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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jan 9, 2012 9:00 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, January 9, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Dr. Louis Friedman
returns to discuss solar sails and The Planetary Society Program LightSail.
Dr. Louis Friedman is the Executive Director Emeritus of The Planetary Society and the Program Director for LightSail, their solar sail program.

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Dr. Friedman received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin in 1961, an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics at Cornell University in 1963, and a Ph.D. from the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at M.I.T. in 1971. His Ph.D. thesis was on Extracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data. Dr. Friedman worked at the AVCO Space Systems Division from 1963-1968, on both civilian and military space programs. From 1970 to 1980 he worked on deep space missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Among the projects he has worked on are: navigation systems analysis for Magellan and for Voyager mission design studies for the Halley Comet Rendezvous-Solar Sail. He was the leader of the post-Viking Mars Program in the late 1970s. He was manager of Advanced Planetary Studies at JPL. Dr. Friedman is the author of more than 20 papers on Navigation, Mission Analysis and Design, and Mission Planning. In 1978-79, Dr. Friedman was the AIAA Congressional Fellow on the staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He worked there on Space Policy, Operational Remote Sensing legislation, NASA program oversight and technology innovation on the railroads. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Astronautical Society, the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Sigma Xi and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1979 and 1980 Dr. Friedman originated and was leader of the International Halley Watch. He left JPL in 1980 and co-founded The Planetary Society with Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray. The Society is a non-profit, popular society for enhancing the exploration of the planets and the search for extraterrestrial life. It is the largest space interest organization in the world. Dr. Friedman frequently lectures about planetary missions and space exploration programs. Dr. Friedman is the author of Starsailing: Solar Sails and Interstellar Travel. While at The Planetary Society, Dr. Friedman has worked on proposals for human exploration of Mars and published several papers on this subject. He has also been part of the technical team working on Mars Balloon and Mars Rovers. He has served on a number of space program advisory groups and has been asked to participate in both Congressional and Administration reviews concerning American and Russian space exploration missions. He is the Project Director for Cosmos1, the first Solar Sail Spacecraft. Dr. Friedman initiated the Red Rover Goes to Mars Project, the first educational experiment on a planetary mission. It is now on Mars with the Mars Exploration Rovers

2. Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PST (January 11, 3-4:30 GMT)
Dr. Bruce Cordell
returns with new information supporting his Maslow Windows research and a coming space industry boom period.
Bruce Cordell is an educator and consultant who writes and speaks on future trends in space exploration and technology. He is co-founder of 21stCenturyWaves.com, which monitors global trends in the economy, technology, and geopolitics. Formerly a program manager with General Dynamics Space Systems in San Diego, he worked closely with NASA and the USAF on lunar bases and human missions to Mars, space transportation and resources, and national defense. His degrees are from UCLA (M.S.) and the University of Arizona (Ph.D.) in planetary and space physics, and he was a Weizmann postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. While a physics professor at the California State University, Bruce met Krafft Ehricke and participated with him in a public panel discussion on space at the Fleet Science Center in San Diego. Soon after he joined General Dynamics where Bill Rector asked him to help position the company to participate in manned lunar and Mars missions. Bruce organized a 10-member international team of subcontractors in support of General Dynamics. With ESA-veteran Otto Steinbronn, he developed a concept for a world space agency – “Interspace” – that featured equal management authority for the major global space powers and broad opportunities for participation for all others. Always fascinated by manned Mars missions, Bruce published the first systematic study assessing the potential for significant natural resources on Mars that could support human colonization. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Cordell developed a ground-breaking concept for interplanetary commerce featuring retrieval of water from the moons of Mars for transportation and industrial uses in the Earth-Moon system. He led the first study showing its economic advantages and technical feasibility. In 1996, Dr. Cordell published “Forecasting the Next Major Thrust into Space” in Space Policy, in which he sketched his new theory — based on long-term trends in the economy and technology over the last 200 years — that logically explained our romance with President Kennedy’s 1960s Apollo program and our retreat back to Earth orbit over the last 40 years. And more importantly, he was able to forecast that the decade from 2015 to 2025 will be the analog of the 1960’s. With several colleagues and friends this work has intensified over the last several years including the founding of 21stCenturyWaves.com and the introduction of the “fractal Maslow Window.”

3. Friday, January 13, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PST (16:30-18 GMT)
Dr. Perry Ballard
comes to discuss secondary payloads, student launches, cubesats, and more.
Dr. Perry G. Ballard is a retired Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force and is now with the DOD Payloads Office, JSC. Dr. Ballard is a regular at the Small Sat Conferences and I have had many “off the record” discussions with him on these topics. Dr. Ballard has received approvals to discuss these subjects on The Space Show and we look forward to his sharing important, timely, and accurate information with us on these and other related issues.

4. Sunday, January 15, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Kevin Forsyth
comes on the Delta 2 history.
Kevin Forsyth is Director of Technology for a Chicago-based media company. His independent research led to the creation of History of the Delta Launch Vehicle, a web site that includes a log of all flights, current news updates, upcoming launch windows, and vehicle performance specifications; it is available on-line at http://kevinforsyth.net/delta/. Published works to which he has contributed include To Reach the High Frontier: A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles, published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2002; and Space Exploration and Humanity: A Historical Encyclopedia, published by ABC-CLIO in 2010. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University.

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