MECO is opinion and analysis of spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy, by Anthony Colangelo.
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.
T+196: Checking In on Small Launch with Firefly Alpha, Astra LV0006
Last week, Firefly made their first flight attempt of Alpha, and Astra launched their latest vehicle, LV0006. Though both ended in failure, it’s a good time to check in on them and other small launchers that will debut soon like, ABL’s RS1 and Relativity’s Terran 1, and how they may all compete with each other.
T+195: Blue Origin’s Project Jarvis, Suborbital Flights, and Nauka Fallout (with Eric Berger)
Eric Berger of Ars Technica returns to the show to talk about the recent crewed suborbital flights by Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, Blue Origin’s Project Jarvis and their future work, and what the chaotic arrival of Nauka means for the future of the ISS and international space politics.
T+194: Branson & Bezos Fly To Space
Richard Branson flew to space aboard SpaceShipTwo on Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22, and Jeff Bezos flew to space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard 16. I share my thoughts on the flights, the vehicles, and how I’m currently looking at suborbital tourism and why it does or doesn’t matter.
T+193: Marcia Smith, SpacePolicyOnline.com
Marcia Smith of SpacePolicyOnline.com joins me for a round up of space policy news, including how the Biden and Nelson administrations are doing so far, things that are being overlooked or sidelined, the Senate’s NASA Authorization bill, NASA’s Human Landing System contract and the battle for funding, the space tourism learning period, and we finish with a quick look at what China and Russia have been up to lately.
T+192: iROSA with Matt LaPointe and Andrew Rush
I’m joined by Matt LaPointe, Technical Director at Redwire’s Deployable Space Systems, and Andrew Rush, COO of Redwire, to talk about the newest upgrade to the International Space Station: the Roll-Out Solar Arrays that are currently being deployed over the course of several spacewalks.
Great way to get current space goings on that you may not necessarily find else where. Anthony delivers it in an informative way and makes keeping up with the latest things in all things space easy. Good work
Possibly the most informed "amateur" podcast ever
If you heard that the host of MECO was a professional journalist with degrees in rocket propulsion and the economics of space flight you not be at all surprised. Always interesting, thoughtful and insightful this is essential listening for anyone interested in getting into space. Great work Anthony!
You don't have to be a space geek...
to enjoy this show. I learn loads in every episode and after about two you start to get addicted. Start with the Spacex mars shows - the excitement is truly infectious.