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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:10 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 21, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Mark Whittington
returns to the show for policy insights, his books, and his blog, Curmudgeons Corner at http://curmudgeons.blogspot.com.
Mark Whittington is a writer and space policy analyst residing in Houston, Texas. He is the author of “Children of Apollo,” an alternate history novel set during the early space program and “The Last Moonwalker.” Mr. Whittington also writes numerous articles about space topics in USA Today, the LA Times, the Houston Chronicle, the online magazine Washington Dispatch, and internet content sites Finetuning.com and AssociatedContent.com. He runs a blog call Curmudgeons Corner at http://curmudgeons.blogspot.com.

2. Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PST (November 23, 3-4:30 GMT)
Dr. John Brandenburg
returns to discuss his latest book, “Beyond Einstein’s Unified Field: Gravity & Electro-magnetism Redefined.”



John E. Brandenburg is a researcher at Orbital Technologies Corporation in Madison Wisconsin. He was before this, at Florida Space Institute at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, having come from The Aerospace Corporation, where one of his duties was as principle investigator of the MET (Microwave Electro-Thermal) propulsion project. He also performed an architecture study for a Human Mars Mission using solar electric propulsion. He also performed research on Fusion Propulsion and Kaluza-Klein theory of Field Unification for purposes of space propulsion. Before coming to Aerospace corporation Dr. Brandenburg was a researcher at Research Support Instruments (RSI) where he specialized in making controlled laboratory plasmas for uses ranging from Fusion research to the MET thruster. He also worked as an independent consultant on Space Missile Defense, Directed Energy Weapons, and space rocket plume phenomenology, and also at Mission Research Corporation and Sandia National Laboratories on plasmas for controlled fusion and similar topics. Doctor Brandenburg was born in Rouchester Minnesota but grew up in Medford Oregon. He obtained a BA in Physics from Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon, home of the Shakespearean Festival. He obtained his MS in Applied Science at University of California at Davis and his PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics at the UC Davis extension campus at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore California. The Title of his Thesis was “A Theoretical Model of a Reversed Field Ion Layer Made of Monoenergetic Ions” and dealt with the magnetic confinement of plasmas for controlled nuclear fusion. Inspired by the Apollo missions to choose a career in Physics he has always been an avid fan of space exploration and science fiction. He is the author the “Dead Mars, Dying Earth”(1999) with Monica Rix Paxson , which dealt with the problems of energy and global warming from a comparative planetary science ( Earth-Mars) perspective and has been published the USA, Great Britain, Germany and Japan. It was the winner of the Silver Medal in the Ben Franklin awards for books on science and environment. He has recently completed writing a science fiction novel “Morningstar Pass” dealing with the problems of initial contact between humanity and extraterrestrial intelligence and the development of the human race into a space-faring civilization. He has dedicated his career to problems of space, energy and national defense.

3. Friday, November 25, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Dr. David Baker
from London comes to the show to discuss the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and his space consulting career with NASA and in the UK.
Dr. David Baker was with the US space program from the mid-1960s to the 1980s, from Gemini to well into the Shuttle program. A British citizen, he returned to the UK in the mid-1980s and started the UK’s first space consulting company while working with NASA HQ on recruiting commercial payloads for the Shuttle. Heavily involved with introducing the business community (finance and insurance) in London and Wall St  He hosted many meetings with NASA and took groups down to the Cape with VIP tickets to launches. He became virtually satellite and space vehicles loss adjuster at Lloyds and later in the 1980s brought the first commercial remote sensing conference to London involving scientists from Russia and the Baltic States, after getting the contract to market Soyuzkarta wet-film earth images comprising the products of their first generation military reconsat programs – a mass of fascinating tales in there from my visits to communist Russia in the ’80s!  Throughout, he has written extensively with over 80 books to date, early ones being ‘The Rocket’ and ‘The History of Manned Space Flight’ the most recent being the ‘Haynes Shuttle Manual’ in April this year. He has a successor, on the ISS, due out next year together with a larger book on the Shuttle. Along the way he has edited several publications, including seven years of ‘Jane’s Space Directory’ (for which I received the Arthur C Clarke award) and from next month I am taking over the reigns as editor of Spaceflight, the magazine of the British Interplanetary Society.  Although Dr. Baker has had a richly fulfilling and fascinating involvement with space activities over the last 50 years, it is the prominent role that the BIS has played in national and international ventures that now wishes to publicize.

4. Sunday, November 27, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Marcia Smith
on space policy returns to the show. Be sure to read her blog, www.spacepolicyonline.com.
Marcia S. Smith is President of the Space and Technology Policy Group, LLC in Arlington, VA, which specializes in policy analysis of civil, military and commercial space programs, and other technology areas. She is also the founder and editor of the website SpacePolicyOnline.com. From March 2006-March 2009, Ms. Smith was Director of the Space Studies Board (SSB) at the National Research Council (NRC), and from January 2007-March 2009 additionally was Director of the NRC’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB). The NRC is the operating arm of The National Academies, comprised of the NRC, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The National Academies is a non-profit organization that provides advice to the nation on science, engineering and medicine. Previously, Ms. Smith was a senior level specialist in aerospace and telecommunications policy at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. CRS provides objective, non-partisan research and analysis exclusively for the Members and committees of the U.S. Congress. Ms. Smith specialized in U.S. and foreign military and civilian space activities, as well as telecommunications issues (including the Internet). She worked at CRS from 1975-2006, except for a one year leave of absence from 1985-1986 while she served as Executive Director of the U.S. National Commission on Space. The Commission, created by Congress and its members appointed by the President, developed long term (50 year) goals for the civilian space program under the chairmanship of (the late) former NASA Administrator Thomas Paine. The Commission published its results in the report Pioneering the Space Frontier (Bantam Books). Before joining CRS, she worked in the Washington Office of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (then headquartered in New York). A graduate of Syracuse University, Ms. Smith is the author or co-author of more than 220 reports and articles on space, nuclear energy, and telecommunications and Internet issues. Ms. Smith is the North American Editor for the quarterly journal Space Policy, Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Currently member of AIAA’s International Activities Committee and has served on many other AIAA committees, was an AIAA Distinguished Lecturer (1983-1988), and a member of the AIAA National Capital Section Council (1994-1996), Fellow, Past President, and former member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the American Astronautical Society (AAS). Co-chair of the AAS Fellows Committee (2004). Awarded the AAS “John F. Kennedy Astronautics Award” in 2006. Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. Founder, Emeritus Member, and Past President of Women in Aerospace (WIA). Awarded the WIA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Member, former Vice President, and former member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). Member and former Trustee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). Co-chair of IAA’s Space Activities and Society Committee (1991-1997). Member of the Advisory Committee for the Secure World Foundation. Life Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Washington Academy of Sciences (Board of Directors, 1988-1989), and Sigma Xi (the honorary scientific research society).

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