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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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United States

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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

Language:

English


Episodes

T+97: SLS OIG Report, Air Force LSA Awards

10/15/2018
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I share some thoughts on the two rocket drama stories from last week: a brutal OIG report on Boeing’s work on SLS stages, and the Air Force selected three new launch vehicles to receive development funding.

Duration:00:25:37

T+96: Blue Origin & Harris

10/10/2018
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Blue Origin and Harris announced an interesting partnership last week that’s worth discussing: Harris will be producing 5-meter fixed mesh reflector antennas that can only fit (for now) inside of New Glenn’s big fairing.

Duration:00:15:54

T+95: September Q&A

10/1/2018
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This month, I take on questions about BE-4 and Vulcan, small launch, BFR, and human spaceflight.

Duration:00:29:18

T+94: #dearMoon

9/24/2018
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Some thoughts on the #dearMoon project, SpaceX’s announcement, and the essence of SpaceX’s strategy—bringing us along for the ride.

Duration:00:19:53

T+93: NASA Goddard and Restore-L

9/13/2018
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Pat O. and I took a trip down to NASA Goddard to explore all that’s going on there. We talk a bit about our visit, what we saw and learned, and we talk with Brent Robertson, project manager of Restore-L, NASA’s satellite servicing mission.

Duration:00:30:12

T+92: Marcia Smith

9/4/2018
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Marcia Smith of Space Policy Online joins me to talk about the recent meetings of the NASA Advisory Council, the status of Commercial Crew, Space Force, and more space policy goodness.

Duration:00:30:04

T+91: August Q&A

9/1/2018
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The first official MECO Q&A! I answer questions from listeners about any and all things space—mostly. (PS: Start sending me your questions for September’s Q&A episode!)

Duration:00:25:00

T+90: Andrew Jones

8/30/2018
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Andrew Jones joins me to talk all things Chinese spaceflight—exploration, policy, industry, and more.

Duration:00:37:30

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