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

#70: An All-Inclusive Space Hotel

April 10th, 2018 · 46 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason are joined by space and technology reporter Swapna Krishna to catch up on a whole bunch of news, including the James Webb Telescope's latest schedule slip, SpaceX's recent tangling with NOAA, Commercial Crew changes and more. Also, the introduction of Liftoff merchandise!

#69: Apollo 6

March 27th, 2018 · 38 minutes

This week: NASA's new budget and Apollo 6.

#68: In Tune With Your System

March 13th, 2018 · 42 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason are joined by Holly Griffith, a Mechanical Engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where she works on the Safety for the Life Support Systems for the new Orion capsule.

#67: Paranoia and a Courtesy Laugh

February 28th, 2018 · 47 minutes

From a HI-SEAS mishap to an exoplanet getting blasted by its host star, it's news round-up time on Liftoff this week.

#66: Fancy Ballast

February 14th, 2018 · 80 minutes

Stephen and Jason talk about their recent #NASASocial trips, and what the agency's new budget and direction may mean for the International Space Station, Mars and more.

#65: Apollo 4 and 5

January 30th, 2018 · 37 minutes

This week, Jason and Stephen catch up on some weird satellite and exoplanet news before walking through Apollo 4 and 5.

#64: Remembering Apollo 1

January 16th, 2018 · 39 minutes

This week, we recount the Apollo 1 fire that claimed the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.

#63: It Looks Like a Soup Can

January 3rd, 2018 · 60 minutes

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy has been erected at 39-A, while NASA moves forward with its New Frontiers finalists. Then, Apollo flight hardware and the mighty Saturn V.

#62: Get Out of Low Earth Orbit

December 19th, 2017 · 55 minutes

After wading through a busy fortnight's news including Trump's lunar directive, Stephen and Jason wrap up their series on Project Gemini.

#61: Sleepover in Space

December 5th, 2017 · 49 minutes

Elon Musk has been tweeting about payloads and Rocket Lab prepares for another launch. That, and Gemini 6, 7, 8 and 9.