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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:43 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, February 21, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Dr. Eligar Sadeh
returns to discuss the current issue of AstroPolitics and our National Space Strategy.
ELIGAR SADEH, Ph.D., is President of Astroconsulting International, which empowers space, defense, and environmental programs with the critical skills to optimize outcomes. Eligar serves as a Research Professor with the Center for Space Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and as Editor of the academic journal Astropolitics. Previously, Eligar held professorships in Space and Defense Studies at the College of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and at the United States Air Force Academy, and worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company as a Systems Engineer.



He also served as a Research Associate with the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies at the Air Force Academy and with the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. Eligar has a number of publications in the academic journals of Space Policy and Astropolitics, book chapters, as well as space related books ‒ Space Strategy for the 21st Century (Routledge, forthcoming 2011), Politics of Space: A Survey (Routledge, 2010), and Space Politics and Policy: An Evolutionary Perspective (Kluwer, 2003).

2. Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PST (February 23, 3-4:30 GMT)
Dr. John Brandenburg
returns to discuss his new book “Life And Death On Mars: The New Mars Synthesis.”
John E. Brandenburg is a plasma physicist at Orbital Technologies in Madison Wisconsin, working on space plasma technologies and space propulsion. He also performed research on the MET(Microwave Electro-Thermal) plasma thruster for space propulsion,  Rocket Plume-Regolith Interactions on the Moon and Mars, Vortex theory of Rocket engine design,   and Kaluza-Klein theory of Field Unification for purposes of space propulsion.  He also performed an architecture study for a Human Mars Mission using solar electric propulsion.  Before coming to ORBITEC  he was performing research on air plasmas and plasma propulsion at Florida Space Institute. He is a pioneer in creating electrodeless atmospheric pressure plasmas in air using microwaves. Before this he was at The Aerospace Corporation, where one of his duties was as principle investigator of the MET propulsion project. Before coming to Aerospace corporation Dr. Brandenburg was a researcher at Research Support Instruments (RSI) where he specialized in making controlled laboratory plasmas for uses ranging from air plasmas for surface sterilization , Fusion research and  the MET thruster. He also worked as an independent consultant on Space Missile Defense, Directed Energy Weapons, and space rocket plume phenomenology, and also at Mission Research Corporation and Sandia National Laboratories on plasmas for controlled fusion and similar topics.Dr Brandenburg was born in Rochester, Minnesota but grew up in Medford Oregon. He obtained a BA in Physics from Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon, home of the Shakespearean Festival. He obtained his MS in Applied Science at University of California at Davis and his PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics at the UC Davis extension campus at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore California.  The Title of his Thesis was “A Theoretical Model of a Reversed Field Ion Layer Made of Monoenergetic Ions” and dealt with the magnetic confinement of plasmas for controlled nuclear fusion.  Inspired by the Apollo missions to choose a career in Physics he has always been an avid fan of space exploration and science fiction. He is the author the “Dead Mars, Dying Earth”(1999) with Monica Rix Paxson , ( see Amazon.com) which dealt with the problems of energy and global warming from a comparative planetary science ( Earth-Mars) perspective and has been published the USA, Great Britain, Germany and Japan. It was the winner of the Silver Medal in the Ben Franklin awards for books on science and environment. He has published two science fiction novels: “Asteroid 20-2012 Sepulveda” and its sequel  “Morningstar Pass, The Collapse of the UFO Coverup” ( see Amazon.com for both) under the pen name “Victor Norgarde” these deal with the problems of living in the real cosmos and initial contact between humanity and extraterrestrial intelligence. His latest scientific book: “Life and Death on Mars: The New Mars Synthesis” is in press and deals with the evidence that a large asteroid impact on Mars late in its geologic history may have collapsed a persistent greenhouse regime on that planet,  and that such a climatic collapse may have triggered a mass extinction of life there. Dr. Brandenburg has dedicated his career to problems of space, energy and national defense.

3. Friday, February 25, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Dr. Robert L. Hirsch
comes to discuss his Apogee book, “The Impending World Energy Mess: What It Is And What It Means To You.”
Dr. Robert L. Hirsch a Senior Energy Advisor at Management Information Services, Inc. (MISI); a consultant in energy, technology, and management; and founder of AlumiGen, a startup company base on his invention for hydrogen production. Previously, he was a senior staff member at SAIC, RAND, and Advanced Power Technologies, Inc.; Vice President of the Electric Power Research Institute; Vice President and Manager for oil and gas upstream research at Atlantic Richfield Co.; Founder and CEO of ARCO Power Technologies, Inc.; Manager of Exxon’s synthetic fuels research laboratory; Manager of Petroleum Exploratory Research at Exxon; Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration (Presidential Appointment); and director of fusion research at the U.S. AEC and ERDA. He has over 40 years professional experience, 15 patents and over 50 technical publications. His doctorate is in engineering and physics.

4. Sunday, February 27, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Robert Godwin
of Apogee Books returns regarding two science fiction releases by George Griffith, “The World Peril of 1910″ and “Around The World In 65 Days: The Journal of the Real Phileas Fogg.”
In 2008 Robert Godwin started Apogee Science Fiction which he uses to bring important space-related fiction back into the public eye. In 2011 Robert continues to work closely with the space organizations around the world and spends his time editing and writing. Never far from his love for music, he occasionally writes for music magazines while CG Publishing continues to publish award winning music books, including a newly revised edition of Robert’s The Making of Led Zeppelin IV. In November of 2007 the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature honored Robert and his brother Richard by naming a main belt asteroid “4252 Godwin”. He is an advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation and is currently Space Curator at the Canadian Air And Space Museum.

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