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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Feb 6, 2012 9:10 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, February 6, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
returns to discuss his big space vision ideas, space commerce, and space business plan development.
Jeff Krukin’s space career began with boyhood evenings in the back yard gazing at the Moon.  He has been an IBM Systems Engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation, Chairman of ProSpace and award-winning Director of its annual March Storm Congressional lobbying event, and now an aerospace & defense consultant. He provides leadership, marketing & communications, strategic planning, and business and economic development services.  Clients have included Caterpillar, Blue Force Technologies, Strategy Analytics, North Carolina State University, SpaceWorks Engineering, the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance, Presence Displays, and the State of North Carolina. He has been a frequent conference speaker in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and has been interviewed for newspapers, magazines, radio, and television.



Jeff is a published author since 1979, and most recently wrote the second edition of his industry primer, NewSpace Nation: America’s Emerging Entrepreneurial Space Industry.  He was the lead author of The Aero/Space Economy in North Carolina: A Preliminary Assessment of Current Performance and Future Prospects, and a key contributor to North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Workforce Development in the Aviation and Aerospace Industries.  He has written numerous articles, Op-Eds, and white papers, as well as book chapters. Current organizational involvement includes the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Commercial Space Group, and the Suborbital Transportation Working Group of the US Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC).  He created The Human-Space Connection concept to re-frame the conversation about space exploration within a human-centric context. With his diverse experience and Master’s Degree in Future Studies, Jeff brings a unique and insightful perspective to space exploration, settlement, commercial development, and its economic value.  His website is www.jeffkrukin.com.

2. Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
returns  to discuss the upcoming Next Generation Suborbital Conference which will be in Palo Alto, CA from Feb.27-29, 2012 (http://nsrc.swri.org).
Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, consultant, and author. He is serving as an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute and has his own aerospace consulting firm, with current and former clients including Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the Odyssey Moon Google Lunar X-Prize team, Boeing Aerospace, and the Johns Hopkins University. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Stern served as NASA’s chief of all space and Earth science programs, directing a $4.4B organization with 93 separate flight missions and a program of over 3,000 research grants. During his NASA tenure, a record 10 major new flight projects were started and deep reforms of NASA’s scientific research and the education and public outreach programs were put in place. His tenure also featured an emphasis on cost control in NASA flight missions that resulted in a 63% decrease in cost overruns. In 2007, he was named to the Time 100’s list of most influential people. His career has taken him to numerous astronomical observatories, to the South Pole, and to the upper atmosphere aboard various high performance NASA aircraft including F/A-18 Hornets, KC-135 zero-G, and WB-57 Canberras. He has been involved as a researcher in 24 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including 9 for which he was the mission principle investigator; and he has led the development of 8 ultraviolet and visible/infrared scientific instruments for NASA space missions. Among Dr. Stern’s mission lead roles is NASA’s $720M New Horizon’s Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission, the largest PI-led space mission ever launched by NASA. Prior to his service at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Dr. Stern served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI’s) Space Science and Engineering Division from 2005-2007. Previous to that, from 1998 to 2005, he was the Director of the Space Studies Department at SwRI, and from 1994 to 1998, he was from 1994-1998 the leader of the Geophysical, Astrophysical, and Planetary Science section in SwRI’s Space Sciences Department. During his SwRI tenure from 1991 to 2007, Dr. Stern grew SwRI’s planetary group from three people to one of the largest in the world, with a total project value exceeding $250M. Prior to founding SwRI’s Colorado operations in 1994, he was the leader of SwRI’s Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences group at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. From 1983 to 1991 he held positions at the University of Colorado in the Center for Space and Geosciences Policy, the office of the Vice President for Research, the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA). Before receiving his doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1989, Dr. Stern completed twin master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and atmospheric sciences (1980 and 1981), and then spent six years as an aerospace systems engineer, concentrating on spacecraft and payload systems at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Martin Marietta Aerospace, and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado. His two undergraduate degrees are in physics and astronomy from the University of Texas (1978 and 1980). Dr. Stern has published over 200 technical papers and 40 popular articles. He has given over 300 technical talks and over 100 popular lectures and speeches about astronomy and the space program. He has written two books, The U.S. Space Program After Challenger (Franklin-Watts, 1987), and Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged Edge of the Solar System (Wiley 1997, 2005). Additionally, he has served as editor on three technical volumes, and three collections of scientific popularizations: Our Worlds (Cambridge, 1998), Our Universe (Cambridge, 2000), and Worlds Beyond (Cambridge, 2003). Dr. Stern’s research has focused on studies of our solar system’s Kuiper belt and Oort cloud, comets, the satellites of the outer planets, the Pluto system, and the search for evidence of solar systems around other stars. He has also worked on spacecraft rendezvous theory, terrestrial polar mesospheric clouds, galactic astrophysics, and studies of tenuous satellite atmospheres, including the atmosphere of the moon. Dr. Stern has served on numerous NASA advisory committees, including the Lunar Exploration Science Working Group and the Discovery Program Science Working Group, the Solar System Exploration Subcommittee (SSES), the New Millennium Science Working Group, the Pluto Science Definition Team (SDT), and NASA’s Sounding Rocket Working Group. He was chairman of NASA’s Outer Planets Science Working Group from 1991 to 1994. He served as a panel member for the National Research Council’s 2003-2013 decadal survey on planetary science, and on the NASA Advisory Council (2006-2007). He is currently serving as the chair of the Suborbital Applications Researcher’s Group (SARG) of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF). Dr. Stern is a fellow of the AAAS and the IAA, and a member of the AAS and the AGU; he w as elected incoming chair of the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences in 2006. He has been awarded the Von Braun Aerospace Achievement Award of the National Space Society, the 2007 University of Colorado George Norlin Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the 2009 St. Mark’s Preparatory School Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a member of the board of directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Dr. Stern’s personal interests include hiking, camping, and writing. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings.

3. Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PST (February 8, 3-4:30 GMT)
& DWIGHT MCKNIGHT come regarding the NRC report, “Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASAs Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs.
Donald J. Kessler retired from NASA in 1996 as NASA’s Senior Scientist for Orbital Debris Research. He has more than 40 years of experience in scientific research associated with orbital debris, meteoroids, and interplanetary dust.  He began his career at NASA modeling the interplanetary meteoroid environment.  He later applied these modeling techniques to artificial satellites in Earth orbit, predicting that man-made orbital debris soon would exceed the natural meteoroid environment.  This prediction, coupled with verifying data, led to the official establishment of NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office at the Johnson Space Center in 1979.  There he continued to develop more complex orbital debris models, recommended and developed experiments to test those models, and analyzed data which led to the discovery of new sources of orbital debris.  He conducted classes, workshops, and symposia on orbital debris, and recommended cost effective techniques to control the environment. He also participated in national and international reviews of other agencies’ orbital debris programs, leading to the establishment of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), an international agency to address orbital debris issues.  Kessler participated in U.S. Air Force (USAF) and Strategic Defense Command tests and measurements programs, studies of orbital debris by various organizations such as the USAF Scientific Advisory Board, the AIAA, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), and the General Accountability Office.  In 1989, he was awarded the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Since retiring, Kessler has continued to consult with NASA and other organizations.  In 2000, he received the AIAA Losey Atmospheric Sciences Award, in 2008, received the IAASS Jerome Lederer Space Safety Pioneer Award, and in 2010 the AAS Dirk Brouwer Award for his career in astrodynamics.  Kessler has published more than 100 technical papers on meteoroids and orbital debris and has been a contributing author or editor of 10 major reports; select publications can be downloaded from his website at http://webpages.charter.net/dkessler.  However, he may be recognized by the general public for the “Kessler Syndrome”, a term propagated by the popular press to describe his 1978 publication. This publication predicted the increasing orbital debris environment from random collisions between satellites that is being observed today.  Kessler’s recent activates include supporting the educational IMAX film Space Junk 3D, now opening at various museums,and he was chairman of the National Research Council committee report  Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA’s Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs, available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13244.

Dr. Darren McKnight is currently Technical Director for Integrity Applications, Inc. (IAI) based in Chantilly, Virginia.  He leads teams to develop creative solutions across widely disparate domains: space systems, renewable energy, predictive awareness for infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism, orbital debris, the entertainment industry, and youth soccer training.  Dr. McKnight is a key contributor to the U.S. Space Protection Program in the development of holistic space system survivability models and strategies.  Dr. McKnight holds several patents and released his latest book, Hitting the Innovation Jackpot, in December 2011.  This treatise leverages his years of serving as an innovation catalyst for a variety of government and commercial clients in a wide variety of technical domains. Before coming to IAI, Darren served as Senior Vice President and Director of Science and Technology Strategy at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).  His responsibilities included technical collaboration corporate-wide, strategic technology investments (including IR&D), and validating innovation methodologies.  Dr. McKnight also served as Assistant Professor of Physics at the Air Force Academy from 1986-1990. Darren has served recently on the National Research Council’s Committee on NASA’s Orbital  Debris and Micrometeoroid Program, Defense Science Board Summer Study on 21st Century Strategic Technology Vectors, and IBM’s Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) Team.  He has coauthored two technical books (Artificial Space Debris and Chemical Principles Applied to Spacecraft Operations) and a youth soccer coaching book – Soccer is a Thinking Game.  Darren has authored over 70 technical papers and presented them in 12 countries.  He has appeared on tens of TV, radio, and newspaper interviews including with Discovery Channel, BBC, CBC, Space News, etc.  Dr. McKnight received his Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Engineering Sciences, his Master’s Degree from the University of New Mexico in Mechanical Engineering, and his Doctorate from the University of Colorado in Aerospace Engineering Sciences.  He and his wife, Alison, have two daughters, Olivia and Grace.Dennis Wingo is the author of the recently published book, “Moonrush: Improving Life on Earth with the Moon’s Resources.” He is also the CTO of Orbital Recovery Corporation and president of Skycorp, Inc. He is a 22-year veteran of the computer, academic, and space communities and was an integral force in the use of commercial systems for use in space and flew the first MacIntosh on the Space Shuttle as experiment controller. Orbital Recovery Corporation is developing a way to extend the life of satellites by up to ten years or more and SkyCorp Inc. has developed a patented approach to the development of highly capable spacecraft manufactured on orbit on the Space Shuttle or International Space Station. SkyCorp has also qualified payloads for flight to the station via the Russian Soyuz vehicle, one of which was used in the filming of a commercial last year for the American retailer Radio Shack. Mr. Wingo received his degree in Engineering Physics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he won honors for his academic publications and for his unique approach to small satellite development.

4. Friday, February 10, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PST (16:30-18 GMT)
comes to the program to discuss exomoons, exoplanets, the Kepler Space Telescope and related issues.
Dr. David Kipping is an astronomer based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), where he researches extrasolar planets and moons. I am currently fulfilling a Carl Sagan Fellowship at the CfA with the Harvard College Observatory. My research interests include the theory of transiting exoplanets, the development of novel detection techniques, signal detection theory and exomoonology. He also enjoys publicizing science and welcome any questions on my work!

5. Sunday, February 12, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Dr. James Dewar
returns to discuss the nuclear rocket and new paradigms.
James A. Dewar worked exclusively on nuclear policy issues in the Atomic Energy Commission and its successor agencies, the Energy Research and Development Administration and the Department of Energy. Such included nonproliferation and export control, nuclear testing and verification, international, environmental, nuclear fuel cycle, intelligence and technology transfer from the nuclear weapons complex. He held a Q clearance, with Sigma access, as well as many intelligence clearances. He graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in 1966 with a BA, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin in 1968 with a MA and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas in 1974 with the PhD. He began his government career and interest in nuclear rocketry in 1969 as a summer intern in NASA.

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