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Spaceflight news — NASA and the Giant Budget Reconciliation (spacenews.com) — Starlink antennas again (spacenews.com) — Thanks to Ben Hallert for the TCM! (twitter.com/chairboy) — Chang’e 5 returned to the Moon (spacenews.com) — Trajectory animation (twitter.com/coastal8049) — Possible TCM Sunday 9/12, or maybe not (https://twitter.com/coastal8049)…
 
Last week, Firefly made their first flight attempt of Alpha, and Astra launched their latest vehicle, LV0006. Though both ended in failure, it’s a good time to check in on them and other small launchers that will debut soon like, ABL’s RS1 and Relativity’s Terran 1, and how they may all compete with each other. This episode of Main Engine Cut Off i…
 
Spaceflight news — Firefly Alpha launch failure (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (firefly.com) — Scott Manley’s first takes included some “old fashioned pixel counting” (twitter.com/DJSnM) (twitter.com/DJSnM) — Third-party photo coverage was fantastic (twitter.com/lavie154) (twitter.com/thejackbeyer) (twitter.com/nextspaceflight) (HT Sam: twitter.co…
 
Spaceflight news — Rocket3.3 Exits Stage Right (astra.com) (space.com) (youtube.com) (youtube.com) — Follows an abort on Friday called by the guidance system near T-0 (space.com) — Jonathan McDowell guessed a “fatal problem” in the air (twitter.com/planet4589) Short & Sweet — 7GB of paperwork for HLS (twitter.com/joroulette) (spacenews.com) (busine…
 
Spaceflight news — Blue Origin lawsuit, and exodus — Lawsuit filed against NASA on Aug 19 (theverge.com) (spacenews.com) — > 11 key employees left Blue (twitter.com/thesheetztweetz) (twitter.com/thesheetztweetz) (twitter.com/thesheetztweetz) — Lauren Lyons went to Firefly (https://spacenews.com) — 10k bonus handed out at end of July (twitter.com/th…
 
Spaceflight news — 2018 Soyuz leak turns into a whodunnit (arstechnica.com) (HT DeltaV: arstechnica.com) (twitter.com/KathyLueders) — Starliner Destacked (twitter.com/BoeingSpace) (twitter.com/EmreKelly) (twitter.com/BoeingSpace) (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — Shuttle payload readied for restoration (space.com) — xEVA falls behind schedule (spacen…
 
Spaceflight news — Astra readies for next orbital launch (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/Astra) (spacenews.com) — Super Heavy Starship stacked! (twitter.com/StarshipGazer) (twitter.com/ErcXspace) (twitter.com/elonmusk) (twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos) (youtube.com) — Perseverance’s first sampling attempt (spacenews.com) (​​nasa.gov) (twitter.com/PaulHamm…
 
Spaceflight news — Nauka Arrives (spaceflightnow.com) (space.com) — Investigation of the issue (twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb) — Amazing footage of the issue (youtube.com) (HT Andy Z: twitter.com/liamkennedy) (HT Andy Z: twitter.com/fs_jeronimo) Short & Sweet — Rocket Lab successfully launches U.S. military payload (spaceflightnow.com) — Inmarsat ann…
 
Eric Berger of Ars Technica returns to the show to talk about the recent crewed suborbital flights by Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, Blue Origin’s Project Jarvis and their future work, and what the chaotic arrival of Nauka means for the future of the ISS and international space politics. This episode of Main Engine Cut Off is brought to you by 43…
 
Spaceflight news — Nauka Launched (spacenews.com) (forum.nasaspaceflight.com) — Three sets of engines on Nauka (twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb) — Initial reports of issues (forum.nasaspaceflight.com) — A summary was written on Wikipedia quite early (en.wikipedia.org) — “Nothing irreparable” (twitter.com/katlinegrey) — An initial RCS burn was made to g…
 
Richard Branson flew to space aboard SpaceShipTwo on Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22, and Jeff Bezos flew to space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard 16. I share my thoughts on the flights, the vehicles, and how I’m currently looking at suborbital tourism and why it does or doesn’t matter. This episode of Main Engine Cut Off is brought to you by 42 execut…
 
Spaceflight news — Hubble back online (PDF: asd.gsfc.nasa.gov) (PDF: ses.gsfc.nasa.gov) (youtube.com) (nasa.gov) (sciencemag.org) Short & Sweet — Astranis produces new batch of very small GEO satellites (spacenews.com) — Funding secured for Beresheet 2 mission (ap.org) — Raptor engine development ramping up (spaceflightinsider.com) — ESA announces …
 
Spaceflight news — Northrop Grumman signs HALO contract (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (nasa.gov) — A docking adapter is planned for HLS (PDF: nasa.gov) Short & Sweet — SKA endangered by megaconstellations (spacenews.com) — Chinese Spacewalk (spacenews.com) — JWST One Step Closer (spacenews.com) Questions, comments, corrections — From the intro…
 
Marcia Smith of SpacePolicyOnline.com joins me for a round up of space policy news, including how the Biden and Nelson administrations are doing so far, things that are being overlooked or sidelined, the Senate’s NASA Authorization bill, NASA’s Human Landing System contract and the battle for funding, the space tourism learning period, and we finis…
 
Jedni ga hvale. Drugi kude. Treći proklinju. Ali svi se slažu u jednom. Sa njim, ili bez njega, svijet sigurno ne bi bio isti. Ali je li ta promjena na bolje, ili na gore. Je li sud uspio ostvariti ono što su pred njega kao zadatak postavili njegovi osnivači? I konačno. Je li licemjerno kuditi sud da je slabo odradio svoj posao, kada znamo koliko s…
 
Spaceflight news — Transporter-2 payloads (americaspace.com) (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (geekwire.com) (PDF: fcc.report) Short & Sweet — IROSAs installed (americaspace.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) — Starship Booster prototype nears completion (teslarati.com) — ULA has an engine nozzle issue (spacenews.com) This week in SF history — 3 July, 19…
 
I’m joined by Matt LaPointe, Technical Director at Redwire’s Deployable Space Systems, and Andrew Rush, COO of Redwire, to talk about the newest upgrade to the International Space Station: the Roll-Out Solar Arrays that are currently being deployed over the course of several spacewalks. This episode of Main Engine Cut Off is brought to you by 41 ex…
 
Spaceflight news — Rocket Lab wins Mars mission (space.com) (hou.usra.edu) — Characteristic energy, declination, right ascension of the departure asymptote vector (C3/DLA/RLA) were discussed in our interview with Mark Wallace. (theorbitalmechanics.com) Short & Sweet — Chinese crew reaches Tianhe space station module (spacenews.com) — Faulty memory …
 
Spaceflight news — ESA spacecraft to join Venusian fleet (space.com) (esa.int) (en.wikipedia.org) (arxiv.org) — Jean-Luc Margot et al recently made rough measurements of Venus’ moment of inertia (youtube.com) (arxiv.org) — Planetary Society did a writeup on DAVINCI+ and VERITAS (planetary.org) Short & Sweet — First commercial deep-space antenna beg…
 
Spaceflight news — Discovery 15 and 16 selected - we’re heading for Venus! (space.com) (spacenews.com) — NASA Presidential Budget Request (planetary.org) — House bill wants to designate space as critical infrastructure (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — South Korean rocket prepares for October test (theregister.com) — Axiom, SpaceX reach agreement to …
 
Phil Bracken, Vice President of Engineering at Spaceflight, joins me to talk about their past, current, and upcoming missions, the Sherpa program, and to dive into the technical details of it all. This episode of Main Engine Cut Off is brought to you by 41 executive producers—Brandon, Matthew, Simon, Lauren, Melissa, Kris, Pat, Matt, Jorge, Ryan, D…
 
Spaceflight news — Megaconstellations in the news — Viasat asking for halt to building out Starlink (spacenews.com) — Chinese Guowang constellation (spacenews.com) — SATCON2 is coming up on July 12-16 (aas.org) — New Frontiers 5 will be delayed (spacenews.com) (wiki) Short & Sweet — Mars helicopter lands safely despite computer glitch (space.com) —…
 
Spaceflight news — Zhurong rover dismounts from lander (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — Rocket Lab failure analysis (spacenews.com) (rocketlabusa.com) — Crew-3 Finalized (americaspace.com) — SpaceShipTwo returns to the skies! (spacenews.com) (youtube.com) Questions, comments, corrections — Not catching is different than not recovering! (twitter.com/…
 
Brock Howe, the Program Manager for Nanoracks’ Bishop Airlock, joins me to talk about the final build out and launch of Bishop, its installation on ISS, some details of its operations, and its plans for the future on ISS and beyond. This episode of Main Engine Cut Off is brought to you by 40 executive producers—Brandon, Matthew, Simon, Lauren, Meli…
 
Spaceflight news — Rocket Lab Recovery (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (rocketlabusa.com) — Scott Manley demonstrated the TVC angle on 2nd stage ignition (twitter.com/DJSnM) — SpaceX files for Starship orbital launch radio license (spacenews.com) — SPX may have competition for HLS (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — China successfully lands rover on Ma…
 
Stephen Forbes, the Program Manager for DARPA’s Blackjack project, joins me to talk about DARPA and its interaction with the rest of the Department of Defense, how they approach space initiatives, where Blackjack came from, where it’s going, what they hope to accomplish with it, and how it fits into the near-future of the industry. This episode of …
 
Spaceflight news — Awards, awards, awards — Eta Space - In-orbit cryogenic refueling (spaceref.com) — JPL - Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (cnet.com) (jpl.nasa.gov) — Loft Orbital - Edge computing on spacecraft (spacenews.com) — Northrop - Navigation payloads on Blackjack sats (spacenews.com) — Raytheon - Update NASA’s EO IT system (govconwire.com) (…
 
SpaceX successfully flew and landed Starship SN15 last week, amid protests of their NASA HLS award by Blue Origin and Dynetics. This episode of Main Engine Cut Off is brought to you by 40 executive producers—Brandon, Matthew, Simon, Lauren, Melissa, Kris, Pat, Matt, Jorge, Ryan, Donald, Lee, Chris, Warren, Bob, Russell, Moritz, Joel, Jan, Grant, Da…
 
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