Broadcast 2946 Hotel Mars with Anatoly Zak

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Guests: John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Russian space news updates, Cis-lunar station updates, Vostochny updates  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 Anatoly Zak (see to update us on Russian space news. We started with the Russian, ESA, and NASA project referred to as Cis-lunar Station.  Some of the issues we discussed included the second hab module issues, logistic changes for the outpost vehicle, and launch issues given that as of now, only SLS and Orion can be used to get there with the needed payloads.  As a result of this, launches may be rationed as SLS is planned for other projects such as the Europa Clipper Mission.  Anatoly mentioned a new heavy lift Russian rocket that was in the works but it is way behind schedule and may end up being so late that it is not useful for this project.  Other topics discussed included the recent fatal fire incurred by Roskosmos. We talked about the incident, the cause and mitigation strategies to help keep it from happening again. One other major topic for discussion was the new Vostochny spaceport in far western Russian. We talked about labor issues, corruption, their launch manifest and schedule, plus I asked if there were any orbital advantages for a company from launching at Vostochny rather than Baikonur.

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12 Jul 2017 John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston
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