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The Defense & Aerospace Report

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The DownLink, hosted by Laura Winter, is your weekly guide to the worthy, the cool, the necessary, and the surprising from the intersection of space, business, and defense. Laura Winter has lived in and reported from eight countries on three continents. The very first beat she had as a fledgling journalist was covering La Canada Flintridge, which included NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, for the Glendale News Press.
 
Planetary Radio brings you the human adventure across our solar system and beyond. We visit each week with the scientists, engineers, leaders, advocates and astronauts who are taking us across the final frontier. Regular features raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face. Join host Mat Kaplan and Planetary Society colleagues including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts, and Emily Lakdawalla as they dive deep into the latest space news. The monthly Space Policy Edition takes ...
 
Watch lectures from workshops and events put on by the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS). KISS is a "think and do tank" designed to develop new planetary, Earth, and astrophysics space mission concepts and technology by bringing together a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers for sustained scientific and technical interaction. It is a joint institute of the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
 
be radical's cofounder Pascal Finette in conversation with thought leaders and practitioners on all things innovation and disruption. Together we explore disruption from a first principles basis, identify the real drivers behind disruption and develop practical, hands-on advice on how to "disrupt".
 
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Design Atlas

Jens Bringsjord and Megan Luedke

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Catch up on Season 3 now. ➤ Welcome to Design Atlas, where we explore the world of design from a cultural and global perspective. Join designers Jens Bringsjord and Megan Luedke as we explore this unique creative world we live in. We're excited to bring you the knowledge of how to progress in the design field, whether you're just starting out or a seasoned designer. Season 3 episodes release on Thursdays. Learn more and stay connected with us at www.designatlaspod.com. Join our new community ...
 
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In our final episode of season three, we get to meet one of the coolest problem solvers out there in the world, Dan Goods. His life mission is to help scientists think through their thinking at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Learn more about Dan Goods by visiting his website, directedplay.com If you’d like to support the show or …
 
Hemali is an industry-agnostic Multipotentialite with 30+ years of experience with in-depth technical and business acumen across different organizations. She is known for her thought leadership in Strategic Execution which includes strategic assessment, planning, governance, and implementation of complex systems with robust technical competencies. …
 
Will norms of space behavior be enough to protect the $469 billion-dollar and growing space economy, the government-funded exploration and science programs, and the critical defense assets in orbit? Perhaps what’s needed is a bit stronger and binding. Like rules. Laura Winter speaks with Kevin O’Connell, the former Director of the Office of Space C…
 
As NASA’s deputy administrator, Lori Garver fought to cancel the Constellation program and shift NASA to use commercial partnerships in spaceflight. She failed at the first but succeeded at the second. She joins the show to discuss the lessons she learned from her time at NASA, key strategies for bringing change to a reticent bureaucracy, and the w…
 
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab scientists Armin Kleinboehl and Marek Slipski lead a new project that is recruiting thousands of citizen explorers. They explain to host Mat Kaplan how this massive effort may help us finally understand how the once plentiful Martian surface water disappeared. Then we look back to the dawn of science as Bruce Betts closes ou…
 
Sure. It’s easy to simply pin Russia’s announcement that it is quitting the International Space Station as a natural result of President Vladamir Putin’s unprovoked war in Ukraine. Yet, Russia’s reduced space industrial base, Putin’s ambitions, and a series of sackings and demotions illustrate a more complicated political and security picture in th…
 
She is only the tenth director of JPL, and the first woman to hold the position. It’s a homecoming for Laurie Leshin who got her PhD at Caltech, the operator of JPL on behalf of NASA. Laurie talks about her priorities for the lab, and how excited she is about the missions already underway and those to come. Planetary Society chief advocate Casey Dr…
 
Space companies bring high-paying high-tech jobs and create revenue for local businesses, and municipal and state governments. They can lessen the brain drain from rural localities. Thing is, it’s got to be the right fit - the right business plan for the right community - or the business may not even break ground, let alone launch. Laura Winter spe…
 
Host Mat Kaplan leads with a special announcement. Then we spend a fascinating hour with the former director of NASA’s Planetary Science division and retired chief scientist Jim Green, who reports on a recent workshop that explored the potential of radio telescopes on the Moon’s farside. He also shares anecdotes from his long history of space scien…
 
Macroeconomic forces are just as inescapable as gravity. The commercial space sector is not immune from the effects of Russia’s war in Ukraine, historic inflation, and the cost of borrowing. Laura Winter speaks with Chris Quilty, a pioneer of Wall Street analysis of the commercial space sector and founder of Quilty Analytics. He says what's differe…
 
Dr Romer shared some of her most exciting and coolest experiences as an astrophysicist, including a trip to the south pole! She also mentioned how in the past astronomers would have to travel to the obersevations sites in places like Chile to take the images, rather than having it all automated from your office. Dr Romer spoke about the recent Jame…
 
Have you seen them? Five spectacular images have given us a taste of what’s ahead from the James Webb Space Telescope. Bill Nye will share his reactions after we hear excerpts from NASA’s image revealing event on July 12. We’ll then talk with astrophysicist Tom Greene of the NASA Ames Research Center. Tom has hundreds of hours on the new space tele…
 
The U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond said Sunday that China “enjoys the same space capabilities and the same advantages that we currently enjoy.” That sounds a lot like parity. Congress is including inflation in its calculus, but what about what’s needed for deterrence in the space domain? To take a closer look at …
 
In this episode we meet Rachael Fineman, a senior user experience designer who’s worked for both the Google Maps geo discovery features as well as more recently the merchant experience embedded within maps and search. If you’d like to support the show or to learn more about Design Atlas, please visit www.designatlaspod.com. To get in touch with us,…
 
No one deserves more credit for enabling the new era of commercial space development than former NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver. That includes the commercial crew program that brings astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Mat welcomes Lori back for a conversation about her excellent new memoir that tells the inside story of …
 
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Pathfinder Mars mission and Sojourner, the first rover on the Red Planet. Historian Michael Neufeld joins the show to put this path blazing mission in context as the start of NASA’s low-cost Discovery mission line. There have been 12 Discovery missions over the past 25 years, with two Venus missions now in developme…
 
In this episode we meet Ivan Tolmachev, a former user experience designer at Blue Origin. He hails from Moscow, Russia but currently resides in California. If you’d like to support the show or to learn more about Design Atlas, please visit www.designatlaspod.com. To get in touch with us, DM us on Instagram @designatlaspod, tweet us @designatlaspod,…
 
We Earthlings are making progress toward defending our planet from near-Earth objects, which is reason enough for the annual Asteroid Day celebration. Co-founder Danica Remy tells us what to expect, while Detlef Koschny, acting head of the European Space Agency’s Planetary Defence Office, reviews ESA’s expanded efforts. Planetary Society chief scie…
 
This week’s episode is a part two of two on PNT - positioning, navigation, and timing. This is about the business opportunity of providing time as a service to critical infrastructure sectors. PNT comes from the space-based Global Positioning System, or GPS. Anything from precision farming and guided missiles, and the operational synchronization of…
 
In this episode we meet Eloise Moore, a master’s of astrophysics student at the University of Western Australia and a telescope technician at the Zadko Observatory. While Eloise’s background is not in design or a purely creative industry, the ways in which she applies creative elements of photography to her work, are quite inspiring. To learn more …
 
David is the founder of Idea Farm Ventures where he invests into and helps build mission-driven companies for the modern consumer. He started and designed the Wharton School of Business’s first course on Digital Marketing and E-Commerce and the author of the book “Location Is (Still) Everything”.In our conversation we dig into the wonderous world o…
 
The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 rocketed into orbit three years ago. Society CEO Bill Nye, chief operating officer Jennifer Vaughn, and LightSail program manager Bruce Betts join Mat Kaplan for a look at the long road to this award-winning mission, the current status of the spacecraft, and what’s ahead. Society editorial director Rae Paoletta p…
 
This week’s episode is a part one of two on PNT - positioning, navigation, and timing. All three parts come from the space-based Global Positioning System, or GPS. Anything from precision farming and guided missiles, and the operational synchronization of critical infrastructures like dams and refineries depends on GPS. Thing is, if something goes …
 
In this episode, we meet with Bray Falls, an astrophotographer and now astro Tiktok influencer from Arizona. Bray attended Arizona State University where he completed his Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering all in part due to his love of space. Learn more about Bray by visiting his website, astrofalls.com. If you’d like to support the show or …
 
Lindy Elkins-Tanton’s wonderful new memoir is titled, “A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman.” Host Mat Kaplan talks with Lindy about this sometimes harrowing, often heroic, and adventurous chronicle of her path toward leadership of the Psyche asteroid mission. This new conversation follows their brief encounter in a Jet Propulsion Lab clean…
 
Hypersonic weapons are a tricky class of missile systems. They’re hard to find and even harder to persistently track, even when using satellite capabilities together with ground-based radar. That affects America’s ability to deter attacks on the homeland. Laura Winter speaks with Christopher Stone, who has an idea, which he laid out in his most rec…
 
In this episode Dr Estrela spoke about her research into classifying and charecterizing the atmospheres of exoplanets, and also her research the effects of stellar activity on these exoplanets. Dr Estrela explained how she first was interested in astrobiology and how her work is helping us answer the age old question: Is there life out there?…
 
In this episode we will be meeting Tanya Gupta, a multimedia artist, mixed reality engineer, and entrepreneur. Her focus as an adobe creative resident is to improve her understanding and abilities in Photoshop, which stems from a project she began in 2020 titled “#QuarantineArt.” To learn more about Tanya, visit her website guptanya.art If you’d li…
 
In this part two episode of The Downlink’s coverage of the State Of The Space Industrial Base Conference And Workshop, organized by New Space New Mexico, Laura Winter speaks with Jim Keravala, CEO, Chief Architect and Chairman of the Board of Off World. Keravala, like other commercial space leaders involved in anything from cargo delivery to suppor…
 
Join host Mat Kaplan in Washington D.C. for conversations with outstanding presenters at the first in-person Humans to Mars Summit in three years. You’ll hear from Inspiration 4 astronaut Sian Proctor, chief engineer for NASA’s robotic exploration program “Hoppy” Price, and the designer of award-winning Martian homes. NASA deputy administrator and …
 
Commercial space companies involved in anything from cargo delivery to support NASA’s Artemis program, to space domain awareness, and even mining the moon and asteroids are preparing to go to the lunar neighborhood and set up shop. They’re wondering whether the Department of Defense is going to join them in the cis-lunar region to sustain friendly …
 
Caltech planetary scientist and Planetary Society president Bethany Ehlmann was a key player in the creation of the recently released recommendations that may guide solar system exploration for years to come. SPE host Casey Dreier talks with her about the process and approach that led to this influential document. Discover more here: https://www.pl…
 
In this episode we meet with John LePore from Perception, an animation and film studio based right in the heart of the metro area of New York City. While the studio focuses a lot of their time on the future of technology for fiction, they also work on design-focused pieces like title sequences, or stylized montages that appear in these stories as w…
 
Host Mat Kaplan has returned from the UK and the recording of The Moons Symphony by the London Symphony Orchestra. You’ll hear excerpts from our Planetary Radio Live show celebrating this intersection of art and science with composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg and three distinguished planetary scientists. It was produced at Imperial College London befor…
 
China is looking for "a combination of soft and hard kill methods” to destroy Elon Musk’s broadband satellite communication constellation Starlink. So it’s not surprising that U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to China’s democratic neighbors produced agreements bolstering the space economy and space defense. Does this Indo-Pacific cooperation change…
 
In this episode we meet with Valentina D’Efilippo, a visual designer, illustrator, and creative director based in London. She has been working with public organizations, start-ups, agencies, and global brands for more than 11 years. Learn more about Valentina by visiting her website, www.valentinadefilippo.co.uk. If you’d like to support the show o…
 
With Mat Kaplan in London for Planetary Radio Live, we bring back one of the most moving events in the history of our show. The Cassini orbiter plunged into Saturn in the early hours of September 15, 2017. Hundreds gathered to mark the end of this remarkable voyage, including former NASA chief scientists Jim Green, John Grunsfeld and Ellen Stofan. …
 
The U.S. Department of State quietly launched a new organization that’s fusing commercial satellite imagery with social media posts to provide evidence of Russian war crimes to prosecutors, such as those in the International Criminal Court. It’s called the Conflict Observatory.Laura Winter Speaks with Nathaniel Raymond, a war crimes investigator an…
 
In this episode we will meet with Sarah Poletti, a former Information designer and science graphics editor for European Space Agency or ESA as the acronym is known.To learn more about Sarah Poletti, visit sarahpoletti.com. If you’d like to support the show or to learn more about Design Atlas, please visit www.designatlaspod.com. To get in touch wit…
 
Our in-depth, fascinating conversation with Cornell University professor Britney Schmidt touches on how we’ll recognize life when we find it elsewhere, her sub-ice exploring robotic submarine, why we need an even bigger space telescope, and the best place for ice cream at Cornell. Planetary Society chief scientist Bruce Betts goes Hollywood with th…
 
Active galactic nuclei are found in the centers of galaxies and emit extremely high levels of radiation, which Dr Hervet tries to model computationally. Dr Hervet is also part of the VERITAS collaboration which is a ground based observatory with an array of 4 telescopes, each with a 12 meter wide diameter!…
 
David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup, the largest platform for finding and building local community. He has over 20 years of experience as a technology and digital media executive leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth, and digital traffic acceleration. Prior to joining Meetup, David was CEO of Investopedia …
 
Two meaty and divisive subjects are in the queue. First the U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General released its report on whether the 2021 decision to locate Space Command in Huntsville, Alabama ticked all the legal and policy boxes. And Second, California’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a senior Democrat, and Florida’s Republican Sen.…
 
This episode Dr Du spoke about some of her work looking at the physical properties of the interstellar medium in distant galaxies. She also spoke about her interest in asgtronomy outreach and the kind of work she does as outreach manager at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. Listen to the end of the podcast to hear her adv…
 
In this episode we explore a different side of the crew travelling at sonic speeds above the earth as we sit down with NASA astronaut Nicole Stott. Order Nicole Stott's book on Amazon Titled: Back to Earth: What Life in Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet―And Our Mission to Protect It Learn more about Nicole and her foundation: www.nicolestott.co…
 
Perseverance, the Mars 2020 rover, has begun an exciting new phase of its mission. Project scientist Ken Farley tells us why the ancient river delta it has entered is so enticing and intriguing. Ken also salutes Ingenuity, the Mars Helicopter, as we look forward to the day when samples of the Red Planet are sent to Earth. What role did the Wright b…
 
This week in Paris Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron announced a further deepening of their defence cooperation. This time it includes the space domain. To understand why this agreement is significant, Laura Winter speaks with Narayan Prasad, a long-time space entrepreneur based in Berlin, and Pranav Satyanath…
 
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