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Every week we cover the latest spaceflight news, discuss past, current and future exploration efforts, and take a look at upcoming events. Tune in to hear about how humans get to space, how they stay in space and how unmanned craft reach farther and farther into the universe around us.

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United States

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Every week we cover the latest spaceflight news, discuss past, current and future exploration efforts, and take a look at upcoming events. Tune in to hear about how humans get to space, how they stay in space and how unmanned craft reach farther and farther into the universe around us.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 447: Meta Moon

2/20/2024
Spaceflight News — IM-1 launch (americaspace.com) (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (PDF: intuitivemachines.com) Short & Sweet — H3 completes first successful launch (spacenews.com) — Voyager 1 still struggles to communicate (space.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — February 21 2008, Interception and destruction of USA-193 (thespacereview.com) (PDF: unoosa.org) (en.wikipedia.org) — Next week (2/27 - 3/4) in 1965: Technically, that was highly elliptical

Duration:00:51:18

Episode 446: No Dana Only Zoozve

2/13/2024
Spaceflight News — Dream Chaser readies for first flight (nasaspaceflight.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) Short & Sweet — Viasat-3 pushes forward (spacenews.com) — Lessons from Artemis 1 (spacenews.com) — X-37B’s orbit speculation (arstechnica.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — 2002 VE68 was officially named Zoozve! (alex-foster.com) (radiolab.org) (radiolab.org) This Week in Spaceflight History — 15 February, 1996: Failed launch of Intelsat 708 (en.wikipedia.org) (youtube.com) (thespacereview.com) (thespacereview.com) (smithsonianmag.com) (HT Dennis O: web.archive.org) — Next week (2/20 - 2/26) in 2008: And it’s picked off at the 380,000 yard line!

Duration:00:54:54

Episode 445: E-CLPS

2/6/2024
Spaceflight News — CLPS’ second try (spacenews.com) — Collins completes Crew Capability Assessment (prnewswire.com) (spaceflightnow.com) (youtube.com) Short & Sweet — Queqiao-2 readies for launch (cgtn.com) — First metal 3D printer in space reaches ISS (europeanspaceflight.com) — Orbit raising raising questions (spacenews.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 9 Feb, 2000. First launch of a Fregat upper stage (russianspaceweb.com) (en.wikipedia.org) — Next week (2/13 - 2/19) in 1996: First failure

Duration:00:41:34

Episode 444: The Little Helo That Could

1/30/2024
Spaceflight News — Ingenuity Down (HT deltaV: twitter.com/AndySaunders_1) (spacenews.com) (mars.nasa.gov) — Slim Upside-Down (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com)(global.jaxa.jp) Short & Sweet — Redwire to provide elements of Blue Origin’s space tug (spacenews.com) — Two companies test reusable booster prototypes (space.com) (HT: Sam twitter.com/CNSpaceflight) — ESA astronaut operates Earth-bound robots while on orbit (europeanspaceflight.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — From the intro: Shuttle’s hatch lock (HT: deltaV, arstechnica.com) (spaceref.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — Feb 3, 1994: First launch of the H-II rocket (en.wikipedia.org) — Next week (2/6 - 2/12) in 2000: First kleptoparasite in space

Duration:00:42:24

Episode 443: SLIM Chances

1/23/2024
Spaceflight News — SLIM landing attempt (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (en.wikipedia.org) (youtube.com) (PDF: global.jaxa.jp) Short & Sweet — EUS heads to qualification (nasaspaceflight.com) — Ingenuity contact lost during flight 72, regained (mars.nasa.gov) (npr.org) Questions, Comments, Corrections — From the intro: Peregrine Reentry (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 24 Jan, 1986. Voyager 2’s closest approach to Uranus (nasa.gov) (nasa.gov) (PDF: sci-hub.se) — Next week (1/30 - 2/5) in 1994: What comes between 1 and A?

Duration:00:42:12

Episode 442: Lunar Otamatone

1/16/2024
Spaceflight News — Peregrine Failure (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/astrobotic) Short & Sweet — Lay-offs at JPL (spacenews) — Starship’s second flight failure explained (spacenews.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — From the intro: Early demo of a starship game, complete with engineering section (starshipsimulator.co.uk) — Espen via email: F9 landing legs in episode 440 This Week in Spaceflight History — 19 Jan, 1965. Launch of Gemini-Titan 2 (en.wikipedia.org) (nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov) — Next week (1/23 - 1/29) in 1986: Cheaper by the almost dozen

Duration:00:44:25

Episode 441: Future Tech Christmas

1/9/2024
Spaceflight News — NIAC 2024 Phase One (nasa.gov) (nasa.gov) Short & Sweet — India launches X-ray space observatory (spaceflightnow.com) — Space station stories (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 12 January, 1997: Launch of Atlantis on STS-81 (en.wikipedia.org) (americaspace.com) (youtube.com) (freshairarchive.org) — Next week (1/16 - 1/22) in 1965: The there of “there and back again”

Duration:01:33:40

Episode 440: 99 Landings and a Tough Ride

1/2/2024
Spaceflight News — B1058 lost at sea (spaceflightnow.com) (twitter.com/johnkrausphotos) (youtube.com) (ventusky.com) (twitter.com/edwards345) (spaceexplored.com) — Firefly malfunction (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — China completes launch pad at first commercial spaceport (cgtn.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 3 Jan, 1999: The launch of Deep Space 2 (gsfc.nasa.gov) (wiley.com) (jpl.nasa.gov) — Next week (1/9 - 1/15) in 1997: Merry belated Christmas. I got you a fan.

Duration:00:46:54

Episode 439: A Period of Time

12/19/2023
Spaceflight News — China launches spaceplane for third time (spacenews.com) (arstechnica.com) (youtube.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) Short & Sweet — Refractory Starship (nasaspaceflight.com) — iSpace hops again (spacenews.com) — Voyager 1 suffers communication anomaly (space.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 19 Dec, 1976. The launch of the first KH-11 Kennen/Keyhole satellite (en.wikipedia.org) (space.skyrocket.de) (npr.org) — Two weeks from now (1/2 - 1/8) in 1999: Secondary failures

Duration:00:39:58

Episode 438: Serbatoi Mancanti

12/12/2023
Spaceflight News — Vega propellant tank mishap (arstechnica.com) (europeanspaceflight.com) (eoportal.org) (PDF: arianespace.com) — AVUM 4th stage (“upper stage”) (Pic: eoportal.org) — Transporter-9 satellite deployment malfunction (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — Iran successfully launches bio-capsule (payloadspace.com) — Chinese methalox rocket progress continues (cgtn.com) — Stratolaunch tests hypersonic vehicle (thedrive.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 12 Dec, 2012: NIAC releases Space Debris Elimination (SpaDE) Phase 1 report (nasa.gov) — Next week (12/19 - 12/25) in 1976. Achievement unlocked

Duration:00:50:16

Episode 437: Shtuff

12/5/2023
Spaceflight News — Starship Shtuff (payloadspace.com) (americaspace.com) (twitter.com/ThePrimalDino) Short & Sweet — JAXA cyber attacked (payloadspace.com) — U.S. watchdog agency finds Artemis III in 2025 unlikely (gao.gov) (spacenews.com) — Gyroscope glitch halts Hubble operations (nasa.gov) (spacenews.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — Dec 7, 1966: Launch of ATS-1, the first experimental geostationary satellite (en.wikipedia.org) (youtu.be) (science.nasa.gov VIA web.archive.org) — Next week (12/12 - 12/18) in 2012: Digging up debris

Duration:00:42:45

Episode 436: Boldly Going Nowhere

11/28/2023
Spaceflight News — Starliner Crewed Flight Test stays on schedule (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (blogs.nasa.gov) Short & Sweet — Looking Towards the End of ISS (planetary.org) (spacenews.com) — Orion still on track (spacenews.com) — Ariane 6 hot firing test (europeanspaceflight.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — Danielle Rose has some neat space art (drose.studio) (spacey.space) — Jared Owen covers ISS construction (HT Lee youtu.be VIA discord.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 3 Dec, 2015. Launch of LISA Pathfinder (esa.int) (youtu.be) (nasa.gov) (spaceflight101.com) (PDF: esmats.eu) — Next week (12/5 - 12/11) in 1966: It helped make Our World possible

Duration:00:58:02

Episode 435: Purple Flame

11/21/2023
Spaceflight News — Starship Flight 2 (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (americaspace.com) (youtube.com) (twitter.com/thejackbeyer) (twitter.com/planet4589) — Posted after recording: a quick analysis of Starships acceleration curves (twitter.com/Space_Josiah) Short & Sweet — SaxaVord struggles to pay contractors (europeanspaceflight.com) — Sierra Space layoffs (cnbc.com) — Mars Helicopter completes back-to-back flights (twitter.com/nasajpl) This Week in Spaceflight History — 27 Nov, 1963: Launch of the first hydrolox rocket to orbit (en.wikipedia.org) (spacelaunchreport.com VIA web.archive.org) — Next week (11/28 - 12/4) in 2015: Every journey of millions of kilometers starts with a couple meters.

Duration:00:52:09

Episode 434: DOWNLINK--Benchmark

11/14/2023
Spaceflight News — Rocket Lab Failure Analysis (spacenews.com) (space.com) (rocketlabusa.com) (PDF: q4cdn.com VIA en.wikipedia.org) Short & Sweet — Astra’s financial future (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) — X-37B readies for first launch on Falcon Heavy (spaceflightnow.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — From the intro: Dinkinesh adds a moon (planetary.org) Interview -- Jake Teufert CTO and Chris Carella CCO, Benchmark Space Systems — We last talked to Chris Carella in episode 373 (theorbitalmechanics.com) — benchmarkspacesystems.com — linkedin.com/company/benchmark-space-systems — linkedin.com/in/jake-teufert-86b375133/ — linkedin.com/in/christopher-carella-innovate/ This Week in Spaceflight History — Nov 15, 1988: The first and only launch of Buran (en.wikipedia.org) (buran.ru) (buran.ru) (buran-energia.com) — Next week (11/21 - 11/27) in 1962: Clouds before Aurora

Duration:01:36:29

Episode 433: Dinkinesh and Dinkynesh

11/7/2023
Spaceflight News — Lucy flies past Dinkinesh and also Dinkinesh (nasa.gov) (lucy.swri.edu) (PDF: ntrs.nasa.gov VIA ntrs.nasa.gov) — Aerojet Rocketdyne supplied Lucy’s thrusters (l3harris.com) (PDF: amazonaws.com) Short & Sweet — Starship aims for mid-November launch (nasaspaceflight.com) — i-Space hops (spacenews.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 12 Nov, 1995. Launch of STS-74, second Shuttle-Mir docking (en.wikipedia.org) (PDF: nasa.gov) (PDF: spacepresskit.files.wordpress.com) (youtu.be) (nss.org) (wikiarchives.space) — Next week (11/14 - 11/20) in 1988: The cold wind blew but once.

Duration:00:58:23

Episode 432: DOWNLINK--Orbit Fab

10/31/2023
Spaceflight News — ABL Dusts Itself Off (spacenews.com) (harryohanley.substack.com) Short & Sweet — NASA struggles to open asteroid sample container (space.com) — Rocket Lab to return (spacenews.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — From the intro: Blue Origin’s latest Blue Moon mockup (spacenews.com) — Canopée to ferry Ariane 6 (fosstodon.org/@AkaSci) — You can register to send your name with Europa Clipper (europa.nasa.gov) — Mike Stewart’s core rope memory reader (finally) debuted on CuriousMarc’s channel (youtube.com) — Aaron Sawdey: Crew Dragon engine inventory (discord.com): Interview -- Daniel Faber, CEO and Adam Harris, CCO of Orbit Fab — Further reading — Furphy on ISS (issnationallab.org) — Analysis of a potential Orbit Fab shuttle/depot architecture (researchgate.net) — orbitfab.com — linkedin.com/in/adam-harris-363414a6 — linkedin.com/in/danielfaber — linkedin.com/company/orbitfab This Week in Spaceflight History — 4 Nov, 2011: The end of Mars-500 (space.com) (wikipedia.org) (bbc.com) — Next week (11/7 - 11/13) in 1995: Mission extension… of 4.7 m

Duration:01:28:14

Episode 431: Roller Coaster Tycoon

10/24/2023
Spaceflight News — Gaganyaan in-flight abort test (youtube.com) (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) (HT: Jatan’s Space PDF: gov.in) (HT DeltaV: twitter.com/DJSnM) — Pad abort test (https://www.youtube.com) — Future human Indian Space ambitions (gov.in) (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — PLD Test Launch (spacenews.com) — Two Vega payloads fail to deploy (europeanspaceflight.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — From the intro: Shuttle astronaut mass allotments (forum.nasaspaceflight.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — October 28, 2009: Launch of the Ares I-X (en.wikipedia.org) (PDF: ntrs.nasa.gov) (blogs.nasa.gov) (youtube.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) — Next week (10/31 - 11/6) in 2011: Warning: removing this sticker will void your experiment.

Duration:01:05:43

Episode 430: Iron Sponge

10/17/2023
Spaceflight News — Psyche launch and mission preview (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (scitechdaily.com) (en.wikipedia.org) (microdevices.jpl.nasa.gov) Short & Sweet — Spacewalk canceled due to Nauka leak (space.com) — QueSST to fly in 2024 (nasa.gov) This Week in Spaceflight History — 21 Oct, 2007. Soyuz TMA-10’s ballistic reentry (ruspace.blogspot.com) (en.wikipedia.org) (youtube.com) (PDF: sma.nasa.gov) — Next week (10/24 - 10/30) in 2009: Nominal tumble

Duration:01:03:51

Episode 429: DOWNLINK--Ben Reed

10/10/2023
Spaceflight News — Tiangong’s expansion (hindustantimes.com) (cnn.com) — Northrop Grumman joins Starlab team (nasa.gov) — Orbital Reef may be abandoned (cnbc.com) Short & Sweet — Luna-25 failure “analysis” (spacenews.com) — Stoke Space gets more funding (spacenews) Interview -- Ben Reed, CTO Quantum Space — quantumspace.us — linkedin.com/company/quantumspace-us/ — linkedin.com/in/ben-b-reed/ This Week in Spaceflight History — 11 Oct, 2000: STS-92, the100th shuttle mission (en.wikipedia.org) (nasa.gov) (ntrs.nasa.gov) (nasa.gov VIA web.archive.org) — Next week (10/17 - 10/23) in 2007: Face forward

Duration:01:29:32

Episode 428: Actual Human Ballast

10/3/2023
Spaceflight News — Electron suffers upper stage failure (spacenews.com) (spaceflightnow.com) (youtu.be) Short & Sweet — Stoke Space hops (spacenews.com) — Sierra Space does a burst test (spacenews) — China plans for lunar sample return (spacenews.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — A big thanks to Unc’willy, Fonji, Chris S in particular for helping Ben track down and fix an issue with our Discord bot This Week in Spaceflight History — 29 September, 2004: Flight 16P of SpaceShipOne (en.wikipedia.org) (sma.nasa.gov) (erikmadaus.medium.com) (airbum.com) — Next week (10/10 - 10/16) in 2000: Four forbidden cough drops

Duration:00:55:42