The Balance: NASA & SpaceX - Jim Bridenstein visits SpaceX HQ | TIS#168

This week it's time to discuss the "Balance" in the Space Industry once again as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein visited SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, California to get an update on the progress for the Commercial Crew Program. 

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SpaceX Starship Update, Delta V, and Orbital Refueling

Finally my voice is back from this cold I've had, and I'm well enough to cover the SpaceX Starship update from Elon Musk this past week. I've broken down some key concepts that I think we should all take away from the current state of Starship. There's lots of work to be done and technology to develop. But, there's also some incredible things that Starship can achieve that no other spacecraft in existence can accomplish.

The biggest concept we review this week is about orbital refueling and maxing out your mission's Delta V. Starship could be ahead of it's time and allow an expanded mission capable of launching from Earth and to the Moon on a fuel tank of fuel, from orbit. We'll explain WHY that's important for space travel.

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The Raid on Area 51, Bob Lazar, and Stagnant Space Politics | TIS 166

Hey there Space People!

Back this week for another podcast - it's been a busy week but I managed to pull one together amid the chaos! This episode is more off the cuff and me doing some Space Commentary on the Area 51 raid, my thoughts on Bob Lazar and his Joe Rogan Experience interview and the Netflix Documentary "Bob Lazar: UFOs and Flying Saucers".

But to start, I wanted to talk about what the state of space politics is not even a month after the Space Command report. I'll give you a clue - I don't think it can compete with the demand of space progress for commercial and military applications.

More exciting stuff to cover from SpaceX on next weeks episode...

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What is the Future of Space 2060? 8 Possible Space Futures and the Axis of Space Power

The report from Air Force Space Command came across my space radar this week, both online and in person which is usually a good indication we should talk about it here on the podcast. I sat down, read the report, and now I have some thoughts to share.

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Failure is part of the journey | India loses contact with moon lander before landing | TIS 164

I'm back from Amsterdam and we have lots to talk about! The Chandrayaan-2 mission attempted to land on the surface of the moon but complications arose. We update you on the latest with the mission and will continue to monitor as things continue.

Then we close out talking about the importance of understanding that failure is only part of the journey. The Chandrayaan-2 mission showed us a great example of how to support each other in the face of adversity. 

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Aliens, the Microbiome, SpaceX CRS 18 Returns, Delta IV Med and Vulcan, SNC Lunar Gateway | TIS#163

In this episode, we cover some Orbital News to cover what's new in the Space Industry. SpaceX just returned their Dragon Capsule from CRS-18 safely, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) had their last launch of the Delta IV Medium rocket and we discuss it's replacement, the Vulcan Centaur Booster. There's also some insight into a potential option for the Lunar Gateway thanks to a tweet from Eric Berger.

Then we go over my thoughts on aliens for the first time in a segment dedicated to the topic. I also share my thoughts on the microbiome and it's role in our lives, including the mystery of who came first - humans or the microbiome? Who was the first alien to the planet?

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The Last Starhopper - Launch Hangout for both SpaceX 150m test launch attempts | TIS162

This week the timing of everything Starhopper worked out and I was able to sit in front of the microphone and watch the 150m test launch for SpaceX. While the first day was scrubbed, there was solid space-talk about Starhopper, how to make spaceships and rockets cheaper, the power of iterative design, 3D printing, and more.

Just an Aerospace Engineer, a microphone, and a launch hangout as we talk everything SpaceX, Starhopper, Starship, and more!

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SpaceX Hypothesis, Chandrayaan2 update, RocketLabs LookMaNoHands, and Starman completes first lap of the Sun | TIS 161


On this week's episode, we have a few Orbital News segments to go through to catch you up on what's going on this week in space: Waiting on the FAA for Starhopper 200m Test, Chandrayaan-2 Enters Lunar Orbit, RocketLab’s #LookMaNoHands mission, and Starman & Elon Musk's Cherry Red Tesla Roadster complete 1st solar orbit.

We close out this week's episode with my thoughts on why SpaceX has such loyal fans. It has something to do with my sneakers...more on that at the end of the episode.

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Personal Log: The Balance - Mental Wellness, Discipline, and 'taking small steps' towards change

This past week was really busy, and I wanted to refocus myself for the week ahead. So, here's another installment of the Balance in this week's Personal Log. We all have a balance for success, and we're all human and get off the wagon. I'm sharing my struggles and achievements of personal development in the hopes it starts a discussion about things like mental health, personal well being, and simply taking care of yourself.

At the very least, it's a place for me to talk about the human side of science. Plus, this is a space science show and last I checked we are all still in human form. If we can't handle ourselves on Earth, how are we expected to survive in the infinite vacuum of space without going mad or becoming unstable? Will we just continue the madness we see today but on other planets?? Never mind actually having a colony on another planet like Mars and not have it dissolve into complete anarchy.

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SpaceX, Starship & CRS-18, LightSail2 on Solar Propulsion, and India's Low-Powered Moon Mission continues | TIS 159

On this week's episode, we go deep and cover some major Orbital news from Earth's space industry - catching you up on what's new in Space. 

Lightsail2 now using propulsion thanks to Solar Pressure

SpaceX had a successful CRS18 launch followed up by a docking of the Dragon spacecraft on ISS to resupply the 6 crew members onboard with supplies and experiments.

SpaceX also had some Star Hopper success. 20m hop done - 200m hop soon. An update on Starship progress soon as well

India on it's way to the Moon! (more about the mission in episode)

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Visiting Johnson Space Center and Space Nerding Out! | TIS 158

This past week I had the chance to visit Johnson Space Center while I was in Texas! I wanted to share my thoughts on my first time there, including some tips on what to see and where I stayed - I still want to go back and see more of it. It's a pretty interesting area, and I love Texas. It also made me think of my early influences for space and science - because I got to see a Space Shuttle up close and personal for the first time EVER! So much space nerding - and you can see my pictures and videos on our instagram page @todayinspacepod

There weren't many guides I found on what to see at JSC - but I did find this great guide if you find yourself in Houston!

We've got a lot of Orbital news to catch up on next week - a busy summer of space 2019!

Spread Love - Spread Science!
Alex G. Orphanos

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One Small Step, Discipline, and Focus | Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Episode | TIS 157

Happy 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! In this special edition of the podcast, I will be sharing my thoughts on the Apollo60th, and hope to cover it from an angle you haven't heard before. To start, we have a launch hangout using the audio from the Saturn V launch on July 16th, 1969 and we finish off with my thoughts on the influence of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years later. I also share my logic against the age old argument that "We shouldn't put money and resources into a space program when there are so many things we could use that money for down on Earth"

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Apollo50th coming up, SpaceX Starship Hover test, India to the Moon, former NASA Astronaut to lead Artemis

This last week was packed full of space! I got to attend a public conversation at the Boston Public Library where Robert Stone and Alan Andres spoke about 'Chasing the Moon' and everything Apollo as the 50th is coming up this week July 16-20th. Lots of NASA centers to celebrate at, see links below for more. 

In Orbital News, we go over SpaceX's Starhopper test on Tuesday, LightSail2, Hayabusa2, India's Moon mission launch (day episode was released), and we cover the change at NASA for leadership of the Human Exploration and Operations division. Something that will definitely have an effect on the success of the Artemis mission in 2024. Hopefully this former astronaut returning from the private sector will bring the government back what it needs to accomplish the goal in 5 years. 

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A SpaceX Fairing, Space Program Momentum, and Part 2 of We Choose to go to the Moon | TIS 155

This week I got carried away after SpaceX tweeted video from the Falcon Heavy STP-2 mission where the camera was attached to the fairing they recovered thanks to Ms. Tree. It's really amazing how much inspiration and learning you get for everyone when a company like SpaceX takes NASA's tact of sharing their development for everyone to see. The simple act of sharing a video of what it looks like to recover a fairing from a rocket literally gave me enough energy and excitement to write a 20 minute episode. Imagine what else and who else this act of free sharing is inspiring. 

Which leads me to the second point of this week's podcast - from my research into Space History, thanks to the book Chasing the Moon. Space Programs that do great things take a while to accomplish - 5-10 years. If we learn anything from the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, its that the trend shows interest in the program fades before the mission is finished and fully funded. How does NASA adjust in 2019 to make sure that support stays with the Artemis program so that we see the first woman and next man to walk on the moon in 2024?

I also finish with my sporadic impression of JFK as I go through Part 2 of the "We choose to go to the Moon" speech at Rice University in 1962. Getting excited for the Apollo 11 50th anniversary next week (July 16-20th).

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We Choose to go to the Moon Part 1, Falcon Heavy Hangover & Light Sail 2 | TIS 154

As part of the lead up to the Apollo11 moon landing 50th anniversary, I want to start by sharing a part of one of JFK's most famous space speeches and moments. In Orbital News, we review the night launch of the third Falcon Heavy mission (STP-2) and give some reusability stats. We also discuss one of the payloads on board from the Planetary Society, as well as a follow-up of the MakeItRain mission from Rocket Lab. I close out sharing my thoughts on independence, discipline, and freedom.

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The Influence of the Rocket, Rocket Lab to Make it Rain, and the Artemis 2024 mission

Alex has been doing some research into the history of the Space Race, reading up on some recommended books (listed below) and sharing his thoughts on the influence of the rocket on human history. With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing coming up on July 20th, we'll be focusing on the comparisons between the Apollo Program and the newly announced Artemis Program to put the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. Alex breaks down the general difference between the two programs and their link to Greek Mythology. 

Rocket Lab also has a launch next week of the Electron rocket for the mission #MakeItRain. Spread Love, Spread Science.

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The Importance of Unplugging, Orion Crew Abort Test, and SpaceX's Starlink

In this episode, Alex discusses his thoughts on the importance of unplugging from technology and work in the 21st century after a week long vacation in Hawaii. Rest is so important, since stress and unproductive criticism can creep in otherwise and slow you down. 
We then review some Orbital News:
- SLS Orion Crew Abort Test Getting Setup in Florida
- The President sends a confusing tweet about funding NASA, the Moon, and Mars
- SpaceX's Starlink Gets Backlash for Potentially Interfering with Future Earth-Based Astronomy

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Thoughts on new Apollo 11 Documentary | Thoughts from an Engineer

In this episode, Alex shares his thoughts on the new Apollo 11 documentary.

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Alex shares the moments of that documentary that he is still stuck on days after watching it.

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The Balance: Is SpaceX wearing itself too thin? | Personal Log | Today In Space

It seems the balance of the Space Industry has shifted and SpaceX has experienced set backs in it’s commercial crew development of the Crew Dragon. But that’s not the only thing they’re working on. Is it possible SpaceX could get involved in too many projects and wear itself and it’s employees too thin?

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