From Public to Private Space - Orbit 11.18

May 6, 2018

We have a popup round table this week where we ask, what current Government space programs are well suited to move to the commercial market? And is commercializing space even a good thing? Make sure to leave your own personal comments and thoughts below, remembering to follow our very basic rules: treat others as you wish to be treated and debate the idea, not the person.

Launches:
Blue Origin Conducts 8th Test Flight of New Shepard
Long March 3B Launches Apstar 6C
Atlas V Launches InSight Lander to Mars

News:
Hubble Spots Supernova Survivor
NASA cancels Lunar rover in favor of commercial landers
NASA Greenlights A Self-Assembling Telescope Study [posted in our /r/TMRO by BrandonMarc]

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Women working in STEM - Orbit 11.17

May 2, 2018

Holly Griffith, NASA Orion Vehicle Systems Engineer joins us this week to talk women working at NASA and in STEM.

Launches:
Sentinal-3B launches on Russian Rockot
Chinese Long March 11 launches Zhuhai-1 remote sensing satellites

News:
Uranus smells like farts
Bridenstine sworn in as NASA Administrator
Gaia

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Space: Making Space Accessable via Space Nation - Orbit 11.16

April 22, 2018

Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola, co-founder of Space Nation joins us to talk Astronaut Training and making space accessible to mere mortals.

Launches:
Atlas V launches AFSPC 11
Falcon 9 launches TESS
Proton launches Blagovest No. 12L

News:
Meteorite Diamonds!
New Orbital ATK Rocket
DARKNESS will hunt for planets

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Rod Pyle’s Amazing Stories of the Space Age - Orbit 11.15

April 15, 2018

Author Rod Pyle joins us to talk about many topics including the Space 2.0 Revolution, International Space Development Conference and how to build a Death Star.

Launches:
Long March 4C Launches Yaogan-31 Trio
PSLV-XL Launches IRNSS-1I

News:
Orion Span Announces Plan for Space Hotel
Elon Musk Posts Picture of BFR layup tool
New Lunar Tour from LRO (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr5Pj6GQL2o)
Tiangong 1 Burns Up on Re-entry over Pacific

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Neumann Space - Orbit 11.14

April 8, 2018

Paddy Neumamm, Chief Scientist and Founder of Neumann Space joins us to talk about their solar-electric ion drive. The Neumann Drive can run on a variety of solid metallic fuels. This means that the Neumann Drive can run on nearly any metal likely to be found in asteroids, as well as on sintered-down space junk. So not only can you go further with a Neumann Drive, but you can refuel with whatever you find when you get there.

Launches:
SpaceX CRS-14 mission
Ariane 5 launches Superbird 8/DSN 1 and Hylas 4 satellites

News:
British-led exoplanet telescope selected as ESA's next space science mission
VSS Unity has first powered flight
Does Venus' Clouds Have Life?

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What is currently holding humanity back from our next cosmic steps? - Orbit 11.13

April 4, 2018

This week we have a round table discussion asking the question, "What is currently holding humanity back from our next cosmic steps?" And we're really curious what you think as well! Leave your ideas and comments below.

Launches:
GSLV Launches GSAT 6A
Long March 3B Launches Beidou Navigation satellites
Soyuz 2-1v Launches EMKA
Falcon 9 Launches 5th IridiumNEXT batch
Long March 4C Launches Gaofen

News:
'Oumuamua Likely Came From A Binary Star System
Blue Origin Switches Engines
TRAPPIST-1's Planets Are Wet, Probably Too Wet For Life

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Exploring the solar system with Dr. Chris McKay - Orbit 11.12

March 25, 2018

We are joined by Dr. Chris McKay from NASA Ames Research Center to talk about the search for life in our solar system.

Launches:
Soyuz launched Expedition 55-56

News:
2014 MU69 gets a name
Humanity Star
Once Around In A Billion Years

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Why we need to humanize space exploration - Orbit 11.11

March 19, 2018

This week Lisa chats to Dr Niamh Shaw about her new theatre show ‘Diary of a Martian Beekeeper’ and why we need to include the humanities in space exploration.

Launches:
Long March 2 Launches LKW-4

News:
Microbe That Could Survive On Enceladus
Lightfoot to retire as Bridenstine nomination stalled
S-2 Is Single and Ready to Mingle...With Our SMBH
International interest for Lunar Gateway grows

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Searching for Skylab updates - Orbit 11.10

March 11, 2018

This week Jared gets an update from Dwight Steven-Boniecki about the upcoming documentary "Searching for Skylab", including some exclusive sneak peaks from the film!

Launches:
SpaceX Launches Hispasat 30W-6
Soyuz Launches O3b Satellites

News:
Interstellar donuts
World's First Air Breathing Electric Thruster Tested
Schrödinger in Space

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Introducing LAUNCHER - Orbit 11.09

March 4, 2018

Max Haot of LAUNCHER joins us to talk about their new rocket company LAUNCHER. We talk about their current tests, 3D printing rocket engines and plans for the future.

Launches:
H-2A Rocket launches Japanese Reconnaissance Satellite
Atlas V Launches GOES-S Weather Satellite

News:
Dark matter in the cosmic dawn
ISS Crew Return to Earth
Proxima centauri had a bad day

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