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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Jeff Foust, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Elon Musk and SpaceX talk at the ISSR&D Conference about new plans for Mars, the Moon, Falcon Heavy & 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, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. 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. Jeff Foust to help us understand some of the recent statements made by Elon Musk at a recent conference regarding his Mars plans, the big ITR rocket, retro-propulsive landing, going to the Moon, flyby lunar missions, the Dragon V2 and much more. Dr. Foust talked about the Dragon V2 not putting legs on the Dragon regarding landing on Mars and what that may mean for Mars landing. Musk also mentioned the need for a Moon base and doing lunar flyby missions. We also talked about generating cash flows via lunar missions while developing the Mars plans and hardware. Jeff even mentioned the work Musk was doing with The Boring Company in Los Aneles regarding tunneling under LA, mostly for traffic reasons. Jeff talked about boring and tunneling experience being useful for Mars. In talking about why the big Mars rocket, the ITR, might be downsized, he mentioned the diameter of the rocket at 12 meters and needing to be scaled back to about 9 meters. This would reduce the outer right of rockets from 42 to
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