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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 50m. Bisher sind 392 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 14 days 22 hours 21 minutes


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Episode 22: White Stork Mystery

Saturn I was the first big step towards the moon, and this week in 1958 the design was begun. Also, a 3D printed turbo, another Chinese engine destroys a house, we get a good look at an ASDS, and we have a White Stork mystery.


 2015-09-01  29m

Episode 21: GPIM's, HTV's and MKRS's

HTV-5 heads uphill, a green fuel gets a green light, a rumor about an earlier than expected SpaceX return to flight, and an even crazier rumor about Russian reusability!


 2015-08-25  36m

Episode 20: Bi-Dec-Episodial

VASMIR contract extended, space crops and a Walloping big engine.


 2015-08-18  33m

Episode 19: Shot of Tequila

In our first weekly episode, we have a big announcement! 55 years later, we’re still safely bringing things back from space. Also, a contract extension from NASA, a spaceplane from DARPA, and an impressive recovery from JAXA!


 2015-08-11  47m

Episode 18: DOWNLINK -- Astro Pi

There are lots of consumer products on the space station. In this show, we interview the creators of a brand new one: the Astro Pi! They’ll be sending student-written programs to Station on a small computer. Also, CRS-7 gets explained, SETI picks up a bundle, Intelsat gets grumpy, a solar panel need


 2015-08-04  1h16m

Episode 17: Agena Watches

Back in the days before we could take digital photos and encrypt them, we had to figure out another way of transmitting home imagery that no one else could see. The Corona program did just that. Also, Commercial astronaut selection, New Horizons, a NASA budget proposal, STEMBox and an evacuation on


 2015-07-21  1h22m

Episode 16: Mishaps

Staying put in a particular orbit requires constant adjustments. Let’s talk about some of the basic things you can do to be where you want to be in space. Also an Falcon 9 explosion, the largest commercial launch in history, an impending SpaceX mars announcement, and New Horizons encounters a last-m


 2015-07-07  54m

Episode 15: DOWNLINK--Firefly Space Systems

Firefly Space Systems wants to build an innovative launch vehicle and send small payloads to orbit for an incredibly low price. We talk to four of their engineers about everything from their aerospike engine to fuel tank construction. Also LDSD could use a third try, Philae needs a cup of coffee, Ne


 2015-06-23  1h24m

Episode 14: Fuel Up!

There are plenty of liquid rocket fuels to choose from, all with pros and cons. We talk about which is best in what situation, and why that choice is more difficult than it might seem. Also, criminal charges, the return of RS-25, LightSail, SpaceX’s internet satellites, and the new Adeline reusabili


 2015-06-09  1h19m

Episode 13: DOWNLINK--Steve Pestana

We sit down and talk with the other “silent” member of the show, research assistant Steve Pestana. Also, Proton failure, reboost failure, show host failures and ISS orbital parameters.


 2015-05-26  1h4m