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From a project’s smallest steps to humanity’s greatest leaps, NASA’s technical workforce embodies the spirit of Neil Armstrong’s immortal words from the surface of the Moon, boldly pushing the envelope of human achievement and scientific understanding. In our podcast, Small Steps, Giant Leaps, APPEL Knowledge Services talks with systems engineers, scientists, project managers and thought leaders about challenges, opportunities, and successes. New episodes are released bi-weekly on Wednesdays. 

Space Communications and Navigation

EPISODE 64: SPACE COMMUNICATIONS AND NAVIGATION

Jul 14, 2021 | Transcript | 20:17
NASA Space Communications and Navigation Chief Engineer Neil Mallik discusses how SCaN keeps the universe connected. Read More

EPISODE 63: OSIRIS-REX ASTEROID MISSION

Jun 30, 2021 | Transcript | 23:14
OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator Dante Lauretta discusses the NASA mission to near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Read More

EPISODE 62: LASER COMMUNICATIONS RELAY DEMONSTRATION

Jun 16, 2021 | Transcript | 19:13
NASA's Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Principal Investigator Dave Israel discusses the dynamic power of laser communications technologies. Read More
Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Episode 61, Transforming Assessment of Unsteady Aerodynamics

EPISODE 61: TRANSFORMING ASSESSMENT OF UNSTEADY AERODYNAMICS

Jun 02, 2021 | Transcript | 27:23
NASA's Nettie Roozeboom discusses a new state-of-the-art technique to measure unsteady aerodynamics using pressure-sensitive paint. Read More
Dragonfly on Titan

EPISODE 60: DRAGONFLY

May 19, 2021 | Transcript | 18:11
Dragonfly Principal Investigator Zibi Turtle discusses NASA's planned rotorcraft-lander mission to Titan. Read More
Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Episode 59, Spacecraft Window Design

EPISODE 59: SPACECRAFT WINDOW DESIGN

May 05, 2021 | Transcript | 31:28
NASA Spacecraft Window Design Expert Lynda Estes discusses the evolution of windows that give humans a unique view into space. Read More

EPISODE 58: SOFIA AIRBORNE OBSERVATORY

Apr 21, 2021 | Transcript | 32:18
SOFIA Project Scientist Naseem Rangwala discusses the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Read More

EPISODE 57: SHUTTLE PROGRAM CLOSEOUT COMPLEXITIES

Apr 07, 2021 | Transcript | 22:07
NASA's Johnny Nguyen discusses insight gained through closeout of the Space Shuttle Program. Read More