Interview / Emory Stagmer and Craig Elder.
Wonderful guests. Interviewing these two must be easy, because they both seem to be great at conveying their story, are approachable, and have a lot of things to say.
Interview / Cubesats.
There are various Amateur Radio cubesats up there. It was interesting to listen to Emory and Craig, because I know a little bit about the Amateur Radio ones, and have even bounced transmission off one to other Ham Radio listeners. Want to see what these look like? Look up the AMSAT organization, and find links such as Meet The Fox Project – AMSAT-NA (to see a picture of an Amateur Radio cubesat) or Communications Satellites – AMSAT-NA (to see a broader list). Little of this aspect of Amateur Radio would be possible without cubesats and this interesting new method of ridesharing on various launchers.
Launch Minute / Delta 4 Heavy Launches Parker Solar Probe.
The record highest-speed aspect of Parker Solar Probe might have been mis-conveyed in News. The record high speed will occur at Perihelion (when closest to the Sun) and not anywhere near launch-time nor Earth escape (can you tell I play Kerbal?).
Can’t wait to see SpaceMike try to squeeze SpaceX DM1 or DM2 into 60 seconds :-).
Space News / Cosmonauts play “Toss the CubeSat”
I know a college student who did cubesat design as a senior project. Cubesats include onboard permanent magnents which quickly align the cubesat with the magnetic field of the Earth. So when we see the cubesat flailing about and rotating after a Cosmonaut manually throwing it, don’t worry, it will quickly stop rotating and settle down into a happy orientation.
Space News / Very good news segment!
Weaving discussion/comments/questions into the news is absolutely great, as it compels better understanding, immediate awareness of details and citizen interaction, and keeps your audience from blinking. This new approach is much better than the co-host just wrapping things up by saying “awesome story”. Interaction like what you did strengthens the topic and the delivery. Do more of this.
What is the preferred way for citizens to contribute during News?
This was a great episode! Thank you.