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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Oct 3, 2011 10:00 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, October 3, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Chris Carberry
of Explore Mars returns to discuss their upcoming Women and Mars event, www.exploremars.org/page/women-and-mars/women-and-mars-conference-2011.
Chris Carberry is the Executive Director and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc., which was created to promote science and technology innovation and education with a use for Mars exploration. Chris has been actively involved in the space exploration advocacy community for many years. Prior to Explore Mars, Chris served as Executive Director of The Mars Society, an international non-profit space advocacy organization which supports the human exploration and settlement of Mars.



While serving as Executive Director, Chris spearheaded the development of The Mars Quarterly, a highly acclaimed international online and print magazine, and provided a business strategy that resulted in two successful international conferences. His innovative ideas resulted in a new presentation platform at the 2008 conference that included a debate between Apollo astronaut, Walter Cunningham (representing the McCain campaign) and Lori Garver (representing the Obama campaign). Through his expertise in building open strategic alliances among industry leaders, Chris successfully broadened the organization’s outreach, and improved donor commitment and sponsor participation in various programs. He previously served the organization as a member of the Steering Committee, for which he organized congressional outreach efforts around the country. Chris previously served as chairman or co-coordinator of such congressional lobbying events as the 2007-2010 Space Budget Blitz, the 2007 Moon-Mars Blitz, the 2006 Space Blitz, and the Great 2006 Mars Blitz. Chris co-authored space language in the 2000 Republican National Platform, has co-authored Congressional testimony, and has met with high level officials at the White House, NASA, and Congress. During the last several elections, he had the opportunity to speak with most of the major presidential candidates, and more recently, with the Obama NASA transition team in 2009. Chris also serves as the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Space Exploration Alliance, which is an umbrella group representing 13 space advocacy organizations with total membership of over 700,000 people. Chris has been quoted in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines and has appeared on national and international television and radio. He is the author of many articles and Op-Ed pieces concerning space policy and politics. Chris is also the author of a mystery/science fiction novel called Celestial Pursuits: in the hub of the Universe which was published in 2006. He is currently working on several writing projects, including another science fiction novel, a sequel to Celestial Pursuits, as well as a non-fiction book concerning art theft. In addition, in 2007, Chris signed a movie option contract for his novel, Celestial Pursuits, with a Los Angeles production company. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master’s degree in history and archival methods. For several years he worked as an archivist at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where he processed the papers of United States Senator Leverett Saltonstall, as well as numerous other collections. While in this position, he compiled The Guide to Modern Political Papers in Massachusetts, and helped to put together numerous displays. Chris transitioned into the role of Operations Manager at the Historical Society, where he is currently responsible for the protection of numerous art works and the greatest collection of early American documents outside of the Library of Congress. Chris has an extensive background in historical research, having worked as research assistant for several authors, including British biographer Sarah Bradford (America’s Queen) and former New York Times Magazine editor Ed Klein (The Kennedy Curse). In 2007, Chris was contracted to archive a large collection of political correspondence and documents, and to ghost write the autobiography of a prominent Boston businessman and philanthropist. In addition, Chris has composed pieces of music that have been performed by the Boston Bel Canto Opera in Boston and at the Massachusetts State Awards Ceremony.

2. Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT (October 5, 2-3:30 GMT)
Marc Boucher
of Space Ref and Space Quarterly returns to the program.
Marc Boucher is an entrepreneur, technologist, explorer and bon vivant. In 1991 he discovered his entrepreneurial gene and began work on his first Internet technology company and hasn’t looked back since. He founded for-profit companies aTerra Technologies, Maple Square, Hyperix and co-founded SpaceRef and MoonViews. He also co-founded the following non-profits, the Mars Society (Canada), the Mars Institute, and the Canadian Space Commerce Association. His most recent project is the launching of SpaceRef’s new magazine, Space Quarterly.

3. Wednesday, October 5, 2010, 2-3 PM PDT (21-22 GMT)
Dr. Pat Hynes
returns to discuss the upcoming Personal Sapceflight Symposium in Las Cruces, NM (www.ispcs.com).
Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes has served as director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) since 1998. Additionally, in 2007 she was appointed director of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. Both programs under her leadership are headquartered at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The NMSGC is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program which is administered by NASA. NMSGC programs are statewide and include all three research universities in New Mexico. EPSCoR supports aerospace research throughout New Mexico. Technical areas include but are not limited to low-earth orbit vehicle and testing programs, micro-gravity research, deep space exploration and sensor networks. Other technical areas are radio astronomical observation, solar observation, and space communications. The EPSCoR program is focused on enabling the growth of competitive research programs that stimulate economic growth in New Mexico. In 2005 Dr. Hynes co-founded and has served as chair of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, another strategic effort to engage the research universities in this growing business. Held each October in Las Cruces, ISPCS is now the industry’s leading venue for the visionaries and builders delivering the promise of spaceflight for mankind. The annual Symposium features informative sessions, networking opportunities and provides attendees with the latest news, trends, best practices, and case studies that foster and help bring personal and commercial spaceflight to reality. Dr. Hynes also founded and serves as Executive Director of the Space Development Foundation, whose mission is to support summer internships for students from across the globe in businesses related to personal and commercial spaceflight In 1991, as Director of the Center for Aerospace Science, Technology and Education (CASTE), Dr. Hynes began her long involvement in what is now Spaceport America. The Center was established early in the state’s spaceport development efforts as a focal point for research and education related to inland spaceport development. That effort culminated in January 2009 when the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) received its vertical launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation. The license represents a critical step to moving forward with Spaceport America, the nation’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. Dr. Hynes is a graduate of New Mexico State University where she earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration, an M.S. in Higher Education Management and a B.S. in English. She currently serves as a NMSU Development Officer and Chair of the NMSU Leadership Institute. At the behest of the NMSU president she also headed a planning committee that lead to the establishment in 2003 of the prestigious NMSU Teaching Academy. Biography 2 Patricia Hynes Dr. Hynes has been actively involved in numerous industry and public affairs leadership roles. She is a member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and also a member of the Board of the National Space Grant Alliance, an organization that advances the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. From 2002 to 2004 she served on the Executive Committee of that organization, charged with enabling the coordination of 52 Space Grant programs across the nation. Since 2006 Dr. Hynes has also served as Treasurer of the National Space Grant Foundation.

4. Friday, October 7, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Tim Pickens
returns for updates on Rocket City Space Pioneers and more. Visit www.rocketcityspacepioneers.com for more information.
Tim Pickens is commercial space advisor and chief propulsion engineer at Dynetics. Dynetics brought him on board in December 2009 as part of the purchase of the space company Pickens started, Orion Propulsion Inc. With his expertise and vision in the space industry, particularly in the commercial arena, Pickens is responsible for developing innovative space product solutions and expanding Dynetics’ commercial space business.  Pickens started and grew Orion to be a $6.4 million company with 40 employees within five years. Pickens worked in all areas of Orion to run a lean and innovative start-up. In 2009 David King, executive vice president at Dynetics and former director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, was quoted as saying: “Tim is one of the most creative, energetic and ‘lean thinking’ propulsion experts in the United States.”  In this theme, Pickens most recently worked as the CEO of Orion, as well as the program manager for the development of the reaction control thrusters for the Bigelow Aerospace Sundancer module. These thrusters operate combusting hydrogen and oxygen produced from waste byproducts, a technology that offers the state of the art in space-living recycling. Before founding Orion, Pickens worked for small hardware-rich aerospace companies in Huntsville, as well as serving as lead propulsion engineer at Scaled Composites on SpaceShipOne, winner of the $10 million X-Prize.  At Dynetics, Pickens continues to apply his lean philosophy to develop creative solutions and innovative partnerships to expand the company’s presence in the space sector and to provide responsive, low-cost products and services to meet customer needs. His 15+ years of experience in the aerospace industry, specializing in the design, fabrication and testing of propulsion hardware systems, has earned him a reputation as one of the industry’s leaders in these areas.  Pickens’ passion for rockets began as a small child in Huntsville and continued into his adult life as a serious hobby. He led multiple amateur rocket design efforts in his garage for community service and recreational clubs and worked as an independent aerospace consultant at night and on weekends. He had a long-time interest in studying applied engineering and science, but the desire to own and operate a space company would drive him to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  In addition to being a propulsion engineer, Pickens is an inventor, innovator and educator in his spare time. He has been featured in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, The Daily Show, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and CNN online articles. Features include his serious company innovations, as well as his fun home hobby efforts such as rocket trucks, rocket bikes and suitcase rockets. He is currently building/testing a jet pack belt that can be seen from time to time flying in Alabama.

5. Sunday, October 9, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. George Ludwig
comes to the show to discuss his new book”Opening Space Research: Dreams, Technology, and Scientific Discovery” published by the American Geophysical Union.
From the AGU Bookstore: Opening Space Research: Dreams, Technology, and Scientific Discovery is George Ludwig’s account of the early development of space-based electromagnetic physics, with a focus on the first United States space launches and the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts. Narrated by the person who developed many of the instruments for the early Explorer spacecraft during the 1950s and participated directly in the scientific research, it draws heavily upon the author’s voluminous collection of laboratory notes and other papers, upon the Van Allen archive, and upon a wide array of other sources.  This book presents very detailed discussions of historic events in a highly readable (semitechnical), first-person form. More than that, though, Opening Space Research brings to the forefront the entire team of scientists who made these accomplishments possible, providing an extensive index of names to enhance and complete the historical record.  Authoritative and unique, this book will be of interest to space scientists, science historians, and anyone interested in space history and the first United States space launches. If you would like to see his full CV, email me for a copy

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