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Guests: John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Russian space 2017 review and news for 2018, launchers, missions, quality control and more. 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. 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 Anatoly Zak of Russianwpaceweb.com for the 2018 opening Hotel Mars program. We talked about successful Russian missions in 2017, the Soyuz Capsule and the new one being developed plus Russian quality control issues with Russian hardware. Ukrainian hardware issues came up due to the political problems with Russian and the Ukraine. We also looked forward to 2018 and beyond with a look at the ExoMars project with ESA and concerns over the Russian Mars lander. Other topics included Sea Launch, the different Russian spaceports and the Russian company Roscosmos.