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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:13 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, September 13, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Dr. Patricia Hynes
returns to update us on the upcoming ISPCS 2010 Conference. Please visit www.ispcs.com for details on this conference which will be held in Las Cruces, NM from October 19-21, 2010.
Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes has served as director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) since 1998. Additionally, in 2007 she was appointed director of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. Both programs under her leadership are headquartered at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.



The NMSGC is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program which is administered by NASA. NMSGC programs are statewide and include all three research universities in New Mexico. EPSCoR supports aerospace research throughout New Mexico. Technical areas include but are not limited to low-earth orbit vehicle and testing programs, micro-gravity research, deep space exploration and sensor networks. Other technical areas are radio astronomical observation, solar observation, and space communications. The EPSCoR program is focused on enabling the growth of competitive research programs that stimulate economic growth in New Mexico. In 2005 Dr. Hynes co-founded and has served as chair of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, another strategic effort to engage the research universities in this growing business. Held each October in Las Cruces, ISPCS is now the industry’s leading venue for the visionaries and builders delivering the promise of spaceflight for mankind. The annual Symposium features informative sessions, networking opportunities and provides attendees with the latest news, trends, best practices, and case studies that foster and help bring personal and commercial spaceflight to reality. Dr. Hynes also founded and serves as Executive Director of the Space Development Foundation, whose mission is to support summer internships for students from across the globe in businesses related to personal and commercial spaceflight In 1991, as Director of the Center for Aerospace Science, Technology and Education (CASTE), Dr. Hynes began her long involvement in what is now Spaceport America. The Center was established early in the state’s spaceport development efforts as a focal point for research and education related to inland spaceport development. That effort culminated in January 2009 when the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) received its vertical launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation. The license represents a critical step to moving forward with Spaceport America, the nation’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. Dr. Hynes is a graduate of New Mexico State University where she earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration, an M.S. in Higher Education Management and a B.S. in English. She currently serves as a NMSU Development Officer and Chair of the NMSU Leadership Institute. At the behest of the NMSU president she also headed a planning committee that lead to the establishment in 2003 of the prestigious NMSU Teaching Academy. Biography 2 Patricia Hynes Dr. Hynes has been actively involved in numerous industry and public affairs leadership roles. She is a member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and also a member of the Board of the National Space Grant Alliance, an organization that advances the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. From 2002 to 2004 she served on the Executive Committee of that organization, charged with enabling the coordination of 52 Space Grant programs across the nation. Since 2006 Dr. Hynes has also served as Treasurer of the National Space Grant Foundation.

2. Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT (September 15, 2-3:30 GMT)

3. Friday, September 17, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Tim Pickens
, Chief Propulsion Engineer and commercial space advisor for Dynetics in Huntsville returns to the show.
Tim Pickens, chief propulsion engineer and commercial space advisor for Dynetics, has spoken about space and Dynetics at several high profile conferences over the past few months since joining Dynetics as part of the team from Orion Propulsion. Dynetics purchased Orion in December of 2009. (Pickens founded the company in 2004.) Under Pickens’ leadership, Orion established itself as an innovative, rapid and low-cost provider of rocket propulsion products. Recognized as one of the industry’s leaders in advanced propulsion systems, research and development, hardware fabrication and testing, Pickens receives numerous requests to speak at forums both locally and all over the country. In addition to presenting at conferences that give him an opportunity to highlight Dynetics’ space capabilities and build relationships with key decision makers, he speaks at events designed to motivate young people to pursue careers in technical fields.At the Space Investment Summit in Chicago in May, Pickens served as an industry panelist on the Government-Industry Synergy Panel, offering insight on how NASA and private companies can work together to create more commercial space opportunities and as partners. At the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference (ISDC) 2010, held in conjunction with the Space Investment Summit, Pickens spoke about how Orion Propulsion began as a small shop, grew into a successful company and accomplished a larger goal of expanding its aerospace footprint by becoming a part of Dynetics. Orion’s historical products are becoming integrated into Dynetics’ larger systems, such as satellites and launch vehicles. By combining Orion’s staff and capabilities with Dynetics’ resources, Dynetics has significantly expanded its customer offerings. Also in May, Pickens spoke to Space Tec/Calhoun Community College about the importance of vocational education and aerospace. Later, he, along with Steve Cook and Alan Harmon of Dynetics, participated in “Igniting Young Minds,” an educational workshop at Sci-Quest Hands-On Science Center. In January, Pickens presented “Changing the Future of Space through Innovation and Diversification” at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Space Transportation Conference. Pickens gained national media attention in 2005 when he designed a rocket bike by attaching a custom 200-pound-thrust rocket engine to his bicycle, capable of blasting him from 0 to 60 miles an hour in five seconds – enough to beat a Porsche in a drag race. The rocket bike, just one example of Pickens’ rocketry projects, employed the same hybrid rocket technology as the suborbital spaceplane, SpaceShipOne, whose propulsion systems he helped design. SpaceShipOne was awarded the $10 million X-Prize in 2004. He and his projects have been featured in CNN Money magazine, Popular Mechanics, Air and Space Magazine, Popular Science, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. He and his rocket bike were also featured on the Daily Show. Pickens has several events scheduled during the upcoming months, including hosting a session and participating in a roundtable at the NewSpace 2010 Conference hosted by The Space Frontier Foundation in July 2010.

4. Sunday, September 19, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Bill White
, author of “Platinum Moon” comes to the show.
Bill White has been active space enthusiast for the past several years. He is a general practice lawyer in the Chicago suburbs and has his new novel titled “Platinum Moon” available everywhere, including the One Giant Leap Foundation Amazon partners book page, www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/books.

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