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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:29 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 22, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Eduardo Jezierksi
comes to the show.  Eduardo works at InSTEDD building technologies for health, development and crisis response. He and his team work with doctors and social workers to provide technologies that scale down into the hands of semi-literate health workers in rural villages of SE Asia, deploy collaboration and coordination platforms for responders and search and rescue teams, and build and train local teams of engineers to accelerate the cycle of invention and deployment – build focal points for local innovation and appropriate design.



Eduardo has spent his career designing, implementing and deploying software solutions on a global scale. He originally received an MsC in Informatics after initial work in nuclear engineering, and has worked on GIS analysis, machine learning and modeling for anthropology challenges -including robotics control, genetic algorithms and neural networks. He spent nine years at Microsoft as a Program Manager and Architect -including working with the office of the Chief Software Architect on starting up new product lines. Eduardo recently returned from Haiti where his team worked with Thomson Reuters foundation, the Red Cross, and local media providing information services for those who need it most – the survivors of the earthquake.  More about the work can be seen here: http://instedd.org

2. Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (March 24, 2-3:30 GMT)
Steve Landeene
, Executive Director of Spaceport America comes to the show.  Mr. Steve Landeene is the Executive Director for the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA); assuming that position on January 7, 2008.  Mr. Landeene brought a unique engineering and business perspective to this position. Steven uses his substantial aerospace experience to lead the strategy, marketing and business development efforts for Spaceport America and is responsible for the strategic direction of the project.  Mr. Landeene’s academic background includes a BS degree in Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Arizona State University.  Mr. Landeene has extensive experience in aerospace related fields, including twenty years with Honeywell Aerospace in which he filled many different roles. He headed projects as diverse as overseeing the design of improved jet engines to developing maintenance service agreements around the globe. Following his time with Honeywell, Mr. Landeene was employed by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise’s Landmark Aviation in Phoenix. He led the strategy and planning in support of developing the new brand of Landmark Aviation for the Carlyle Group, resulting in a 460% increase in shareholder value within 2 years.

3. Friday, March 26, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Paul Dear
from the UK returns to discuss updates with the N-Prize and more.  Dr. Paul Dear was born in Surrey, England – his mother’s American, and his father (now deceased) was English; he grew up in Hampshire (southern England). He did Natural Sciences (basically a mix of biology, chemistry and math) at Cambridge University, then did a PhD. in molecular biology at Oxford. He now works at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, which is a part of the UK Medical Research Council (a government-funded research organization, roughly equivalent to the NIH in the ‘States). The LMB is the lab where Crick and Watson discovered the DNA double helix, and the lab has about a dozen Nobel prizewinners.  He currently leads a research team in genomics (DNA-based research) working on things ranging from cancer to ancient DNA (mammoths). He says “I’ve always been drawn towards physics and engineering, though I don’t have a degree in either. My attitude in general is that complex problems can be solved by a combination of naive optimism and ingenuity, rather than by money and big resources alone.   The N-Prize started out as an idea of mine on the Halfbakery (www.halfbakery.com), a website where people bounce around crazy ideas.  I posted the N-Prize there, initially as a hypothetical exercise.  But, after some arguing back and forth, I figured it might actually be possible, so I put up the prize money and launched the website.

4. Sunday, March 28, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Mark Bray
, NASA contractor at MSFC with 16 years experience in human spaceflight programs.  We will be discussing the business case for space commerce and explanation.  You can read his paper online at http://visionforspace.net/The_Business_Case_for_American_Space.pdf.
Mark Bray currently works at MSFC in Huntsville, AL and has 16 years of experience in the manned space flight programs at NASA. He worked for 14 years at Kennedy Space Center on the Orbiter Thermal Protection System in varying capacities from materials development, manufacturing, and operations. He was directly involved in the Columbia Accident Investigation as a systems engineer and worked on implementation of new requirements for return to flight. He took a position on the Solid Rocket Motor program (Ares and Shuttle) at MSFC in July 2008. He currently works in the Material Lab at MSFC performing engineering oversight on the development of new rocket motor materials and processes with propellant, liners, insulation, seals, and composites.

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