Main Engine Cut Off

is creating a podcast and blog about spaceflight and exploration.

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At this level (or above!), you’ll receive access to the weekly MECO Headlines show.

Every Friday, I record and release a show running through the headlines of the past week of space news and give some thoughts on the smaller stories I don’t get to cover in the main show. A great way to stay up on all that is happening in space!


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Get all of the Patron and Headlines benefits, plus Producer perks:

When I confirm a guest for the show, you’ll know in advance, and can send in any questions, comments, or suggestions for the guest’s interview.

Producers (and above) also get access to the Off-Nominal Discord—a place to hang out and discuss all things space. Make sure to read the very simple guidelines we’ve written up for the Discord.


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Get all Producer benefits, plus you’ll be listed (by name) on the website in a post once a month, and called out on each show as an Executive Producer. These are real credits, just like Hollywood.

Note: If you’d like to support at this level without your name being mentioned anywhere, shoot me a message and let me know you’d rather stay anonymous.


  • Advance notice of guest appearances
  • MECO Headlines Feed
  • Access to the Off-Nominal Discord
  • Your name in the credits!
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Main Engine Cut Off is a one-person, independent operation based in Philadelphia, PA.

It’s just me, Anthony Colangelo, and that’s the way I want to keep it. I’ve seen too many spaceflight and exploration blogs, podcasts, and other publications sell ads to companies small and large, contractors, research groups, and other vested interests—no matter how much they say that content and advertising are separate, there’s an inherent conflict of interests.

Main Engine Cut Off will always be independent, so I’ll always be able to speak my mind freely and openly, without holding back. Full honesty, for better or for worse.

Keeping it independent doesn’t mean I’m going to stagnate–I will constantly be pushing Main Engine Cut Off forward, but I need your help to do that. Your contributions will directly support the blog and podcast.

In addition to hosting and bandwidth costs, your support will help me continually improve the quality of the podcast with better gear, help me branch out into other areas (Travel to events and conferences! Google Hangouts? Video? Live streams? Suggestions welcome!), and focus as much time and energy as I possibly can on Main Engine Cut Off.

I’m following the Adam Curry “value for value” model here—if you get value out of the blog and podcast, send a little value my way. Thanks for helping me create a better blog and podcast.

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