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 384: Spaceplane, Spaceplane, Fire

Spaceflight News

— Rocket Lab’s Catch Me If You Can Wasn’t ( ( (

Short & Sweet

— Chinese Spaceplane Releases Object On-orbit (

— Spaceplane Aurora Tested at Peenemünde (

— Fire Alarm Scrubs NG-18 Launch (

Questions, Comments, Corrections

— Practical Engineering’s look at Endeavor’s trip through LA (

— Vertical payload integration (

— Reflective Layer (

This Week in Spaceflight History

— November 11, 2013: Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer’s reentry ( ( (

— GOCE had sophisticated accelerometers (HT Colin:

— Next week (11/15-11/21) in 1967: Actually, I thought it’d be right about this high at MECO.


 2022-11-09  45m