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 367: Going Ballistic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:17

CAPSTONE comms flickered, but it successfully completed TCM-1A and skipped 1B. Also, a Minotaur exploded, X-37B broke a record, and a Starship update.

 Episode 366: From CAPSTONE to Skipping Stone | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:44

CAPSTONE's mission to the moon is off with a bang! Also, a Bangor launch complex, a banged-up wind sensor, and two contracts banged out.

 Episode 365: 3.4 Leak Units | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:29

SLS has completed its WDR campaign! Also, Psyche was delayed, nuclear power contracts, and Starlink/5G interference.

 Episode 364: Tissue Paper Pineapple | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:22

Lucy's straightening her wings! Also, Star(liner) fliers, Cygnus dodging, and Firefly role changes.

 Episode 363: A Surfeit of Hypergols | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:55

A Cargo Dragon leaked and Ingenuity's still plugging along. Also, a Korean rocket in Brazil, a NASA rocket in Australia, and a rock in JWST.

 Episode 362: Wet Hot American Dress Rehearsal Summer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:39

NASA arranges to rent some space suits. Also, a hibernating helicopter, anticipating color JWST images, and OMG SLS WDR ASAP.

 Episode 361: DOWNLINK--Vaya Space | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:30:17

Hybrid rockets have never gone to orbit, and Vaya wants to change that. Learn with us about pyrolysis, plastic propellant, and horizontal 3D printing!

 Episode 360: Thrust but Verify | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:14

Starliner is back in space! Also, a test fest, Voyager 1's bad telemetry, water in EMUs, InSight's end, and Ingenuity's recovery.

 Episode 359: Venus is for Louvers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:10

Rocket 4.0 is on its way! Also, Ax-1 was busy, Tianzhou-4 installed, a new satellite navigation constellation, and JWST nearly ready to get to work.

 Episode 358: DOWNLINK--Awais Ahmed, PIXXEL | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:24:20

Awais Ahmed and his team are building a "health monitor for the Earth." Learn with us about miniaturizing hyperspectral cameras and how they're used.

 Episode 357: On-Orbit Spare | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:57

A wild Richard appears! Ligado's fight for the L-band heats up. Also, OSIRIS-APEx, SOFIA's end, and a Dragon conveyor belt.

 Episode 356: DOWNLINK--Daniel Bock, Morpheus Space | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:37:28

Extremely low mass, high-dV thrusters are like diamonds. Learn with us about liquid metal propellant, porous needles, and pay-as-you-go hardware.

 Episode 355: Minecart on the Moon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:36

SLS got rolled back to the VAB, and we look at the Artemis rover RFI. Also, Astranis' gimbal, NTSB's purview, Astra's ion engine, and ULA's big order.

 Episode 354: Damp Dress Rehearsal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:02

SLS will do a modified WDR. Spinlaunch picks up angular momentum from NASA. Also, Spaceport Camden, Warpspace, and Astroscale!

 Episode 353: Golden Sample Retriever | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:06

Mars Sample Return hit a bump and split in half. Northrop considers an SLD bid. Also, no more Crew Dragons and a USSF contract for Slingshot.


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