Broadcast 1302 (Special Edition)

07 Feb 2010 Robert Zimmerman
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Guest: Robert (Bob) Zimmerman. Topics: Proposed U.S. Space Policy. Robert (Bob) Zimmerman was our guest for this three segment two hour show devoted almost exclusively to discussing the new proposed space policy as put forth by the Obama Administration on Feb. 1, 2010. While this program was in three full segments, to summarize it by segment would be too limiting. Bob discussed the proposed space policy throughout the show. Listeners called and sent in questions and I promise all the listeners that there is something in this discussion that will anger you, please you, possibly even make you giggle or laugh. That is there is something in what Bob said about the policy and the Obama Administration that will resonate with everyone regardless of their liking or disliking the new proposed policy. It seems the shift to commercial launchers is desirable but when and how remain the question. The impact of the policy on human spaceflight was discussed at length. I did one of my usual rants on the economic problems facing the country and the space program. We discussed what it likely means for space when all there is happens to be fiat money. I'm quite sure many will disagree with what I had to say and with what Bob also said, but without some economic stability entering the picture, it won't just be space programs facing hardship in the out years. Bob talked about the commercial launchers, the need to have competition, the lack of strategy from the top down in the Executive Branch, and he openly guessed at a possible budget outcome at the end of this year. We both talked about the idea of a shuttle extension but recognized such an idea was DOA. Bob commented that the proposed policy does not really mandate or set a plan or goal for flights, it only just talks about such activities as if they are possible. As you will hear, it’s a comprehensive discussion of what is known about the policy plan so far and to many, its controversial and Bob's comments will also be considered controversial. If you have questions or comments for Bob Zimmerman, you can find his email address near the bottom of his website, http://members.bellatlantic.net/~vze3cxxp/zimbib.htm or you can forward it to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

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