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 four Discovery finalists are in! Where do you want to explore? Venus, Io, Triton or Venus but with a parachute?
Jason Batt is the Editorial and Creative Director of 100 Year Starship. We talk to him about imagining the future, both in fiction and reality.
We almost had a major debris event in LEO this week, and ISS is getting a commercial segment!
A satellite is being quickly decommissioned so it won't explode, Firefly set fire to their test stand, and we discuss the in-flight abort 2nd stage.
We met Silvia at IAC 2019. She was busy and a bit hard to track down, but her art was hard to miss! She discusses her unique body of work.
Astra has obtained permits to launch the third version of their Rocket, and they're now the sole competitor in the DARPA launch challenge.
Asteroid mining is often discussed in terms of engineering and economics. Today, we're talking about raw material availability.
Space software engineer and friend of the show Emory Stagmer joins us to discuss CST-100 Starliner's recent failure to rendezvous with ISS.
OSIRIS-Rex has set its sights on a crater called Nightingale, and will be headed down to grab some rocks from the surface of Asteroid Bennu in a year.
Kyla Edison is a geologist working for PISCES, and she's sintering basalt into structural tiles for applications on Earth and off-world ISRU.
SLS and Orion are making progress towards Artemis!
We met Elena at IAC 2019. She's the lead experimental engineer at ThrustMe, and has been testing their new solid fuel electric propulsion engine!
This week we saw the beginning of a long series of EVAs to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which was not intended to be repaired on orbit.
Andrew Rader is a mission manager at SpaceX, a game designer, a podcaster, and the author of many books, including his newest: Beyond the Known.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' H3 rocket will be a lunar powerhouse; we talk about newly released information about the rocket and JAXA's moon plans.