The Orbital Mechanics Podcast show

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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  • Artist: David Fourman, Ben Etherington, and Dennis Just
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 Episode 263: Flat Screen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:43

The first delivery of humans on a Commercial Crew vehicle was a success! Also, LauncherOne and Tianwen-1.

 Episode 262: No Loverro Lost | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:22

Loverro, Admin Human Exploration and Operations, resigned this week. Also, WFIRST renamed, Skyora tested, and Relativity hired.

 Episode 261: Pessimism Sandwich | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:01

As the first Artemis launches approach, we hear internal skepticism about mission design and scheduling. Also, Relativity, Rocket Crafters and USSF.

 Episode 260: DOWNLINK--Dan Hegel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:08:13

Blue Canyon Technologies is a smallsat company that has hardware that's flown past Mars! Also, Long Marge 5B, Perseverance, and Starship SN4.

 Episode 259: Human Moon Landers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:11

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.

 Episode 258: Firefly Payday | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:15

Firefly Aerospace has secured their first launch contract after reorganizing. Also, Starliner update, Dreamchaser wings, and Mars sample return.

 Episode 257: Ocean of Storms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:38

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.

 Episode 256: Grappling Hook | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:57

Rocket Lab took a big step towards booster recovery. Also, Mars Helicopter integrated, Starliner will re-fly, Long March fails, and a Masten contract.

 Episode 255: DOWNLINK--Jordan Noone | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:23:22

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.

 Episode 254: XL to The Moon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:43

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.

 Episode 253: Lackluster | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:40

Artemis-1's Orion has finished testing at Glenn! Also, LISA contact awarded, a Long March failure, and a slightly less bright Starlink

 Episode 252: Non-Critical | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:28

SLS-bound RS-25s are getting some nice cost reductions and tests, and Lunar Gateway is no longer in the critical path of Artemis.

 Episode 251: 61 Corrective Actions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:06

The Boe-OFT independent review team concluded with just a few recommended changes. Also, Astra, DSCOVR and SLS push through rough times.

 Episode 250: This Is Not the Plan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:38

SpaceX is building a mobile service tower for Falcon Heavy, Starship exploded, imploded and exploded, and Artemis may or may not drastically change.

 Episode 249: DOWNLINK--Laura Forczyk on her new book Rise of the Space Age Millennials | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:11:02

Laura is a space careers counselor, and first time author. We discuss her research into a rising generation of space professionals.


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