Off-Nominal

Off-Nominal

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Two friends, two beers, and a casual conversation about space. Landing monthly in your podcast feed.


34 - Repeatedly Googling Area 51
Sep 22 • 80 min
With Anthony off on parental leave, Jake is joined by guest host Emilee Speck and guests Anna and Henna from But It Is Rocket Science to talk about making space podcasts and Life on Venus?!
33 - Regular-Ass Fishing Boat
Aug 18 • 79 min
Jake and Anthony are joined by Loren Grush to catch up on a wild few weeks—from VR tours of spaceships, the Doug Loverro situation, Mars mayhem, Starship hops, and of course, the DM-2 boating fiasco.
32 - Well Within the Kill Zone
Jul 28 • 80 min
Jake and Anthony are joined by Lord British himself, Richard Garriott de Cayeux. Richard is a storied video game designer/developer, an entrepreneur, an astronaut who flew to the ISS for a week, and an adventurer with so many tales it’s hard to keep up.…
31 - OG LIGO
Jun 30 • 66 min
Jake and Anthony are joined by John Johnson. John is an expert on exoplanet research at Harvard University, having done work for NASA on Kepler but also as Principal Investigator for the MINERVA project. He also founded the Banneker Institute at Harvard,…
Origins: Jim Bridenstine
Jun 15 • 73 min
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine joins Jake and Anthony for the first episode of Off-Nominal Origins. We talk about how he got interested in space and aviation, his time at Rice University, his years as a Navy pilot, his continuing fascination with the…
Donation Campaign Update!
Jun 14 • 1 min
Jake and Anthony stop by with a quick update on our donation campaign to help two wonderful organizations, Black Girls Code and the Banneker Institute. The response has been incredible so far, so let’s keep it up!
Let’s Make Space Better.
Jun 10 • 17 min
Here at Off-Nominal, we’ve been following the demonstrations against racial inequality and police violence in the United States, Canada, and around the world with concern. These events have highlighted deep problems with how we treat each other in many…
30 - There’s Always Money in the VAB
May 19 • 69 min
Jake and Anthony are joined by Jason Davis of The Planetary Society to talk about NASA’s human landing systems, SpaceX’s upcoming DM-2 launch, and to debate whether or not Tom Cruise will make a cool movie on the ISS.
29 - Go Full Goldin
Apr 14 • 81 min
Jake and Anthony take on a long-standing debate: worm or meatball? The NASA Worm is back, so in honor of that, we talk about our most and least favorite logos in space, including missions, organizations, and companies. And some Soviet propaganda.
28 - Don’t Sneeze in Their Mouths!
Mar 17 • 69 min
Jake and Anthony are joined by fellow space podcaster Brendan Bryne for a self-quarantine edition of the show. Jake developed a new bit for this grab bag episode with talk of Schrödinger’s Gateway, SpaceX’s DM-2, and a whole bunch more, including…
27 - Space Policy Fugue State
Feb 11 • 58 min
Jake and Anthony are joined by Laura Forczyk to talk about all the drama, from the NASA Authorization bill making its way through the House, the latest in Starliner anomalies, and Laura’s new book, Rise of the Space Age Millennials.
26 - Hungover on Reentry
Jan 14 • 62 min
Jake and Anthony are joined by Chris Carberry of Explore Mars to discuss his new book Alcohol in Space, and pitch themselves as the perfect test subjects.
25 - SpaceX Cinematic Universe
Dec 10, 2019 • 61 min
Jake and Anthony are joined by Marina Koren of The Atlantic to discuss the very Off-Nominal-esque Apollo 12 mission, regional Pennsylvania sayings, and to deliberate on and announce the 2019 Off-Nominal Award winner!
24 - Jim-Adjacent
Nov 5, 2019 • 54 min
Jake and Anthony tell the tale of IAC 2019—meetups, making connections at the conference, trolling around the expo hall, and the much-anticipated-and-surprising meeting with JB.
Meet us at IAC 2019!
Oct 8, 2019 • 3 min
Jake predictably apologizes for Canadian Thanksgiving, and we’ve got some IAC business to discuss.
23 - What is the protocol for this?
Sep 17, 2019 • 62 min
Jake and Anthony talk about their plans for IAC 2019, Chandrayaan-2, Starhopper, KSP 2, and the special place that Jake secretly holds in your space-loving heart.
22 - The Dark Lord
Aug 6, 2019 • 63 min
Eric Berger of Ars Technica joins Jake and Anthony to talk about his recent trip to Boca Chica for Starhopper’s first hop, propellant depots, NASA policy, Artemis, and the passing of his friend, Chris Kraft. Upcoming meetup! Hang out with Jake, Pat…
21 - Carpet Bombing Venus
Jul 16, 2019 • 66 min
On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Jake and Anthony talk about the aftermath of Apollo and alternate histories we could have seen—the Apollo Applications Program, a crewed Venus flyby, and more Skylab.
20 - People Doin’ It, Right?
Jun 18, 2019 • 91 min
Chris Gebhardt of NASASpaceflight joins Jake and Anthony to talk about space media in modern pop culture, the way its made and received, and what stands the test of time. Upcoming meetup! Hang out with Jake and other fellow Anomalies in Kent, WA on June…
19 - Space Traffic Cones
May 20, 2019 • 73 min
Jake and Anthony try and figure out what’s going on with all this Artemis talk and where we’re headed.
18 - Autogenously Pressurized Double Double
Apr 17, 2019 • 75 min
Kate Howells of the Planetary Society joins Jake and Anthony to talk all things Canadian space policy.
17 - Larry from Boeing
Mar 12, 2019 • 83 min
Tim Dodd, the Everyday Astronaut, joins Jake and Anthony to talk about DM-1, the future of the ISS, Shuttle and Starship aborts, and imagine what Boeing livestreams will look like.
16 - Imaginated Soap Buckets
Jan 22, 2019 • 62 min
Jake and Anthony talk about New Horizons’ recent flyby, Chang’e 4, and take on a handful of questions from listeners.
15 - +1 Space Dagger
Dec 19, 2018 • 67 min
Jake and Anthony discuss what 2018 will mean to future space historians, and announce the winner of The 2018 Off-Nominal Award.
14 - Gary from Lockheed (really this time)
Nov 12, 2018 • 79 min
Gary Napier joins Jake and Anthony to discuss doing communications for Lockheed Martin, dodging flat-earthers, and Dean Martin.
13 - Bad Looking Unmixed Nuts
Oct 18, 2018 • 55 min
Elizabeth Howell joins Jake and Anthony to talk about her trip to Baikonur, the recent Soyuz situations, the politics of the ISS, and Canadian space.
12 - Gary from Lockheed
Sep 17, 2018 • 78 min
Loren Grush joins Jake and Anthony to talk about whatever the hell SpaceX is going to announce, Opportunity’s troubles, the masterpiece that is Space Craft, and why you never start in Mexico.
11 - That’s a Peach
Aug 7, 2018 • 71 min
Eric Berger joins Jake and Anthony to talk about his recent trip to Kourou, the European launch sector, Commercial Crew announcements, and the social eating segment of JAXA launch streams.
10 - A Cafe in Milan
Jul 10, 2018 • 65 min
Shannon Stirone joins Jake and Anthony for a deep dive into the history, present, and future of the Deep Space Network.
09 - Randomly Throwing Money Out Into the Cosmos
Jun 12, 2018 • 65 min
Jason Davis joins Jake and Anthony to discuss when and why—but not how—humanity will go to the Moon and Mars. Okay, maybe a little how. And also some space policy talk.
08 - God Save The Queen
May 15, 2018 • 79 min
While Anthony is away in Europe, Jake is joined by fellow space podcasters Matt and Jamie from the Interplanetary Podcast to discuss Jake’s trip to California to see InSight and what’s going on in the UK Space Industry.
07 - FLying Around Mars Imaging aNd Geography Observatory
Apr 10, 2018 • 72 min
Tanya Harrison joins Jake and Anthony to discuss the James Webb Space Telescope delays, planetary missions and their ability to stay under budget and on time, and the benefits and drawbacks of decadal surveys.
06 - I’ve Got Like 35 Loons
Mar 6, 2018 • 73 min
Brendan Bryne joins Jake and Anthony to discuss the National Space Council, the 2019 NASA Budget Request, and the wonders of Jai Alai.
05 - The Volume of Anti-Starmanism
Feb 13, 2018 • 64 min
Jake and Anthony discuss the few days they spent together in Florida last week to see Falcon Heavy launch, tell a few stories, and work through their feelings on Starman.
04 - In The Year of Our Lord Steve Squyres
Jan 9, 2018 • 82 min
Jake and Anthony drink a beer that has been to space, discuss the recently-announced New Frontiers finalists, and propose their own flagship-class missions. Huge thanks to Ninkasi Brewing Company for powering this episode!
03b - From Tahiti to Hawai’i (post-Episode 3 Bonus Content)
Dec 5, 2017 • 10 min
Note: Please listen to Episode 3 before listening to this podcast! A companion podcast to follow Episode 3. Jake tells the story of Polynesian Celestial Navigation. Originally produced for a class in sound design but published here for your enjoyment.
03 - Don’t Fail Me Now, Twitter Translate!
Dec 5, 2017 • 79 min
Jake tells us the story of Chinese spaceflight, and Anthony gets us ready for their future in space.
02 - Interstellar Rock (and Roll)
Nov 7, 2017 • 63 min
Anthony and Jake dive into Gravitational Wave astronomy, salute a passing interstellar traveler, and pour one out for a lost rock legend.
01 - You can’t go to space in pajamas
Oct 8, 2017 • 65 min
Anthony and Jake unpack the National Space Council’s inaugural meeting, SpaceX’s BFR update from IAC, and the future of Falcon Heavy.