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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Aug 6, 2007 10:37 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, August 6, 2007, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-23.30 GMT)
Gerald Blackburn is currently President of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation here in California developing historical preservation and outreach projects. He is on the advisory Board of Directors for the City of Downey Columbia Memorial Space Sciences Learning Center. Gerald was a Project Manager with the Boeing Space and Communications Corporation. He was responsible for directing the Advanced Standards and Practices efforts in the Systems Safety and Product Assurance Department at the Huntington Beach Facility. Mr. Blackburn has been in the Aerospace Industry for over 40 years and retired in 2003. His career has spanned the entire manned space program from the X-15 at North American Aviation to the Apollo, Saturn SII, Space Shuttle and International Space Station Programs. He is an educator as well as a business leader. His proactive leadership in business and education partnerships is widely known. Gerald has taught at the California State University in Los Angeles, University of Southern California and Cerritos College. He has developed curriculum and several workshops for the Rockwell (Boeing) Explore Engineering Programs and “TEAM-Science”. He has been an active member of several business and education advisory boards and serves on the California State Department of Education Advisory Committee for Career Technology Education. Mr. Blackburn has a MBA from Pepperdine University and is a native Californian.

2. Tuesday, August 7, 2007, 7-8:30 PM PDT (August 8, 2007, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Mike Gruntman is professor and chair of astronautics at the Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California (USC). His life journey took him from a child growing at the Tyuratam launch base in the late 1950s and early 1960s to a physicist working in the USSR Academy of Sciences to the founding director of a major educational program in space engineering in the heart of the American space industry. Mike received his Ph.D. from the Space Research Institute (IKI) of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1984. In 1980s, Mike pioneered various instrumental techniques for imaging of space plasmas in energetic neutral atoms (ENA). ENA imaging had matured by mid-1990s, with several ENA experiments already launched (IMAGE, Cassini) or being in preparation (TWINS, IBEX). In 1990, Mike succeeded in escaping from the socialist paradise of the Soviet Union and reached California. He is professor of astronautics and professor of aerospace engineering at USC since 1993. Presently, he is Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in several theoretical and experimental programs funded by NASA; he participates in space missions IMAGE, TWINS (Co-I), IBEX (Co-I). His interests include astronautics, space mission and spacecraft design, microsatellite technologies, spacecraft propulsion, space instrumentation and sensors, solar system galactic frontier, heliospheric and magnetospheric physics, space plasmas and environment, particle and photon analyzers and detector systems, ion and neutral particle beams, atomic collisions, particle interactions with surfaces, aerospace education, and aerospace history. He teaches courses in space science and technology; his graduate course on spacecraft design is perhaps the largest in the country (90+ students in spring 2005). Mike authored and co-authored more than 190 scientific and technical publications. Last year AIAA published his 500-page book – “Blazing the Trail” – on the early history of spacecraft and rocketry. (The book web site is at http://astronauticsnow.com/blazingthetrail .) In August 2004, he was appointed Chair of the new academic unit in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the Astronautics and Space Technology Division. His new book is “From Astronautics to Cosmonautics” and is available at Amazon.com at www.amazon.com/Astronautics-Cosmonautics-Mike-Gruntman/dp/1419670859/ref=sr_1_1/102-6246410-8044965?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1186370572&sr=8-1.

3. Wednesday, August 8, 2007, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Dr. Jim Wertz, CEO of Microcosm will discuss Operationally Responsive Space. As President of Microcosm, Dr. Wertz has technical and management responsibility for work in Microcosm’s main business areas: space mission engineering, low cost space launch systems, autonomous navigation and orbit control, satellite orbit and attitude systems, space sensor design, and space software development. Under the direction of Dr. Wertz, Microcosm has become a principal creator of practical solutions to reduce both space mission cost and launch cost. In addition to his management functions, Dr. Wertz continues a technical leadership role and remains an internationally recognized authority in orbit and attitude determination and control systems, satellite autonomy and sensor measurement theory, and space mission cost reduction. His experience includes virtually all mission phases: concept exploration, hardware design and development (both at the system and component levels), integration and test, launch support, and mission operations. He is the editor and principal author of:

•Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control (D. Reidel, 1978, 858 pg.), the standard reference work in this field now in its 13th printing.

•Space Mission Analysis and Design (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1st edition, 1990; 2nd edition, 1992; 3rd edition, 1999, 969 pg.), the most widely used astronautics text and reference in print.

•Reducing Space Mission Cost (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996, 617 pg.), volume aimed at changing the way business is done in space.

•Mission Geometry; Orbit and Constellation Design and Management (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, 934 pg.), first of a 3-volume series intended as the new standard reference in Spacecraft Orbit and Attitude Systems.

Dr. Wertz holds multiple patents in orbit and attitude systems. He has taught courses worldwide in “Space Mission Analysis and Design,” “Orbit and Attitude Systems,” “Design of Low-Cost Space Missions,” and “Constellation Design, Management and Economics.” He has provided professional systems and mission engineering training at JPL, JSC, GSFC, LaRC, ESA, ESTEC, CNES, CSA, AFRL, SMC, and numerous corporate venues in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Dr. Wertz is an Adjunct Professor of Astronautics at USC, a Fellow of both the British Interplanetary Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Wertz received his Ph.D in physics at the University of Texas in Austin, his B.S. in physics at MIT, and his M.S. from George Washington University.

4. Thursday, August 9, 2007, 9:30-11:00 AM PDT (16:30-18:00 GMT)
Dr. Pat Hynes will be on the show. Note that this program will replay Sunday, August 12 as I will be on my way to SmallSat. For this show, we will be discussing the Personal Spaceflight Symposium to be held in Las Cruces, NM from Oct. 24-25, 2007. Dr. Patricia Hynes is the director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) located at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She works on space related research and education across the State of New Mexico. Space Grant, started in 1989, is funded by Congress and administered by NASA. The role of the Space Grant program nationally is to bring the benefits of space research and education to the communities of the United States. NMSGC programs are statewide; include all 3 research universities in New Mexico, 2 community colleges, museums, federal and state partners. Dr. Hynes is responsible for the strategic planning, research and education support, development, and outreach efforts for the consortium, and programs related to space including efforts to recruit industry partners as part of her work with Spaceport America, the X Prize Cup and International Symposium on Personal Spaceflight. New Mexico is now the home of the X Prize Cup and the International Symposium for Personal Spaceflight, annual events held in Las Cruces, the home of New Mexico State University (NMSU). Dr. Hynes is the Co-Chair, International Symposium for Personal Spaceflight. She began working on the International Symposium for Personal Spaceflight (ISPS) with Dr. Bill Gaubatz of the X Prize Foundation in 1995, immediately after the state won the X Prize Cup competition. ISPS 2006 is the first official event of the 2006 X Prize Cup. Spaceport America, formerly the Southwest Regional Spaceport (SRS), is a project DR. Hynes has been involved with since 1991. She was the Director of the Center for Aerospace Science, Technology and Education (CASTE) which was established early in the state’s efforts to create a focal point for research and education related to inland spaceport development. NMSU recently established an Aerospace Engineering Program. Spaceport America is a natural next step for a state which has demonstrated innovation and leadership in space research and development since 1946. New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory has been involved in space based research since 1946 with the opening of the missile range and the testing of the V-2 rockets 15 miles from NMSU. Pat Hynes is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Ph.D in Business Administration.

5. Friday, August 10, 2007, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Chip Proser is a well-known writer, director, cinematographer, and film producer. Mr. Proser has either created, wrote, produced, or directed numerous films and documentaries, including many having to do with space. He has filmed space conferences including conferences for the Space Frontier Foundation, he wrote for MARS Run for HBO, and has won significant awards, including Emmy Awards, the Hatch Award, a Peabody Award, and much more. Some of his projects include Top Gun and Pensacola: Wings of Gold. Mr. Proser has completed his new documentary, “Gaia Selene: Saving the Earth by Colonizing the Moon,” regarding solving terrestrial problems by returning to the Moon and http://stickymedia.com/ making use of lunar resources to solve for example, energy and environmental problems. Please visit his website at for full screen credits and more about his new documentary project and television series.

4. Sunday, August 12, 2007, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Replay of the Thursday, August 9th program with Dr. Pat Hynes as I will be on my way to the SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah. You can hear this program as an archived program on The Space Show website. It will be streaming on live365.com as is the case with all Sunday Space Show programs.

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