Broadcast 2883 Hotel Mars with Bob Zimmerman

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Guests: John Batchelor, Bob Zimmerman, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  "Capitalism In Space: Private Enterprise and Competition Reshape The Global Aerospace Launch Industry," 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 Bob Zimmerman to this Hotel Mars double segment to discuss Bob's recent published paper, "Capitalism In Space: Private Enterprise and Competition Reshape The Global Aerospace Launch Industry."  Please note that the audio issue at the beginning of the program was on the Batchelor recording. Bob talked about private enterprise and commercial space, comparing its accomplishments to those of NASA and the pubic space program.  Bob talked about comparing rockets SLS with Orion to what is being done by the private launch companies, specifically SpaceX and Blue Origin with a focus toward human spaceflight.  In response to questions from John wanting to know if the privates could compete China regarding going to the Moon.  Bob suggested that it was only with the privates would there be any chance of competition or returning to the Moon.  He also said that over time the Chinese government program would start to crumble. 

In the second part, Bob talked about the foes of capitalism in space of which he said there were many and that they were powerful.  He mentioned some companies and their projects.  We then said that for private industry aspirations and goals to be successful in the space community, their specific rocket and other projects needed to be successful.  Near the end of the segment, John asked why Bob included a reference to the Homestead Act from the late 1800's.  Bob explained that reference and suggested that nations were looking for ways to ensure commercial space given the challenges posed by Article 6 of the Outer Space Treaty.  Don't miss what he said about this as the program ended.

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Bob's new paper on Capitalism in Space regarding Mars

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15 Mar 2017 Robert Zimmerman, John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston
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