Accion Systems is an MIT spin-off that's developing a new type of electric propulsion, and a very promising one! Also, we heard a bit of Mars news from Elon Musk.
TDRS-M got a little banged up during encapsulation, and Moon Express shows off a mockup! Also, lots of questions, comments and correction burns; let's all get smarter!
XCOR is no mor, F9 overperformed, Chinasat made up for an underperformance.
Kam Bahrami sits at the ROBO desk at ISS MCC. We have a quick discussion with him about robotics on Station and the Roll-out Solar Array experiment in particular.
ESA gears up for Prometheus and SpaceX busies itself getting payloads into space.
Orion gets an abort motor test, ROSA gets a deployment test and Pirs stays put.
Sharad Bhaskaran is Astrobotic's Mission Director, which means he's going to be responsible for sending payloads to the surface of the Moon. Also: lots of SpaceX speculation and two fantastic correction burns, one from Ben Honey of Johnson Space Center!
An unexpected ISS departure, the Space Foursquare Ball is halfway to the finish line, Stratolaunch stretches its legs, and SpaceX has a ticket price in mind for Red Dragon.
Successful failures all around! BE-4 has an explosion, Rocketlab reaches space, Schiaparelli gets investigated and LRO gets tapped on the shoulder.
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.