SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2017

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECT DESCRIPTION
January 4 Summer Science Fiction Science fiction stories from the 1950's.
Janaury 11 Summer Science Fiction Science fiction stories from the 1950's.
January 18 Summer Science Fiction Science fiction stories from the 1950's.
Janaury 18 Gene Cernan Noting the death of former astronaut and moon walker Gene Cernan.
Janaury 25 Summer Science Fiction Science fiction stories from the 1950's.
January 25 Apollo 1 Marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Saturn 204 (later Apollo 1) fire on the launch pad that killed astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, a "virtual" interview with astronauts Neil Armstrong (Gemini 8 and Apollo 11), Frank Borman (Gemini 7 and Apollo 8), Jim Lovell (Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8 and Apollo 13), Wally Schirra (Mercury 8, Gemini 6 and Apollo 7) and Alan Shepard (Mercury 3 and Apollo 14). (audio inserts courtesy JSC Oral History Unit)
Listen or download (24 min 24 s - 23.4 MB)
February 1 Mercury Atlas 6 Part 1 Marking the 55th anniversary of John Glenn's spaceflight aboard Friendship 7 in song and commentary.
February 8 Mercury Atlas 6 Part 2 Marking the 55th anniversary of John Glenn's spaceflight aboard Friendship 7 in song and commentary. Also the entire speech made to the U.S. Congress after the mission by John Glenn.
March 22 World Meteorological Day To mark tomorrow's event a discussion of: the COSMIC satellites; Australia's use of the Chineese Fengyun satellites; the AIRS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite; the CrIS instrument on the Suomi satellite; the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometers on EUMETSAT's MetOp A and B satellites; and plans for the TROPICS constellation.
March 29 Space Music A musical journey to space.
April 5 Space Music A musical journey to space.
April 5 Space Junk The growing problem of orbital debris. Views from the 1980s of the problem; what can be done about it; the e.deorbit project; the Long Duration Exposure Facility; ESA's Clean Space initiative; and how to avoid satellite collisions. (Inserts courtesy ESA, NASA and GSFC)
April 19 Soyuz 1 and the death of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov Igor Rozemberg (Member, Space Association of Australia,Melbourne) and Andrew Rennie discuss the 50th anniversary of the death of Vladimir Komarov aboard Soyuz 1. Included music and sound bytes.
Listen or download (38 min 14 s - 36.7 MB)
April 19 QB 50 The launch this morning of the first fully Australian built satellites in 50 years. AU 01 SUSat, AU 02 UNSW-ECO and AU 03 Inspire 2 will be deployed into independent orbits as part of the QB 50 project.
Listen or download (10 min 22 s - 10.0 MB)
April 19 Cassini About to begin a series of 22 dives between the rings and atmosphere of Saturn. Discovery of hydrogen in the plumes of Enceladus and its importance for possible life in that moon's ocean.
April 26 Cassini As the programme went to air Cassini was the closest it had ever been to Saturn as it made its first dive between the rings and the planet.
April 26 Space Policy Australia - Part One of Five The politics of space policy in Australia. An overview of the programme series; the issuance by the Australian Space Industry Association of a white paper calling for the formation of an Australian Space Agency (Michael Davis and Mark Ramsay); missed opportunities of the past 50 years (Owen Mace); and a potted history of Australian involvement in space (Alice Gorman).
* Listen or download full programme (48 min 17 s - 46.4 MB)
* Listen or download Michael Davis, Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia (2 min 38 s - 2.5 MB)
* Listen or download Mark Ramsay, Advisory Council Member, Space Industry Association of Australia (5 min 9 s - 5.0 MB)
* Listen or download Owen Mace, Australis Oscar 5 Team Member (23 min 57 s - 23.0 MB)
* Listen or download Alice Gorman, Advisory Council Member, Space Industry Association of Australia (3 min 40 s - 3.5 MB)
May 3 Space Policy Australia - Part Two of Five The politics of space policy in Australia. The case for Australia becoming a member of the European Space Agency is put by Warwick Holmes (former Engineer at ESA). Joining the discussion were: David Broadbent (Robotic Engineer, Rocketlabs USA, Auckland); Richard Tonkin (Member, Australis Oscar 5 Team, Melbourne); Brett Biddington (Owner, Biddington Research Pty Ltd, Melbourne); Owen Mace (Member, Australis Oscar 5 Team, Melbourne); Jason Held (Founder, Saber Astronautics, Sydney); and Alice Gorman (Advisory Council Member, Space Industry Association of Australia, Adelaide).
* Listen or download full programme (55 min 42 s - 53.5 MB)
* Listen or download Warwick Holmes (former Engineer at ESA) (24 min 7 s - 23.2 MB)
* Listen or download panel discussion (9 min 37 s - 9.2 MB)
May 10 Federal Budget 2017 An analysis of the 2017 Federal Budget to find the mentions of space and astronomy.
Listen or download panel discussion (4 min 39 s - 4.5 MB)
May 10 Space Policy Australia - Part Three of Five The politics of space policy in Australia. Jason Held (Founder, Saber Astronautics, Sydney) describes Australian opportunities in space and Brett Biddington (Owner, Biddington Research Pty. Ltd., Melbourne) explains why the Australian story has been a northern hemisphere one.
* Listen or download full programme (47 min 6 s - 45.2 MB)
* Listen or download Jason Held (20 min 19 s - 23.0 MB)
* Listen or download Brett Biddington (23 min 35 s - 22.7 MB)
May 17 Cape York Spaceport The land allocated in the 1980s for a spaceport on Cape York has neen handed back to the indigenous owners.
Listen or download (3 min 9 s - 3.0 MB)
May 17 Space Policy Australia - Part Four of Five The politics of space policy in Australia. Mark Todd (Senior Policy Officer, Space Coordination Office, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Canberra) explains what "space" means to Australians; outlines space policy functions; Australian government activities and agencies; issueance of launch certificates; opportunities for Australian industry and the move to smaller satellites; and the review of the Space Activities Act. Russell Boyce (Chairman, National Committee for Space And Radio Science, Australian Aceadmy of Science, Canberra) describes the Academy's submission to the review of the Space Activities Act, and its review of the decadal plan for space science. Brett Biddington (Owner, Biddington Research Pty. Ltd., Melbourne) states the status of the Australian Satellite Utilisation Policy. Upulie Diveskara (Ph.D. Candidate, Monash University, Clayton) gives her personal view on a mooted Australian Space Agency.
* Listen or download full programme (31 min 47 s - 30.5 MB)
* Listen or download Mark Todd (14 min 3 s - 13.5 MB)
* Listen or download Brett Biddington (6 min 18 s - 6.1 MB)
* Listen or download Russell Boyce on Space Act (4 min 24 s - 4.2 MB)
* Listen or download Russell Boyce on Decadal Review (1 min 14 s - 1.2 MB)
* Listen or download Upulie Diveskara (2 min 23 s - 2.3 MB)
May 24 Rocket Lab's "It's A Test" Three launch attempts of the first Electron rocket postponed due to inclement weather; details of the rocket; the rationale of the Electron programme; why New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula was chosen for orbital launches.
Listen or download (12 min 41 s - 12.2 MB)
May 24 Space Policy Australia - Part Five of Five The politics of space policy in Australia. Troy McCann (formerly of the Melbourne Space Program) puts forward ideas on how to grow Australia's space sector; Jason Held (founder, Saber Astronautics, Sydney), Owen Mace (Team Member, Australis Oscar 5, Melbourne) and Brett Biddington (Owner, Biddington Research Pty Ltd, Melbourne) discuss the role of venture capital in space activities; Michael Davis (Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia, Adelaide), Gordon Pike (Member, Space Industry Association of Australia, Sydney) and Bruce Middleton, member, Space industry Association of Australia, Canberra) discuss the costs of an Australian space agency; and Phil Crosby (Chair, Advisory Council, Space Industry Association of Australia, Sydney) describes the links between CSIRO's space activities and industry.
Listen or download (32 min 52 s - 31.6 MB)
May 31 Lost In Space - Australian QB-50 Satellites Three Australian satellites were deployed into orbit last week from the International Space Station. Unfortunately, nothing has been heard from AU01 (SUSat), AU02 (UNSW-ECO) and AU03 (i-Inspire 2).
Listen or download (11 min 1 s - 10.6 MB)
May 31 Rocket Lab's "It's A Test" The "It's A Test" launch of the Electron rocket on May 25 reaches space but not orbit. Peter Beck (CEO, Rocket Lab, Auckland) describes the ethos of the company and his early experience with hydrogen peroxide fueled rockets.
Listen or download (9 min 25 s - 9.1 MB)
May 31 Australis Oscar 5 - Part One To mark the 50th anniversary of the delivery of the first satellite built in Australia, the story of the conception, construction and testing of Australis Oscar 5 at Melbourne University. Voices of Jan King (Engineer, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland), Owen Mace (Member Australis Oscar 5 Team, Melbourne University) and Richard Tonkin (Member Australis Oscar 5 Team, Melbourne University). (Inserts recorded at Final Frontier Festival, Melbourne University)
* Listen or download (29 min 35 s - 28.4 MB)
* Image of Richard Tonkin
* Image of Owen Mace
* Image of Jan King
June 7 Space Music An hour of space songs from 6 p.m.
June 7 Lucy A tale linking the Beatles' Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds with the finding of the "Lucy" hominid fossil, the palaeontologist Donald Johanson, the asteroid Donaldjohanson and the Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids.
Listen or download (12 min 10 s - 11.7 MB)
June 7 Australis Oscar 5 - Part Two To mark the 50th anniversary of the delivery of the first satellite built in Australia, the story of the negotiations to get Australis Oscar 5 launched. Voices of Jan King (Engineer, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland), Owen Mace (Member Australis Oscar 5 Team, Melbourne University) and Richard Tonkin (Member Australis Oscar 5 Team, Melbourne University). Included Jan's Oscar 5 parody, another parody sung by Paul O'Gorman and an update on the QB50 satellites. (Inserts recorded at Final Frontier Festival, Melbourne University)
* Listen or download (40 min 56 s - 39.3 MB)
* Image of Richard Tonkin
* Image of Owen Mace
* Image of Jan King
June 14 Progress MS-06 Liftoff Live from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the liftoff of the Progress MS-06 cargo spacecraft towards the international Space Station.
Listen or download (5 min 30 s - 5.3 MB)
June 14 Australis Oscar 5 - Part Three To mark the 50th anniversary of the delivery of the first satellite built in Australia, some of the innovations in the satellite design; some of the results of the mission; and how Australia never registered the satellite with the United Nations. Voices of Owen Mace (Member Australis Oscar 5 Team, Melbourne University), Stephen Howard (Member Australis Oscar 5 Team, Melbourne University) and Paul Dunn (Member Australis Oscar 5 Team, Melbourne University).
Listen or download (31 min 14 s - 30.0 MB)
June 28 2007 OR10 Moon The story of missed opportunities and serendipty in the discovery of a moon orbiting the dwarf planet 2007 OR10.
Listen or download (5 min 32 s - 5.3 MB)
June 28 Cassini's Week The planned activities by Cassini and the ring plane crossing plasma wave recordings reveal the space between the D-ring and Saturn is sparsely populated by particles.
Listen or download (7 min 20 s - 7.1 MB)
June 28 Wernher von Braun Marking the 45th anniversary of the retirement from NASA of Werhner von Braun, we play his comments on the lasting benefits of the Apollo lunar programme.
June 28 Aussat A The 35th anniversary of the awarding of contracts to build the three Aussat A domestic communications satellites.
Listen or download (12 min 33 s - 12.1 MB)
July 5 Telstar 1 The 55th anniversary of the launch of the Telstar 1 communications satellite, which ushered in the age of intercontinental television. Included: the launch; the first telephone calls via satellite; the first trans-Atlantic television programme; President Kennedy; astronauts John Glenn and Wally Schirra; and several versions of Joe Meek's tune "Telstar" and song "Magic Star".
Listen or download (54 min 53 s - 52.7 MB)
July 12 Planet Nine The search for a hypothesised ninth planet in the outer regions of our Solar System.
July 12 Kepler Catalogue Release The release of a new catalogue of exoplanets and exoplanet candidates found by the Kelper satellite.
July 19 Micius Tests Quantum Entaglement The Micius QUESS (Quantum Experiments at Space Scale) satellite has made the first test of its Sagnac effect interferometer to transfer quantum entangled photons.
July 19 The President At Cape Canaveral A "fake news" report of the President's secret visit to Cape Canaveral under the cover of Vice President Mike Pence's visit.
Listen or download (5 min 33 s - 5.3 MB)
July 19 Juno Why the Juno mission is exploring Jupiter's magnetosphere and aurorae. (Inserts courtesy GSFC)
July 26 Apollo 11 Part One An "interview" with the crew of Apollo 11; human missions to the lunar south pole; music about Apollo 11. (Inserts courtesy NASA, NASM and Lunar Institute)
Listen or download (37 min 36 s - 36.1 MB)
August 2 Space News Special A programme of space news from around the world as collected by Peter, Michael and Angelo and presented by Jay.
August 9 Apollo 11 Part Two An "interview" with the crew of Apollo 11 and music about Apollo 11. (Inserts courtesy NASA and NASM)
Listen or download (33 min 2 s - 31.7 MB)
August 9 Cassini's Week What Cassini is doing this week during its final orbits of Saturn.
August 16 Cassini's Week What Cassini is doing this week during its final orbits of Saturn.
August 16 Voyager 2 and New Horizons The 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2. Comments by Ed Stone (Voyager Project Scientist, Caltech) and Andrew Rennie (former President, Space Association of Australia). Pluto and the New Horizons mission, including an interview with Alan Stern (Principal Investigator, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute)
* Listen or download full feature (50 min 6 s - 48.1 MB)
* Listen or download Stern interview only (16 min 57 s - 16.3 MB)
August 23 Venus - 55 Years Of Space Exploration To mark the 55th anniversary of the launch of Mariner 2, the first successful interplanetary spacecraft, a recounting of the stories of Mariner 1, Mariner 2, Venus Express and Akatsuki. (Inserts coutesy JPL and ESA)
August 23 Cassini's Week What Cassini is doing this week during its final orbits of Saturn.
August 30 Landslides How the results of the second Shuttle Radar Topography Mission are being used to map landslide risks.
Listen or download (6 min 25 s - 6.2 MB)
August 30 The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle The history of rocketry in India, and a description of the payloads orbited by the 34th PSLV rocket.
August 30 Cassini's Week The penultimate week of the 20-year Cassini mission to Saturn.
September 6 Cassini's Week The final full week of the 20-year Cassini mission to Saturn.
September 6 Voyager 1 To mark the 40th anniversary of Voyager 1, a description of the launch and achievements at Jupiter, Saturn and into interstellar space.
September 13 Cassini's Last Week The planned final days of the 20-year Cassini mission to Saturn.
September 20 Cassini's End All of the action from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the Cassini entered Saturn's atmosphere and vaporised. In doing so it destroyed the DVD carrying the names of many listeners of The Space Show of the mid-1990s. Read our article about this DVD.
September 27 Space Agency for Australia To mark the announcement that a space agency will be formed by the Federal Government, a programme examining why it has taken so long to reach this decision. Comments by Richard Tonkin (Member, Australis Oscar 5 Team, Melbourne), Tim Parsons (Co-founder, X-Lab, Sydney), Simon Birmingham (Federal Education Minister, Canberra), Chris Schacht (former Senator and Minister in the Keating government, Adelaide), Michael Davis (Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia, Adelaide) and Kim Carr (Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science). Also an interview with Megan Clark, Chair, Expert Reference Group, Canberra.
* Listen or download (42 min 0 s - 40.3 MB)
* Listen or download Megan Clark interview only (6 min 36 s - 6.4 MB)
October 4 Sputnik 1 The 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1, including a Caltech feature on tracking the world's first artificial satellite, a discussion with Igor Rosenberg (Member, Space Association of Australia, Melbourne), and Soviet era music.
Listen or download (37 min 32 s - 36.0 MB)
October 11 Australian Space Book Launches The launch of two Austalian space books: "Australia In Space" by Kerrie Dougherty and "Australis Oscar 5" by Owen Mace.

For "Australia In Space" comments by: Michael Davis (Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia, Adelaide); Kerrie Dougherty (Author, Sydney); Honourable Chris Schacht (former Senator and Government Minister, Adelaide); Alice Gorman (Space Archaeologist, Adelaide) and Brian O'Brian (Perth, Western Australia). (Recorded on a teleconference with poor audio at the Adelaide end)

For "Australis Oscar 5" comments by Rod Tucker (Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne and member, Australia Oscar 5 Team); Richard Tonkin (Member Australia Oscar 5 Team); Owen Mace (Author and Member Australis Oscar 5 Team), Iven Mareels (Professor and Dean, School of Engineering, Melbourne University) and Hillary Regan (Publisher, ATF Press). (Recorded at Melbourne University by Andrew Rennie and Michael Abdilla)
Listen or download (48 min 10 s - 46.2 MB)
"Australia In Space" picture
"Australis Oscar 5" picture
Link to publisher's website

October 18 Gravitational Waves From Neutron Star Merger Detected The announcement of the detection of gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron stars, and how ground and space observations revealed more of this event - GW170817. In a two hour special we covered both the original announcement from the United States' National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., and the OzGrav team in Old Parliament House in Canberra. Participants included: France Córdova (Director, National Science Foundation); Alan Finkel (Chief Scientist, Australia); Matthew Bailes (Professor, OzGrav, Swinburne University of Technology, Glenferrie); Susan Scott (Professor, OzGrav, Australian National University, Canberra); Eric Thrane (OzGrav, Monash University, Clayton); Tara Murphy (Associate Professor, CAASTRO, University of Sydney, Sydney); David Ottaway, Associate Professor, OzGrav, University of Adelaide, Adelaide); Sue Thomas (Australian Research Council, Canberra); David Blair (Reseacher, Perth, Western Australia); David McClelland (Researcher); David Reitze (Executive Director, LIGO Laboratory, Caltech, California); David Shoemaker (Spokesperson, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Jo van den Brand (Professor of Physics, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Julie McEnery (Astrophysicist; Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Mayland); Marcia Branchesi (Astrophysicist, VIRGO Collaboration, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Urbino, Italy); Vicky Kalogera (Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University); Jim Ulvestad (Assistant Director, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.); Laura Cadonati (Associate Prefessor of Physics, Gergia Tech); Andy Huwell (Staff Scientist, Las Cumbres Observatory, University California Santa Barbara); Ryan Foley (Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University California Santa Cruz); Marcelle Soares-Santos (Assistant Professor, Brandeis University); David Sand (AssistantProfessor in Astronomy, University of Arizona); Nial Tanvir (Professor of Astrophysics, University of Leicester, United Kingdom); Edo Berger (Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University); Eleonara Troja (Research Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland); and Alessandra Corsi (Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas Tech University).
Listen or download (1 h 58 min 7 s - 113.4 MB)
November 8 Buccaneer and JPSS Two days ahead of their launch, a look at the Australian satellite BRMM (Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission) and JPSS 1 (the first Joint Polar Satellite System craft, to be called NOAA 20 if successful). Included comments by David Lingard (DSTO), Douglas Griffin (Space Missions Lead, University of New South Wales, Canberra), Senator Sinodinus (Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Canberra), Senator Marise Payne, Michael Frater (Rector, UNSW Canberra at ADFA), and NOAA officials.
Listen or download (35 min 44 s - 34.3 MB)
Drawing of Buccaneer
Display model of Buccaneer
Marise Payne announces Bucaneer with poor media attendance. Note model in right background.
November 15 Australian Cubesats This programme included, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the aborted countdown to the launch of the BRMM (Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission) and JPSS 1 (the first Joint Polar Satellite System craft, to be called NOAA 20 if successful). Also a critique of some press statements by The Honourable Christopher Pyne (Federal Minister for Defence Industry), and a description of the MISO, Biarri-Point, Biarris Squad, RAAF M1 and M2, MCUBED and BMM cubesat projects.
Listen or download (36 min 43 s - 35.3 MB)
November 15 BRMM Launch Abort Our recording of the second launch attempt at Vandenberg for the Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission cubesat and the JPSS-1 weather satellite.
Listen or download (8 min 2 s - 7.7 MB)
November 22 BRMM Launch Including reports from Vandenberg, a description of the launch and deployment of the Australian Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission cubesat and the U.S. JPSS-1 weather satellite. Notes the confusion in the identification and naming of the 2017 073 satellites.
Listen or download (21 min 43 s - 20.9 MB)
November 22 Wresat One - Part One To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Australia's first satellite, Wresat 1: how the project came about because of SPARTA; the decision to launch a satellite; discounts and offsets; construction; and thermal control.
Listen or download (15 min 27 s - 14.8 MB)
Visit the Honeysuckle Creek website's Wresat page
November 29 Wresat One - Part Two To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Australia's first satellite, Wresat 1: thermal control with the incorrect paint; battery power; the November 28 abort; tha launch; the digital impact predictor; the Redstone launch vehicle; an eyewitness account by Richard Tonkin; Wresat's orbit; attitude control; and selection of the scientific experiments.
Listen or download (36 min 47 s - 35.3 MB)
Listen or download Tonkin only (10 min 9 s - 9.7 MB)
December 6 Wresat One - Part Three To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Australia's first satellite, Wresat 1: The experiments; Apollo 16 and the geocorona; wavelengths measured by Wresat 1; data recording and analysis; published scientific results; the 1967 December 2 Skylark launch; Radio Australia reports on the launch and confirmation that orbit had been achieved; interview with ABC science reporter Peter Pockley on the difficulties of broadcasting "live" from Woomera; and acknowlegements.
Listen or download (46 min 7 s - 44.3 MB)

Images
Testing Wresat Courtesy Prof. John Carter
Assembling Wresat Courtesy Prof. John Carter
Assembling Wresat Courtesy Prof. John Carter
Inspecting the assembled satellite Courtesy Prof. John Carter
Redstone and Wresat ready for erection Courtesy Prof. John Carter
Redstone launch vehicle with Wresat Courtesy Prof. John Carter
Wresat's Redstone on launch pad Courtesy Prof. John Carter
Erected Redstone as seen from helicopter Courtesy Prof. John Carter
Ready for launch Courtesy WRE
Liftoff!! Courtesy WRE
New Zealand Herald 1967 May 19
Auckland Star 1967 November 30
New Zealand Herald 1967 December 1
New Zealand Herald 1968 Janaury 11

Documents in PDF format
Abstracts of scientific papers about Wresat
A WRE Report
A WRE Technical Memorandum
WRE's prelaunch booklet about Wresat