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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon May 16, 2011 7:57 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 16, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Mark Holderman
comes to the program to discuss Nautilus 1-X and space workforce issues.
Through positions in the NASA/Space Shuttle Program (SSP) and the CIA/Office of Development & Engineering (OD&E)/ Directorate of Science & Technology, I have had the opportunity to successfully garner some unique and substantive Design, Development and Operational engineering experiences. Technology Development and Systems-Engineering for complex systems are areas of subject matter expertise.



The NASA activities have primarily focused on areas that concerned managing major flight hardware upgrades to the Space Shuttle Program (SSP), as well as leading the design of a new class of human crewed exploration-class spacecraft. During the re-design of Space Station Freedom, I lead a large and technically- diverse Team that submitted a redesign (GEODE) for the International Space Station. During normal Space Shuttle Program Operations;  I was the Principle Investigator/Integrator for a Flight-experiment that conducted research on the characterization and performance evaluation of the first nano/MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) components/devices flown in space (STS-93),  Co-Lead for the Development and Certification of a new Aluminum alloy [AlLi 2195] for the External Tank (cryo LO2/LH2), was a team member for refining new weld techniques [Soft Plasma Arc Welding] for the new 2195-alloy, and Co-Directed and lead the analysis of a structural load test of a full-scale barrel section of the External Tank LH2 tankage (28ft. dia.). I was the Deputy Project Manager for a Shuttle-Derived Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (Sidemount) Phase-A design Proposal that was presented to the President’s Augustine Commission on Space. Recent activity has focused on developing the first Wireless Power Beaming Transmission demonstration from the International Space Station to a Ground Station receiver at the Goldstone Facility in California.  A major element of this demonstration was the incorporation of Extremely Large Space structures, which featured new methodologies (personal designs) for inflatable and deployable mechanical structures. I am also the creator/designer of the Nautilus-X, Human Exploration spacecraft [ref: Google/Wikipedia], and have designed the first Human Habitable Centrifuge for the International Space Station.  CIA/OD&E responsibilities required the maturing of distinct technology development areas, each requiring extensive security Clearances; SAR (Special Access Required) and SCI (Specially Compartmented Information). Duties included full responsibility and leadership of a select Team that translated an extremely demanding set of System Requirements [functioning in a unique and hostile environment] for a Remote Sensing platform into unprecedented aerospace-designs and functional /qualified space hardware. This program ultimately reached an Operational status that surpassed ALL performance requirements and objectives. I have a demonstrated ability to grasp demanding and unique System Concepts, and translate them into technical objectives and successful engineering solutions. My familiarity with innovation, leading edge technology development, and their application to large & complex System concepts and requirements, will allow me to quickly contribute to your organization.

2. Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 7-9 PM PDT (May 18, 2-4 GMT)
Gary Hudson
returns to talk about what he presented at the recent Space Access Society meeting. His Space Access Power Point presentations will be on The Space Show blog on Tuesday prior to the program so do check out his two presentations.
Gary C. Hudson is Co-Founder of the Transformational Space Corporation, AirLaunch LLC and HMX Inc. He has worked in the field of commercial space for 36 years with an emphasis on development of innovative low-cost systems. In 1996, he co-founded Rotary Rocket, dedicated to the development of a single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle that used a rocket-tipped rotor propulsion system. Rotary Rocket conducted three low-altitude flight tests of a full-scale vehicle. He is also the designer of the Phoenix family of launch vehicles which led directly to the DC-X. He was awarded and Aviation Week & Space Technology “Laurel” in 1994 for the DC-X program. He has been a Board Member of the Space Transportation Association, is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Space Frontier Foundation, and has presented testimony before the U.S. Congress on many occasions. In addition, he has taught at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, the Institute for Space and Astronautical Sciences of Tokyo University, and Stanford University.

3. Friday, May 20, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Tom Olson
returns to report live on ISDC 2011 from Huntsville.
For over a quarter-century, Mr. 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.

4. Sunday, May 22, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Elizabeth Howell
comes to the program. Ms. Howell is a graduate student in the Space Studies program at the University of North Dakota. She was also a student in my commercial space class this semester and I asked her to talk to us about why her peers want to study space subjects.
Elizabeth Howell is a reporter at the Ottawa Business Journal covering technology and the Canadian space scene as it relates to Ottawa companies. In her career she has attended and reported on three shuttle launches, interviewed astronauts ranging from Buzz Aldrin to Scott Parazynski to Marc Garneau, and written about space in several mainstream and specialty publications. Howell has reporting experience for a number of large Canadian news organizations such as CTV, the Globe and Mail and the Ottawa Citizen as well as specialty space publications like The Space Review, SpaceRef, NASA Watch, 365 Days of Astronomy and Air and Space Smithsonian. In her spare time, Howell writes a blog on Canadian space, Pars3c (www.pars3c.com) and is working to complete her Master of Science, Space Studies by distance at the University of North Dakota.

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