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51 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
2021.10.13 | Australian-built rover to be sent to the Moon under deal with NASA
On The Space Show for Wednesday, 13 October 2021: Australia signs a deal with NASA to be part of a future Moon mission: The Australian Space Agency has reached an agreement with NASA for an Australian-made rover to be part of a future lunar mission, possibly as early as 2026, leveraging the nation's skills and experience in the resources sector. Leading Australian businesses and researchers will come together to develop the rover, backed by $50 million in funding from the Trailblazer program, a part of the Australian Government’s Moon to Mars initiative. The Trailblazer program is expected to open later this year, with applications to be submitted in early 2022. For more information, visit space.gov.au. Read the full text of the joint media release about the rover mission on the Prime Minister's website. Hypersonix Launch Systems to develop re-usable space vehicle: Queensland aerospace engineering company Hypersonix Launch Systems has teamed up with the University of Southern Queensland to create a re-usable hypersonic UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to be named Delta Velos. The launch vehicle is to be a technology demonstrator for key aspects of a re-usable small satellite launch system to support Hypersonix’s first launch due in approximately two years time. Hypersonix’s initial focus is to deploy small satellites into low Earth orbit and find their unique place in the rapidly growing small satellite launch market. Blue Origin NS-18 mission update: Australian physicist and entrepreneur, Chris Boshuizen, set to become the third Aussie to go to space aboard New Shepard, speaks on a panel discussion in Australia about Planet Labs, the space industry and innovation in 2016. On the eve of his suborbital journey into space, Chris Boshuizen’s alter ego Dr Chrispy, has released two new music tracks as an EP called One by One. Both tracks feature the voice of Stephen Fry. Announcing the release of his new music online, Dr Chrispy wrote: "I’m excited to announce two new songs featuring Stephen Fry. These are my feelings about human spaceflight, narrated by Stephen and set to music written by Bill Simpkins and me. It’s been an honour to work with Stephen, an international treasure, to produce something very unique and honest. A fitting tribute to human spaceflight, exploration and imagination." William Shatner reflects on what his imminent flight aboard NS-18 means not only to himself but to the legion of fans for the spacefaring character he made famous, Captain James T. Kirk. Shenzhou 13 launch scheduled for 3:24 am Friday, 15 October 2021 AEDT. Binar-1 and CUAVA-1: Australian cubesats deployed successfully from the International Space Station. Lucy: NASA’s mission to investigate the Trojan Asteroids prepares for an October 16 launch.
56 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
2021.10.06 | A Russian cosmonaut, a film director and an actress fly to space
On The Space Show for Wednesday, 6 October 2021: Rocket Lab signs a dedicated launch contract with Astroscale Japan for the ADRAS-J (Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan) satellite Rocket Lab awarded US$24.35 million contract with the U.S. Space Force Space Systems Command for development of the upper stage of the company’s new Neutron launch vehicle Soyuz MS-19 launches a Russian cosmonaut, a feature film director and an actress into orbit bound for a film shoot, on location, aboard the International Space Station A tale about Klim Shipenko, Salyut 7 / “Salyut 7”, Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Soyuz MS-19 Matthias Maurer, German ESA astronaut and Josef Aschbacher, the Director General of the European Space Agency comment on space tourism The European Space Agency embarks on an astronaut selection process including, for the first time, for those individuals with disability The worst kept secret in the space world was confirmed on Monday, October 4 (Australian time) when Blue Origin announced that the third and fourth seats on its New Shepard NS-18 flight next week will be taken by actor William Shatner (best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek television series and movie franchise) and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations. They will join crew mates Chris Boshuizen – an Australian as featured on last week’s episode of The Space Show – and Glen de Vries. The flight is scheduled to lift off from Blue Origin's Launch Site One in West Texas at 12:30 am on Wednesday, October 13 AEDT. If the just over 10 minute suborbital flight is successful, Shatner will become – at the age of 90 – the oldest person to go to space, no matter how briefly, eclipsing 82-year-old female aviator Wally Funk who was aboard the first crewed New Shepard flight in July with Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. Chris Boshuizen: while working at the NASA Ames Research Centre, talks about why you would want to go to space and what it takes to get there cheaply Planet Earth - Episode 22: Landsat 9 mission science briefing (cont’d) and the next chapter in The Landsat Legacy
53 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
2021.09.29 | Dr Chris Boshuizen set to become only the third Aussie to fly to space
On The Space Show for Wednesday, 29 September 2021: Dr Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer at the Ames Research Centre and co-founder of Planet Labs (now Planet), is set to become only the third Australian to go to space when he launches aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard 18 suborbital mission, which is scheduled for October 14. Soyuz MS-19 crewed mission to the International Space Station is scheduled for October 5. The three-person crew will include director Klim Shipenko, actor Yulia Peresild and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, hoping to be the first feature film to shoot scenes in space. Construction of the launch pads at Equatorial Launch Australia’s Arnhem Space Centre has begun with formwork and concrete pours completed recently. Meanwhile, a NASA contingent has arrived at the Arnhem Space Centre in preparation for a historic sounding rocket launch campaign from the site next year. SpaceOz Pty Ltd has announced the development of the Space Centre Australia launch facility at Weipa, in far north Queensland, with initial construction expected in Q1 of 2022. If successful, Space Centre Australia will join Southern Launch’s Whalers Way Orbital Launch Facility in South Australia, Equatorial Launch Australia’s Arnhem Space Centre at Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory and the Queensland Government’s proposal for a launch facility at Abbot’s Point in Queensland, as sovereign space launch facilities in Australia. Round 3 of the Australian Government’s Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement grants have been awarded to four local companies — Gilmour Space Technologies (Qld), Crytalaid Manufacture (Qld), Black Sky Aerospace (Qld) and Inovor Technologies (SA) — to improve their technical capabilities and help them enter new national and international markets. Space Machines Company and the CSIRO have partnered to test an innovative Australian printable solar cell technology in space. Microsoft to build a set of satellite ground stations in Australia. Chinese satellite, Shiyan-10, fails in orbit after a successful launch but not before causing a great “UFO” mystery to unfold in the skies above parts of northern and eastern Australia. Planet Earth Episode 21: NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey successfully launch the next Earth observation satellite in the series — Landsat 9
54 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
2021.09.22 | From the Kings of Leon's “Time in Disguise” in orbit to the legacy and future of the Landsat satellite program
On The Space Show for Wednesday, 22 September 2021: Space Show News: Update on Hapith I launch campaign from Southern Launch’s Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex in South Australia; Black Sky Aerospace weekend launch attempt of a sounding rocket; Gilmour Space static test fire of its hybrid rocket engine; Inspiration4 crew plays Kings of Leon’s “Time in Disguise” NFT (Non-Fungible Token) music in space - another first for the mission; and more… Planet Earth Episode 20: Space agency heads talk Earth observation; and the history, achievements and future of the Landsat satellite program, including a preview of Landsat 9 launching next Tuesday, 28 September
55 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
2021.09.15 | SpaceX Inspiration4 mission to orbit
On The Space Show for Wednesday, 15 September 2021: The puzzle of the Australian satellites M2-A and M2-B: These satellites were launched on 2021 March 22 as one satellite, and separated last Friday, 10 September at 2:55 pm AEST. But M2-B has been given a NORAD number dated from March 22-24 period, not the range being allocated last week! SpaceX Inspiration4 mission: first-ever non-government, human orbital spaceflight - an introduction to the crew and a preview of the mission plan Lunar Environment: Part 2 of a panel discussion hosted by the Moon Village Association Space Show News including Southern Launch and TiSPACE launch update, Equatorial Launch Australia and more…
38 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
2021.09.08 | Asteroid (551014) Gorman named for Australian space archaeologist
On The Space Show for Wednesday, 8 September 2021: International Space Station: visible passes & cracks aboard the ISS Asteroids named including Asteroid (551014) Gorman for Dr Alice Gorman aka @DrSpaceJunk in the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Small Body Nomenclature Bulletin (vol. 1 no. 7 p. 10) on 2 September 2021 Lunar environment panel discussion GRAIL launch 10th anniversary: NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission
53 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
2021.09.01 | Australian cubesats hitch a ride aboard SpaceX CRS-23
On The Space Show for Wednesday, 1 September 2021: CUAVA-1 with Iver Cairns et al from the Centre for Cubesats, UAVs & their Applications at the University of Sydney Binar-1 with Stuart Buchan and Fergus Downey from the Space Science and Technology Centre at Curtin University NASA’s Human Landing System (HLS) controversy with Angelo Di Grazia Peter Beck, Founder, President & CEO of Rocket Lab describes progress being made to make the Electron rocket reusable through the Rocket Lab Reusability Program Space Show News and more...
55 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
2021.08.25 | Adam Gilmour, Gilmour Space
On The Space Show for Wednesday, 25 August 2021: Doug Forrest, Space Artist Adam Gilmour, Co-Founder & CEO of Gilmour Space Episode 19 in our Planet Earth series: a weather report from Greenland; SMOS - an ESA satellite monitoring climate change; North American wildfires; Paul Davies on how life on Earth began; and the FORUM satellite Space news and more...
60 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
2021.08.18 | Antoinette Dailey, Australian Space Agency
On The Space Show for Wednesday, 18 August 2021: Antoinette Dailey, Executive Director, Operations and Communications, Australian Space Agency NASA Explorer program (circa 1991) Episode 18 in our Planet Earth series: ECOSTRESS, PACE, IceSat 2, greening Earth, IPCC scary story, methane on Earth and Mars, SMOS Space news and more...
59 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
2021.08.11 | Stan Anderson, Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft (ARIA)
On The Space Show for Wednesday, 11 August 2021: Stan Anderson, Facilities Manager at ARIA (Apollo/Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft) Control answering questions from secondary school students Virtual Reality Flight Simulators (circa 1991) SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) Episode 17 in our Planet Earth series Space news and more...
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