Lunar lessons before going to Mars - Orbit 10.34

September 16, 2017

We have a surprise round table this week: what lessons can we learn from the moon before heading off to Mars? Benjamin, Jared, Mike and Cariann talk about the advantages of going to the moon again before first setting foot on Mars. Segment starts at 23:05

Launches:
1:57 - Proton Launch of Amazonas 5
4:24 - Soyuz Launch of Expedition 53

Space News:
8:31 - Cassini End-of-Mission
12:26 - New Horizons Extended Mission
16:47 - Unexpected Solar Flares

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The History of SpaceX - Orbit 10.33

September 10, 2017

Stewart Money author of, "Here be Dragons: The Rise of SpaceX & the Journey to Mars" joins us to talk about the history of SpaceX and some projects you may not have known of. Interview segment starts at 24:40

In Space News:
1:41 - Ariane V Launch Abort
4:53 - Falcon 9 Launch with X37-B
8:51 - Asteroid Florence Zips Past Earth
15:04 - Bridenstine nominated for NASA Admin, and why that could be bad
19:54 - Boron Found on Mars

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3D printed rockets with Dave Masten - Orbit 10.32

September 3, 2017

This week we bring on guest Dave Masten to get an update of the happenings at Masten Space Systems. In addition to an update on the XS-1 project, we also talk about how Dave and crew is using additive manufacturing (3D printing) to create entire rocket engines. Interview starts at 16:59

=== LAUNCHES ===
01:44 - ISRO suffers PSLV failure

=== SPACE NEWS===
05:18 - The End Is Near Cassini!
09:02 - Dreamchaser Completes Captive Carry Flight ahead of Free Flight
12:35 - Best Ever Images of A Star's Surface And Atmosphere

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The National Space Council - Orbit 10.31

August 26, 2017

Bob Walker, former Congressman for Pennsylvania, Chair of the House Science Committee and board member of Zero G Corporation joins us to talk about the newly formed National Space Council. What is the council for and why will it help America with Space Policy? Bob helps answer those questions and more!

In Space News:

  • SpaceX Launches Formosat-5
  • Orbital ATK Launches ORS-5 (SensorSat)
  • 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Wows America
  • ESA astronauts train with Chinese taikonauts on Shenzhou
  • ESA Mission in late-2020’s Aims To Use Artificial Eclipses

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Searching for Skylab - Orbit 10.30

August 20, 2017

Dwight Steven-Boniecki joins us to talk about his upcoming documentary, “Searching for Skylab”. We cover some amazing things about the Skylab Space Station and mission that you may not have known before. And the conversation continues in After Dark!

In Space News:

  • Australian government announces review of space industry
  • ISS Update: CRS-12 Berthing and Russian Cubesat Deployment
  • Google Lunar X-Prize extends competition deadline, announces new milestone prizes
  • RocketLab completes test flight investigation

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2017 Solar Eclipse - Orbit 10.29

August 13, 2017

Dr. Madhulika (Lika) Guhathakurta, NASA’s Lead Scientist for the 2017 Solar Eclipse joins us to talk about the upcoming eclipse, the Sun and solar weather. For more information on the eclipse and information on how you can do citizen science head over to NASA’s eclipse website at eclipse2017.nasa.gov

In Space News:

  • New Horizons Next Target, 2014 MU69, Surprises In Study
  • Commercial Crew Updates: One Year Away Edition
  • Most Accurate Measurement Of Dark Matter Distribution Yet
  • Two new Companies to launch rockets from balloons

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Suborbital Round Table - Orbit 10.28

August 7, 2017

We talk a lot about orbital spaceflight. Going to Mars. Back to the Moon. But what about the up and coming Suborbital space flight industry? This week we have a round table talking about the past, present and possible future of Suborbital space flight.

In Space News:

  • Titan’s Complex Chemistry Has Developed An Exciting Compound That Life Needs
  • NASA’s Nuclear Propulsion project is Serious, and Awesome
  • Kepler Finds Signals Of The First Possible Exomoon
  • A new ion thruster for cubesats has unique fuel
  • Airborne Telescopes Will Fly During the 2017 Eclipse

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The Space Launch System Roundtable - Orbit 10.27

July 29, 2017

Our long awaited Space Launch System or SLS roundtable discussion has arrived! Benjamin, Mike, Jared and Cariann all talk about NASA’s new super heavy lift rocket, its merits and faults.

In Space News:
Private Space Telescope? NASA’s Thinking About It
Astrobotic and ULA planning 2019 robotic moon landing
New Study Finds The Moon Has Water In Volcanic Leftovers
Senate votes on NASA 2018 budget
Breakthrough Starshot Flies Smallest Sat Ever

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Our first look at CubeCab - Orbit 10.26

July 23, 2017

CubeCab CEO Adrian Tymes joins us to talk about their plans to create a small sat launcher and the new deal struck to launch 1000 picosats with ThumbSat.  

In Space News:

  • SpaceX drops plans for powered Dragon landings
  • Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Resumes Testing
  • House has voted on 2018 budget for NASA and Space Corps
  • LISA Pathfinder Mission Ends
  • Progress departs ISS, making room for next Soyuz crew
  • InSight’s Seismometer is Fixed, Integration Begins

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The Art of Space Outreach - Orbit 10.25

July 17, 2017

We are joined by Athena Brensberger, science communicator, astrophysics blogger. space science YouTuber and international model to talk about the art of Space Outreach. Lisa flew in from Australia for this one and boy did we put her to work!

In Space News:

  • Images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot from Juno
  • Is the USA about to get a Space Corps?
  • Smallest Ever Star Found
  • International Space News - Lightning Round
  • The Heart of a Supernova Reveals Stellar Secrets

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