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Brendan Byrne

Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration.

He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the sound of the program.

Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to Central Florida in 2005 to attend the University of Central Florida. He began working at WMFE as a college intern where he discovered his love for public radio.



Recent Stories from Brendan Byrne



SpaceX launched a prototype of its Starship vehicle in Boca Chica, Texas. Photo: SpaceX / Twitter

SpaceX Hops Closer To Moon And Mars Missions



A test flight in Boca Chica, Texas might be a small hop for SpaceX’s prototype rocket but it’s a giant leap in the company’s ambitions towards launching vehicles to the moon and Mars.




Marketplace Tech’s Molly Wood hosts the first episode of “The Economy, What Now,” a 3-part special series airing Wednesday at noon beginning August 5 on WMFE and WMFV. Photo: Marketplace

The Tech Of A Post-Pandemic World With Marketplace Tech’s Molly Wood



From remote working to remote learning — the pandemic is highlighting our reliance on the internet. But access to affordable internet isn’t universal. It’s a topic explored in a special report by the team at Marketplace looking at a post-pandemic future called The Economy, What Now. 90.7’s Brendan Byrne spoke with Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood about the inequality in internet access and how space companies could help bridge the gap.


Engineers are using computer modeling to see how a helicopter might fly on Titan. Photo: Michael Kinzel

Out Of This World: Building Helicopters To Explore The Solar System



NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover launched last week carrying a stow-away — a tiny helicopter named Ingenuity. If it works, it will be the first helicopter on another world and engineers and scientists are eagerly awaiting the results of the test flight, calling it Mars’ Wright Brother moment. Ingenuity might be the first, but it certainly won’t be the last. Work is underway on another off-planet helicopter named Dragonfly, with a plan to send it to Saturn’s moon Titan in 2027.


NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. The Demo-2 test flight for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program was the first to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station and return them safely to Earth onboard a commercially built and operated spacecraft. Behnken and Hurley returned after spending 64 days in space. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA ‘Dads’ Make Successful SpaceX Splashdown



The NASA astronauts who flew on the SpaceX craft to the International Space Station in May returned to Earth on Sunday. They splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico due to bad weather in the Atlantic.