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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:04 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, March 15, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Henry Vanderbilt
of Space-Access Society (www.space-access.org) comes to discuss the upcoming conference April 8-10, 2010.  Henry Vanderbilt thought space was cool from the start.  At age six he was watching a Mercury launch on TV when someone explained that the Atlas rocket cost ten million dollars and they threw it away each flight, and he realized that nobody was likely to pay for him to go.  Fast-forward twenty-four years, when an early computer conferencing system (BIX) lured him into writing about space.  That quickly led him to a lateral leap from itinerant techy into a job in space politics at the L-5 Society. 



He soon discovered that grand schemes for what to do in space were a dime a dozen, but everybody was waiting for someone else to solve the problem of how to get there affordably.  He found like-minded people, got involved in efforts to solve the transportation problem, discovered that the ball kept being dropped because everybody had day jobs, and ended up founding Space Access Society in 1992 to focus totally on promoting radically cheaper space transportation.  He  semi-retired from running SAS in 2006,  cutting his role back to organizing the annual “Space Access” conferences (sometimes described as “Hackers” for rocket people) in order to take a day job with one of the leading startup rocket companies.  Four years later, he’s back at SAS full-time, trying to help make the most of the insurmountable opportunity of the new NASA exploration policy.  See http://www.space-access.org for details of the next Space Access conference, Space Access’10, April 8th through 10th in Phoenix Arizona.

2. Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (March 17, 2-3:30 GMT)
Michael Heartsong
of PROMETHEAN ENTERPRISES, INC.  Mr. Michael Heartsong has an extensive background in management and finance. He is uniquely qualified to be leading the organizational development and forward motion of the Company. He has been involved, either as a consultant or principal, in six start-up ventures, two of which are still in operation twenty years later. As a management consultant, he specialized in helping his clients become more efficient, more productive, and more profitable, with higher employee morale. He has well-above-average team-building and project management skills. He has an extraordinary ability to remain focused, and keep others focused and moving forward toward a shared goal. The scientific community contains many extremely bright, talented and able people each of whom has formed very strong opinions about the best way to accomplish things in his or her area of expertise. The Company has already experienced this phenomena with regard to its plans to mine asteroids and Copyright © 2009 by Promethean Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved 31 White Paper v 5.3 build vast solar-energy gathering arrays. Building a cohesive team of highly talented, opinionated people will be one of the challenges facing the Company.  Mr. Heartsong’s skills and personality uniquely equip him for this task. Mr. Heartsong readily admits he has almost no prior experience in scientific matters, and even less involvement, before now, in deep space exploration. But what he may lack in those areas, he makes up for many times over, with the leadership, management, and practical skills he brings to the Company.  The Company believes one of his great strengths (not weaknesses) is that neither he nor the Company has any extensive prior involvement in space exploration. Consequently, they are neutral. The Company has no prior or hidden agenda. The Company’s only priority is to find the best, most effective way to accomplish its objectives, regardless of where the solutions come from.  There are many instances in which a company’s founders had little or no technical knowledge or skills (Microsoft and Apple are two notable examples).  A winning formula has often been a “partnership” between highly gifted technical people, and a brilliant, effective management team. It is often said that “the Devil is in the details.” Mr. Heartsong disagrees. With how much enthusiasm will an average person approach some place where the Devil resides? Not much. Mr. Heartsong believes a more truthful statement is, “God is in the details” because only by paying close attention to the details, can one hope to achieve one’s ultimate objectives or “God”. The world is filled with people who are capable of attending to details. There are many fewer people capable of holding a large vision of something that does not yet exist. And there are even fewer people who are capable of holding a clear vision of an imagined future and simultaneously focusing on, and attending to, the details necessary to ensure that the future vision will become a reality. Mr. Heartsong is such a person. His skill and ability to do this will be absolutely vital to the success of the Company’s endeavors. Mr. Heartsong’s  father and grandfather were engineers. Mr. Heartsong always assumed he would become an engineer as well. While in high school, he got certified by the RCA Home Study Institute as a Radio and TV Repair Technician. During his first year of college, he pursued a degree in engineering, then switched to Physics, and eventually obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Amherst College. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He pursued graduate studies in Philosophy at Oxford Copyright © 2009 by Promethean Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved 32  White Paper v 5.3 University, before becoming involved in the film industry. [He jokes that this is a progression--engineering, physics, philosophy, film industry--that anyone could have predicted!] For more than twenty-five years, he has pursued a dual career path, as a cameraman in the film business, and as a management consultant. He is a member of MENSA, the “genius society”. Mr. Heartsong brings to the Company a “where-the-tire-meets-the-road”  practicality. He is someone who gets things done.

3. Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Final Responsive Space 8 recorded interview
.  It features Col. (RES), Yorham Ilan-Lipovsky of Israel, the founder of the space program in the Israeli Air Force.  This is an unusual interview but an important one as it focuses on both national security space issues as well as commercial space issues.  When you see it available on the website as an archived program, its ready for play and podcasting.  You can readily extrapolate from what our guest talks about with Israel to the US and other space-fairing nations.

4. Friday, March 19, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Peter K. Homer
comes to the program, head of Flagsuit LLC.
Peter Homer is the President and founder, FLAGSUIT LLC (a developer of pressure capable gloves and suits for private spaceflight, industrial and medical uses) Peter is an aerospace engineer with degrees from Stanford University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Peter’s aerospace career includes positions at the Grumman Aerospace Product Development Center (aka “skunk” works) where he developed radar satellite concepts for “Star Wars” (Strategic Defense Initiative), and at Lockheed Martin Space Systems (formerly GE Astro Space). Peter led the structure and configuration design teams and was co-inventor of Lockheed Martin’s A2100 [“A-twenty one hundred”] Spacecraft Bus—the first “configure to order” platform for communications satellites—which is the basis for over thirty operational satellites. Peter’s past endeavors have included the positions of executive director of a non-profit, sales engineer and manager at several software companies including Netscape, AOL and Sun Microsystems, and technician at a sail loft in his home town of Southwest Harbor, Maine. In 2007, Peter came up with a new way to construct astronaut gloves which makes them more flexible under pressure, leading to his winning entry in the first NASA Astronaut Glove Centennial Challenge. Peter used the prize money to found FLAGSUIT with a goal of becoming a supplier of affordable full-body hyperbaric suits for private spaceflight. He continues to improve pressurized suit joints, achieving twice the flexibility of comparable NASA-developed designs, and winning the Astronaut Glove Centennial Challenge for a second time in 2009.  FLAGSUIT gloves are featured on Orbital Outfitter’s prototype Industrial Suborbital Space Suit (IS3), and Peter is now \working on a prototype suit to be used for medical hyperbaric therapy. Peter has written numerous articles about his Centennial Challenge experiences and has been a featured presenter at the World Space Expo, NextFest, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and at the MIT Man-Vehicle Lab.

5. Sunday, March 21, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Paul D. Spudis
is Principal Investigator in the Planetary Geology Program of the NASA Office of Space Science, Solar System Exploration Division, specializing in research on the processes of impact and volcanism on the planets.  Served on NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Sample Team (LAPST), which advises allocations of lunar samples for scientific research, the Lunar Exploration Science Working Group (LEXSWG),that devised scientific strategies of lunar exploration, and the Planetary Geology Working Group, which monitors overall directions in the planetary research community.  Served on the Committee for Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX), an advisory committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Synthesis Group, a White House panel that in 1990-1991, analyzed a return to the Moon to establish a base and the first human mission to Mars. Member, Presidential Commission on the Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy, 2004.  Deputy Leader of the Science Team for the Department of Defense Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994.  Principal Investigator, mini-SAR experiment on Indian Chandrayaan mission to the Moon, 2008.  Team member, mini-RF technology demonstration experiment, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to the Moon, 2008.

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