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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:55 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT (June 29, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Robert Zubrin
returns to discuss his latest plans for enabling manned missions to Mars.
Dr. Robert Zubrin is a noted author and the Founder of The Mars Society. The Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Dr. Zubrin is also President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado. Dr. Zubrin was formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington.



Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of over 100 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, and was a member of Lockheed Martin’s “scenario development team” charged with developing broad new strategies for space exploration. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing the “Mars Direct” mission plan, a strategy which by using Martian resources, allows a human Mars exploration program to be conducted at a cost 1/8th that previously estimated by NASA. Zubrin is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today, and he and his work have been subject of much favorable press coverage in The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the London Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Newsweek, Air and Space Smithsonian, Popular Science, Omni, Space News, and many other publications. He is the holder of two US Patents, and has two more pending. In addition to his technical publications, Dr. Zubrin is the author of “The Case for Mars: How We Shall Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must,” published by Simon and Schuster’s Free Press Division in Oct. 1996, and “Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization,” published by Tarcher Putnam in Aug. 1999, and “Mars on Earth” published by Tarcher Penguin in Sept. 2003. His book, “The Holy Land,” is a science fiction satire of the current situation in the Middle East. Dr. Zubrin has also written a play about Benedict Arnold. His latest book, “How To Live On Mars: A Trusty Guidebook To Surviving And Thriving On The Red Planet,” is a must read.

2. Thursday, June 30, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Jim Maser
, President of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne comes to address aerospace industry workforce issues in the United States.
Jim Maser is the president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR). Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a business unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX). Maser was president and chief operating officer of Space X. He also spent 18 years with the Boeing Company where his last position was president and general manager of Sea Launch Company, LLC, an international partnership of which Boeing is the lead partner. He also served as Sea Launch’s chief systems engineer, and he was the chief engineer on the Delta program where he worked extensively with Rocketdyne.

3. Friday, July 1, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Lucinda Land
, Executive Director of The Mars Society comes to update us on Mars Society news and their upcoming conference.
Lucinda Land is the Executive Director of the Mars Society, an international, non-profit, humans to Mars, space advocacy organization. She joined the Society in 2002 and has held a seat on the steering committee since 2004. With a background in Geology and Graphic Design, she combined her skills to earn a Geoscience teaching credential in California and has taught a Mars science curriculum to middle schoolers since 2006. Her experience with the Society has ranged from Director of Public Relations to lobbying in Washington D.C. for the Moon, Mars and Beyond Initiative from 2004 to 2009 with the Space Exploration Alliance. Since returning from Scotland in 2010 where she was in pursuit of her MSc degree in Science Education and Communication from the University of Glasgow, Ms. Land has been working with Planetary Scientist Dr. Chris McKay at NASA Ames and the Spaceward Bound Program to bring field science education to students. Her work with Spaceward Bound has taken her to the United Arab Emirates, Mojave, and soon to Australia where she will also attend and present at the Australian Mars Society Conference. Her presentation will focus on the Spaceward Bound rover project that is a collaboration between NASA, Mars Society, and Google.  Her goal for the organization is to focus on education with a Mars 101 analog field science curriculum at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), furthering collaboration with students, universities and the general public, outreach events, digital branding, and creative Mars educational materials. Her hopes in taking these steps are that the Mars Society’s purpose and cause to send humans to Mars reaches and inspires a larger audience worldwide, as well as convince humanity of the compelling and inevitable reasons why we should go.  Ms. Land is also working on collaborative projects for a younger audience that creates books, activities, and video games to create future Marsonauts. Last year she published the coloring book, “Exploring Mars” along with cartoonists from the Cartoon Network and the Autumn Society, an artist guild from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her second book, “Terraforming Mars” is due this year that will highlight Dr. McKay’s ideas about bringing Mars to life. Finally, the third in the series is due in the Fall of 2012 that will focus on Dr. Zubrin’s Mars Direct plan to send humans to Mars called, “Life on Mars”. These projects and more are all towards the effort to inspire our youth and make Mars cool for kids.

4. Sunday, July 3, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Grant Bonin
comes to the program to discuss smaller rockets versus heavy lift. Please see his Space Review article, www.thespacereview.com/article/1861/1.www.thespacereview.com/article/1861/1.
Grant Bonin holds a Bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from Carleton University and a Masters degree in space systems engineering from the University of Toronto. He has been involved in the development of small spacecraft for five years, initially in mechanical and thermal control engineering, then later as an avionics and embedded systems designer, before moving into systems engineering and project management. He has worked on more than a dozen small spacecraft and two planetary rover prototypes to date.  Prior to falling in love with smallsats, Mr. Bonin worked as a researcher developing parametric models of interplanetary missions using combined high- and low-thrust propulsion systems. Around this time, he developed the “Mars for Less” mission design, which was effectively a “Mars Direct” spin-off using existing launch vehicles. He became convinced then, as he is now, that human space exploration can and should be undertaken with a diverse portfolio of smaller rockets. Mr. Bonin later worked for the 4Frontiers Corporation, leading a team designing human Mars missions with a focus on launch vehicle economics and entry, descent, and landing methods. At the same time, he co-founded a small company to commercialize neutron activation methods for screening cargo containers. Mr. Bonin is also a co-founder of Radiation Effects Labs (RE-Labs), which offers neutron testing of electronics using the unique generator technology of its partner organization, NSD-Fusion GmbH.  Mr. Bonin is currently a project manager and systems engineer at the UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory, where he builds small spacecraft and loves it. He believes that the “microspace philosophy” of smallsat organizations can revolutionize larger ones, though any opinions he expresses in this regard are his alone, and do not reflect the views of any organization that has tolerated employing him to date.

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