by Andrew Rennie

(unless otherwise specified)

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 8 Duane Ross
Astronaut Candidate Selection and Training
Johnson Space Center
How long it takes to select and train astronauts; medical criteria; exployment contracts; the case of Lisa Nowak; Duane's career history; flight assignments; and Australian Andy Thomas. (Interview by Peter Aylward)
Listen or download (18 min 17 s - 17.6 MB)
Februsry 15 Carlo Leone
Amateur Radio Operator
Geelong Amateur Radio Club
The Geelong Amateur Radio Club; amateur licensing; Oscar 7; meteor scatter; moon bounce; costs involved.
Listen or download (13 min 3 s - 12.2 MB)
February 22 Fran Bagenal
Laboratory for Astmospheric and Space Physics
University of Colorado
The New Horizons finding about Pluto's interaction with its space environment.
* Listen or download (5 min 6 s - 4.9 MB)
* Listen or download response to question about Pluto's icy crust. (1 min 4 s - 1 MB)
* Listen or download response to question about Pluto's geology (0 min 34 s - 0.6 MB)
March 8 Unknown Teacher
Advantages of flying student experiments on the space station over the space shuttle.
Listen or download (1 min 56 s - 1.9 MB)
March 15 Robert Brand
Mars MEDIAN Mission. Methane Detection by In-Situ Analysis with NanoLanders is a project to land a network of probes on Mars. (Interview by Peter Aylward)
Listen or download (12 min 41 s - 12.2 MB)
March 22 John Le Marshall
Senior Principal Research Scientist
Bureau of meteorology
The COSMIC constellation of satellites
Listen or download (1 min 44 s - 1.7 MB)
March 22 Colin Burgess
Space History Author
How he became interested in space; his interest in the human aspect of spaceflight rather than the technology; the Mercury 13 women; his Mercury books; "Fallen Astronauts"; Apollo 1 and Apollo 13; Betty Grissom; and books on the astronaut groups. (Interview by Peter Aylward)
Listen or download (38 min 0 s - 36.5 MB)
April 12 Shaun Moss
"The International Mars Research Station"
An overview of the book; the Bigelow inflatable; his plan and Robert Zubrin's plan for Mars; using the Martian atmosphere and solar energy; the architecture of landing on Mars; making methane and oxygen propellant; and reuseable Mars Transfer Vehicles.
Listen or download (20 min 13 s - 18.9 MB)
April 19 Igor Rozemberg
Space Association of Australia
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)
June 21 Iver Cairns
Professor in Space Physics
University of Sydney
Contacting the "lost" Inspire-2 cubesat; the QB 50 project and Inspire-2's role in it; applications of the data from Inspire-2; the Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs and Their Applications; viewing the Atlas 5 rocket launch the Cygnus cargo craft bearing the three Australian cubesats.
Listen or download (18 min 34 s - 17.8 MB)
July 19 Stuart McAndrew
Amateur Spacecraft Builder
Western Australia
The OzQube 1 project - its purpose, launch and crowd finding appeal.
Listen or download (6 min 29 s - 16.2 MB)
August 16 Alan Stern
Associate Vice President
Space Science and Engineering Division
Southwest Research Institute
His role in the New Horizons mission; Triton compared to Pluto; findings about Pluto and Charon; description of what it might be like to stand on Pluto; Charon and Pluto compared; the small moons of Pluto; the journey to Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69; naming 2014 MU69; desired studies by any future Pluto missions.
Listen or download (16 min 57 s - 16.3 MB)
August 30 Andrew Dempster
Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research
University of New South Wales
Space science research in Australia; funding; policies; and opportunities.
Listen or download (8 min 33 s - 8.2 MB)
September 27 Megan Clark
Expert Reference Group
The review of Australia's space industry capability.
Listen or download (6 min 36 s - 6.4 MB)
October 4 Igor Rozenberg
Space Association of Australia
To mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 a discussion with Igor about Sputnik 1, Soviet launch sites, the R-7 missile, and related matters. Programme included a Caltech feature on tracking the world's first artificial satellite, and Soviet era music.
Listen or download (37 min 32 s - 36.0 MB)
November 29 Richard Tonkin
Member Australis Oscar 5 Team
Melbourne University
Eyewitness account of the launch of Wresat 1, and how it beat the Australis Oscar 5 satellite into orbit.
Listen or download (10 min 9 s - 9.7 MB)
December 13 Russell Boyce
UNSW Space
The Buccaneer satellite; launch of BRMM, the Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission; successfully working; COSPAR ID confusion; data expected; the pending BMM, the Buccaneer Main Mission; why there has been a resurgence in Australian satellite building; his involvement in the current government enquiry into Australia's space activities; and forthcomming satellites such as RAAF M1 and M2, QKD and the Rutherford Appleton upper atmosphere carbon content mission.
Listen or download (21 min 11 s - 20.3 MB)
December 20 Andreas Antoniades
Director and Lead Engineer
Obelisk Systems
Hunter Valley
New South Wales
The aims of Obelisk Systems; affordable hardware; the Asimov payload and its use in schools; cubesats.
Listen or download (3 min 29 s - 3.3 MB)
December 20 Jay Kudakaev
Southern FM
A discussion about the movie "Star Wars - The Last Jedi" and its characters.
Listen or download (25 min 52 s - 22.0 MB)