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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:00 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, March 28, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Dennis Chamberland
of Atlantica Expeditions (www.underseacolony.com).
Dennis Chamberland has logged more than 30 days as a working aquanaut on 14 sea floor missions as Mission Commander and Principal Investigator.  He is the designer of six undersea habitats:  the Engineering Research Habitats (ER Series) I and II, the Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station Habitat, the New Worlds Explorer, the Leviathan Habitat and the Challenger Station Habitat. 



He has been a certified aquanaut (AQ) since 1993 and a certified open water diver since 1976.   Dennis is a Bioenvironmental Engineer (MS – Oklahoma State University -1983), a former US Naval Officer, a US Navy Civilian Nuclear Engineer, an instructor at the Trident Technical College and a Space Advanced Life Support Systems design engineer. Dennis has been involved as a design engineer in the development of advanced life support systems being considered for moon and Mars bases. He was named a Fellow of the New York Explorer’s Club in 1991 and has spoken at their headquarters about his expeditions.  Mr. Chamberland makes frequent public appearances and gives lectures about many aspects of human exploration from interplanetary probes to the permanent human colonization of the oceans.  As a Native American of the Cherokee Nation, he has a keen interest in what the tribal history of the Cherokees can teach others about reverence for and stewardship of the environment.  Dennis has a special interest in the Trail of Tears as his own recorded history began in this historic time of upheaval.  His great-grandfather was a part of this great drama and  much family history was determined as a result of the unfolding events. Dennis is also a prolific writer, publishing more than 100 articles in various periodicals, technical journals and reference works.  He has also published eight books including four novels, including the book, UNDERSEA COLONIES.
Dennis has been the principal design engineer or acted as an advising engineer on nine undersea habitation projects.
Dennis was the Principal Investigator on the first ever planting from seed and subsequent harvesting of a mature agricultural crop in an undersea habitat.
Functioned as Mission Commander on one of three totally independent undersea habitat missions which were conducted simultaneously in three separate habitats on the seafloor in 1997, becoming the largest such true undersea community.
Along with his wife, Dennis and Claudia hold the record for the most accumulated days working as a married undersea Aquanaut team.

2. Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT (March 30, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dave Ketchledge
returns for the first part of the program to discuss facts and realities about nuclear power, power plant radiation, and more. Our segment with Dave will be followed by Open Lines if we have sufficient remaining time.
When Dave Ketchledge wrote The Next Shuttle in 2005, the Space Shuttle fleet was still the current vehicle and the X-33 was slightly over budget and the H2 tank failure at MSFC had not taken place that effectively ended the program. While many changes have gone on in 4 years, there are lessons to be learned. After writing The Next Shuttle, it was my intention to do another follow on book called “Rocket Science” if there was even a moderate success with the first book. Rocket Science in 897 pages spans the areas of hobby rocketry and professional Aerospace Engineering for key reasons. First it is essential to give young men and women who are just starting in Rocketry a technical resource that represents some 50 years of experience. For those in Aerospace Engineering, Rocket Science is a detailed reference that demonstrates how low cost vehicle test methods through Radio Control and High Power Rocketry have yielded positive results. Leading senior members of NAR and TRA have flow RC boost gliders of the Bell X-1, North American X-15 and Space Shuttle. Along with several lifting bodies like the HL-10 and X-38. During the 1960’s Dale Reed at Edwards AFB flew experimental vehicles including the M2F1, X-33 and Space Wedge. All accomplished at a fraction of the cost of full size prototypes and yielded significant design issues in each craft. The M2F1 showed that at certain roll and pitch angles the vehicle would shed the leading edge lift vortex. A trait that repeated itself years later in manned vehicles. Thus it’s a proven fact that R/C and High Power Rocketry have made a positive impact in aerospace development. Rocket Science as a book also reflects the work at SpaceX, XCOR Aerospace and Scaled Composites with a specific chapter on the ongoing efforts and future potential of each design. The world of 2009 is a flux of change both in government and commercial spaceflight. One expects the Orion will fly in 2015 and we can reach the Moon again by 2020 and potentially Mars a decade later. To accomplish this, a new generation of space capable students and professionals is needed in Technology and Engineering. Rocket Science lays out a foundation for the reader and as a reference. Like my first book, key NASA reports are included in Propulsion, Aerodynamics and vehicle development. Finally, from a professional perspective, the demand for Engineers and capable technical personal is impacting not just Aerospace, but the nuclear power industry. We expect at least 6 to 12 new stations to start construction by 2010. Yet each will need a staff of 600 to operate and 4000 during construction. The nation at this time is ill prepared to meet this challenge. Both the Tripoli and the NAR have strong educational outreach efforts. But teachers should do more. The future demands no less that a significant drive for excellence. I fondly remember a poster from Apogee Components who is operated by Tim Milligan. The poster shows a Saturn V lifting off and a boy holding a model rocket. The caption reads: The first step into Space takes a Model Rocket. Rocket Science is the road map to achieve that all in one text. It is in essence my legacy to the future. Finally Harry Stine, the father of Model Rocketry asked each of the senior members to pay forward. Because each new member we have, is worth our attention, guidance and assistance to be a success.

3. Friday, April 1, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Taylor Dinerman
returns to discuss the role and importance of nuclear power in our economy and throughout the west plus other updates regarding space, DOD and more.
Taylor Dinerman is a well-known and respected space writer regarding military and civilian space activities since 1983. From 1999 until 2003, Mr. Dinerman ran Space Equity.com. Taylor Dinerman has now been writing for a variety of publications including Ad Astra, The Wall Street Journal and the American Spectator. He was a regular contributor with a weekly piece for Jeff Foust’s Space Review and now writes for the Hudson Institute New York. Mr. Dinerman’s articles on a wide range of important space topics can be read at www.thespacereview.com. His work also appears in the Wall Street Journal, the National Review, and he was the author of the text book, “Space Sciences for Students.” He is a part-time consultant for the US Defense Department.

4. Sunday, April 3, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Paul Spudis
returns to discuss his newly published Apogee book, “Blogging The Moon: The Once & Future Moon Collection.” This book will be available on the One Giant Leap Foundation Amazon Partners page and if you buy it using the following URL, Amazon contributes to The Space Show:
Dr. Paul D. Spudis is Principal Investigator in the Planetary Geology Program of the NASA Office of Space Science, Solar System Exploration Division, specializing in research on the processes of impact and volcanism on the planets. Served on NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Sample Team (LAPST), which advises allocations of lunar samples for scientific research, the Lunar Exploration Science Working Group (LEXSWG),that devised scientific strategies of lunar exploration, and the Planetary Geology Working Group, which monitors overall directions in the planetary research community. Served on the Committee for Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX), an advisory committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Synthesis Group, a White House panel that in 1990-1991, analyzed a return to the Moon to establish a base and the first human mission to Mars. Member, Presidential Commission on the Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy, 2004. Deputy Leader of the Science Team for the Department of Defense Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994. Principal Investigator, mini-SAR experiment on Indian Chandrayaan mission to the Moon, 2008. Team member, mini-RF technology demonstration experiment, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to the Moon, 2008.

You can listen to the shows under www.TheSpaceShow.com
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