Broadcast 3331 Hotel Mars with Alan Boyle

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John Batchelor and I welcomed back Alan Boyle of GeekWire to discuss the possible sale of Stratolaunch due to the recent death of Paul Allen.  You can read Mr. Boyle's article on the subject at  Mr. Boyle discussed the idea of selling Stratolaunch with a possible asking price of $400 million. He said that after Mr. Allen's death, his sister Jody made it clear that the two goals for the Paul Allen Trust and holding onto Stratolaunch was not clearly part of either goal.  We also talked about likely buyers for Stratolaunch, what Mr. Branson said about buying it, the potential market for air launch and Stratolaunch, as well as Stratolaunch going to a museum in a similar way the Spruce Goose ended up in a museum after being flown one time.  A potential military use for it was discussed regarding the need for responsive space.  Alan fully described this idea but he seemed to indicate it was not a compelling use for Stratolaunch.  All of us thought that the museum idea might be where Stratolaunch ends up. Alan will continue to follow this story and keep Hotel Mars listeners updated.

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26 Jun 2019 Alan Boyle, John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston
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