11 episodes

Will humans really colonise Mars one day? Will I ever ride my own hoverboard like Marty McFly? How long will it be until we can book holidays in space? Where's my jetpack?
Back in the 1980s, TV and films promised us everything from jetpacks to flying cars and holidays in space - so what happened to those Space Age dreams? Every week, join space journalist and author, Sarah Cruddas and broadcaster Luke Moore for Where's My Jetpack? Each episode, we look into a different piece of retrofuturistic technology that never was, to find out if these brilliant inventions are still just science fiction or, by looking in the right places, may be just around the corner.
New episodes released every Thursday.

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Where's My Jetpack‪?‬ Stak

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    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Will humans really colonise Mars one day? Will I ever ride my own hoverboard like Marty McFly? How long will it be until we can book holidays in space? Where's my jetpack?
Back in the 1980s, TV and films promised us everything from jetpacks to flying cars and holidays in space - so what happened to those Space Age dreams? Every week, join space journalist and author, Sarah Cruddas and broadcaster Luke Moore for Where's My Jetpack? Each episode, we look into a different piece of retrofuturistic technology that never was, to find out if these brilliant inventions are still just science fiction or, by looking in the right places, may be just around the corner.
New episodes released every Thursday.

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    Where's My... New Planetary Home?

    Where's My... New Planetary Home?

    Sarah and Luke return for the final episode of the series, as we search for a home beyond Earth.
    Life on other planets has been a staple of science fiction lore for decades, but overcoming the astronomical barriers involved might prevent it ever becoming science fact. So, what does the future of our species look like? 
    Thanks to MIT's Ariel Ekblaw, space scientist Bill Borucki and New Horizons’ Dr. Alan Stern for joining us, and thanks to everyone who’s listened across this series!

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    • 36 min
    Where's My... Interplanetary Neighbour?

    Where's My... Interplanetary Neighbour?

    Today, we tackle the definitive science fiction question of our time: are we alone?
    Sarah and Luke set out to discover who - or what - might be observing us from afar. We find that, while the chance of eventually meeting extraterrestrials is quite high, we've not yet found a way to surpass the unfathomable distances involved.
    Joining us today are scientist and broadcast Seth Shostak and Bill Diamond, CEO of the SETI Institute.
    Which inventions should we look into next? Let us know on Twitter @SarahCruddas @lukeaaronmoore @StakPod
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    • 41 min
    Where's My... Space Mine?

    Where's My... Space Mine?

    It seems to be the doomed plot of every disaster movie in space, but it's so much more than that: today, we're off searching for the fuel of the future.
    Sarah and Luke discover that space mining represents a real opportunity to not only improve but potentially even save life on Earth. Joining us on our search this week is former NASA astronaut Ed Lu and Dr Timi Aganaba, an expert in the politics of space.
    Which inventions should we look into next? Let us know on Twitter @SarahCruddas @lukeaaronmoore @StakPod
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    • 37 min
    Where's My... Mars Visit?

    Where's My... Mars Visit?

    Decades of retrofuturustic dreaming, now Elon Musk and NASA: visiting Mars has always seemed just of our reach. But how far away is humans' first visit?
    Sarah and Luke answer one of science's longstanding questions on today's episode, as we look into the financial and psychological cost of reaching the Red Planet. Decades of expertise is provided by Dr Andy Aldrin, Dr Tanya Harrison and Dr Robert Zubrin.
    Which inventions should we look into next? Let us know on Twitter @SarahCruddas @lukeaaronmoore @StakPod
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    • 40 min
    Where's My... Reusable Rocket?

    Where's My... Reusable Rocket?

    Sometimes, scientific discovery can just be for the sheer fun of it. Other times, it may well define the future of our species: today's episode focuses on the latter.
    Sarah and Luke look into why we've not developed rocket technology since the 1960s and reduced the cost of access to space, and how private individuals like Elon Musk are looking to fill the void. We're joined by Nicole Stott and Livingston Holder, two former astronauts who know just how significant reusable rocket technology could prove to be!
    Which inventions should we look into next? Let us know on Twitter @SarahCruddas @lukeaaronmoore @StakPod
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    • 38 min
    Where's My... Space Hotel?

    Where's My... Space Hotel?

    Pack your bags and strap yourselves in. It's time to decide whether a trip into the cosmos remains science fiction or if it might one day become science prediction. 
    Sarah and Luke look into the practicalities of hotels in orbit as space becomes increasingly accessible and wonder what cultural discoveries we might find. We're joined by Laura Forczyk and Dylan Taylor - two people at the heart of the private sector's launch in the skies - as well as MIT's Ariel Ekblaw and former NASA astronaut Ed Lu.
    Which inventions should we look into next? Let us know on Twitter @SarahCruddas @lukeaaronmoore @StakPod
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

LL Virginia ,

Entertaining and informative

This has been a fun podcast. It’s a nice mix of nostalgia for ideas that caught our imagination, the science of how it could work, the business behind why the product could one day come, and good humor.

Trev7373 ,

Awesome Concept

I love this idea and the first show was awesome. Great to hear Luke behaving himself!

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