TMRO:Space

Interview | NASA’s Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid

We are joined by NASA’s Psyche mission lead Lindy Elkins-Tanton to talk about this upcoming mission to explore the metallic asteroid that may be the core of a protoplanet! We cover what this means for us here on Earth and why is it important as well as how they plan to accomplish the mission itself!…

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Space News | Starlink Launches, OmegA Anomaly and Plasma

We are back with a SLEW of launches this week! Trying a slightly modified launch format combining the best of Launch Minute with the flexibility of the current format. Needs a bit of love (especially the upcoming launches graphic) but hopefully you see the vision here. In Space News this week, Northrup Grumman has an…

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Space News | ISS Update and Pluto’s Secret Ocean

There’s a special contest happening this week, brought to us by NBC/Universal. For our US viewers, head out at night, snap a picture of the moon, tweet it with #KeepLookingUp and @TMRO to get entered to win one of a few different awesome prizes! https://twitter.com/tmro/status/1129813966991978496 This week in Space News we have: – An ISS…

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Open Source Space Suits – Orbit 12.18

Dr. Cameron Smith of Pacific Spaceflight joins us to talk about low cost, open source, custom built space suits. Why is this important? As we open the cosmos to more and more people, space suits will be one of the next things that enables our continued exploration.

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Open Education for working in Space – Orbit 12.17

Ever want to work for an aerospace company but think you don’t have what it takes? Think again! This week we’re joined by Cody James who is the founder of OpenX Education, a company making STEM education accessible and affordable. Cody James was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 in Manufacturing and Industry.…

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How we measure the magnetism of Mars and Jupiter – Orbit 12.15

NASA’s MAVEN Magnetometer Instrument Lead Dr. Jared Espley joins us to talk about MAVEN, Juno and how we measure the magnetism of planets in our local system. More information on MAVEN can be found here: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/maven/main/index.html And more information on Juno can be found here: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html

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How we see more of the Universe – Orbit 12.14

This week we bring on Dr. Jielai Zhang to talk about Dragonfly Telephoto Array, its unique capabilities, why it was needed and what they have found or hope to find out so far. We also cover the role of astronomy as a gateway field to STEM and the West African International Summer School for Young…

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How we will survive out in Space – Orbit 12.13

Engineer Brittany Zimmerman of Paragon Space Development Corporation joins us to talk about the different ways Space wants to kill you. We cover how Paragon is working on Life Support And Environmental Control Systems, including water purification to help keep us all alive on out journey to Mars. This one is an eye opener including…

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APL’s Interstellar Probe – Orbit 12.12

The always energetic and information powerhouse Dr. Kirby Runyon joins us to talk about New Horizons, Yuris Night and announces the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Interstellar Probe. It’s a really fun and exciting interview, and we had a bit of stuff we missed in After Dark so we left a bit of that…

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How Space Weather impacts your life – Orbit 12.07

This week we bring on Dr. Tamitha Skov to talk about Space Weather and it’s impact on your daily life. We also go over how she got started and her journey to becoming the Space Weather Woman. This episode has been edited to remove technical issues and re-organized for better flow.

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How to launch and land a model Falcon Heavy – Orbit 12.05

Joe Barnard of BPS.space joins us to talk about his work in making model rockets emulate larger, liquid fueled vehicles such as Falcon and Electron. He has created many amazing models and has been working on thrust vector control (TVC) steering of models as well as being able to stage and even land model rockets.…

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A possible goodbye to the Opportunity Rover – Orbit 12.04

While the Opportunity rover isn’t officially dead yet, at this point engineers seem to be struggling to get communications restored. It’s possible there could be a eureka moment, but for now Oppy remains silent. We chat about our favorite Opportunity Science, Moments and even enjoy the launch itself. This week we also chat about Stratolaunch…

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The student-run space program you’ve never heard of – Orbit 12.03

Martin Siedorf and Martin Zietz from KSat, the University of Stuttgart Small Sat Society to talk about how students are building rocket-repair robots, sending experimental pumps to the International Space Station, launching their own satellite in 2020 and more! Which of their projects excites you the most? Topics covered today: Fast radio bursts, is it…

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From Rocket Bikes to Starhopper – Orbit 12.02

Peter Beck joins us today to chat how Rocket Lab will ramp their launch cadence in 2019, and how it just may have all started with a rocket powered motorbike. We also take bets on when SpaceX’s next generation test rocket, the Starhopper, will fly. When do you think we’ll see it launch? Topics covered…

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2018 Cosmic Wrapup – Orbit 11.50

Mike, Cariann, Jared, Jade, Benjamin and the community of TMRO take a look back at our favorite cosmic events of 2018 and look froward to 2019. Launch Minute: Electron | ELaNa 19 Soyuz ST-A | CSO 1 GSLV Mk.2 | GSAT 7A Long March 11 | Hongyun-1 Space News: 2018 in review Looking forward to…

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Turns out we have a very soggy Solar System – Orbit 11.49

Former NASA Deputy Chief Technologist Jim Adams joins us for story time. We talk about the planetary status of Pluto, the Kármán line, how moist the solar system seems to be, microbial life on Mars and so much more! Launch Minute Everything scrubbed this week… But get ready for next week with SIX scheduled launches!…

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Searching for the secrets of Bennu – Orbit 11.48

Xtronaut Chief Science Officer and Principle Investigator for the OSIRIS-Rex mission Dante Lauretta joins us to talk about NASA’s Mission to Bennu as well as his new STEM card game on Kickstarter: Downlink – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/827615927/downlink-the-game-of-planetary-discovery Launches: Soyuz FG | Soyuz MS-11 Falcon 9 | SSO-A Ariane 5 | GSAT-11 Falcon 9 | CRS-16 Long March…

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Landing on Mars as we look back to the Moon – Orbit 11.47

Guest Conrad Pires from @picosatsystems joins us live to talk about the next evolution of miniaturized satellites: Pico Sats. In Space Nerd News this week we talk about Insight landing on Mars, NASA’s announcement of private companies that are helping to get them back to the Moon and potentially Dangerous Bacteria Found in ISS. Launch…

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NASA’s Breakthrough Prize – Orbit 11.45

In our space news roundtable this week we talk about NASA’s unfunded Space Act Agreement with the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, Exploding Magnetotails, mass extinction in Atacama due to rain and what that means for Mars, animal reaction to solar eclipses and NASA vs China in the race back to the moon. The roundtable this week…

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Mars soil and water want to kill you – Orbit 11.44

We continue the round table format. Trying to tighten it up a bit but still make it conversational. This week we have Sarah Vincent, Michael Clark (in studio,) Benjamin Higginbotham, Cariann Higginbotham and Jared Head all leading the discussion. And of course YOU, the community of TMRO! Launch Minute: Soyuz | GLONASS Soyuz | MetOp-C…

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Sailing the stars with light #LightSail – Orbit 11.41

Mat Kaplan (@planrad) joins us to talk about the Planetary Society, LightSail 1, 2 and beyond. Jared and Mat dive deep in to why the Planetary Society matters and how it can impact you! Launch Minute: Long March 3B/YZ-1 Launches Beidou-3 M15 & M16 Atlas V launches AEHF-4 Ariane 5 launches BepiColombo Space News: Most…

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On demand shooting stars – Orbit 11.39

Want to take your event’s wow factor up a notch? Astro Live Experiences (ALE) will soon be able to create on-demand shooting star shows as well as on-demand aurora. It’s a new way of utilizing space for incredible art and entertainment. Added bonus, it helps grow the space industry via launches and infrastructure while also…

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Can we actually do that? The future of Space Law

While Space Law may not sound super fun on the surface, it is one of those things that will directly impact our ability to explore the cosmos. Who is allowed to own what parts of space? What happens if someone is injured by your space debris? Space Law Advisor to the Secure World Foundation Chris…

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Why send artists to the moon on BFR? #dearMoon

This week we have an epic panel to talk about the recent #dearMoon announcement including Tim Dodd the Everyday Astronaut, Emory “VaxHeadroom” Stagmer, Dr. Niamh Shaw and Astronaut Nicole Stott. We focus on the impact of the recent announcement by using a trip around the moon and art to inspire humanity in a totally new…

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