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A short, weekly podcast about spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy in the modern era and near future.

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    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.9, 11 Ratings

A short, weekly podcast about spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy in the modern era and near future.

    T+169: Commercial Small Launcher Updates

    T+169: Commercial Small Launcher Updates

    There have been a ton of recent updates from commercial small launch companies, like increased payload mass and volume from Rocket Lab, contracts and funding from ABL, solved vibration issues from Virgin Orbit, and a few others. With a handful of vehicles on the verge of their first launch, it’s a good time to take a higher-level look at these competitors.

    • 25 min
    T+168: SpaceX and ULA Win NSSL Phase 2

    T+168: SpaceX and ULA Win NSSL Phase 2

    The long-awaited news is finally here! ULA and SpaceX have won the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 2 launch contracts from the US Department of Defense, which leaves Blue Origin’s New Glenn and Northrop Grumman’s OmegA out in the cold. I talk through what this means for each company and launch vehicle, and where things will go from here on all sides of the issue.

    • 40 min
    T+167: Phillip Hargrove, NASA Launch Services Program

    T+167: Phillip Hargrove, NASA Launch Services Program

    Phillip Hargrove, a Launch Vehicle Trajectory Analyst at NASA joins me to talk about NASA’s Launch Services Program. We discuss how LSP interacts with mission teams like Mars 2020 Perseverance, launch providers like United Launch Alliance and SpaceX, and what kind of work they tackle in their unique role tying it all together.

    • 42 min
    T+166: Laura Klicker and Daniel Gillies, Astrobotic

    T+166: Laura Klicker and Daniel Gillies, Astrobotic

    Two members of the Astrobotic team join me for a conversation: Laura Klicker, Payload Systems Management Lead, and Daniel Gillies, Mission Director for the Griffin/VIPER mission. We talk about Astrobotic’s first Peregrine mission coming up next year, the very exciting VIPER mission to the south pole of the Moon in 2023, payload management across multiple flights, the technical aspects of their various vehicles, and a whole lot more.

    • 47 min
    T+165: Caleb Henry on the OneWeb Acquisition, Starlink Antennas, C-Band Drama, and More

    T+165: Caleb Henry on the OneWeb Acquisition, Starlink Antennas, C-Band Drama, and More

    Caleb Henry of SpaceNews returns to the show to talk about the OneWeb acquisition and related fallout, Starlink antennas, the ongoing C-band drama including the satellite-buying bonanza, and he helps us understand the FCC-GPS-Ligado situation.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    T+164: An Announcement, and a Check-in on International Space Policy and NSSL Phase 2

    T+164: An Announcement, and a Check-in on International Space Policy and NSSL Phase 2

    To start, there’s exciting news! My son is due at the end of August, and so I’ll be taking some time off after he arrives. Before that, I wanted to check in on two storylines.

    Professional shit-stirrer Dmitry Rogozin made it pretty clear that Russia is not interested in the Artemis Program, while various countries around the world partner with NASA on it. And we’re only a few weeks out from the NSSL Phase 2 awards and there is some related budgetary considerations being debated, so it’s a good time to circle back on that.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 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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