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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Jeff Foust, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage reusability. 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, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. Please 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 Dr. Jeff Foust to talk about the recent SpaceX success in landing the first stage on the barge in the Atlantic Ocean. We asked Jeff if there were hard numbers available on the cost and time it takes to refurbish a first stage to get it ready to fly again. We also wanted to know if there was any good information on just how many times a Falcon 9 first stage could be flown. Jeff did not have hard numbers but did say based on the other recovered Falcon 9 first stage that the repairs were minor. John wanted to know if there were plans to land the first stage at the new SpaceX spaceport under construction in Texas and I asked Jeff if SpaceX might be considering licensing their reusable technology given the increasing interest in rocket reusability from other companies. John asked if NASA was interested in reusability. Here, Jeff said no because the one rocket NASA was building, SLS, does not make use of reusability. As the segment was ending, I asked Jeff if there had been any additional SpaceX information made public on starting to introduce reusability to the Falcon 9 second stage. Jeff said it was a long range plan but there was noting going on regarding it at this time far as he knew.
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