Broadcast 3464 Hotel mars with Rand Simberg

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Guests: John Batchelor, Rand Simberg, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:   Space property rights, the Moon treaty, owning a marketable title for space property and more.   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 Rand Simberg for a two part Hotel Mars program with a focus on space property rights, defining celestial bodies, The Moon Treaty, The Outer Space Treaty, public private partnerships, Musk and SpaceX plus Bezos and Blue Origins.  Rand explained the issues and problems associated with the lack of having a marketable title for space property, even if you were to work the claim.  He explained why a marketable title that one could sell, borrow against and inherit was essential for commercial operations.  The Outer Space Treaty was discussed with Rand showing where the OST treaty had conflicts with the Moon Treaty, especially given the Moon Treaty suggests space is a global commons.  At the end, Rand talked about the private lunar rover on the Moon owned by Richard Garriott. 

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property rights, MLA's, the viability of the Moon Treaty

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20 Feb 2020 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Rand Simberg
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