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The award-winning space science podcast about all things space! Hosted by Alex G. Orphanos, science communicator, maker, and aerospace engineer. Our mission: to spread love and spread science!

Today In Space Alex G. Orphanos, Science Communicator

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The award-winning space science podcast about all things space! Hosted by Alex G. Orphanos, science communicator, maker, and aerospace engineer. Our mission: to spread love and spread science!

    The Balance | RocketLab catches a rocket with a Helicopter, Boeing OFT-2, JWST, and Staying on Mission in hard times

    The Balance | RocketLab catches a rocket with a Helicopter, Boeing OFT-2, JWST, and Staying on Mission in hard times

    On this episode we recap the latest from a busy May in Space, including:
    - Boeing’s OFT-2 gets a Part DEUX after fixing some valve issues 
    - James Webb Space Telescope continues Science Instrument commissioning 
    - Rocket Lab catches their Electron Rocket with a Helicopter and the CAPSTONE spacecraft is on its way to New Zealand for an Artemis/Gateway mission to the Moon
    - The AG3D lab gets a new 3D Scanner
    We discuss the balance of staying on mission when things get tough, busy, and confusing. JWST is a great story of staying on mission
    Have a great week and make sure to spread love and spread science! 
    LLAP
    Alex G. Orphanos
    The unreal science behind how James Webb aligned its mirrors and go it working
    https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/20358
    https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/small_spacecraft/capstone
    https://www.jwst.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/whereIsWebb.html
     

    • 37 min
    NASA Artemis 1 Delays, SpaceX Crew-4 Launch, & my JWST Q on Twitter Spaces

    NASA Artemis 1 Delays, SpaceX Crew-4 Launch, & my JWST Q on Twitter Spaces

    This week we have much to discuss about all things space!  - NASA's Crew 4 launches to the ISS on a SpaceX Falcon9 & Crew Dragon NET April 23 5:26AM ET
    - NASA's SLS Wet Dress Rehersal gets delayed & we get new launch window possibilties for this summer in Florida at Pad39A
    - The Jame Webb Telescope team was on Twitter Spaces talking about the cryocooling the MIRI instrument is doing to get it ready for first observations - I got to ask a question live! We share the engineer & scientist answers here
    - We also discuss the latest projects in the AG3D Printing lab, with out resin 3D printed Falcon9 and our early prototype of our next JWST product for our etsy shop! AG3Dprinting.etsy.com to support the podcast and get a cool 3D printing gift at the same time
    https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/crew-4_mission_overview.pdf
    https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/launches-and-events/events-calendar/2022/april/rocket-launch-commercial-crew-spacex-crew-4
    https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/wet-dress-rehearsal-infographic.html
    https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/36946/20220403/four-lightning-bolts-hit-towers-surrounding-artemis-moon-rocket-nasa.htm
    https://www.jwst.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/whereIsWebb.html
    https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/about/innovations/cryocooler.html
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasawebbtelescope/4813321160/in/album-72157627124342395/
    All this and more on this episode of the podcast!
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    • 40 min
    The Balance | US Launch Independence, SLS rollout, & the changing tide of global Space efforts

    The Balance | US Launch Independence, SLS rollout, & the changing tide of global Space efforts

    This week we discuss the nuanced topic of launch independence, the ability of a single country to continue their space programs regardless of global conflict that might interrupt international partnerships like the ISS and other space ventures. Given the continuing conflict in Ukraine, this story continues to develop. NASA also rolled out the SLS for the first time from the VAB to Pad 39B, which marks a momentus moment for Artemis 1 just around the corner. Looking forward to seeing that rocket in person in a few months! We're trying to go down to Florida and take it all in! Having a moon rocket along with all of our amazing "broomsticks" here in the US provides us an opportunity to continue our progress in space without the need for the Russian Soyuz system. US launch independence is at an all time strength given the last 10 years of work to allow America to launch its own Astronauts from American soil. What happened? How did we get here? Why are we so lucky? We attempt to answer those question throughout this episode.
    We also discuss the challenge others around the world are having now, as missions are getting shuffled now that organizations like ESA & JAXA who might have relied on Russian Soyuz launches to go to space. Even competitive rivals like OneWeb and Starlink are joining together to launch on American rockets to avoid delay and collapse of millions of invested dollars. It is a complex situation, and strangely the Space Force predicted these types of changes in their outline of Space Future 2060 release in 2019.
    All this and more on this weeks episode!

    https://spacenews.com/u-s-general-starlink-in-ukraine-showing-us-what-megaconstellations-can-do/

    https://spacenews.com/nasa-to-delay-mars-sample-return-switch-to-dual-lander-approach/
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    • 41 min
    Steve Good CCO of Ramon.Space | Software & Supercomputing to Space, & the universal language of Math & Physics | People of Science

    Steve Good CCO of Ramon.Space | Software & Supercomputing to Space, & the universal language of Math & Physics | People of Science

    On this episode we return with another People of Science segment! This week, we are honored to have Steve Good, the Chief Commercial Officer of Ramon.Space - a company dedicated to bringing software & supercomputing to space. Today Ramon.Space Announces their High-Capacity Space-Resilient Storage Solution to the public. The boom of interest in space has been helped out by the economical advancements in rocket launches thanks to companies like Spacex - but what happens now? 
    Steve shares his STEM origin stories and how math & physics connected with him at a young age while his love of space merged into a 25 year career in Aerospace and Satellites. We discuss the business of satellites, orbits, and computing in space - and how the storage solution Ramon.Space is offering for spacecraft can meet the growing need and bridge the gap of our infrastructure needs in space.
    If you really want to learn more about satellites and what it takes to launch hardware with 0% failure rate over 50+ missions to space, while also enabling the future of storing, computing, and connecting data in space - look no further!
    Brief Review & runthrough of the missions Ramon.Space has supported:
    Hayabusa 2
    TGO Mars Orbiter
    ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter
    ESA Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE)
    NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS)
    A big thanks to Steve Good & Ramon.Space for joining us and sharing their story!
    ramon.space
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    • 56 min
    Ukraine, The Space Progress Conundrum, SpaceX's Starlink, and JWST's 1st image

    Ukraine, The Space Progress Conundrum, SpaceX's Starlink, and JWST's 1st image

    After alot of delay we are back for another episode of the podcast. I've been through the ringer with food poisining and other life stuff, as I'm sure you have as well. There was alot to catch up on since our episode to close out January and we review what's new in space this week. The war in Ukraine and Russia's invasion is terrible, and I do my best to stay in my lane of experitise and share how this affects the space industry. I am no international expert or political scientist but this conflict is already changing the scope of international policies with the global Space Industry being affected directly. We are in strange and difficult times, and the conundrum of space progress repeats. Major Space Progress parallels Major Global Conflict. 
    We close out by catching up on some of my favorite space news from last month, including a new Director of JPL, a wild year of SpaceX's Starlink so far (the good & the challenging), and the first engineering images of the James Webb Space Telescope.
    Thanks for joining us and for sticking around - very much appreciate everyone who listens/shares/follows the podcast....here's to building a fantastic future for all of us.
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    - @todayinspacepod on instragram & twitter
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    Share the podcast with friends & family!
    https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/satellites/a39023180/spacex-lost-40-starlink-satellites-in-a-solar-storm/?utm_campaign=socialflowFBPOP&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media
    https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/business/spacex-engineers-in-fiji-for-six-months/
    https://twitter.com/katebomb/status/1499176586792292361?s=21
    https://twitter.com/astro_jonny/status/1499075541290336269?s=21
     

    • 19 min
    Jenna Bryant | Space "Beyond Launch", Dual-Use Tech, & Embracing the non-linear path in STEM | People of Science

    Jenna Bryant | Space "Beyond Launch", Dual-Use Tech, & Embracing the non-linear path in STEM | People of Science

    This week we are honored to have Jenna Bryant, the Co-Founder of Embedded Ventures and the CEO/General Partner on the podcast. We had Jordan Noone, her Co-Founder and CTO for Embedded at the end of last year (available here). We pick up our conversation about space "beyond launch".  We explore Jenna's non-linear STEM original story and discuss how we should be embracing that as the norm, becuase it has become the norm in Tech. Jenna's has seen this first hand in her early days as a Tech Recruiter during the hayday of Silicon Valley, and its helping her and Embedded Ventures shape the future of space with Dual-Use Technologies.   Learn more on this new exciting episode of the all-things space podcast! 
    https://www.embedded.ventures/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennabryant/
    00:15 welcome Jenna Bryant / Embedded Ventures
    01:05 outreach STEM
    06:45 mentor ship programs, twitch streaming,
    08:15 project payload for middle school girls to design test and launch a rocket!
    09:45 science is messy
    10:45 Juleah kaliski
    11:15 stem origin story
    12:15 tech agencies in LA
    13:15 Jenna’s mentor and MySpace
    13:45 from tech recruiter to investor, Jordan and Jenna’s balance, meeting Jordan noone
    17:45 founders become recuiters
    18:45 kittycad
    20:35 the hype was real for a new CAD innovation
    27:45 making money better & smarter
    28:55 geeking out about space infrastructure
    30:15 every company is becoming a robotics company
    31:45 GPS has a risky future, infrastructure, starlink
    38:15 BTTF & Deloreans
    41:15 materials science will be the future!
    44:15 airdropping around the world
    46:15 Huntsville influence & space
    52:15 nonlinear careers in stem are the norm!
    01:00:15 trumpets playing and jazz
    01:04:45 final thoughts from Jenna Bryant

    • 1 hr 7 min

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