Broadcast 1546 (Special Edition)

24 Apr 2011 Roderick and Randa Milliron
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Guests: Randa and Roderick Milliron. Topics: Interorbital Systems company and rocket launch program updates. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. For more information, please visit the Interorbital Systems website as much of the information discussed on this program is highlighted on their website, http://interorbital.com. We started our discussion with an update on Interorbital rocket and launch programs. We spent the majority of the first segment going over the Neptune modular rocket, potential launch sites, and missions as well as a discussion about their selected rocket fuel. During this first segment, our guests were asked about their launch history which they provided going back to the days of the Pacific Rocket Society. In the second segment, Tim from Huntsville asked a series of questions about the cost of their selected fuel chosen by Interorbital and why other specific fuels were not selected. Jim Davis sent in an email series of questions inquiring about static tests versus flight tests as well as making plans and time lines public rather than keeping them more or less confidential. We also talked about space conferences in this section with a focus on the SmallSat conference held each August in Logan, Utah. In our third and final segment, Randa spoke about their Google Lunar X-Prize entry, Synergy Moon. Also in this segment, they broke the news about their working with skydiver Olav Zipser to break the world sky diving record of AF Captain Joe Kittinger. Olav was listening to the program and sent us an email and we hope to be able to do a Space Show program with him later in the year upon his return from Russia. At the end of the program, our guests were asked about suborbital flight. They had much to say about this though the focus of Interorbital Systems is clearly orbital. Our guests were also asked about taking government money and they said they did not though they sell to the government. During this discussion, they did explain their source of funding to listeners. If you have questions or comments for our guests, please post them on The Space Show blog at the above URL. You can also email them through their website, http://interorbital.com/Contact%20Page_1.htm, or by using ios@interorbital.com.

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