Orbit 12

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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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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