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48: MIT New Space Age Conference and SXSW

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


47: GOES-S, StarLink, and the Challenges of Space Engineering Programs

Engineering space to be useful to humans is hard work. Today on SPEXcast we sit down to discuss two space satellite networks, GOES and StarLink, and how they help humanity during our day to day lives. But we’re also covering two examples of the challenges of space engineering, the VA241 anomaly on Ariane V and new delays and cost overruns for JWST.


46: 2 Years of SPEXcast

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.


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

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


44: NASA Budget 2019

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.


43: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Flies!

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.


42: SPEXcast Space News Recap: Winter 2018

SPEXcast returns from its winter hiatus with all new episodes on the science and technology of space exploration. We sit down to discuss the recent Rocket Labs Electron launch, commercial crew challenges, as well as two NASA exploration missions that have advanced to the next stage of development.


41: SPEXcast Book Club: Ignition Chapter 1 and 2

Today's episode is a new format; SPEXcast Book Club! We will be choosing a space-related book, and reading through it a few chapters at a time and giving our feedback, questions, and discussion. Our first book is called Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants by John D. Clark. We dive through the first two chapters, covering the historical basis of rocket propulsion pre World War II and then diving into the exciting advances made in WWII by Nazi Germany and the U.S.


40: Post-IAC 2017 Discussion

At this year's International Astronautical Congress, Elon Musk unveiled a new design for SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket. We sit down with Brendan Byrne, from Are We There Yet, and Matt, from The Interplanetary Podcast, to discuss the radical and not so radical changes to a rocket that could take humans to Mars by 2025.


39: Pre-IAC Predications 2017

Last year, Elon Musk took to the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara Mexico to unveil the Interplanetary Transport System. A year later, he is set to deliver an update on the plan, and SPEXcast sits down to discuss what potential changes we might see in the architecture.


38: SmallSat Conference 2017

SPEXcast sits down with Anthony Hennig, a Graduate Research Assistant at George Washington University, to record his thoughts from SmallSat 2017. We delve into how the CubeSat space has evolved over time, as well as take a look at what exciting missions and advancements we will be seeing in the near future.


37: Green Propellant Infusion Mission

SPEXcast discusses Ball Aerospace's Green Propellant Infusion Mission. This satellite will test new monopropellants that are more efficient, and less toxic, than existing fuels. We dive into this new, exciting technology and discuss its advantages and disadvantages in length. We also delve into its potential impact on the satellite industry in the future.


36: ISS Research and Development Conference and Elon Musk Keynote

SPEXcast returns with an episode delving into the stunning announcements from ISSRDC by Elon Musk. We cover the Red Dragon cancellation, Falcon Heavy Demo flight risks, and the cancellation of SpaceX's full-size Interplanetary Transport System vehicle.


35: NASA Authorization Bill and New Glenn

SPEXcast sits down with SPEX alumn, Anthony Hennig, a Ph.D student studying Systems Engineering at George Washington University. We discuss the recently passed NASA Authorization Act that provides the direction for all of NASA's activities. We also discuss New Glenn, which had been recently announced when this episode was recorded.


34: Rocket Reuse Revisted

SPEXcast returns after a short hiatus to discuss the biggest trend in the space industry: reusing rockets. Our first episode was on this topic just over a year ago, and things have advanced dramatically during that time. We dicuss SpaceX's SES-10 mission and post-press conference news, as well as the effects rapid reuse will have on the industry in the next few years.


SPEXcast Wallops and CSTARS Update

This is a short update on the current state of the show. We apologize for missing an episode last week but we have some exciting things in the pipeline for all of you. Phil is currently in Wallops, Virginia, preparing for his very own rocket launch. We will have a full episode on CSTARS in the coming weeks. Also SPEXcast will have its second annual SPEXcast Live! on May 6th, as part of ImagineRIT. If you are in the upstate New York area, please consider joining the festivities! Regularly...


16: SPEXcast News Roundup July 2016

TJ, Augie, and Drew discuss current events in space for July 2016.


SPEXcast Summer Series Update

SPEXcast will be back this summer with a few bonus episodes featuring exclusive interviews from awesome people in the spaceflight industry. For updates and more information, check out Facebook.com/RITSPEX and Twitter @RITSPEX. Regular weekly episodes will resume in late August. Stay tuned!


8: RIT Astronomy Week

It's Astronomy Week here at RIT, so Phil and TJ sit down with two astronomers and physicists, Dr. Jennifer Connelly and Dr. Michael Zemcov, to talk about the technology that allows us to see beyond our home planet -- telescopes. How do modern telescopes work? Is empty space really empty? Can we use wormholes as windows across the universe?


7: Rocket Propulsion

Phil, TJ, and August sit down with our special guest, Ben McFadden, to talk about rocket engines. Why do we use rockets in space? What physical principles govern rocket engines? What are the basic designs of chemical rocket engines and how can they be improved?


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