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 378: Next Gen Turkey

Spaceflight News

— Rocket Lab updates (

— There was a presentation for investors September 21 ( (PDF:

— The Archimedes Test Complex will be built at Stennis (

— JWST instrument suffers anomaly (

Short & Sweet

— USSF to leave GEO ( (

— Superheavy fires seven engines (

— Spinlaunch raises $71M (

— ESA seeks money to stay in space race (

Questions, Comments, Corrections

— Descent module from Soyuz T-10a reused in T-15 ( VIA

— See also Ep 300: DOWNLINK--Nikolas Trawny, Ph.D. (

— How did N2 get into the turbopump?

This Week in Spaceflight History

— September 29, 2011: Launch of Tiangong-1 ( (PDF: ( (

— X37-B was possibly tasked to observe the station on orbit (

— Docking hardware was purchased from Russia (

— Next week (10/4 - 10/10) in 1990. It’s already a long enough trip without adding four years.


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