Broadcast 2383 (Special Edition)

28 Dec 2014 Dr. David Livingston
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Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston; Topics: We discussed a variety of topics ranging from advanced technology, movie reviews, Spaces & Mars, Orion. 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. Welcome to our last Open Lines program for 2014. We discussed a variety of topics over the course of our 2 hour 15 minute program. While there were actually two breaks, I will write this summary from the perspective two segments. In the first segment, I made several announcements including remembering Space Show guests and notable space industry professionals who passed away this year. I also talked briefly about my recent Aerojet Rocketdyne tour and an article that appeared in the Orlando Sentinel under the headline "SpaceX plans for lots of launches, then on to Mars." You can easily find this article using your favorite search engine. I also forgot to mention that SLS Debate guest Rick Boozer published an article which may interest you, "Why do the major news media exempt NASA from critical investigation?" You can read his article a An early email was received from Carl asking what I thought of the known plans for Elon and SpaceX to go to Mars. I was then asked about some current movies which I gave my opinion on, then Marshall called to note the absence of technology discussions on the Sunday television talk shows. We talked about technology in general, the apparent focus for many people away from technology, including many in the media. John called in from Ft. Worth regarding the SpaceX article about going to Mars. He focused on the probable high costs of developing the new rocket and its engines plus other costs. He suggested a 15-20 year timetable. Doug both emailed in and called to talk with John on another line and they had a nice little debate about what John was talking about.. In our next segment, Jeff from Tucson called in to talk about this being the year of the human spaceflight space capsule and the Orion space vehicle. Due to Jeff not seeing the start of the development of the full Orion spaceflight system, he questioned the type of missions Orion could fulfill. Doug called back to debate Jeff and they both had much to say about future Orion missions and the development of the Orion system. I told Jeff what Orion said on its website and looked for the development timeline for the full system but could not find it. I did take issue with Jeff's conclusions about Orion but of course much will depend on the continued development of the project with all its systems as well as SLS. Tim called in to talk more about Elon and SpaceX. Our final caller Dwayne, mentioned CNN doing a technology episode (see Dwayne also mentioned the recent India spaceflight test launch for components a human spaceflight mission. Dwayne brought up some interesting facts about the test flight, hardware development and the Indian program. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above. You can reach any of the callers through me.



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