Since nothing much happened in the news this week, we decided to take a break and instead bring you an episode from a new podcast, hosted by Ben Etherington and Chris Radcliff. Find more episodes at Notion.farm.
Both NASA and Masten damaged some very expensive equipment this week.
Ben talks for too long about his trip to JPL. Vector flies a rocket, ARCA shows off a a crazy rocket, NASA wants cubesats with lasers IN SPACE, and X-37B ends its streak.
Scott Wray trains astronauts and flight controllers to perform and support EVAs. Yes, that's pretty much as cool as you can get. Also, JWST, a handful of short-and-sweet news items and a double handful of comments and corrections!
In a rocket building competition, you can only back one team, and we made our choice. Also, 3D printed combustion chambers and on-orbit window replacements!
This week we had a few crossed wires, and Jake Robins from the We Martians podcast got dumped into our recording session! We talk about Viking, SLS, Blue Moon and Red Dragon! A very Martian show!
Zero 2 Infinity is going to orbit in a very unusual way. Also, SES-10 goes boldly where it's gone before, and Scott Wray talks to us about a recent Space Hack!
Niall is an anonymous Wikipedia editor who has done a lot of work on SpaceX articles. We talk to him about seeing SpaceX develop over the years as well as Wikipedia and emergent processes in general. Also, US astros do an EVA, SpaceX does a robot and X-37B does a record breaking.
A whacky rocket idea and an expended rocket.
Lots of voices on our [arbitrary base 10 milestone] episode! Orbital ATK has a blast from the past, New Glenn has six blasts planned in the future and Proton will provide a slightly larger volume blast! Also a killer sponsor and a jaw-dropping giveaway.
Sea Launch is in the news for perhaps the last time, Dragon hits the racetrack and RS-25 prepares for it a new lease on life.
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!