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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:42 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, August 29, 2011, 7-9 PM PDT (August 30, 2-4 GMT)

Both an audio stream and webinar of a panel discussions with Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Vadim Rygalov and Brian Enke regarding the human factors, medical, radiation and life support issues for a deep space human spaceflight mission, including going to Mars and returning. You can hear the audio stream of this panel discussion as you do a regular Space Show program. If you want to watch the webinar video stream, use www.ustream.tv/channel/the-space-show. In addition, Monday in advance of this program, I will post on The Space Show blog a presentation Power Point by Dr. Rygalov as he will reference some of the slides during his comments. If there is additional presentation material from the other panel members, it will be posted on the blog as well. Do not comment on the presentation material blog entry. Please save your comments for the archive blog entry after the program.



Dr. John Jurist was simultaneously a physicist and a medical researcher before becoming involved in business. He has degrees in biophysics and nuclear medicine earned while he was at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Jurist has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Space Science and Engineering Center. In the former, he studied human factors in space flight during Apollo and what was then called Apollo Applications. In the latter during the early 1970s, he was team leader of the group that transmitted the first medical imaging over communications satellite links in the precursor of what is now called telemedicine. In the business arena, he created, grew, and ran a very successful biomedical engineering consulting firm, took over a surgical care facility with instructions from the board to prepare it for bankruptcy, and within a year, converted it into a successful operation. He also founded a nonprofit medical research institution and ran it for four years — it now has an eight figure annual research budget. Dr. Jurist is experienced in running a business and evaluating a business plan. Now semi-retired, he is applying his experience to the developing new space industry. He has invested in several alt.space startups, supported research in others by corporate grants, and funded research projects at Montana State University and at Santa Clara University. Dr. Jurist is currently a Life Member of the Aerospace Medical Association, a Life Member of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society among other professional organizations. He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Space Studies at UND at the Odegard School Aerospace Sciences.

As a Senior Space Research Analyst at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, Brian Enke researches Mars and asteroid science, artificial intelligence and robotics algorithms, and remote sensing technologies. Prior to 2001, he worked for 17 years as a senior integrator and complex-system problem solver at Bell Labs. Brian currently assists or advises several space advocacy groups including 4Frontiers, the MarsDrive Consortium, the National Space Society, and the Mars Society. In his part-time writing career, he has written and published /Shadows of Medusa/, a full-length mystery/science fiction novel about Mars exploration (http://www.ShadowsOfMedusa.com). His long-awaited sequel is currently in-progress. Brian also led the development of a series of Mars settlement short stories for the young-adult market featuring several distinguished science fiction authors (http://www.Crazy4Mars.com). He writes on-line articles analyzing the space industry for The Examiner (http://www.examiner.com/x-2558-Denver-Space-Industry-Examiner), and he delights in assisting other aspiring authors further their writing careers.

Vadim Y. Rygalov, Ph.D. in Physics & Mathematics, is a biophysicist and has worked in the area of Closed Ecological Systems (CES) studies and Bio-Regenerative Life Support since 1979 after his graduation with MS in Ecological Biophysics from Krasnoyarsk State University (KSU), Central Siberia, USSR. He is also an Associate Professor, UND John D. Odegard School of Aero-Space Sciences, Space Studies Department Consultant for KSC NASA Space Life Sciences Lab. During his education in KSU in 1969 – 1977 he was participating in a series of pilot researches related to investigation of human physiological and psychological limits. He received his Ph.D. for work ‘Systems Analysis of Environment/Organism Optimal Interaction: Sea Macro-Algae Growth and Development’ in 1987 from Institute of Biophysics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Krasnoyarsk, USSR) and Pacific Research Institute of Oceanography & Fishery Sciences Ministry of Fishery Industry USSR (Vladivostok, USSR). His current interests involve studies of closed ecological system functioning and their applications for human life support in space; limits of stable human/environment interactions; human factor limits & control algorithms in high risk operations, etc. He is also interested in applications of developed technologies for human life support in unusual (primarily extreme) environments: years 1999 – 2004 he spent at the Space Life Sciences Lab KSC NASA working with Low Pressure Space Greenhouse prototypes.

2. Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT (August 31, 2-3:30 GMT)
Matt Billie
of Booz Allen Hamilton returns to discuss his Small Sat presentation, “Distant Horizons: Smallsat Evolution in the Mid-to Far-Term,” looking at the likely future for microsatellite technologies and applications.
Matt Billie is an Associate with the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and a freelance writer on space and other scientific topics. He is a long-time specialist in documenting the development of  smallsats and microsats. He has written over 20 papers and articles on space and is lead author of the book The First Space Race: Launching the World’s First Satellites, sponsored by the NASA History Office and published in 2004 by Texas A&M University Press. He is a member of the AIAA, the National Association of Science Writers, and the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society. He will be an invited panelist at the DARPA 100-Year Starship Symposium at the end of September. At the most recent Conference on Small Satellites, Matt and two colleagues presented the paper, “Distant Horizons: Smallsat Evolution in the Mid-to Far-Term,” looking at the likely future for microsatellite technologies and applications. As with all his Space Show appearances, Matt is here tonight offering his own opinions as a space writer and historian and is not speaking for Booz Allen Hamilton.

3. Sunday, September 4, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Jeff Bell
returns. Dr. Bell will share his thoughts with us on space policy development, shuttle retirement, and much more. Jeff is a favorite of Space Show listeners. If you have not heard him before, you definitely want to tune into this program.
Dr. Jeff Bell has his B.S. (Physics + Astronomy) Univ. of Michigan 1977 M.S. (Astronomy) Univ. of Hawaii 1979 Ph.D. (Astronomy) Univ. of Hawaii 1984. From 1984-2000 he was Professor of Planetary Science, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, Univ. of Hawaii, he conducted research on mineralogical composition of asteroids from visible and IR reflection spectroscopy, he was a Science Team Member, Comet Rendezvous / Asteroid Flyby spacecraft (1984-88), and the Principal Investigator on several space mission proposals. Since 2003 Dr. Bell has written a semi-regular opinion column on space policy and technology for web site SpaceDaily.com, attempting to bring a more skeptical and realistic perspective to the pro-space community.

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