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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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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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English


Episodes
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Episode 464: Starliner Seep

6/18/2024
Spaceflight News -- Starliner OFT (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (HT deltaV: twitter.com/cbs_spacenews) (twitter.com/SciGuySpace) -- Suni Williams gave a tour on orbit (HT Dennis O: youtube.com) Short & Sweet -- Chinese space plane proximity ops (sattrackcam.blogspot.com) -- NASA selects companies to explore Mars Sample Return methods (nasa.gov) (spacenews.com) -- VOYAGER’S BACK!!! (spacenews.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections -- From the intro: ISS replicates War of the Worlds radio drama (space.com) (twitter.com/airplaneian) This Week in Spaceflight History -- 24 Jun, 1982. Soyuz T-6 carries Jean-Loup Chrétien, the first Frenchman, to Salyut 7 (en.wikipedia.org) (spacefacts.de) -- Next week (6/25 - 7/1) in 1983: Six seconds calls for vodka

Duration:00:42:38

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Episode 463: The Camera That Could

6/11/2024
Spaceflight News -- Starship Test Flight 4 (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (youtube.com) (spacey.space/@spmttracker) Short & Sweet -- Vast plans for ESA (spacenews) -- Chang’e-6 has its moon rocks (spacenews) (spacenews.com) -- Hubble Hobble (spacenews.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections -- RIP Bill Anders (apnews.com) -- Traches: Relativity and Novas (discord.com) This Week in Spaceflight History -- 11 June, 2008. Launch of the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope (en.wikipedia.org) (nasa.gov) -- Next week (6/18 - 6/24) in 1982: First wolf in space?

Duration:00:47:33

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Episode 462: Oh, Dear, No Moon

6/4/2024
Spaceflight News -- ThinkSubOrbital (spacenews.com) (PDF: nasa.gov) (spacenews.com) (youtube.com) (sbir.gov) (sbir.gov) Short & Sweet -- Starliner scrub (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) -- Indian startup Agnikul Notches launches first flight (payloadspace.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections -- From the intro: -- Chang’e 6 landing (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) -- Dear Moon canceled (spacenews.com) -- Deathkin via discord.com: Centaur’s not a workhorse -- Heads up for a recurrent nova! (planetary.org) This Week in Spaceflight History -- 8 June in 1959: Regulus Missile Mail (HT SciKyle: postalmuseum.si.edu) -- Next week (6/11 - 6/17) in 2008: A salty Italian

Duration:00:37:09

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Episode 461: DOWNLINK--Justin Fiaschetti

5/28/2024
Spaceflight News -- More Starliner Delays (spacenews.com) (HT deltaV: twitter.com/jeff_foust) (spacenews.com) (HT deltaV: https://arstechnica.com) Short & Sweet -- U.S. accuses Russia of launching countersat weapon (spacenews.com) (payloadspace.com) -- Redwire wins award for European lunar lander’s robot arm (europeanspaceflight.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections -- From the intro: Bepi-Colombo power failure (esa.int) -- Ryan R: Technology Connections talked about heterodyne radios (youtube.com VIA discord.com) Interview -- Justin Fiaschetti, CEO and Co-Founder of Inversion -- twitter.com/InversionSpace -- inversionspace.com -- linkedin.com -- linkedin.com This Week in Spaceflight History -- 2 Jun, 2003. Launch of Mars Express (en.wikipedia.org) (russianspaceweb.com) (universetoday.com) -- Next week (6/4 - 6/10) in 1959: A short-term version of the above

Duration:01:23:56

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Episode 460: 90 years, 105 km

5/21/2024
Spaceflight News -- NASA Joins Rosalind Franklin Team (spacenews.com) -- Unknown Russian sat launched (sattrackcam.blogspot.com) (russianspaceweb.com) Short & Sweet -- Georgia scraps Spaceport Camden (actionnewsjax.com) -- Starliner leaks Helium (spacenews) This Week in Spaceflight History -- 27 May, 1999: The launch of STS-96 (nasa.gov) (nss.org) (eoportal.org) (nasa.gov) (youtu.be) -- Next week (5/28 - 6/3) in 2003: The last opportunity that was this good was 60,000 years ago

Duration:00:42:59

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Episode 459: DOWNLINK--Adam Higginbotham

5/14/2024
Spaceflight News — Chang’e-6 mission underway (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (nature.com) (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — Starliner delayed (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) — Long March 6C makes first flight (cgtn.com) (spacenews.com) — Neutron debut slips into 2025 (payloadspace.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — From the intro: Zubrin opinion piece on MSR (spacenews.com) Interview -- Adam Higginbotham — Preorder Challenger: A True Story of Heroism & Disaster on the Edge of Space (simonandschuster.com) — adamhigginbotham.com — twitter.com/HigginbothamA This Week in Spaceflight History — 14 May, 2009: Launch of Herschel Space Observatory (en.wikipedia.org) (cosmos.esa.int) (planetary.org) — Next week (5/21 - 5/27) in 1999: Putting schoolchildren to work

Duration:01:22:49

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Episode 458: Precise Ballpark

5/7/2024
Spaceflight News — Artemis I Lessons (spacenews.com) (PDF: oig.nasa.gov VIA oig.nasa.gov) Short & Sweet — Thunder from down under (abc.net.au) (abc.net.au) (southernlaunch.space) — JAXA’s SLIM survives third lunar night (japantimes.co.jp) This Week in Spaceflight History — May 9, 1963: Launch of West Ford 2 (PDF: orbitaldebris.jsc.nasa.gov VIA orbitaldebris.jsc.nasa.gov) (en.wikipedia.org) (PDF: sci-hub.se) (stuffin.space) — Next week (5/14 - 5/20) in 2009: The first space telescope

Duration:00:53:00

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Episode 457: DOWNLINK--Jeff Williams, Exum Instruments

4/30/2024
Spaceflight News — Voyager is communicative! (blogs.nasa.gov) — ESA debris removal mission finds a new target (satellitetoday.com) Short & Sweet — China releases a lunar landing update (spacenews) — TESS enters safe mode… again (nasa.gov) Questions, Comments, Corrections — Dennis O: SOFIA clarifications (discord.com) (youtube.com) — VAXheadroom shot SOFIA some footage in 2012 (youtube.com) (youtube.com) Interview -- Jeff Williams, CEO/CTO Exum Instruments — Jeff co-authored a paper that is a good primer on spectroscopy and Massbox (spectroscopyonline.com) — exuminstruments.com — linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-williams-372118128 This Week in Spaceflight History — 9 Apr, 1999: Titan IVB (402) takes DSP-19 (USA 142) to GEO (astronautix.com) (klabs.org) — 30 Apr, 1999. Titan IVB (401) takes Milstar-3 (USA 143) to GEO (washingtonpost.com) (PDF: direct.mit.edu VIA direct.mit.edu) — Next week (5/7 - 5/13) in 1963: Not a good day for trypanophobics

Duration:01:42:39

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Episode 456: Now With Trailer

4/23/2024
Spaceflight News — Lunar buggy selection (spacenews.com) (PDF: sam.gov VIA sam.gov) (twitter.com/DubnHG1) (nikkei.com) Short & Sweet — Dragonfly mission officially confirmed (nasa.gov) — Mars Sample Revamp (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (spaceflightnow.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — Unc Willy: Cape launch complexes (discord.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 26 Apr, 2007. First flight of SOFIA (en.wikipedia.org) (747sp.com) (HT Colin: youtube.com) — Next week (4/30 - 5/6) in 1999: Taped too tightly

Duration:01:09:39

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Episode 455: Cabbage Ditch

4/16/2024
Spaceflight News — Last Delta IV heavy (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) (PDF: ulalaunch.com) (arstechnica.com) Short & Sweet — Relativity Space wins contract (spacenews) — Japan secures a moon landing (spacenews) — Max Space Modules (spacenews) Questions, Comments, Corrections — Csaba via Discord: SOIR means "evening" in French, pretty clever pun (discord.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 19 Apr, 1975. Launch of Aryabhata satellite (lowyinstitute.org) (ursc.gov.in) (en.wikipedia.org) — Next week (4/23 - 4/29) in 2007: Looking at stars through a wall

Duration:00:29:06

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Episode 454: Expendable Launchpad

4/9/2024
Spaceflight News — Broken records and Starship’s near future (nasaspaceflight.com) (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) Short & Sweet — New Shepard Plans Crewed Flight (spacenews.com) — Lunar Rover Mk 2 (spacenews.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — April 11, 2006: Arrival of Venus Express at Venus (en.wikipedia.org) (PDF: sci.esa.int VIA sci.esa.int) — Next week (4/16 - 4/22) in 1975: Add four to 100, multiply by eight, and then add 62,000

Duration:00:47:39

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Episode 453: Bleached?

4/2/2024
Spaceflight News — Orbital Reef Rundown (nature.com) (PDF: star.spaceops.org VIA star.spaceops.org) (genesisesi.com) — Artemis 3 now has 3 experiments (nasa.gov) (hou.usra.edu) Short & Sweet — A Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine flies for first time (HT Andrew Z: autoevolution.com) — A Nascent Solution For Voyager 1 (spacenews.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 6 Apr, 1965: Launch of Intelsat I, the first commercial satellite in GEO (en.wikipedia.org) (boeing.com) (space.skyrocket.de) (astronautix.com VIA web.archive.org) — Next week (4/9 - 4/15) in 2006: The mission that went to hell in 5 months

Duration:00:42:30

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Episode 452: Sticky PEZ

3/26/2024
Spaceflight News — Starship IFT-3 (spacenews.com) (twitter.com) (youtu.be) Short & Sweet — Euclid spacecraft addresses ice-buildup on optics (asdnews.com) — Ariane 6 coming together (esa.int) — Soyuz aborts at the pad (spacenews.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — From the intro: launch escape slide (youtube.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 17 Mar, 2002. Launch of GRACE spacecraft (en.wikipedia.org) (PDF: nasa.gov) (esa.int) (skyrocket.de) (nasa.gov) — Next week (4/2 - 4/8) in 1965: Catching GEO worms

Duration:00:40:39

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Episode 451: DOWNLINK--Prof. Dante Lauretta

3/19/2024
Interview — Professor Dante Lauretta — The Asteroid Hunter: A Scientist’s Journey to the Dawn of our Solar System (hachettebookgroup.com) — facebook.com/AZAstrobiology — threads.net/@azastrobiology — instagram.com/azastrobiology — Thanks to Grand Central Publishing (twitter.com/GrandCentralPub) (instagram.com/grandcentralpub)

Duration:00:47:06

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Episode 450: Propane Rocket Accessories

3/12/2024
Spaceflight News — Stoke Space focusing on first stage (nasaspaceflight.com) (youtu.be) Short & Sweet — Tianhe’s solar arrays patched (space.com) — Stratolaunch tests Talon (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) — Starship Flight 3 on its way (spacenews.com) (space.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 16 Mar, 1966. Recovery of Veterok and Ugolyok, who to this day hold the record for longest canine spaceflight (Kosmos 110) (en.wikipedia.org) (ru.wikipedia.org) (veterok-ugolyok.gmik.ru) (astronaut.ru) — Next week (3/19 - 3/25) in 2017: Dry, wet, and lumpy

Duration:00:50:33

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Episode 449: All Jacked Up

3/5/2024
Spaceflight News — Last big IM-1 update (arstechnica.com) (twitter.com/jeff_foust) Short & Sweet — Orion has hatch problems (spacenews.com) — ISRO plans for Mars helicopter (indiatoday.in) Questions, Comments, Corrections — Varda landing footage (youtube.com) This Week in Spaceflight History — 8 Mar, 2001. Launch of STS-102 (nss.org) (aiaa.org) — Next week (3/12 - 3/18) in 1966: A 154 day mission, but only for the passengers

Duration:00:34:45

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Episode 448: Remove Before Flight

2/27/2024
Spaceflight News — IM-1 landing follow-up (spacenews.com) (youtube.com) (youtube.com) Short & Sweet — ISRO completes human-rating of engine (isro.gov.in) — Software error responsible for Firefly’s off-nominal payload delivery (fireflyspace.com) (space.com) — Varda’s capsule returns (spacenews.com) Questions, Comments, Corrections — Espen via email: IM-1’s fuel loading This Week in Spaceflight History — 2 March 1965: Atlas Centaur AC-5 explosion (en.wikipedia.org) (science.nasa.gov) (ntrs.nasa.gov) (youtube.com) — Next week (3/5 - 3/11) in 2001: The first ten-person spaceflight

Duration:01:01:57

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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

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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

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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