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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Mark Sundahl, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Commercial space regulations, light touch or not?. 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. Mark Sundahl to discuss new concerns, efforts and issues regarding commercial space regulation going forward. We talked about the FAA AST mandate to streamline the launch licensing process per the National Space Council. Also, the zone between the launch and re-entry is known as No Man's Land and that is essentially unregulated space and activity. There is a move afoot to have light tough regulation in this area, in keeping with the way the OST is understood. There is competition with the Dept. of Commerce and FAA AST for the regulation of this area. As you will hear, the commercial space industry wants light tough regulation to add to stability for economic growth. I also asked our guest about ways to prevent light tough regulation from morphing into excessive regulation. Don't miss this most interesting double segment Hotel Mars program.
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