The Orbital Mechanics Podcast

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Sinopse

Every other 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.

Episódios

  • Episode 365: 3.4 Leak Units

    29/06/2022 Duração: 57min

    Spaceflight News— SLS WDR FIFI (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF)— SRB Hydraulic Power Unit hot fire test was completed successfully (PDF p107: klabs.org) (twitter.com/cbs_spacenews)Short & Sweet— Psyche launch delayed to 2023 (spacenews.com)— Atoms for Space (space.com)— Starlink interference from 5G (engadget.com)Questions, Comments, Corrections— Bill Baobab via email: Occultation techniques — 90 Antiope was “richly” imaged using a multiple observer technique (PDF HT Bill: hal.archives-ouvertes.fr VIA hal.archives-ouvertes.fr) — Lucy targets - occultation maps (swri.edu) — 2022-03-27 Polymele occultation (swri.edu)— From the intro: Cygnus reboosts (blogs.nasa.gov)This Week in Spaceflight History— 28 June, 1979. Progress 7 brings first deployable telescope, KRT-10, to Salyut 6 (stackexchange.com) (ru.wikipedia.org) (astronautix.com) (spacefacts.de)— Next week (7/5 - 7/11) in 1966: If a rocket explodes, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

  • Episode 364: Tissue Paper Pineapple

    22/06/2022 Duração: 01h02min

    Spaceflight News— Lucy in the news with updates (space.com) (spaceflightnow.com) (blogs.nasa.gov) (youtube.com)Short & Sweet— Starliner gets its first crew (spacenews.com)— ISS performs debris avoidance maneuver (nasa.gov)— Markusic steps down as CEO of Firefly (spacenews.com)Questions, Comments, Corrections— From the intro: Perseverance sees something shiny (planetary.org)This Week in Spaceflight History— June 27, 1982: Launch of Columbia, STS-4 (en.wikipedia.org) (spacefacts.de)  — This was one of the Scotchguard flights (PDF: ntrs.nasa.gov) (twitter.com/DrPhiltill) — Ejection seats were installed (and enabled) for only a handful of early Shuttle flights (PDF: nasa.gov) — Neither SRB was recovered (core.ac.uk) (aero-news.net) — Science payload included MLR (ntrs.nasa.gov)— Next week (6/28 - 7/4) in 1979: Really big eye-in-the-sky.

  • Episode 363: A Surfeit of Hypergols

    15/06/2022 Duração: 53min

    Spaceflight News— Cargo Dragon leak (cnet.com) (space.com)— Ingenuity’s woes (cnet.com) (mars.nasa.gov) (PDF: arc.nasa.gov) — Martian winter is dustier due to heat gradients (HT Csaba: space.com)Breaking Madness— Astra TROPICS-1 failure (space.com) (spaceflightnow.com)Short & Sweet— Korean startup targets launch from Brazil later this year (smallsatnews.com)— NASA to launch from Australia (phys.org)— JWST struck by micrometeoroids (space.com) (HT Colin: (theverge.com) (HT DeltaV: blogs.nasa.gov)Questions, Comments, Corrections— From the intro: Spinlaunch’s sabot (twitter.com/djsnm)This Week in Spaceflight History— 16 Jun, 1961: The Final Fleming Committee Report submitted (hq.nasa.gov) (hq.nasa.gov) (PDF HT Mike Stewart: ntrs.nasa.gov) — Saturn C-3 and Nova were the main options at this point (wikipedia.org) (en.wikipedia.org)— Next week (6/21 - 6/27) in 1982: Enjoy the extra leg room while it lasts!

  • Episode 362: Wet Hot American Dress Rehearsal Summer

    08/06/2022 Duração: 01h07min

    Spaceflight News— xEVAS selection (nasa.gov) (youtube.com) (theverge.com) (youtube.com)Short & Sweet— Helicopter Hunkering (spacenews.com) (jpl.nasa.gov)— Shenzhou-14 has arrived (spacenews.com)— Release date for JWST’s first full-color images announced (cnet.com)— OMG SLS WDR ASAP (spacenews.com)Questions, Comments, Corrections— From the intro: Almaz clusterbomb (russianspaceweb.com)This Week in Spaceflight History— June 13, 2012: Launch of NuSTAR X-ray observatory (caltech.edu) (caltech.edu) (youtube.com) (PDF: sci-hub.se) (PDF: authors.library.caltech.edu) (PDF: axion-wimp2012.desy.de) (patents.google.com)— Next week (6/14 - 6/20) in 1961: C3PO is not a no-go.

  • Episode 361: DOWNLINK--Vaya Space

    01/06/2022 Duração: 01h30min

    Spaceflight News— Psyche launch (sike!) (space.com) (spacenews.com) (spaceflightnow.com)Short & Sweet— Airbus wins contract to build LISA (airbus.com)— China prepares for next crewed launch (spacenews.com) (cnet.com)— Starliner, Present and Future (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com)Interview – Kineo Wallace, Lead Propulsion Design Engineer and Mickael “Buzzy” Buswell, Primary Structures Engineer of Vaya Space— Further reading: ABS 3D printed fuel grain studies at the University of Tennessee (sci-hubtw.hkvisa.net) (sci-hubtw.hkvisa.net)— Kineo and Buzzy — linkedin.com/in/kineowallace — twitter.com/kineo_wallace  — instagram.com/buzzedwell— Vaya Space — Vayaspace.com — twitter.com/vayaspace — instagram.com/vayaspace — facebook.com/VayaSpace — linkedin.comThis Week in Spaceflight History— June 4, 1996: The maiden launch of Ariane 5, flight V88 (en.wikipedia.org) (bugsnag.com) (mit.edu) (HT Csaba: hownot2code.com)— Next week (6/7 - 6/13) in 2012: Mak

  • Episode 360: Thrust but Verify

    24/05/2022 Duração: 48min

    Spaceflight News— OFT-2 (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) — Debris shedding after booster sep T+3:00 (twitter.com/elizabethtinkg) (youtu.be) — Two RCS thrusters and two OMAC thrusters shut down during the flight (twitter.com/lorengrush)— Test Fest — ABL Space fires upper stage engine (spacenews.com) — Gilmour Space fires Phoenix engine (youtube.com) — Relativity Space fires upper stage engines (youtube.com) — ISRO fires human-rated solids for Gaganyaan (isro.gov.in)Short & Sweet— Voyager 1 returning bad telemetry (cnet.com)— NASA investigates spacesuit water leaks (space.com) (spacenews.com)— End to InSight mission… is in sight (spacenews.com) (spaceflightnow.com)— Ingenuity back in action (mars.nasa.gov)Questions, Comments, Corrections— twitter.com/LauraForczyk: X-Bow is pronounced Crossbow. That threw me off at first, too.— From the intro: Tim Dodd tours Starbase (youtube.com)This Week in Spaceflight History— 24 May, 2000. First launch of Atlas III (en.wikipedia.org) (

  • Episode 359: Venus is for Louvers

    18/05/2022 Duração: 01h03min

    Thanks to Deathkin for naming this week’s episode!Spaceflight News— Rocket 4.0 unveiling (spacenews.com) — Chris Kemp asks “why can’t a couple of people launch a rocket?” (youtu.be) — Astra announced a new UK launch site (spacenews.com) (en.wikipedia.org) — Astra is in the running for the TacRS-3 contract (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Axiom-1 putting strain on ISS (spacenews.com)— Tianzhou-4 successfully reaches Chinese Space Station (spacenews.com)— Non-GPS satellite slated for launch (spacenews.com)— JWST final steps before science career (spacenews.com) (blogs.nasa.gov) (blogs.nasa.gov)Questions, Comments, Correction Burns— Joel R. via email: Rover steering wheel, Shuttle drag chute — Further reading: Mobility Performance of the Lunar Roving Vehicle: Terrestrial Studies - Apollo 15 Results (PDF: lpi.usra.edu)— From the intro: Canoo taking on water? (spacenews.com)This Week in Spaceflight History— 19 May, 1961. First flyby of Venus, by Venera 1 (nasa.gov) (drewexmachina.com) — Launched on

  • Episode 358: DOWNLINK--Awais Ahmed, PIXXEL

    11/05/2022 Duração: 01h24min

    Spaceflight News— Rocket Lab Helicopter Catch (spacenews.com) (youtube.com) — CAPSTONE’s up next (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Astroscale performs close approach (spacenews.com)— Phantom Space makes big engine purchase (techcrunch.com)— Russian rocket motor breaks apart on-orbit (space.com)— Astra preparing for Canaveral launches (spacenews.com) (astra.com)Questions, comments, corrections— From the intro: Lockheed Martin’s MAP docking port model (cad.onshape.com)Interview – Awais Ahmed, CEO and Co-Founder, PIXXEL— Shakuntala/TD-2 was one of the three demos, and it flew on Transporter-4 (pixxel.space)— The AVIRIS program also collects hyperspectral data, but from a much lower altitude (aviris.jpl.nasa.gov) (avirisng.jpl.nasa.gov)— Read more and get in contact: — pixxel.space — twitter.com/awaisahmedna — twitter.com/PixxelSpace — in.linkedin.com/in/awaisahmedna — linkedin.com/company/pixxelspace — [email protected] Week in Spaceflight History— 13 May, 1992: Intelsat VI captured b

  • Episode 357: On-Orbit Spare

    03/05/2022 Duração: 45min

    Spaceflight News— Ligado stepping on GPS’ toes (spacenews.com) (en.wikipedia.org) (fiercewireless.com)Short & Sweet— OSIRIS-REx mission extension announced (arizona.edu) (spacenews.com)— SOFIA operations to end later this year (spacenews.com)— AX-1, Crew-4 swap places (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com)This Week in Spaceflight History— 5 May, 1997. Maiden launch of Iridium satellites (en.wikipedia.org) (en.wikipedia.org) — A view of Iridium from the business side (PDF: jitm.ubalt.edu) (cnn.com)— Next week in (5/10 - 5/16) 1992: Two’s company, three’s a record.

  • Episode 356: DOWNLINK--Daniel Bock, Morpheus Space

    27/04/2022 Duração: 01h37min

    Spaceflight News— Peregrine preparing for flight (spacenews.com) (astrobotic.com) (en.wikipedia.org)Short & Sweet— TDRS to be replaced (spacenews.com)— Starlink books a flight (spacenews.com)— Bad weather holds up Crew-4 (spacenews.com)Interview – Daniel Bock, CEO and Co-Founder of Morpheus Space— FEEP technology is a subset of ion propulsion (en.wikipedia.org) (VIA archive.org: morpheus-space.com)— Some of Bock’s prior research (researchgate.net) (researchgate.net)— Flown on UWE4 (PDF: digitalcommons.usu.edu)— LISA Pathfinder also used FEEP propulsion (PDF: sci-hubtw.hkvisa.net)— linkedin.com— twitter.com/DanMorpheus— twitter.com/morpheusspace — morpheus-space.com— facebook.com/MorpheusSpaceThis Week in Spaceflight History— Apr 29, 2002. Cancellation of the X-38 (nasa.gov) (astronautix.com) (nasa.gov) (youtube.com)— Next week (3/5 - 9/5) in 1997: MORE TINFOIL!

  • Episode 355: Minecart on the Moon

    20/04/2022 Duração: 01h04min

    Spaceflight News— Artemis-1 Wet Dress Rehearsal(spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) — WDR is deferring to Ax-1 landing (spacenews.com)— Artemis rover (spacenews.com) — RFI issued in August (nasa.gov) (sam.gov) — Lockheed Martin, General Motors and MDA (spacenews.com) — Northrop Grumman, Intuitive Machines, Michelin Tires, AVL, Lunar Outpost (spacenews.com) — Venturi Astrolab (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Astranis Improvement (spacenews.com) (en.wikipedia.org)— House Science Committee vs NTSB (spacenews.com)— Astra Electric (spacenews.com)— ULA puts in a big order (spacenews.com)Questions, Comments, Corrections— LeonRunningMan: LEASAT didn’t use a Minuteman-III motor, exactly (discord.com)This Week in Spaceflight History—  21 April 2013, Launch of Antares A-ONE, maiden flight of Antares (en.wikipedia.org) (nasa.gov) (northropgrumman.com) — Orbital Sciences contracted with Aerojet Rocketdyne to use modified NK-33’s. (PDF: lpre.de)— Next week (4/26 - 5/2) in 2002: The end of

  • Episode 354: Damp Dress Rehearsal

    13/04/2022 Duração: 01h10min

    Spaceflight News— Spinlaunch (space.com) (HT McMally: businesswire.com)— SLS wet rehearsal modification (HT DeltaV: twitter.com/SciGuySpace) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) — April 2nd, lightning strikes (nasa.gov) — April 3rd, fan failures (nasa.gov) — April 4th, vent and check valves (nasa.gov) (nasa.gov)Short & Sweet— DARPA funds in-space manufacturing development (spacedaily.com)— Spaceport Camden: Back from the grave? (news4jax.com)— Warpspace comes to the U.S. (spacenews.com)— Astroscale preparing to restart demonstration (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— From the intro — Sentinel on Vega-C (spacenews.com) — Axiom’s arrival (spacenews.com)This Week in Spaceflight History— 12 Apr, 1985: the launch of STS-51-D with LEASAT-3 onboard (en.wikipedia.org) (hughesscgheritage.com) — Further reading: Bold They Rise, The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986, by David Hitt and Heather R. Smith (nebraskapress.unl.edu) — The successful deployment of LEASAT-4 (youtu.be) — Ox

  • Episode 353: Golden Sample Retriever

    05/04/2022 Duração: 01h05min

    Spaceflight News— MSR delayed and split in half (spacenews.com) (PDF: nasa.gov)— Northrup Grumman eyeing its own SLD contract (spacenews.com) (nasa.gov) (HT Andrew Z: twitter.com/wapodavenport) — NG received six additional CRS-2 missions last month (govconwire.com)Short & Sweet— Crew Dragon production is ending (teslarati.com)— Slingshot Aerospace gets USSF contract (spacenews.com)Questions, Comments, Corrections— Andrew Z via email: nautical miles are actually useful!— From the intro: ISS seat swap negotiations (spacenews.com)This Week in Spaceflight History— 4 April, 1984: Launch of Challenger flight STS-41-C (youtube.com VIA nss.org) (nytimes.com) (PDF: nasa.gov) (harvard.edu) (planet4589.org) — A good book about Shuttle: The Space Shuttle Program: Technologies And Accomplishments by Davide Sivolella (vdoc.pub) — MMU Users Guide indicates a proportional relationship between nominal “cruise” speed and length of travel (PDF p38: large.stanford.edu)— Next week (4/12 - 4/18) in 1985: Swat that fly

  • Episode 352: A Nullage

    30/03/2022 Duração: 53min

    Spaceflight News— Second Artemis Lander (spacenews.com) (nasa.gov)Short & Sweet— NASA opens 50-year-old lunar sample (cnet.com) (PDF: curator.jsc.nasa.gov)— Astra’s successful launch had a not-secret-anymore customer (spacenews.com)— Starship environmental review delayed… Again (spacenews.com)— Arianespace and SPX adjust to missing Soyuz launches (spacenews.com)This Week in Spaceflight History— April 4, 1968. The launch of Apollo 6 (en.wikipedia.org) (scribd.com) (PDF HT Mike Stewart: ibiblio.org) (PDF HT Mike Stewart: ibiblio.org) — Further listening: Arin Cross’ Data Relay on combustion instability (theorbitalmechanics.com)— Next week (4/5 - 4/11) in 1984: Pinky and the Brain… that he’s trying to fix.

  • Episode 351: B-B-B-Borscht

    23/03/2022 Duração: 28min

    Spaceflight News— Artemis I Rollout (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) (americaspace.com)Short & Sweet— SpaceX sets two new records (spacenews.com)— First all-cosmonaut Soyuz docks with station (spaceflight.com)— China satellite launch includes demonstration third-stage (nasaspaceflight.com)Questions, Comments, Corrections— From the intro: JWST progress (spacenews.com)This Week in Spaceflight History— 25 Mar, 1961: Launch of Korabl-Sputnik 5 (en.wikipedia.org) (theatlantic.com) (nasa.gov) (airandspace.si.edu)— Next week (3/29 - 4/4) in 1968: Less than perfect, but successful, but a failure.

  • Episode 350: DOWNLINK--Zachary Tong

    16/03/2022 Duração: 01h24min

    Spaceflight News— Astra LV0008/ELaNA 41 failure analysis (spacenews.com) (astra.com) (nasaspaceflight.com)Short & Sweet— OSAM-1 completes critical design review (nasa.gov)— China to commercialize Tiangong spacenews.com— Soyuz embargo leaves many satellites grounded (spacenews.com)Questions, Comments, Corrections— Gravitational submarines — Matthew Bell (iopscience.iop.org) — Andrew not-Z via email suggests Re-entry Vehicle Dynamics (google.com) — Aaron Sawdey (twitter.com/sawdey) (en.wikipedia.org)Interview – Zachary Tong, creator of Breaking Taps on Youtube— youtube.com/c/BreakingTaps— twitter.com/BreakingTapsThis Week in Spaceflight History— 18 Mar, 2003. The authorization of Project Prometheus (everyspec.com, alt: web.archive.org)— Next week (3/22 - 3/28) in 1961: Ghost beetroot calls home.

  • Episode 349: Shrapnarelli

    09/03/2022 Duração: 52min

    Spaceflight news— More Russian fallout — Russia threatens OneWeb launch (spaceflightnow.com) — OneWeb looking to non-Russian rockets (spacenews.com) — eROSITA turned off on Russian Spektr-RG (space.com) — ExoMars likely to be delayed (spacenews.com) — South Korea worried about Russian launches (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Anahuac pleads guilty to selling tainted rocket fuel (justice.gov)— Iranian launch failure (apnews.com) — Post-recording, Iran successfully launched their second orbital payload. (reuters.com)— SpaceX awarded 3 more commercial crew missions (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Andrew Z via email: More sanctions considerations— MMC in the chat: loss of ISS would free up money for the Moon.This Week in Spaceflight History— 13 March, 1985, Launch of Geosat (en.wikipedia.org) (PDF: jhuapl.edu) (earth.esa.in)— Next week (3/15 - 3/21) in 2003. Bringing fire to icy worlds.

  • Episode 348: #0057B7 / #FFD700

    02/03/2022 Duração: 01h04min

    Spaceflight news— Sanctions on Russia — Roscosmos pulled out of French Guiana (twitter.com/planet4589) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/nextspaceflight) — NASA no longer involved in Venera-D? (spacenews.com) — ISS is unlikely to be used as a pawn (reuters.com) (spacenews.com) — ULA has enough RD-180s (HT DeltaV: twitter.com/torybruno) (HT DeltaV: twitter.com/planet4589) (twitter.com/torybruno) (spacenews.com) — Starliner uses Russian power converters (HT Ben Hallert: spacedaily.com) — Post-Crimea sanctions were likely more impactful on the space industry (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Relativity qualifies rocket with structural test (satnews.com)— Dream Chaser looking at landing in Japan (spacenews.com)— China says moon impactor not Chang’e-5 (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com)This Week in Spaceflight History— 2 Mar, 2004. Launch of Rosetta (books.google.com) (sci-hub.se) (harvard.edu) (esa.int) (en.wikipedia.org)— Next week (3/8 - 3/14) in 2013: Watery potato

  • Episode 347: Another JWST Episode

    23/02/2022 Duração: 01h12min

    Spaceflight News— JWST Alignment (PDF: spacefoundation.org) (HT deathkin: jwst-docs.stsci.edu) — Follow JWST’s alignment progress on Where Is Webb? (jwst.nasa.gov)Short & Sweet— Chandra X-ray Observatory suspends operations (space.com)— China reveals human spaceflight plans and communication with U.S. govt (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com)This Week in Spaceflight History— 22 Feb, 1996. The launch of Columbia, STS-75 (en.wikipedia.org) (americaspace.com) (space.skyrocket.de) (youtu.be) (PDF: ntrs.nasa.gov)— Next week (3/1 - 3/7) in 2004: 5-7 = 46+21

  • Episode 346: Not Fairing Well

    16/02/2022 Duração: 51h58min

    Spaceflight news— Astra failure (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (youtube.com)Short & Sweet— Mysterious Moon Masher (twitter.com/sciguyspace) (projectpluto.com) (projectpluto.com)— James Webb is making adjustments (spacenews.com)— Starship testing may move to Florida (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— From the intro: (nasaspaceflight.com) (youtube.com)— BreakingTaps made an excellent video and 3D model of JWST’s hexapod actuator! (youtube.com)This Week in Spaceflight History—  17 Feb, 2007. Launch of THEMIS (en.wikipedia.org) (ucla.edu) — Constraints on the moon-bound trajectory were many (PDF: igpp.ucla.edu)— Next week (2/22-2/28) in 1996: This is why we keep the mezuzah rolled up

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