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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:40 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 20, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Dr. Al Koller
, founder of SpaceTec comes to the program.
Dr. Koller began his aerospace career directly out of Titusville High School, Florida, in 1959 as a technician working summers for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency at its Missile Firing Lab on Cape Canaveral.  The ABMA team led by Dr. Wernher Von Braun was transferred to NASA in 1960,  and Al completed his BA degree in math and physics, returning to Kennedy Space Center where he worked on the Mercury, Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz Test Project with the Russians.



While at NASA he earned a Master’s Degree in Systems Management and a Doctorate in Management and Quantitative Methods from Florida State University.  He was active in contract management and Total Quality Management (TQM) until he retired in 1992, joining Brevard Community College in Florida to pursue a lifelong commitment to education.  In his work at Brevard Community College, Dr. Koller remains active in aerospace.  In 2001 he testified before the Congressional Commission on the Future of the United States’ Aerospace Industry, and that year he also founded SpaceTEC – the National Science Foundation’s Center for Aerospace Technical Education. SpaceTEC offers this country’s only national certification for aerospace technicians. He was the 2001 recipient of the Florida Space Business Roundtable’s “Explorer Award” for his leadership in space-related education and was awarded the National Space Club Florida Committee’s Aerospace Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

2. Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (December 22, 3-4:30 GMT)
Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards
returns to the show.
Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Google Lunar X PRIZE competitors Moon Express and Odyssey Moon. As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company’s technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. Bob is an evangelist of the “NewSpace” movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA , 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of “Blueprint for Space”  (Smithsonian Institution 1992); “Return to the Moon” (Apogee Books 2005) and “The Farthest Shore” (ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honor is causal) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”  Dr. Richards has said “The health of our home planet and the survival of our species will only be secured through the use of space resources and the expansion of Earth’s economic sphere to the Moon and beyond. Creating an off-Earth economy and multi-planet civilization will safeguard the long term prospects of humanity.”   He has also said “Human society is nearing the precipice of a technological roller coaster that we aren’t ready to ride. The Singularity University will help educate and prepare humanity’s future leaders for a world of accelerating technological change and the profound challenges it will bring to our social, legal and moral precepts.”

3. Friday, December 24, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Robert 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.

4. Sunday, December 26, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Dr. Stan Rosen
comes to the program to discuss how to facilitate the emergence of the next generation of revolutionary applications. These concepts should compete with “green tech” and biotech for a key role in the “economies of the future.”
Dr. Stan Rosen is currently Professor of Acquisition Management for the Defense Acquisition University. He formerly served as a manager and strategist in the national security and commercial space communities and led strategic planning for Hughes Space and Communications Company and Boeing Satellite Systems. Prior to rejoining the DoD, he was a consultant for Toffler Associates. He is an Associate Fellow and former Vice President and Distinguished Lecturer of the AIAA. He was Chairman of the California Space Authority and currently serves on the board of the National Space Society.

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