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SPEXcast is a weekly podcast diving into a variety of space topics. Come with us as we discuss the cutting edge of spacecraft engineering, potential future missions to outer space, and exciting scientific discoveries in the field of astrophysics.

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SPEXcast is a weekly podcast diving into a variety of space topics. Come with us as we discuss the cutting edge of spacecraft engineering, potential future missions to outer space, and exciting scientific discoveries in the field of astrophysics.

    71: In-Space Refueling with Orbit Fab's James Bultitude

    71: In-Space Refueling with Orbit Fab's James Bultitude

    This week on SPEXcast we sit down with James Bultitude, Lead Engineer at Orbit Fab. Orbit Fab aims to build 'gas stations' in space, allowing spacecraft to refuel when they would otherwise be discarded. He talks through the challenges of in-space refueling as well as what it is like going from a mission proposal to functioning experiment on the ISS within 6 months.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    70: SpaceX Starlink Takes Flight

    70: SpaceX Starlink Takes Flight

    This week on SPEXcast we recap Space'x first operational Starlink launch. SpaceX plans to build and launch thousands of Low Earrth Orbit satellites to provide satellite internet around the world. We break down the unique design considerations of the Starlink satellite and talk about the implications of the global constellation.

    • 59 min
    69: Improving the Spaceport America Cup for 2019

    69: Improving the Spaceport America Cup for 2019

    The Spaceport America Cup provides students from around the world a safe opportunity to practice the art of high-powered rocketry. University teams descend to the New Mexico desert for the week to present their technical achievements and battle the elements and plain-old rocket science problems to take flight. This week on SPEXcast we sit down to discuss Spaceport America 2019, including the highlights of the competition, the changes since 2018, and the future of this event as space engineering continues to grow in popularity . You can check out additional links and references at https://blog.spexcast.com/spaceport-america-cup-2019 .

    • 1 hr 7 min
    68: Space Policy with SpacePolicyOnline.com's Marcia Smith

    68: Space Policy with SpacePolicyOnline.com's Marcia Smith

    Whether it be NASA directives, FCC regulations or military operations in space, there's no doubt that policy has a significant impact on industry at every turn Today on SPEXcast we will take a closer look at space policy with Marcia Smith, the founder and editor of spacepolicyonline.com . You can check out additional links and references at https://blog.spexcast.com/space-policy-marcia-smith .

    • 1 hr
    67: NASA's AWEsome Atmospheric Waves Experiment and DALI Awards

    67: NASA's AWEsome Atmospheric Waves Experiment and DALI Awards

    This week on SPEXcast we dive into the scientific instruments that drive new discoveries. NASA’s Development and Advancement of Lunar Instrumentation (DALI) selected 5 finalist projects for continued development. From neutron generators that can determine the composition of planets to lasers that can determine how old our solar system is, these new instruments promise exciting scientific potential if and when they fly on spacecraft in the future. NASA also selected the Atmospheric Waves Experiment as part of NASA’s heliophysics explorers program, which will go to the ISS to expand our understanding of airglow in Earth’s atmosphere. You can check out additional links and references at https://blog.spexcast.com/awe-dali-sunrise-lems-beca-crater-ssolve .

    • 41 min
    66: Robotic Exploration with SpaceIL and Hayabusa2

    66: Robotic Exploration with SpaceIL and Hayabusa2

    This week on SPEXcast, we dive into the exciting advancements and discoveries robotic science vehicles are making across the solar system. SpaceIL launched the first commercial lunar lander on a SpaceX Falcon 9. Also JAXA’s Hayabusa2 landed on its target asteroid Ryugu, shooting it with a bullet to collect samples for the next stage of its multi-year mission. Lastly, we remember Opportunity, one of the most prolific robotic explorers. You can check out additional links and references at https://blog.spexcast.com/spaceil-hayabusa2-orbex-mars-one .

    • 46 min

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