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A short, weekly podcast about spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy in the modern era and near future.

A short, weekly podcast about spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy in the modern era and near future.
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A short, weekly podcast about spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy in the modern era and near future.

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@WeHaveMECO

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English


Episodes

T+89: Lockheed’s Small Sat Strategy, NASA Tipping Points Contracts

8/13/2018
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Lockheed Martin has been slowly revealing their small sat strategy over the last three years, and it’s shaping up to be quite interesting and potentially very compelling. And NASA announced 10 Tipping Point awards last week, which include some very interesting projects from Blue Origin, ULA, and Astrobotic.

Duration:00:26:12

T+88: CubeRover, Michael Provenzano and Andrew Horchler

7/30/2018
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Michael Provenzano and Andrew Horchler of CubeRover and Astrobotic join me to talk about the project, the rover itself, and the future of robotic exploration on the Moon (and beyond).

Duration:00:49:16

T+87: Rocket Lab Launch Complex 2

7/18/2018
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Rocket Lab announced that they’re in the final selection stage of their search for a US launch site. I break down the options they have, and discuss why I think they’ll pick Wallops Island.

Duration:00:21:30

T+86: Falcon Heavy Wins AFSPC-52

6/27/2018
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Big news this week: SpaceX won an EELV contract for Falcon Heavy. I talk through what this means for the US launch market, how SpaceX and Falcon Heavy are set up to compete for the next few years.

Duration:00:18:21

T+85: Support and Criticism for the Lunar Gateway

6/19/2018
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ESA has all but given its full support to the (newly renamed) Lunar Gateway, and Terry Virts threw some criticism its way during the third meeting of the National Space Council. I break down what those things mean for the future of Lunar Gateway, and discuss why I’m (gasp!) supportive of the program.

Duration:00:21:07

T+84: The End of NASA Exploration Exclusivity

6/4/2018
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Last week, China opened up their future space station to other nations, and Blue Origin laid some hints about their lunar ambitions. Both of these stories are indicative of what I think the next era of exploration will look like, and it has interesting implications for NASA.

Duration:00:15:59

T+83: Falcon 9 Block 5, RL10 on Centaur V

5/22/2018
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Two events worth discussing happened while I was on vacation—the first Block 5 Falcon 9 took flight, and ULA selected RL10 for Centaur V.

Duration:00:23:15

T+82: Jon Goff, Altius Space Machines

5/9/2018
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Jon Goff of Altius Space Machines joins me to talk about how he got to where he is today and what’s ahead for Altius—including satellite servicing with Bulldog, propellant depots, cryo couplers, and wet labs.

Duration:01:05:04

T+81: Resource Prospector Cancellation

5/2/2018
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Last week, we heard news that the Resource Prospector mission has been cancelled. I spend some time thinking through my initial reactions to the news, and speculate about what the path ahead may hold for lunar development.

Duration:00:12:20

T+80: DARPA Launch Challenge

4/25/2018
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The DARPA Launch Challenge has been officially unveiled, so I spent some time breaking down the competition and speculating about who will enter and what DARPA wants out of it.

Duration:00:18:45

T+79: Orbital ATK’s OmegA, NASA’s Bridenstine

4/21/2018
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Orbital ATK unveiled the name and additional technical details of their new launch vehicle, OmegA. Jim Bridenstine was finally confirmed as the new NASA Administrator.

Duration:00:24:44

T+78: No Cost-Plus, But No Vision, Either

4/9/2018
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NASA had some interesting comments on the Lunar Gateway at a recent NASA Advisory Council meeting—the program is eschewing cost-plus contracting, but it’s lacking vision.

Duration:00:19:32

T+77: Blue Origin Reconfigures New Glenn

4/4/2018
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Caleb Henry got a great scoop on some changes Blue Origin is making to New Glenn. I think through why these changes may have been made and what these changes could mean for the near future.

Duration:00:28:39

T+76: Caleb Henry

3/27/2018
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Caleb Henry of SpaceNews returns to talk Satellite 2018, megaconstellations, flat-panel antennas, and the current state of the satellite industry.

Duration:00:32:41

T+75: March Roundup

3/23/2018
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A few interesting documents have been released: the late-but-final 2018 appropriations, NASA’s lunar cargo lander request for information, and the public summary of the NASA Independent Review Team’s investigation into the CRS-7 mishap. And a few interesting announcements were made: NASA Acting Administration Robert Lightfoot is going to retire, and the Air Force awarded contracts for another round of EELV Phase 1A launches.

Duration:00:28:49

T+74: Stagnation and Opportunity

3/9/2018
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NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot appeared in front of the space subcommittee of the House Science Committee to discuss the 2019 NASA budget request, and I’ve got some thoughts on their decisions regarding the SLS Mobile Launcher and how it affects SLS’ flight rate. And then I get off onto a train of thought regarding the stagnation of and opportunity within the policy gridlock we’re stuck in today.

Duration:00:27:34

T+73: Commercial Crew Contingency Plans, and the End of ISS

2/23/2018
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NASA recently began talking about some contingency planning for potential Commercial Crew delays, and the end-of-ISS discussion is heating up.

Duration:00:22:29

T+72: SpaceX’s Motivation for Falcon Heavy

2/13/2018
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SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy last week and shook up the space launch world. I spend some time thinking through SpaceX’s motivations for building Falcon Heavy, and what its effects might be on the world around it.

Duration:00:34:16

T+71: Commercial Crew, Congress, and the GAO

1/30/2018
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The Commercial Crew program—NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, and more—went in front of Congress to discuss the current status of the crew launch systems in development. Concurrently, the GAO released a report warning that more delays are likely, and could put NASA in a tough spot. I share some thoughts on the matter and talk through what is likely to happen this year.

Duration:00:23:13

T+70: Polar Launches from Cape Canaveral

1/17/2018
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The US Air Force has developed a viable corridor for launching to polar and other high-inclination orbits from Cape Canaveral. I spend some time thinking through who may be interested in using that corridor and what its existence could mean for the newer launch vehicles in development.

Duration:00:23:52