Broadcast 2779 Hotel Mars

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Guests: John Batchelor, Doug Messier, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Falcon 9 test explosion, return to flight, other launchers.  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 back Doug Messier of Parabolic Arc for a double segment Hotel Mars discussion regarding the recent Falcon 9 explosion during their test plus other launch company issues, plans and developments.  Regarding the Falcon 9 explosion, we talked about possible causes, return to flight, using a different launch pad if the Falcon 9 pad was not fixed, a possible November Falcon 9 launch if the cause of the accident is known, plus other issues & concerns impacting SpaceX quality control, manufacturing and more.  Other items discussed on the program included updates on Stratolaunch, the return to testing of the new SpaceShip2 vehicle with Virgin Galactic, and the new rockets being introduced by Blue Origin

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Falcon 9 explosion, Stratolaunch, much more

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21 Sep 2016 John Batchelor., Dr. David Livingston, Douglas Messier
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