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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 9, 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, November 9, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
William P. Suitor
, author of the new Apogee book, “Rocketbelt Pilot’s Manual” comes to the show.  Note that one copy of the book will be given away to the first caller with a question or comment for our guest.  Educated in the Buffalo New York area, spending 2 years at Erie Tech, William wanted to become a Architect. His studies were interrupted in 1964 by Wendell Moore, a family friend and neighbor who invented the Bell Rocketbelt with, “Hey kid, you want an exciting job?” 



William traveled all over the world for Bell demonstrating the Belts as well as flying  and testing numerous versions of personnel rocket powered flying machines including the Pogo, 2 Man Pogo, Reverse Pogo, Flying Chair and Apollo Lunar Pogo from 1964 to 1970. After leaving Bell William went to work for Nelson Tyler in Hollywood, California, helping him develop and demonstrate his Rocket Belt, he worked with Nelson until the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. From 1993 to 1995 he worked with Joe Wright on the RB 2000 Rocket Belt Project flying and testing “Pretty Bird”, a story ending in tragedy…..read the book by Paul Brown, “The Rocket Belt Caper.” In 1997 he began a working friendship with Nino Amarena of San Carlos, Ca. developing his rocket belt “Thunderpack”, which made its first successful flights in 2007….just in time for Social Security! William has travelled and consulted and lectured on the subject of rocketbelts and considers himself a “friend and advisor ” to most of the people working on Rocket Belts today.  William has been called “the Greatest Rocket Belt Pilot in the World”. William has appeared in the following shows and movies..”Lost In Space” 1964, 007 “Thunderball” 1965, “Gilligan’s Island” 1966, Super Bowl ONE 1967, Pro Bowl One 1971, Here Comes Tomorrow 1972, Pabst Beer Commercial 1976, Knoxville World’s Fair 1982, Opening Ceremonies 1984 Olympics.

2. Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PST (Novemner 11, 1-2:30 GMT)
Douglas Mallette
comes to the show to discuss his book, “Turning Point.” Douglas became interested in space the moment he saw Star Wars when he was 8 years old.  Currently 33 years old, his passion for space remains as strong as ever.  He graduated high school in 1994 and immediately joined the Navy, following his father’s foot steps.  He left the Navy in 1998, and several years later, in 2003, he returned to school to refocus his career ambitions to space exploration and development.  Douglas received his degree in Engineering Technology (Space Systems) in December of 2007.  Immediately after graduation he moved to Houston, TX. to start his career.  Currently Douglas is a Systems Engineer working with the Shuttle Payload Manifest.  Douglas also manages a Blog (http://thespaceadvocate.blogspot.com/) where he discusses current news and stories as they pertain to space, science and technology.”I am coming from the point of view of a man who desperately wants to see human expansion into space on a more permanent basis. I want my daughter to grow up in a country where going to space is not reserved for a select few, but an opportunity for many to undertake.”

3. Friday, November 13, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PST (15:30-17:30 GMT)
Dr. Robert Braun
and Rob Manning come to the show to discuss some of the challenges surrounding the landing of large payloads on Mars.

Robert Braun is the David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He leads an active research program focused on the design of advanced flight systems and technologies for planetary exploration and is responsible for undergraduate and graduate instruction in the areas of space systems design, astrodynamics and planetary entry. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Dr. Braun worked at NASA Langley Research Center for sixteen years where he contributed to the design, development, test, and operation of several robotic spaceflight systems, including entry, descent and landing systems for the Mars Pathfinder, Mars Microprobe and Mars Sample Return missions. Dr. Braun received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State in 1987, M.S. in Astronautics from the George Washington University in 1989, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1996. He has received the 1999 AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals and seven NASA Group Achievement Awards. He is an AIAA Fellow and the principle author or co-author of over 175 technical publications in the fields of planetary exploration, atmospheric entry, multidisciplinary design optimization, and space systems engineering. He resides on a small farm in Newnan, Georgia with his wife Karen and their three children, Zack, Allie and Jessica.

Rob Manning is currently the Chief Engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, a new, rather large rover named “Curiosity” set to land on Mars in 2010. Prior to MSL, Rob was the Mars Program Chief Engineer at JPL where he worked to ensure that the missions at Mars cooperated.  Prior to that, he helped conceive the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) missions where he also led the Systems Engineering team as well as the Entry Descent and Landing teams that landed twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, on the surface of Mars in early 2004. Before MER, Rob was the Chief Engineer for the Mars Pathfinder mission that bounced Pathfinder and Sojourner onto the surface of Mars in 1997 where he also led its entry, descent and landing team. Rob has been working on interplanetary robotic missions at JPL since 1980. As a result of his good fortunes at JPL, Rob has received two NASA medals and is in the Aviation Week Magazine Space Laureate Hall of Fame in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In 2004, “SpaceNews” magazine named Rob as one of 100 people who made a difference in civil, commercial and military space since 1989. Rob is a graduate of Caltech and Whitman College where he studied math, physics, computer science, and control systems. He makes his home in Pasadena with his wife Dominique and their daughter, Caline.

4. Saturday, November 14, 2009, 9-10:30 AM PST (15-16:30 GMT)
Mel Marsh
returns to discuss space education, astrosociology, anthropology and space plus much more.  This show will replay at the regular time on Sunday, 12-1:30 PM PST and archive immediately after its replay.  Melvin Marsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University in Atlanta and a Master of Science degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota’s Space Studies Department. At UND, Mel surveyed astronauts and produced a thesis on the identification of psychological stressors for long duration spaceflight under Dr. Vadim Rygalov.  Upon graduation, he became a technology transfer and commercialization consultant focusing on life sciences and behavioral technologies, although now his consulting company has refocused on academic consulting and academic editing services.  Mel is an officer in the National Association of Student Anthropologists, is a member of the AIAA Astrosociology Subcommittee, and continues to present papers on his research.  His website is http://www.melsmarsh.com

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