Broadcast 2062 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Dr. Jeff Foust. Topics: Space news, space policy, NewSpace, budgets, Mars, & you name it! It's all here today. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See We welcomed back Dr. Jeff Foust for this comprehensive space policy, news, and budget discussion. During the first segment of this1 hour 49 minute show, Jeff brought us up to date with Armadillo Aerospace and the decision by John Carmack to put the company into "hibernation." Jeff's report was comprehensive and we hope that John is able to raise additional capital to resume his work. Our next topic focused on the partisan budget fight regarding the 2013 NASA Authorization. Jeff reported on this in the current issue of The Space Review (see Again, this was a very comprehensive discussion on the NASA 2013 Authorization and Appropriation bills, and the partisanship in congress. Among listener questions were those wanting to know if NASA was being signaled out for special budgetary treatment or getting the same treatment as other parts/branches of the government. You don't want to miss this discussion. Also discussed was the potential impact of NASA and civil space issues on commercial space and the NewSpace industry. Jeff then received some questions about the NewSpace 2013 Conference which he attended. Before going to break, I asked Jeff to go over the criteria for submitting an article to The Space Review. He suggested contacting him with your idea at, plus he went over the main article requirements. In the second segment, Dr. Foust was asked about SLS, then we talked about crowd funding. A listener asked him if there was any research showing how many crowd funding success stories actually used the money raised as intended in their offer. Neither Jeff nor I had that information but we would welcome it if any of you know those stats. Ron emailed us about the potential economic boom from NewSpace & commercial space, a possible Netscape moment, and would such an economic boom be noticed & well received by congress. Our guest had much to say about the Netscape Moment theory for NewSpace which led to a discussion on how government can both enable and hinder space development. We then discussed Curiosity one year after landing on Mars (see his Space Review article on this at From here, we talked about HSF and Mars, specifically Mars One and Inspiration Mars. Jeff told us about attending the recently held Mars One event at GWU last week, plus he had much to say about the proposed mission. We talked about the idea of going to Mars rather than the first to the Moon, then to Mars. As the program was ending, Jeff mentioned the upcoming DC-X 20th anniversary celebration in New Mexico ( Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Dr. Jeff Foust at the email address listed above for The Space Review.



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05 Aug 2013 Dr. Jeffrey Foust
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