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.
Hugh Blair-Smith helped develop the Apollo Guidance Computer, the software it ran, and the program that assembled that software. Also, Stratolaunch finds a launch buddy, New Shepard leaves its launch buddy and Matthew tries to expose some launch buddies.
We talk to Andrea Boyd of ESA and Kathleen Coderre of NASA's Orion project. Also SpaceX reveals ITS, Kate Rubins peaks inside BEAM and Firefly might be done for.
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.
This month's banner video, Schiaparelli’s descent to Mars in real time, is courtesy of ESA.