Broadcast 1522 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Max Vozoff. Topics: SpaceX, launch industry, human spaceflight safety, space policy, space budgets, commercial space. Please note that 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. We welcomed Max Vozoff back to the program. Max now has his on space consulting company, MV2Space which he discussed in detail throughout our program. We started off by acknowledging his five years with SpaceX followed by why he decided to strike out on his own and what he hopes to accomplish in the space industry and with his own company. During our first segment, it was not surprising that Max received lots of questions about SpaceX, Falcon 9, Falcon 9 Heavy, Dragon and more. In discussing the Falcon 9 and launch pricing, especially in light of news that EELV pricing is going up, Max talked about the need to have as a primary objective reliability and then a disruptive price. Here he talked about the classic launch and pricing infrastructure and what draws management in so don't miss this important discussion. Later in the first segment, the commercial suborbital industry came up for discussion so don't miss what Max had to say about this developing industry. In the second segment, Max talked about CCDEV, Dragon and DragonLab. He told us about a program to use Dragon for STEM education from all 50 states for K-12 education on a yearly basis. Several listeners asked more questions about DragonLab. Near the end of this segment, I asked Max about SRBs for human spaceflight as compared to liquid rocket motors. We had a good discussion on this and Max had much to say so again, don't miss this discussion. Toward the end of the segment, we talked about the Falcon 9 Heavy and firing 27 engines together. We kicked off the third segment talking about a partnership including Max Vozoff, FIRESTAR Technologies, Inc. and others, Innovative Space Propulsion Systems ( This company hope to be able to replace hydrazine as a fuel with a new monopropulsion fuel, NOFBX. Near the end of the program, a listener asked Max about job applications at SpaceX and how challenging it was to be hired by the company. Mad had much to say about the process and who gets employed so again, don't miss what our guest had to say about this matter. As the program neared the end, we talked about reusability and flight test programs for the Dragon/Falcon 9 system. If you have a comment or question for Max Vozoff, please post it on the blog URL above. You can also email Max Vozoff using



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04 Mar 2011 Max Vozoff
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