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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:16 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, August 17, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Bob Dickman
and Bob Wilson come to discuss the upcoming AIAA Space 2009 Conference, Sept. 14-17, Pasadena, CA.

Bob Dickman is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a professional membership technical society with more than 35,000 members in 79 countries. AIAA organizes the Space Exploration conference as well as many other technical conferences for the aerospace industry. His career spans the space business from basic research in particle physics to command of the 45 Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral, FL.  He served as the Air Force’s Director of Space programs, the Department of Defense Space Architect and the senior military officer at the National Reconnaissance Office. He retired from active duty in 2000 as a major general.  From 2002 to 2005, he was Deputy for Military Space in the office of the Undersecretary of the Air Force. He was the National Space Club’s Astronautics Engineer of the Year, was selected as one of Space News ‘“100 Who Made a Difference”  and is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the National Reconnaissance Office’s Technical Advisory Group.



Robert K. Wilson is at JPL and is the manager of the Spitzer Space Telescope Project.   Prior to that he was the Space Telescope Mission Operations Development/Mission Manager from 2001-2004.  He has won many awards and honors including Twelve (12) NASA Group Achievement Awards, 1989-2007 and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2004.  He has also authored numerous professional papers and publications. He has his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.

2. Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (August 12, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. John Brandenburg
returns to talk about his latest science fiction novel authored under the pen name Victor Norgarde, “Asteroid 20-2012 Sepulveda.”

John E. Brandenburg is a researcher at Orbital Technologies Corporation in Madison Wisconsin. He was before this, at Florida Space Institute at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida,  having come from The Aerospace Corporation, where one of his duties was as principle investigator of the MET (Microwave Electro-Thermal) propulsion project. He also performed an architecture study for a Human Mars Mission using solar electric propulsion.  He also performed research on Fusion Propulsion and Kaluza-Klein theory of Field Unification for purposes of space propulsion.  Before coming to Aerospace corporation Dr. Brandenburg was a researcher at Research Support Instruments (RSI) where he specialized in making controlled laboratory plasmas for uses ranging from Fusion research to the MET thruster. He also worked as an independent consultant on Space Missile Defense, Directed Energy Weapons, and space rocket plume phenomenology, and also at Mission Research Corporation and Sandia National Laboratories on plasmas for controlled fusion and similar topics.  Doctor Brandenburg was born in Rouchester Minnesota but grew up in Medford Oregon. He obtained a BA in Physics from Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon, home of the Shakespearean Festival. He obtained his MS in Applied Science at University of California at Davis and his PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics at the UC Davis extension campus at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore California.  The Title of his Thesis was “A Theoretical Model of a Reversed Field Ion Layer Made of Monoenergetic Ions” and dealt with the magnetic confinement of plasmas for controlled nuclear fusion.  Inspired by the Apollo missions to choose a career in Physics he has always been an avid fan of space exploration and science fiction. He is the author the “Dead Mars, Dying Earth”(1999) with Monica Rix Paxson , which dealt with the problems of energy and global warming from a comparative planetary science ( Earth-Mars) perspective and has been published the USA, Great Britain, Germany and Japan. It was the winner of the Silver Medal in the Ben Franklin awards for books on science and environment. He has recently completed writing a science fiction novel “Morningstar Pass” dealing with the problems of initial contact between humanity and extraterrestrial intelligence and the development  of the human race into a space-faring civilization.   He has dedicated his career to problems of space, energy and national defense.

3. Friday, August 21, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
D.K. Sachdev
comes to the show to discuss his new book, “Success Stories in Satellite Systems.”

D.K.Sachdev founded SpaceTel Consultancy in October 2000 with the objective to share the lessons of 44 years of professional experience with new and ongoing enterprises in the satellite and telecommunication fields.  Mr. Sachdev is also co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Nirvano Technologies, McLean, Virginia, planning to set up wireless-based data networks for medical surveillance, homeland security and other applications.  Mr. Sachdev also teaches graduate courses at George Mason University, Virginia in System Engineering & Project Management for Telecommunications.  From 1996 through 2000, Mr. Sachdev was at WorldSpace, Washington DC, a pioneer in digital radio satellite systems. As Senior Vice President, Engineering & Operations, he had the responsibility for the engineering, deployment and operations of the complete worldwide infrastructure of the company consisting of three satellites, broadcast and business networks. While at WorldSpace, Mr. Sachdev also played a pioneering role in the creation of one of the two digital mobile radio satellite systems authorized by the FCC in the United States, now known as XM Radio.  For almost two decades ending in 1996, Mr. Sachdev was at the center of the expansion of the INTELSAT’s global telecommunication network. Mr. Sachdev’s teams developed and procured 16 new satellites (INTELSAT VIIs and VIIIs), today forming the backbone of INTELSAT’s and New Skies networks. Matching this effort in the space segment, were several equally impressive efforts for INTELSAT’s international terrestrial network.  Prior to crossing the oceans in 1978, Mr. Sachdev held several positions in the Indian Telecommunications Service and the associated industry. He created during the early 1970’s one of the largest design and development organizations in electronics and telecommunications at ITI, Bangalore. He led the development and production of a whole new range of commercial and government systems for telecommunications including satellite systems.  Mr. Sachdev was educated at premier institutions in India. He obtained his B. Sc degree from University of Allahabad followed by a post-graduate degree from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. During his career, Mr. Sachdev has published a large number of professional papers.  In 1976, received the Vikram Sarabhai Award for outstanding contributions in electronics and communications in India.  In 2003, received the Arthur C Clarke Innovator’s Award for “his creative and engineering prowess in the field of satellite communications for many years and culminating in the engineering implementation of the world’s first operational direct broadcast radio system.”In March 2009, Mr. Sachdev was inducted in the SSPI Hall of Fame. This puts him among the list of industry pioneers, see at:  http://www.sspi.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=23.

4. Sunday, August 23, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Paul Hardersen
from UND Space Studies Department returns to discuss the model K-12 space education in North Dakota, ND Space Grant efforts to develop NASA-relevant research focus areas in North Dakota and efforts related to that, the Space Studies observatory, an upcoming NASA informal education proposal, and the UND Space Studies Program.  Dr. Paul S. Hardersen currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota. He is the newest member of the Department’s faculty. Hardersen received his PhD in geology in May 2003 (specialization: asteroid near-IR spectroscopy) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Before earning his doctorate, Hardersen received a Master’s degree in geology from Rensselaer in December 2001 and dual degrees (BS in geology; BA in political science) from Iowa State University in 1997.  During his undergraduate years at Iowa State, he led a local chapter of the National Space Society and coordinated activities such as field trips to NASA centers, sponsored notable speakers for campus lectures and organized Iowa’s first-ever space development conference. In 1997, The Case for Space became Hardersen’s first published work.  Research activities focus on main-belt asteroids, their near-infrared spectra and the surface compositions of the asteroids. Specific research areas include a detailed survey of the M-type asteroids and a detailed study of the mineralogy of asteroid 1459 Magnya. Hardersen is interested in asteroid surface mineralogies as well as the information asteroids can provide about the conditions in the early, inner solar system.  This type of information can provide important clues about the conditions prevalent during the formation of terrestrial planets ~4.6 billion years ago.  Other areas of interest include solar physics, stellar processes, young stars, variable stars and meteoritics.  In the Department, Hardersen teaches a course on observational astronomy and will be teaching future courses in astrobiology, general space exploration rationales and solar physics. Hardersen is also spearheading an effort to redesign and renovate UND’s astronomical observatory, which is located ~12 miles west of the university near Emerado. Plans call for the construction of a 1-meter class observatory that will be used as a research and educational resource for the entire state of North Dakota.

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