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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, 12-23-15 December 24, 2015

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, 12-23-15


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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: 2015 year in review. 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 did a quick 2015 year in review. We both agreed that the latest Falcon 9 launch by SpaceX was a potential game changer with the success of their flyback booster landing upright at the Cape. We also talked about the rest of this particular SpaceX mission which was just as impressive. For planetary science, we selected several mission for our 2015 best including New Horizons, Dawn, Akatsuki which started orbiting Venus after being lost for five years, and the Japanese Hayabusa 1 and 2 missions,. We commented that we were disappointed in the suborbital industry progress other than for Blue Origin and their recent successful test flight with their rocket return to the pad. John liked the European Rosetta Mission for Comet 67P and specifically the Philae lander. We summarized our short discussion by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, plus we look forward to 2016 being another exciting year for space.

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 3-24-15 March 25, 2015

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Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 3-24-15


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Guest:  Robert (Bob) Zimmerman.  Topics: A variety of space news topics and projects were discussed on this two hour program. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.


We welcomed back Bob Zimmerman to the show for this 122 minute discussion on a wide range and variety of space news and project topics.  During the first segment, Bob spoke about Virgin Galactic and Launcher One delays, comparing it to the recent news that the AF will soon be testing a small satellite rail gun launcher, Super Strypi.  Bob suggested that the market might be passing VG by.  He also spoke to suborbital space both with VG and XCOR and true to form, was still skeptical about their potential success.  Some of Bob’s comments were challenged by listeners later in the show so stay tuned.  Next up Bob talked about the Russians opening up ISS tourism again in 2018 saying that the Russians believe the American private sector will be successful in transporting astronauts to and from the ISS by then so they will have available seats for tourists.  Don’t miss his comments on this subject.  He was asked about XCOR and he offered more comments on the company and suborbital space in general.  He then turned to the current round of ISS cargo bidding and compared it to the first round of cargo bidding a decade ago.  His comparison was most interesting and goes to the success being made by the developing commercial space sector.  Marshall was our first caller and talked about the next big planetary or HSF mission.  He also wanted Bob to discuss colonization.  Bob said he supported it but was realistic.  Bob then spoke about both the new Russian spaceport Vostochny and compared it to the progress being made by SpaceX and their new Brownsville spaceport.  He had much to say on this.  A listener emailed him to explain the space policy position of Sen. Ted Cruz.  That turned out to be quite a discussion, including Bob opining once again on SLS. Becky in Florida asked Bob about Mars One and Bob said it was a boondoggle.


In the second segment, Dr. Charles Lurio was our first caller.  Charles wanted to take Bob behind the woodshed on three points:  First, his comments on Kistler were wrong as the company was Rocketplane Kistler plus other details Bob missed. Second, he said Excalibur Almaz was not a fraud. This resulted in quite the exchange with Bob. The third area that upset Charles the most dealt with the comments Bob made about XCOR.  Charles was determined to correct the record on XCOR so again, don’t miss this exchange.  I asked Bob about the Indian space program and specifically their human spaceflight program.  Jerry from Florida emailed in additional info on Rocketplane Kistler.  SLS John called in to argue with Bob on his SLS comments.  I call their argument a draw with all participants including myself saying what we have been saying about SLS for years.  The subject of presidential leadership came up and Bob did his best to point out that it was probably a myth as far as space goes plus he cited supporting examples.  I pointed out that more than likely our next president, regardless of party, would have their hands full of solving major problems and I cited education as an example, referencing a recent survey I had seen showing just how poorly the US ranks worldwide in several educational areas.  This opened up a STEM discussion with Tim in Huntsville and Bob.  Jerry from Florida emailed in data showing that the Falcon Heavy would have more capability than SLS block one according to comments made by Ms. Shotwell at Satellite 2015.  This opened up another discussion on SLS, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy.  Here is an Aviation Week article that summarizes the comments Shotwell made at the event: http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacexs-gwynne-shotwell-talks-raptor-falcon-9-crs-2-satellite-internet-and-more.  Thanks to Jerry for providing us with this information and the article.   As the show was ending, Bob identified areas to watch for the second quarter and the balance of the year.


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