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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:13 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, October 26, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Dr. Siegfried Janson
and Dr. Helvenry Hajian come to the show to discuss their new AIAA book, “Small Satellites: Past, Present, and Future.

Dr. Siegfried Janson is a senior scientist in the Micro/Nanotechnology Department at the Aerospace Corporation.  He obtained a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Cornell University in 1984, was a post-doctoral associate at Cornell from 1984 to 1987, and joined the Aerospace Corporation in 1987 to pursue experimental research in electric thrusters for spacecraft.  Dr. Janson’s current research interests are microthrusters, micro/nanoelectromechanical systems for spacecraft, nano/pico/femtosatellites, formation flying and distributed space systems.  He invented the silicon nanosatellite in 1989 and has published over 15 papers on their propulsion requirements, basic design issues, and orbital architecture.  He has worked in the MEMS field for 15 years and authored or co-authored over 20 papers on microthrusters, MEMS for space applications, and silicon satellites.  Dr. Janson has flown MEMS experiments on sounding rockets, nanosatellites, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station.  He served on the National Research Council panel for the review of AFOSR propulsion proposals, the NRC Committee on Implications of Emerging Micro and Nano Technologies, and on the NRC Committee on Nanotechnology for the Intelligence Community.  Dr. Janson chaired the SPIE “MEMS Components and Applications” conference in 2001, 2003, and 2004, and is co-editor of the book “Small Satellites: Past, Present and Future.”  He is a member of the IEEE and a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Dr. Henry Helvajian is a senior scientist at The Aerospace Corporation and runs the Laboratory for Laser Microengineering Science.  The Aerospace Corporation is a private, nonprofit corporation created in 1960 by Congressional decree with the goal to provide research, development, and advisory services to the US Government in the area of space systems development.    Henry Helvajian joined The Aerospace Corporation in 1984 after serving as a National Academy of Sciences Post Doctoral Fellow.  He has worked on gas phase photochemistry and kinetics of activated radical species for chemical laser development and on the photophysical processes of low fluence laser/material interaction phenomenon.   The low fluence laser processing experiments have identified the feasibility of species-selective material modification on the atomic scale.  In 1992 he began investigations on the applications of microsystems (MEMS) to space systems and in the miniaturization of satellites and satellite subsystems.  He has been the editor of four books on this topic (AIAA/The Aerospace Press; publishers).  The last two being Microengineering Aerospace Systems (1999) and Small Satellites: Past, Present and Future (2009).  He has been involved in the design of the first 1 kg mass nanosatellite and in the development of various space microthrusters.  Recently, he has been developing a laser processing technique for the fabrication of MEMS in glass/ceramic materials and in the development of a glass/ceramic satellite that will be mass producible.  He has published over 100 papers and book chapters in microengineering space systems and laser materials processing.   He has been asked to Chair numerous conferences both nationally and internationally, from the fundamental (e.g. Gordon Research Conferences, Materials Research Society, European Materials Research Society) to the applied (e.g. SPIE, Laser Precision Microfabrication).  He recently stepped down (Jan 2009), after serving for 6 years, as a Chair of the SPIE’s Photonics West/LASE Conference which is the largest photonics conference in North America that draws over 17,000 attendants.  As a co-inventor, Dr. Helvajian is the first recipient of The Aerospace Corporation’s Howard Katzman Innovation Award.  To date Dr. Helvajian holds 8 patents.  Dr. Helvajian received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering/Quantum Electronics from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering/Quantum Electronics from University of Southern California.

2. Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (October 28, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Arlin Crotts
comes to the program regarding his Oct. 12, 2009 Space Review article, “Water On The Moon.”  You  can read the article at www.thespacereview.com/article/1485/1.  Dr. Arlin Crotts is a Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University. He is an astrophysicist working in lunar science and several other fields.  In addition to his research into astronomical and cosmological systems, he also builds astronomical instrumentation, most recently the MDM 8K, a 67 million pixel CCD imager which has become one of the most popular instruments at MDM Observatory. He is also building and designing instrumentation connected with large aperture, liquid mirror telescopes, most notably the LZT, ALPACA and LLAMA projects.

3. Friday, October 30, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
John Hornung
comes to the show regarding his memoirs, “To The Moon Without Me.”  John Hornung was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He received his BS in Physics from the University of  Louisiana, Lafayette in 1963, and was a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Honorary Physics Fraternity.  John has a Masters of Public Administration (emphasis in R&D Management and Operations Research) from The American University in Washington, DC.  John was a member of the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1964.  On graduation from college, John was employed by the Chrysler Corporation Space Division at NASA’s Michoud Rocket Plant in New Orleans.  The company constructed the first stage of the Saturn IB Space Launch Vehicle.  He was selected to the Space Division’s Engineer Management Training Program.  As a Reliability Engineer, John worked with an organization that was the first to develop the mathematics and techniques of Artificial Intelligence.  This technology was applied to deciphering the weak points in the Saturn 1B rocket’s design.  In 1966, John was employed by Technical Operations Research, Inc. which conducted military war games and advanced research for the U.S. Army Combat Development Command, located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  As part of this work, he spent a short period in Viet Nam as a consultant to U.S. Army Headquarters at Long Bin.  In 1971, John was hired by Headquarters, United States Post Office Department, Washington, DC.  There, he led research and development programs and rose to Deputy Director, Office of Statistical Programs and Standards.  In 1978, he took a position with Headquarters, U.S. Customs Service, Department of The Treasury.  In 1993, while Manager of the Risk Management Branch, John received the Department of the Treasury’s National Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Award, in recognition of his Branch’s outstanding contributions.  In 1997, John retired from federal service and relocated with his wife to Williamsburg, Virginia.  John was very active in community activities serving in a variety of committee chair positions with Homeowner Associations and the Boy Scouts.  He was one of the founding Directors of a Swim and Tennis Club.

4. Sunday, November 1, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PST (18-19:30 GMT)
Dr. Beth O’Leary
and Ann Darrin come to the show to discuss their new book, “Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology, and Heritage.”

Ann Garrison Darrin has worked at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for over ten years.  Ann is the manager in the research center for the Aerospace and Materials Sciences group.  Prior to joining the laboratory Ann worked at NASA Goddard Space Center as an  Aerospace Engineer and was the Division Chief for Assurance Technologies.  She is an author of numerous papers and an author/editor of the book MEMS and Microstructures for Aerospace Applications.  As a technologist, Ann holds numerous patents and has participated in several exciting, albeit small, technology “firsts” in space.  Ann is founder and co-chair of the MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) Alliance Mid Atlantic. Ann holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maryland UC (Technology Management).

Beth Laura O’Leary, Ph.D. is an anthropologist and assistant college professor specializing in cultural resource management in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Appointed by Governor Richardson in 2003, Dr O’Leary is vice chair of the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee, a policy making and advising commission on historic preservation. For the last nine years she has been involved with the cultural heritage of outer space and the moon in the emerging field of Space Heritage. A recipient of a grant from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NASA), she investigated the archaeological assemblage and the international heritage status of the Apollo 11 Tranquility Base site on the Moon. http://spacegrant.nmsu.edu/lunarlegacies/index.html.  In 2006, Dr. O’Leary with New Mexico State Historic Preservation Officer Katherine Slick and the New Mexico Museum of Space History (NMMSH), documented the Apollo 11 Tranquility Base lunar archaeological site as LA 2,000,000 for the State of New Mexico’s Archaeological Records Management Section database, which is the largest archaeological database in the US. LA 2,000,000 represents the site where the Apollo 11 Astronauts landed on July 20, 1969 on the Moon, 238,857 miles from Earth. NMMSH serves as Earth’s host for LA 2,000,000 and is forever linked to the lunar landing site. This action is one of the first efforts to preserve our lunar legacy and the first Space Heritage site in the world.  Dr. O’Leary has co-chaired three international symposia on Space Heritage at the World Archaeological Congress (WAC), where she is member of the WAC Space Heritage Task Force and the Society for American Archaeology.  She was an invited keynote speaker at the 2007 International Council on Monuments and Sites Conference in Cairns, Australia.  As an expert in this field, she has published articles on space heritage and been widely interviewed in the international media. With her colleague, Ann Garrison Darrin of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, she has edited The Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology, and Heritage published by CRC Taylor and Francis Press in June 2009.

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