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 364: Tissue Paper Pineapple

Spaceflight News

— Lucy in the news with updates ( ( ( (

Short & Sweet

— Starliner gets its first crew (

— ISS performs debris avoidance maneuver (

— Markusic steps down as CEO of Firefly (

Questions, Comments, Corrections

— From the intro: Perseverance sees something shiny (

This Week in Spaceflight History

— June 27, 1982: Launch of Columbia, STS-4 ( ( 

— This was one of the Scotchguard flights (PDF: (

— Ejection seats were installed (and enabled) for only a handful of early Shuttle flights (PDF:

— Neither SRB was recovered ( (

— Science payload included MLR (

— Next week (6/28 - 7/4) in 1979: Really big eye-in-the-sky.


 2022-06-22  1h2m