Broadcast 609 (Special Edition)

17 Oct 2006 Dr. John Mankins
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Dr. John Mankins was the guest for this special Space Show program. We began the interview by asking Dr. Mankins what would be needed to transform space to a more ordinary component of our terrestrial economy. This discussion led us to a detailed discussion regarding energy from space and space solar power. Dr. Mankins took us through ground infrastructure, the launch component, alternative launch possibilities, the space component with satellites, and the economics of power. We compared costs with terrestrial solar, transmission here on Earth, power generation on Earth and also the likely target costs for space generated power. Dr. Mankins also talked at length about proposals for various mag lift options. You will want to hear about some of the ideas that he is aware of and that seem to have some merit. We discussed other subjects as well including the Vision, the future of NASA, DARPA like funding projects for space development, energy for a Mars spaceship, R&D and the NASA budget and more. This is an important program that you will want to hear. If you have questions or comments for Dr. Mankins, please send them to me at and I will forward them to him.



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