The Orbital Mechanics Podcast
Summary: 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.
NASA's sharing knowledge to enhance LEO commercial activities. Also, two floundering GEO satellites and China's push to the Moon's surface.
Centaur gets some post-mishap modifications. Also, China is building a VLEO constellation, LandSpace gets to orbit on methane, and Janus gets nixed.
Ariane 5 completes a long career! Also, space drugs, a burst habitat, and new Starlink noise.
Ingenuity has been out of communication for two months! Also, a delay for Vega C, Virgin Galactic goes to work, Euclid + Dream Chaser prep for flight
SpaceX decides to burn instead of flip during Starship separation. Also, a methalox test fire, anti-ASAT troubles, and another OTV failure.
A sixth, and not final, iROSA has been installed on ISS! Also, a commercial engine for a commercial station, and a regression to suborbital launches.
The next Russian lunar lander is heading out later this year. Also, Firefly and York acquisitions, and a huge Egyptian LIDAR tracking station.
Starliner encounters two last-minute issues. Also, UAE's asteroid mission, a commercial deep-space radar, and DPRK's most recent launch failure.
HAKUTO-R's failure analysis is in, and simpler than we'd hoped. Also, the sale of Virgin Orbit, and a hot parasol from ESA.
Blue Origin submits their own HLS lander and wins a NextSTEP contract! Also, a CAPSTONE nav demo, a Flashlight sneeze, and an RST part.
China's spaceplane made good practice for a private tracking company. Also, Pu-238 production and ULA testing.
A suborbital launch went off course and landed across borders. Also, a suborbital success, a suborbital failure, and new New Horizons science.
Musk doubles down on the trench-free lifestyle. Also, Hakuto-R, a China-lead moonbase cooperative, and a ride for Griffin.
Starship's first flight rates 25 out of 33, a real naked rebar kind of launch! Also, a Swede on Axiom and a reflown engine on Electron.
SpaceX reduces their niobium consumption, Relativity increases their engine count, and the coolest use of niobium ever.