The Orbital Mechanics Podcast

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 285: Trench-rich Combustion

    Episode 285: Trench-rich Combustion

    18/11/2020 Duração: 01h12s

    Spaceflight news— Starship SN8 fires a second (and third) time. (space.com) (youtube.com) (twitter.com/elonmusk)— Crew-1 certified (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) (two parter: americaspace.com / americaspace.com)Short & Sweet— Upgraded version of Sherpa tug to fly in mid-2021. (spacenews.com) (satnews.com)— Bridenstein expected to turn down a continued position. (spacenews.com) (aviationweek.com)— Mars Sample Return may be delayed. (spacenews.com)— First Falcon Heavy Extended Fairing sold. (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Ben Hallert: Gnome Chompski is 15 cm, not 15 mm (twitter.com/chairboy)— From the intro: Congress does not authorize SOFIA sunset (spacenews.com)This week in SF history— 21 November 2000: Launch of EO-1, Earth Observing 1 (phys.org) (en.wikipedia.org) (earthobservatory.nasa.gov) (space.skyrocket.de)— Lots of thanks to Emory Stagmer for presenting this week’s topic! (twitter.com/vaxheadroom)— Next week (11/24 - 11/30) in 1965: Medaille de Bronze

  • Episode 284: DOWNLINK--Mark Lester

    Episode 284: DOWNLINK--Mark Lester

    11/11/2020 Duração: 01h41min

    Spaceflight news— Rocket lab aims to recover booster (spacenews.com) (aerospaceamerica.aiaa.org) (rocketlabusa.com)Short & Sweet— Spacebit doesn’t hate wheels, but does love sharing data. (spacenews.com)— Galactic Energy reaches orbit. (spacenews.com)— Virgin Galactic enters final testing phase before operations. (spacenews.com)— The Curse of Scrubtober Ends. (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com)Interview--Mark Lester, President & CEO, Alaska Aerospace Corporation— akaerospace.com— witter.com/alaskaaerospace— linkedin.com/in/mark-d-lesterThis week in SF history— 11 Nov, 1982. STS-5, the first operational Shuttle mission, and the first to deploy satellites. (newspapers.com) (wikipedia.org) (PDF: spacepresskit.files.wordpress.com)— Next week in 2000: Hyper carbon-carbon plasma

  • Episode 283: Sample Stowed

    Episode 283: Sample Stowed

    04/11/2020 Duração: 47min

    Spaceflight news— Direct lunar water observation (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (nature.com)— OSIRIS-REx stores sample (spacenews.com) (asteroidmission.org) (asteroidmission.org)Short & Sweet— Launchspace to install debris collection payload on ISS. (spacenews.com)— Ariane 6 needs additional funding. (spacenews.com)— Falcon 9 launch abort conclusion. (spacenews.com) (cbsnews.com)— NASA faces tough choice due to SLS’s slow progress. (space.com)This week in SF history— 9 Nov, 1967. Launch of Apollo 4 (wikipedia.org) (drewexmachina.com) (space.skyrocket.de) — Ejectable film canisters were fairly complex machines (nasa.gov) — Apollo 8 press kit (PDF: nasa.gov) — Apollo 4 press kit (cdm16608.contentdm.oclc.org)— Next week (11/10 - 11/17) in 1982. It was a lovely trip, but we were stuck indoors the whole time.

  • Episode 282: Nightingale Sneeze

    Episode 282: Nightingale Sneeze

    27/10/2020 Duração: 40min

    Spaceflight news— OSIRIS-REx completes TAG (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (asteroidmission.org) — Descent video and description by Dante Lauretta (asteroidmission.org) (twitter.com/NASA) — TAGSAM details (link.springer.com) (youtu.be) — We spoke with Richard Witherspoon, mission operations systems engineer at Lockheed Martin in Ep 186 (theorbitalmechanics.com)Short & Sweet— Falcon 9 core sets record with Starlink launch. (americaspace.com)— China reveals plans for a number of space projects. (spacenews.com)— GHGSat detects smallest methane emission ever from orbit. (smallsatnews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Chris Hofmann via DM and Ben Hallert (twitter.com/chairboy): Firefly launches out of Vandenberg, not WallopsThis week in SF history— 30 Oct, 1985. Launch of the eight-person shuttle crew, STS 61-A. Largest crew to date (en.wikipedia.org) (spacefacts.de) — Interview with Ernst Messerschmid, Payload Specialist (esa.int)— Next week (11/3-11/9) in 1

  • Episode 281: International Gateway

    Episode 281: International Gateway

    20/10/2020 Duração: 51min

    Spaceflight news— NASA and ESA Lunar Gateway contracts awarded (space.com) (spacenews.com) — Airbus and Thales Alenia were also contracted to develop a lunar lander (spacewatch.global) (esa.int)Short & Sweet— Prototype rover tested in Mojave desert. (cnet.com)— Fire at Firefly’s Wallops Launch Complex. (twitter.com/Firefly_Space) (twitter.com/DavidNagySFgang)— Zvezda atmosphere success… and failure. (sciencealert.com) (tass.com)Questions, comments, corrections— OSIRIS-Rex Touch-and-Go maneuver (americaspace.com) (nasa.gov)This week in SF history— 26 Oct, 2006. Launch of the STEREO mission (stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov) — SECCHI - Sun-Earth Connections Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation (secchi.lmsal.com) — IMPACT - In situ Measurements of Particles And CME Transients (sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu) — PLASTIC - Plasma and Suprathermal Ion Composition (link.springer.com)— Next week (10/27 - 11/2) in 1985: Room for one more?

  • Episode 280: DOWNLINK--Ella Atkins II

    Episode 280: DOWNLINK--Ella Atkins II

    13/10/2020 Duração: 01h26min

    Spaceflight news— SpaceX Crew-1 mission delayed (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) — Tom Mueller explained the gas generator cycle, and the Merlin engine in particular (youtube.com) — GPS III SV04 launch scrubbed earlier this month due to “unexpected pressure rise in the turbomachinery gas generator” (twitter.com/elonmusk)Short & Sweet— Chinese taikonauts selected for country’s space station (spacenews.com)— The Autophage engine receives funding (space.com) (patents.google.com)— SpaceX is deorbiting its original Starlink satellites (spacenews.com) (forum.nasaspaceflight.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Emory Stagmer: The LCROSS Flight Director's Blog (nasa.gov)Interview -- Ella Atkins, Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, and IEEE Senior Member.— We previously spoke with Ella on Episode 223 (theorbitalmechanics.com)— Autonomous done with a nailgun (youtube.com)— Ella’s professional profile and CV (aero.engin.umich.edu)— U of M’s robotics department (r

  • Episode 279: Free-Floating Selfie Stick

    Episode 279: Free-Floating Selfie Stick

    07/10/2020 Duração: 58min

    Spaceflight news— Tianwen-1 selfie (twitter.com/AJ_FI) — No country’s first Mars mission has ever been an orbiter/lander pair before (eoportal.org) — Orbiter instrumentation (nssc.cas.cn) — Lander/rover instrumentation (spacerobotics.eu)Short & Sweet— U.S. to monitor spacecraft around cis-lunar space (breakingdefense.com)— ThrustMe secures ESA funding (satellite-evolution.com)— Starlink could serve as a GPS alternative (technologyreview.com)— China announces work on lunar-capable crewed launch vehicle (space.com)— SpaceX continues Boca Chica takeover (vice.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Ben Hallert: NRHO, but not Gateway, are required for Artemis 3 landing (twitter.com/chairboy)— From the intro: Dragon DEMO-2 named Resilience (spacenews.com)This week in SF history— October 9, 2009. LCROSS impact of the lunar south pole (wikipedia.org) — The in flight anomaly (spaceflightnow.com) — Crater investigation (arxiv.org) — Estimating the circumference of an ellipse (youtube.com)— Next wee

  • Episode 278: DOWNLINK--Panagiotis Tsiotras

    Episode 278: DOWNLINK--Panagiotis Tsiotras

    30/09/2020 Duração: 01h35min

    Spaceflight news— NASA science mission delays (spacenews.com) — JWST deployment tests are done! (nasa.gov)Short & Sweet— Blue Origin pursues space station development. (spacenews.com)— Price tag for on-orbit publicity photos. (spacenews.com)— ISS leak narrowed down to two modules. (businessinsider.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Andrew Z: Bishop grapple fixture placement (youtube.com) (PDF: forum.nasaspaceflight.com)— Andrew Z: HLS size comparison (twitter.com/brickmack)Interview -- Dr. Panagiotis Tsiotras, IEEE Fellow and Professor and David and Andrew Lewis Chair, Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology— Dr. Tsiotras helped design the ASTROS (Autonomous Spacecraft Testing of Robotic Operations in Space) lab at Georgia Tech (dcsl.gatech.edu)— Dr. Tsiotras is the director of the Dynamics and Control Systems Laboratory at Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering (dcsl.gatech.edu)— (LinkedIn)— IEEE Transmitter is a multimedia platform (transmitter.ieee.org)

  • Episode 277: Little Nub

    Episode 277: Little Nub

    22/09/2020 Duração: 01h02min

    Spaceflight news— Nanoracks ISS airlock is nearly complete (spacenews.com) (youtube.com)— Dynetics HLS mockup arrives at JSC (twitter.com/Dynetics) (techcrunch.com) — On-orbit refueling is required to get Dynetics HLS to the moon (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Russia announces solo mission to Venus (dailymail.co.uk) (nplus1.ru) (twitter.com/katlinegrey)— China preps for Chang’e 5 launch (spacenews.com)— Artemis III’s landing site (spacepolicyonline.com) (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Ben Hallert: FH has launched three times, not two (twitter.com/chairboy)— Ben Hallert: Any Vulcan can have up to 6 SRMs, it’s Centaur that gets heavy (twitter.com/chairboy)— Andrew Z: Interesting Boeing read (aviationweek.com)This week in SF history— 23 Sept, 1999. Mars Climate Orbiter failure (wikipedia.org) (spectrum.ieee.org) (PDF: sunnyday.mit.edu)— Next week in 2003: a bureaucratic Voltron

  • Episode 276: DOWNLINK--Baratunde Cola

    Episode 276: DOWNLINK--Baratunde Cola

    16/09/2020 Duração: 01h19min

    Spaceflight news— Cause of ULA’s recent hot-fire abort has been identified. (americaspace.com) (twitter.com/torybruno) — A “routine, ongoing trade study” has resulted in the possibility of a three-core Vulcan Super Heavy (twitter.com/torybruno)— Astra’s Rocket 3.1 flight terminated during its first stage. (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/Astra)Short & Sweet— Juno eyes extended mission goals. (spacenews.com)— Boeing to be investigated by independent ethics probe. (foxbusiness.com)— NASA offers to buy commercially-obtained lunar samples. (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/mastenspace)— China’s mystery spacecraft returns to Earth. (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/Marco_Langbroek)— Northrop Grumman cancels OmegA. (spacenews.com)Interview--Baratunde Cola, Founder and CEO of Carbice Corporation— A SBIR award was instrumental to getting the company up on their feet. (sbir.gov)— Thermal camera footage of Carbice Carbon (youtube.com)— Promo video (youtube.com)— Carbice.comSocials — linkedin.com — instagram.com/carbicem

  • Episode 275: First Light Flight

    Episode 275: First Light Flight

    08/09/2020 Duração: 42min

    Spaceflight news— Rocket Lab secretly launches Photon spacecraft (techcrunch.com) (spacenews.com) (space.com)Short & Sweet— SpaceX sets a new record. (americaspace.com)— China launches a reusable spacecraft. (spacenews.com)— We have a Starship hop! (spacenews.com) (youtube.com)This week in SF history— 7 Sept, 1995. Launch of STS-69 (wikipedia.org) (sciencedirect.com) — Also had an alternate patch: Dog Crew II (spacepatches.nl) — Mach waves were visible during launch (youtube.com)

  • Episode 274: DOWNLINK--Peter Beck

    Episode 274: DOWNLINK--Peter Beck

    01/09/2020 Duração: 01h29min

    Spaceflight news— Funding secured for NanoFEEP manufacturer Morpheus Space (spacenews.com) (HT Andrew Zdanowicz: defenseone.com) — Liquid eyeliner demonstrates an effect similar to the Taylor Cones utilized in electrospray engines (HT Colin: hackaday.com)Short & Sweet— SLS takes a brief break. (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com)— Starliner's schedule falls further behind Crew Dragon’s. (investors.com) (spacenews.com)— Russian space station module arrives at Baikonur. (spaceflightnow.com)Questions, comments, corrections— From the intro: InSight drills below the surface (twitter.com/NASAInSight)Interview--Peter Beck, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab— twitter.com/rocketlab— twitter.com/peter_j_beck— rocketlabusa.comThis week in SF history— 5 Sept, 1977. Launch of Voyager 1, and the final Titan IIIE launch (voyager.jpl.nasa.gov) (en.wikipedia.org)— Next week in 1995: Centenarian

  • Episode 273: Jupiter via SLS?

    Episode 273: Jupiter via SLS?

    25/08/2020 Duração: 44min

    Spaceflight news— Europa Clipper might not fly on SLS (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Ball Aerospace successfully completes green-fueled smallsat mission. (smallsatnews.com)— Blue Origin delivers its lunar lander mockup. (spacenews.com)— SpaceX sets a reuse record. (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Brian Kostka via email: there was an "iron lung" on Skylab!This week in SF history— 25 Aug, 2003. Launch of Spitzer Space Telescope (wikipedia.org) (irsa.ipac.caltech.edu)— Next week in 1977: Top-heavy but retired.

  • Episode 272: DOWNLINK--Caty Pilachowski

    Episode 272: DOWNLINK--Caty Pilachowski

    19/08/2020 Duração: 01h52min

    Spaceflight news— Lucy on track for 2021 launch (americaspace.com)— Rocket Lab increases performance (spacenews.com) (PDF: rocketlabusa.com)— NASA to coordinate smallsat rideshares (spacenews.com)— Heat management becomes a new bottleneck in the smallsat era (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— Dragon’s first commercial crew mission (spacenews.com)— A new industry seeks standardization (spacenews.com)— Ingenuity recharges its batteries on its trip to Mars (phys.org)Questions, comments, corrections— “Fun paper Friday” (HT Andrew Z: frontiersin.org) — ROSCOSMOS’ Chibis suit (blogs.nasa.gov)— Csaba via email: reactors vs. RTGs, the highest flying bird, and 1976 splashdown vs 1975.Interview -- Caty Pilachowski, Professor of Astronomy at Indiana University— WIYN Telescope (wikipedia.org)— IU Faculty profile (astro.indiana.edu)— twitter.com/iuastroThis week in SF history— 11 August 1962: Launch of Vostok 3 (russianspaceweb.com)— Next week in 2003: A flame-retardant spacecraft.

  • Episode 271: The Dominator

    Episode 271: The Dominator

    05/08/2020 Duração: 38min

    Spaceflight news— Mars Perseverance and Ingenuity on their way to Mars (spaceflightnow.com) (americaspace.com) — SHERLOC calibration target includes spacesuit samples (collectspace.com)— Crew Dragon is coming home (arstechnica.com)Short & Sweet— Airbus to build Mars sample return mission’s orbital element (spacenews.com)— Cause of Rocket Lab’s recent launch failure has been identified (spaceflightnow.com)— Hayabusa2 releases details on its extended mission (hayabusa2.jaxa.jp)Questions, comments, corrections— Andrew via email: Nuclear reactor on Moon (designdevelopmenttoday.com)— Also from Andrew: Winged Gemini (woodtv.com)— Alex via email: Michigan Spaceport (woodtv.com)This week in SF history— August 8, 1989: Launch of STS-28 (americaspace.com)

  • Episode 270: A Little to The Left

    Episode 270: A Little to The Left

    28/07/2020 Duração: 31min

    Spaceflight news— Progress MS-15 encounters KURS docking issue (rocketrundown.com) (russianspaceweb.com) (youtube.com)Short & Sweet— Astra will make another attempt at orbit (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/Astra)— LauncherOne failure update (spacenews.com)— NASA still has concerns with Starliner (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— twitter.com/amyinorbit: STS-93 wasn’t aborted (youtube.com)This week in SF history— July 30 1980: Svetlana Savitskaya selected in the second group of female cosmonauts (en.wikipedia.org) (americaspace.com) (spacefacts.de) (spacefacts.de)— Next week in 1989: listen in for an audio clue

  • Episode 269: DOWNLINK--Kathryn Crowe

    Episode 269: DOWNLINK--Kathryn Crowe

    22/07/2020 Duração: 01h20min

    Spaceflight news— Dream Chaser trunk, Shooting Star, finds its own life (americaspace.com) (sncorp.com) (space.com)Short & Sweet— Hayabusa2 now has a sample return date! (spaceflightnow.com)— Florida’s Mk 2 Starship is being scrapped. (teslarati.com)— Crew Dragon planned to return in early August. (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, corrections— From the intro: the closest images ever taken to the Sun (americaspace.com)Interview-- Kathryn Crowe, NASA Human Landing System Deputy Lead for Integrated Performance— twitter.com/kat_cr— Linkedin.com— Artemis (nasa.gov)— Contractors on HLS (twitter.com/dynetics) (twitter.com/spacex) (twitter.com/blueorigin)This week in SF history— 23 July 1999: Launch of STS-93 (waynehale.wordpress.com) (astronautix.com) (spacefacts.de) (nasaspaceflight.com) (nasa.gov)— Next week in 1980: “get to work” on Soyuz

  • Episode 268: 80 Corrective Actions

    Episode 268: 80 Corrective Actions

    14/07/2020 Duração: 48min

    Spaceflight news— Starliner has more work to do (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com)— Starship construction update (HT Andrew Z: wccftech.com)Short & Sweet— X-ray space telescope’s launch date delayed. (spaceflightnow.com)— Cost overruns result in changes to Europa Clipper instruments. (spacenews.com)— NASA has new planetary protection directives. (spacenews.com)— NASA doesn’t own a Falcon 9. (americaspace.com)Questions, comments, corrections— Mentioned in the intro: 360° video front he first F9 landing (HT Andrew Z: twitter.com/PPathole)This week in SF history— July 15, 1975. The start of Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (wikipedia.org) (astronautix.com)— Next week in 1999: Pumpkin in a paper bag

  • Episode 267: DOWNLINK--John Z. Kiss

    Episode 267: DOWNLINK--John Z. Kiss

    08/07/2020 Duração: 01h04min

    Spaceflight news— Perseverance launch slips again (spacenews.com) — Centaur has been repaired (twitter.com/thesheetztweetz)Short & Sweet— Rocket Lab suffers second-stage failure and loss of vehicle. (arstechnica.com) (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/RocketLab)— ULA receives its first BE-4. (spacenews.com)— First indigenous-owned ground station to be built in Australia (satnews.com)Interview: John Z. Kiss, Professor of Biology and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina Greensboro— twitter.com/jzk60— linkedin.com— UNC bio and publication list (biology.uncg.edu)— Read more — Exploratory study ahead of sending Arabidopsis on CLPS (content.sciendo.com) — Feature article on Dr. Kiss’ work (researchmagazine.uncg.edu) — TedX talk “Someday We Will Live on Mars) (youtu.be) — Seedling Growth-2 (youtube.com) — Seedling Growth-3 (nasa.gov)This week in SF history— 7 July 1998: first orbital launch from a sub (en.wikipedia.org) — Based on R-29RM (en.wikipedia.org)—

  • Episode 266: Demo-2 and the Spacewalks

    Episode 266: Demo-2 and the Spacewalks

    30/06/2020 Duração: 46min

    Spaceflight news— Demo-2 and spacewalks (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com)— Suborbital Crew (spacenews.com)— SpaceShip Two news (spacenews.com)Short & Sweet— ISRO opens up spaceflight to the private sector. (deccanchronicle.com)— ULA completes wet dress rehearsal ahead of Perseverance launch (americaspace.com) (HT Andrew Z: twitter.com/TJ_Cooney)— SpaceX plans a booster recovery for a military satellite. (spacenews.com)— Canadarm3 contract signed (spacenews.com)This week in SF history— 4 July, 2005. Deep Impact strikes comet Tempel-1 (en.wikipedia.org)— Next week in 1998: Low slung rocket

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