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A New Era For NASA

A New Era For NASA

2022-05-1932:01

In which we finally get NASA astronauts back to orbit - despite Mother Nature's best efforts to the controversy and in which we discuss blackouts, Broadway musicals, and beef (of the corned variety) and how all of these things helped point the way to the new era that was about to begin at NASA. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Next Generation

The Next Generation

2022-05-0539:13

Today we are talking to a couple of Terranauts from The Next Generation. Laura Bradbury and Frederic Fortier both work for GHGSat, a Canadian company that is doing big things to combat climate change with small satellites. Find out what it's like to be working with today's cutting edge space technology. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Pointy End

The Pointy End

2022-04-1432:10

With the successful launch of the Gemini I, the Titan Gemini Launch Vehicle was fully checked out and ready for flight operations. So, it's time to take a look at the spacecraft it was designed to launch. In this episode we'll take a look in some detail at the Gemini spacecraft and what NASA hoped to do with it once it started flying.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Human Connection

The Human Connection

2022-03-3129:36

In this episode of Terranauts we take a bit of break from talking about the development of the technology for the Gemini Program and go back and take a look at what the humans that would fly Gemini - both in orbit and from the ground - have been up to.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
At long last, we finally get the Gemini program into orbit. With just a few minor detours along the way... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode we take some time to look at just what it takes to get a spacecraft from the factory floor to the launch pad. And, in case it wasn't obvious from the title of the episode - the answer is that it takes a lot of testing. A whole lot of testing. And guess what, when you do a lot of tests, a lot of things can, and do, go wrong. Which is kind of the point. You'll have to listen in to see what I mean. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Gliding To A Stop

Gliding To A Stop

2022-02-1733:40

Today on Terranauts we are back to talking about the history of human spaceflight and we finally get project Gemini out of the starting gate. When we left the project it was off to a "fast, clean start" under project manager Jim Chamberlin. It was not to last. In the first year of its existence, project Gemini would actually get no closer to launching a spacecraft, and Jim Chamberlin would be replaced as project manager. There were a lot of reasons for the struggle, including a major budget crisis in the fall of 1962. We'll talk about that today. We'll also talk about the one major challenge that Gemini never did overcome - the paraglider system. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Last Thursday on 27 January, 2022 NASA marked its Day of Remembrance. A time that is set aside to remember those astronauts who died in the line of duty.On this episode of the podcast I talk with Helene and Chris Hadfield about the Day of Remembrance, about their memories of some of the crew who did not make it home from space. We also talk about what remembering means to them and about how we do and should pay appropriate tribute to the crew that have lost their lives and to their families who sacrificed their loved ones in the pursuit of Humanity's journey off the planet. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Good Fast Or Cheap

Good Fast Or Cheap

2022-01-2029:50

In today's episode we are going to pick up the story of project Gemini as it makes the transition from an engineering study to a full up space project. In order to understand what that means, and what that meant we will have to talk a bit about how space projects get managed - and why contrary to many myths - that wasn't any easier back in 1962 than it is today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In the last episode of Terranauts we talked about the origin of the Gemini Project. It basically started because some Project Mercury engineers wanted to improve the Mercury capsule and make it easier to build, test and fly. But that on its own was not enough to convince NASA to actually build a new spacecraft. In this episode of Terranauts, we talk about the Technological Imperatives that DID convince NASA that it needed a new spacecraft and a new project to learn some things it was really going to need to know before it tried to go to the Moon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Enter The Twins

Enter The Twins

2021-12-0929:48

In this episode of Terranauts we return to the historical narrative of humanity's journey off the planet.We are going to wind the clock back to September, 1962 when John F. Kennedy made his famous "we choose to go to the moon" speech at Rice University in Houston, Texas. It was an important moment in the history of the human spaceflight and marked the beginning of a new - and much more intense period in the race to get to and stay in space. We'll take a look at the spaceflight landscape at that moment in 1962. We'll also introduce the next NASA space program that would take people off the planet - project Gemini. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode I continue my conversation with three Terranauts who have all worked in Mission Control of the International Space Station as callsign ROBO - responsible for the operation of the International space Station's robotic arm.  They have been witness too, and participants in some amazing events and some truly significant changes in the way mission control is done.This is part 2 of the interview, if you haven't listened to part 1, I would suggest you do that before listening to this episode. Thanks to Mathieu Caron, Danielle Cormier and Tim Braithwaite for joining me for this interview. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode we continue our series on the evolution of Mission Control. Last time, I talked about my experience walking into Mission Control in the middle of the Space Shuttle program and at the end of the era of the Apollo control centre as it was about to make a transition to the Space Station era.Today we talk to three Terranauts who have been around for that transition and who continue to work on the International Space Station in various ways. They have all worked in Mission Control and have been witness to and participants in some amazing events and some truly significant changes in the way mission control is done. Thanks to Mathieu Caron, Danielle Cormier and Tim Braithwaite for joining me for this interview. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time

2021-10-2832:51

In this episode of Terranauts we explore the world of NASA's Mission Control Centre as it was in 1995. At that time, Mission Control was still being performed out of the same building and the same control room as it had been since 1964 when control of manned spaceflight missions had moved from Cape Canaveral to the Manned Space Center in Houston. This was the building from which NASA had gone to the moon. Over the course of 30 years many of the details had changed, but a lot had also stayed the same. But change was coming in the form of a new control centre, new technologies and new partnerships and ways of getting to and staying in space. But today we will take a moment to see what the world of Mission Control looked like, when I spent my first working shift there in February 1995.Resources for this episode:"Failure Is Not An Option", Gene Kranz, Simon &Shuster, New York, NY, 2000"Shuttle Mission Control Flight Controller Stories and Photos, 1981-1992", Marianne Dyson, 2021 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome back to season 3 of Terranauts. Today's episode is the first in a series of episodes looking at how the advent of the International Space Station changed how we go to space. The series will culminate in a conversation with some Terranauts who have been working as ISS flight controllers for the past 20 years. They have seen and lived this transformation up close. But before we get to that conversation we need some context. So today we actually go back to the early days of aircraft flight testing to see where many of the techniques and much of the culture of spacecraft mission control came from. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Season 3 Update

Season 3 Update

2021-09-3001:05

Season 3 is almost here ... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Season 2 has come to close and until Season 3 starts in September were playing some of our most popular episodes from the past year. Meet Terranaut Sarah Gallagher, Science Advisor to the President of the Canadian Space Agency, professor at Western University in London, Ontario, and supermassive black holes and galaxy researcher. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Season 2 has come to close and until Season 3 starts in September were playing some of our most popular episodes from the past year. First up is Chris Hadfield and Iain Christie on NASA's Day Of Remembrance.On January 28, 2021, NASA marked its Day Of Remembrance. It was a day set aside to honour the sacrifices of all astronauts who have died in the pursuit of the human exploration of space. In this episode of Terranauts, host Iain Christie sits down with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to talk about those we have lost and what their sacrifices have meant. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Season 2 of Terranauts is a wrap!  In this, the 40th episode, we take a quick look back at our second season and look forward to Season 3.  While we won't be releasing new episodes over the summer, we will be keeping the feed active with some highlights of the past two seasons.  We will also be busy with some other projects including starting a Terranauts facebook page.  Search for us @TerranautsPodcast on Facebook.  Thanks so much for listening this season... and we'll talk to you again soon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In part 2 of "The Flag Is A One" we pick up the story of the Communications Technology Satellite just as a perplexing and potentially mission ending failure is occurring.  Mac Evans will take us through a few days of high drama in the Mission Operations Centre as the team tries to use a tiny little bit of data to diagnose the problem, and fix it. It's a classic Terranaut story. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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