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MECO is opinion and analysis of spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy, by Anthony Colangelo.

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MECO is opinion and analysis of spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy, by Anthony Colangelo.

    T+202: The Geopolitics of ASAT Weapons and Space Debris (with Brian Weeden)

    T+202: The Geopolitics of ASAT Weapons and Space Debris (with Brian Weeden)

    Brian Weeden of the Secure World Foundation joins me to talk about the technical and political fallout of Russia’s recent anti-satellite weapons demonstration, the history of anti-satellite weapons and testing, the geopolitical situation surrounding the topic, and what the future of space debris tracking and management looks like.

    • 43 min
    T+201: Russia’s Reckless and Awful Anti-Satellite Operation

    T+201: Russia’s Reckless and Awful Anti-Satellite Operation

    Russia recklessly carried out an anti-satellite operation on a large, defunct satellite in one of the most heavily-used and most important sections of Earth orbit. I share my thoughts on the operation, Russia’s status in the space industry at large, and what the technical and political fallout may be coming out of this.

    • 24 min
    T+200: Orbital Reef, Starlab, and the ISS Conundrum

    T+200: Orbital Reef, Starlab, and the ISS Conundrum

    Commercial space station mania! Blue Origin, Sierra Space, Boeing, and Redwire announced Orbital Reef, while Nanoracks and Lockheed Martin announced Starlab, all in the run up to the expected awards as part of NASA’s Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Destinations program.

    • 35 min
    T+199: A Visit to the NASTAR Center (with Glenn King)

    T+199: A Visit to the NASTAR Center (with Glenn King)

    I took a half-hour ride out to the National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center to take a tour with Glenn King, (COO, Director of Advanced Pilot & Space Training, and recent Netflix star) about their training, what they’ve been up to lately in this busy season of people going to space, and what the future may hold for spaceflight training. We tour their altitude chamber, spatial disorientation device, and high performance human centrifuge along with its various cockpits.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    T+198: Ryan McDevitt, CEO of Benchmark Space Systems

    T+198: Ryan McDevitt, CEO of Benchmark Space Systems

    Ryan McDevitt, CEO of Benchmark Space Systems joins me to talk all about what Benchmark has been up to lately, what mobility-as-a-service means for the industry, and their partnership with Orbit Fab.

    • 39 min
    T+197: NASA’s Human Spaceflight Directorate Shakeup

    T+197: NASA’s Human Spaceflight Directorate Shakeup

    At a town hall this week, NASA announced that the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate will be split in two: the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, led by Jim Free, and the Space Operations Mission Directorate, led by Kathy Lueders. I discuss what this change might mean for the future of NASA’s human spaceflight program, and why I think it’s not something to worry about if you’re a Kathy Lueders stan.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Turn up the noise ,

Great concise space podcast.

A very professional podcast dissecting space policy and news with record speed. That would be my only criticism, sometimes too fast.

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