Broadcast 2967 Hotel Mars with Bill Pratt

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Guests: John Batchelor, Bill Pratt,  Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  The Lockheed-Marin lunar hab simulator at JSC.  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 ( 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 Bill Pratt, the Lockheed-Martin NextSTEP Program Manager, to discuss the development of the simulated lunar habit for orbiting the Moon and cislunar space being built at KSC in a refurbished shuttle-era cargo container.  The Donatello Multi-Purpose Module is being readied at KSC for crews as well as robotic use for this 18 month test period for simulating life and work when on the real module designed to orbit the Moon.  We also talked about the Deep Space Avionics Integration Lab being developed at JSC for more robotic control and technology development.  Some of the issues we talked about included crew development, crew occupation periods, what will likely be simulated over the 18 month NASA contract, and more.  This was about a ten minute Hotel Mars segment.

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Lockheed Cislunar Habitat Project

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16 Aug 2017 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Bill Pratt
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