MECO is opinion and analysis of spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy, by Anthony Colangelo.
T+230: Bob Pearce, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
Bob Pearce, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, joins me to talk about Aeronautics at NASA. We talk about how the directorate fits into the agency overall, how they develop its strategic direction, how they choose which projects to take on, how they transfer technology to industry, what they’re working on right now, and what they’ll tackle in the future.
T+229: Space Insurance (with Richard Parker and John Farnsworth)
Richard Parker, Head of Space at Canopius, and John Farnsworth, insurance broker and space advocate, join me to talk about the (seemingly) most mysterious topic in spaceflight: insurance!
T+228: Artemis I, Act I
Artemis I scrubbed its way through its first and second launch attempts, and is now undergoing repairs on the pad, ahead of its next launch attempt. I talk about the initial attempts, general thoughts on where we’re at with this program, where it’s headed in the future, and what public reactions to Artemis I have been.
T+227: Astrobee, Free-Flying Robots on the ISS (with Jonathan Barlow)
Jonathan Barlow from the NASA Ames Research Center joins me to talk about Astrobee—the free-flying robots on the International Space Station that test new technologies, sensors, and operations, and assist astronauts and mission controllers alike. Jonathan is the Astrobee Lead Engineer and has been with the program since the beginning, so we go way back to its origins and talk in-depth about what the robots are up to today on the ISS.
T+226: Northrop Grumman and Firefly Partner on Antares
Northrop Grumman and Firefly announced a partnership to develop a new first stage for Antares—the same first stage that will power Firefly’s larger launch vehicle, Beta. It’s a great partnership for both parties that will surely lead to more interesting things in the future.
T+225: Astrogation with Space Exploration Engineering
Mike Loucks and John Carrico of Space Exploration Engineering join me to talk about astrogation, mission planning, missions they’ve worked on, how they interact with teams of all types, and everything else they do at SEE.
MECO is fun and informative
I love MECO! It’s a fantastic podcast that helps me understand the current space industry and research events. I strongly recommend it.
Anthony, I can’t express how much I like your podcast. You make things around NASA Policy very easy to understand. Thank you!
Great info, to the point
Great interview with Phil McAlister!
The business of NASA and contracts is one of the most important aspects of space flight. It may sound boring, it's not, and it created the new generation of commercial space.