VAXHeadroom (Emory Stagmer) joins us in-studio to talk about the old Saturn V competitor: Sea Dragon. Capable of lofting 1 million LBS to Low Earth Orbit, this 1/2 submarine 1/2 rocket system would dwarf anything humans have ever built to date. What is it and how did it work? Check out this live episode of TMRO to get an idea!

In Space News:
Ariane V launches Thor 7 and Sicral 2
Falcon 9 launches TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat
Soyuz launches Progress M-27M
Progress Failure
Blue Origin completes new flight test
SpaceX Pad Abort Test Set for No Earlier Than May 6

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4 Comments

  • Jason Damisch says:

    POOR WHALES AND POOR DOLPHINS.

    They should be able to sue you for punching out their hearing.
    They need their hearing to be able to hunt for food!

    Jerks!

  • chad snow says:

    I like both Space Mike and Emory Stagmer, if you could have them both regulars. I like Space Mikes enthusiasm and Emory has a great speaking voice. Of course, not one can say “right now” like Ben.

  • Anonymous says:

    There are, now a days, better suggestions for “dumb big rockets”. Not for launchers from Earth, though, there’s no big dumb solution of that, Tsiolkovsky’s rocket equation proved that. That first part of the trip through the atmosphere has to be done in a clever way, not in a dumb big way, because doubling the fuel doesn’t help.

    There’s the “space coach” idea, for cruising around on abundant water ice in the outer solar system:
    http://spacecoach.org/
    (But except for ESA’s JUICE mission to Ganymede, no probes are even on the board to the outer Solar system during the next quarter of a century, so all astronomers know very well what NOT to study).

    TMRO should consider doing a show with SKYLON, the old British single-stage to-orbit guys. They seem to have some good news to tell. And their imagined spaceplane design is anyway cruel enough to make much of this audience horny.

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