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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 3-25-15 March 26, 2015

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 3-25-15


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Guests: John Batchelor, Doug Messier, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Mars One, small satellite launchers with VG & others. 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, 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. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.


John Batchelor and I welcomed back Doug Messier to discuss Mars One, Virgin Galactic and Launcher One. Mars One was up first, then John focused on Virgin Galactic. Doug talked about their recent job fair success in Long Beach, their new hanger for Launcher One and we talked about the small satellite launch business in general including the Air Force rail gun small satellite launcher, Super Strypi. John asked lots of questions about the viability of Mars One plus the small satellite launcher industry and the new participants developing this industry at a fast clip.


You can email Mr. Batchelor or Doug Messier through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com. Doug can also be reached through his excellent website, Parabolic Arc.




1. DDAY - March 27, 2015

Super Strypi (I think it is pronounced “Striiiipee”) is not really something to worry much about. The only reason it exists is because a congressman earmarked some money for it. I found out about it in May 2013 when somebody associated with the project told me that it was launching in November. It has now slipped to late 2015, and apparently will not perform as originally designed. There never was a clearly stated military requirement for this rocket and if you dig around you can find how the money was directed to the program via legislation.

Kirk - March 30, 2015


Super Strypi was described as being a rail gun launch system in this show, and there is a lot of confusion with people who hear that the Super Strypi is rail launched and they assume that it is launched from an electromagnetic rail gun. It is not. The rocket slides up a rail launcher during launch, much as a model rocket slides up its launch rod during launch. Once clear of the rail, the Super Strypi is spin and fin stabilized, allowing it to do without expensive first stage avionics and thrust vectoring (or any other attitude control). Its second and third stages do have attitude control.

2. The Space Show - March 26, 2015

Kirk, the audio on this show was worse than usual. First, they did not start me when John thought they were starting me and all I had was background conversations and lots of talk I could not identify. Finally I was put into the mix. Because of the bad start, I was unable to use my own recording so I copied it from the JB website. When I do that, there is an echo or reverb sound. I don’t know why but it is bothersome. Several months ago this sound did not exist but now every time I copy a show from their website, its there. I do apologize about the audio problems they are not under my control so I live with them. The content is what is so important and to me, that is far more vital than the “minor” audio issues that are present with these short segments.

3. Kirk - March 26, 2015

Thank you, David, for archiving these Hotel Mars episodes. I know that you find dealing with the audio quality frustrating (and this has more echo than average), but I really appreciate being able to listen to them from your site and not having to track them down on the JB Show’s limited archives.

I trust you when you tell us about the technical issues behind the audio problems, but I can’t help thinking that the echo sounds as if it is being added intentionally by JB’s engineers to make it sound as if the show really is coming from a hotel on Mars.

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