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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:24 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, September 21, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Al Reisz
comes to the show to discuss the need to explore space & do more for space propulsion (including his Electron Cyclotron Resonance [ECR] space engine that he is developing with the University of Michigan). Other topics will also be discussed.   Al Reisz currently directs the Reisz Engineers program to develop a gas dynamic mirror electromagnetic propulsion system at NASA’s MSFC.



This effort is under a NASA STTR grant with the University of Michigan as the Research Institute. Reisz has also been involved with the current development of the J-2X. In the 1960s he was a propulsion engineer with Boeing in Huntsville, AL, the integration contractor for the Saturn V for NASA where he was involved with the J-2 engine development, flight performance and flight reconstruction. He was an engineering consultant to the Skylab program and started his firm, Reisz Engineers in 1974. With his firm he developed one of the earliest large scale solar energy system used in industrial processing. This solar energy system was employed in the processing of soybeans into vegetable oil and high-protein food stuffs at the Gold Kist Soy plant in Decatur, AL and was in response to the national oil shortage due to the OPEC embargo in the late 1970s. His firm designed and developed a greenhouse facility to use the waste warm water for heating and cooling at TVA’s Browns Ferry Power Plant. This project was recognized as one of the ten outstanding engineering projects of 1978 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. His industrial engineering projects includes designing and developing automotive ignition systems for Chrysler, and facilities and infrastructure designs for airports, industrial plants, and commercial facilities.  Mr. Reisz is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers. He is a member of AIAA and recently received the Alabama Mississippi Section AIAA Professional of the Year Award. He serves on the Alabama Professional Engineers Board having been appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley and is currently Vice Chair. He is Vice President of the Von Braun Astronomical Society and serves on the Advisory Board of Americans In Orbit. He has authored and co-authored several technical papers at ASME and AIAA conferences. He is author of “To Go Beyond” published in “Mechanical Engineering”, publication of ASME in November 2008. He previously authored “Earthrise” and co-authored with Steve Rodgers of NASA “Engines for the Cosmos” in “Mechanical Engineering”. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Kentucky.

2. Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (September 23, 2-3:30 GMT)
Scott Green
comes to discuss the Next Step Space Coalition.  Scott Green is a senior manager at the Phillips Company and has been in the political and governmental arena for 13 years on both the state and federal level.  He has a deep understanding of the political process and issues facing business today.  He was the communications director for a successful congressional campaign in a top 10 media market and the Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for multiple State Representatives and a Sr. Legislative Aide to a member of the US Congress.  He earned his BA in communications at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. His specialty has an emphasis in journalism and advertising.  Please visit www.nextstepinspace.com for more information about this organization.

3. Friday, September 25, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Robert Zubrin
returns to discuss the Augustine Commission’s budget analysis and more.

Dr. Robert Zubrin is a noted author and the Founder of The Mars Society.  The Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Dr. Zubrin is also President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado.  Dr. Zubrin was formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of over 100 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, and was a member of Lockheed Martin’s “scenario development team” charged with developing broad new strategies for space exploration. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing the “Mars Direct” mission plan, a strategy which by using Martian resources, allows a human Mars exploration program to be conducted at a cost 1/8th that previously estimated by NASA. Zubrin is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today, and he and his work have been subject of much favorable press coverage in The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the London Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Newsweek, Air and Space Smithsonian, Popular Science, Omni, Space News, and many other publications. He is the holder of two US Patents, and has two more pending.  In addition to his technical publications, Dr. Zubrin is the author of “The Case for Mars: How We Shall Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must,”  published by Simon and Schuster’s Free Press Division in Oct. 1996, and “Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization,” published by Tarcher Putnam in Aug. 1999, and “Mars on Earth” published by Tarcher Penguin in Sept. 2003.  His book, “The Holy Land,” is a science fiction satire of the current situation in the Middle East.  Dr. Zubrin has also written a play about Benedict Arnold.  His latest book, “How To Live On Mars: A Trusty Guidebook To Surviving And Thriving On The Red Planet,” is a must read.

4. Sunday, September 27, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Josh Neubert
of the Conrad Foundation along with two winning high school students, Aaron Rusheen and Daniel Asturias regarding their winning projects in the 2009 Spirit of Innovation Awards Program.

Aaron Rusheen, currently a senior at Milken Community High School. Aaron participated in the 2009 Spirit of Innovation Awards program on team Final Frontier Apparel and won 1st place in the Personal Spaceflight Category. Final Frontier Apparel created a mechanical counter-pressure spacesuit using electro-muscular stimulation to help prevent muscle degeneration. Final Frontier Apparel is currently in process of writing a patent for their electro-muscular stimulation spacesuit.

Daniel Asturias recently Graduated from high school and is now a freshman at the University of Texas, Austin. Daniel and his teammate formed HarwellAsturias Labs and won 1st place in the renewable energy category of the 2009 Spirit of Innovation Awards. Daniel’s innovative product was for the MotGen system, a motionless hydrothermal vent generator that could help supply our energy needs through a renewable source. Daniel’s team has recently submitted a patent application for the MotGen system.

Mr. Joshua Neubert received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and 2004 respectively. He continued as a graduate researcher studying lunar exploration and resource utilization at the University of Hawaii until joining the X PRIZE Foundation in June of 2005.  Mr. Neubert organized numerous conferences and symposia during his time at MIT and served as the national chairman for the “Students for the Exploration and Development of Space” from 2002 until 2005. He continues to serve as a member of the National Space Society’s International Space University Scholarship Committee and as an Advisory Board member for the Coalition for Space Exploration.   Mr. Neubert was responsible for promotions, content development, educational programming, and other logistical coordination for the X PRIZE Cup from 2005 until the summer of 2008 when he helped form the Conrad Foundation. Mr. Neubert now focuses his time on bringing the great programs of the Conrad Foundation to students around the world.

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