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SPEXcast is a weekly podcast diving into a variety of space topics. Come with us as we discuss the cutting edge of spacecraft engineering, potential future missions to outer space, and exciting scientific discoveries in the field of astrophysics.

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    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

SPEXcast is a weekly podcast diving into a variety of space topics. Come with us as we discuss the cutting edge of spacecraft engineering, potential future missions to outer space, and exciting scientific discoveries in the field of astrophysics.

    81: The ISS gets new wings

    81: The ISS gets new wings

    23 years after the first module of the International Space Station was launched into space, the station is getting another major upgrade! On January 11th, NASA announced 6 new advanced solar panels will be installed on the ISS starting later this year. These panels are much more efficient than the originals that were installed in the early 2000s, and will enable exciting new experiments on the ISS going forward. Today we dive into what makes these panels special, as well as the impact they will have on the ISS and its commercial successors.

    • 54 min
    80: Rethinking Aerospace Design Tools with nTopology

    80: Rethinking Aerospace Design Tools with nTopology

    On this episode, nTopology CEO Brad Rothenberg walks us through how generative design techniques and new engineering tools are changing the way we design spacecraft.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    79: Talking Starlink and Fiber Internet with Stealth Communications

    79: Talking Starlink and Fiber Internet with Stealth Communications

    SpaceX's Starlink constellation claims to serve low-latency, high-bandwidth internet access to anyone in the United States with a Starlink base station. In New York, another company has a head start connecting businesses with high-speed internet. Shrihari Pandit is the CEO of Stealth Communications. His company serves gigabit internet to NYC over their own fiber optic network.
    On this episode, Shrihari takes us through the ins and outs of how LEO constellations like Starlink and Project Kuiper will play a role in delivering high speed internet to people across the globe.

    • 54 min
    78: Virgin Orbit's Will Pomerantz

    78: Virgin Orbit's Will Pomerantz

    This week on SPEXcast, Vice President of Special Projects & Brand at Virgin Orbit, Will Pomerantz, talks about the origins of Virgin Orbit, mentorship, and diversity in today's aerospace industry. You can check out additional links and references at https://blog.spexcast.com/78-will-pomerantz-virgin-orbit .

    • 38 min
    77: SpaceX Starship SN4 explosion

    77: SpaceX Starship SN4 explosion

    This week on SPEXcast, we discuss SpaceX's historic Demonstration Mission 2 for NASA as part of the Commercial Crew Program. We dive into how this mission will change NASA going forward, as well as the challenges and achievements SpaceX worked through over the past 10 years. Finally we look forward to the next big milestones for commercial spaceflight.

    • 23 min
    76: SpaceX DM-2 and the Impact of Commercial Crew

    76: SpaceX DM-2 and the Impact of Commercial Crew

    This week on SPEXcast, we discuss SpaceX's historic Demonstration Mission 2 for NASA as part of the Commercial Crew Program. We dive into how this mission will change NASA going forward, as well as the challenges and achievements SpaceX worked through over the past 10 years. Finally we look forward to the next big milestones for commercial spaceflight.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Joel W

Great show.I've been Listening to it for years. Mrs. Taylor gives a great interview and asks the right questions. Ira is timeless it seems :-)

venku122 ,

Great technical deep dives!

Really goes into the nitty gritty of space engineering. Their guests are scientists and engineers and they go deep into how real space missions work.

Sisson18 ,

Super Interesting Topics

I have recently listened to a handful of these podcasts in my car and I can honestly say that they all were great. It is amazing how they got some of the VIP guests on the show. Also, I love the level of detail and technical specifications they get into. It is very informative and is a must-listen to anyone wishing to pursue a career related to space exploration.

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