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63: Student Innovation at Spaceport America Cup 2018

9/13/2018
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On June 19th, 2018 SPEXcast headed down to Las Cruces, New Mexico for the Spaceport America Cup. We were able to speak with the organizers of the event, student teams, and key space industry figures. This episode is part one of three, covering our overall experience at the competition, how it works, and our main takeaways from the experience. Stay tuned for Part Two in the coming weeks, which will follow the moment-by-moment stories of several student teams throughout the week as well as...

Duration:02:11:24

62: On-Demand Satellite Constellations with York Space Systems' Charles Beames

8/8/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we sit down with Charles Beames, CSO of York Space Systems, a New Space startup that provides full service satellite development and operations to companies seeking to utilize the space environemnt. We discuss the unique challenges of offering end-to-end service to customers, how to build satellites within two days, and the evolving opportunities New Space provides businesses and government. You can check out additional links and references at...

Duration:00:31:59

61: Unlocking the Potential of Synthetic Aperture Radar with ICEYE's Pekka Laurila

6/22/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we sit down with Pekka Laurila, Co-Founder of ICEYE, a New Space startup trying to revolutionize the business of space-based, synthetic aperture radar imagery. We talk about the challenges of building microsatellite constellations capable of imaging the entire planet and the key commercial technologies ICEYE leverages to make radar imagery available more quickly than ever before. We also discuss the technologies required to turn radar data into actionable information...

Duration:00:38:11

60: SpaceX Flight Control, CRS-15 Payloads, and Chinese Lunar Missions

6/16/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we dive into the recent announcements by SpaceX on their new launch complex, the exciting new research and technology demonstrations on NASA's CRS-15 mission to the International Space Station, and some of the unique payloads launched by global launch providers including infrastructure for China's most ambitious lunar mission yet. We also cover the Tesla Roadster SpaceX edition unveil as well as Soyuz MS-09, bringing three new crew members to the ISS. You can check...

Duration:00:55:33

59: Copenhagen Suborbitals with Mads Wilson

6/4/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we sit down with Mads Wilson, communications lead for Copenhagen Suborbitals, a volunteer space program based in Denmark with the ambitious goal of launching a human into orbit. We delve into the history of CopSub with Mads, reflecting on the engineering process for their past and future rockets, and the unique challenges and benefits of volunteering engineering blood, sweat and tears into a space program open to (almost) all. You can check out additional links and...

Duration:00:51:05

58: Terraforming Mars: Challenges and Misconceptions

5/31/2018
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This is the last part of our four part 'Mars May' series where we discuss the missions and technologies enabling Mars exploration.Mars is a tantalizing goal for the next step in human exploration. However, the fourth, rocky planet from the Sun is a harsh world to live on. Terraforming offers the possibility of making Mars a new home for humans, but the challenge is immense. We dive into some of the key aspects of Mars colonization and terraforming today on SPEXcast. You can check out...

Duration:00:47:12

57: Mars Rover Operations with Doug Klein

5/21/2018
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The third installment of SPEXcast's "Mars May" leads us to a part of interplanetary missions that doesn't get much attention. We often discuss the capabilities of rovers, their designs and objectives, and all the science learned from years spent on the surface of Mars. But what about the engineers who interact with the rovers themselves? What goes into operating a vehicle millions of miles away, and what is a typical work day like? To answer these questions, we spoke with Doug Klein, a...

Duration:01:00:08

56: Mars Cube One, the first interplanetary CubeSats with Joel Steinkraus

5/11/2018
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This week on SPEXcast we continue 'Mars May' with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineer Joel Steinkraus to discuss two CubeSats hitching a ride with the InSight mission, which launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 5th. Mars Cube One (MarCO) is comprised of a pair of 6U CubeSats which will each relay signals from the InSight lander back to Earth during while it enters the Martian atmosphere. We ask Joel about the technology behind MarCO and the challenges of designing two...

Duration:00:59:06

55: Digging into Mars with InSight's Troy Hudson, Instrument Systems Engineer

5/4/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we sit down with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineer Troy Hudson to discuss NASA's Mars InSight mission. InSight is scheduled to launch May 5th from Vandenburg Air Force Base on its journey to the surface of Mars. We discuss several of the instruments on InSight and go into a deep dive on HP^3, which Troy Hudson primarily worked on, including how the probe functions, its scientific objective, and the challenges of digging on another planet. You can check out...

Duration:01:00:35

55: Digging into Mars with InSight's Troy Hudson, Instrument Systems Engineer

5/4/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we sit down with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineer Troy Hudson to discuss NASA's Mars InSight mission. InSight is scheduled to launch May 5th from Vandenburg Air Force Base on its journey to the surface of Mars. We discuss several of the instruments on InSight and go into a deep dive on HP^3, which Troy Hudson primarily worked on, including how the probe functions, its scientific objective, and the challenges of digging on another planet. You can check out...

Duration:00:46:32

53: NASA's New Administrator, OmegA, and Europa Clipper

4/20/2018
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This week on SPEXcast we talk about news from the 34th Space Symposium, political intrigue behind Europa Clipper, and the admission of defeat by the Russian space company ILS. You can check out additional links and references at http://blog.spexcast.com/53-nasa-new-administrator-omega-europa-clipper.

Duration:00:38:41

52: HAB4 - RIT Space Exploration's latest mission

4/15/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we sit down with Dan Mitchell and Matt Glazer, two RIT students and alumni who worked on RIT Space Exploration's High Altitude Balloon program. We talk about some of the scientific payloads that go onto the balloon platform, as well as the history of prior launches and past accomplishments. You can check out additional links and references at http://blog.spexcast.com/spex-hab4 .

Duration:00:43:28

51: NOAA Controversy, New Glenn Evolution, and Tiangong-1 Re-entry

4/6/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we discuss the recent Iridium-5 launch and fairing recovery efforts. We also dive into Tiangong-1 re-entry and the history of space station deorbits. Blue Origin announced their decision to focus on BE-3 for their upper stage on New Glenn. You can check out additional links and references at http://blog.spexcast.com/noaa-controversy-new-glenn-evolution-tiangong-1-re-entry .

Duration:00:44:27

50: CRS-7 Public Report and Satellite 2018

4/2/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we discuss the recent release of the public report on the CRS-7 incident. We also cover the exciting new from Satellite 2018, including updates from key space industry executives. Orbital ATK also unveiled their Mission Extension Vehicle, which they intend to use to provide on-orbit maintenance and mission life extensions. You can check out additional links and references at http://blog.spexcast.com/crs-7-report-satellite-2018 .

Duration:00:56:50

49: Christian Davenport Interview

3/23/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we interview Christian Davenport, staff writer for The Washington Post, and author of the new book, 'Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos'. We ask him what inspired him to tell this story now, and for his insight into industry trends like the shift from Journey to Mars back to the Moon. You can check out a written version of the interview and additional links and references at http://blog.spexcast.com/space-reporter-chris-davenport .

Duration:01:00:52

48: MIT New Space Age Conference and SXSW

3/16/2018
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This week on SPEXcast, we delve into illegal cubesats, Blue Origin's plan for a cislunar economy, as well as Elon's thoughts on Starman and the Falcon Heavy launch. Show notes and references can be found at our blog, http://blog.spexcast.com/mit-new-space-sxsw-conference

Duration:01:08:40

46: 2 Years of SPEXcast

3/2/2018
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It's SPEXcast's birthday! Two years ago, some college students released their first ever podcast. 45 episodes later, SPEXcast reminisces on the start of the show, our top 3 favorite episodes, and the process that goes into each episode.

Duration:00:57:16

45: Holly Griffith - Space Shuttle Flight Controller and Orion Safety Engineer

3/1/2018
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SPEXcast sits down with Holly Griffith, Vehicle Systems Engineer for ECLSS on Orion Program in Safety and Mission Assurance and a former Shuttle flight controller. We ask her about her experiences sitting in on the return to flight launch of the Shuttle in 2005, her most stressful day on the job, as well as her new work on Orion. We also geek out over her Star Wars fandom, and discuss her mission to encourge women to join STEM fields. Check her out on social media @absolutspacegrl

Duration:00:56:28

44: NASA Budget 2019

2/24/2018
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SPEXcast sits down with SPEX alumn, Anthony Hennig, to discuss the proposed changes in the FY2019 NASA budget. We delve into the WFIRST cancelation, the future of humanity's continued presence into space, and cuts to the Office of Education. We also delve into the Head of the ESA's reactions to the FH launch.

Duration:01:29:49

43: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Flies!

2/12/2018
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SPEXcast sits down to discuss the first launch of Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful operational orbital rocket. The test launch was almost completely successful, with two of the three booster cores returning to Earth intact, and Elon's Tesla Roadster with Starman on its way to the asteroid belt. We delve into the sequence of events on launch day, as well as break down all of the exciting announcements from the post-launch press conference.

Duration:01:29:15