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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 3-19-14 March 20, 2014

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 3-19-14


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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Roger Launius, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Rocket engine testing & static firing tests.  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. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).  For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating.  This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you.

We welcomed Dr. Roger Launius to the program to discuss our early rocket history of engine testing and static test firings.  We talked about the Apollo, Mercury, Gemini and then the Falcon engine testing process.  Roger also discussed the ICBM heritage of our early rockets & the additional testing done for human spaceflight.

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2. Richard Easton - March 20, 2014

I enjoyed your program with Batchelor and Launius last night. Roger always has interesting and illuminating comments. The Viking 8, in 1952, took off during what was supposed to be a test firing. The contractor, Martin Co, changed the way they bolted it down and it broke free and reached three miles. It was the first launch my Dad saw and he said that the Viking director, Milt Rosenberg, was aghast.


June 6 – Viking 8 – accidentally launched during static fire ground test.

Martin provided the components for the next rocket at cost and the first stage of Vanguard was based on the Viking. We just celebrated the 56th anniversary of Vanguard 1.


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