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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:08 am
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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 31, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Taped interview
from SmallSat featuring Paul Lithgow, President of Comtech AeroAstro, Inc.
Mr. Paul Lithgow was named President of Comtech AeroAstro, Inc. in August 2008. He was previously AeroAstro’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining AeroAstro, Mr. Lithgow served as the Director of Advanced Concepts at Radyne and led the Advanced Programs Division at Spectrum Astro until Aug 2004. Mr. Lithgow has over 25 years of management and technical experience and, in addition to Comtech AeroAstro, Radyne, and Spectrum Astro, has held senior positions with Aegis Research Corporation and had a wide ranging Air Force career serving in airlift, acquisition, and technical intelligence positions. Mr. Lithgow has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona and an MS in Engineering from Wright State University.



2. Friday, September 4, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Pat Hynes
returns to discuss the upcoming Personal Spaceflight Symposium in Las Cruces, NM set for Oct. 21-22, 2009.  Dr. Pat Hynes is the director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) located at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She works on space related research and education across the State of New Mexico. Space Grant, started in 1989, is funded by Congress and administered by NASA. The role of the Space Grant program nationally is to bring the benefits of space research and education to the communities of the United States. NMSGC programs are statewide; include all 3 research universities in New Mexico, 2 community colleges, museums, federal and state partners. Dr. Hynes is responsible for the strategic planning, research and education support, development, and outreach efforts for the consortium, and programs related to space including efforts to recruit industry partners as part of her work with Spaceport America and the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight. New Mexico is the home of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight held on October 22nd and 23rd , 2008 in Las Cruces, the home of New Mexico State University (NMSU). Dr. Hynes is the Chair, International Symposium for Personal Spaceflight. She began working on the International Symposium for Personal Spaceflight (ISPS) with Dr. Bill Gaubatz of the X Prize Foundation in 2005. NMSU recently established an Aerospace Engineering Program. Spaceport America is a natural next step for a state which has demonstrated innovation and leadership in space research and development since 1946. New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory has been involved in space based research since 1946 with the opening of the missile range and the testing of the V-2 rockets 15 miles from NMSU. Pat Hynes is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Ph.D in Business Administration. To register for the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight go to www.ispcs.com or call 575-646-6414.

3. Sunday, September 6, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Bryan Shiro
returns to discuss his recent experiences at Devon Island as a Mars Analog Site.

Brian Shiro is an earth and planetary scientist who blogs about trying to become an astronaut at http://astronautforhire.com.  In July 2009, he was a crewmember on a 30-day simulated Mars mission to the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station on Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic.  During that time, he logged nearly 29 hours doing field science wearing a spacesuit on 9 EVAs that covered over 80 km.  A seismologist by training, he is a veteran of numerous geophysical field expeditions to remote locations including Antarctica, Alaska, Canada, and various tropical Pacific islands. His diverse background includes summer jobs working in upper atmosphere physics, carbon nanotubes, satellite radar mapping, geochemistry, glaciology, and high performance computing. Brian also has experience working at three NASA centers (JSC, GSFC, and JPL) and served as the principal investigator for a Mars Geophysical Lander mission proposal to NASA in 2003. A common theme in his interests is a belief that science should improve society, and he is particularly passionate about natural disaster mitigation using space technologies. He is a father, marathon runner, SCUBA diver, aviation enthusiast, environmentalist, and jack-of-all-trades.  Brian works for NOAA and lives in Hawaii with his wife and young son.

Brian earned a B.A. with triple majors in Integrated Science, Geology, and Physics from Northwestern University in 2000 and a M.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002. He completed all requirements except the dissertation for a Ph.D. in planetary science from Washington University, but he left academia to accept a position as Geophysicist with NOAA at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In summer 2005, Brian attended the International Space University (ISU) Summer Session Program in Vancouver, Canada, where his concentration was space policy and law. The following year he gave an invited presentation on his ISU team’s work involving global wildfire forecasting to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna, Austria. In 2007, he became a distance M.S. student in the University of North Dakota’s Department of Space Studies and expects to complete the degree in 2010. Brian is a member of several space advocacy groups and is active in the online space community, where he was recently listed in “Top 50 Twitterati for all of Space.”

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