Aviation Week & Space Technology

Podcast: The Race to Develop New Rocket Engines

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on Apr 11, 2017


These podcasts ought to be GREAT. What's not to like? Interesting subjects and informed guests. A world-class and respected publisher (that would be you, AW).

But they are awful, almost unlistenable: poor equipment, junior high school audio, and participants that seem blind-sided by the simplest questions. They sound like doing the podcast is a dreaded chore to check off at the end of the day. At the end of a long and tiring day.

Too many 'uh' and 'um' to even count. Background racket. Participants unfamiliar with the concept of satellite delay. That's just the beginning.

So, how about cleaning things up a bit? The pieces are all there. Your editors are interesting. They are smart. They are informed. They go to interesting places and they have a lot to say.

Find someone to host who can actually get them to talk about their passion. Design a consistent format with a consistent time-frame. Do a pre-interview to find out what participants know and are likely to say.

You know. Hire a professional?

on Apr 21, 2017

msadesign gets it spot on. These videos are an embarrassing diversion from a long history of fine technical journalism. Please have these folks spend their time writing, that is something they have been good at.

on Apr 23, 2017

So a few minutes in the reporter says Blue Origin isn't sure how they'll fix BE-4 combustion instabilities once they fire it up. All component testing so far, and the turbopump case is likely to be replaced. Should be exciting when they fire that beast up.

OTOH, SpaceX is working on the Raptor full flow staged combustion engine under a USAF funding contract, allegedly for an F9/FH upper stage. Delivery at the end of 2018.

Raptor has been on the test stand since September 2016, and mid-March Musk said something about an ITS update in a few weeks. Raptor should be part of that, so perhaps more news and another hot fire video.

Can't imagine them not leveraging Raptor in a Gen II methane "Falcon" once it's ready. Wider core, bigger fairing for bulk SpaceX data-sat constellation launches, non-conjunction Mars logistics etc. Seems it would be tempting.

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