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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon May 9, 2011 6:34 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 9, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Mike Gold
, Director of the D.C. Operations & Business Growth for Bigelow Aerospace, LLC. Mr. Gold will be with us for only the first hour. The last segment will be a discussion pertaining to the interview with Mr. Gold.
Mike Gold currently serves as Bigelow Aerospace’s Director of D.C. Operations & Business Growth.  Mr. Gold is responsible for a broad array of activities at Bigelow Aerospace including international business development; export control; media, corporate, and federal relations; as well as NASA Space Act Agreement implementation, patent report maintenance, and strategic planning. 

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Prior to joining Bigelow Aerospace in a full-time capacity, Mr. Gold previously assisted the company as an attorney in the Washington office of Patton Boggs, LLP.  While at Patton Boggs Mr. Gold supported several clients in high-tech and education-related fields with a specialty in advanced aerospace ventures.  Mr. Gold has also served as a state aerospace business development officer, an attorney in the Washington office of McGuire Woods, LLP, and as a summer law clerk at NASA Langley Research Center.  In September of 2008 Mr. Gold was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (“COMSTAC”).  As part of his appointment, Mr. Gold chairs the COMSTAC’s Export Controls Working Group.  Mr. Gold is a member of the District of Columbia and New York State Bar Associations, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he founded and served as the first Coordinating Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law.  Mr. Gold has written three law review articles on the topic of export control and commercial space, “Lost in Space: A Practitioner’s First-Hand Perspective on Reforming the U.S.’s Obsolete, Arrogant, and Counterproductive Export Control Regime for Space-Related Items and Technologies”, published in the Journal of Space Law, Volume 34, 2008; “The Wrong Stuff: America’s Aerospace Export Control Crisis”, published in the Nebraska Law Review, Volume 87, 2008; and, “Thomas Jefferson, We Have a Problem: The Unconstitutional Nature of the U.S.’s Aerospace Export Control Regime as Supported by Bernstein v. U.S. Department of Justice”, published in the Cleveland State Law Review, Volume 57, 2009.

2. Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 7-9 PM PDT (May 11, 2-4 GMT)
Space Show celebrates ten years of continuous programming
. As part of this celebration, the Space Cynics (Shubber Ali, founder, Tom Olson, Dr. John Jurist, and myself) are getting together for a discussion on the state and future of human spaceflight and more. Visit the Space Cynics blog at http://spacecynic.wordpress.com.

Shubber Ali is a senior manager in Accenture’s Process & Innovation Performance group, where he helps private and public sector clients to develop non-incremental innovation capabilities and offerings in industries ranging from financial services to high tech. He previously served as the Group Manager for Risk Strategy at Capital One, and was the Manager of KPMG’s Aerospace and Defense consulting practice, where he worked on projects ranging from GPS and Launch systems (ELV and RLV) to commercial satellite systems (comms and remote sensing) and commercialization of the ISS. He also successfully co-founded a space-derived private equity-backed startup, Snowsports Interactive, which won a major international design award this spring and has just signed their first commercial contracts in the US ski market for this season. He is a regularly featured presenter at industry conferences, including most recently this month at both the Frost & Sullivan Innovation conference in San Francisco (where he co-facilitated a workshop for over 50 senior executives from across industry on conducting innovation diagnostics for their companies) and at the IQPC Chicago conference (where he spoke on the role of Lean Six Sigma and Process discipline in fostering Innovation). Shubber is also the founder of the Space Cynics blog, a contrarian voice in the otherwise generally kool-aid fueled alt.space world (although he and his fellow Cynic bloggers certainly take jabs at the established space industry giants as well…). He holds an MBA from Georgetown University, where he also served as an adjunct professor of business strategy.

For over a quarter-century, Tom Olson has been a business systems engineer and analyst in the Communications, Aerospace, and Publishing sectors. In addition, he has worked in an investment analysis and operations capacity in the Financial Services area (cash and fund management). A serial entrepreneur, he helped found Exodus Group as a way to bridge the gap of understanding between entrepreneurial space tech startups and Angel/VC/Institutional investors seeking new opportunities. He has served on the organizing committee for the “Space Investment Summits”, an event bringing together interested investors and entrepreneurs for knowledge sharing and professional networking. Currently he is an adviser to, and investor in, three tech startups.

Dr. John Jurist was simultaneously a physicist and a medical researcher before becoming involved in business. He has degrees in biophysics and nuclear medicine earned while he was at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Jurist has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Space Science and Engineering Center. In the former, he studied human factors in space flight during Apollo and what was then called Apollo Applications. In the latter during the early 1970s, he was team leader of the group that transmitted the first medical imaging over communications satellite links in the precursor of what is now called telemedicine. In the business arena, he created, grew, and ran a very successful biomedical engineering consulting firm, took over a surgical care facility with instructions from the board to prepare it for bankruptcy, and within a year, converted it into a successful operation. He also founded a nonprofit medical research institution and ran it for four years — it now has an eight figure annual research budget. Dr. Jurist is experienced in running a business and evaluating a business plan. Now semi-retired, he is applying his experience to the developing new space industry. He has invested in several alt.space startups, supported research in others by corporate grants, and funded research projects at Montana State University and at Santa Clara University. Dr. Jurist is currently a Life Member of the Aerospace Medical Association, a Life Member of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society among other professional organizations. He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Space Studies at UND at the Odegard School Aerospace Sciences.

3. Friday, May 13, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Janice Dunn
of the California Space Authority returns to discuss the California Space Center and more.
Janice Dunn is currently employed as Deputy Director by the California Space Authority, Inc. (CSA), a non-profit corporation founded to promote and advocate the continuing development and growth of California’s Space Enterprise community. She serves as Director of Policy for the Aerospace States Association, is a Steering Group member for the Space Exploration Alliance, and is CSA’s representative to the Coalition for Space Exploration.
Ms. Dunn was graduated with honors from California State University San Diego in 1977 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and economics. She began her career by first serving as a newspaper reporter for The Vista Press and then serving as the producer of a news talk show on KSDO radio station in San Diego. Ms. Dunn subsequently entered law school and was graduated from the University of San Diego. She began her legal career as a law clerk with NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and was subsequently hired as an attorney at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. As a NASA attorney, Ms. Dunn focused upon government contract issues related to launch vehicles and satellite services. Ms. Dunn departed NASA in order to serve as a civilian attorney for the Air Force at Space and Missile Center in Los Angeles, California. While there, she focused upon labor and government contract issues, including the Air Force’s procurement of medium launch vehicle services and implementation of the Commercial Space Launch Act which included drafting a model agreement for private sector use of Air Force launch property and services. Ms. Dunn subsequently served the Air Force as a civilian attorney assigned to the Office of the General Counsel in the Pentagon. In that capacity, she focused upon legal issues pertaining to the procurement of space systems. She also represented the Air Force in negotiations with Congress that led to the Commercial Space Launch Act Amendments of 1988. Ms. Dunn next served in the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, as counsel to the Space Subcommittee. In that capacity, she provided legal counsel to members of Congress and committee staff on issues related to NASA programs, including expendable launch vehicles, commercial space, and the International Space Station. Ms. Dunn departed Congress in order to represent private sector clients in litigation related to federal government contracts. She later represented private sector clients and state government organizations in negotiations with Congress and the federal executive branch on funding and policy issues. In her capacity as General Counsel, Ms. Dunn provides legal advice to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. In her capacity as Director of Federal Government Relations, she educates federal policymakers on strategic space issues. Ms. Dunn is a runner, an avid scuba diver, and a gardener.

4. Sunday, May 15, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Targeted Open Lines discussion regarding a letter I recently received from an 8th grade student
. I will post this letter on the blog prior to this show (without name and location information). In this letter, this student calls for a reduction in the NASA budget, cutting back on some NASA programs, including the need for demo projects for inspiration, and more. The student is clearly aware of and likes space and NASA and says these and other steps are needed to make sure space and NASA survive. While I disagree with much of what this student wrote and his explanations and understanding of how certain things work, I applaud this student for writing a reasoned and articulate letter on these issues. This appears to be a young student interested in space and I would like The Space Show to help nurture his interest in space. I would like listeners to evaluate and comment on what the student says. Please be civil and respectful even if you disagree. This student is interested in space and I suspect what he says actually resonates with more people than many of our messages. So today’s program is focused on this student’s letter and what he says about space, the economy, and NASA. I have invited this student to be a guest on The Space Show with his parents but so far I have not received a reply.

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