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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:30 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 18, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Jeff Greason
has 17 years experience managing innovative technical project teams at XCOR Aerospace, Rotary Rocket and Intel Corporation. As president and a co-founder of XCOR, he leads the engineering team that has developed ten different long-life, highly-reusable liquid-fueled rocket engines, a low-cost liquid propellant piston pump, and two manned reusable rocket aircraft – the EZ-Rocket and a prototype for a private customer.  As part of his duties at XCOR, Mr. Greason has had the final go/no-go decision responsibility on hundreds of rocket engine test firings, more than twenty manned rocket flights, and has served as a flight test engineer aboard one of those flights. Mr. Greason is the co-inventor of XCOR’s  Nonburnite technology, which combines aerospace fabrication practices with materials common in the semiconductor industry.  Mr. Greason fabricated the first exploratory materials coupons in 2002 and is still directly supervising the coupon development work taking place at XCOR.  He is intimately familiar with every aspect of the materials development to date. Greason previously hired and managed the propulsion team at Rotary Rocket, where he led technical development of the company’s rocket engines from 1997 through 1999. Prior to joining Rotary Rocket, Greason developed leading-edge techniques to prepare new generations of Intel computer chip designs for mass production, dramatically shortening the time from architecture to customer-ready product. Intel management presented Greason with a coveted Intel Achievement Award for his work on BiCMOS technology, which later became the basis for the Pentium processor. Greason, a recognized expert in FAA/AST reusable launch vehicle (RLV) regulations, led XCOR Aerospace’s licensing efforts until they were completed in early 2003, and remains deeply involved.  In July 2003, he testified before the joint House/Senate subcommittee hearings on “Commercial Human Spaceflight.” Greason has maintained a close working relationship with AST since the 1998 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on RLV licensing.  He has been a member of the COMSTAC RLV working group since 2000 and now serves on the full COMSTAC.  He is a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Personal Spaceflight Federation, a trade association for innovative launch companies.  Greason was cited by Time magazine in 2001 as one of the “Inventors of the Year” for his team’s work on the EZ-Rocket. He holds 18 U.S. patents. He graduated with honors from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.  Jeff also served on the Augustine Commission Panel.

2. Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (January 20, 1-2:30 GMT)
Donald Davis
, space artist and animator.  For his full bio, please see his website, www.donaldedavis.com/PARTS/SHORTBIO.html.  We will be discussing his Mars imaging and much more.

3. Friday, January 22, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PST (15:30-17:30 GMT)
OPEN LINES
show. All topics and discussions are welcome other than partisan politics.

4. Sunday, January 24, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST (18-19:30 GMT)
Charles Bourland
, co-author of “The Astronaut’s Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More” comes to the show.  Charles Bourland received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia. His doctorate was in food science and nutrition. He began work at the Johnson Space Center in 1969 with Technology Inc, later Krug International, and now part of Wyle Labs. Dr. Bourland was involved in the food and package development for Apollo, Tektite, Skylab, Food for the Elderly program, Apollo-Soyuz, Shuttle, Shuttle/Mir, International Space Station, and planetary bases where crops will be grown and processed for food. He retired from NASA in December 1999 after 30 years of developing food systems for space. He was the subsystem manager for International Space Station food in the Flight Crew Support Division at the Johnson Space Center. His responsibilities included food and package development and advanced planning for International Space Station, and Advanced Life Support involving conversion of chamber grown crops to edible food. After retirement from NASA he worked part time as a consultant to the National Space Biomedical Research Institute at Baylor University and the Food Technology Commercial Space Center at Iowa State University for three years. During this time he also taught a course entitled “Living, Working, and Playing in Space” at the University of Houston, Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

He received the Astronaut Silver Snoopy Award in 2000 and the University of Missouri  Faculty Alumni Award in 2003.  Charles Bourland and Gregory Vogt are authors of the new book “The Astronaut’s Cookbook” Springer 2009.

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