The different personalities of the JPL rovers - Orbit 11.24

June 17, 2018

JPL Science System Engineer Kim Steadman joins us to talk about some past, present and future missions that JPL has sent to Mars and beyond. We touch on Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, the upcoming Mars 2020 and the different personalities each rover has. We sprinkle a little Juno and Cassini in there for good measure as well.

Launches:

  • H-2A Rocket Launches IGS-Radar 6  Spy Satellite

Space News:

  • Opportunity LOS
  • SpaceX is planning even more facilities at KSC
  • Axiom Space Announces Private Astronaut Expeditions
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Humanity amongst the stars with Isaac Arthur - Orbit 11.23

June 10, 2018

Futurist Isaac Arthur joins the cast of TMRO to talk about humanities future amongst the stars as well as living in a simulation, faster than light communication and galactic intelligence.

Launches:

  • Falcon 9 Launches SES-12
  • Long March 3A Launches Fengyun -2H
  • Soyuz Launches new Space Station Crew

Space News:

  • Curiosity Confirms Complex Organics on Mars
  • Northrop Grumman completes Orbital ATK acquisition
  • Pluto Has Sand Dunes, But They're Made of Methane
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Orion Span’s Aurora Commercal Space Station

June 3, 2018

Orion Span's CEO Frank Bunger joins us to talk about their upcoming commercial space station: Aurora. Frank also dives in to his larger vision of the future: humans living and working in the cosmos.

Launches:

  • Long March 2D Launches Gaofen-6

Space News:

  • Curiosity Resumes Drilling
  • Remembering Alan Bean and Don Peterson
  • Jets seen by Rosetta caused by comet’s strange shape
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Riverside Telescope Makers Conference - Orbit 11.21

May 27, 2018

We have Space Mike at the @ISDC 2018 Expo and Jared at the @RTMCAstroExpo 2018 Astronomy Expo! Jared sits down with Martin Carey and Travis Holmes to talk about citizen astronomy.

Launches:

  • Long March 4C Launches Queqiao Lunar Relay
  • Antares launches Cygnus OA-9 mission to ISS
  • Falcon 9 Launches Iridium-6 and GRACE-FO

Space News:

  • Grande-sized black holes
  • More former GXLP teams have announced future landing plans
  • RocketLab "It's Business Time" update
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Moonshot Space - Orbit 11.20

May 20, 2018

Troy McCann of Moonshot Space joins us this week to talk about the non-profit Moonshot Foundation, MoonshotX Accelerator and Gemini Ideator. You can follow Moonshot Space on their website at https://www.moonshotspace.co/ or via Twitter at @moonshotspaceco

Launches:

  • China OneSpace launches first private rocket

Space News:

  • First Light for TESS
  • Wall-E's first picture
  • A Carbon-Rich Asteroid in the Kuiper Belt
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Relativity: How to print a rocket on Earth and Mars - Orbit 11.19

May 13, 2018

Tim Ellis, CEO of Relativity, joins us to talk about his orbital launch company that is using automation and 3D printing to revolutionise how rockets are built.

Launches:
Long March 4C Launches Gaofen-5
SpaceX Launches Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on Maiden Block 5

News:
GEDI to Launch Late 2018
Robonaut 2 has returned to Earth for repairs
The Sun is Chillin'

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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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