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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:20 pm
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, July 20, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Repeat of the Thursday, July 16 show featuring Google Lunar X Prize Team FREDNET.

Dr. Casey is a SOFIA project senior scientist with the Universities Space Research Association. SOFIA is the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy which is joint mission between NASA and the DLR. Since joining the project in 1997, Dr. Casey has coordinated the design and development of the nine first-light science instruments.  He now leads the science instrument integration team for early SOFIA science.  Dr. Casey’s personal research interests include the study of interstellar dust grain composition and their resultant optical absorption and emission properties. Dr. Casey did his undergraduate work at Knox College in Galesburg, IL and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He has worked at both NASA Goddard and Ames. While at Chicago and Goddard, he did a considerable amount of observing aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory which is the predecessor to SOFIA.  Dr. Casey recently completed a dual MBA from the Berkeley-Columbia executive business management program.



Fred J. Bourgeois, III is CEO and founder of Team FREDNET, an open source mission to land a vehicle on the Moon (www.teamfrednet.org).

Mr. Bourgeois has been dreaming and making plans to pursue space exploration since he was two. Originally from Waveland, Mississippi, Bourgeois spent most of his childhood and pre-college years in  Huntsville, Alabama, where he attended Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom High School. Mr. Bourgeois received his BSCS degree from Tulane University’s School of Engineering. After attending the Tulane Graduate School, he began a career in academia teaching Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, and later for Eaton Corporation’s Information Management Systems Division, and several University extension programs. His teaching for Eaton included support for clients utilizing satellite systems and networks, and command, control, and communications programs. Mr. Bourgeois worked as a  contractor on classified programs at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Following his work at JPL, Mr. Bourgeois came  to Silicon Valley to work for  MetaWare Incorporated as a Senior Compiler Developer after which he started his own software development and consulting business, FREDNET. In 1999, FREDNET was renamed Applios Inc. (Applied Open Source Technology) and continues to provide Software Development, Systems Engineering, Networking, and Information Security solutions today. Applios’ current and former clients include Lockheed Martin, NEC, AMD, Transmeta, Resilience, Sun, SJSU, many Silicon Valley startup companies, and a number of local, regional, and national Internet Service Providers.  Mr. Bourgeois can be reached at fred.bourgeois@teamfrednet.org.

Richard Core is one of the Team FREDNET founders and the mission’s project manager.  His interest in space started while growing up on a farm in Northern Michigan.  Mr. Core’s career in space started while working on a BSEE degree from the University of Michigan.  In college, he designed the data collection and analysis part of visual  experiments in pattern recognition and countermeasures for the  Willow Run Rad Labs.   Later, at the AEDC Large Rocket Facility of Arnold Air Force Base, he was part of testing program for the Saturn S-IVB J-1  Engine restart inside the labs’s altitude & environment chamber. Mr. Core also worked for Lockheed MSC as an Associate Responsible Engineer in the Space Systems Division on the Agena-D Vehicle program.  In  relocating to the Silicon Valley and joining Lockheed, Mr. Core was a Systems Analyst with the Missile Systems Division in the Office of the Chief Engineer doing  Polaris test flight simulation and analysis and Atmospheric EMP simulations.   While working for Lockheed, Mr. Core received an MS degree in Computer Science from Santa Clara University. Following Lockheed, Mr. Core served as the Project Lead on the first ever Desktop Color Terminal at Ramtek Corp and as a project ,manager  for the automatic visual inspection of bank notes.   For Peter Kiewitt  Co., Mr. Core developed all of the software for a North Slope Drilling Platform that rolled on the same tractors used for the Saturn 5  vehicle and worked on several robotic inspection systems for companies  like FMC and Intel.  Mr. Core later founded Santa Cruz Computer, which provided project management, programming, and testing services to a  host of clients including Microsoft, Intel, AMD, Belgium National Bank. In founding the company, Fred and Richard worked together and  attended an early example of social networking called the BluBerger Group.   While in the bay area, Mr. Core has done  business startup consultation and project management all around the Bay Area. Before Fred Bourgeois called, Mr. Core moved his family back to his home town  in Michigan to try to retire.

Wade Butcher is an early member of Team FREDNET and member of the business team. Originally from Mountain View California, Mr. Butcher’s interest in space began as a youngster growing up in Huntsville, Alabama during the heady days of the space race. In Huntsville, he attended Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom High School where he met and became friends with Mr. Bourgeois. After receiving his BS degree in Biology from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, he began his career at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in the Department of Biochemistry where he studied the molecular mechanisms of bacterial adhesion in septic arthritis and deep tissue infection. Mr. Butcher continued these studies at the University of Pittsburgh Dental School where he also studied the pathogens causing Lyme disease and Legionnaires disease. Also at this time, Mr. Butcher became interested in the emerging world wide web and founded Mezclar Designs which provided web design and development services. Mr. Butcher then managed clinical drug trials at ASTHMA Inc. in Seattle Washington before permanently shifting away from biology to concentrate on web and software development.  He has worked for Walt Disney and Fox where he has managed software development, project management, quality assurance and design teams.

Mr. Barrucco is the lead GNC engineer for Team FREDNET of the Lunar  X-Prize helping the team with all aspects of mission design and project and engineering design management.  As with others on Team FREDNET, Mr. Barrucco is inspired to contribute to the exploration of  our solar system through the engineering design process for human, lunar, and inter-planetary missions.  He is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. aerospace engineering with emphasis on spacecraft propulsion. As a student, Mr. Barrucco interned at the Air Force Research Laboratory researching aspects of hall effect thrusters.  After graduating from Penn State, he worked as a aerospace engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory in the space navigation  section on space mission designs and various satellite constellations. Mr. Barrucco is currently a full time engineer with Honeywell Aerospace and is pursuing a masters degree from the University of Southern California in Astronautical Engineering with an emphasis in  space propulsion and navigation.

2. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 22, 2-3:30 GMT)
.  Use the toll free line and call in.  If you think you should be a guest on The Space Show, here is your chance.

3. Friday, July 24, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Klaus Danneberg
returns with John Karas, and Jeff Hamstra.  The second hour of this show will be auditions for The Space Show.  If you want to be a guest, call in and give it a try.

Dr. Klaus Dannenberg is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  In this capacity, he has responsibility for the Institute’s strategic direction including new application areas within the changing 21st century global aerospace marketplace, new constituencies that reflect that marketplace, and new products and services planned to fulfill the needs of the professional aerospace community. Prior to joining the AIAA staff in 2005, his 37-years in the aerospace industry were focused on application of information technology to complex aerospace and defense problems, primarily development of guidance, navigation, and control systems and C3I systems.  He is a Fellow of the AIAA and has served as AIAA’s Vice President-Finance, as Technical Director for Information Systems, and as chair of the Institute’s Honors and Awards program. Other professional responsibilities have included leadership roles in the National Training Systems Association, the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.  He has served on the Boards of Advisors for several universities in their respective schools of engineering and/or departments of aerospace engineering.

John Karas is Vice President and General Manager of Human Space Flight for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.  In this position, he is responsible for coordinating the corporation’s capabilities and assets for human space exploration.  Previously, he served as Vice President, Business Development, and was responsible for strategic planning, advanced technology concepts, and new business acquisition efforts for strategic and defensive missiles, and commercial, civil, and classified space lines of business.  Karas reports directly to Joanne Maguire, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

Jeff Hamstra is with the AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee and Lockheed Martin Co.

4. Saturday, July 25, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Paul Spudis
returns to the show to discuss returning to the Moon.  Dr. Paul Spudis is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.  He is a Principal Investigator in the Planetary Geology Program of the NASA Office of Space Science, Solar System Exploration Division, specializing in research on the processes of impact and volcanism on the planets.  Served on NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Sample Team (LAPST), which advises allocations of lunar samples for scientific research, the Lunar Exploration Science Working Group (LEXSWG),that devised scientific strategies of lunar exploration, and the Planetary Geology Working Group, which monitors overall directions in the planetary research community.  Served on the Committee for Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX), an advisory committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Synthesis Group, a White House panel that in 1990-1991, analyzed a return to the Moon to establish a base and the first human mission to Mars. Member, Presidential Commission on the Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy, 2004.  Deputy Leader of the Science Team for the Department of Defense Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994.  Principal Investigator, mini-SAR experiment on Indian Chandrayaan mission to the Moon, 2008.  Team member, mini-RF technology demonstration experiment, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to the Moon, 2008.

5. Sunday, July 26, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. John F. McGowan
comes regarding his May 11, 2009 Space Review article on low cost space access.  John F. McGowan, Ph.D. is a software developer, research scientist, and consultant. He works primarily in the area of complex algorithms that embody advanced mathematical and logical concepts, including speech recognition and video compression technologies. He has worked at NASA Ames Research Center as a contractor and is active in the Mars Society. He has published papers on the exploration of Mars, anticipating the discovery of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and on the origin and evolution of life. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology.

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