With guest host Indira Lakshmanan.
Falcon Heavy roars into the sky – the most powerful rocket ever sent into space by a private company. We’ll look at SpaceX and the private space industry.
Christian Maender, director of in-space manufacturing and research, Axiom Space.
Henry Hertzfeld, professor of space policy and international affairs, George Washington University.
From The Reading List:
Mashable: Watching SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch To Space Was Like Seeing Into The Future — "For years, space nerds have heard about this huge new rocket with three boosters that could land back on Earth after flying payload after payload to space. But did I think it would really happen, and that somehow, someway I'd get to see it live? Nope."
Perched atop the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, a red Tesla sports car is hitchhiking into the galaxy this week. It’s a stellar moment for the commercial spaceflight industry – where the possibilities seem boundless, a new frontier after NASA’s retreat from space exploration. But can private companies obey the rules of the road in outer space? This hour, On Point: the future of private spaceflight. --Indira Lakshmanan
This program aired on February 8, 2018.