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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:40 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, July 18, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Rand Simberg
and Bill Simon return to once again share the Evoloterra ceremony with us. Check it out at www.evoloterra.com.
Bill Simon is currently a sales engineer doing business development and sales for high-technology companies. His experience includes over 14 years as a manufacturer’s representative in Southern California specializing in complex RF and microwave components, composites and instrumentation. From 1988 to 2008 Bill started and ran a corporation that designed and manufactured high-performance CCD cameras for low-light imaging used in applications such as astronomy. In addition to managing company operations, he was involved in the electronic and mechanical design of the products, and was awarded two patents for an innovative thermoelectric cooling system.



In 2008 Bill participated in the design and fabrication of the NASA/JPL Goldstone radar receiver for the 70-meter antenna as part of the Goldstone Solar System Radar project. Bill is also a technical writer, editor, and illustrator as well as web site designer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Rand Simberg is a former project manager with Rockwell International having previously worked at the Aerospace Corporation. At Rockwell, he worked on a number of advanced concepts, including solar power satellites, launch and orbit transfer systems, space tethers, and lunar resource utilization. He has been cited as an expert in space transportation by the (now defunct) Office of Technology Assessment, and has provided key input into a number of space policy reports. He was editor of the Space Activists’ Handbook (a publication of Spacepac) for several years. For the past eighteen years, he has been the President of Interglobal Space Lines, Inc., a commercial space entrepreneurial company and consultancy, specializing in low-cost space access and tourism. He has dual degrees in engineering from the University of Michigan (concentrating in astronautics) and a masters in technical management from West Coast University, in Los Angeles. Now an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, he writes regularly at Popular Mechanics, Pajamas Media, The New Atlantis, and occasionally at National Review. He blogs regularly at the Washington Examiner, and maintains his own weblog on space policy and a range of other topics at www.transterrestrial.com.

2. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 20, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Larry Kuznetz
returns to share space shuttle stories with us as he was involved in the shuttle program, Columbia, etc.
Lawrence H Kuznetz is a 40 year veteran of the space program with advanced degrees from Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley. His PhD thesis, a computer model of human thermoregulation in spacesuits, was used to protect and guide astronauts on the lunar surface during the Apollo Program when he worked at NASA’s Mission Control Center and is still in use today.. His first exposure to Mars came as a Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA’s Ames Research Center where he developed designs for a Mars spacesuit while teaching “Mars by 2012” at UC Berkeley. During his tenure with NASA at the Johnson, Kennedy and Ames Research Space Centers, Dr. Kuznetz was involved in a wide range of projects from the construction of Space Shuttle Columbia to water and life on Mars to life support system design and testing. He publication list includes two notable papers on water on Mars including the first to show that liquid water could be stable on the surface. His current work includes 3 books: a children’s space suit book, an environmental novel about the first human mission to Mars and Mars for Dummies. He has also designed an intelligent spacesuit algorithm that converses with an astronaut and can automatically take corrective action if needed. He is also developing new paradigms for improving math and science skills at middle schools, high schools and universities. Dr. Kuznetz holds 8 US patents, is a consultant to private industry and has appeared on the Johnny Carson “Tonight Show”, Good Morning America and CNN, among others. He lectures in a variety of public enrichment programs including those aboard the Queen Elizabeth and other cruise ships, and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Private Pilot. He plays keyboard at piano bars in his spare time. For more go to www.dsls.usra.edu/kuznetz.html.

3. Friday, July 22, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Dr. Pat Patterson
returns to discuss the upcoming Small Sat conference, the Space Dynamics Lab, Utah State and more. Check out www.smallsat.org for more information.
Dr. Patterson is currently the Director of the Technology Innovation Division within Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (USU/SDL), and is the Chairman of the annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. He has also held positions as the Director of the Innovative Science and Engineering Division as well as the Director of Business Development at USU/SDL. In his 20 years of space experience he has been involved in the research, operations, and management associated with space based infrared sensors, small spacecraft and sounding rockets. His doctoral research was based on the rocket flights of the CODA I and II science missions, where he investigated the effects of disturbances caused by sounding rockets on the measurement of atomic oxygen using the resonant fluorescence technique in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere.

4. Sunday, July 24, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Bryan Laubscher
returns for space elevator news, updates, and conference information.
Dr. Laubscher is a PhD in Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics. After a career as a project leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory that included research and development of astronomy projects, space missions, satellite instrumentation, optics, novel electrodynamic detection techniques, high power lasers, and classified projects Bryan became interested in the Space Elevator. Bryan’s current Space Elevator activities include being the General Chairman for the annual Space Elevator Conference held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA. Pursuing the R&D of the Space Elevator has led him to start Odysseus Technologies, LLC a small company based in Washington state with the goal of developing high strength carbon nanotube materials. In August 2010, Odysseus Technologies competed in the NASA Centennial Strong Tether Challenge. Although the tether was not strong enough to win prize money, it was strong enough to beat the other two teams. Odysseus Technologies, LLC is planning to compete in the 2011 challenge. Bryan now lives in Olympia, WA with his wife Carla.

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