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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Dec 6, 2010 8:02 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, December 6, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Francis French
is originally from Manchester, England, although he now lives and works in Southern California. He has been working for over a decade in the field of science education, particularly in making science and technology accessible and understandable to family audiences in informal learning settings such as museums. This has included positions at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the San Bernardino County Museum, and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California, where he also served as the Spaceflight and Astronomy Spokesperson, briefing media on space-related stories.



His work has included regular collaborations with nasa, retired astronauts, notable astronomers and astronomical observatories around the world, and a banner he designed was flown on the space shuttle Columbia’s last successful mission. Formerly the Director of Events with Sally Ride Science, working for America’s first woman in space, he is now the Director of Education for the San Diego Air & Space Museum. He has been a regular contributor of articles to aerospace magazines since 1996, primarily in the area of manned spaceflight history, and is the co-author of both Into That Silent Sea and In The Shadow of the Moon.

2. Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (December 8, 3-4:30 GMT)
Dan Walt
comes to the show to discuss government procurement.
Dan Walt has been Procurement Analyst with the Department of State Office of the Procurement Executive since 2002. He is the department’s Electronic Commerce Program Manager and alternate Acquisition Career Manager as well as a Contracting Officer. He reviews the acquisition strategies of IT program funding requests, handles IT and other technology procurement policy issues, and represents the department on several interagency groups and system change control boards (among them, the interagency Program Management Working Group). Prior to coming to State, he worked from 1995 to 2002 as Contracting Officer, procurement analyst and small business advocate with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). While there, he started their procurement website and electronic commerce program, as well as worked with small businesses to help them find business opportunities. From 1990-95, he was a Contract Specialist with the Navy’s Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Detachment Washington. There, he worked on cradle-to-grave procurements for a wide variety of goods and services including some research and development and a lot of Information Technology. Dan has also long been active in the space arena. In 1986, he founded Lansing L5, the local L5 chapter in Lansing, Michigan. He has been active in various ways with L5 and later the National Space Society as well as the Space Frontier Foundation for many years. He was a volunteer for ISDC 1993 (Washington, DC) and chaired the Government Procurement track at ISDC 2005 (also in Washington). For ISDC 2005, he also moderated the panel on government procurement.

3. Friday, December 10, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Rex Ridenoure
of Ecliptic Enterprises returns to the show.
Distinguished career as a space-mission engineer and system architect on more than a dozen space missions. A champion of and leader in the emerging market sector of commercial deep-space missions. Officer and Ecliptic co-founder. Rex is responsible for coordinating Ecliptic’s overall corporate strategy and partnering efforts and leads the firm’s business-development, marketing and sales initiatives. He also shapes R&D planning and selectively contributes to various technical contracts. As Ecliptic’s CEO, Rex has led the company to eight sequential years of revenue growth, and fourteen consecutive quarters of profitability since 2005. Before Ecliptic, Rex was Chief Mission Architect at BlastOff! Corporation working on commercial lunar missions and, before that, Chief Mission Architect at SpaceDev, a commercial space-exploration and development company. Before SpaceDev, he was manager of the Space Systems Division at Microcosm, Inc., a small space-mission engineering firm. He was co-recipient of the 2002 AIAA Space Systems Award for key contributions to the NASA/JPL New Millennium Deep Space One mission. In 1999, he was co-recipient with three other engineers of a Laurel Award (the aerospace “Oscar”) from Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine for playing a key role in the salvage of the HGS-1 comsat, using a method that made HGS-1 the first commercial spacecraft to reach the Moon’s distance. He enjoyed a distinguished career at JPL for 11 years as a mission and systems engineer, holding lead engineering roles on the pioneering, ion-propelled Deep Space One project, the New Millennium Program of advanced spacecraft, the Lunar Observer pre-project, the Voyager Neptune encounter, and the ultra-low-cost Caltech/JPL SURFSAT project. Also at JPL, Rex managed several initiatives addressing low-cost deep-space missions using microspacecraft. Before JPL, he was a research engineer at Utah State University on small, low-cost satellites, a mission and systems engineer at Hughes Space and Communications on several telecommunications satellites, and a Crew Systems engineer at Lockheed on the Hubble Space Telescope . In the latter capacity, he was co-organizer of a proposed Lockheed corporate astronaut office and also served as a space-suited test subject for Hubble in-orbit servicing simulations. In 1986 he taught space systems design at Utah State University.
•M.S. in Aeronautics at Caltech; B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University (Ames).

4. Sunday, December 12, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Dr. Sean Casey
returns to discuss SOFIA and other projects.
Dr. Sean Casey is a Senior Scientist with USRA’s SOFIA program since 1997 and has served as the management and technical lead for SOFIA’s science instrument development program, lead for science instrument integration and commissioning, and science liaison for the review of system level requirements for SOFIA’s final operating capability. Prior to joining USRA, Dr. Casey was a Principal Scientist for Hughes STX in NASA Goddard’s Infrared Astrophysics Branch with a focus on infrared instrumentation and observations aboard NASA’s Kuiper Airborne Observatory and the National Science Foundation’s Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica. While at Goddard, Dr. Casey’s work was recognized as an example of NASA’s goal for “more efficient and cost effective methodologies to [instrument] design and construction…” and resulted in several Center and Agency group achievement awards. Dr Casey is a co-author on over 34 science publications and has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago and dual MBAs from the Berkeley Haas and Columbia Schools of Business.

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