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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:56 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 10, 2011
Program was pre-recorded at AIAA Space 2011 and features Josh Hopkins of Lockheed Martin discussing human spaceflight missions to Mars, Phobos, and Deimos. We also talk about Mars launch windows, solar flares and the solar max for radiation shielding. The program is ready for play when you see it avaialable on the webiste, the blog, and for podcasting.
As one of Lockheed Martin’s most forward thinking principal investigators, Josh Hopkins leads a team of engineers who develop plans and concepts for a variety of future human exploration missions, including visits to asteroids and Lagrange points. He is responsible for the Plymouth Rock mission study for human exploration of Near Earth Asteroids using the Orion crew exploration vehicle.



In a similar capacity he previously led Lockheed Martin’s technical team to determine mission capabilities for the Altair lunar lander. During his 14 years with Lockheed Martin, Hopkins has focused most of his efforts developing space transportation systems and launch vehicles. He began as a trajectory analyst, first on the Athena commercial launch vehicle program, and then in a similar role for the Atlas V launch vehicle. Later, he became responsible for vehicle sizing and system design for a variety of reusable launch vehicle design projects for NASA and the United States Air Force. He has since helped design a variety of expendable and reusable launch vehicles, government and commercial crew transportation spacecraft, and robotic and human exploration vehicles such as lunar landers.
Hopkins has been recognized as an innovative leader in the space industry, receiving the AIAA Summerfied Book Award in 2003 and the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Stellar Award in 2007. Mr. Hopkins has his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois.

2. Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT (October 13, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Stephen Johnson
comes to discuss his new book, “System Health Management: With Aerospace Applications. Dr. Johnson is an expert on why things fail and how to correct them and discussion topics will be wide ranging.
Dr. Stephen Johnson has over 6 years on SHM / Fault Management, and “Command, Control, Communications, and Information” for the Ares I project and Constellation program, as well as helping to develop a Fault Management Handbook for NASA at the Agency level, and the two publications described above.  Since 2006,  he has also published papers on the Political Economy of Space, and the NASA “cultural problem” with failure.  Dr. Johnson is a space history historian as a whole, to the NASA human spaceflight programs under development, to launchers specifically, and then in a disciplinary sense SHM/Fault Management and systems engineering.  He thinks a lot about how things fail and what to do to address failure in designs of complex human/machine systems.

3. Thursday, October 13, 2011, 7-9 PM PDT (October 14, 2-4 GMT)
Part 2 of our Space Policy Design
program with Dr. Haym Benaroya and Dr. John Jurist.
Dr. Haym Benaroya is a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University. He is also a noted lecturer at national and international space conferences and a space advocate. He received both his Ph.D. and Masters in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Benaroya’s space interests include the modeling of space and lunar base structures, space business and technology transfer, as well as the economic and political factors affecting space commerce. Dr. Benaroya has published many space related articles in peer review publications, especially concerning lunar structures and engineering.

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.

4. Friday, October 14, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Jane Reifert
of Incredible Adventures (www.incadventures.com).
Jane Reifert joined Incredible Adventures in 1993 as a marketing assistant. In addition to overseeing worldwide adventure operations, Jane handles the company’s marketing and media relations. She’s the author of Executive Adventures, a guide for excitement-deprived individuals, and offers advice to prestigious aerospace companies about space tourism stuff. In 2005 Jane became Chair of the Space Tourism Subcommittee of the Space Colonization Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Pre-IA, she spent nine seasons working in minor league baseball with the White Sox, Cardinals and Cubs organizations. Although a self-described adventure wimp, she’s flown a jet in Moscow, raced a truck, jumped out of an airplane, been a Covert Ops hostage, seen great white sharks in Cape Town and ballooned over the Sahara. When not in the office, you’ll likely find her on a tennis court or on Sarasota’s Siesta Key beach playing volleyball.

5. Sunday, October 16, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Loretta Hall
comes regarding her book, “Out of This World,” which is an analysis of the New Mexico space industry.
Loretta Hall has been interested in space travel since her teenage years. She followed closely the early NASA programs: selection of the first astronauts (the Mercury Seven), the suborbital and orbital missions of Mercury and Gemini, the Apollo steps toward a moon landing. She stayed up until 1:15 a.m. in her Seattle home to watch a live telecast of man’s first steps on the moon.
In 1977, Loretta moved to New Mexico and became enamored with the state’s rich cultural diversity and long history of indigenous people, European colonizers, and American settlers.
Thirty years later, when plans for Spaceport America, the country’s only purpose-built commercial spaceflight facility, began moving forward, she was fascinated to discover the important role New Mexico has played in the development of space travel. She decided to herald that unheralded history by writing the only book to document the historic events in the state and the personal stories of the people who accomplished them. Out of this World: New Mexico’s Contributions to Space Travel was published in the spring of 2011. Loretta is a member of the National Space Society and the Historical Society of New Mexico. A former high school math teacher turned freelance writer, Loretta has written four previous books:
Arab American Biography;  Arab American Voices; Underground Buildings: More than Meets the Eye;  From Skyscrapers to Superdomes: Forces in Balance. Since 2005, Loretta has been active in promoting earth-sheltered buildings as energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. She is a Green Building Technical Professional. She has spoken at numerous regional and national conferences devoted to sustainability in building design. Now she is poised to devote a similar effort to publicize New Mexico’s role in the development of space travel. Interestingly, Spaceport America’s terminal/hanger is an earth-sheltered building.

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