Episode 18: DOWNLINK -- Astro Pi

  • Spaceflight news
    • CRS-7 initial report (SPX Release)
      • Flight return NET September (NSF forums)
      • Scott Manley’s great explanation (YT)
    • SETI gets $100M investment from Russian Billionaire (Nature)
    • Intelsat doesn’t want SPX launching internet sat fleet without more info (SN)
    • TMA-17M launches successfully
    • SABRE engine frost prevention secret is revealed (aviationweek.com)
    • SPX D2 inflight abort delayed till 2017 (@StephenClark2)
    • NTSB says SS2 crash was due to pilot error and incomplete training
    • Orion panel jettison test (YT)
  • Questions, comments, corrections
    • /u/BrandonMarc: We did send a fission reactor to space
    • Justin White: Don’t forget that good lenses are incredibly important for spy sats.
    • /u/Zay_K: Inflatable rocket nozzle extension
    • @nerobro: Gold in the Corona heat shield was for reflectivity.
  • Astro Pi Interview
  • No upcoming spaceflight events