Broadcast 478 (Special Edition)

09 Apr 2006 Monte Davis, David Hoerr, Dr. John Jurist, Patrick Stiennon
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"The Rocket Company" authors, Patrick Stiennon and David Hoerr, returned to The Space Show to engage in a panel discussing with additional returning guests, Dr. John Jurist and Monte Davis. The panel discussed numerous aspects of what is required to develop and build a rocket launching company using "The Rocket Company" book as the discussion basis. The panel discussed rocket engineering, business planning, single stage to orbit mass and economics, the existing alt.space launch industry along with the established launch industry. We discussed financing, markets, and much more. Also discussed was the idea of selling the rockets, not selling the launch services. Panel members provided their thoughts on this issue. We also explored what makes a rocket human certified and you may find surprise with the explanation provided. The use of space suits was discussed, cosmic radiation for space travel, especially to Mars, and the need to perfect orbital space development before going for the Mars trip or something else representing too large a step forward for this time. At the end of this special two hour program, each panel participant provided his opinion of the state of the industry and what we might expect over the next 3-5 years. You will not want to miss these summaries. If you want to contact any or all of the panel members for comments or follow up questions, please use my email address, drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward your note to all of the panel members unless you direct it to a specific participant.

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