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Every other week we cover the latest spaceflight news, discuss past, current and future exploration efforts, and take a look at upcoming events. Tune in to hear about how humans get to space, how they stay in space and how unmanned craft reach farther and farther into the universe around us.

Every other week we cover the latest spaceflight news, discuss past, current and future exploration efforts, and take a look at upcoming events. Tune in to hear about how humans get to space, how they stay in space and how unmanned craft reach farther and farther into the universe around us.
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Every other week we cover the latest spaceflight news, discuss past, current and future exploration efforts, and take a look at upcoming events. Tune in to hear about how humans get to space, how they stay in space and how unmanned craft reach farther and farther into the universe around us.

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English


Episodes

Episode 146: Catcher's Mitt

2/20/2018
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We discuss US EVA-48, a secretive smallsat launcher, a new ASDS, Mr. Steven and SPX science certification.

Duration:00:30:30

Episode 145: Interplanetary Bowie

2/13/2018
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Falcon Heavy woooooo! We spent most of the recording running around cheering, but eventually we settled down and also talked about a very fast Progress, a scuttled F9 booster and JWST's optics package.

Duration:00:58:00

Episode 144: DOWNLINK--Dr. Rob Hoyt

2/6/2018
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Rob Hoyt is founder and CEO of Tethers Unlimited, a smallsat component company that produces a number of very handy bolt-on components. Also, the smallest orbital-class launcher and an Ariane 5 revisit.

Duration:01:19:50

Episode 143: Stuck in a Funk

1/30/2018
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We were shocked to find out there was more on the first orbital Electron than a Dove and two Lemurs! We also chew over Ariane 5's partial failure.

Duration:00:44:18

Episode 142: I Never Want to Hold Again

1/23/2018
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Rocket Lab made it to orbit! Also, upcoming EVAs, RS-25 stand test, a tiny Zuma update and a toasty Atlas V launch.

Duration:00:36:23

Episode 141: No Neptune Jokes

1/16/2018
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Falcon Heavy still hasn't had a static fire, Long March is lucky not to have started a (building) fire, we hear more from Blue Origin, from NASA on SPX crew flights and Rocket Lab's Still Testing.

Duration:00:33:47

Episode 140: Sandwich Smuggler

1/9/2018
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This week, we had to say goodbye to one of the most experienced astronauts. Godspeed, John!

Duration:00:35:30

Episode 139: Holding Our Breath

1/2/2018
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Falcon Heavy shows continued signs of actually flying sooner than six months in the future, Angosat-1 had a hiccup and Blue Origin buys land.

Duration:00:37:06

Episode 138: DOWNLINK--SEDS UCF IREC II

12/19/2017
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Students for the Exploration and Development of Space has a chapter at University of Central Florida, and they've entered the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. They had a successful failure last year, and now they're here to talk about their run up for next year.

Duration:00:56:24

Episode 137: Cartouche

12/12/2017
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3D printed rockets, cubesat toys and commercial lunar landings.

Duration:00:29:43

Episode 136: Up to Date Config Files

12/5/2017
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A Frigat-M went Full Kerbal, Elon Musk promises to go Full Kerbal in the future, Voyager is being clever with engine degradation and SLC-40 is good to go!

Duration:00:38:45

Episode 135: CRUSTy

11/28/2017
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We found out more info about Dream Chaser's drop test, and we discuss a new space nuclear reactor

Duration:00:41:17

Episode 134: Zuma Zoom

11/21/2017
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We now know what Zuma probably looks like, but who the heck is operating it? Also, some info on New Glenn and LauncherOne.

Duration:00:32:52

Episode 133: The Six Loneliest People

11/14/2017
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We blew up a Merlin and dropped a Dream Chaser.

Duration:00:27:26

Episode 132: DOWNLINK--Laura Forczyk

11/7/2017
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Laura Forczyk studies the space industry professionally, and we get to talk to her about what services she provides as well as some of her predictions!

Duration:01:20:26

Episode 131: The Race for Space (Based Internet)

10/31/2017
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Will we see the race for space internet begin in the next few months?

Duration:00:40:02

Episode 130: DOWNLINK--Zach Weinersmith

10/24/2017
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Zach and Kelly Weinersmith just published a book called Soonish, a humorous-but-factual look at 10 upcoming technologies. Since a few are in space, we thought we'd talk to Zach about the book!

Duration:01:25:28

Episode 129: DOWNLINK--Eliécer Hernández

10/17/2017
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VRSS-2 was recently launched on a Long March. While it's a fairly conventional Earth observation satellite, we got ahold of its system designer to talk about what makes it different and what the challenges were in building it.

Duration:01:09:13

Episode 128: DOWNLINK--Dr. Lee Bennett

10/10/2017
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Dr. Bennett is the Spitzer Science Center Deputy Manager, and we got to talk to him about the space telescope's history and operations.

Duration:01:21:52

Episode 127: Not-Quite-So-Big Falcon Rocket

10/3/2017
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This week we mostly talk about Elon Musk's IAC presentation.

Duration:01:10:34

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