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Every other 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.

Every other 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.
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Every other 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.

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English


Episodes

Episode 159: DOWNLINK--Dr. Dmitry Savranski

5/22/2018
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I’m supposed to put an episode description here, but I’m just going to say “Modular Active Self-Assembling Space Telescope Swarms” and leave it at that.

Duration:01:10:54

Episode 158: Version F

5/15/2018
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SpaceX flew their first Falcon 9 v6! Or, no, wait, Falcon 9 Block VI. No, wait, Falcon 9 Block 5.

Duration:00:35:34

Episode 157: Sunset Parafoil

5/8/2018
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We discussed several topics, but I'm still just taken by that fairing recovery photo.

Duration:00:24:43

Episode 156: Cracked and Canceled

5/1/2018
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Mars 2020 needs a new heat shield, and the lunar Resource Prospector instruments need a new platform!

Duration:00:31:47

Episode 155: Party Balloon

4/24/2018
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Elon Musk reveals a potential second stage reuse strategy, and Orbital ATK gives a new name to NGLS

Duration:00:31:26

Episode 154: DOWNLINK--Tess Caswell

4/17/2018
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Tess Caswell has done a lot of things, but today we're talking to her about her time sitting at the ETHOS desk in ISS MCC, controlling the life support systems on Station.

Duration:01:12:13

Episode 153: Falling with Style

4/10/2018
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We discuss Falcon 9 fairings falling out of the skies, the return of SpaceShipTwo to the skies, and a new launch company hoping to make it to the skies.

Duration:00:35:11

Episode 152: Waiting for Tiangong I

4/3/2018
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Back before Tiangong I came crashing down, we passed the waiting time talking about other large uncontrolled objects that have re-entered, NOAA's camerashyness, and Blue Origin's new/old engine selection.

Duration:00:33:27

Episode 151: Plans Underway

3/27/2018
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Dawn prepares to spiral down the drain (but with science!), and Astra prepares to peek their heads into daylight.

Duration:00:31:13

Episode 150: The One With the Mystery Guest

3/20/2018
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We're introducing a brand new segment, where we try and guess who a mystery guest is! Also, Fregat failure news, CRS-7 failure analysis and so much more.

Duration:00:46:47

Episode 149: Boosters All the Way Down

3/13/2018
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Footage of the Falcon Heavy center booster, a discussion of the Hispasat booster, Stratolaunch as a spaceplane booster and Swarm Tech shouldn't have been on a booster.

Duration:00:36:20

Episode 148: Striking Distance

3/6/2018
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JWST keeps falling out of striking distance, F9 B5 is within striking distance of its first flight, and Hyabusa 2 is about to pounce on Ryugu!

Duration:00:29:48

Episode 146: Catcher's Mitt

2/20/2018
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We discuss US EVA-48, a secretive smallsat launcher, a new ASDS, Mr. Steven and SPX science certification.

Duration:00:30:30

Episode 143: Stuck in a Funk

1/30/2018
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We were shocked to find out there was more on the first orbital Electron than a Dove and two Lemurs! We also chew over Ariane 5's partial failure.

Duration:00:44:18

Episode 138: DOWNLINK--SEDS UCF IREC II

12/19/2017
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Students for the Exploration and Development of Space has a chapter at University of Central Florida, and they've entered the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. They had a successful failure last year, and now they're here to talk about their run up for next year.

Duration:00:56:24

Episode 130: DOWNLINK--Zach Weinersmith

10/24/2017
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Zach and Kelly Weinersmith just published a book called Soonish, a humorous-but-factual look at 10 upcoming technologies. Since a few are in space, we thought we'd talk to Zach about the book!

Duration:01:25:28

Episode 129: DOWNLINK--Eliécer Hernández

10/17/2017
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VRSS-2 was recently launched on a Long March. While it's a fairly conventional Earth observation satellite, we got ahold of its system designer to talk about what makes it different and what the challenges were in building it.

Duration:01:09:13

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