Broadcast 3168 Hotel Mars with Anatoly Zak

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Guests: John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Retiring the Proton rocket and Russian cislunar space development.  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,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( 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 Russian Space Web ( to discuss the history of the Proton rocket and its future given it may be retired and replaced by the newer Russian Angara rocket still being developed and tested. We discussed the different Russian launch sites and pads, the costs associated with such a transition and the overall Russian space budget.  Anatoly had some interesting perspectives to share with us regarding the Russian space budget.  In addition to the Proton rocket possible retirement, we talked about Russian cislunar plans.  Russia is interested in cislunar development and may work with the US with the LOP-G project.  Depending on how that works out with the United States given the strain in our relationships at the moment, Russia may also join in with China on their own space station development project or remove the Russian modules from the ISS for a new Russian space station.

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08 Aug 2018 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Anatoly Zak
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