About This Episode
What technology can we look forward to in commercial spaceflight? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice discover SpaceX, other space startups, and what is going on in the commercial space industry with engineer and executive Lauren Lyons.
Learn about commercial spaceflight launches and what it is like to work at SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Firefly. We break down different roles to get a payload safely to space, as well as Lauren’s work on Falcon-9. What happens during launch failures? How do you figure out what went wrong when everything gets blown up?
What is the difference between NASA and private enterprise? We break down the differences in risk tolerance for private industry and also the billionaires in space narrative. What are the current unsolved challenges in commercial space travel? Could we build a floating human colony in space? How could asteroid mining extend our reach into the solar system?
Learn about some exciting new startups, The XPRIZE, and technology to let humans live and work in space. We discuss the emerging commercial industry in Europe and how to organize companies to achieve their goals. All that, plus, what do we have to look forward to in the next generation of space?
Thanks to our Patrons Constance Kane, Amanda, Kareem Roberts, Emily Kaneko Reynolds, John DeLong, Eric Peters, and Jamie Irvin for supporting us this week.
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