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Episode T+136: Starship to GTO, SSO from Florida

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A few bits of follow-up on Starship to GTO, the Bridenstine-Musk show at SpaceX HQ, and flying to polar orbits from Florida. Meetup alert! Sunday, October 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hang out with me, Jake, and a ton of amazing people of space the night before IAC 2019 kicks off. Details at events.offnominal.space.

Orbital Services Program-4 Launch Providers Selected

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The RFP was released back in August, and as we heard then, the program contains up to 20 missions that will be competed as they are ready. The selected launch providers are a nice mix of those who are flying today, those who are coming up on their first flight, and those who are still early on in their work.

Thanks to September Patrons

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Very special thanks to the 315 of you out there supporting Main Engine Cut Off on Patreon for the month of September. MECO is entirely listener- and reader-supported, so your support keeps this blog and podcast going, growing, and improving, and most importantly, it keeps it independent.

Juno Executes Long Burn to Avoid Fatal Eclipse

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Sounds like the team didn’t predict such a long eclipse before launch. I wonder how much that’s tied to the fact that Juno is in a 53-day orbit rather than the intended 14-day orbit, due to the propulsion failure earlier in the mission. Nice flying by the Juno team.

Episode T+133: Kurt Klaus on CLPS

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Kurt Klaus, Chair of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group’s Commercial Advisory Board, joins me to talk about NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, and the wider potential for commercial flights to the Moon and beyond.

Relativity, Momentus Announce Launch Agreement

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Momentus is certainly lining up launches, but I’d love to hear a bit about their customers. On the Relativity side, they’ve got quite a nice little backlog growing, but very few of their launch contracts have much in the way of concrete details.

More Starlink Tweaks

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Any changes that get SpaceX closer to service are great. Speed to at least some level of service is a huge priority for a project as big as Starlink.

Thanks to August Patrons

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Very special thanks to the 306 of you out there supporting Main Engine Cut Off on Patreon for the month of August. MECO is entirely listener- and reader-supported, so your support keeps this blog and podcast going, growing, and improving, and most importantly, it keeps it independent.

Astrobotic to Fly on First Vulcan Flight

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I could pretty much copy and paste my thoughts from last week about Dream Chaser flying on Vulcan: not surprising news since we had expected Atlas V, and I wonder what will happen if Vulcan doesn’t get to be a part of the next round of Air Force contracts.