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 277: Little Nub | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:37

Bishop is almost ready for space, and Dynetics showed off their HLS mockup! Also, Venus and Moon sample returns, and Artemis III landing site.

 Episode 276: DOWNLINK--Baratunde Cola | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:19:02

Bara Cola was working on thermal management solutions for computer processors when he hit upon an idea that is now taking the space world by storm.

 Episode 275: First Light Flight | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:38

Rocket Lab demos their on orbit capabilities with Photon. Also, lots of records for SpaceX, both orbital and hopping, and China's secret spaceplane.

 Episode 274: DOWNLINK--Peter Beck | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:29:08

Peter Beck wanted to work for a space company, but no one was doing what he hoped. In 2006, he founded Rocket Lab, and now they're headed to Venus.

 Episode 273: Jupiter via SLS? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:20

Europa Clipper might need modifications to fly on SLS, but they're keeping options open. Also GPIM, HLS mockups and Falcon9 reuse.

 Episode 272: DOWNLINK--Caty Pilachowski | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:52:51

We talk about WIYN, terrestrial telescope design, including mirror manufacturing, temperature control, mounts, and instrument interfaces.

 Episode 271: The Dominator | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:20

Perseverance and Ingenuity are headed to Mars! Also, Crew Dragon, Mars sample return, Electron failure follow-up and Hayabusa2's extended mission.

 Episode 270: A Little to The Left | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:38

Progress had a small snag while docking. Also, Astra preparing for launch, LauncherOne recovering from a failure and Starliner trying to get to work.

 Episode 269: DOWNLINK--Kathryn Crowe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:12

Learn about integration engineering and putting people on the moon from the Human Landing System Deputy Lead for Integrated Performance.

 Episode 268: 80 Corrective Actions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:01

IRT added 19 corrective actions for the Starliner team, Starship radio licenses and a new high bay. Also, IXPE, Europa Clipper, planetary protection.

 Episode 267: DOWNLINK--John Z. Kiss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:53

Dr. Kiss is a biologist who has flown plant experiments on ISS and Shuttle. We talk about the future of plants in space and what we can learn today.

 Episode 266: Demo-2 and the Spacewalks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:57

Not a band, just a Crew Dragon. Also, suborbital crew, ISRO, Perseverance, NRO booster recovery and Candarm3.

 Episode 265: VIPER Will Zoot | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:33

Astrobotic has been contracted to land the VIPER rover on the moon! Also, Crew Dragon/ISS, Boeing/Artemis HLS misconduct, and Rocketlab/NRO.

 Episode 264: Ad Astra Per Justitia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:38

Kathy Lueders is now the head of HEO! Also, HP3 made big progress, and both Gateway and DARPA awarded contracts.

 Black Lives Matter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

David is sick, and instead of skipping a week, the three of us decided to dedicate some time to an important subject.


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