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 321: Liftoff

    18/08/2021 Duração: 43min

    Spaceflight news— 2018 Soyuz leak turns into a whodunnit (arstechnica.com) (HT DeltaV: arstechnica.com) (twitter.com/KathyLueders)— Starliner Destacked (twitter.com/BoeingSpace) (twitter.com/EmreKelly) (twitter.com/BoeingSpace) (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Shuttle payload readied for restoration (space.com)— xEVA falls behind schedule (spacenews.com)— GSLV fails to reach orbit (https://spacenews.com/indian-gslv-launch-fails/)Questions, comments, corrections— Andrew Z. via email: Super Heavy landing nubs.— Ireland’s Place in Space (podcasts.apple.com)— From the intro: Tethers Unlimited (spacenews.com)— Watch party! The High Frontier: The Untold Story of Gerard K. O’Neill. Friday Aug 27 3pm PT / 6pm ET (calendar.google.com)This week in SF history— 18 Aug, 1993: first flight of the DC-X delta clipper (nasa.gov) (youtube.com)— Next week (8/24 - 8/30) in 1962: Hello, I live next door. Sorry I didn’t come and say hello sooner.

  • Episode 320: DOWNLINK--Danny Gleeson

    11/08/2021 Duração: 01h42min

    Spaceflight news— Astra readies for next orbital launch (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/Astra) (spacenews.com)— Super Heavy Starship stacked! (twitter.com/StarshipGazer) (twitter.com/ErcXspace) (twitter.com/elonmusk) (twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos) (youtube.com)— Perseverance’s first sampling attempt (spacenews.com) (​​nasa.gov) (twitter.com/PaulHammond51)Short & Sweet— China hops (spacenews.com)— OFT-2 slipping from August? (HT DeltaV: twitter.com/SciGuySpace) (HT DeltaV: twitter.com/SciGuySpace) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com)— Blue Origin developing reusable second stage (arstechnica.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Another Eric Berger interview on MECO (HT AZ: podcastaddict.com)Dragonfly interview (HT AZ: forbes.com)— Watch party! The High Frontier: The Untold Story of Gerard K. O’Neill. Friday Aug 27 6pm ET (calendar.google.com)Interview -- Danny Gleeson, Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Réaltra Space Systems Engineering— realtra.space— twitter.com/realtraspace— linkedin.com

  • Episode 319: Nauka Goes For a Spin

    04/08/2021 Duração: 43min

    Spaceflight news— Nauka Arrives (spaceflightnow.com) (space.com) — Investigation of the issue (twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb) — Amazing footage of the issue (youtube.com) (HT Andy Z: twitter.com/liamkennedy) (HT Andy Z: twitter.com/fs_jeronimo)Short & Sweet— Rocket Lab successfully launches U.S. military payload (spaceflightnow.com)— Inmarsat announces plans to add multi-orbit satellite constellation (spacenews.com)This week in SF history— August 9 1976: The Launch of Luna 24 (lroc.sese.asu.edu) (theverge.com) (russianspaceweb.com)— Next week (8/10 - 8/16) in 1966: When I get hot, I get dizzy and lose my bearings.

  • Episode 318: Pure Guts Poker

    28/07/2021 Duração: 01h15min

    Spaceflight news— Nauka Launched (spacenews.com) (forum.nasaspaceflight.com) — Three sets of engines on Nauka (twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb) — Initial reports of issues (forum.nasaspaceflight.com) — A summary was written on Wikipedia quite early (en.wikipedia.org) — “Nothing irreparable” (twitter.com/katlinegrey) — An initial RCS burn was made to get to a safe orbit (twitter.com/katlinegrey) — First DKS firing reported by Anatoly Zak on July 23 (twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb) — Kurs was declared operational on the 25th (twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb) (twitter.com/katlinegrey) — We found this amateur imagery of the module delightful (twitter.com/ralfvandebergh)— Next Generation Arecibo Telescope (space.com) (arxiv.org)Short & Sweet— Falcon Heavy gets a new customer (spacenews.com)— China tests fairing recovery (nasaspaceflight.com)— Rocket Lab concluded its launch failure investigation (spacenews.com)This week in SF history— 29 July, 1985. Launch and abort of STS 51-F (wiki) (PDF: jsc.na

  • Episode 317: Youngest, Oldest, Richest

    21/07/2021 Duração: 43min

    Spaceflight news— Hubble back online (PDF: asd.gsfc.nasa.gov) (PDF: ses.gsfc.nasa.gov) (youtube.com) (nasa.gov) (sciencemag.org)Short & Sweet— Astranis produces new batch of very small GEO satellites (spacenews.com)— Funding secured for Beresheet 2 mission (ap.org)— Raptor engine development ramping up (spaceflightinsider.com)— ESA announces new kick stage for Ariane 6 rocket (esa.int)Questions, comments, corrections— Andrew Z via email: China commercial space infographic (twitter.com/rhZhao)This week in SF history— 22 Jul, 1962. Failed launch of Mariner 1 due to software typo (wiki) (vice.com)— Next week (7/27 - 8/2) in 1985. Spain’s beautiful this time of year, but we ain’t going there today.

  • Episode 316: DOWNLINK--Bill Britton, CCI

    14/07/2021 Duração: 01h40min

    Spaceflight news— Northrop Grumman signs HALO contract (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (nasa.gov) — A docking adapter is planned for HLS (PDF: nasa.gov)Short & Sweet— SKA endangered by megaconstellations (spacenews.com)— Chinese Spacewalk (spacenews.com)— JWST One Step Closer (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— From the intro: Blue not-so-subtly sub-tweets VG (twitter.com/blueorigin)Interview -- Bill Britton, Director of the California Cybersecurity Institute at Cal Poly, SLO— cci.calpoly.edu— linkedin.com/in/wbrittonThis week in SF history— 15 Jul, 2009: The launch of Kibo (希望) exposed facility on STS-127 (space.skyrocket.de) (en.wikipedia.org) (Archive of kibo.jaxa.jp: web.archive.org) — Kibo used to feature the Inter-orbit Communication System (directory.eoportal.org) (iss.jaxa.jp)— Next week (7/20 - 7/26) in 1962: Where do pirates go to drink? An arr-bar.

  • Episode 315: Dovin McCallister

    30/06/2021 Duração: 43min

    Spaceflight news— Transporter-2 payloads (americaspace.com) (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (geekwire.com) (PDF: fcc.report)Short & Sweet— IROSAs installed (americaspace.com) (nasaspaceflight.com)— Starship Booster prototype nears completion (teslarati.com)— ULA has an engine nozzle issue (spacenews.com)This week in SF history— 3 July, 1998. Launch of the Nozomi mission. (springeropen.com) (nasa.gov) (PDF: sci-hub.se) (en.wikipedia.org)— Next time (7/13 - 7/19) in 2009: Hope floats

  • Episode 314: Wet Trash Odor

    23/06/2021 Duração: 59min

    Spaceflight news— Rocket Lab wins Mars mission (space.com) (hou.usra.edu) — Characteristic energy, declination, right ascension of the departure asymptote vector (C3/DLA/RLA) were discussed in our interview with Mark Wallace. (theorbitalmechanics.com)Short & Sweet— Chinese crew reaches Tianhe space station module (spacenews.com)— Faulty memory system halts Hubble operations (spacenews.com)— NEO Surveyor moves forward (spacenews.com)— Launcher announces development of orbital transfer vehicle (spacenews.com/)Questions, comments, corrections— From the intro: Bill Nelson agrees a second HLS contractor would be nice. (spacenews.com)— An interstellar… big thing… is headed towards the solar system. (twitter.com/Astro_Wright) (twitter.com/TM_Eubanks)— ROSA deployment videos were published this week. (twitter.com/NASASpaceflight) (twitter.com/BoeingSpace)This week in SF history— 25 Jun, 1992: Launch of STS-50, the first Extended Duration Orbiter (en.wikipedia.org) (en.wikipedia.org) (PDF: sci-hub.do)— Next wee

  • Episode 313: Third Take on Venus

    16/06/2021 Duração: 43min

    Spaceflight news— ESA spacecraft to join Venusian fleet (space.com) (esa.int) (en.wikipedia.org) (arxiv.org) — Jean-Luc Margot et al recently made rough measurements of Venus’ moment of inertia (youtube.com) (arxiv.org) — Planetary Society did a writeup on DAVINCI+ and VERITAS (planetary.org)Short & Sweet— First commercial deep-space antenna begins official operations in UK (twitter.com/esaoperations)— Relativity goes reusable (spacenews.com)— Two HLS contracts are one step closer (spacenews.com)This week in SF history— Launch of Endeavor, STS-57 on June 21 1993 (en.wikipedia.org) (nasa.gov) (directory.eoportal.org) — FARE (Fluid Acquisition and Resupply Experiment) looked like a sci-fi special effect (youtu.be)— Next week (7/22 - 7/28) in 1992: It’s good to be home. Glad I packed an extra lunch!

  • Episode 312: Hot Take on Venus

    09/06/2021 Duração: 01h08min

    Spaceflight news— Discovery 15 and 16 selected - we’re heading for Venus! (space.com) (spacenews.com)— NASA Presidential Budget Request (planetary.org)— House bill wants to designate space as critical infrastructure (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— South Korean rocket prepares for October test (theregister.com)— Axiom, SpaceX reach agreement to send three more private crews to ISS (cnet.com) (spacenews.com)— JWST launch update (spacenews.com)Interview -- Dr. Alessandro Patruno, Quaternion Books— Support this work by buying a copy of The Human Computer: Katherine Johnson’s Story (kickstarter.com)— More info about the book is on the publisher’s website (quaternionbooks.com)— facebook.com/quaternionbooks— twitter.com/QuaternionbooksThis week in SF history— 10 June, 1969. Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program cancelled (PDF: nro.gov) (PDF: nro.gov) (en.wikipedia.org)— Next week (6/15 - 6/21) in 1993: It was the longest day. Ten minutes later, it was the shortest.Thanks to Colin-in-the-chat for naming this wee

  • Episode 311: SALSO Dancing

    02/06/2021 Duração: 01h04min

    Spaceflight news— Megaconstellations in the news — Viasat asking for halt to building out Starlink (spacenews.com) — Chinese Guowang constellation (spacenews.com) — SATCON2 is coming up on July 12-16 (aas.org)— New Frontiers 5 will be delayed (spacenews.com) (wiki)Short & Sweet— Mars helicopter lands safely despite computer glitch (space.com)— Multiple new Lunar Rovers planned for coming years (space.com) (techcrunch.com) (spacenews.com)— Tianzhou-2 docks with Chinese space station (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Etienne via email: book recommendation on corrosion (thriftbooks.com)— Kickstarter for a book on Katherine Johnson (kickstarter.com)— From the intro: — ISS debris strike (cnet.com) — On-orbit conjunction live data stream (astriacss.tacc.utexas.edu)This week in SF history— 4 Jun, 2012. NASA announces NRO’s donation of two Hubble-class space telescopes to the agency (wiki) (spaceflightnow.com) (PDF: science.nasa.gov) — WFIRST DRM1 and 2 (PDF: roman.gsfc.nasa.gov)

  • Episode 310: Zhurong Roves

    26/05/2021 Duração: 40min

    Spaceflight news— Zhurong rover dismounts from lander (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Rocket Lab failure analysis (spacenews.com) (rocketlabusa.com)— Crew-3 Finalized (americaspace.com)— SpaceShipTwo returns to the skies! (spacenews.com) (youtube.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Not catching is different than not recovering! (twitter.com/chairboy)— From the intro: Blue Ghost to fly on Falcon 9 (spacenews.com)This week in SF history— 30 May, 1975: Founding of ESA (PDF: esa.int) (en.wikipedia.org)— Next week (6/1 - 6/7) in 2012: Binoculars to ploughshares

  • Episode 309: Positive Thinking

    19/05/2021 Duração: 01h05min

    Spaceflight news— Rocket Lab Recovery (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (rocketlabusa.com) — Scott Manley demonstrated the TVC angle on 2nd stage ignition (twitter.com/DJSnM)— SpaceX files for Starship orbital launch radio license (spacenews.com) — SPX may have competition for HLS (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— China successfully lands rover on Mars (spacenews.com)— Ariane 5 fairing issue may delay JWST(spacenews.com)— Russia announces two actors, Japanese billionaire, to fly to space station (reuters.com) (spaceflightnow.com)This week in SF history— 19 May, 1996 - Launch of STS-77 (nasa.gov) (doi.org) (HT Colin: youtube.com) (HT Colin: eoportal.org) — The Inflatable Antenna Experiment (IAE) had residual air that caused premature inflation (space.stackexchange.com)— Next week (5/25 - 5/31) in 1975: Last week we deflated something, this week we inflated something, next week let’s unite something.

  • Episode 308: Lunar Twins

    12/05/2021 Duração: 01h46s

    Spaceflight news— Awards, awards, awards — Eta Space - In-orbit cryogenic refueling (spaceref.com) — JPL - Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (cnet.com) (jpl.nasa.gov) — Loft Orbital - Edge computing on spacecraft (spacenews.com) — Northrop - Navigation payloads on Blackjack sats (spacenews.com) — Raytheon - Update NASA’s EO IT system (govconwire.com) (earthdata.nasa.gov) — Hughes and OneWeb - LEO-based Arctic internet (spacenews.com) — Isar Aerospace - Won ESA’s Boost! Award (spacenews.com)— SN15 lands successfully (spacenews.com) (teslarati.com) (youtu.be) (nasaspaceflight.com) — There were some unknown vehicle updates (twitter.com/elonmusk) — It was a safe landing, but the crush core in the legs did activate. (twitter.com/starshipgazer) — SN15 MAY get reflown! (twitter.com/elonmusk)Short & Sweet— Starliner nears its second test flight (spacenews.com)— European Space Agency to launch orbital debris-tracking telescope (space.com)— Firefly has a successful funding round (spacenews.

  • Episode 307: Fire Carried

    05/05/2021 Duração: 01h13s

    Spaceflight news— Long March 5B set for uncontrolled re-entry (spacenews.com) — The module raised and is maintaining orbit (HT Colin: heavens-above.com) — The booster is slowly deorbiting (HT Mike: heavens-above.com) — Amateur video shows the booster in a 2.4 hz tumble (twitter.com/dfuji1)— BIG Ingenuity Update! — Flight 3 was a success (spacenews.com) (youtube.com) — Flight 4 was a delayed success (space.com) (spacenews.com) — Ingenuity’s mission was extended (twitter.com/jeff_foust) (nasa.gov) (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Virgin Orbit to launch out of Brazil (smallsatnews.com)— Blue Origin and Dynetics protest HLS award (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com)— Nelson confirmed as NASA Administrator (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Ben Hallert: ACES details (twitter.com/chairboy) — ACES had on-orbit refueling (arstechnica.com) — Centaur V has a hydrolox RCS… Peroxide was a typo! (twitter.com/torybruno)This week in SF history— 5 May, 1999: The failed second flight of Delta

  • Episode 306: What About IV?

    28/04/2021 Duração: 48min

    Spaceflight news— Renewable Space Updates (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com)— ACES scrapped, but lives on in Centaur V (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/torybruno) — Centaur III features the optional Aft Bulkhead Carrier (PDF: ulalaunch.com)Short & Sweet— MOXIE operates for the first time on Mars (space.com)— Ingenuity flight 2 (mars.nasa.gov) (mars.nasa.gov) (spacenews.com) (HT Colin in the chat: youtube.com)— OneWeb and Starlink cross paths (spacenews.com)This week in SF history— 1 May, 1999. Failure of the ABRIXAS X-ray telescope (adsabs.harvard.edu) (nature.com) (skyrocket.de) (sci-hub.se)— Next week (5/4 - 5/10) in 1999: In hindsight it didn’t seem like it would work.

  • Episode 305: Moon, Dear

    21/04/2021 Duração: 01h11min

    Spaceflight news— HLS downselection - Starship chosen (PDF: nasa.gov) (twitter.com/jeff_foust) — HLS Base Period Source Selection occurred last year. (PDF: beta.sam.gov) — Berger/Davenport were assumed to be wrong by some. (twitter.com/lavie154) — NASA internally apologized for the leak. (twitter.com/joroulette) — The US Senate wasn’t happy this selection occurred before a new Administrator could be confirmed. (twitter.com/wapodavenport) — Dynetics was planning on using on-orbit propellant transfer, not just bolting on tanks. (HT Ben Hallert: spacenews.com) (HT Ben Hallert: spectrum.ieee.org) — Subsequent acquisitions are expected, so don’t count anyone out just yet. (spacepolicyonline.com)Short & Sweet— Pam Melroy nominated as Deputy Administrator (twitter.com/Astro_Pam) (nasa.gov)— NASA’s InSight to hibernate for the winter (thehill.com)— New Shepard flies again (nasaspaceflight.com)This week in SF history— 4 Apr, 1997. STS-83 had to be aborted on-orbit due to a fuel cell anomaly (scie

  • Episode 304: WRT Raining, Pouring

    14/04/2021 Duração: 44min

    Spaceflight news— ISS’s crew of ten (spacepolicyonline.com) (spacenews.com)— Rocket Lab to test booster recovery from space this May (rocketlabusa.com)— Two new Chinese spaceports planned (spacenews.com)— End-to-end testing of Lunar Gateway SEP system completed (americaspace.com)Short & Sweet— Space startup Phase Four wins government contract (spacenews.com)— Biden administration asks for 6.3% increase to NASA’s budget (spacepolicyonline.com)— JWST packs its sunshield in preparation for October launch (satnews.com)— Ingenuity Flight 1 delayed (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Ben Hallert via Discord: Spacelab isn’t Skylab.— From the intro: no more fairing catching (twitter.com/Erdayastronaut) (spacexfleet.com)This week in SF history— April 15, 2005: DART Collides with MUBLCOM (nasa.gov) (en.wikipedia.org) — DART stands for Demonstration for Autonomous Rendezvous Technology — MUBLCOM stands for Multiple Paths, Beyond-Line-of-Sight Communications— Next week (4/20 - 4/26) in 1997: Reduce

  • Episode 303: Dramatic Concealed Conflagration

    07/04/2021 Duração: 50min

    Spaceflight news— Failed data bus on Crew Dragon (HT Kevin Smith: blogs.nasa.gov)— SN11 landing failure (space.com) (twitter.com/Bojay_stellar) (twitter.com/TrevorMahlmann)Short & Sweet— Rocket Lab preparing for Moon Mission (twitter.com/RocketLab) (nasaspaceflight.com)— Everyday people in space (spaceflightnow.com)— NASA buys lunar gravity from Blue Origin (nasa.gov)— HLS award should be here soon (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— From the intro: ingenuity deployed (space.com)Last week in SF history— 4 Apr, 1983: The launch of TDRS-A aboard STS-6 (space.nss.org) (spacefacts.de) (nasaspaceflight.com) (nasa.gov) (americaspace.com) (americaspace.com) (youtube.com) — Footage of TDRS-E’s deployment in 1991 was shot with much better cameras (youtu.be)— Next week (4/13 - 4/19) in 2005: Bullseye?

  • Episode 302: Debris Mayhem

    24/03/2021 Duração: 46min

    Spaceflight news— Bill Nelson to be nominated as next NASA head (spacenews.com) (whitehouse.gov)— Debris mayhem — Space Force would hire deorbiting satellites (spacenews.com) — Astroscale’s demo will launch on the GK Launch Services rideshare Soyuz (spacenews.com) — NOAA-17 broke up (spacenews.com) (HT Mike Stewart: archive.org) Short & Sweet— Chang’e 5 orbiter begins extended mission (spacenews.com)— JWST on target for launch in October (spacenews.com) (theatlantic.com)— Super Heavy is being stacked (teslarati.com) (twitter.com/elonmusk)— Capella releases dish deployment video (cnbc.com) (directory.eoportal.org)Questions, comments, corrections— Emory S. via Discord: on-orbit servicing thoughtsThis week in SF history— 24 Mar, 2006. HiRISE takes its first images of Mars (space.com) (newscientist.com) (mars.nasa.gov)— Next week (3/30 - 4/5) in 1983. A little deeper pool.

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