Broadcast 2157 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Dr. William (Bill) Halal. Topics: Space forecasting for the near and long term. 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 Dr. William Halal to our program for a 1 hour 48 minute discussion on predictions for both near and long term space development. In our first segment, we focused on the near term predictions that mostly centered on continued growth of space commercialization and the emergence of space tourism. Additional topics talked about in the first segment included the Chinese space program and its possible impact on the U.S. space program, heavy lift and SLS, the space media and its potential space tourism accident response, commercial activity on the ISS, and space entrepreneurism. Dr. Halal also directed our attention to his website, which will soon migrate to Listeners asked our guest about the biggest challenges facing both commercial space and space tourism, then our guest talked about big growth possibilities with solar satellites. Issues were addressed regarding our congress, economics, and the tensions among all the players. In the second segment, we talked about knowledge emerging as the powerful tool of the near to intermediate term. Dr. Halal suggested tourism would be in place around 2015 and the commercial industry would keep developing to the 2020 range. John called from Ft. Worth to draw comparisons to our early military and aviation history, suggesting the role of the government might be to continue developing hardware and infrastructure that would eventually enhance the commercial players much the way the military aircraft had dual use with the commercial industry. John also had comments about asteroid missions which our guest brought up in this segment. Dr. Halal mentioned the potential of interstellar travel around 2070 and the possibility of solar satellites coming on line much sooner. We talked about going to Mars and the Moon and about Mars One and Inspiration Mars. Doug was the next caller and he talked about depots and large rockets, specifically for missions BLEO and the Moon. Doug brought up SpaceX heavy lift concepts, Martian terraforming, and SpaceX orbital human spaceflight around 2017. As our program was ending, we talked about the rate of change going on in the world today and its impact on people in different age groups. He said we all need to be prepared for a turbulent and transformative time as he does not believe current global systems are sustainable and will have to make way for new systems and programs. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above. You can contact our guest through me at or his website.



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05 Jan 2014 Dr. William Halal
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