Broadcast 2337 (Special Edition)

15 Oct 2014 John Batchelor, Dr. Olivier de Weck, Sydney Do, Koki Ho, Andrew Owens
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Guests: John Batchelor, Sydney Do, Koki Ho, Andrew Owens, Dr. Olivier de Weck, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Topics: The MIT Strategic Engineering Research Group's assessment of the Mars One mission. 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. John Batchelor and I welcome Dr. Oliver de Weck, Sydney Do, Koki Ho, & Andrew Owens to Hotel Mars for our regarding their paper and analysis, "An Independent Assessment Of The Technical Feasibility Of The Mars One Mission Plan." You can download their 35 page report at We welcomed the MIT authors of the paper "An Independent Assessment Of The Technical Feasibility Of The Mars One Mission Plan." John recorded four segments for an hour broadcast on The John Batchelor Show which is why you will hear the archived version divided into four segment with their own introduction. In addition, we used a conference calling system to bring all but one of the authors on the program so you will hear a tone difference in this show and perhaps a soft echo type sound. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. We started our 40 minute program by John asking Dr. de Weck for the origin of this paper. Dr. de Weck took us back to beginning in 2004 providing us with an interesting leading up to the present time. Given the number of guests on the program, John and I directed our questions to each person by name. Some of the issues we talked about were life support for being on Mars and other issues referenced in their report & analysis "An Independent Assessment Of The Technical Feasibility Of The Mars One Mission Plan." We also discussed the Mars One plan to grow food and the possible O2 poisoning resulting from that effort. Since Mars One said that all the technologies were here now and on the ISS, the authors used the ISS as a source. They discovered that many of the needed life support technologies are not available or tested for space let alone the Martian environment even if used here on Earth. Our guests took us through many of the assumptions of the Mars One Mission as taken from their own statements and website. The authors concluded that most if not all the technologies needed for humans to survive on Mars per their mission plan were today at a very low TRL or Technology Readiness Level. Other issues that we talked about focused on the need for spare parts with this need rapidly growing to a point beyond Mars One capabilities. 3D printing was discussed as a replacement for spare parts as was ISRU, the possible need for a rescue mission, Martian gravity & artificial gravity, Falcon Heavy launches and Dragon's lined up on the Martian surface for the habitat plus other parts of the Mission Plan. Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog. You can contact any of us through me.



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