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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:03 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 28, 2011, 6:30-7:30 PM PST (March 1, 2:30-3:30 GMT)
Live from the Next Gen Suborbital Conference
in Orlando, Florida David McBride, Director of NASA Dryden Spaceflight Center where CRuSR is managed and Dr. Alan Stern, NSRC conference organizer.
Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, consultant, and author. He is serving as an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute and has his own aerospace consulting firm, with current and former clients including Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the Odyssey Moon Google Lunar X-Prize team, Boeing Aerospace, and the Johns Hopkins University. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Stern served as NASA’s chief of all space and Earth science programs, directing a $4.4B organization with 93 separate flight missions and a program of over 3,000 research grants.



During his NASA tenure, a record 10 major new flight projects were started and deep reforms of NASA’s scientific research and the education and public outreach programs were put in place. His tenure also featured an emphasis on cost control in NASA flight missions that resulted in a 63% decrease in cost overruns. In 2007, he was named to the Time 100’s list of most influential people. His career has taken him to numerous astronomical observatories, to the South Pole, and to the upper atmosphere aboard various high performance NASA aircraft including F/A-18 Hornets, KC-135 zero-G, and WB-57 Canberras. He has been involved as a researcher in 24 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including 9 for which he was the mission principle investigator; and he has led the development of 8 ultraviolet and visible/infrared scientific instruments for NASA space missions. Among Dr. Stern’s mission lead roles is NASA’s $720M New Horizon’s Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission, the largest PI-led space mission ever launched by NASA. Prior to his service at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Dr. Stern served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI’s) Space Science and Engineering Division from 2005-2007. Previous to that, from 1998 to 2005, he was the Director of the Space Studies Department at SwRI, and from 1994 to 1998, he was from 1994-1998 the leader of the Geophysical, Astrophysical, and Planetary Science section in SwRI’s Space Sciences Department. During his SwRI tenure from 1991 to 2007, Dr. Stern grew SwRI’s planetary group from three people to one of the largest in the world, with a total project value exceeding $250M. Prior to founding SwRI’s Colorado operations in 1994, he was the leader of SwRI’s Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences group at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. From 1983 to 1991 he held positions at the University of Colorado in the Center for Space and Geosciences Policy, the office of the Vice President for Research, the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA). Before receiving his doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1989, Dr. Stern completed twin master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and atmospheric sciences (1980 and 1981), and then spent six years as an aerospace systems engineer, concentrating on spacecraft and payload systems at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Martin Marietta Aerospace, and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado. His two undergraduate degrees are in physics and astronomy from the University of Texas (1978 and 1980). Dr. Stern has published over 200 technical papers and 40 popular articles. He has given over 300 technical talks and over 100 popular lectures and speeches about astronomy and the space program. He has written two books, The U.S. Space Program After Challenger (Franklin-Watts, 1987), and Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged Edge of the Solar System (Wiley 1997, 2005). Additionally, he has served as editor on three technical volumes, and three collections of scientific popularizations: Our Worlds (Cambridge, 1998), Our Universe (Cambridge, 2000), and Worlds Beyond (Cambridge, 2003). Dr. Stern’s research has focused on studies of our solar system’s Kuiper belt and Oort cloud, comets, the satellites of the outer planets, the Pluto system, and the search for evidence of solar systems around other stars. He has also worked on spacecraft rendezvous theory, terrestrial polar mesospheric clouds, galactic astrophysics, and studies of tenuous satellite atmospheres, including the atmosphere of the moon. Dr. Stern has served on numerous NASA advisory committees, including the Lunar Exploration Science Working Group and the Discovery Program Science Working Group, the Solar System Exploration Subcommittee (SSES), the New Millennium Science Working Group, the Pluto Science Definition Team (SDT), and NASA’s Sounding Rocket Working Group. He was chairman of NASA’s Outer Planets Science Working Group from 1991 to 1994. He served as a panel member for the National Research Council’s 2003-2013 decadal survey on planetary science, and on the NASA Advisory Council (2006-2007). He is currently serving as the chair of the Suborbital Applications Researcher’s Group (SARG) of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF). Dr. Stern is a fellow of the AAAS and the IAA, and a member of the AAS and the AGU; he w as elected incoming chair of the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences in 2006. He has been awarded the Von Braun Aerospace Achievement Award of the National Space Society, the 2007 University of Colorado George Norlin Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the 2009 St. Mark’s Preparatory School Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a member of the board of directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Dr. Stern’s personal interests include hiking, camping, and writing. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings.

David D. McBride is director of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. As such, he oversees all aspects of center management, strategy and operations at NASA Dryden, one of the 10 field centers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. McBride was appointed director of NASA Dryden on Jan. 4, 2010, after having served as acting director since April 2009 upon the retirement of former center director Kevin L. Petersen. He had previously served as Dryden’s deputy director since June 2008, first in an acting capacity and subsequently receiving the official appointment in January 2009. McBride’s prior management assignments at NASA Dryden include serving as Associate Director for Programs, overseeing the center’s portfolio of projects supporting exploration, science, and aeronautics. He also was program manager for NASA’s Flight Research Program at NASA Dryden. The Flight Research Program and Flight and Systems Demonstrations Project conducted flight research and discovery that expanded aerospace knowledge and capabilities. Activities included the record-breaking flight of the solar-powered Helios aircraft to more than 96,000 feet altitude, the Active Aeroelastic Wing flight research project and the revolutionary Intelligent Flight Control System that demonstrated adaptive neural network flight control systems.  McBride’s prior technical assignments include responsibilities as chief engineer for the X-33 Extended Test Range, and lead flight systems engineer for the X-31 and X-29 flight research programs and Dryden’s F/A-18 Systems Research Aircraft.  From 1993 through 1998, McBride served as executive vice president and chief information officer of McBride and Associates, Inc., a computer sales, service and systems integration firm in Albuquerque, N.M.  McBride began his career at Dryden as a cooperative education student in 1982, specializing in the area of digital flight control systems analysis. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1985 and an executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico in 1998.

2. Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 5-6 PM PST (March 2, 1-2 GMT)
Live from the Next Gen Suborbital Conference
in Orlando, Florida Brett Alexander, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic.
Bretton Alexander brings rich expertise in government, international and entrepreneurial space efforts as the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Alexander has previously served as Executive Director for Space and the X PRIZE Cup at the X PRIZE Foundation, where he oversaw all aspects of the Google Lunar X Prize, the Lunar Lander Challenge, and the X PRIZE Cup, and was also Senior Advisor to Transformational Space Corporation (t/Space).  Prior to joining the entrepreneurial space community, Alexander served under presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush as Senior Policy Analyst for space issues. During his tenure at the White House, he was one of the primary authors of the “Vision for Space Exploration” announced by President Bush in January 2004. He has also held positions in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, the Aerospace Corporation, and ANSER Corporation. Alexander holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. In October 2009, Alexander was appointed by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to chair the Commercial Space Committee of the NASA Advisory Council.

George Thomas Whitesides is CEO and President of Virgin Galactic,[1] a firm developing commercial space vehicles. He was previously Chief of Staff of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a position to which he was named after serving on the NASA transition team for the incoming Obama Administration. From 2004 to 2008, Whitesides served as the Executive Director of the National Space Society.[2] He is the co-creator of Yuri’s Night.[3]He has served as Senior Advisor to Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s space tourism company.[4]  Whitesides was the Chairman of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group of COMSTAC, the advisory committee for the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Division. He was a board member of Astronomers Without Borders and the Space Generation Foundation.  He has served as a coach for Zero Gravity Corporation’s parabolic flight service.

3. Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 5-6 PM PST (March 3, 1-2 GMT)
Live from the Next Gen Suborbital Conference
in Orlando, FL. Dr. Alan Stern and Cindy Conrad for our final live discussion from the Next Gen Suborbital Conference in Orlando, Florida.
For Dr. Alan Stern, please see his full bio above for Monday, Feb 28, 2011.

Cynthia Conrad
received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, with a minor in Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While at CU, she participated in the Colorado Space Grant Consortium as the Science Team Lead on DATA-CHASER, a Space Shuttle hitchhiker payload that flew on STS-85 in 1996.  Recently, Ms. Conrad worked at NASA Headquarters as a Technical Assistant for Program Integration for the Planetary Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington D.C. She also served as a Planetary Science Division representative to the SMD Editorial Board, provided assistance with cataloging National Research Council reports and requests, and coordinated Legislative action responses for all Divisions within SMD. Conrad served as the Secretariat for the (lunar) Outpost Science and Exploration Working Group, a collaboration between the Science Mission Directorate and the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. In 2009, Ms. Conrad returned to Colorado and is currently an assistant to Dr. Alan Stern at Southwest Research Institute. She is also a full time graduate student, pursuing an MBA with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds a current FCC Amateur Radio Operator and Technician License.

4. Friday, March 4, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Max Vozoff
was previously with SpaceX for five years as Director of Civil Business Development and Senior Mission Manager/Dragon Product Manager. Has formed his own commercial space consulting company, mv2space in the greater Los Angeles Area. Previously, Max held the position of Senior RF & Systems Engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Senior RF Design Engineer at Utilicom/UC Wireless, and the RF Engineer at ERG. Max earned his engineering degrees at the University of Southern California and Curtin University of Technology in Australia.

5. Sunday, March 6, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Chris Carberry
of Explore Mars returns for updates and new program information.
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

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