The Orbital Mechanics Podcast

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.


Episode 358: DOWNLINK--Awais Ahmed, PIXXEL

Spaceflight News

— Rocket Lab Helicopter Catch ( (

— CAPSTONE’s up next (

Short & Sweet

— Astroscale performs close approach (

— Phantom Space makes big engine purchase (

— Russian rocket motor breaks apart on-orbit (

— Astra preparing for Canaveral launches ( (

Questions, comments, corrections

— From the intro: Lockheed Martin’s MAP docking port model (

Interview – Awais Ahmed, CEO and Co-Founder, PIXXEL

— Shakuntala/TD-2 was one of the three demos, and it flew on Transporter-4 (

— The AVIRIS program also collects hyperspectral data, but from a much lower altitude ( (

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This Week in Spaceflight History

— 13 May, 1992: Intelsat VI captured by the STS-49 crew ( (

— The plan for capture and kickstage attachment ( (

— Next week (5/17 - 5/23) in 1961: If a spacecraft falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it…


 2022-05-11  1h24m