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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Pete Worden, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The Breakthrough Initiative and Prize Organization plus interstellar flight and more. 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, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. Please 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 Dr. Pete Worden to this double segment Hotel Mars program to discuss the Breakthrough Prize Organization, the Breakthrough Initiative, Project Starshot, Listen, active and passive SETI, interstellar flight, laser power, micro wafers, Alpha Centauri, Proxima B and much more. Dr. Worden described all the Breakthrough projects but we focused on Listen and Starshot which he described in detail. We talked cost reduction for laser power, timelines, and the likely interstellar Starshot missing design. Since the Starshot mission would be a flyby mission, Dr. Worden described how that might work and what it would look like. We discussed mission risks which included a short discussion of the primary risk, interstellar dust. Exoplanets were talked about along with more on all the Breakthrough initiatives and prizes.
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