100 episodes

Every week we cover the latest spaceflight news, discuss past, current and future exploration efforts, and take a look at upcoming events. Tune in to hear about how humans get to space, how they stay in space and how unmanned craft reach farther and farther into the universe around us.

The Orbital Mechanics Podcast David Fourman and Ben Etherington

    • Natural Sciences

Every week we cover the latest spaceflight news, discuss past, current and future exploration efforts, and take a look at upcoming events. Tune in to hear about how humans get to space, how they stay in space and how unmanned craft reach farther and farther into the universe around us.

    Episode 245: More 'Splosions

    Episode 245: More 'Splosions

    A satellite is being quickly decommissioned so it won't explode, Firefly set fire to their test stand, and we discuss the in-flight abort 2nd stage.

    • 33 min
    Episode 244: DOWNLINK--Silvia Alba

    Episode 244: DOWNLINK--Silvia Alba

    We met Silvia at IAC 2019. She was busy and a bit hard to track down, but her art was hard to miss! She discusses her unique body of work.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 243: Ad Astra Per DARPA

    Episode 243: Ad Astra Per DARPA

    Astra has obtained permits to launch the third version of their Rocket, and they're now the sole competitor in the DARPA launch challenge.

    • 30 min
    Episode 242: DOWNLINK--Dr. Martin Elvis

    Episode 242: DOWNLINK--Dr. Martin Elvis

    Asteroid mining is often discussed in terms of engineering and economics. Today, we're talking about raw material availability.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 241: Clock Kerfuffle

    Episode 241: Clock Kerfuffle

    Space software engineer and friend of the show Emory Stagmer joins us to discuss CST-100 Starliner's recent failure to rendezvous with ISS.

    • 45 min
    Episode 240: Nightingale

    Episode 240: Nightingale

    OSIRIS-Rex has set its sights on a crater called Nightingale, and will be headed down to grab some rocks from the surface of Asteroid Bennu in a year.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

DuckNewton97 ,

Rad podcast right here

The this week in space history bit at the beginning of every show is the best part of my week and now that I'm caught up I'll be doing it every week. The space new is well covered and they cover news from all across the galaxy (and beyond)

ArtOfWarfare ,

Best Space Podcast

Covers the (space) news, teaches you (space) stuff, and is entertaining at the same time. What isn’t there to like about it?

Mofroman007 ,

Everything you could ever want in a space podcast

I realized that despite listening for years, I never actually wrote an actual review.

The Orbital Mechanics is a fantastic project, by some really great and passionate people who care greatly about both the material and their listener base. Each episode gives a blend of both current, topical space news, and a dose of history and larger discussion of spaceflight and space exploration. The podcast is intentionally made to be both accessible to newcomers and still engaging to people who are very well versed in the material. Beyond that, the podcast has a small but passionate community where we play splashdown bingo, make community-hosted podcast segments, have RPG nights, and chat about current spaceflight news.

Thank you for a great couple years of listening, and here's to many more years of success of this wonderful project.

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