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 359: Venus is for Louvers

Thanks to Deathkin for naming this week’s episode!

Spaceflight News

— Rocket 4.0 unveiling (

— Chris Kemp asks “why can’t a couple of people launch a rocket?” (

— Astra announced a new UK launch site ( (

— Astra is in the running for the TacRS-3 contract (

Short & Sweet

— Axiom-1 putting strain on ISS (

— Tianzhou-4 successfully reaches Chinese Space Station (

— Non-GPS satellite slated for launch (

— JWST final steps before science career ( ( (

Questions, Comments, Correction Burns

— Joel R. via email: Rover steering wheel, Shuttle drag chute

— Further reading: Mobility Performance of the Lunar Roving Vehicle: Terrestrial Studies - Apollo 15 Results (PDF:

— From the intro: Canoo taking on water? (

This Week in Spaceflight History

— 19 May, 1961. First flyby of Venus, by Venera 1 ( (

— Launched on a Molniya 8K78 ( 

— Next week (5/24 - 5/30) in 2000: Freshly imported


 2022-05-18  1h3m