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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:15 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, January 11, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Dr. John Jurist
returns who will be discussing cutting edge medical programs for women’s issues as a result of our space program.  Dr. John Jurist was simultaneously a physicist and a medical researcher before becoming involved in business. He has degrees in biophysics and nuclear medicine  earned while he was at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Jurist has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Space Science and Engineering Center.



In the former, he studied human factors in space flight during Apollo and what was then called Apollo Applications. In the latter during the early 1970s, he was team leader of the group that transmitted the first medical imaging over communications satellite links in the precursor of what is now called telemedicine. In the business arena, he created, grew, and ran a very successful biomedical engineering consulting firm, took over a surgical care facility with instructions from the board to prepare it for bankruptcy, and within a year, converted it into a successful operation. He also founded a nonprofit medical research institution and ran it for four years — it now has an eight figure annual research budget.
Dr. Jurist is experienced in running a business and evaluating a business plan. Now semi-retired, he is applying his experience to the developing new space industry. He has invested in several alt.space startups, supported research in others by corporate grants, and funded research projects at Montana State University and at Santa Clara University. Dr. Jurist is currently a Life Member of the Aerospace Medical Association, a Life Member of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society among other professional organizations.  He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Space Studies at UND at the Odegard School Aerospace Sciences.

2. Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (January 13, 1-2:30 GMT)
John Vornle
of Long Term Capital comes to the show.  Mr. Vornle specializes in corporate governance and in managing the assets of closely held family offices.  He has sat as a board member or senior financial advisor to a number of companies, including a private equity fund.  He has held board positions with a publicly regulated electric utility, an Internet based healthcare Service Company, a sugar trading investment company, several real estate operations, a credit enhancement insurance company, a software biometric company, a publicly listed company, a European boarding school, and several charitable not-for-profit organizations.  He chairs meetings and contributes to Audit, Compensation, Finance and Merger & Acquisition sub-committees.  Mr. Vornle was formerly a Vice President for Continental Insurance and its subsidiaries (now CNA) where he organized deal production and the due diligence/ credit evaluation for investments in numerous asset classes including corporate equity and debt and real estate equity and debt.  Mr. Vornle was also in charge of company wide new product development that included the use of financial instruments.  He was previously a commercial banker as well as an internal examiner at European American Bank (now Citibank).  Mr. Vornle received his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Graduate School of Business.  He speaks French and German.  Mr. Vornle is actively involved in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Soccer and was appointed to the Youth Commission and Electricity Committee by his local town government.  He is a former mountain guide and an avid skier, squash, foosball and chess player.  Mr. Vornle blew up his first Apollo toy rockets in the 1960’s and has since evolved to discuss and promote the private financing of Space Exploration and Development.

3. Friday, January 15, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PST (15:30-17:30 GMT)
Dr. John Hunter
is the President of Quicklaunch, Inc.  Hunter was project leader on the SHARP (Super High Altitude Research Project) hydrogen gas gun at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1989 until 1995.  The other two Quicklaunch founders are Dr. Harry Cartland and Dr. Rick Twogood.  Hunter, Cartland and Twogood were members of the original SHARP team at LLNL.  After SHARP was built, it successfully set records for kinetic energy above Mach 9.  SHARP also launched hypersonic scramjet test vehicles for the Air Force between Mach 5 and Mach 9.  Hunter also founded and was president of Water Station, Inc. from 2001-2008.  This is a non-profit 501-C3 corporation that installs and maintains water stations in remote desert areas on the Southern California and Mexico border.  The water stations provide water to desert crossers who would otherwise die of thirst.  He is currently the leader of Citizens for All American Canal Safety, which is dedicated to stopping the drowning deaths in the All American Canal.  In 2004-2005 Hunter participated with a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory team that designed and fielded 120 armored gun trucks in Iraq.  He is the Manager of Star Sports, LLC., which recently  licensed the Zyclone ring airfoil launcher to Zing USA.   John Hunter has a doctorate in particle physics from William and Mary and a BS in physics from UCSD.  He has patents in sporting goods, bulletproof glass and scramjets. Quicklaunch, Inc.  is dedicated to launching rocket propellant and other consumables into orbit using a hydrogen gas gun.  The Quicklaunch breakthrough will result in costs less than $250/lb to propellant depots in Low Earth Orbit.  These low costs will enable manned space exploration of our solar system in our lifetime.  See:  www.quicklaunchinc.com

4. Sunday, January 17, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST (18-19:30 GMT)
Jim McDade
returns to discuss space policy, NASA, Augustine and much more.  A space exploration advocate since his first space lecture at age 14 in 1968. Jim McDade is a technology and science commentator and lecturer with numerous articles published in newspapers, blogs, and other media. Jim is currently the house “space expert for Alabama’s “THE SOURCE” radio group, and a frequent columnist for the Birmingham News, Alabama’s largest newspaper. Founder of SpaceADG and former University of Alabama Birmingham Technology Director, where he was graduated after studies in MIS, engineering, and computer science.  Jim is currently working on a space exploration primer for  grade school students and teachers while the Space Shuttle program is essentially on hold.

You can listen to the shows under www.TheSpaceShow.com
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