Aviation Week & Space Technology

Podcast: The Race to Develop New Rocket Engines

Apr 07, 2017

The United Launch Alliance is close to choosing an engine for its Vulcan rocket between Blue Origin’s BE-4 and Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR-1. Meanwhile Orbital ATK is pitching a solid rocket motor for the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launch system. Aviation Week editors have the details.

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on Apr 11, 2017


These podcasts ought to be GREAT. What's not to like? Interesting subjects and informed guests. A world-class and respected publisher (that would be you, AW).

But they are awful, almost unlistenable: poor equipment, junior high school audio, and participants that seem blind-sided by the simplest questions. They sound like doing the podcast is a dreaded chore to check off at the end of the day. At the end of a long and tiring day.

Too many 'uh' and 'um' to even count. Background racket. Participants unfamiliar with the concept of satellite delay. That's just the beginning.

So, how about cleaning things up a bit? The pieces are all there. Your editors are interesting. They are smart. They are informed. They go to interesting places and they have a lot to say.

Find someone to host who can actually get them to talk about their passion. Design a consistent format with a consistent time-frame. Do a pre-interview to find out what participants know and are likely to say.

You know. Hire a professional?

on Apr 21, 2017

msadesign gets it spot on. These videos are an embarrassing diversion from a long history of fine technical journalism. Please have these folks spend their time writing, that is something they have been good at.

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