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Broadcast 1858 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on September 21st, 2012
Guest: Brian Mosdell
Guest: Brian Mosdell. Topics: SpaceX Florida operations with Falcon 9, Dragon, Heavy, and more. 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. 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 back Brian Mosdell, Director of the SpaceX launch operations in Florida. During our one hour discussion, we talked extensively about the Falcon 9, Dragon, Heavy, the upcoming Oct 7, 2012 launch for the ISS cargo resupply mission, and much more. Other topics included getting ready for the Heavy, pad modifications, the Merlin engine 1.1 upgrade, launch range issues, human spaceflight safety, Congressional hearings on human spaceflight safety, and more. Listeners asked many questions by both email and the toll free phone line. Dragon life support issues were discussed along with possibly speeding up the human rating and Dragon HSF flights to the ISS. Brian said these matters were in the hands of NASA and others and then he told us the timeline they were currently working on. We talked about the Soyuz problems and delays and asked if any of this would alter the timeline for commercial crew development. We also talked about differences and preferences in contracting formats between the FAR & the SAA. Another listener asked Brian to compare and contrast his work experience on the Delta launch vehicles and now the Falcon. Don't miss this discussion. Additional potential commercial spaceports were discussed, including possibilities in Texas and Georgia. A listener wanted to know about Falcon manufacturing facilities and how the Falcon 9 was transported to Florida. Brian broke the process down into components and said it all goes by private carrier over land to Florida or Vandenberg, mainly from California to Texas & then on to the final destination. Brian talked about the upcoming Falcon Heavy and he got several listener questions about it. Toward the end, Brian provided us with a rough schedule of planned events that we should keep our eyes on for the next year to two. If you have comments/questions for Brian Mosdell, please post them The Space Show blog. Emails to Brian can be sent to me for forwarding.

About our guest...

Brian Mosdell
Brian Mosdell is currently the Director of Launch Sevices for SpaceX in Florida. Prior to hiring on with SpaceX, Brian Mosdell was Chief Launch Conductor (CLCDR) for the Delta program (October 2003 through February 2008). As such he had ultimate responsibility for launch conduct and countdown execution for Delta II and Delta IV launches at both Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AFB. Prior to accepting the CLCDR role he was the launch site lead propulsion engineer for Delta IV. Duties included design of Propellant and Pneumatic systems for Launch Complex 37, construction management and activation testing for that pad, and finally Delta IV launch operations. Brian was fortunate enough to have “pressed the button” on the first 2 DIV launches. Prior to Delta IV, I worked Titan Centaur, Delta II, and Delta III. Joining SpaceX for the construction and activation of Launch Complex 40 has brought him full circle to where he started. Brian started his career in the space program working the construction and activation of Launch Complex 40 Centaur ground systems in 1991. This opportunity will allow Brian Mosdell to do wha he loves the most, working launch pad construction and activation for budding program. This will be his 4th such endeavor having worked Launch Complex 17 modifications for Delta III.

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