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Guest: Dr. Charles Lurio; Topics: Commercial and New Space 2018 plans, the launch industry, policy and more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. We welcomed Dr. Charles Lurio back to the program to lead off The Space Show for 2018. During the first segment of our two segment 1 hour 54 minute discussion, Dr. Lurio talked about the launch industry led by SpaceX and followed by the developments going on with Blue Origin and their rocket development program. Dr. Lurio talked about expectations and the Falcon Heavy with its initial payload, the Tesla car. Charles mentioned the classified SpaceX launch of Zuma scheduled for a Falcon 9 launch at Launch Complex 40 on Friday of this week. He also talked about the planned Falcon Heavy engine test which he said would be at pad 39A.
Charles then jumped to a review of the recentNext Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference held last month in Colorado. He talked about the growing interest and excitement regarding suborbital scientific missions. He referenced Blue Origin and the New Shepherd rocket, launch experiments that were recently on the Blue launch, balloon launch with World View and one other company. Space tourism was mentioned but he said the focus of the conference was on suborbital research. He described some of the experiments on the recent and successful Blue flight, including the school project that flew on the flight regarding lightening bugs.
Listener Josh asked about Musk, Mars, and wealth. Don't miss what Charles had to say to Josh. Charles was then asked about the National Space Council and if it would make a difference this time is actually seeing a return to the Moon policy implemented. You might be surprised by what Charles said regarding this part of the discussion so don't miss it. Later, Seattle David asked Charles if the Dragon or the CST 100 would be the first to carry US astronauts back to space. Charles said Dragon and then talked about Orion and SLS. He did say 2018 might be the year of the private sector and the Moon given the Google Lunar XPrize. Before the segment ended, he talked about the launch programs with India and China.
We started the second segment with my asking Charles if he thought that sometime in the future we might talk with nostalgia about SpaceX and Blue the way we did (at least a little) in the first segment with Pan Am Airlines and the old TWA. Don't miss what Charles had to say in response to that question. I asked him about Virgin Galactic and the suborbital conference. He said there was new information and that 2018 would be a good year of progress for them. Don't miss all of his remarks regarding Virgin Galactic.
Phil from Canada asked about the economics of Musk and going to Mars. This opened up an ongoing discussion about the business case for space stations, settlement, a Mars colony, even a lunar colony. This part of our discussion dominated the second half of today's show.
Jeff from Tulsa asked Charles if he thought Bridenstine would be confirmed as the NASA Administrator. You will probably be surprised by what Charles said so don't miss it. We also talked the public interest in space and if that might be strengthened due to the National Space Council and the return to the Moon policy. Both Charles and I thought commercial and New Space success would be the best motivator and source of inspiration for the public and space.
Other topics discussed in the show included assumption making, Rocket Lab launches, the BFR, Vector Space private sector advanced propulsion, Made In Space, and SpaceX investments given they are a private company and not public. One thing I want to say and remind listeners is that it is ok to disagree and go after ideas and theories you hear on TSS. It is not Ok to go after, insult, or call a person names. We do not do personal attacks. Unfortunately, I made an error and read an email on air with a person name calling attack and I apologize for having done that. I should have just read the part of the email about the ideas, not the personal name calling part. I will be more diligent with our policy in the future but please remember our policy so that it never comes up.
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