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.

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      Episode 134: Zuma Zoom


      This week in SF history27 November 1985: Launch of STS-61-B, the fastest shuttle turnaround in history (wikipedia.org)EASE/ACCESS experiment (wikipedia.org)Spaceflight newsZuma’s potential identity??? (spaceflight101.com)NROL-76 earlier passed near ISS (spaceflight101.com)Zuma now delayed indefinitely due to a fairing issue (spaceflightnow.com)Blue Origin Update (nasaspaceflight.com)Short & SweetLauncherOne gets its first government launch contract (spacenews.com)SpaceX hopes for g...

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      Episode 133: The Six Loneliest People


      This week in SF historyNov 19, 1999: Launch of Shenzhou 1 (wikipedia.org)Spaceflight newsMerlin engine has a “mishap” (spacenews.com)BTW: CRS-13 and -14 now happily slated for proven boosters (nasaspaceflight.com)Sierra Nevada drops a Dream Chaser (spaceflightnow.com)Short & SweetSLS Mobile Launcher moves forward (spaceflightinsider.com)Virgin Galactic claims tourist flight by 2018, but for real this time. (parabolicarc.com)Questions, comments, correctionsRandy via email: more info ab...

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      Episode 132: DOWNLINK--Laura Forczyk


      This week in SF history8 November 1984: STS-51-A, capture of two satellites, last use of MMU (wikipedia.org)(youtube.com)Apogee Kick Motor Capture Device (PDF: nasa.gov)Spaceflight newsMinotaur-C returned to flight on Oct 31, after 6 years. (spaceflightnow.com) (PDF: nasa.gov)Formerly known as Taurus (twitter.com/LauraForczyk)Falcon Heavy has a launch date of Dec. 29 (nasaspaceflight.com)Short & SweetJeff Bezos sells 1.1 billion dollars of stock to further fund Blue Origin....

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      Episode 131: The Race for Space (Based Internet)


      This week in SF history6 November 2007: Flight day 15 of STS-120, played “Space Truckin’” by Deep Purple as wakeup songSpaceflight newsStarlink in a few months? (spacenews.com)One Web in a few months? (same as above: spacenews.com)No “prototypes” for first gen (spacenews.com)Telesat in a few months? (spacenews.com)Curiosity may resume drilling at Mt Sharp, with Jake of We Martians (spaceflightinsider.com)Short & SweetOCISLY caught fire (nasaspaceflight.com)A new Hall Effect thruster b...

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      Episode 131: The Race for Space (Based Internet)


      This week in SF history6 November 2007: Flight day 15 of STS-120, played “Space Truckin’” by Deep Purple as wakeup songSpaceflight newsStarlink in a few months? (spacenews.com)One Web in a few months? (same as above: spacenews.com)No “prototypes” for first gen (spacenews.com)Telesat in a few months? (spacenews.com)Curiosity may resume drilling at Mt Sharp, with Jake of We Martians (spaceflightinsider.com)Short & SweetOCISLY caught fire (nasaspaceflight.com)A new Hall Effect thruster b...

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      Episode 131: The Race for Space (Based Internet)


      This week in SF history6 November 2007: Flight day 15 of STS-120, played “Space Truckin’” by Deep Purple as wakeup songSpaceflight newsStarlink in a few months? (spacenews.com)One Web in a few months? (same as above: spacenews.com)No “prototypes” for first gen (spacenews.com)Telesat in a few months? (spacenews.com)Curiosity may resume drilling at Mt Sharp, with Jake of We Martians (spaceflightinsider.com)Short & SweetOCISLY caught fire (nasaspaceflight.com)A new Hall Effect thruster b...

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      Episode 130: DOWNLINK--Zach Weinersmith


      This week in SF history30 October 1964: The first flight of the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (wikipedia.org)Spaceflight newsLockheed Martin adds a lander to its Mars Base Camp concept. (space.com)BE-4 test fired. (spaceflightnow.com)(HT Sam Moore:arstechnica.com)Interview: Zach Weinersmith talks about SoonishZach and Kelly on the book's contents (weeklyweinersmith.com)Soonishbook.comScience Abridged mini-book (kickstarter.com)

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      Episode 129: DOWNLINK--Eliécer Hernández


      This week in SF historyOctober 19, 1967: Mariner 5 zips past Venus (wikipedia.org)Spaceflight newsElon Musk AMA (HT /u/johnabbe for the summary: reddit.com/r/SpaceXLounge)BFS testing will start suborbital (reddit.com/r/space)SPX is working on ISRU (reddit.com/r/space)BFS can throttle so deep “it won’t hoverslam” (reddit.com/r/space)Raptor thrust reduction (reddit.com/r/space/)BFS control thrusters (reddit.com/r/space)Header tanks are nice bc they’ll be insulated from solar heating (reddit...

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      1h9m
       2017-10-18

      Episode 128: DOWNLINK--Dr. Lee Bennett


      This week in SF history12 October 1964, Launch of Voskhod 1 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voskhod_1)Spaceflight newsUS EVA #44, 45, 46 (forum.nasaspaceflight.com/)(youtube.com)BEAM gets extended stay on Station. (spacenews.com)Questions, comments, correctionsDonation matching for PR (unidosporpuertorico.com)Still matching until next week, email us your reciepts!RPG night!Friday, October 20 at 9 pm PT / 12 am ETLinks will be posted on Twitter and RedditBen Hallert via email: tilting...

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      1h21m
       2017-10-11

      Episode 127: Not-Quite-So-Big Falcon Rocket


      This week in SF history7 October, 1969. Birth of Karen NybergStuffed dinosaur (space.com)Spaceflight newsIAC SPX presentation (youtube.com)Cost calculations of point-to-point BFR travel (reddit.com/r/spacex)Parker Solar Probe in integration testing (nasaspaceflight.com)Trajectory animation (youtube.com)Short & SweetJWST delayed (spaceref.com)Airbus joins the on-orbit satellite servicing market. (spacenews.com)Lockheed Martin reveals new details about its Mars Base Camp architecture....

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       2017-10-04