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Opinion and analysis of spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy, by Anthony Colangelo.

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T+238: Rocket Lab Flies from Wallops Island (with Caleb Henry)

Caleb Henry of Quilty Analytics and I took a trip down to Wallops Island to watch Rocket Lab’s first Electron launch from the US. Listen to our conversation on the drive down to Virginia, a bit of me at the press site before launch, and the launch itself in wonderful stereo audio.

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T+237: Virgin Orbit and ABL Suffer Failures

Virgin Orbit’s first launch from the UK ended in failure, putting them in an even more precarious financial position. And on the other side of the North Pole, ABL’s first launch attempt ended in failure right on the launch pad in Alaska.

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T+236: SpaceX Starshield, NSSL Phase 3

SpaceX rolled out Starshield, a new, Starlink-inspired (derived?) offering for national security space systems. And I have some thoughts on the upcoming National Security Space Launch Phase 3 contracting setup.

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T+235: Artemis I, 2022 Midterms (with Casey Dreier)

Casey Dreier of The Planetary Society joins me to talk about Artemis I, where the Artemis program goes from here, and what the 2022 midterm elections mean for space.

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T+234: Scott “Kidd” Poteet, Sarah Gillis, and Anna Menon of Polaris Dawn

The crew of Polaris Dawn—Scott “Kidd” Poteet, Sarah Gillis, and Anna Menon—join me to talk about the mission and its operations, their preparation and training so far, how their roles on past missions play into their role on this one, what they are learning and bringing back to their day-to-day roles, and what they’re excited about as they get ready to fly next year.

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