The Orbital Mechanics Podcast
Summary: Every week we cover the latest spaceflight news, discuss past, current and future exploration efforts, and take a look at upcoming events. Tune in to hear about how humans get to space, how they stay in space and how unmanned craft reach farther and farther into the universe around us.
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The first delivery of humans on a Commercial Crew vehicle was a success! Also, LauncherOne and Tianwen-1.
Loverro, Admin Human Exploration and Operations, resigned this week. Also, WFIRST renamed, Skyora tested, and Relativity hired.
As the first Artemis launches approach, we hear internal skepticism about mission design and scheduling. Also, Relativity, Rocket Crafters and USSF.
Blue Canyon Technologies is a smallsat company that has hardware that's flown past Mars! Also, Long Marge 5B, Perseverance, and Starship SN4.
NASA has selected three human moon landers, let's talk about each of them. Also, preparing for Crew Dragon, UAE's Mars mission, new Starlinks & Omega.
Firefly Aerospace has secured their first launch contract after reorganizing. Also, Starliner update, Dreamchaser wings, and Mars sample return.
Nova-C is headed to Oceanus Procellarum in October '21! Also, MEV-1 is hard at work, Crew Dragon has an NET, and LauncherOne captive carried.
Rocket Lab took a big step towards booster recovery. Also, Mars Helicopter integrated, Starliner will re-fly, Long March fails, and a Masten contract.
In 2015, Jordan Noone and Tim Ellis founded a company to 3D print rockets. We talk to Jordan about the history, pros, and cons of their approach.
Gateway is getting a new cargo vehicle, the Dragon XL! Also, a Crew Dragon test article was destroyed as was Astra's One of Three.
Artemis-1's Orion has finished testing at Glenn! Also, LISA contact awarded, a Long March failure, and a slightly less bright Starlink
SLS-bound RS-25s are getting some nice cost reductions and tests, and Lunar Gateway is no longer in the critical path of Artemis.
The Boe-OFT independent review team concluded with just a few recommended changes. Also, Astra, DSCOVR and SLS push through rough times.
SpaceX is building a mobile service tower for Falcon Heavy, Starship exploded, imploded and exploded, and Artemis may or may not drastically change.
Laura is a space careers counselor, and first time author. We discuss her research into a rising generation of space professionals.