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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:04 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 25, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Franz Gayl
re the Marine SUSTAIN Workshop and Technology Roadmap update.
Franz Gayl was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. His father was from Germany and his mother was American. Franz dropped out of high school at age 16 and enlisted in the Marine Corps on his 17th birthday. He left as a Sgt in 1979 and attended the Univ of MN studying political science. He then returned to the Marines as an officer in 1983 and served as an infantry officer, retiring in 2002. During his career he attended the Naval Postgraduate School earning an MS in Space Systems Operations. After retiring as a Major he returned to the Pentagon as a civilian science and technology advisor to one of the deputy commandants, where he works today.



In recent years Franz earned another MS in national resource strategy at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (at NDU) and he is a graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course. He has also worked as a Service Chief’s intern at DARPA for 5 months and served as a Marine science advisor in Al Anbar province for 6 months, 06-07. Franz is functionally fluent in German and working hard at learning Mandarin. He has one patent to my name. He has been working in support of NSSO on the space transportation tech roadmap, and am concurrently supporting the USMC Expeditionary Energy Office with the development of an energy tech road map. His greatest joy right now is looking forward to attending the Singularity University GSP11 next year.

2. Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 27, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Doug Vakoch
, author of “Communication With Extraterrestrial Intelligence” returns to discuss this new book and SETI.
Douglas Vakoch is the Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute, as well as the only social scientist employed by a SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) organization. Dr. Vakoch researches ways that different civilizations might create messages that could be transmitted across interstellar space, allowing communication between humans and extraterrestrials even without face-to-face contact. He is particularly interested in how we might compose messages that would begin to express what it’s like to be human. Dr. Vakoch leads the SETI Institute’s project to compose interstellar messages of the kind that may some day be sent in reply to a signal from extraterrestrials. As a member of the International Institute of Space Law, he examines international policy issues related to sending such responses. He serves as Chair of both the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Study Group on Interstellar Message Construction and the IAA Study Group on Active SETI: Scientific, Technical, Societal, and Legal Dimensions. Dr. Vakoch has published widely in scholarly books and journals in psychology, anthropology, astronautics, and the relationship between the arts and sciences. He is the editor of several books, including Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Civilizations Beyond Earth: Extraterrestrial Life and Society, Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective, and Ecofeminism and Rhetoric: Critical Perspectives on Sex, Technology, and Discourse. His work has been featured in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Nature, Science, and Der Spiegel. As a spokesman on the cultural aspects of SETI, he has been interviewed on radio and television shows on the BBC, NPR, ABC, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, and many others. In addition to being a clinical psychologist (Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook), Dr. Vakoch has formal training in comparative religion (B.A., Carleton College) and the history and philosophy of science (M.A., University of Notre Dame). His broad background gives him unique insights into the significance of SETI as a human enterprise in deeper self-understanding. In addition to his position at the SETI Institute, Dr. Vakoch is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

3. Sunday, July 31, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Open discussion
with preferred discussion topics listed below and discussed in the first segment serving as the priority topics for the program. Listener phone calls are preferred. Emails must be short and succinct. We invite new listeners and first time callers. Let’s really cover the preferred topics below.
Preferred topics for this open discussion include a new CNN space poll, www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/innovation/2011/07/22/poll-finds-american-support-private-versus-government-space-missions with specifics found at http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/07/21/poll.july21.pdf. Let’s discuss the change in position on retiring shuttle by Dr. Mike Griffin, http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2011/07/former-nasa-chief-griffin-now-wants-to-save-the-shuttle. Also up for discussion are proposed NASA commercial changes from the Space Act Agreement (SAA)to the FAR and more. Download the NASA presentation material at http://commercialcrew.nasa.gov/page.cfm?ID=32. Make sure you read all the slides but particularly Slide #9 as to the NASA charges re the SAA and the activities of the CCDEV companies. Also check this one out by the shuttle boss who said lessons justified the costs, www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=awst&id=news%2Fawst%2F2011%2F07%2F18%2FAW_07_18_2011_p70-346520.xml&headline=Space+Shuttle+Boss%3A+Lessons+Justified+Cost. Here are some additional sources for info on the NASA proposed SAA change to FAR: www.spacenews.com/civil/110722-nasa-shifts-plan-ccdev.html; www.parabolicarc.com/2011/07/22/massive-brewing-over-nasa-changes-to-ccdev-contracting; and Rick Tumlinson, Co-Founder of The Space Frontier Foundation wrote the following Op-Ed on the subject: www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-tumlinson/more-bang-for-buck-rogers_b_880012.html. Other topics will be discussed as they develop and as listeners propose.

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