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David Fourman, host

I've loved space and spaceflight since I was six years old. And I was certain I was going to be an astronaut. Then I became obsessed with the rockets themselves and what makes them fly, and so I revised my dream job to aerospace engineer. Then came what they call the "writing bug", and it was all over.

This podcast is my attempt to take part in, and hopefully contribute to a community that, despite my wayward nature, I've never fully left.

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david@theorbitalmechanics.com


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Ben Etherington, cohost

Having grown up at Edwards AFB, I've always been fascinated with human spaceflight. I remember hearing a double boom, then driving out to the dry lakebed with my parents to watch the Shuttle land. I'm thrilled to live in an age where I don't have to work in the industry to have a wealth of information at my fingertips. My favorite sources are /r/SpaceX and Nasa Spaceflight.

I live in Chico, CA and study crash safety equipment in passenger vehicles. I spend my free time playing KSP and Rimworld, and working on a new project called [REDACTED].

ben@theorbitalmechanics.com


What makes you think you can discover anything? Who are you?

Nobody. Nobody at all. But the secrets of the universe donā€™t mind. They reveal themselves to nobodies who care.
— The Outer Limits: The Galaxy Being

Steve Pestana, research assistant.

I'm an aspiring space scientist currently studying in Southern California. I hope to contribute to science education through communicating the excitement that discovery offers to those who explore. I periodically contribute to SciFi Methods.com


Connor West, research assistant.

I'm a student from New Jersey with aspirations to become an aerospace engineering with specialization in either orbital mechanics or flight dynamics. I am also a student pilot, volunteer at a local aviation museum, and overall spaceflight history buff. You can find me on twitter at @ConnorJ_W