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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:30 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, April 19, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Marc Millis
is a leading international authority on the search for breakthrough spaceflight – the kind of breakthroughs that would make interstellar voyages practical.  Beyond his day job at NASA, where he once led the Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project, he also forged a collaboration of over 3-dozen scientists, engineers, writers, and educators to create the Tau Zero Foundation – a nonprofit organization devoted to accelerating progress and providing public education toward practical interstellar flight. 



Millis earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Georgia Tech (1982), a Masters of Science in Physics Entrepreneurship from Case Western Reserve University (2006), and is an alumnus of the International Space University Summer Session (1998). He has produced over 40 technical and management papers, and recently completed – as lead editor and a contributing author – the book, Frontiers of Propulsion Science (AIAA, 2009).  This is the first scholarly book covering such edgy topics as gravity-control space drives and faster-than-light travel.  Also to his credit is an award-winning website (”Warp Drive, When?”), and the chapter: “Making the jump to light-speed” in the National Geographic book: Star Wars – Where Science Meets Imagination (2005). This chapter illustrates how genuine scientific questions can be extracted by playing with science fiction. His breakthrough-seeking work gets wide public attention, being cited in Newsweek, Wired, Popular Science (May 2001 cover), New York Times and in the books Centauri Dreams (Gilster 2004) and in I’m Working On That (Shatner & Walter 2002). His visionary work also earned Millis a nomination for a 2004 World Technology Award.  In addition to propulsion physics, Millis has designed ion thrusters, electronics for rocket monitoring, cryogenic propellant equipment, and even a cockpit display to guide free-fall aircraft flights. In his free time, Millis enjoys craftsmanship; building award-winning scale models, Halloween costumes, and other mischief. With specialties in science fiction models built from scrap plastic and 1960’s slot cars, he occasionally publishes how-to articles and photographs. Amidst all of this, Millis enjoys time as a husband and father.

2. Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (April 21, 2-3:30 GMT)
.  All topics are welcome but remember we do our best to avoid partisan political discussions given the non-profit status of the program and OGLF.  We urge your telephone calls over email and chat.  Let us know what’s on your mind. Also, if you think you want to be a guest on the program, your first step is to call us and tell us why.

3. Thursday, April 22, 2010, 9:30-10:30 AM PST (16:30-17:30 GMT)
Gwynne Shotwell
, President of SpaceX returns .  Mrs. Shotwell was named President of SpaceX in November 2008.  Mrs. Shotwell joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development to generate and manage SpaceX’s customer base and the company’s strategic and government relations.   In that role, she built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to 29 launches, representing over $2B in revenue.  Shotwell is responsible for operational activities of SpaceX, including sales, marketing, manufacturing, launch operations, legal, government relations and finance.  Previously, she served for ten years at The Aerospace Corporation and before that, directed business development at Microcosm, Inc. She began her engineering career at Chrysler Motors.  Mrs. Shotwell received, with honors, her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics.  She is active in the Professional Aerospace community, as an elected executive member of the California Space Authority Board of Directors, former officer for both the Space Systems Technical Committee and the LA Section of the AIAA and heads the Frank J. Redd Student scholarship competition raising over $200,000 in scholarships in four years.  Mrs. Shotwell developed curricula and taught courses in Systems engineering at the introductory, management, and team levels. Mrs. Shotwell has authored papers in a wide variety of areas from standardizing spacecraft/payload interfaces to Space Shuttle integration and reentry vehicle operational risks.

4. Friday, April 23, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. James Clay Moltz
is an associate professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he also holds a joint appointment in the Space Systems Academic Group.  He is the author of The Politics of Space Security, 1957-2007 (Stanford University Press, 2008).  Dr. Moltz is currently completing a new book manuscript entitled Asia’s Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Dynamics, and Implications for U.S. Policy. From 1993 to June 2007, Moltz worked at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where he served as deputy director and founded the journal The Nonproliferation Review. He is also the co-author and editor of several books on nuclear proliferation issues. He worked previously in the U.S. Senate and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy and to the NASA Ames Research Center.

5. Sunday, April 25, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Jeff Bell
has his B.S. (Physics + Astronomy) Univ. of Michigan 1977 M.S. (Astronomy) Univ. of Hawaii 1979 Ph.D. (Astronomy) Univ. of Hawaii 1984.  From 1984-2000 he was Professor of Planetary Science, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, Univ. of Hawaii, he conducted research on mineralogical composition of asteroids from visible and IR reflection spectroscopy, he was a Science Team Member, Comet Rendezvous / Asteroid Flyby spacecraft (1984-88), and the Principal Investigator on several space mission proposals.  Since 2003 Dr. Bell has written a semi-regular opinion column on space policy and technology for web site SpaceDaily.com, attempting to bring a more skeptical and realistic perspective to the pro-space community.

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