#1: Ian Brooke – Electric Adaptive Jet Engines (Astro Mechanica)
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#1: Ian Brooke – Electric Adaptive Jet Engines (Astro Mechanica)

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[Series Premiere] Founder Ian Brooke gives his first public interview to talk about Astro Mechanica, a new startup building electric-adaptive jet engines. And, possibly, the world’s fastest plane. And the cheapest way to orbit. (It’s an ambitious startup idea.)

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(00:00) - Intro
(01:27) - What Astro Mechanica is Building
(05:50) - Jets vs. Rockets
(12:07) - How to Generate Thrust 
(15:07) - Engineering Challenges for Traditional Turbofans
(17:07) - The New Paradigm: Electric Adaptive Jets
(24:23) - Specific Impulse and Efficiency
(32:07) - Ramjet vs. Scramjet
(38:12) - Staging Considerations
(42:25) - Fastest Plane Ever Flown: SR-71 Blackbird and its Challenges
(44:07) - Transitioning from Ramjet to Rocket
(47:27) - Building the Next Boeing
(53:07) - Everyone Gets a Private Jet
(56:07) - Why Start with Space Launch? 
(1:06:07) - Where You Go From There
(1:10:07) - Why Everyone Loves Toyotas
(1:16:12) - The Supersonic Jet Engine Next Door
(1:19:57) - Starting the Company
(1:23:07) - What’s Next?
(1:27:37) - How Do You Do What You’re Doing?
(1:31:07) - hiring@astromecha.co

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Creators and Guests

Christian Keil
Host
Christian Keil
Host of First Principles | Chief of Staff @ Astranis
Ian Brooke
Guest
Ian Brooke
Building flying things that go fast