This week, we’re celebrating National Engineers Week. Engineers are a massive part of space exploration. Without them, we would never have achieved our successes at Mars and beyond. On the WeMartians Podcast, we’ve had the privilege of interviewing some pretty amazing Engineers. So, we’d like to showcase a few of them here! Enjoy this curated selection of episodes featuring Martian engineers.
Episode 9: Riding Ions (feat. Joe Cassady)
Joe Cassady is the executive director for space at Aerojet Rocketdyne and a lifelong Engineer. He joined Jake in the summer of 2016 to talk about Solar Electric Propulsion and how the cutting edge technology could enable more efficient transportation of cargo to Mars.
Episode 25: Building a Rover (feat. Abbie Hutty)
Abbie Hutty is the Lead Spacecraft Structures Engineer at Airbus working on the European ExoMars rover. She joined Jake last summer to talk about building and testing a rover chassis for Mars and why engineering spacecraft is so important!
Episode 31: The Interplanetary Business Case (feat. Chantelle Dubois)
Chantelle Dubois is an engineer from the University of Manitoba and a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council. Chantelle joined Jake in the Fall to discuss SpaceX’s update to the BFR concept and the plan to phase out Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy.
Episode 33: Mars Base Camp (feat. Steve Jolly and Danielle Richey)
Steve Jolly and Danielle Richey are engineers at Lockheed Martin working on the Mars Base Camp concept. The two joined Jake in November to discuss the human orbital station at Mars and some of the design philosophy behind the architecture.
Episode 36: Systems Engineering InSight (feat. Farah Alibay)
Farah Alibay is a Payload System Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working on integrating instruments on to the InSight spacecraft ahead of its launch in May. Farah joined Jake in January to discuss the challenges of spacecraft integration as well as a cool cubesat concept flying alongside InSight called MarCO.