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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:55 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, July 12, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Dr. Mark Lewis
and Dr. C. F. Lance Chenault come to discuss the upcoming AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference. We will also discuss advanced propulsion concepts and theories.
Dr. C. F. Lance Chenault, an AIAA Associate-Fellow, is the Technical Chair of the 46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, July 25-28, in Nashville ,Tenn.  Currently the principle partner of Aerospace Business Development Associates in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Chenault guides the formation of the technical side of the Joint Propulsion Conference. His thirty year career in aerospace, spanning both the civilian and military portions of the community, ensures that the Joint Propulsion Conference’s technical program is in very capable hands.  From 2002 to 2008 Dr. Chenault was the Director of Technology and Innovative Partnerships at the Ohio Aerospace Institute where he built a coalition of industry, academic and government partnerships to develop advanced engine instrumentation.



Before joining the Institute, Dr. Chenault served as Chief of the Aeronautical Sciences Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he led the development of the Consolidated Aeronautical Sciences Laboratory and oversaw research in the fields of computational fluid dynamics, experimental fluid dynamics, and simulation-based research & development. From 1991 to 2001, Dr. Chenault served as Chief of the  Aerospace Vehicles Integration & Demonstration Branch at Wright Patterson, where he led research centered on propulsion integration, simulation and collision avoidance technologies, and where he also led the joint Air Force/NASA Advanced Air Vehicle Program.  Among his many honors, Dr. Chenault has been awarded two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Force Achievement Medals, and has been named Air Vehicles Directorate Leader of the Year (2000),  Outstanding Manager of the Year (1999), and Aeronautical Sciences Division Military Supervisor of the Year in 1999 and 2000.  Dr. Cheanult was awarded his Ph. D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Business Administration from Wright State University. He is also a member of the International Society for Air Breathing Engines (ISABE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Rotary International.

Dr. Mark Lewis
is the Willis Young Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland.  His areas of research include hypersonic aerodynamics, advanced propulsion, and engine-airframe interaction.  He has published many peer reviewed papers and articles and has received numerous Honors and Awards.

2. Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 14, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Burton Lee
comes to tell us about the newly announced European Commission Space Research Program, which is now actively seeking US companies and universities for participation and funding. Based in Brussels, Belgium, the EC is a new player on the international space scene, and should not be confused with the European Space Agency (ESA), which is a completely separate program, budget and organization. Dr Lee will be hosting the European Commission at Stanford on Wed July 21 for an open information session on how US space firms and university researchers can apply for EC grant funds in the following areas: Cubesats, space transportation and propulsion systems, robotic exploration technologies and Near Earth Objects (NEOs)”.
Burton H. Lee Ph.D. MBA is Managing Partner of Innovarium Ventures, a senior strategic, financial and technical advisory services firm based in Silicon Valley. He also serves as Lecturer in the Stanford School of Engineering, where he teaches and conducts research in the area of European entrepreneurship and innovation (http://me421.stanford.edu). His areas of expertise include venture finance and investment; startup business & technology strategy and market positioning; technology road mapping and due diligence; corporate development and M&A; technology transfer and commercialization; and innovation policy. Dr. Lee’s professional experience spans 15+ years in the global innovation sector, including senior executive positions with venture-backed startups, angel investor groups and venture funds, strategy consulting firms, high tech corporations, federal S&T agencies, and government innovation agencies. Recent clients include the Office of the Prime Minister of Ireland, where he served as a member of the Irish national Innovation Task force; the European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry; National Science Foundation (NSF); National Institutes of Health (NIH); NASA Ames; and Panama’s City of Knowledge Science Park and angel network. His management and technical experience also includes senior positions with leading organizations such as GE Global Research, Hewlett Packard, Daimler Chrysler AG and NASA in the United States, Europe and Japan. Lee’s technical expertise spans the advanced computing/AI, software, space, aviation, nanotech, alternative energy, clean tech, and robotics sectors. Burton’s space background includes serving as co-founder and Principal at Space Angels Network; an early tenure as Manager of the Stanford Small Satellite Program; working at NASA Kennedy Space Center as a Shuttle Thermal Protection Systems research engineer; advising NASA Ames on new venture development and spinouts, and winning the Space Industrial Fellowship and Nasa Graduate Research Scholarship at Johnson Space Center. In 1990, Dr. Lee co-founded Spaceport America (originally named the Southwest Regional Spaceport) when he proposed southern New Mexico as a reentry capsule recovery site to New Mexico State University, authored the initial strategic and business plans, and raised $1.4 million in “seed” funding from Congress for spaceport feasibility, environmental and safety studies in collaboration with Sen. Pete Domenici. During 2005 – 2006, he worked closely with the New Mexico Economic Development Department as chief economist on the New Mexico Spaceport Economic Impact Study while at Futron Corporation. His objective job impact estimates were presented to the State Legislature in 2006 and played a key role in securing legislative approval of $100M in state appropriations for the spaceport build out. Lee’s international experience spans over 10 years of professional and education-related positions in Ireland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, Japan, Jamaica and Guyana. Burton holds a PhD in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering from Stanford (2002), and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from Cornell (2004). He attended the International Space University as a graduate of the inaugural class held at MIT in 1988. Additional professional and academic awards, credentials and background for this speaker are available at his LinkedIn profile @ http://www.linkedin.com/in/burtonlee.

3. Thursday, July 15, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 16, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Ralph McNutt
comes to the program. Dr. McNutt will be discussing his work re the NRC study on on the future of Radioisotope Power Systems, i.e. the plutonium power sources used on numerous American spacecraft such as Voyager, Cassini, New Horizons, Messenger. Also interstellar probes.
RALPH L. McNUTT, JR. is a Physicist and a member of the Principal Professional Staff of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He received his B.S. in Physics (summa cum laude) at Texas A&M University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He has been at APL since 1992 and before that held positions at Visidyne, Inc., M.I.T., and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. Dr. McNutt is Project Scientist and a Co-Investigator on NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury, Principal Investigator on the PEPSSI investigation on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, a Co-Investigator for the Voyager PLS and LECP instruments, and a Member of the Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer Team on the Cassini Orbiter spacecraft. He has held various NASA grants and served on various NASA review and planning panels and Science and Technology Definition Teams for Solar Probe (twice) and Interstellar Probe. He has also served on a variety of National Research Council committees, including as Co-Chair of the NRC Committee on Radioisotope Power Supplies (2008-2009) and currently as a Member of the Steering Committee, Solar System Exploration Decadal Survey (29 May 2009 – 18 Aug 2011) . He is a Corresponding Member of International Academy of Astronautics, Fellow of The British Interplanetary Society, Member of the American Astronomical Society and its Division for Planetary Sciences, the American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi, The Planetary Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Nuclear Society. Dr. McNutt is the recipient of eleven NASA Group Achievement Awards. He has published over 150 science and engineering papers and over 250 scientific and engineering abstracts and given over 150 professional and popular talks.

4. Friday, July 16, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Dr. Pat Patterson
and the new director of the SDL at Utah State, Niel Holt come to discuss the upcoming Small Sat Conference.
Dr. Patterson is currently the Director of the Technology Innovation Division within Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (USU/SDL), and is the Chairman of the annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. He has also held positions as the Director of the Innovative Science and Engineering Division as well as the Director of Business Development at USU/SDL. In his 20 years of space experience he has been involved in the research, operations, and management associated with space based infrared sensors, small spacecraft and sounding rockets. His doctoral research was based on the rocket flights of the CODA I and II science missions, where he investigated the effects of disturbances caused by sounding rockets on the measurement of atomic oxygen using the resonant fluorescence technique in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere.

Niel Holt has been with SDL for 20 years and became the organization’s director on Nov. 13, 2009. He will lead a 340‐employee team with headquarters in North Logan and locations in several other states that include Los Angeles, Houston and Washington, D.C.

5. Sunday, July 18, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Space Show Classroom
presents Lesson 12 which is the Classroom summary for the season. Co-hosts Dr. Jurist and Dr. Logan will be with us to discuss and summarize our first semester of Space Show Classroom programming. Your feedback and comments are welcome.

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