Latest Episodes

Episode 93: Exploring the surface of Titan
January 14, 2021

On 14th January 2005, the Huygens probe landed on Titan. Saturns and the solar systems largest Moon. This was a joint NAS/ESA mission called Cassini-Huygens. Whilst Huygens landed on Titan, Cassini continued to orbit Saturn. Professor John Zarnecki,

Episode 92: Revisiting Panspermia with Prof. Wickramasinghe
December 31, 2020

The idea of Panspermia, that life exists throughout the universe and spreads via asteroids, comets and cosmic dust, has been around for a long time. Two of the strongest advocates were Professor Fred Hoyle and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe.

Episode 91 – ISRO and the Spy who was not
November 15, 2019

In 1994, Narayan Nambi an ISRO aerospace engineer was falsely arrested by the Investigation Beuro on charges of espionage. He was accused of passing on confidential launch vehicle flight test data to foreign nationals.

Episode 90 – An update on ISRO’s activities with S Somanath and R Umamaheshwaran
October 28, 2019

This interview with S Somanath (director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre) and R Umamaheshwaran (Scientific Secretary) was recorded on 24th October 2019 during the International Astronautical Congress in Washington DC.

IAC2019 Heads of Space Agency – Press Conference
October 27, 2019

This audio recording captures most of the Q&A that took place on Monday 21st October #IAC2019. The audio quality is variable. The agencies represented included #isro #nasa #jaxa #china #Russia

Episode 89 – Carbon Nanotubes
October 25, 2019

In his 1979 novel, Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C Clarke imagines a cable stretching from the Earth's equator to Geosynchronous orbit. He called it a "space elevator" and imagined it would be constructed from continuous pseudo-one-dimensional diamond...

Episode 88 – India’s Private Space Sector
September 26, 2019

As in other nations, the private space sector is now emerging in India. One name that pops up when discussing private and commercial space in India is Narayanan Prasad

Episode 87 – Apollo Era recollections of a Brit working in NASA
July 12, 2019

(Note - following questions on the veracity of his Phd, David Baker resigned from the BIS as the editor of Spaceflight on 25th March 2021.) David Baker has been involved with the USA since childhood. First attending a US school in England and then s...

Episode 86 – Moon: Art, Science, Culture
June 28, 2019

Moon: Art, Science, Culture The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing was a momentous event and expected to be marked by numerous publications. Most books cover the technologies, events, personal recollections and politics of the first human voy...

Episode 85 – Russia’s Space programme with Brian Harvey
April 19, 2019

Brian Harvey is a Dublin based writer who has authored more than 14 books the space programmes of USSR/Russia, USA, India, Korea Japan and China. He has a deep understanding of the motivations and politics as well as the space technology that has emerged.