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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A second lunar lander is on its way! Also, an Apollo 17 sample, a launch customer reveal, an FAA delay, and Soyuz gap fillers.
Artemis-1 makes a dash for the launch pad! Also, two Falcon 9 firsts, a Soyuz first, and a Long March upper stage first!
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.
Ukrainians keep resisting, and sanctions on Russia continue to sanction. Also, tainted rocket fuel, Iranian launch failure, and more Commercial Crew.
We stand with the heroes of Ukraine. Also, the space effects of US sanctions, Terra structural testing, and a new Dream Chaser landing site.
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.
Astra's latest launch went bad in an interesting way. Also, something headed towards the moon, something visible by JWST, something moving to Florida.
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?
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.
Alex Lao is an FPGA digital designer for Kepler Communications. Come learn with us about FPGAs, circuit design, software defined radio, and cubesats!
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.
JWST completes its second week of deployment work! Also, a spacesuit factory purchase, KSLV-2 failure, and China's robotic arm!
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.
A Superheavy/Starship/Raptor update, an Xmas eve launch for our favorite belated telescope, and Stoke Space's secret novel rocket.
Astra gets a new home, Starship inches towards launch, Ingenuity data loss, and an astronaut swap.