Atec Inc. was contracted to manufacture and assemble parts used on the most recent two EVAs on ISS. Ben Wilking was the project manager, and we get to talk to him about hand-squeezing rivets that go into space.
Tornadoes, kites, airlocks and rocket rumors.
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!
Electron takes a step closer to flight, we learn a bit more about Juno's safemode, and SpaceX takes a step back from crewed spaceflight
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!
We lost a Progress, but SpaceShipTwo is doing well!
STS-114 had heat shield issues on orbit, so we talk about the procedures that got them home safe. Also, we find out a little more about ESA's failed Mars lander, we're hopeful for a SpaceX flight in a few weeks, and EDRS is completed.
This week SpaceX takes another step towards RTF and we learn about a new scramjet from down under!
SpaceX failed to blow up it's ITS prototype tank, Beagle2 failed less than it might have, and did you remember to bring your toothbrush?
NASA and Bradley University are hosting a 3D printed habitat challenge! We talk to a broad swath of people involved with the project.
ExoMars is... definitely at Mars. Also, Juno continues to have issues and China has astronauts on orbit!
Juno has some issues with its LEROS engine, and the Starliner-Delta system needs some modifications to fly straight.
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.