I'm super happy to continue my little series of podcast recommendations. If you haven't already checked out my past post about general podcasts, then you can do so here. If you haven't checked out any podcasts since reading that, then what are you waiting for?
Today I wanted to bring you some of my favourite space podcasts. Some of them I have listened to more than others, whereas others are newer additions. Regardless, this list will have something for you, whether you are a seasoned astro-nut, or a space newbie. There are all sorts of podcasts out there, ranging from some that go deep into technical details, casual chats with space professionals, the latest news from the aerospace sector, and even historical information.
I hope that you are inspired to listen to some podcasts after reading this, so to help encourage you to, I've even suggested a few amazing episodes to get you started. Oh, except for Preparing For Launch, because it is absolutely amazing, and I don't think Caroline would appreciate if I only chose three episodes.
Let's get on to some stellar podcast suggestions (I am not apologising for that horrible pun)!
Preparing for Launch
If you’re interested in all things space-related and gaining a little insight into how you get involved in the space sector, then you’ve come to the right place. “Preparing for Launch” is UKSEDS’ official podcast that discusses the development of space careers through entertainment, education, advice, and insight. Our lovely host, Caroline Swenson, speaks to a range of brilliant guests, and you definitely don’t have to be a rocket scientist to tune in.
How could I not include this one, that one of my friends, Caroline, hosts! The aim is to share the breadth of careers in the space sector- it's not just filled with astronauts and engineers. The podcast is also more UK focused, which is super cool! It's not just me who knows that Caroline is passionate about the space sector, it shines through on its own. Plus, you get to hear Caroline mention Apollo 13 once in a while. Definitely not one to miss!
I recommend all episodes, I can't choose 3!
Scotland's Secret Space Race
Scotland's Secret Space Race takes you into government departments, research labs, launch sites and even into orbit. Dr Murray Collins and Kim McAllister interview politicians, astronauts, space scientists and satellite experts to unveil the incredible innovation going on in Scotland. Wonder where the growth is going to come from post-Covid? The space industry in Scotland is likely to be worth £4bn by 2030 - and the country will soon have launch capacity.
I had already listened to Edinburgh: Space Data Capital, and was so excited when I heard Murray and Kim were hosting a new podcast. Boy, was I not disappointed! They journey across Scotland to speak to a variety of professionals about topics like satellites, big data, and spaceports. They even ventured (virtually) across the Atlantic to speak to Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar!
‣Spaceports in Scotland
‣How To Make a Satellite
‣Scottish Space Goes International
Houston, We Have a Podcast
If you’re fascinated by the idea of humans traveling through space and curious about how that all works, you’ve come to the right place. This is the official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
This was the first podcast that got me hooked on space podcasts, so it holds a special place in my heart. The guests are all genuinely so interesting, and I love how there is a mix of more technical as well as informal talk. So cool!
‣The Space Launch System
Space is for everyone. Listen to casual and non-technical conversations with space professionals, as they tell their part of the space story, and explore how space is also for you!
The variety of guests on Space4U is amazing. You've got astronauts, non-profit directors, CEOs, educators, medical doctors, and more. I love how the host is so interested and well-versed in all of the different topics. Definitely check this one out if you want to hear some casual space chat.
‣Athena Brensberger- Founder and CEO of Astroathens, LLC
‣Anita Greenberg- Commercial Astronaut Trainer
‣Devon Greco- Narbis Founder & CEO
Space is not only the final frontier for explorers, but it's become the focus of many new space startups. Do you have a smartphone? They need satellites to operate. Farmers use Earth observation satellites to manage crops. The list goes on. We cover all aspects of the space domain. A service of SpaceQ Media Inc., a media and market intelligence company.
As a Canadian, I love hearing more about updates in the Canadian space sector, so I was super excited to learn about this podcast. Not only does the host, Marc, speak about topics in the Canadian space sector, but also international news as well. The mainly Canadian based aerospace experts offer great insight into their work, as well as what the future will look like in the sector.
‣Episode 15: Matt Bamsey Talks Safe Food Production in Space and His Astronaut Recruitment Experience
‣An IAC 2019 Special Podcast – Searching for Life on Europa
‣Mining the Moon for Fun and Profit - 2019 Summer Series
Liftoff is a fortnightly podcast about space, the universe, and everything. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the latest developments as explained by enthusiastic space fans Stephen Hackett and Jason Snell.
This is another great podcast to listen to, to not only hear about recent aerospace developments, but also delve into aerospace topics. I love how the hosts provide enough technical information for those with more knowledge, but also breaks down topics for those unfamiliar with aerospace.
‣Liftoff 85: There's No E in 'Flight'
‣Liftoff 126: Astronauts are Really Good at Moving
‣Liftoff 92: Apollo 9
Main Engine Cut Off
A short, weekly podcast about spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy in the modern era and near future.
Some of these episodes may be shorter than other podcasts, but they are definitely not lacking in content! Listening to Main Engine Cut Off is a great way to get your space news delivered in a novel, but quick way. For anyone looking to keep tabs on the top players in aerospace, and what they're up to, check out this podcast. This podcast would be recommend to those with a knowledge of the space sector already, as it can get a bit technical. Host Anthony's analysis of the news is also super interesting and definitely worth listening to.
‣T+127: Gateway Habitat, Starhopper, and ABL Space Systems
‣T+149: Let’s Talk About Starship with Tim Dodd, the Everyday Astronaut
‣T+139: RemoveDEBRIS with Richard Duke
Hosted by Via Satellite's Executive Editor Jeffrey Hill, each 30-45 minute On Orbit technology focused podcast provides in-depth information and discussion about the socio-economic value of space and satellite capabilities.
Another great podcast series, that focuses on industry developments. There have been a range of great episodes, about topics such as space policy, CubeSats, and even space medicine. I also love how the podcast hosts a range of individuals, not just those who have already made great advances in aerospace, but also students, and those working hard to enter the industry.
‣The All-in-One Aerospace Engineer, Economist, and Entrepreneur w/ Grace Graham, 2019 Brooke Owens Fellow From Utah State University
‣ The Top 12 Space and Satellite News Stories of 2019
‣ Keeping Space Green and Clean With Luc Riesbeck
Edinburgh: Space Data Capital
Dr Murray Collins and journalist Kim McAllister reveal why Edinburgh is on course to become the space data capital of Europe, in association with Picture Zero. From satellite data to space robots and even landing on comets - they interview experts from across Scotland. Professors, business leaders and students share insights from their work in space and satellite technology in Edinburgh and across the world.
This is the podcast that really brought Scotland's space sector to the media. Although it centres around Edinburgh, they interview professionals from across Scotland. I don't know that much about space data, but learning about all the ways that it is being employed to help us in everyday life or aid companies is so amazing.
‣ Marine from Space
‣ Space business and sustainability
‣ International space connections
But It Is Rocket Science
Podcasts aren't Rocket Science, but this one is! Every episode tackles a new Aerospace topic ranging from engines, to space programs to how space impacts the human body. Aerospace Engineers, Henna and Anna, will find the inner Rocket Scientist in all of you! T - 3,2,1..... LIFTOFF!
If you love aerospace, and perhaps know a little bit of the technical details, then you will love this podcast. Henna and Anna are super engaging, and go quite in depth into different aerospace topics. I have loved learning the technical facts shared, and But It Is Rocket Science has made me super excited to see which path I take in my aerospace adventure.
‣ Episode 6 Electric Propulsion: Don't Judge a Propellant by its Size - BIIRS Season 1
‣ Episode 4 First People in Space: From Farmers to Space Pilots - BIIRS Season 1
‣ Episode 16 Space Suits - Part 2: What are the current and future fashion trends of space?
What are some of your podcast recommendations?