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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 8, 2010 9:06 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, November 8, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Chris Carberry
, Executive Director of Explore Mars, Inc, and Artemis Westenberg, President of Mars Society Netherlands come to the program.

Artemis Westenberg
has been a lobbyist for various causes and organizations for 35 years, starting with a successful lobby for her grammar school when 17. Since 2000, Artemis has been involved in space exploration advocacy, as President of the Mars Society Netherlands and Steering Committee member of The Mars Society Inc. After serving as crew member in a number of MDRS (Mars Desert Research Station) crews and consequently as CapCom for MDRS and FMARS (Flashline Arctic Research Station), also as logistics manager, for the 4 month FMARS crew in 2007, Artemis took on the responsibilities of Mission Director, managing the MDRS since August 2008, which she turned into a financially independent and self-sufficient project.



She intends to establish a European Mars analogue station, in which design she has been involved from the start. Artemis has organized (inter)national conferences since 1980, among which several conferences for the Mars Society in the Netherlands and Europe. Her former employment includes management in technological multinationals such as Honeywell and THORN EMI in public affairs and business administration, and president of the Council of Women for Rotterdam. Artemis is a nationally decorated feminist in her home country and started her feminist career as member of the Dutch government delegation to the UN conference on the status of women, Copenhagen 1980.  In the Netherlands Artemis is often spokesperson for the space community when Mars is in the Media. She has been quoted in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines and has appeared on national and international television and radio.  Artemis enjoys her work as space ambassador giving lectures for any age about space exploration and Mars. At present, Artemis works as Business Manager of the Van Beek-Donner Stichting, a welfare foundation in Rotterdam. She holds an M.A. in History, Classical Studies, International Relations, Islam, of Leyden University and a degree in General Management, of the Dutch Entrepreneurial Society.

Chris Carberry
is the Executive Director and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc., which was created to promote science and technology innovation and education with a use for Mars exploration. Chris has been actively involved in the space exploration advocacy community for many years. Prior to Explore Mars, Chris served as Executive Director of The Mars Society, an international non-profit space advocacy organization which supports the human exploration and settlement of Mars. While serving as Executive Director, Chris spearheaded the development of The Mars Quarterly, a highly acclaimed international online and print magazine, and provided a business strategy that resulted in two successful international conferences. His innovative ideas resulted in a new presentation platform at the 2008 conference that included a debate between Apollo astronaut, Walter Cunningham (representing the McCain campaign) and Lori Garver (representing the Obama campaign). Through his expertise in building open strategic alliances among industry leaders, Chris successfully broadened the organization’s outreach, and improved donor commitment and sponsor participation in various programs. He previously served the organization as a member of the Steering Committee, for which he organized congressional outreach efforts around the country. Chris previously served as chairman or co-coordinator of such congressional lobbying events as the 2007-2010 Space Budget Blitz, the 2007 Moon-Mars Blitz, the 2006 Space Blitz, and the Great 2006 Mars Blitz. Chris co-authored space language in the 2000 Republican National Platform, has co-authored Congressional testimony, and has met with high level officials at the White House, NASA, and Congress. During the last several elections, he had the opportunity to speak with most of the major presidential candidates, and more recently, with the Obama NASA transition team in 2009. Chris also serves as the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Space Exploration Alliance, which is an umbrella group representing 13 space advocacy organizations with total membership of over 700,000 people. Chris has been quoted in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines and has appeared on national and international television and radio. He is the author of many articles and Op-Ed pieces concerning space policy and politics. Chris is also the author of a mystery/science fiction novel called Celestial Pursuits: in the hub of the Universe which was published in 2006. He is currently working on several writing projects, including another science fiction novel, a sequel to Celestial Pursuits, as well as a non-fiction book concerning art theft. In addition, in 2007, Chris signed a movie option contract for his novel, Celestial Pursuits, with a Los Angeles production company. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master’s degree in history and archival methods. For several years he worked as an archivist at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where he processed the papers of United States Senator Leverett Saltonstall, as well as numerous other collections. While in this position, he compiled The Guide to Modern Political Papers in Massachusetts, and helped to put together numerous displays. Chris transitioned into the role of Operations Manager at the Historical Society, where he is currently responsible for the protection of numerous art works and the greatest collection of early American documents outside of the Library of Congress. Chris has an extensive background in historical research, having worked as research assistant for several authors, including British biographer Sarah Bradford (America’s Queen) and former New York Times Magazine editor Ed Klein (The Kennedy Curse). In 2007, Chris was contracted to archive a large collection of political correspondence and documents, and to ghost write the autobiography of a prominent Boston businessman and philanthropist. In addition, Chris has composed pieces of music that have been performed by the Boston Bel Canto Opera in Boston and at the Massachusetts State Awards Ceremony.

2. Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (November 10, 3-4:30 GMT)
Derek Webber
returns to discuss his new Apogee book on spaceports, “The Wright Stuff: The Century of Effort Behind Your Ticket to Space.” One book will be given away to the first caller with a question or comment for our guest.
Derek Webber is the author of “The Wright Stuff – The Century of Effort Behind Your Ticket to Space”.  In addition to being the book’s author, he is an industry insider in the field of commercial aerospace. He is a former satellite and launch vehicle engineer (at EADS/Astrium in Europe), and served as Head of Procurement at the International Mobile Satellite Organization (Inmarsat), responsible for contracting over a billion dollars worth of communications satellites and their launch vehicles. He was also Managing Director for the satellite broadband operator Tachyon Europe, and he has conducted space related business in about 40 countries. He is currently the Washington DC Director of Spaceport Associates, which provides consulting advice in the realm of space tourism, particularly involving markets and regulation.  Derek has directed robust market forecasting work which established the existence of a space tourism market, and in that capacity came on the Space Show once before to talk about his findings. He has provided testimony on space tourism markets to the President’s Commission on the Future of the US Aerospace Industry, and he serves within various working groups of the Federation Aviation Authority to ensure that the regulation of space tourism does not damage the prospects for the new industry.  Derek’s website is www.SpaceportAssociates.com.

3. Friday, November 12, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Dr. Bobby Braun
, CTO of NASA for the first hour. The final half hour will be open lines based on our interview with Dr. Braun. One short question per caller and by email please to allow all listeners to use the phone and ask a question.
Dr. Robert D. Braun was appointed NASA Chief Technologist in February 2010. He also serves as the David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, he leads an active research program focused on the design of advanced flight systems and technologies for planetary exploration and is responsible for undergraduate and graduate instruction in the areas of space systems design, astrodynamics and planetary entry. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Dr. Braun worked at NASA for sixteen years where he contributed to the design, development, test, and operation of several robotic spaceflight systems, including entry, descent and landing systems for the Mars Pathfinder, Mars Microprobe and Mars Sample Return missions. He is an AIAA Fellow and the primary author or co-author of over 175 technical publications in the fields of planetary exploration, atmospheric entry, multidisciplinary design optimization, and space systems engineering.

4. Sunday, November 14, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Dr. Mike Gruntman
from the University of Southern California returns regarding his new book, “Enemy Amongst Trojans: A Soviet Spy at USC,” and space topics including space education and transforming the space engineering program at USC, and the space pioneers Esnault-Pelterie and Ary Sternfeld.
Dr. Mike Gruntman is professor of astronautics at the Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California (USC). He served as the founding Chairman of a pure-space-engineering academic unit from 2004-2007, transitioned to the Department of Astronautical Engineering in summer 2010. Mike currently directs the Master’s program, perhaps the largest in the country, focused on space engineering. The life journey took Mike from a child growing at the Tyuratam (Baikonur) launch base in the late 1950s and early 1960s to a physicist working in the USSR Academy of Sciences to the founding director of a major educational program in space engineering in the heart of the American space industry. In 1990, Mike succeeded in escaping from the socialist paradise of the Soviet Union and reached California. It is safe to say that he is the only American scientist, engineer, or historian who grew up in Baikonur and Podlipki (the home of the Korolev’s establishment). Mike is pr ofessor of astronautics and professor of aerospace engineering at USC since 1993. Dr. Gruntman was/is principal investigator and co-investigator in a number of theoretical and experimental programs funded by government agencies. He is Co-Investigator on two current NASA missions TWINS and IBEX, with the IBEX discoveries highlighted on the cover of the Science magazine in November 2009. Mike’s interests include astronautics, space mission and spacecraft design, interstellar flight, satellite technologies, spacecraft propulsion and rocketry, space instrumentation and sensors, solar system galactic frontier, heliospheric and magnetospheric physics, space plasmas and environment, particle and photon analyzers and detector systems, space education, and space history. He teaches courses in space science and space technology; his graduate course on spacecraft design is perhaps the largest in the country, with more than 1000 students taking his class during the last eight years. He a also teaches short courses for industry and government. An accomplished space physicist, engineer, and educator, Mike authored and co-authored more than 200 scientific and technical publications. He shows growing interests in history of rocketry and space. In 2004, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) published his encyclopedic (in the words of a reviewer) 500-page book – “Blazing the Trail” – on the early history of spacecraft and rocketry. The book received the Luigi Napolitano Award from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in 2006 and it is now in second printing. Mike’s another book “From Astronautics to Cosmonautics” was nominated in 2008 for the Emme Award of the American Astronautical Society (AAS). His recent book “Enemy Amongst Trojans” traces the story of a Soviet spy hiding in his University of Southern California in 1940s. Mike’s web site highlights his books ( http://astronauticsnow.com/books/ ), space education ( http://astron auticsnow.com/SpaceEducation/ and http://astronauticsnow.com/courses/ ), and his highly-popular space mission educational videos ( http://astronauticsnow.com/vp/ ).

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