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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:25 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, June 21, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Fred Slane
, author of “The Space Investor’s Dilemma. We will also be discussing space standards. Please visit his website, http://sol.spacenvironment.net/~sif.
Fred Slane Bio: Due to my father’s involvement in international business, in my younger years my family traveled extensively. Dad lived in China and the Philippines from 1932 until the end of WWII, and his experiences in those times put him in high demand in Far East business circles. My siblings and I (seven of us) attended schools in Manila, Portland (Oregon) and Hawaii. Perhaps because of our earlier travels, I have always viewed the countries of the world as interesting, complex and eternally changing.



An off-hand remark by my mother when I was four sparked my interest in science, engineering and the world our children will inherit. From my earliest memories my perspective has been global and technical, with a strong sense of our place in history. My formal post-secondary education includes: a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Willamette University in 1980; a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1983; an MS in Physics (Astrophysics) from the University of New Mexico in 1993; and, an MBA, International Business from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2008. I wrote the paper, “The Space Innovator’s Dilemma” as a final project in my MBA program. My professional background includes 20 years of Air Force active duty. This includes STS launch operations and engineering, Mark XV IFFN test, spacecraft sensor and communications R&D, operational test, and joint/combined space operations. Following my retirement from the Air Force in 2001, I spent two years as a senior engineer at Ball Aerospace. I founded Space Infrastructure, Inc. and Space Infrastructure Foundation (a 501(c)(3)) in 2003. In 2003 I returned to the AF as a reserve officer to serve another six years. I sold Space Infrastructure in 2006 to Space Environment Technologies. Since 2009 I have worked at the Colorado Springs office of Technology Service Corporation. I began my involvement in standards development for the space industry in 1998, anticipating retirement from the Air Force and what I might do as a civilian. I have served on the AIAA Standards Executive Council for most of that time, and do so today. I was a member of the Space Launch Integration Committee on Standards and have supported several AIAA contracted efforts on Space Launch Integration to the NRO. I also support the Committee on Standards for Space Plug and Play Avionics. For the past six years I have been active in the ISO subcommittee for space systems and operations. My initial involvement was through the operations and ground support working group, representing the interests of the joint defense space community. In 2002 I was invited to be one of only two US working group leads in this subcommittee. I still have that job. In 2003 I became involved with the ISO subcommittee for space data and information transfer. I am currently one of the US leads in the development of a business plan for a single standards committee in the international regime for space. This committee will focus international standards development to the appropriate normalization of global intellectual property, for the purpose of advancement of the global industry.

2. Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT (June 23, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Sam Dinkin
returns to the show to discuss “individuals and the space development torch.”
Sam Dinkin is just back from spending 3 months in India helping one of the cellular operators there buy billions of dollars of spectrum for 3G cell phone and WiMax internet service. Dr. Dinkin has been beating the drum for space commercialization since 2004 when he started writing for the Space Review. He was the founder of Space Shot which had memoranda of understandings with three suborbital and two orbital companies to offer flights as prizes including a flight for two around the Moon. Space Shot dissolved at the end of 2009 having awarded two Zero G flights. Dinkin has pledged to award a suborbital flight and will hold the drawing later this year. In addition to journalist and entrepreneur, he is a space investor, advocate, philanthropist and enthusiast. Since the last time he was on the show, he also captained the US contract bridge team that won a silver medal in Sao Paulo.

3. Wednesday, June 23, 2009, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Ryan McLinko
returns to discuss the upcoming New Space Conference, July 23-25 near NASA Ames. Visit http://newspace2010.spacefrontier.org/index.php.
Ryan McLinko is the conference chair for NewSpace 2010. Ryan is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the degree of Aerospace Engineering. Starting in the fall, he will begin pursuing a Masters degree in the same field also at MIT. At each of the summers during his tenure at MIT, he has interned with various organizations and companies: the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Project, InfoScitex Corporation, United Launch Alliance, and SpaceX. This experience is to be utilized in plans to assist the newspace launch vehicle companies, such as SpaceX and Orbital, in reducing the cost of putting people and payload into orbit. His primary area of interest is in structural design and analysis as well as systems integration, particularly of components onto a structure. On the side, he is heavily involved in various organizations and projects. Organizations of primary involvement include the Space Frontier Foundation, the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. As part of the SFF, he is both this year’s conference co-chair as well as an advocate. As part of SEDS, he has maintained the position of Vice Chair for the past few years. As part of the AIAA, he has led the MIT chapter for the past couple of years as President. Most of his time, however, is spent in various engineering side projects, such as the MIT Satellite Team, Mars Gravity Biosatellite Project, MIT Rocket Team, MIT Power Beaming Team, UAV Team, and Space Architects GroupSelected as a pilot by NASA in March 1992, “Doc” is veteran of four space flights and has logged over 1,138 hours in space. He served as pilot on STS-75 (1996), STS 82 (1997) and STS-101 (2000), and was the commander on STS-105 (2001). Scott Horowitz retired from NASA in October 2004 to serve as Director of Space Transportation and Exploration at A.T.K.-Thiokol in Utah. In September 2005 he returned to NASA as Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. until October of 2007. He served as an USAF test pilot, F-15 fighter pilot, T-38 instructor pilot and retired from the USAF as a Colonel in 2004. Scott has logged over 6,500 hours of flight time in more than 50 different aircraft. He also taught graduate level engineering courses for California State University at Fresno and Embry Riddle University. He was also an Associate Scientist for the Lockheed Georgia Company. Scott received a BS in Engineering from California State University at Northridge, and MS and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Scott has designed and built experimental aircraft, modified sports cars, and is the inventor of the Ares I launch vehicle (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/constellation/ares/aresI.html) that will send our future astronauts to space an order of magnitude safer than today’s Space Shuttle. His space flight experience includes STS-75 Columbia, STS-82 Discovery, STS-101 Atlantis, and STS-105 Discovery.

4. Friday, June 25, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Dr. Dan Rasky
of NASA AMES returns to the program to discuss CRASTE, Commercial and Government Responsive Access To Space Technology Exchange.
Dr. Daniel J. Rasky is the Director for the Emerging Commercial Space Office at NASA Ames, and also a Senior Scientist with NASA.  He is a Co-Founder and Director for the Space Portal whose mission is to “Be a friendly front door for emerging and non-traditional space companies”.  He recently completed a one-year Interagency Personnel Assignment (IPA) with the Space Grant Education and Enterprise Institute (SGEEI), where he served as a Senior Research Fellow supporting a number of emerging space companies and other organizations.  This included provided expert consulting to SpaceX on the design and development of the heatshield for their Dragon capsule.  SpaceX has chosen to use the PICA heatshield material, invented by Dr. Rasky and associates at NASA Ames, for Dragon. Dr. Rasky is an internationally recognized expert on advanced entry systems and thermal protection materials, with 25 years of experience in advanced entry systems and materials for NASA (20 years) and the US Air Force (5 years).   Dr. Rasky has made significant contributions to flight hardware on seven NASA missions, including co-inventing the PICA heatshield material that enabled the NASA Stardust comet sample return mission, and is the primary heatshield for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) lander mission. Dr. Rasky is the recipient of the NASA Inventor of the Year Award (the first ever for NASA Ames), the Senior Professional Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, twelve NASA Group Awards, and eight Space Act Awards.  He has 6 patents, 64 publications, is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and Senior Member of the ASME.

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