Skynet, Kilopower, and Commercial Crew

Episode 249 · January 18th, 2018 · 16 mins 5 secs

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I've got some audio highlights from the Commercial Crew Systems Development hearing yesterday, plus some history and news. Check out today's episode and share it with a friend!

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Subcommittee on Space Hearing - An Update on NASA Commercial Crew Systems Development

SpaceX and customers defend Falcon 9 performance after Zuma mission

Powering Up NASA’s Human Reach for the Red Planet

From NASA-
Thursday, Jan. 18, Noon: NASA and partners discuss power for future space exploration. From the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, NASA and its partners will discuss a recent experiment involving a new power source that could provide the safe, efficient and plentiful energy needed for future robotic and human space exploration missions. Live streaming audio of the news conference and presentation slides will be available on this page.

Here's the Forbes piece. I didn't have time to address everything in the article, but you can read it here and check it out. Thompson admits he's a bit biased because he's worked for Boeing and Lockheed Martin in the past. The difference between SpaceX and ULA is that ULA and its parent companies have been around since the beginning of the space age, not just 2002 like SpaceX.
Doubts About SpaceX Reliability Persist As Astronaut Missions Approach