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T+70: Polar Launches from Cape Canaveral

The US Air Force has developed a viable corridor for launching to polar and other high-inclination orbits from Cape Canaveral. I spend some time thinking through who may be interested in using that corridor and what its existence could mean for the newer launch vehicles in development.

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T+69: Robin Seemangal

Robin Seemangal joins me for a free-flowing discussion on the stories we found most important in 2017 and what we’re looking forward to in 2018, including SpaceX’s huge year, Blue Origin’s under-the-radar work to lay foundations for their future, SLS’ rough year, and—what else?—Falcon Heavy.

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T+68: Mike Lewis, CTO of NanoRacks

Mike Lewis, CTO of NanoRacks joins me to talk about what they’re working on today, as well as their big plans for the future, including their upcoming airlock and the Ixion project—their ongoing work to turn spent upper stages into useful spacecraft.

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T+67: Special Preview of MECO Headlines, December 1–8, 2017

A special preview of the MECO Headlines shows: Elon Musk kinda-sorta-maybe announces the Falcon Heavy demo payload, Russia and China carry out successful military launches, NASA announces some very interesting NextSTEP-2 contracts, OA-8E Cygnus departs ISS, and SpaceX’s SLC-40 is back, baby!

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T+66: A Visit to NanoRacks, and Virgin Orbit Books a Department of Defense Launch

I was in Houston last week and I visited NanoRacks for a bit. And Virgin Orbit piqued the interest of the Department of Defense, which has some interesting implications.

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T+65: The New GEO Model, Orbital ATK’s Composite Case, Good and Bad SpaceX News

SES gives us a preview of their new GEO strategy (which may be a harbinger of the future), Orbital ATK tests a new composite case to be used for their Next-Generation Launcher and future SLS boosters, NASA approves the use of previously-flown Falcon 9 first stages, and SpaceX sets off some LOX fireworks down in McGregor, Texas.

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T+64: BE-4 Fires Up, and Some Thoughts on the Future of Commercial and Military Launch

Blue Origin fired up their BE-4 engine) for the first time, which is a big moment. And I share some meandering thoughts on the future of commercial and military launch.

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T+63: Centaur V, BFR Updates

Tory Bruno wrote an op-ed in SpaceNews regarding Vulcan and its future, and he announced that ULA will be upgrading Centaur. Elon Musk spent some time on reddit talking about BFR and updating us on some of the details.

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T+62: Chris Gebhardt on SpaceX’s BFR 2017 Update

Chris Gebhardt of NASASpaceflight joins me to discuss Elon Musk’s presentation last week, in which he provided an update to the BFR.

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T+61: Northrop Grumman Acquires Orbital ATK, Lockheed Martin Unveils New Satellite Family

Northrop Grumman is acquiring Orbital ATK in a $9.2 billion deal. Lockheed Martin unveiled a new family of satellite busses, positioning themselves for the next era of satellite bus production.

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