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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:56 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, March 12, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Dr. RYAN L. KOBRICK
comes to discuss the upcoming Yuri’s Night celebrations.
Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (2002), his Master’s of Space Studies degree from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France (2003), his Master’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University (2005) in University Park, PA, and his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences (focus: Bioastronautics) from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2010) in Boulder, CO. 

www.TheSpaceShow.com

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He has worked with the X PRIZE Foundation (2003, 2004 & 2006) developing the follow-on event to the $10 million ANSARI X PRIZE called the X PRIZE Cup, which aimed at bringing competing spaceship builders to New Mexico annually to compete in different flight categories. Ryan participated as a crewmember in The Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) four times on crews 25 (2004), 44 / ExBeta (2006), 56 / ExGamma (2007), and 58 / FMARS Training (2007). From his MDRS experiences, he was selected for a 100-day Mars mission simulation in the High Canadian Arctic on Devon Island, Nunavut at the Mars Society’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS). On the FMARS Crew 11 Long Duration Mission (F-XI LDM), he facilitated the Human Factors studies for the crew of 7 as well as being a crew engineer.  His CU-Boulder start was in the summer of 2005 researching portable life support systems (spacesuits) with Dr. Klaus on a NASA-funded project. Ryan’s Ph.D. thesis was titled “Characterization and Measurement Standardization of Lunar Dust Abrasion for Spacecraft Design and Operations”. Ryan’s dust research was awarded a 2007 NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) award. Ryan was the recipient of the 2006 AIAA Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award, a three-timeAchievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar 2006-2009, and was a 2009 John A. Vise Memorial Scholarship recipient. Ryan helped re-start and stabilize the CU-Boulder chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (CUSEDS) in 2005, and was an advisor for both SEDS Canada and Mars Society Canada’s Exploration Mars (ExMars) Program. Ryan was named Executive Director of Yuri’s Night in July 2010, a USA 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the aim of connecting thousands of people around the world to celebrate and honor the past of human spaceflight, while building a stairway to the future. In 2011 Yuri’s Night broke records with over 600 events in 75 countries around the world for the 50th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight.  In November 2010, Ryan started working at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Postdoctoral Associate working with Prof. Dava Newman in the Man-Vehicle Laboratory. Ryan’s primary role for the start of his MIT career was as Event Director for MIT’s 150th Anniversary Exploration Symposium named “Earth, Air, Ocean and Space: The Future of Exploration”.  In his free time he plays hockey and sails as much as possible, enjoys skiing, SCUBA diving, hiking, and making short comedic films.

2. Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (March 14, 2-3:30 GMT)
OPEN LINES DISCUSSION
. All space topics are welcome. New callers are especially welcome. We want to hear from you. Callers should be succinct and plan on one comment/question.

3. Thursday, March 15, 2012, 9:30-10:30 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Special AIAA program on our nation’s space policy
. Our panel consists of John Rose, Deputy-Director Public Policy, Region VI, for AIAA; Steve Howell, Director, AIAA Public Policy; and Dr. Mark Lewis, Past President AIAA.

4. Friday, March 16, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
JOSH NEUBERT
returns for updates with the Night Rover Challenge and to announce the special rules for the contest.
Joshua has extensive experience creating and managing innovative education programs, non-profit organizations, and incentive prize competitions with a specific background in aerospace exploration, planetary science, and education. He is currently the Executive Director of the Night Rover Challenge, a partnership between the Cleantech Open, Younoodle Inc., and NASA, where he leads the vision, direction, and implementation of the $1.5 Million prize. In 2008, prior to launching the Night Rover Challenge, Mr. Neubert joined forces with Nancy Conrad, wife of late Apollo 12 Commander Pete Conrad, to found the Conrad Foundation and create the Spirit of Innovation Awards – a high school science entrepreneurship program reaching over 2000 participants in its first 3 years. The program provided opportunities for students to create their own products in aerospace, energy, and other scientific disciplines. As the Foundation’s Executive Director, Mr. Neubert used innovative education techniques to engage students in science and technology concepts and create a life-long impact on its participants. Previously Mr. Neubert also worked with other non-profit organization including leading a team at the X PRIZE Foundation to develop an annual two day educational experience for 12,000 students and 8,000 public attendees at the X PRIZE Cup. The Cup was an annual exposition and celebration of aerospace technology created by the X PRIZE Foundation with support from the New Mexico State government. Mr. Neubert was also the Director of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space – a national non-profit organization creating a community for university and high school students to engage in real-world opportunities in aerospace exploration. Mr. Neubert received a Bachelors (2003) and Masters (2004) degree in Planetary Science from MIT with a dissertation on improving Lunar and Martian in-situ resource utilization to enhance planetary exploration. Note, there will be no toll free line for this program.

You can listen to the shows under www.TheSpaceShow.com
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