Broadcast 438 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

01 Jan 2006 Mark Whittington
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Mark Whittington returned for this special year end and New Years Space Show program. Our discussion with Mr. Whittington covered many topics including the RTM mission planning, hardware, and architecture, on orbit construction, heavy lift and the economics of multiple launches versus heavy lift. We discussed the proposed merger of the Atlas 5 and Delta 4 EELV's with Mr. Whittington suggesting the merger was not in the best interest of the nation and the established as well as developing launch industry. We talked about the proposal for zero-g, zero tax, nuclear power, space solar power, and even the space elevator. Mr. Whittington referenced NASA Administrator Griffins' Nov. 5, 2005 speech throughout the discussion. Near the end of the show, we discussed space tourism and the developing suborbital industry and vehicles. Mr. Whittington mentioned a few times during the interview that NASA, without competition, can find it too easy to fall into a state of complacency. As always, Mark Whittington brings to Space Show listeners fresh perspectives, good and timely information, and thought provoking subjects. This program is no exception. You can contact Mr. Whittington through me at or the address on his blogging site,



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