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 363: A Surfeit of Hypergols

Spaceflight News

— Cargo Dragon leak ( (

— Ingenuity’s woes ( ( (PDF:

— Martian winter is dustier due to heat gradients (HT Csaba:

Breaking Madness

— Astra TROPICS-1 failure ( (

Short & Sweet

— Korean startup targets launch from Brazil later this year (

— NASA to launch from Australia (

— JWST struck by micrometeoroids ( (HT Colin: ( (HT DeltaV:

Questions, Comments, Corrections

— From the intro: Spinlaunch’s sabot (

This Week in Spaceflight History

— 16 Jun, 1961: The Final Fleming Committee Report submitted ( ( (PDF HT Mike Stewart:

— Saturn C-3 and Nova were the main options at this point ( (

— Next week (6/21 - 6/27) in 1982: Enjoy the extra leg room while it lasts!


 2022-06-15  53m