Webcasts of rocket launchings have become common. There
are also live webcasts of events like the landing of
a spacecraft on Mars and of news conferences announcing
new discoveries. Such live events are seldom available
on commercial TV or radio but are often presented free
over the web.
There are also lots of space related live interviews
and news reports on space events. "Hangouts"
have also become popular. These typically involve several
people discussing some space topic of interest.
Many such live webcasts are available later as recorded
videos on Youtube or other video site.
Web Streaming provides
live video and audio in a continous connection similar
to channels on radio and TV. (As opposed, for example,
to pre-recorded Youtube video clips.)
has shown great improvements and the sound approaches
the quality of a FM stations.
Video has also
greatly improved over the years even for slow links.
However, broadband connections definitely provide the
best signal with near TV quality, though still limited
to a smaller window that the full screen.
Podcasts - Podcasting
is a way to have audio and video files delivered automatically
to your PC rather than having to go to a website and
download the files yourself. You need an "aggregator
program" such as Itunes
You use the program to subscribe to the podcasts that
are of interest to you. You can also load the files
into your mp3 player. More info at Science
Today - What is a Podcast?, and Podcasting
This television program is produced by the DC-L5
Washington D.C. area chapter
of the National
Space Society. It is periodically broadcast on the
channel in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Kent Miller interviews
in space related activities. See the Around
Space Film Archive for episodes going back to
its start in 2001. Lots of interesting shows with a wide
range of topics including
space advocacy, commercial space, space transport, etc.
Cast "Astronomy Cast takes a fact
based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners
weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from
planets to cosmology. Hosted by Fraser Cain (Universe
Today) and Dr. Pamela L. Gay (SIUE),
this show brings the questions of an avid astronomy lover
direct to an astronomer. Together Fraser and Pamela explore
what is known and being discovered about the universe
Astronomy Podcasts The website Cheap
Astronomy is dedicated to low cost ways to observe
the sky. The
site's Podcast program (nearly 90 shows as of October
2010) explores observation
techniques as well as astronomical topics of general interest.
Cosmic Ray Show A weekly talk show featuring astronomy,
space, and science!
with host Ray Sanders and guests.
Dr. Sky Show Steve
Kates who promotes astronomy
on radio and TV as "Dr.Sky",
archives his inteviews with "some of the worlds most
interesting guests from the realms of Astronomy, Space,
Aviation and Weather and much more..
& Sky "Science podcasts heard 12
million times daily. Web community for a thoughtful future."
Hodel's Hour 25 This long running radio show deals
primarily with science fiction but often includes interviews
with guests involved in space activism and the development
of new space businesses. Archives of previous
shows available on line.
Radio Planetary Radio is a weekly radio
and webcast sponsored by the Planetary
Available over the internet at KUCI.
Heard live every Monday at
5:30pm PST (2:30pm EST). There is also an archive
of previous shows.
Away Radio Interviews, news and info from
the "company specifically devoted
to promoting and supporting the emerging commercial space
Five Radio This program in Salt Lake City,
Utah offers "exciting, fun and unique adventure every
Saturday from 7pm to 10pm MT on AM 630 K-talk radioand
here on SectorFiveRadio.com!"
Astronomy "A weekly, five minute podcast
covering a recent news item in astronomy."
Boffins A monthly space podcast presented
by Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson
in Hertfordshire, UK. See also www.facebook.com/spaceboffins This program appears inactive
but the archive is nicely arranged.
Naked Scientists Online, Science Radio Show "The Naked Scientists Online
science radio show and science podcast
utilises streaming technology to allow you to hear science,
technology news, discoveries and breakthroughs being
scientists and researchers, and includes interviews
with famous scientists of
world-class reputation." Program
Task Force - 25 Podcast episodes archived as of
June 2008. "George Schellenger and Tim Bailey
check out the headlines and talk with the experts,
news makers, and key people inside the aerospace industry..."
NASA has its own TV network that is broadcast
to its various facilities around the US and is even
available on a few cable systems. (TVRO
enthusiasts pick it up on their C-band dishes.)
It also has various slow refresh rate cameras for monitoring
spacecraft preparation, shuttle payload processing,
Several web sites now provide NASA TV
streamed over the net. Some also include the other camera
feeds. (See the Space
Webcams section below for sites that provide
only the slow refresh video.)
See also the ELV
Countdown Portal - KSC, which offers video feeds
of the pad, Mission Status and Countdown Events data,
and other optional info.
During special events such as a shuttle
launch, CNN and other general broadcasters may also
provide NASA TV feeds.
in the US, the DirecTV and Echostar's Dish DTH services
now offer NASATV.
also now broadcasts launches of Arianes and other actvities.
Magnificent - Space Channels
Brings together two dozen video feeds from different NASA
servers on the internet. These include NASA TV that can
be grabbed with a satellite dish. Others, mostly frame
grabbers that display images only updated occasionally,
are only on the Internet.
Subcommittee on Space & Aeronautics
The US House of Representatives special subcommittee
on Space & Aeronautics often has interesting hearings
( and not juston NASA funding) but many other areas
of Space topics.
This fledgling internet TV network aims to produce and
transmit original Sci-Fi programming over the Internet.
& Beyond is a drama about exploration of space
and includes a supporting role for Majel Barrett Rodenberry.
Hodel's Hour 25
"Science Fiction Radio for Southern California
since 1972 - Now Available World Wide Over the Internet".
Most of the shows are available in the on line archive.
See, for example, the Mars
Climate Orbiter Launch in a 20 min streamed RealMedia
video of the launch captured from NASA TV that includes
spectacular views from a camera on the first stage looking
back at earth.
This organization plans to offer "a large news
department to bring your stories and information about
the world concerning space, science fiction, transhumanism,
nanotechnology, alternative energy, and science and
technology that is shaping your future."
Weekly radio show, previously known as Business Without
Boundaries, now available on line. Dr. David Livingston
interviews leading figures in the development of outer-space
commerce and space tourism. Archives from weekly show
since June 2001.
Can be heard live on KKNW, 1150 AM, Seattle, Washington.
Wednesday evenings, 8-9PM PDT. Live internet streaming
via News Channel
1150 - Click on "Listen Live" button.
See wOkie's list of online broadcasts, mostly in RealAudio,
that concern satellites, TVRO,etc. For example, listen
in to Houston Amsat Network
- for the latest in Amsat developments.
Island Sounding Rocket Webcasts
Views from cameras mounted on the rockets, in addition
to views of the launch itself, are now broadcast for sounding
rocket missions. This Wallops Island site maintains this
schedule of launches to be webcast.
Another of the new webcasters that occasionally presents
Space related programs.
SpaceWatch - This space broadcaster was bought
out by Space.com.
There were three shows - Mission
Control Over (primarily interviews of NASA
people who worked 1960's projects), Deep
Sky (astronomy magazine), and Cosmic
Visions (general space magazine). I hope
Space.com will someday provide access to the archives
of these shows.
Live on the
Net - Has mostly entertainment but occasionally
offers space related broadcasts such as the Lunar
Prospector's crash on the moon.
X Factor - It's about 100 years since the
pioneering days of aviation and 25 years since
the first Space Shuttle flight. Now there's a
new breed of 'magnificent men in their space machines'
- from the ranks of amateur enthusiasts and rich
entrepreneurs. Former Shuttle astronaut Jeff Hoffman
meets them and investigates The X-Factor that
could lead to the next space travel revolution.
- "media files from the web, Usenet and more".
... "use MediaGrab! to locate files by subject,
author, song name, band name, "..etc
Broadcast! -" locates all types of
streaming multimedia on the Internet. The number of
Internet radio and TV stations increases every day.
You can now access them all in one convenient application."
sites do not offer streamed video but do provide slow
refresh camera shots of NASA video feeds and other
space related webcams.
Robotics Space cams
Perceptual Robotics offers webcams that can actually
be controlled by the user. The cameras can, for example
be zoom, pan up to 360 degrees or to send full panorams.
Their NASA sites change so do a search on NASA with
the "Current Category" search tool.