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 352: A Nullage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:23

A second lunar lander is on its way! Also, an Apollo 17 sample, a launch customer reveal, an FAA delay, and Soyuz gap fillers.

 Episode 351: B-B-B-Borscht | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:09

Artemis-1 makes a dash for the launch pad! Also, two Falcon 9 firsts, a Soyuz first, and a Long March upper stage first!

 Episode 350: DOWNLINK--Zachary Tong | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:24:43

When we obsessed over JWST's hexapod actuators, one maker rose to the challenge. We chat with Zach Tong about 3D design, lasers, and microscopes.

 Episode 349: Shrapnarelli | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:56

Ukrainians keep resisting, and sanctions on Russia continue to sanction. Also, tainted rocket fuel, Iranian launch failure, and more Commercial Crew.

 Episode 348: #0057B7 / #FFD700 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:45

We stand with the heroes of Ukraine. Also, the space effects of US sanctions, Terra structural testing, and a new Dream Chaser landing site.

 Episode 347: Another JWST Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:58

As JWST prepares to Do Science, it has to align its mirror, so let's dig into what that process looks like. Also, Chandra, China human flight plans.

 Episode 346: Not Fairing Well | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0051:58

Astra's latest launch went bad in an interesting way. Also, something headed towards the moon, something visible by JWST, something moving to Florida.

 Episode 345: DOWNLINK--Dr. Tupper Hyde | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:28:51

Learn with us from the Chief Engineer at Goddard about JWST's long path. How did expertise overcome and avoid difficulties? What makes JWST special?

 Episode 344: Dirty Deeds Done in Geo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:42

BeiDou-2/Compass G2, a defunct satellite in GEO, has been moved to a graveyard orbit! Also, Lucy diagnosis, a JMS retirement, and an Astroscale pause.

 Episode 343: DOWNLINK--Alex Lao | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:19:03

Alex Lao is an FPGA digital designer for Kepler Communications. Come learn with us about FPGAs, circuit design, software defined radio, and cubesats!

 Episode 342: Mirror Mirror Mirror Mirror... Mirror | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:11

JWST is slowly but surely lifting each of its mirrors up 12.5mm. Also, rovers found water where we expected, and rocks where we didn't.

 Episode 341: Weaving a Webb | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:42

JWST completes its second week of deployment work! Also, a spacesuit factory purchase, KSLV-2 failure, and China's robotic arm!

 Episode 340: JWST Goes Teakettle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:17:44

It finally happened! JWST is headed to L2 and is unfolding into its operation config. Also, Tianhe avoidance, a green bi-prop bump, and SLS delay.

 Episode 339: Season's Yeetings from JWST | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:13

A Superheavy/Starship/Raptor update, an Xmas eve launch for our favorite belated telescope, and Stoke Space's secret novel rocket.

 Episode 338: Junk in the Frunk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:14

Astra gets a new home, Starship inches towards launch, Ingenuity data loss, and an astronaut swap.


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