Aerospace Insider

Aerospace America

AIAA’s Aerospace America gives voice to experts in the aviation and space fields who will define the future of air travel, space exploration, national security and much more. Hear first-hand accounts from special guests and learn how tomorrow begins today.

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The International Space Station won’t last forever. Over time, the modules will become more expensive to maintain, and the political will to do so is likely to falter, despite the promising research that happens up there, including aboard the ISS National Lab. Aerospace Insider spoke to microbiologist Michael Roberts about why this unique, space-borne national laboratory has proven to be such a draw, particularly for pharmaceutical and other researchers, and what should become of this research in the post-ISS era. Guest: Michael Roberts, interim chief scientist, United States International Space Station National Lab

Apr 20

37 min 6 sec

Although NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars, it can’t begin its task of analyzing and caching samples of Martian rocks and soil until it dispatches the little hitchhiker in its belly, known as the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity. This tiny rotorcraft could point the way toward a whole new way to explore the red planet. Cat Hofacker spoke to Bob Balaram, the chief engineer for Ingenuity.

Feb 17

6 min 10 sec

Members of NRO’s workforce cadre give us a rare behind-the-scenes account of what it’s like to work at the secretive agency that acquires and operates U.S. imaging and signals intelligence satellites. Hear about their motivations, career paths and why they wouldn’t choose to work anywhere else.

Jan 7

45 min 27 sec