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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:27 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 31, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
David Vaccaro
and Ian Christensen from the Futron Corporation return to discuss the new Futron Space Competitive Index Report. You can download the Executive Summary at www.futron.com/SCI_2011.xml.

David Vaccaro
has 10 years of experience in space and telecommunications research and analysis involving satellite communications and ground infrastructure, national telecommunications policies, and international space programs. Prior to joining Futron, Mr. Vaccaro analyzed global telecommunications governance issues at the World Bank. He also has onsite work experience in emerging Asian markets, leading an internet design team at an advertising firm in Nanjing, China as well as managing public relations for a Chinese e-commerce portal. At Futron, Mr. Vaccaro has managed several teams of employees on individual projects ranging from comprehensive economic valuations of the satellite industry to quantitative analysis on behalf of multiple-year, multimillion-dollar federal government contracts.



He has been a major contributor to reports on topics ranging from global space competitiveness to the national security implications of international telecommunications infrastructure. Additionally, he maintains a database of space activity featuring more than 20,000 interlocking tables and records relating to launch events, spacecraft, payload instruments, launch vehicles, and space-related organizations. Mr. Vaccaro concentrated in Science, Technology, and International Affairs at Georgetown University, where his studies focused on telecommunications as an avenue for economic development. He is fluent in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and conversant in several other European languages.

Mr. Ian Christensen is an Analyst with Futron Corporation, focused on market and policy analysis in the aerospace sector. Ian has been with Futron since February 2008.  He currently supports a range of commercial and governmental clients including the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, and several private sector and industry clients. Mr. Christensen has managed or served in lead analyst roles for several science and technology benchmarking projects for clients in Australia, Europe and Israel.  Ian also served for 1.5 years on a NASA team tasked with managing the retirement of the Space Shuttle and the transitioning of resources to NASA’s then-planned Constellation Program. Prior to Futron Ian was a research assistant at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University; and served on the project staff for multiple studies at the National Academies of Science Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy. Mr. Christensen holds an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University and bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

2. Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT (November 2, 2-3:30 GMT)
Robert Brand
from Australia comes to discuss Do-It-Yourself Space and the role of Australia in our space program.
Robert Brand has connected big dishes by bouncing their signals off the moon – and World Moon Bounce Day was born.  From there Robert has followed a lot of work with Echoes of Apollo, promoting the second World Moon Bounce event based on my partner in Echoes of Apollo getting the Arecibo dish. He has also worked with balloon launches and with groups pushing the limits to get rockets into space and payloads into orbit. His small company is building a Global Space Network and a very advanced tracking satellite system in his basement.  Robert says that doing all this stuff in Do It Yourself Space is like a kid in a toy shop. If you have the skill set, there is very little to stop you doing anything.

3. Friday, November 4, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
George Whitesides
, CEO of Virgin Galactic returns. Mr. Whitesides is with us for the first 45 minutes of this program. Very short calls and emails will be taken from the listeners. After our segment with Mr. Whitesides and when we return from the break, we will open the lines for a discussion on the Whitesides segment and anything else that might be on your mind.
George Whitesides is the CEO of Virgin Galactic, the US based and regulated Space Tourism Company. Virgin Galactic has developed the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo air launched space system over the past six years using technology developed by Scaled Composites based on the X Prize winning SpaceShipOne which was piloted twice into space and now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In his role as CEO, Whitesides is responsible for all aspects of the business, guiding VG to commercial operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico.  Most recently, Whitesides served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor that the agency confers. Prior to his role at NASA, Whitesides served as Executive Director of the National Space Society and Chairman of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group of the Federal Aviation Authority Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. Whitesides’ earlier career experience in the aerospace industry took place at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Blastoff Corporation and the Zero Gravity Corporation. A licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach, Whitesides is a graduate of Cambridge and Princeton Universities and a former Fulbright Scholar.

4. Sunday, November 6, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Jim Muncy
returns to discuss space policy issues.
James A. M. (Jim) Muncy is the President and founder of PoliSpace. Mr. Muncy started PoliSpace, an independent space policy consultancy, in early 2000 to help space entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs succeed at the nexus of space business, technology, and public affairs. His clients include several firms in the emerging private human space flight industry and companies offering commercial services to NASA spaceflight programs. His first client was the U.S. Air Force’s Military Space Plane program. Immediately prior to establishing this consultancy, Muncy spent over five years working in the U.S. Congress. From 1997 until 2000 he served on the Professional Staff of the House Science Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. In addition to being Chairman Dana Rohrabacher’s staff designee, Muncy held the lead responsibility on issues and programs such as reusable launch vehicles, human space flight commercialization, military space technology, export control reform, range modernization, and future NASA programs. Prior to this, Muncy spent over two years on Rep. Rohrabacher’s personal staff as his Legislative Assistant for Space. Prior to joining congressional staff at the start of 1995, Muncy had spent several years as a space policy and marketing consultant for various clients including NASA, NOAA, private industry, and the not-for-profit space community. In the mid-1980’s he worked for two and a half years as a policy assistant in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Reagan, where he served as the White House’s Staff Liaison to the National Commission on Space. Muncy began his work in space policy in 1981 as a staff advisor in the Office of Congressman Newt Gingrich, where he helped Mr. Gingrich co-found the Congressional Space Caucus and promote visionary space policy legislation and initiatives. A long-time leader in the space advocacy community, Muncy co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation in 1988 and served as its Chairman of the Board for six years. Earlier he had served on the Board of Directors of both the National Space Society and the L5 Society. He is a frequent speaker and writer on space policy issues. Mr. Muncy holds an MS in Space Studies from the Center for Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar.

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