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Alan Boyle, Monday, 1-30-12 January 31, 2012

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Alan Boyle, Monday, 1-30-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1701-BWB-2012-01-30.mp3

Guest:  Alan Boyle.  Topics:  Space news, space policy, budgets and insights.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  We welcomed Alan Boyle to the program.  I recommend you follow and subscribe to his blog Cosmic Log at http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com.  In our first segment, Alan shared his views on space policy and the presidential candidates, developments and issues with commercial space and crew efforts, and the space vision for BEO.  Specifically, we talked about Newt’s proposed policy, American statehood for a lunar colony, the Outer Space Treaty (OST) and Alan’s view that he thought overall Newt’s comments were not that helpful to his campaign.  To a lesser degree, we talked about the Romney space policy.  Also on the discussion table were large government projects and he referenced a few that seemed better than most such as the Large Hadron Collider and ITER.  We also talked about the fact that in the previous administration, having a lunar outpost that eventually was to become commercial was our national space policy up until the new administration cancelled the program.  Alan was asked several questions about commercial crew and he referenced comments made by Boeing that the business case for now does not close without government support.  We also talked about the gap and the readiness of commercial crew to the ISS.  During this discussion, I mentioned what I had heard about Space X and its schedule for flights prior to 2017.  During the show, I contacted Space X, got a clarification of what I had heard and read it on air near the end of the program.  I appreciate the timeliness of Space X in getting back to me with accurate information so make sure you hear their statement in the last segment.  Another topic Alan brought up was international cooperation with costly missions.  I asked him about Stratolaunch as he was at the initial press conference.  He said “it was like The Band got back together.”  Don’t miss his full comments on this project.  A listener wanted to know about human rating the Atlas V, Blue Origin, and NASA budget issues.  In this context, we mentioned Intrade and Alan told us about the Iowa Electronic Market. 

In the second segment, we talked about orbital fuel depots, SLS again, and the politics of these projects.  Listeners asked questions about Space X and their projects, and then he had much to say on NASA robotic missions.  Toward the end of the program, Alan talked about space leadership & in response to my questions said it has historically come from The White House.  We got a call from Andrew of the Tea Party In Space to advocate Newt’s space policy.  We addressed additional issues for JWST, its cost, its science value, and its possible crowding out Mars robotic missions planned for the future.  Alan referenced Jim Oberg regarding the problems with Russian space hardware and Dave sent in a note about the JWST budget concerns for future astronomy missions and wondered if we were risking too much on one rocket launch.

Please post your comments/questions for Alan Boyle on The Space Show blog URL above.  He can be reached through Cosmic Log.

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