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.
JMARS is a geological information system that started on the Red Planet and has since moved to encompass other bodies. It's used internationally by mission planners, scientists and others. Also, MCT announcement is coming up and New Glenn was revealed!
The Dawn spacecraft has set all kinds of records, and is a marvelously well designed vehicle. We got to have a nice long chat with Dr. Marc Rayman, the chief engineer. Also, we have a short AMOS-6 followup.
We pair up with Spacepod to talk about the upcoming Lightsail-2 mission with Dr. Bruce Betts. Also, AMOS-6 now looks like a bundle of Christmas lights, and Gaofen-10 isn't looking much better.
You know Copenhagen Suborbitals, right? We talk to Mads Wilson about the Nexø successful failure. Also, a Crew Dragon parachute drop test, a successful EVA and the important difference between delta V and propellant mass fraction.
Alessondra Springmann is a graduate student that helped prepare for Osiris-Rex' upcoming mission, and she just got a chance to see it in person! Also, Lego NASA heroes, a Commercial Crew update, Copenhagen Suborbitals, Dream Chaser and some static burns!
Copenhagen Suborbital stays solidly suborbital, Astro-H might get a replacement, and SSL works on a GSO servicing bot.
We prepare for another Falcon 9 RTLS landing by talking to Dave Huntsman, a flight controller for Skylab and commercial space proponent. This is not an interview you want to miss!
This month's banner video, High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X) camera footage of Orbital ATK’s QM-2 test, is courtesy of NASA.