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Guest: Jim Muncy; Topics: Space policy, regulation, returning to the Moon, Outer Space Treaty articles, commercial space, space and presidential politics, risk vs. safety and more.
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We welcomed Jim Muncy back to the show to discuss why we can't land on the Moon today, history and today, regulations, the Outer Space Treaty articles, safety vs. risk taking, various controlling laws, regulations and national policies impacting space development, investment and the pace moving forward For your convenience, I urge you to follow the Tags as they fairly represent what we talked about with Jim and in the order discussed. I have repeated the tags below for your convenience.
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As we started the discussion, Jim went back several years in time with The Space Frontier Foundation, pointing out how we went to the Moon, had the Saturn V rocket and today we can't go to the Moon and the rockets are in museums. That set the tone for the program as our guest took us through regulations, national policies and constraints on entrepreneurism that hurt us today but were not present back in the early days of space development. Lots of time was spent on risk and safety issues with examples plus issues regarding certain articles of the Outer Space Committed. Jim spoke freely about these issues so do listen for his commentary Another discussion point was Jim calling out the need for more inter-departmental cooperation between the FAA, DOC and such.
Michael Listner was an early caller to mention the recent Navajo claim for the Moon as being sacred regarding the Celestis lunar lander plan for burial on the Moon. Don't miss what both Michael and Jim had to say about the Navajo position on the Moon being part of their sacred religion. Michael went into some of the issues around Article 9 of the OST which pertained to right to do business in space. Later in the program, Jim was asked about the recently released NASA report on Space Solar Power which was not very encouraging. Jim spent time going through some of the issues in the report letting us know where in his opinion the NASA report went wrong.
Please post your comments/questions about these matters or other issues you will hear Jim talk about on our blog for this program. You can reach Jim Muncy through me here at The Space Show.