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The Outer Space Treaty

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This week we are joined by Dr. Christopher J. Newman to talk space law and the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. Dr. Christopher J. Newman is a Reader in Law at the University of Sunderland. He has been active in the teaching and research of Space Law for a number of years and has recently worked with academics from other disciplines on a publication examining the ethical underpinnings of Space Governance. Chris is currently working on research examining United Kingdom and European Space Policy and has made numerous appearances on British Radio and Television in relation to space law matters. In addition to being a senior member of the law team at the University of Sunderland, Chris is also a full member of the International Institute of Space Law and a member of the British Interplanetary Society.

Space Mike is back for News!
* DSCOVR Launch on Falcon 9
* Progress Launch
* Europe’s ATV space freighter bids final goodbye to space station
* Dragon Returns to Earth
* Mars One announced their 100 candidates
* Mars One suspends work on Robotic Missions
* SpaceX leases SLC-13 at Cape for landing
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Martian Cities

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This week we take a look at what our future Martian cities will look like once we are past the pilgrim stage and on to settlement. What will transport between cities be? What will the structures look like? How will we live off-planet once we know how to survive? Leave your comments and ideas anywhere with the #TMRO hashtag!

In Space News:

* IVX Launches atop Vega
* House Science Committee passes NASA Authorization Act
* Orbital ATK Merger
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Google Lunar XPRIZE

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We are joined by Leo Camacho and Nathan Wong of the XPRIZE Foundation to talk about the latest happenings with their Google Lunar XPRIZE Contest.

In Space News we have:
– Experimental Satellite launched by Safir Rocket
– Inmarsat 5 F2 Launches via Proton Rocket
– SpaceX Prepares for Crew Dragon Abort Test
– NASA Fiscal Year 2016 Request
– Opportunity Rover could be shut down
– Tory Bruno of ULA talks reuable rockets
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Dave Masten

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This week we bring on the Founder and CTO of Masten Space Systems, Dave Masten. Dave talks about the importance of going to the Moon before Mars, platforms for getting there and general space geekery.

In Space News we have:
SMAP launches via Delta II
New SpaceX Falcon Heavy Animation
SpaceX Preparing for Crew Dragon Abort Tests
Spaceport America up for Sale
Fire at the Mars Desert Research Station
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Riding with Robots

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We are joined by Bill Dunford of Riding with Robots http://www.ridingwithrobots.org to talk about robotic exploration of the cosmos. Here are a few links from the show:
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov
http://eyes.nasa.gov
http://planetary.org
http://ridingwithrobots.org

In Space News we have:
SpaceX releases the ASDS landing video
Atlas V launch with MUOS 3
Moon Express signs agreement for SLC-36
SpaceX and Google confirm $1bn round
Orbital signs a new contract for Antares engines
Beagle 2 found on Mars
SpaceX and Air Force come to an agreement
Redesign likely needed for Orion self-righting system
New Horizons begins Pluto observations

We also bring on Paul Hildebrandt, Director and Producer of Fight For Space. If you would like more information on that Kickstarter campaign, head over here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/420606009/fight-for-space-nasa-and-human-spaceflight-finishi

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Scott Manley and Kerbal Space

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This week we are joined by Scott Manley best known for his Kerbal Space Program videos on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/szyzyg

In Space news we have:
CRS-5 launches and hard lands
The GAO sides with NASA
Astra 2G launches atop Proton rocket
Angara 5 launches on maiden test flight
Resurs P2 launches atop Soyuz
Fengyun-2G launches atop Long Mars 3A
CNES to look at reusable rocket stages
RS-25 (SSME) test firing at Stennis for SLS

Ariane 6 and Falcon GTO numbers — A correction. In the last episode of 2014 we mistakenly compared Ariane 6 GTO numbers to Falcon 9 LEO numbers. The correct comparison is: Ariane 6 A62 Payload to GTO: 5,000 kg (11,000 lbs) Ariane 6 A64 Payload to GTO: 10,500 kg (21,100 lbs) Falcon 9 1.1 Payload to GTO: 4,850 kg (10,690 lbs)