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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon May 23, 2011 8:53 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Thursday, May 26, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Kevin Sloan
returns to discuss the current Mars Society University Rover Challenge Program. For more information, visit http://urc.marssociety.org.
Kevin Sloan is the Director of The Mars Society’s University Rover Challenge sponsored by TASC (URC). Now in its fourth year, URC is an annual competition for college teams to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside astronauts in the field.



Kevin also sits on the Steering Committee for The Mars Society, and in between his roles with The Mars Society spends his days working as a Systems Engineer in the Washington, DC area. He holds baccalaureate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, and is currently completing his Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Maryland.

2. Friday, May 27, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Pat Norris
from the UK. Mr. Norris will be discussing his new book, “Watching Earth from Space: How Surveillance Helps Us — and Harms Us.” This book is available on the OGLF book web page and if you purchase it using the OGLF URL, Amazon makes a contribution to The Space Show. www.amazon.com/dp/1441969373/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=onegialeafou-20. His website is www.patnorris.com.
Pat Norris has worked in the space and software industries since the 1960s. Born and educated in Ireland, he started his working life in the UK at the radar laboratories of Elliott Automation. He moved to the USA in 1966 working for the RCA Service Company at the Goddard Space Flight Center, supporting NASA’s activities in precise orbit determination, gravity field modeling and satellite geodesy. In 1967 he joined TRW to work on the Apollo moon landing program in Houston Texas. He led a small team of engineers analyzing the challenges of navigating between the earth and the moon, and around the moon. He received the Apollo individual Achievement Award from Neil Armstrong in August 1969 for his endeavors – in particular the determination of accurate geodetic locations for the one third of NASA tracking stations whose data had to be binned in the Apollo 8 mission. From 1971 to 1980 he worked for the European Space Agency as system and software engineer on the Hubble Space Telescope, the Meteosat weather satellite, the Aerosat navigation satellite and the OTS telecom satellite. Since 1980, Pat has worked for Logica in the UK. This multinational software company is now the European leader in space software – its software currently supports the missions of more than a third of the world’s satellites. Space missions in which Pat has been involved in this role include the Giotto probe to Halley’s comet, the Hipparcos star mapper, the Huygens probe to Titan, the Galileo navigation system, the Inmarsat-4 global mobile broadband network, the XMM X-ray astronomy observatory and the Skynet 5 military communications satellite. Pat is Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society Space Group, a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Parliamentary Space Committee and a former Chairman of the trade association of Britain’s space industry, UKspace (previously called UKISC). He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Engineer (CITP).

3. Sunday, May 29, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
John Spencer
of the Space Tourism Society returns for updates and a report on their recent very successful event in Los Angeles.
John Spencer is a space architect with over twenty five years of award winning design experience. He has built a career that is a balance between the design and finance professions. He is a pioneer in what he calls “The Design Frontier.” He creates, designs, and develops his own space tourism, Mars, and future themed simulation and attraction projects and serves as a conceptual designer for some of the world’s largest corporations. He has won two awards from NASA for his architectural designs for the International Space Station now in Earth orbit and created the first interior designs on the SpaceHab Module which has flown into orbit over a dozen times. He is the Founder (1995) and President of the not-for-profit Space Tourism Society (STS) and is considered a founding father of the Space Tourism Industry. He is the author of Space Tourism – Do You Want To Go, with Karen Rugg,published by Apogee books in September, 2004. The book premiers his design for the world’s first orbital super yacht named Destiny. As a real estate developer and master planner, he coined the term “Experience Park” in the early eighties. Some of his original concepts and designs include “The Science Fiction Hall of Fame” for the Queen Mary site, the first “Star Trek” theme park, and the “FuturePort Park.” His 1982 “Space Resort” design and development project (take a 3 day simulated cruise into low Earth orbit) matured into the “Space World” theme park built in Japan. It opened in April 1991. He coined the terms “SimExperience” and “Simnauts” to describe the new generation of totally immersive orbital space cruise and Mars exploration and recreation simulation experiences he is currently designing. He is the president and chief designer for Red Planet Ventures (RPV) a design, licensing, and development company focused on Mars themed ventures. He is quoted in over 50 magazines, newspapers, and TV shows including The Today Show on the growing space tourism industry. His websites are: www.spacetourismsociety.org and www.redplanetventures.com.

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