Broadcast 2193 (Special Edition)

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Guests: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Cubesat markets, cubesat launch restrictions, Mars One, SLS, Falcon, & more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. We welcome you to today's 2 hour 15 minute Open Lines discussion covering a wide range of topics. Since both segments of the discussion overlapped and covered the same topics, this summary will not be divided into the typical part one and part two segments. At the beginning, I threw out some possible discussion topics. These topics included my thoughts on the cubesat market becoming saturated due to the very low barriers of entry. This typically happens in the business cycle leading to failures, buyouts, mergers, etc. I posed the question if this could happen in the cubesat industry. I also commented on the FATW issued to Mars One deeming it a suicide mission. These seemed to be the two most frequently discussed topics on today's show though SLS and Falcon did enter the discussion. Regarding the cubesat industry, most callers thought that cubesats would not go the way of traditional businesses with low barriers to entry because the launch side of the industry has a choke hold on deployment of cubesats and so far does have low barriers to entry. The reasoning went something like this: One could have all the cubesats in the world they wanted but only so many can get launched per year and this puts limits on the potential cubesat market. Many callers and a few email listeners had much to say on this discussion during the entire program. Now as for the FATWA issued against Mars One deeming it a suicide mission, that too was a popular topic. Many listeners commented on it as did I though I suggested it probably did not matter since I'm a skeptic that the venture will ever launch, especially given the stated time tables it is working against. But there were lots of views on the FATWA. Most listeners agreed that Mars One would likely be something on the order of a suicide mission but calling for a FATWA seemed extreme. There were several sarcastic comments and SLS John objected to why we would even spend time talking about it given all the important things going on in space and the space related world. Later in the second segment, Jeff called in and extended the discussion to SLS which is always volatile on TSS! Jeff offered us some interesting observations and "givens" regarding SLS as a government program. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above. You can reach any of our callers through me at



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23 Feb 2014 Dr. David Livingston
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