a Stellar Engine - Ep. 7
In this month's episode, we blast off from the whims of the cosmic tide in an enlightening conversation about the significance of stellar engines, megastructures to steer a star system. Kole and Matt Caplan, Astrophysicist at Illinois State University, share a mind-bending dialogue that transforms conventional perspectives on space exploration. We (mostly Matt) exchange ideas on the implications of designing, building, and operating Dyson spheres, active solar sails, Caplan thruster, and much more. In evaluating space technology advanced civilizations could leverage, Matt brings a truly cosmic perspective. We investigate the importance of large scale on-orbit manufacturing, interplanetary energy transmission, and even strip-mining Mercury. This podcast episode adventures into the challenges of the Stellar Engines such as disruption of solar wind and orbital stability. With the current status of 21st-century technology, could a stellar engine be the most effective method to make contact with advanced celestial species and to map the galaxy and universe? ___________________________ For greater visualization of a Stellar Engine, please watch Kurzgesagt's Youtube video. How to Move the Sun: Stellar Engines 60 Seconds in Space NASA wants to grow lunar base out of Mushrooms Biomineralized Living Concrete for Mars Earth's Largest Asteroid Impact May Have Ended Snowball Earth 2.2 billion years ago ___________________________ Audio Adam Vitovsky - One Story Keys of Moon: Into the Blue Sky, The Road to Your Inspiration, Closer to your Dream, Be Inspired - Inspiring Epic ___________________________ Support us  Please consider donating on Patreon to continue producing epic podcasts. If you enjoy or find value from this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and follow our journey on LinkedIn and Facebook.
February 3, 2020
Accelerating Geo-Singularity - Ep. 6
For the podcast finale of this decade, we engage in a thought-provoking conversation on Geo-Singularity with Josef Koller, Systems Director at the Aerospace Corporation. We discuss the largest barriers to Geo-Singularity and innovative ways we can accelerate achieving a new paradigm of geospatial intelligence. Listen today to explore how capitalism, emotions,  and privacy influence Geo-Singularity.  We challenge you to formulate your own opinion on our open-ended questions in this month's episode. By quantifying the true significance of remote sensing imaging satellites on each earth observation application, we can begin to reverse-engineer Geo-Singularity. With the aid of machines and artificial intelligence, homo sapien species may ask questions no one yet has the answer to in our Universe.  Josef Koller’s Publication: Future of Ubiquitous Real-time Intelligence: A GEOINT Singularity  60 Seconds in Space  Ancient Earth Organism Thrives on Meteorite  NASA's Treasure Map of Icewater on Mars  Error in Finding Black Hole in Milkyway Galaxy  Support Us on Patreon If you find value from an episode, we would very much appreciate it if you made a generous contribution to support the development of the Frontier Space podcast for the holiday giving season.  _________________________  Audiotracks  Triumphal - AShamaluevMusic  Care - Adam Vitovský  Inspirational Speech - AShamaluevMusic  Inspiring Story - AShamaluevMusic  If you enjoy or find value from this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and follow our journey on LinkedIn and Facebook.
December 18, 2019
Icy Ocean Worlds, Astronauts, Space History and Exploration - IAC Takeaways Ep. 5
Following a riveting IAC and SGC 2019 conference, we discuss missions to explore the icy ocean worlds of Europa and Titan with our first guest Annie Handmer. We bring a constructive perspective towards space history, lunar developments, and share keen astronaut experiences on microgravity influence of blood flow and preflight training. 60 Seconds in Space Caterpillar Plans to Mine Moon: SpaceX Starship $2M per Mission: Cancer Patients Exercise like Astronauts: Is Planet 9 a Grapefruit-sized Black hole: Our Guest Annie Handmer's Space Junk Podcast: SGAC Space Medicine & Life Sciences Slack Group: | _________________________ Music Keith Merill - A New Age Epic Battle Trailer - AShamaluevMusic. Cinematic Inspiring - AShamaluevMusic Uplifting Cinematic Piano Music Link: _________________________ If you enjoy or find value from this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and follow our journey on social media below!
November 25, 2019
10 Trends Revolutionizing Earth Observation and Satellites - Ep. 4
Our host Kolemann shares the key technologies and trends that are disrupting Earth Observation, satellites, and the NewSpace economy. We breakdown the technology, physics, and explore innovations in on-orbit services, alternative propulsion, lunar launch economy and much more. We highlight our thoughts and predictions on satellite video vs imagery, high altitude pseudo satellites, spectrum gaps, and the influence of quantum technology. We also address the success of space startups such as Momentus, Phase 4, and Orbit Fab.   60 Seconds in Space News Multi-billion Dollar NRO KH-11 Constellation - 10 CM res: Sue Gordon Leaves ODNI: NASA Helicopter to Mars in 2020: Virgin Orbit plans to send Polish Smallsatellite to Mars: _________________________  If you enjoy or find value from this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and follow our journey on social media below! Follow us on LinkIn and Facebook!
October 14, 2019
Earth Observation & GEOINT 101 - Ep. 3
In this episode, our host Kolemann explores the Earth Observation and GEOINT 101 fundamentals.  Our discussion includes topics related to SAR vs. EO, remote sensing basics, and general opinions and market trends in the Earth Observation market.   We introduce a new podcast episode segment dubbed 60 seconds of space, where we will share research, discoveries, and explore highlights in the space and satellite markets each month.  Enjoy the show!  _________________________ About Us. Frontier Space is a space research organization and the sponsor of this podcast in the earth observation, satellite, and space sector. By collaborating with teams to develop joint venture research projects, we leverage advanced satellite technology to transform ideas from concept to market. From in-depth research, we discover how space technology is revolutionizing markets and economies. As your high quality rich information stream on the future of earth observation and geospatial intelligence, we will explore hundreds of ideas and engage in meaningful conversations with industry leaders in the tech, space, and geospatial fields. While our host, Kolemann Lutz shares a lifetime’s worth of research and innovation, we would love for you to join the community we are building. If you enjoy or find value from this episode, please subscribe, share with a friend, and follow our journey on social media below! Follow us on LinkIn and Facebook!
August 21, 2019