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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:19 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, September 27, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Joseph Casas, Dean Alhorn
, and Mark Boudreaux come to the show to discuss the NASA FASTSAT Project and the NanoSail D program
At the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Joe is currently the Partnership Development Executive and POC for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Division working joint Science Programs and Projects. In addition, he is currently providing science and management leadership by serving as the Project Scientist and Science Operations Director for the FASTSAT-HSV01 S&T flight project on the DoD Space Test Program’s S26 mission scheduled for launch in the fall of 2010.



He is Project Scientist and Project Manager for joint US EPA and NASA MSFC hyperspectral remote sensing activities at NASA MSFC and supports new sensor and missions’ development and deployment research projects in multiple classified and unclassified technology areas. Joe has spent over 30 years in academia, large business, small business, legislative, government activities and organizations associated with space research, technology and the commercial space. Joe’s career included over ten years in atmospheric research within academia including the first science missions of the Shuttle and many other science and technology validation free-flyer and human missions that followed serving as instrument scientist, payload developer, science investigator, payload operations manager, flight mission Science Director and Project Scientist. He was the Project Manager for instrument integration of the first commercial remote sensor spacecraft and the Program Manager and Project Scientist for the first commercial remote sensor for Mir. Since November 2009, Joe has also served on the staff at Auburn University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dean Alhorn, a NASA Marshall employee since 1991, is an expert in electro-mechanical systems and the principle investigator for NanoSail-D, slated to launch from Kodiak Island, Alaska, later this fall. Alhorn has prior flight systems experience with the Chandra X-ray Observatory telescope; the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite; and the Suppression of Transient Accelerations by Levitation Experiment. Alhorn continues to perform research in the area of solar sail propulsion technology. He is a native of Albuquerque, N.M., and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mark Boudreaux is the current Deputy Manager, Science Programs & Projects Office at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Alabama. He is also currently providing the Project Management and Mission Management leadership roles for the NASA Fast Affordable Science and Technology Satellite (FASTSAT) technology development flight project to support the DoD space test program S26 mission due to launch in the fall of 2010. Mark has had a wide spectrum of experience over 25 years with many NASA national and international flight and non flight S&T projects performing design formulation, engineering management, mission operations and program implementation. He has worked multiple joint classified and unclassified R&D projects with the DoD and other federal agencies including a detail assignment to the U. S. Air Force, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, to perform systems engineering and testing activities for three expendable launches and payloads (KSC). A few of Mark’s past positions include;
Manager, Space Optics Manufacturing and Technology Center
Deputy Director, Earth Science Applications Directorate (John C. Stennis Space Center detail)
Lead, Optical Manufacturing and Coating, Space Optics Manufacturing and Technology Center
Manager, Research and Technology Program Office  -  Microgravity Research Program
Project Science Manager – Microgravity Research Program (STS-107, STS-95)
Mission Manager  -  Life and  Microgravity Spacelab Mission (STS-78)
Deputy Mission Manager, International Microgravity Laboratory (STS-65)
Lead, Payload Integration Engineering and Testing Office, (Kennedy Space Center)
Lead, Systems Engineering and Testing for Vehicle, Payloads, Spacecraft launch integration for 12 shuttle launches (Kennedy Space Center)

2. Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT (September 29, 2-3:30 GMT)
John Garvey
of Garvey Sapcecraft Corporation.
John Garvey is the CEO of Garvey Spacecraft Corporation. Garvey Spacecraft is a small aerospace company in Long Beach, CA that focuses on launch vehicle research and development. The company has carried out the first powered liquid-propellant aerospike flight tests, first flight with the LOX/methane propellants, the first composite LOX tank flight demonstration, and is now focusing on a nanosat launch vehicle concept. It is a partner in the California Launch Vehicle Education Initiative (CALVEIN) with California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and it has also provided engineering services to multiple commercial and government aerospace organizations. John Garvey has been with McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing) on the Delta IV as senior manager for telemetry, tracking & command, as a Delta III: senior manager – avionics integration and systems engineering, and on the DC-XA (Delta Clipper – Experimental): flight engineer at White Sands. In addition, he has been a planetary exploration technology manager – involved in cooperative planetary rover experiments with Russian partners, on-orbit assembly and various manned mission systems studies and he has worked on Space Station Freedom – avionics integration. His experience also includes RCA Astro-Electronics (now part of Lockheed Martin) involved with communication satellites and Shuttle closed circuit TV system.

3. Thursday, September 30, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Bob Zimmerman
returns to the show.
Robert Zimmerman is a well known and respected space historian and author. He posts regularly at his new website, http://behindtheblack.com, on space, science, and other matters relating to cultural and political issues. Mr. Zimmerman is also an award winning author. His most recent book, THE UNIVERSE IN A MIRROR: THE SAGA OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE AND THE VISIONARIES WHO BUILT IT (Princeton University Press) was just released in paperback. The book tells the poignant tale of the men and women behind the telescope, and how many had to sacrifice careers and family to get it built.
It also describes in detail the importance of Hubble both scientifically and culturally. More than any other instrument sent into space, the Hubble Space Telescope reshaped the human perception of our place in the universe. Robert’s previous book, LEAVING EARTH: SPACE STATIONS, RIVAL SUPERPOWERS, AND THE QUEST FOR INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL, is a must read! It describes in detail the history of manned space flight, post Apollo. Thus, it includes a lot of information about the Soviet/Russian space program that is unknown to most Americans. In 2003 American Astronautical Society awarded LEAVING EARTH the Eugene Emme Award as that year’s the best space history for the general public. Mr. Zimmerman has also authored GENESIS, THE STORY OF APOLLO 8 (published by Four Walls Eight Windows in 1998), telling the family and political tale behind the first human journey to another world, and THE CHRONOLOGICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DISCOVERIES IN SPACE (published by Oryx Press, now ABC-CLIO, 2000), a detailed reference book describing what was accomplished on every space mission beginning in October 1957 with Sputnik and continuing through December 1999. His work is published regularly in such magazines as SCIENCE, ASTRONOMY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, INVENTION & TECHNOLOGY, FORTUNE, AD ASTRA, AMERICAN HISTORY, STARDATE, and many other major magazines. In 2000 he was co-winner of the David N. Schramm Award, given by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society for Science Journalism. He can be reached at zimmerman at nasw dot org.

4. Friday, October 1, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Shawna Pandya
comes to the show.
A Canadian export, Shawna Pandya is passionate about technology, innovation and social development, and has channeled that passion to co-found CiviGuard, Inc., a start-up that leverages smartphones for emergency response. As CMO for CiviGuard, Ms. Pandya handles the formation of new alliances, partnerships and the development of CiviTriage, a smartphone-based patient-triage-and-tracking system. The company arose from Singularity University’s first-ever challenge to positively impact 1 billion people in 10 years using accelerating technologies in the summer of 2009. Ms. Pandya comes from a long history of public service and innovation, having previously served as VP Research for Edmonton’s SHINE inner-city free clinic for high-risk youth, research associate with the Crew Medical Support Office at the European Astronaut Center in Germany, Director of Research & Projects for SEDS-Canada, a national organization promoting space exploration/development and Founder/Director of Step-Up, an anti-bullying initiative for school-aged children.  In addition to medicine (MD Candidate ‘12, University of Alberta), Ms. Pandya holds backgrounds in entrepreneurship/innovation (Graduate Studies Program, Singularity University, ’09), space studies (MSc Space Studies, International Space University, ‘07), and Neuroscience (BSc Hons, University of Alberta, ‘06). Her published works include papers on telemedicine for the developing world, on neuroArm, the world’s first intra-operative, MR-compatible image-guided robotic arm for neurosurgery and a book chapter on space technology spin-offs for medical benefit. For her work, she has received many accolades and awards, including being named a finalist for the 2009 ASTech “Leader of Tomorrow” award for leadership and innovation in science, technology and entrepreneurship in Alberta.

5. Sunday, October 3, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Pat Duggins
comes to the program to discuss his new book, “Trailblazing Mars.”
Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio, and covers NASA for National Public Radio. He has spent the last twenty years reporting space related news nationally, including the development of NASA’s next generation vehicle to replace the Space Shuttle. Pat’s public radio stories include over one hundred Shuttle missions, beginning with the Challenger accident in 1986. When Columbia was lost in 2003, he provided three hours of “live” coverage on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Pat has spoken about his book “Final Countdown” at Harvard University and on C-Span’s Book TV program. His new book “Trailblazing Mars” comes out in the Fall of 2010.

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