I recently had the opportunity to speak with Andy Lapsa, co-founder of Stoke Space for my podcast Where We Go Next. As many of you already know, Stoke's mission is to make fully reusable rockets that can be relaunched only 24 hours after landing.
You can listen to a clip from the episode on Instagram here.
It was a great conversation, and I aimed to make it accessible to listeners who may not have much knowledge about this space. Some of the topics we discussed:
- Why Andy and co-founder Tom Feldman decided to found Stoke after leaving Blue Origin, rather than work for SpaceX, Rocket Lab, etc
- The hard decisions and tradeoffs that must be made in order to build a fully reusable, 24-hour-turnaround space vehicle
- The importance of reasoning from first principles during design and production
- Why Stoke is making its heat shield out of sheet metal rather than thermal tiles
- What is the risk of a potential Kessler effect once Stoke's goal of rapid satellite launches is realized?
- and more.
Andy has a knack for explaining complex topics in easy-to-understand ways. If you know someone who might be interested in rockets and space but gets lost in technical jargon, I think they'll enjoy this conversation.
You can listen to the episode on the web, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Simply search for Where We Go Next.
Thank you for your time. And if you listen to the episode, I'd love to hear your thoughts.