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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 6-18-14 June 19, 2014

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 6-18-14

Featuring George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic CEO


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Guests: John Batchelor, George Whitesides, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics: George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, brought us current on Virgin news.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. 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, http://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 to Hotel Mars George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic to discuss the latest news and developments with the company. John asked about their engine and fuels, I asked about passenger issues like being able to float freely, the need for spacesuits, and if there was government money invested in the project.  George talked about their test flights to date and their testing program.  I asked when prices might come down and their plans for Launcher One..  Doug talked about their engine issues their replacement with a nylon fuel motor.  Other topics were discussed as well.

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1. DDAY - June 20, 2014

I don’t think you asked it wrong. Maybe needed a follow-up for clarity. But Whitesides clearly said “private” at least once, possibly twice, and I don’t know how you can say “private” when there is substantial investment by a U.S. state and a non-U.S. foreign government in the operation.

2. Dwayne Day - June 19, 2014

I noticed that he dodged the question about Google. Of course, he sorta had to. If it is true, he cannot talk about it. If it is false, the company is better off if people believe it is true.

I don’t buy the claim that this is an entirely privately developed craft, with “no government money.” That ignores the Abu Dhabi foreign investment (it’s a sovereign fund–the government) and the New Mexico money put into the spaceport. If they want to claim that it is not U.S. federal government money, that would be more accurate, but there’s New Mexico taxpayer dollars and foreign government dollars involved.

The Space Show - June 19, 2014

Dwayne, this was a poorly worded question on my part. The intent of my question was to ask if there was U.S. government taxpayer money invested in VG. I am aware of both the Abu Dhabi investment as well as the benefits that flow to VG from Spaceport America and the New Mexico taxpayer but they are not direct payments to VG. I apologize for the lack of clarity in my question. Yes, VG benefits from government investment and infrastructure investment in NM. But I was really trying to find out if the American taxpayer was directly feeding money into VG. From the response George offered us, I would say no but again, I should have been clearer in my question in the first place.


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