27 episodes

Join forensic engineer Sean Brady as he discusses engineering failures and disasters.

Sean examines both the technical and human causes of failure, explores failures in a range of professions, and talks about why our decision making is not nearly as rational as we’d like to think. Follow our Twitter updates at @BradyHeywoodPod

Brady Heywood Podcast Sean Brady

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.9, 57 Ratings

Join forensic engineer Sean Brady as he discusses engineering failures and disasters.

Sean examines both the technical and human causes of failure, explores failures in a range of professions, and talks about why our decision making is not nearly as rational as we’d like to think. Follow our Twitter updates at @BradyHeywoodPod

    Episode 27 - Introducing Saving Apollo 13

    Episode 27 - Introducing Saving Apollo 13

    In this short podcast we discuss the re-release of our Apollo 13 Series as Saving Apollo 13. We also talk about the subject of the next more 'traditional' Brady Heywood Podcast Episode.
    Saving Apollo 13 is available on iTunes via the link below or by searching 'Saving Apollo 13' wherever you find good podcasts:
    Apple Podcasts: Saving Apollo 13 👨‍🚀
    Follow the show on social media:
    Twitter: @SavingApollo_13
    Instagram:  savingapollo13
    Facebook: @savingapollo13
    Contact Wavelength Creative: https://wavelengthcreative.com/

    • 5 min
    Episode 26 – Apollo 13: Addendum

    Episode 26 – Apollo 13: Addendum

    Want to take a deep dive behind the scenes of our Apollo 13 podcast series? Want to know the cause of the failure?
    Then this podcast is for you. We’ll talk about each episode, cover the technical material we left out, discuss the cause, and even chat about Ron Howard’s excellent movie, Apollo 13.
    We’ll even throw in a clue about our next long-form series…
    Twitter at @BradyHeywoodPod
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bradyheywoodpod/
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    Omega Tau podcast:  https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/omega-tau-science-engineering-english-only/id350159142
    Apollo13Minute: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/apollo-13-minute-podcast/id1403021295
    Go Flight: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/go-flight-with-rick-houston/id1407006257
    13 Minutes to the moon: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/13-minutes-to-the-moon/id1459657136
    Jared Owen animations: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbsfyGlrjrKQC0gbzK0-EiA
    Gimbel lock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmCzZ-D8Wdk
    Slide Rules: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYhOoYf_XT0&t=318s
    Apollo 13's re-entry audio was recorded at Honeysuckle Creek in Australia and can be found at  https://www.honeysucklecreek.net/msfn_missions/Apollo_13_mission/a13_re-entry_index.html 
     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 25 - Apollo 13 V: Steely-Eyed Missile Men

    Episode 25 - Apollo 13 V: Steely-Eyed Missile Men

    Apollo 13 is about to undertake one of the most improvised and dangerous re-entries ever attempted by NASA.
    Will John Aaron and the Tiger Team figure out how to power back up the Command Module in time? Has the heat shield been damaged? Are their parachute's frozen?   
    This is the final episode of Apollo 13. But be sure to subscribe to the podcast because we will be releasing an Addendum episode at some point in 2019. In this episode we'll take a behind the scenes look at Apollo 13. We'll cover all the material that didn't make it into the series, as well as taking a deep dive into the technical causes of the explosion on board. 
    Thank you for listening.
    The series is accompanied by bonus material, in the form of photographs and graphics, which will be posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    Twitter at @BradyHeywoodPod
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bradyheywoodpod/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bradyheywoodpod/
    Email podcasts@bradyheywood.com.au
    For more details on Apollo 13, please read Jeffrey Kluger and Jim Lovell’s wonderful book titled 'Apollo 13'. Many of the conversations presented in this podcast are from this book.
    Details of the spacecraft configuration at the time of the explosion can be found here: http://img2.tfd.com/pp/wikiimg.ashx?p=commons%2fthumb%2f0%2f01%2f2010-06-11_CSM%2526LM.jpg%2f799px-2010-06-11_CSM%2526LM.jpg
    All the NASA audio used in the series can be found at: https://archive.org/details/Apollo13Audio (The Audio is edited.)
    Apollo 13's re-entry audio was recorded at Honeysuckle Creek in Australia and can be found at  https://www.honeysucklecreek.net/msfn_missions/Apollo_13_mission/a13_re-entry_index.html 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 24 - Apollo 13 IV: Star Sailors

    Episode 24 - Apollo 13 IV: Star Sailors

    The crew of Apollo 13 begin their long fall to earth. In this entire episode we stay with the crew as they go around the moon, fight to keep their LEM functioning and their trajectory correct - all while their spacecraft begins to freeze around them.
    The final episode will be released next Thursday.
    The series is accompanied by bonus material, in the form of photographs and graphics, which will be posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    Twitter at @BradyHeywoodPod
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bradyheywoodpod/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bradyheywoodpod/
    Email podcasts@bradyheywood.com.au
    For more details on Apollo 13, please read Jeffrey Kluger and Jim Lovell’s wonderful book titled 'Apollo 13'. Many of the conversations presented in this podcast are from this book.
    Details of the spacecraft configuration at the time of the explosion can be found here: http://img2.tfd.com/pp/wikiimg.ashx?p=commons%2fthumb%2f0%2f01%2f2010-06-11_CSM%2526LM.jpg%2f799px-2010-06-11_CSM%2526LM.jpg
    All the NASA audio used in the series can be found at: https://archive.org/details/Apollo13Audio (The Audio is edited.)
    Details of Ed Smylie's device can be found at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_13_Mailbox_at_Mission_Control.jpg
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    • 54 min
    Episode 23 - Apollo 13 III: The Tiger Team

    Episode 23 - Apollo 13 III: The Tiger Team

    "I don’t give a damn about the odds and I don’t give a damn that we’ve never done anything like this before. You’ve got to believe, your people have got to believe, that this crew is coming home." Gene Kranz to the Tiger Team, Room 210, April 1970.
    The Tiger Team and Mission Control work through the long range problems of getting Apollo 13 home. Meanwhile, the astronauts attempt to confirm their position and trajectory as the moon continues to grow larger in their windows. 
    A new episode will be released every Thursday.
    The series is accompanied by bonus material, in the form of photographs and graphics, which will be posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    Twitter at @BradyHeywoodPod
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bradyheywoodpod/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bradyheywoodpod/
    Email podcasts@bradyheywood.com.au
    For more details on Apollo 13, please read Jeffrey Kluger and Jim Lovell’s wonderful book titled 'Apollo 13'. Many of the conversations presented in this podcast are from this book.
    Details of the spacecraft configuration at the time of the explosion can be found here: http://img2.tfd.com/pp/wikiimg.ashx?p=commons%2fthumb%2f0%2f01%2f2010-06-11_CSM%2526LM.jpg%2f799px-2010-06-11_CSM%2526LM.jpg
    All the NASA audio used in the series can be found at: https://archive.org/details/Apollo13Audio (The Audio is edited.)
    Read more at http://www.bradyheywood.libsyn.com/#3kDhdq361OrESgVJ.99
    Read more at https://bradyheywood.libsyn.com/#WlYBsbmY17GXd3Tc.99

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 22 - Apollo 13 II: The Lifeboat

    Episode 22 - Apollo 13 II: The Lifeboat

    Following the explosion, the three astronauts and Mission Control fight to save the dying spacecraft. And Gene Kranz assembles a team to tackle an impossible rescue. 
    A new episode will be released every Thursday.
    The series is accompanied by bonus material, in the form of photographs and graphics, which will be posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    Twitter at @BradyHeywoodPod
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bradyheywoodpod/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bradyheywoodpod/
    Email podcasts@bradyheywood.com.au
    For more details on Apollo 13, please read Jeffrey Kluger and Jim Lovell’s wonderful book titled 'Apollo 13'. Many of the conversations presented in this podcast are from this book.
    Details of the spacecraft configuration at the time of the explosion can be found here: http://img2.tfd.com/pp/wikiimg.ashx?p=commons%2fthumb%2f0%2f01%2f2010-06-11_CSM%2526LM.jpg%2f799px-2010-06-11_CSM%2526LM.jpg
    All the NASA audio used in the series can be found at: https://archive.org/details/Apollo13Audio (The Audio is edited.)

    Read more at http://www.bradyheywood.libsyn.com/#3kDhdq361OrESgVJ.99
     

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Quibblicious ,

A genuine treasure...

The individual episodes are excellent and range from geeky to sweeping.

The Apollo XIII series is amazing and worthy of any accolades and awards.

I know the story, I’ve read the books, and the way that the story is told here gave me new insights, pulled me along with perfect tension and engagement, and left me with tears of joy in my eyes.

This is on par with Dan Carlin’s Hardcore history. Subscribe. Listen. Enjoy.

2happyUser ,

Awesome study of human factors

I love hearing about the human factors that cause so many of these events. Not only does it make me feel human but it helps to learn how seemingly small choices can snowball. I am left wondering if the drain tube in Oxygen tank 2 of Apollo 13, alone should have been clause to scrap that tank before the mission ever left the ground, because I wonder if it had the potential to clog or block the valve. And I hope the upcoming series involves my favorite Polar explorer.

TJM444 ,

Fantastic

I listen to a great many podcasts but this the first to compel me to write a review.
Really just an excellent in depth look a engineering. The Apollo 13 episodes are simply wonderful. Hope more are to come.

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