Broadcast 2276 (Special Edition)

09 Jul 2014 John Batchelor, Michael Listner, Dr. David Livingston
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Guests: John Batchelor, Michael Listner, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: USAF Motion to Dismiss SpaceX lawsuit regarding block buy launches. 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. 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 ( For those of you listening to archives on & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. We welcomed back space attorney Michael Listner to explain and discuss the Air Force Motion to Dismiss the SpaceX lawsuit regarding launch block buys. Michael took us through the motion which claims SpaceX does not have standing to bring their suit. Michael explained the Air Force & ULA reasoning behind this position which they documented in detail in their motion. We talked about the evolution of space law, where it is going, and how it relates to various components of the space industry. Michael thought the Air Force motion was solid but one never knows what a judge might do. Also, he pointed out that these cases are decided in a way that is most favorable to SpaceX who brought the original action against the Air Force. Finally, this is not a regular court. This case is in the Court of Federal Claims. SpaceX has not yet replied but they have around 20 days from the date the Air Force filed their motion to respond. We will follow up on this story with the SpaceX response. Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog. You can contact any of us through



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