May 25, 2018 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

Week Three: Ninth Anniversary Fund-Raising Drive for Behind the Black

It is now the third week in my annual anniversary fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black.

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  • Localfluff

    Russia should focus on its competitive advantages in the space industry. Such as human spaceflight and rocket engines. And export them to providers of other parts. Not necessarily run an entire space program on their own. But that won’t happen now. Not only for their own faults, but also because of trade sanctions and ITAR that prevent international integration. They will remain overly ambitious for propaganda reasons and keep delivering less and less. Russian space flight based on 50+ years old launchers is getting more and more irrelevant day by day. It’s 30 years since Russia launched a successful interplanetary probe.

  • Björn Larsson

    Your commentary on the Mars rovers is excellent. Things are happening too slowly for it to be fun to get an overview on one’s own from the sources. I know of none other that make such easily accessible reporting on those rovers, here and on Batchelor’s show.

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