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 292: Ungoogleable | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:12

Pioneers kicks off with four potential future missions. Also, Dynetic's HLS bid, Juno and InSight mission extensions, and Blackjack damage.

 Episode 291: Loss of Legs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:34

SpaceX wants to catch Starship using the launch tower, SN9 had a little tumble, LM8 spreads its wings and Lunar Heritage is signed into law.

 Episode 290: Get Out and Push | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:20

Astra put a rocket in space! Also, Chang'e-5's sample is back home, Kuiper ground stations and Canadians on the Moon.

 Episode 289: Fierce Flip | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:21

Starship SN8 put on an impressive show this week, and gave its life in the pursuit of good engineering. Also, Artemis astros, solar sailing and RIDER!

 Episode 288: Sample Bonanza | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:26

Chang'e-5 has brought its lunar samples up to orbit, and Hayabusa2 has brought its asteroid samples all the way home!

 Episode 287: Okay With the Hat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:53

Rocket Lab has proven their recovery strategy! Also, a two-inch Phobos landing, H3 delays and Carbice and Relativity raise investment funds.

 Episode 286: Rock Blade | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:49

Turns out SN8 blew up the pad, Vega suffered a PEBCAR (not PEBCAK) issue, and Hayabusa2 is making a delivery!

 Episode 285: Trench-rich Combustion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:12

Starship SN8 blew out an engine, Crew-1 is ready to go, and Mars Sample Return might be delayed. Also, an exciting guest TWSF!

 Episode 284: DOWNLINK--Mark Lester | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:41:58

Come learn about commercial spaceport ops with us! Mark Lester is the President and CEO of Alaska Aerospace Corporation, which owns Pacific Spaceport Alaska.

 Episode 283: Sample Stowed | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:03

OSIRIS-REx has stowed its sample, and SOFIA saw water on the Moon. Also, debris collection on ISS, Ariane 6 funding, and red nail polish.

 Episode 282: Nightingale Sneeze | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:08

OSIRIS-REx successfully sneezed on Bennu and snuffed up some regolith! Also, a Falcon 9 record, China's plans for the future, and LEO CH4 detection.

 Episode 281: International Gateway | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:47

NASA and ESA announced construction contracts for Lunar Gateway modules this week! Also, a split rover, a Firefly fire, and tea saves the ISS.

 Episode 280: DOWNLINK--Ella Atkins II | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:58

Ella is an aerospace engineering and automation professor at UMich. Learn with us about autonomous flight on other planets!

 Episode 279: Free-Floating Selfie Stick | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:55

Tianwen-1 has a long, boring journey ahead of it, but this week we had a fun imaging event. Also Starlink GPS, Taikonauts on the Moon, and LCROSS.

 Episode 278: DOWNLINK--Panagiotis Tsiotras | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:35:38

Dr. Tsiotras is a professor of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech. We talked to him about attitude control theory and his 5-DOF software testbed.


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