We kick off the show with congratulations, an upcoming celestial event, and follow ups to two previous stories. First an update to rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne's attempt to purchase launch provider United Launch Alliance. We report on the preliminary results from the Ardbeg distillery experiment that flew to the International Space Station. We send congratulations to NASA's five new flight directors including a name that the audience may recognize. So is the world going to end this week? Umm, no but we do have a an upcoming Lunar Eclipse on September 27 for the Western Hemisphere, Europe, most of Africa, and parts of Asia to enjoy, local weather permitting! NASA TV will provide coverage starting 8:00 PM EDT on Sunday 27 September, Midnight GMT September 28.
NASA last week gave a status report on the progress of the Orion spacecraft, a linchpin in NASA's human space exploration effort, with a probable delay with the first piloted flight. The team examines the implications. The NASA Inspector General's Office released a report which casts some doubt on OrbitalATK's recover plan to resume cargo flights to the International Space Station. We shed some light of our own on the implied difficulties. Launch provider Blue Origin has decided to call Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force station home, not just to launch rockets but to build and test it's vehicles. We consider what this means for commercial space and the economy of Florida.
Show recorded 9/21/2015
Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein, Panel members: Gene Mikulka, Mark Ratterman, and Kassy Tamanini (CraftLass)