Hosted by Via Satellite's Executive Editor Jeffrey Hill, each On Orbit technology focused podcast provides in-depth information and discussion about the socio-economic value of space and satellite capabilities.
(Space) Graphic Design is My Passion
Visual and graphic design elements play an important, yet often overlooked role in our industry’s ability to communicate. For the past few years, space and satellite companies are actively trying to change their look to attract new customers to commercial space services. To provide some perspective on this, we invited two space-focused graphic design experts to come on the show and explain how visual design in the industry is evolving as access to space is expanding.
Eric Berger, Elon Musk, and the Stars of SpaceX’s Origin Story
Ars Technica journalist, meteorologist, and space enthusiast Eric Berger has spent a lot of time with Elon Musk during the past few years. While observing the billionaire SpaceX founder, Berger discovered the formula behind the company’s ascension to space industry dominance. In this On Orbit episode, Berger brings us behind the scenes of writing his new book “Liftoff,” a chronicle of SpaceX’s rise in the early 2000s.
Farmer Charlie’s Space-Powered Smart Agritech Platform
A 25+ year space industry veteran and chair of SSPI’s U.K. chapter, Betty Bonnardel found a passion to bring low-cost connectivity to farms that grow crops for sustenance and local distribution through her smart agritech startup Farmer Charlie. This space-based connectivity will provide farmers with vital information about their fields. In this episode, Betty shares the challenges of delivering space-based connectivity to local farmers, such as convincing farmers to trust unfamiliar tools.
Pack Your Bags! We’re Going on a Space Vacation!
Space vacations are a real thing! If you want to see the Earth from a brand new perspective, and experience weightlessness like a real astronaut, and you have a few million dollars to spare, you can sign up right now. But, what is the space tourism experience really like? Is it safe? How long is the trip? Will they serve food? In this episode, I’m joined by space experts Laura Seward Forczyk of Astralytical, and Raphael Roettgen of E2MC Ventures, who answer all of my space tourism questions.
Mourning a Lost Satellite: How In-Space’s Doug Liddle Bounced Back from a Tragic Launch Failure
Satellite builders form a unique bond with their spacecraft. In-Space CEO Doug Liddle described his start-up’s first satellite, Faraday-1, as a ‘precious child’ that he turned over to the launch gods. This past July, the gods proved to be especially cruel to In-Space, as the satellite was lost during a failed launch on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket. Liddle takes us behind the scenes of the Faraday-1 loss, and explains how he was able to pull himself, and his team together to bounce back.
The Creative Process of Virgin Orbit’s Storyteller, Kendall Russell
Via Satellite executive editor Jeffrey Hill returns as the host of On Orbit and talks with with Kendall Russell, Virgin Orbit’s communication officer, about creative and effective storytelling in the space industry. Russell used to report for Via Satellite, but now he crafts stories about Virgin Orbit’s milestones for journalists and space watchers. Russell talks about his transition from news reporter to media relations, his adventure moving west, and working with Richard Branson.
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