TMRO:Space is a weekly, live show about exploration of the cosmos. We have updates on rocket launches, new technology being developed to get humans off-world and comments from inside and outside the industry. Recorded live every Saturday at 18:00 UTC!
United Launch Alliance has won a couple of contracts for its not-yet-flying Vulcan rocket, one of which has a mini space shuttle as a payload! Virgin Galactic is taking up residence at Spaceport America (finally!) And NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building may have a new tenant!
We only had one launch with the Atlas V this week, but we did have an unusual ISS departure in the form of Cygnus leaving -- But not coming back to Earth.
NASA tested the Orion abort engines while SpaceX tested the emergency pad escape system at LC-39A. And ESA tested a parachute, but didn't quite get the results they were hoping for.
Finally, we take a peek back at the DC-X prototype which flew for the first time 26 years ago this week!
This week we welcome on Tim Dodd the Everyday Astronaut to talk about the SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy programs, his experiences in Boca Chica and what we can look forward to with SpaceX's Moon and Mars plans.
Jared and Tamitha are off this week, so you're stuck with just me for a bit. Sorry!
For our July 31st news I covered the launches from this last week including iSpace who made orbit for the very first time! With a small hot-wheels sized car? Also talked about the SLS Green Run test that is now back on the books at Stennis... And finally I cover my favorite off-nominal space shuttle mission of all time: STS-93!
Sorry about the over-driven audio, rookie mistake on my part.
This week we take a few minutes to catch up on launches and tests. We also have some updates on how ISRO is looking to help scope out water for a NASA Project Artemis Lunar landing site as well as shakeups in the NASA Administration ranks themselves. Also want to welcome Manju to Space News!
Astrobotic CEO John Thornton joins us to talk about the past, present and future of the company. They are developing lunar infrastructure starting with landers and have recently won a NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services contract (CLPS) to help enable that tech.
We have a slew of launches this week to catch you up on! And in news the Space Launch System is gearing up to test its mobile launch platform over at Launch Complex 39B. This week you'll really want to watch the weather segment, awesome meteor that broke up over Puerto Rico and what that would have looked like on Mars!
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!
NASA is opening its doors (or airlocks) to the International Space Station. If you have enough cash, cash, money you will be able to hitch a ride up to the iconic orbiting laboratory,
Athena return to give us an interesting look at the rings of Saturn and newly discovered findings from Cassini.
This week we bring you launches in a slightly updated format. A bit tweaked even from last week, let me know if that adds some of the excitement and fun back in.
In News this week ESA is working on a reusable spaceship that can rapidly bring back samples to Earth. There's also a mysterious lump on the Moon that may be made of materials we can use to build with. And of course Dr. Tamitha Skov brings us not only this weeks Space Weather but also a quick update on some beautiful clouds that the sun has been influencing.
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 anomaly with their OmegA launcher on the ground and EXTREME Matter in Sun's Atmosphere! As always we close it out with Dr. Tamitha Skov bringing us this weeks Space Traffic!
This week we have special guest Manju Bangalore along with Cariann, Jared and Jade return for our first round table in a while to talk about NASA"s plan to colonize the moon. We dive specifically in to their Project Artemis.
Since we didn't really cover it on the show, a bit about Manju. She used to work on the Orion Display systems at NASA's Johnson Space Center and is currently the founder and executive of Operation Period. We are hoping to make Maju a more regular host on the show!
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 Update- The Universe is expanding in a confusing way- Pluto may have secret underground oceans- Dr. Tamitha Skov brings us the latest Space Weather and Mars Minute
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.
We accidentally missed a launch from Japan last week so we're covering it this week. And what a week it was! Blue unveiled their lunar ambitions, ULA is prepping to test re-entry heat shield tech with NASA and we found out that the moon is shrinking! As always Dr. Tamitha Skov joins us to talk about our local star, and what an update it is -- A solar storm is heading right toward Earth!
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. He is a self taught programmer and worked in Boeing's Advanced Developmental Composites team as their youngest Robotics programmer ever.
In this weeks Space News from TMRO we start off with three launches: Blue Origin, SpaceX and Rocket Lab. Jared brings us an update on the SpaceX Starlink constellation and Jade talk about a very metallic universe! Our local sun has been very active this last week and Dr. Tamitha Skov bring us the latest space weather report.
This week we had a surprise launch from China, the International Space Station has power problems, Firefly Aerospace tested their engine for 300 seconds and Christina Koch gets a mission extension. As always we have the wonderful Dr. Tamitha Skov joining us to bring you the latest Space Weather report!
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.htmlAnd more information on Juno can be found here: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html
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 Astronomers program.
A lot of stuff happened in our local system this week! In Traffic the Beresheet suffered a rapid unintended kinetic disassembly and Falcon Heavy launched, landed and then the center core tipped over.
In news: The Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft took to the skies and we get to see the image of a black hole for the first time!
As always we wrap the show up with space weather.
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 a lot of stuff that will be required if us ugly giant bags of mostly water are to colonize the solar system.
This week in Space News from TMRO we have:RocketLab announces their Photon satellite systemUS Spacewalk 53, Space Suit MixupMilky Way Weight
There were 2 Soyuz launches in Space Traffic and of course the Space Weather Woman Dr. Tamitha Skov brings is our Space Weather.
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 in there at the end as well.
This week we are joined by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Program Scientist Dr. Eric Smith. We talk about the most ambitious space telescope project humans have ever undertaken, and why when we get the first images back it will likely just be 18 fuzzy blobs.
Sorry this is later than normal, but we had a lot going on and I wanted to get it in the show. This week we have NASA's plans to send humans back to the moon in 5 years. Will it be on SLS or a commercial rocket?
Asteroid Bennu looks to be a lot more complex than originally thought, and that may spell trouble for OSIRIS-REx.
And what is the latest way that space wants to kill you? Superbugs!
In Traffic this week we had:Vega rocket with PRISMAOneWeb OS-M launch with CubesatsElectron launch with R3D2
And as always we close out our show with the latest Space Weather from Dr. Tamitha Skov.
Momentus is building the in-space equivalent of the connecting flight. Use a big rocket to fly to a common orbit on a cheap rideshare, then use their in-space rocket to get your satellite to any custom orbit 10 times cheaper than what has ever been possible.
Space historian and author Rod Pyle joins us once more to talk about settling our solar system via Space 2.0. We go in to the private space sector, NASA and the recent SLS/Orion announcements as well as some fun stories from Rod.
If you're interested in Rod Pyle's books you can see those here: https://www.pylebooks.com/
Or for more information on the National Space Society, you can read up and join them here: https://space.nss.org/
Welcome to our weekly Space News program from TMRO. There was a lot of exciting stuff happening in the cosmos this week!
Space Traffic00:16 Long March 3B Launch01:09 SpaceX DM-1 Mission Deports ISS and lands04:04 Beresheet Lander Update
Space News:05:09 Exos Aerospace Sub Orbital Launch08:24 NASA is looking at using existing rockets for EM-1 Mission10:44 InSight's HFP Hits A Rock, Literally
13:36 Space Weather
This week Dr Tanya Harrison joins us to talk about the science of Mars and her experiences working on various Mars missions such as Opportunity, Curiosity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the upcoming Mars 2020 rover.
We also talk about how Arizona State University is promoting collaboration between industry and academia through their NewSpace Initiative.
What a great week for us space nerds! A lot happened and we have some special hosts this week to help us cover it all.
Space Traffic:Soyuz launches OneWeb SatellitesSpaceX launches DM-1 to the International Space Station
Space News:A Busy Galactic CoreSunscreen for the MoonEarth's Overachieving Atmosphere
This week Space Mike brings us the latest Space Traffic in our local Solar System including a Soyuz flight that may have had an anomaly, SpaceX Falcon 9 with a mission to the moon and Virgin Galactic's latest test flight with a first non-test pilot astronaut passenger! And if you would like more information on that SpaceIL update, you can see our Space News episode from February 6th right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW8pHwRqRcY&feature=youtu.be&t=647
Jared Head updates us on Hayabusa-2's mission to Ryugu and its sample that will be coming back to Earth in the next couple of years.
Sarah Vincent has a NASA Science update on synthetic DNA
And finally Dr. Tamitha Skov updates on on the latest Space Weather for this week.
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.
NASA is looking to send humans to go back to the moon, and this time they want to do it quickly... Within the next decade! But to get there we'll need to make sure that we don't have so much debris floating around the Earth that we can't launch any rockets through! And we close with a quick tribute to the MER-B rover, also known as opportunity. As always, Dr. Tamitha Skov joins us to bring you the latest Space Weather report.
This is your Space News from TMRO for February 13th, 2019. This week we swap out Launch Minute for our new Space Traffic report. We hope you enjoy and see the future there. Orbex has opened a new rocket production and operations facility while also showing off one of their engineering prototype stages. The two MarCO satellites orbiting Mars have fallen silent but maybe not forever. Sarah Vincent joins us for the first time on the News program to give an update on Curiosity and Jared rounds it out with new data from Ultima Thule. And just like last week we welcome on Dr. Tamitha Skov to bring us the latest Space Weather this week.
This week we welcome on Lena De Winne, the Deputy Head of Administration of Asgardia to talk about what Asgardia is, what they hope to accomplish and how they will get there. Asgardia is the first Space Nation and you can get more information at asgardia.space.
This is your Space News from TMRO for February 6th, 2019. This week we don't have a Space Traffic report, but we do have four different rocket engine tests, ISRO officially has a human spaceflight program now, Jared talks to us about Lunar Craters and SpaceIL is getting ready to launch their mission and time capsule to the moon! This week we also welcome Dr. Tamitha Skov in our new Space Weather segment!
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. This is his story.
This is your space news update for January 30th, 2019. Our Space Mike hologram is back, in non hologram form this week to deliver Launch Minute as well as an update on the SpaceX DM-1 mission. We also chat about the recent Blue Origin Test Flight and the ground breaking for their new engine production facility. OneWeb may have access to a lower cost ground based system for their upcoming satellite constellation. And finally, a quick update on NASA’s Opportunity Rover.
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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 history and Future (by way of community vote), Blue Origin Test Flights and Onboard Science and the recent higher-resolution picture of Ultima Thule from New Horizons.
Got an idea of what to call this new show? Leave your comments below!
We had two launches this past week:-Delta IV Heavy || NROL-71-Long March 11 || Jilin-01 & 02
News stories:-Stratolaunch changes plans... again!-Relativity Space secures an historic launch site-SLS is one step closer to flight-Hubble is fixed!
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 aliens?Chang'e 4 mission update
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 today:
SpaceX Starhopper and Crew Dragon Demo Mission-1
OSIRIS-Rex mission begins orbiting asteroid Bennu
Peter Beck (Rocket Lab CEO) chats Rocket Bikes and Rocket Lab's 2019 plans
The New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule is an amazing extension of the spacecrafts original mission -- But did you know that almost didn't happen? Find out how Hubble saved the day thanks to a creative use of director's discretion.
No more launch minutes! Those are moving to their own segments that will be released on Fridays prior to the show! Live shows will be conversations with guest interviewees and guest hosts!
Topics covered today:Ultima Thule MissionChina's Chang'e-4 mission on the far side of the moonLaunchPad Astronomy with Christian Ready - @launchpadastro
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.
Electron | ELaNa 19
Soyuz ST-A | CSO 1
GSLV Mk.2 | GSAT 7A
Long March 11 | Hongyun-1
2018 in review
Looking forward to 2019
New Horizons and Ultima Thule are about to get REAL CLOSE
Astronomers find most distant Solar System body to date
Soyuz MS-09 Crew makes it home Safe
Faint glow generated by galaxy clusters helps map dark matter
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 MinuteEverything scrubbed this week... But get ready for next week with SIX scheduled launches! Yikes!
Welcome to Space, Spaceship 2
Cosmonauts perform Soyuz Surgery
Voyager 2 is interstellar
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
Soyuz FG | Soyuz MS-11
Falcon 9 | SSO-A
Ariane 5 | GSAT-11
Falcon 9 | CRS-16
Long March 2D | SaudiSat 5A and 5B
Long March 3B | Chang'e 4
Moist Mysteries from Space
Russia to the Moon by 2040
Michael Clark, Sarah Vincent, Jade Kim, Benjamin Higginbotham, Cariann Higginbotham and Jared Head join us for a round table about space geekery! This week we chat about Exoplanets and their tools for discovery, Russia sending a 3D Bio Printer up to space station, Mars 2020 landing site has been chosen and Mars goo is great for your face!
Long March 3B | Beidou
Vega | Mohammed VI-B
Long March 2D | Shiyan 6
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 is run by Jared Head with Michael Clark, Sarah Vincent, Athena Brensberger, Jade Kim and Cariann Higginbotham.
Electron | It's Business Time
GSLV Mk III | GSAT-29
Falcon 9 Block 5 | Es'Hail-2
Soyuz-FG | Progress MS-10 / 71P
Antares 230 | Cygnus NG-10
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!
Soyuz | GLONASS
Soyuz | MetOp-C
Space News and Conversations:
Europa's Plumes Are Confusingly Cold
New research into Mars' perchlorates
Parker Solar Probe Completes Perihelion No. 1
Floods on Mars
SpaceX tests new recovery ship, spacesuits and simulators, and Elon teases mini-BFS