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Episode T+114: EM-1 Hot Drama with Eric Berger

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Eric Berger of Ars Technica joins me to talk about the latest in SLS Hot Drama: the 2020 budget request and a Bridenstine appearance in the Senate that might just go down in history. This week, NASA has proposed flying the three prime missions of SLS on commercial vehicles, setting the stage for an interesting few months of politics and engineering, and introducing some serious questions about the future of SLS.

NASA’s SLS Pushback Continues

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Within the span of 3 days, NASA has officially, publicly stated that they want all previously-SLS-only flights flown on commercial vehicles. This is a massive shift, and as I said yesterday, one that will probably be rejected by Congress.

NASA 2020 Budget Request

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In the current era, White House budget requests often don’t matter much in the outcome of NASA’s budget, but they do speak volumes about the administration’s intentions.

Audacy signs MOU with ICEYE

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I’m not big on MOUs, but Audacy is one of the most exciting up-and-comers in space today, so it’s worth noting when they sign something with a potential customer.

Episode 17 - Larry from Boeing

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Tim Dodd, the Everyday Astronaut, joins Jake and Anthony to talk about DM-1, the future of the ISS, Shuttle and Starship aborts, and imagine what Boeing livestreams will look like.

Thanks to February Patrons

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Very special thanks to the 261 of you out there supporting Main Engine Cut Off on Patreon for the month of February. 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.

Canada Commits to Lunar Gateway, Canadarm3

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We all knew Canada would contribute Canadarm3 to the Gateway, but it is politically important for NASA to have this stated commitment. Unfortunately, Canadarm2 and the ISS will be operating until 2030, sucking up most of the time, money, and attention.