February 6, 2018 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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Embedded below the fold. The second part is not yet up. This segment was a discussion of the Falcon Heavy launch yesterday. The second part, which I shall add when John makes it live, was a discussion of the big space projects of NASA and Russian, and a comparison of both with Falcon Heavy. The comparison is as always enlightening.

UPDATE: Second part now added!


One comment

  • Localfluff

    Joe, the other guest, said in the middle of the show, that Falcon Heavy might become crewed. I just a few days ago read a statement from SpaceX saying that it will never become certified for crew. And there’s no reason to. Crews should be launched on F9, dock with the rest of the spacecraft (launched by FH’s) in safe LEO before they go anywhere outdoors.

    Saturn V with crew couldn’t go to the Moon and back. It had to disassemble in Lunar orbit, and before that even in Lunar trajectory to reshuffle the Lunar Lander Module on the way. Saturn V was way too small to launch people to the Moon comfortable. Falcon Heavy is too, so there’s no difference there. If they had had time during the space race, they would’ve built the Lunar spacecraft in LEO with several separately launched modules. Like the ISS was built.

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