Broadcast 2593

25 Nov 2015 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Charles Lurio
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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Charles Lurio, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Suborbital industry and Blue Origin. 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 ( For those of you listening to archives on & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. 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 back Dr. Charles Lurio to discuss the suborbital space industry and in particular, Blue Origin. Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin is building the New Shepard suborbital spacecraft which recently flew to 100 km, returned to the pad & landed vertically demonstrating reusability for the first time for a launch vehicle returning from space. Dr. Lurio, John and I discussed the flight, its significance and then John wanted to compare this success to the efforts of SpaceX to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 on a barge in the Atlantic. Both Dr. Lurio and I explained the differences and the challenges faced by SpaceX as they were very different than the challenges faced by Blue Origin. John wanted to know if NASA or other national space agencies were working on reusability. Charles said no with specific comments about NASA. We also talked about the animated part of the Blue Origin video which can be seen at I also asked Charles about the vehicle plan to go to and from space with passengers on an automatic basis without a pilot or crew. You can email Mr. Batchelor or D r. Charles Lurio through me at You can get more information about Dr. Lurio at



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