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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon May 2, 2011 9:26 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, May 2, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Project Icarus team
comes to The Space Show. For more information about Project Icarus, visit www.icarusinterstellar.org.

Richard Obousy
is the Primary Propulsion Design Lead for Project Icarus. Richard holds a Ph.D in theoretical physics with a focus on Casimir energy, dark energy and the stability of higher dimensions. He also holds a Masters degree in physics with space sciences and technology obtained from the University of Leicester in 1999. From 1999 to 2002, Richard worked for the United Kingdom government, working on radar polarimetry. Richard is known for his interest in the Casimir Effect and his dissertation explored the possibility that dark energy could be an artifact of Casimir energy in extra dimensions. He is a regular guest contributor for the Discovery news, and recently appeared on the History channel’s “The Universe’ discussing exotic methods for interstellar propulsion. He is a a Practitioner of The Tau Zero Foundation, and is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. He resides in Houston, Texas.



Dr. Rob Adams is a study lead in the Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. His main duties include organizing the efforts of teams of engineers to complete analyses of interest to NASA management. He led the Ares V integration study in 2008, bringing together the disparate efforts from four major centers under one banner. He led the team evaluating concept aircraft dropped launch vehicles for a joint NASA/Air Force study. He has lead a number of analyses for the Space Systems branch as well, including evaluating crewed missions to Mars. Dr. Adams is considered an expert on mitigation systems for defending the Earth against impacts with asteroids and comets. Dr. Adams also conducts analyses and research in the fields of advanced propulsion and mission analysis. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering) degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and is finishing a Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. Adams looks forward to the day where we are all out there exploring space.

Dr. Ian Crawford
is an astronomer turned planetary scientist, and is currently Reader in Planetary Science at Birkbeck College, London (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/es/). He is presently also Geophysical Secretary of the UK Royal Astronomical Society (http://www.ras.org.uk/. The main focus of his research is in the area of lunar exploration, including the remote sensing of the lunar surface and the laboratory analysis of lunar samples. Ian also has strong interests in the new science of astrobiology, the study of the astronomical and planetary context of the origin and evolution of life. He is a strong advocate for the renewed human exploration of the Moon, the eventual human exploration of Mars, and the development of a space faring infrastructure within the Solar System which will one day make interstellar travel a practical undertaking. A more detailed summary of interests, and list of publications, can be found on his personal website at:http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucfbiac/.

2. Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 7-9 PM PDT (May 4, 2-4 GMT)
Space Show Classroom
program welcomes Joe Carroll to the program to discuss artificial gravity. Visit the Classroom blog at http://spaceshowclassroom.wordpress.com to see his presentation material for the Tuesday evening program.Co-hosts Dr. John Jurist and Dr. Jim Logan will be with us for this Classroom discussion.

Joe Carroll has worked since 1981 on advanced space transportation, mostly involving long tethers. He led the development of the Small Expendable Deployment System (SEDS), which demonstrated controlled deorbit without rockets in 1993 and also flew successfully on SEDS-2 in 1994, and TiPS in 1996. He also developed the deployer and wire for the Plasma Motor Generator (PMG), which demonstrated electrodynamic thrust in orbit.  He has also worked on unmanned and manned reentry vehicle concepts for NASA and several startups. His main current work is on electrodynamic tethers.

3. Friday, May 6, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Ian Brewster
returns for news on developments in physics, commercial space and related topics.
Mr. Ian Brewster is a science enthusiast and writer and the author of “The Simple Universe.” He has been actively studying physics and astronomy from a very young age. He specializes in cosmology and physics and has written several papers on the subject for science journals and magazines. Mr. Brewster is all a full time freelance writer and has written for a variety of magazines on every subject from women’s issues to geopolitics, military, Special Forces, world history, computers, and the martial arts.

4. Sunday, May 8, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Keith Dauzat
and Eric Hunting come regarding The Living Universe Foundation which has evolved from the First Millennial Foundation.

Keith Dauzat is an accountant and analyst with a major oil field services firm.  His education includes an AAS in Accounting, a BBA in Economics, and an MBA in Finance.  He is the Executive Director and Treasurer as well as a former board member of the Living Universe Foundation.  When Keith isn’t at work or promoting space and sea interests, he keeps busy with mead making and hydroponic gardening.

Eric Hunting is a technical writer, small business owner, and active member of the Living Universe Foundation (originally First Millennial Foundation), for at least 15 years. He is also an early member of the Space Renaissance Initiative as well as the Lifeboat Foundation and P2P Foundation. He is an avid space, alternative architecture, and technology enthusiast and active participant in the Open Manufacturing, Peer-To-Peer, and general Post-Industrial cultural movements. He has been working on the revision of Marshal Savage’s Millennial Project, known as TMP2, for 5 years along with related projects such as the Utilihab building system and more recently the nascent International Open Space Initiative.

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