CEO Randa Milliron introduces us to Interorbital Systems, which wants to put your payload in orbit for as little as $8,000. Can they do it? Emily Lakdawalla returns with a preview of 2017’s biggest solar system exploration events. Bill Nye the Science Guy congratulates and thanks outgoing NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. We’re giving away another beautiful science/science fiction fine art print in this week’s What’s Up segment.
In Randa Milliron’s Interorbital Systems office
“Space art” in Randa Milliron’s Interorbital Systems office
Mat Kaplan and Randa Milliron at Interorbital Systems
Interorbital Systems ocean launch diagram
Flight-ready ULISES 1 tubesat with 1-unit cubesat chassis
This week's prize is “Molten Earth,” a signed print based on a color sketch that artist Rick Sternbach created for the original Cosmos series, and later became a set piece used on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The roughly 8” by 10” print is mounted in an 11” by 14” matte.
"Molten Earth" by Rick Sternbach
This week's question:
Which is longer? Jupiter’s year or Planetary Radio’s existence?