Broadcast 2721 Hotel Mars

The Space Foundation Conference

15 Jun 2016 John Batchelor, Dr. Dan Durda, Dr. David Livingston
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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Dan Durda,  Dr. David Livingston.  Topics: The suborbital industry for both research & tourism.  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 Dr. Dan Durda of the Southwest Research Institute Boulder Office to discuss the suborbital industry from both a research perspective and space tourist point of view.  Dr. Durda talked about the major entries in the industry, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and the former XCOR.  He talked about experimenters wanting to fly their own experiments and the likelihood that tourist flights will be separate from research flights.  Dan was asked about research flight costs and frequencies and when revenue flights might start for Virgin.  There are already research flights on Masten and Blue.  Near the end of the second segment of this double segment discussion, John asked Dr. Durda to describe what the flight might be like.  Don't miss how he described it.

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The Suborbital Industry Overview

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