Episode 41: Downlink--Jenny on Console

  • This week in SF history
    • 20 January, 1930. Birth of Buzz Aldrin.
  • Spaceflight news
    • Amazing new footage of OG2 landing (YT)
      • OG2 static fire
      • RP1 leak? (HT @Jabe8 NSF)
    • SLS “hard truth” meeting (NSF)
    • USAF awards engine devel contracts (/r/spacex) (www.defense.gov)
    • Close pass of Phobos (discovery.com)
    • JASON3 after-action report
  • Questions, comments, corrections
    • Hans of Wavelength Brewing (plus a million others): The speed of sound actually decreases with altitude.
    • Landing legs are actually pneumatic (NSF)
    • Ben Hallert via email (first but not last): The first ASAT test was performed using an F-15, not an F-16.
    • Chris Radcliff on #blanketfort: why would the refly a 1.1?
    • /u/nerobro: The amount of weight on each wheel is about the landing weight of the Falcon 9.
    • /u/evilteddy: on the radiative cooling of objects
    • Bart Willems via email: There was probably a mission to Salyut already in the works.