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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.

Twitter:

@WeHaveMECO

Language:

English


Episodes

T+104: Jake Robins

12/11/2018
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Jake Robins of WeMartians joins me to talk InSight, Mars EDL, and Mars 2020.

Duration:00:22:42

T+103: Commercial Lunar Payload Services

12/4/2018
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NASA announced the nine companies that will be competing for Commercial Lunar Payload Services missions. I share some thoughts on the program overall, and discuss what we know about each company.

Duration:00:26:44

T+102: November Q&A

11/30/2018
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This month for Q&A, we try to figure out what the hell is up with DM-1, hit a few questions about launch, and talk through a few space development topics.

Duration:00:41:47

T+101: Starlink Addendum

11/9/2018
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As I was recording yesterday’s show about Starlink, SpaceX filed an application with the FCC for some changes to the Starlink plan. I read through the report and it confirms some of what I talked about yesterday, so thought it was worth an update.

Duration:00:08:58

T+100: Midterms, and a Thought on Starlink

11/8/2018
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I share some space-focused takeaways from the US midterm elections and a thought that I had about recent Starlink reports.

Duration:00:24:13

T+99: October Q&A

11/1/2018
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This month, I take on questions about small launch, future space ventures, and the Boeing/SLS saga/drama.

Duration:00:40:33

T+98: Gateway Logistics Services

10/26/2018
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NASA released a request for information this week about cargo services to the Gateway—big news for the future of NASA and the Gateway. I break down the technical and non-technical bits of that announcement, as well as some updates on Space Force and the Soyuz situation.

Duration:00:27:27

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