Broadcast 2263 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Doug Messier. Topics: Space news reporting, suborbital, Virgin Galactic, XCOR & lots more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. We welcomed Doug Messier back to the show to discuss featured news articles of late on his blog, During the first long segment of our 1 hour 38 minute program, Doug talked about the Mojave Air &Spaceport, Stratolaunch and then Doug got called to task by listeners for his recent reporting & comments regarding Virgin Galactic per his blog, his recent Space Show program and his appearance on the Hotel Mars John Batchelor segment last week. The gist of the hard questions asked Doug centered around asking him if he had a conflict of interest reporting on other companies given the XCOR book he is writing. They asked this because to them, his reporting seemed unfair to Virgin while giving XCOR a pass on many of the same issues he talked about with Virgin. We spent most of the first segment talking about these issues. Doug spoke freely and talked about how he reports on these issues and why he reports the way he does. He mentioned several Virgin stories as examples but he also made it very clear that he wants all the companies to be successful and for the industry to develop. As you will see in the last segment, this particular type of question was asked of him as the program was drawing to a close. Doug was in the hot seat for much of the first segment so you listen and you decide. Let Doug know your thoughts on his Virgin reporting by posting on TSS blog or emailing him. I then moved us to other topics & other companies at Mojave, the FAR for amateur rocketry, but the forces to be kept drawing us back to Doug, his Virgin reporting and XCOR comparisons. Doug managed to talk about recent SFF and Space Access alerts about language in the Senate NASA funding bill that these organizations and others believe to be a poison pill. Listen for details. Also, I asked about Congress planning to fund at least $200 million for a new engine replacement for the RD-180. We also talked about the Falcon 9 & AF SpaceX certification. Dr. Doug called near the end of the segment. During his call, he was sent an email question about the Moon by Tony in Seattle. In the second segment, we talked about the NASA budget for FY 2015 in some detail. Doug talked about SLS, Orion, commercial crew funding issues and SpaceX possibly expediting some flights prior to the 2017 schedule. Doug went into detail about the Sen. Shelby amendment which many believe to be the poison pill mentioned in the first segment. I took us through several of the top stories being reported on including changes to the Arianne launcher, the Decelerator Flight Test, the NASA Centennial Challenge for Cubesat Deep Space, plus we talked about the Google acquisition of Skybox Imaging and their global broadband plans with Worldview. Also mentioned as the show was drawing to a close was the GLXP, Doug's visit to the Dragon V2 unveiling, & then Sally's final email question asking Doug if he wanted Virgin Galactic to fail given how he reports on the company. Don't miss his response to Sally, plus my related comments. Post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Doug through his website or me.



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16 Jun 2014 Douglas Messier
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