Podcasts for space enthusiasts

If you are a space enthusiast and you want to learn more about the current developments in space science and industry, fasten your seat belts.

Full disclaimer

Podcasts can be a great way of catching up but do not trust them to give you a 360 deg view of the topic they discuss. It’s always important to go back to learn several opinions and check facts before you make up your own or share debatable thoughts with others.

The U.S being one of the leaders in not just investing into space activities, but also having a very well-oiled outreach community for space activities, leaves a mark on the list here. There are some podcasts from places such as Japan and Russia too. Unfortunately, they are in Japanese and Russian. Do add any interesting suggestions in the comments section if you believe it’s worth sharing.

So, here we go!

 

India in Space

AstrotalkUK hosted by the UK based Gurbir Singh is one of the only podcasts that focuses extensively on the Indian space programme, its missions, history and perspectives from its managers.

NewSpace India hosts limited podcasts which focus more on Indian entrepreneurs in the space sector.

 

Space Science

Planetary Radio provides a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about astronomy, our solar system and beyond with a scientist, engineer, project manager, advocate or writer who provide their own perspective.

StarTalk Radio by Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe.

Astronomy Cast takes a fact-based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology. The hosts bring the questions of an avid astronomy lover directly to an astronomer.

Naked Astronomy from the Naked Scientists interviews with professional astronomers and talk about stars, planets, heavenly bodies and space science.

 

Space industry & Investment

The Space Angels Podcast provides great insights by connecting technology to business. Run by Space Angels which is a network of angel investors focused on the space industry, its CEO Chad Anderson interviews industry leaders in commercial aerospace about their projects, ambitions and dreams in this podcast.

Constellations from Kratos pans across getting insights from business leaders, entrepreneurs and policymakers in today’s satellite and space industries. Their podcasts are one of the most professionally conducted ones covering the current explosion in innovation is revolutionizing communications, imagery, defence and research and has caused a culture shift within the traditional satellite and space industry landscapes.

Main Engine Cut Off by Anthony Colangelo weekly podcast about spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy with mostly the US interests’ in focus.

SpaceQ covers Canadian and international space sector. This podcast is especially good with Interviews with industry leaders on current issues.

NewSpace Vision, a community-based in Berlin is one of the only Europe centric space industry podcasts which is trying to build awareness for the interesting applications of space-related hard and software for NewSpace in Europe.

 

Space exploration, sustainability and more…

Secure World Foundation (SWF) promotes cooperative solutions for space sustainability and the peaceful uses of outer space. Within the framework of sustainability, they discuss a range of issues including space weather, space security, the impact of commercial space.

Are We There Yet? explores the advances in human space exploration with the engineers and scientists building the technology one day heading to Mars.

Space by BBC World Service hosts podcasts on stories, opinion and debate from the final frontier – including a guide on how to live in space, 20th-century legends and the stories of missions past and present.

The Space Show focuses on issues influencing the development of outer-space commerce, space tourism, space exploration and space development.

 

Given the lack of such quality content for space-related communication in India, there is a lot more room for podcasters to put together an ‘Antarikshavani’ of sorts. If you’re a space enthusiast, there is nothing stopping you from starting one.