Weekly insights into spaceflight engineering news, interviews and discussions. Listen in for technical details, corrections from people in the know and "one step deeper" knowledge.
We finally got VAXHeadroom on the show! Emory is a spacecraft designer for Northrop-Grumman. While he normally designs software, he's also the author of the world's only reaction sphere control theory. Also, SpaceX has a new launch pad almost ready to go.
AMARCS is an additive manufacturing project from UC Boulder, and we get a chance to talk to the professor running the project as well as the student project manager. Also, another Proton failure is spotted early, and Boeing shows off their new flight suit!
Chris Hofmann is a rocket wrangler for Masten Space, and we have a great conversation with him about what it takes to test and maintain rockets every day. Also, an extended mission for BEAM, European GPS satellites are losing track of time and we find out what happened to Progress in December.
Mark Wallace is an interplanetary travel agent. We got to talk to him about sending Insight and other payloads to other planets! Also, SpaceX does a 🎺great 🎺job, and SS-520 doesn't have such a great day.
The first of two long EVA was successfully completed, beginning the long process of changing all 48 power loop batteries. Also, two satellites didn't collide!
This week, we tell Tim "Everyday Astronaut" Dodd to go fly a kite. Or a giant cargo plane. Also, we begin the countdown to episode 100!
This week, we lost a major icon of the space race, and we take a bit of time away from engineering to honor his life. Also, SpaceX lost a customer, and we announce callsign T-shirt winners!
This month's banner video, Schiaparelli’s descent to Mars in real time, is courtesy of ESA.