Brady Heywood Podcast

Join forensic engineer Sean Brady as he discusses engineering failures and disasters. Sean examines both the technical and human causes of failure, explores failures in a range of professions, and talks about why our decision making is not nearly as rational as we’d like to think. Follow our Twitter updates at @BradyHeywoodPod


Episode 25 - Apollo 13 V: Steely-Eyed Missile Men

Apollo 13 is about to undertake one of the most improvised and dangerous re-entries ever attempted by NASA.

Will John Aaron and the Tiger Team figure out how to power back up the Command Module in time? Has the heat shield been damaged? Are their parachute's frozen?   

This is the final episode of Apollo 13. But be sure to subscribe to the podcast because we will be releasing an Addendum episode in late January 2019. In this episode we'll take a behind the scenes look at Apollo 13. We'll cover all the material that didn't make it into the series, as well as taking a deep dive into the technical causes of the explosion on board. 

Thank you for listening.

The series is accompanied by bonus material, in the form of photographs and graphics, which will be posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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For more details on Apollo 13, please read Jeffrey Kluger and Jim Lovell’s wonderful book titled 'Apollo 13'. Many of the conversations presented in this podcast are from this book.

Details of the spacecraft configuration at the time of the explosion can be found here:

All the NASA audio used in the series can be found at: (The Audio is edited.)

Apollo 13's re-entry audio was recorded at Honeysuckle Creek in Australia and can be found at 


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