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August 16, 2019 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • Richard M

    Great show, as always, Bob.

    It really is hard to judge just what Sierra Nevada has been up to, since they put so little out in the public domain. In this respect, they’re more like Blue Origin than SpaceX. Granted, the first mission is not until 2021, so it’s not like there was a high urgency for it when the contract was announced in 2016 – in the way, say, there was for CRS back in 2008-10, when NASA was feeling the heat of the end of Shuttle operations and desperately needed Cargo Dragon and Cygnus to get operational as quickly as possible.

    It’s also true that developing Dream Chaser (which was on most accounts farther away from operational capability than either Dragon or Starliner were when the crew downselect was done in 2014) required some considerable work to develop into a cargo vehicle (especially that expendable cargo module), so it may be hasty to assume they’re behind schedule. Then again, it is the rare space vehicle that DOESN’T experience development delays, so…

    I hope they can meet the schedule, because it’s a nifty vehicle with a lot of potential and different capabilities from the other crew and cargo vehicles on the market now. I’d love to see it fly.

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