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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:28 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, June 13, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Dr. Klaus Dannenberg
of AIAA, Dr. Jeff Farmer of NASA MSFC, and Dr. David Williams of NASA JSC come to discuss the upcoming AIAA ICES Conference to be held in Portland, OR from July 17-21, 2011. Visit the conference website for more information, www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=230&lumeetingid=2450.

Dr. Klaus Dannenberg is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In this capacity, he has responsibility for the Institute’s strategic direction including new application areas within the changing 21st century global aerospace marketplace, new constituencies that reflect that marketplace, and new products and services planned to fulfill the needs of the professional aerospace community. Prior to joining the AIAA staff in 2005, his 37-years in the aerospace industry were focused on application of information technology to complex aerospace and defense problems, primarily development of guidance, navigation, and control systems and C3I systems.



He is a Fellow of the AIAA and has served as AIAA’s Vice President-Finance, as Technical Director for Information Systems, and as chair of the Institute’s Honors and Awards program. Other professional responsibilities have included leadership roles in the National Training Systems Association, the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He has served on the Boards of Advisors for several universities in their respective schools of engineering and/or departments of aerospace engineering.

David Williams has worked at Johnson Space Center for almost 26 years.  He worked as a contractor for 8 1/2 years and the last 17 years as a civil servant.  He first worked in the Mission Operations Directorate as a certified flight controller in the life support area for the Space Shuttle for four years.  He then worked in the Flight Crew Operations Directorate as a Group Lead for McDonnell Douglas managing the core system engineers in the Astronaut Support Office and was also responsible for the fluid systems for the Space Station Freedom for four and half years.  In 1994 he accepted a civil servant position in the International Space Station Program Office (ISSPO) as the Deputy Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLS) System Manager for five years before taking a short rotation in Payload Engineering and Integration group for a year.  Eleven years ago he transferred to the Engineering Directorate to become the International Space Station ECLS System Manager when the System Management job was transferred from the Program Office to Engineering Directorate.  He stayed in that position for nine years before he decided to try a new challenge when he accepted a position as the Thermal/ECLS System Integration Group Co-Lead for the Constellation Program Office.   As the Constellation Program was shutting down he started supporting the Commercial Crew & Cargo Program Office (C3PO) as the Active Thermal/ECLS C3PO Advisory Team Lead for the Cargo Vehicles and for Commercial Crew Development – 1 (CCDev – 1) project.  He currently is supporting the Commercial Crew Program Office (CCPO) as a lead for Active Thermal/ECLS area for CCDev -2.   In support of the ICES Conference David Williams is currently the 2011 ICES Vice Chair.  In the past he was the Key Note Speaker one year, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Steering Committee member for ICES Conference for three years, has been the lead author for 28 papers, has chaired numerous sessions, and also has been the co-author of numerous papers.

Dr. Jeff Farmer leads the thermal control hardware development activities at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center’s Space Systems Department in support of potential robotic lunar lander and rover missions.  A specialist in thermal control at MSFC in Huntsville, Alabama, Jeff also has focused on development of novel high temperature furnaces for microgravity processing of metals and alloys aboard the international space station.  Previously at NASA’s Langley Research Center, Jeff supported development of state of the art multi-disciplinary computer aided engineering tools for design of spacecraft and large antennas and for evaluation of advanced technology and future mission concepts.  He has a  Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a Doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Jeff has actively supported ICES, the International Conference on Environmental Systems, throughout his career through paper reviews and organizing thermal control technology sessions.  He was instrumental in transitioning  ICES  from SAE to AIAA as vice chair in 2010, responsible for the full conference technical program when it was held in Barcelona, Spain. This year Jeff serves as the general conference chair of the event.

2. Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT (June 15, 2-3:30 GMT)
Marc Kaufman
comes to the program to discuss his new book, “First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth.
Marc Kaufman is a science writer and national editor at The Washington Post. To report “First Contact,” he spent more than two years traveling the globe to meet and learn from the scientists at the cutting edge of the search for life beyond Earth. The world of ET had not been a major interest of mine over the years (though I certainly am a fan of “2001: A Space Odyssey”) but was pulled in during a science-religion fellowship, and had come to see the search as far more than a curiosity. In fact, he came to see the worldwide effort to learn extraterrestrial life as a kind of stealth Apollo program — massive in scope yet hidden in plain view. As a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, mostly at The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer, Kaufman has been primed to jump on the big story, and that’s what he saw in astrobiology.but he believes his years working as a foreign correspondent trained him best to write this book. Why? His task was again to learn and understand new languages and cultures, only this time of a scientific nature. He also needed to find the individuals who might best bring the work and the story to life, and then to translate their research for those without their depth of training and experience. It was the education of a lifetime, and hopefully will be eye-opening and compelling for you.

3. Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 7-9 PM PDT (June 16, 2-4 GMT)
Open Lines
. I will open the phone lines when I have completed suggesting discussion topics for our program along with making a few announcements. First time callers are welcome. All topics are OK but remember, no partisan politics allowed. From emails I have received in advance of this show, I am expecting many callers so please limit the duration of your call. Do remember that for Open Lines, phone calls are preferable over email.

4. Friday, June 17, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Taber MacCallum
, CEO of Paragon Space Development Corporation.
Mr. MacCallum has worked at every level of command on a research vessel, sailing to over 40 ports and over 30,000 miles around the world. Training in Singapore, he became certified as a Commercial Dive Master and Advanced Diving Instructor. He served as Dive Master for a project to reintroduce two captive research dolphins to the wild, underwater ship salvage operations, and deep water specimen collecting expeditions in every ocean and most of the world’s seas. Taber was a founding member of the Biosphere 2 Design, Development, Test & Operations team, and a crew member in the first two-year mission living and working inside the three-acre materially closed ecological system which supported the life of the eight human inhabitants. Demonstrating the viability of artificial biospheres, Biosphere 2 was designed for research applicable to environmental management on Earth and the development of closed loop human life support technology for long duration space travel.  Granted a patent for the analytical systems of Biosphere 2, Taber was responsible for the design, implementation and operation of the atmosphere and water management systems as well as the self-contained paperless analytical laboratories for Biosphere 2 that tested air, water, soil and tissue. As a crew member he served as Safety Officer, Assistant Medical Officer and Analytical Chemist, responsible for operation of all the analytical systems and much of the medical systems.  The analytical and medical laboratories performed all the analysis required to understand and operate Biosphere 2, completely independent from sample exchange or external resources.  The medical facility had a full suite of diagnostic and treatment capabilities from blood analysis and x-ray to minor surgery.  Mr. MacCallum co-founded Paragon in 1993, serving as Chief Executive Officer since its formation.  He is also co-designer and patent holder for the Autonomous Biological System (ABS), a long duration plant and aquatic animal life support system. He was also the design lead for the Jet Propulsion Lab Mars Greenhouse Experiment Module (GEM) payload, and Mars GEM payload environmental control and plant life support system. He conceived and is presently involved in the design of a novel Mars space suit portable life support system technology funded by NASA, life support and thermal control systems for commercial manned orbital and suborbital spacecraft, as well as hazardous environment life support technology for U.S. Navy divers, in which he is the test diver.Taber was the Principal Investigator on five microgravity experiments starting in 1988 on the Soviet BioSatellite, then the U.S. Space Shuttle, the Russian Mir Orbital Station and International Space Station. Four-month Mir experiments using the ABS produced the first animals to have completed their life cycle in microgravity, resulting in significant discoveries of innate verses learned animal behavior over multiple generations in space.  The series of experiments also resulted in the first aquatic plants to be grown in space and the first completely closed ecological systems to be used in space, enabling truly controlled microgravity biological research.  He has published numerous papers resulting from his work at Biosphere 2 on space biology, technology development, medical issues and on the experience of living and working in an Isolated Confined Environment.  Paragon has design, development and hardware production responsibilities on several NASA flight and technology programs, including the Commercial Crew Transport Air Revitalization System, Crew Space Suit System, Orion Spacecraft, Solid Oxide oxygen production technology, portable life support technology for Mars, ISS Small Payload Quick Return system, and several human spacecraft thermal technologies including radiators, fluids and sublimation systems.  For several years in a row now, Paragon has been listed by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America, and the fastest growing aerospace engineering company.  Paragon has won numerous awards for management and innovation, including top honors from the Governor of Arizona for innovation and management.

4. Sunday, June 19, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. John Hunter
of Quicklaunch LLC returns for new information and updates. Also, Happy Father’s Day to everyone.
Dr. John Hunter is the President of Quicklaunch, Inc. Hunter was project leader on the SHARP (Super High Altitude Research Project) hydrogen gas gun at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1989 until 1995. The other two Quicklaunch founders are Dr. Harry Cartland and Dr. Rick Twogood. Hunter, Cartland and Twogood were members of the original SHARP team at LLNL. After SHARP was built, it successfully set records for kinetic energy above Mach 9. SHARP also launched hypersonic scramjet test vehicles for the Air Force between Mach 5 and Mach 9. Hunter also founded and was president of Water Station, Inc. from 2001-2008. This is a non-profit 501-C3 corporation that installs and maintains water stations in remote desert areas on the Southern California and Mexico border. The water stations provide water to desert crossers who would otherwise die of thirst. He is currently the leader of Citizens for All American Canal Safety, which is dedicated to stopping the drowning deaths in the All American Canal. In 2004-2005 Hunter participated with a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory team that designed and fielded 120 armored gun trucks in Iraq. He is the Manager of Star Sports, LLC., which recently licensed the Zyclone ring airfoil launcher to Zing USA. John Hunter has a doctorate in particle physics from William and Mary and a BS in physics from UCSD. He has patents in sporting goods, bulletproof glass and scramjets. Quicklaunch, Inc. is dedicated to launching rocket propellant and other consumables into orbit using a hydrogen gas gun. The Quicklaunch breakthrough will result in costs less than $250/lb to propellant depots in Low Earth Orbit. These low costs will enable manned space exploration of our solar system in our lifetime. See: www.quicklaunchinc.com

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