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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:50 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, November 14, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PST (November 15, 3-4:30 GMT)
We welcome Gary Hudson to discuss launch vehicle reusability, space program policy and issues.
Gary C. Hudson is Co-Founder of the Transformational Space Corporation, AirLaunch LLC and HMX Inc. He has worked in the field of commercial space for 42 years with an emphasis on development of innovative low-cost systems. In 1996, he co-founded Rotary Rocket, dedicated to the development of a single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle that used a rocket-tipped rotor propulsion system. Rotary Rocket conducted three low-altitude flight tests of a full-scale vehicle.



He is also the designer of the Phoenix family of launch vehicles which led directly to the DC-X. He was awarded and Aviation Week & Space Technology “Laurel” in 1994 for the DC-X program. He has been a Board Member of the Space Transportation Association, is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Space Frontier Foundation, and has presented testimony before the U.S. Congress on many occasions. In addition, he has taught at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, the Institute for Space and Astronautical Sciences of Tokyo University, and Stanford University.

2. Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PST (November 16, 3-4:30 GMT)
Marc Millis
and Paul Gilster come to discuss the DARPA Starship 100 Event, advanced propulsion and more.

Paul Gilster is a full-time writer who focuses on space technology and its implications. He is one of the founders of the Tau Zero Foundation and now serves as its lead journalist. This organization grew out of work begun in NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics program, and now seeks philanthropic funding to support research into advanced propulsion concepts for interstellar missions. Gilster is the author of seven books, including Digital Literacy (John Wiley & Sons, 1997) and Centauri Dreams: Imagining and Planning for Interstellar Flight (Copernicus, 2004), a study of the technologies that may one day make it possible to send a probe to the nearest star. He tracks ongoing developments in interstellar research from propulsion to exoplanet studies on his Centauri Dreams Web site (www.centauri-dreams.org). In past years, Gilster has contributed to numerous technology and business magazines, and has published essays, feature stories, reviews and fiction in a wide range of publications both in and out of the space and technology arena. In addition, he has for the last twenty-three years written a regular column on computers, which appears in The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC). Gilster is a graduate of Grinnell College (IA); he did six years of graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill, specializing in medieval English literature, before going into commercial aviation and, eventually, writing.

Marc Millis is a leading international authority on the search for breakthrough spaceflight – the kind of breakthroughs that would make interstellar voyages practical. Marc recently retired from NASA where he once led the Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project. He has also forged a collaboration of over 3-dozen scientists, engineers, writers, and educators to create the Tau Zero Foundation – a nonprofit organization devoted to accelerating progress and providing public education toward practical interstellar flight. Millis earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Georgia Tech (1982), a Masters of Science in Physics Entrepreneurship from Case Western Reserve University (2006), and is an alumnus of the International Space University Summer Session (1998). He has produced over 40 technical and management papers, and recently completed – as lead editor and a contributing author – the book, Frontiers of Propulsion Science (AIAA, 2009). This is the first scholarly book covering such edgy topics as gravity-control space drives and faster-than-light travel. Also to his credit is an award-winning website (”Warp Drive, When?”), and the chapter: “Making the jump to light-speed” in the National Geographic book: Star Wars – Where Science Meets Imagination (2005). This chapter illustrates how genuine scientific questions can be extracted by playing with science fiction. His breakthrough-seeking work gets wide public attention, being cited in Newsweek, Wired, Popular Science (May 2001 cover), New York Times and in the books Centauri Dreams (Gilster 2004) and in I’m Working On That (Shatner & Walter 2002). His visionary work also earned Millis a nomination for a 2004 World Technology Award. In addition to propulsion physics, Millis has designed ion thrusters, electronics for rocket monitoring, cryogenic propellant equipment, and even a cockpit display to guide free-fall aircraft flights. In his free time, Millis enjoys craftsmanship; building award-winning scale models, Halloween costumes, and other mischief. With specialties in science fiction models built from scrap plastic and 1960’s slot cars, he occasionally publishes how-to articles and photographs. Amidst all of this, Millis enjoys time as a husband and father.

3. Friday, November 18, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Franz Gayl
and Dr. Lucy Rogers come to the show to discuss space debris mitigation.

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 is in attending the Singularity University GSP11.

Lucy Rogers has a PhD in bubbles (fluid dynamics), is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and the author “It’s ONLY Rocket Science, an introduction in Plain English”. She is passionate about space and astronomy. She’s a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. She is also a freelance science writer and has written for, amongst others, the BBC, the Guardian and Discovery News.  After finally coming to the realisation of “If not me, who?” this year she successfully completed the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program and now knows a lot about exponential technologies and global problems – and is working on how to save the world from Space Debris.

4. Sunday, November 20, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
David Ketchledge
returns regarding his new book, “2033 The Nuclear Mission To Mars.” http://rocketengineer.bravehost.com.
Dave Ketchledge who served as a submarine Nuclear Reactor Operator, a Control Systems Test Engineer for the Nimitz Class Carriers in digital instrumentation and as an instructor in core physics and material design. Dave has over 30 years in nuclear power field in Engineering. His other works include a pair of books in Aerospace Engineering in Aerodynamics, Propulsion and RLV design. He has been a keynote speaker at the U of I AIAA chapter. For rocketry in 1993 he created the first Flight Dynamics software in Vertical Trajectory Systems which appeared in the Tripoli Journal in a 18 page article. Dave also contributed to the National Association of Rocketry on the design of multiplexed telemetry systems and in a report on Finite Element Mechanics for structural design. Dave holds two awards for his work with Computational Aerodynamics on Lifting Bodies from the NAR technical conferences. As a Nuclear Systems Engineer he is involved in radiation monitoring systems and in core instrumentation for reactor safety.

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