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.



Latest Episodes

#166: JWST and the Future of Liftoff

December 27th, 2021 · 26 minutes

On this special episode, Stephen and Jason celebrate the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope and talk about the future of the podcast. The short version is that we will no longer be publishing every other week. Moving forward, we'll be recording special episodes as major news warrants.

#165: Forever Expanded in our Hearts

December 14th, 2021 · 37 minutes

Days away from (hopefully) the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, Stephen and Jason talk about the hype around the mission, as well as the latest with SLS and Starliner.

#164: A Dashcam for a Space Probe

November 30th, 2021 · 38 minutes

The future of the International Space Station is the topic of a new report, all while the SLS inches closer to its first launch. Also: DART is on its way to a celestial crash and a spacewalk has been delayed thanks to debris from the recent Russian ASAT test.

#163: What Does it Look Like Under the Bus?

November 16th, 2021 · 40 minutes

Artemis' 2024 lunar landing is officially off the table. Russia has shot one of its own satellites down, leading to emergency procedures being carried out at the ISS.

Yeah, not a great week in space.

#162: Mixed-Use Business Park in Space

November 2nd, 2021 · 40 minutes

Ingenuity is flying faster than ever as JWST and SLS inch closer to launch. Then, a look at two different proposed commercial space stations.

#161: Now It’s Very Much Precedented

October 19th, 2021 · 39 minutes

This week, Jason preps a glass of ice water for Stephen and the two discuss recent Starliner updates, the future of the ISS and Lucy.

#160: Hot Jupiters in Colorado

October 5th, 2021 · 54 minutes

This week, there's news about cubesats, several commercial space programs and more. Then, a look at what is going on at Blue Origin.

#159: Fun Stuff in Science

September 21st, 2021 · 43 minutes

NASA has published information about its work with AR, VR and getting sleepy while in a self-driving car. Jason and Stephen talk through the reports, then get into the breaking news of NASA's two new mission directorates.

#158: A Bad Roommate

September 7th, 2021 · 44 minutes

It's a real roller coaster this week, except for the Astra rocket that went ... sideway off the pad. Other stories include Inspiration4, the James Webb Space Telescope and dual-core stars.

#157: It's in the Slushie Now

August 24th, 2021 · 45 minutes

Boeing is returning the Starliner capsule to the factory, while Cassini continues to teach us about Saturn from beyond the grave. Then, Stephen and Jason give good and bad news about Artemis.