Broadcast 3280 Hotel Mars with Bill Harwood, CBS News

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Guests: John Batchelor, William (Bill) Harwood, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  The Crew Dragon Demo 1 flight paving the way for US human spaceflight to resume. 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,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( 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 William (Bill) Harwood, CBS Space News Reporter, to discuss the recent SpaceX  Demo 1 Crew Dragon test flight paving the way for the return of US human spaceflight.  We discussed the launch on a Falcon 9, the successful return of the first stage to the barge, details about the Dragon crew vehicle, docking with the ISS, crew size of Dragon compared to the ISS crew size, the return of the Dragon for an Atlantic Ocean splash down rather than landing on land and much more.  Bill discussed the dummy astronaut Ripley in the cabin to test many of the flight forces, characteristics and loads that crew members will experience when humans start flying on the Dragon.  We also talked about the famous pad 39A which SpaceX has remodeled and used plus the soft capture docking procedure used to dock Dragon with the ISS.  Also the open nosecone.  Other details of both the test flight and future flights were discussed along with a possible timeline for the first human flight onboard the Dragon.

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Crew Dragon report including ISS docking

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06 Mar 2019 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, William Harwood
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