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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:02 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 19, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
comes to share with us some pointers on how to make a convincing argument, win friends, and convert the opposition. Mr. Hyland is a leading debate team coach and we are fortunate in having him share with us some of the rules and guidelines that can help us do a better job of promoting the space to those outside our community.
Duane is employed by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as a Communication Specialist and Grassroots Public Policy Coordinator, where he assists with the day-to-day communication needs of the Institute, and coordinates the Institute’s Congressional Visits Day and August is for Aerospace programs. When not working on AIAA business, Duane coaches the debate team at Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va. Duane has coached high school debate and competitive public speaking since 1987, when he started as an assistant coach at Bishop McCort High School, Johnstown, Pa.



He has coached debating and speaking at both at the high school level, and at the college level as an assistant coach at his alma mater Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where he was captain of the debate team as an undergraduate. His teams and speakers have acquitted themselves quite well in competition, winning 4 Virginia High School League State Debate Overall Team Championships, in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011, finishing as runners-up in 2005. His teams have also won 7 Individual State Championships in debate, and have qualified for the national high school speech and debate championships seven times since 2000, winning awards in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Duane is a member of the National Federation of High School’s Policy Debate Topic Wording Committee, and is a recipient of the Donus D. Roberts Quad Ruby Coach Award from the National Forensic League, and the Thomas J. Masterson Service Award from the Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League. He holds a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Speech Communication from Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pa., and will receive his M.A. in Strategic Communication from Seton Hall University this May. His thesis explored the use of social media technology within corporations, to see if age of management or worker impacted the use of the technology, it will be published by Seton Hall this summer.

2. Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (March 21, 2-3:30 GMT)
of Liftport returns to the program. Michael is back with a concept for the Lunar Space Elevator. Check out the new Lifport website at www.liftport.com.
Michael’s professional bio from his website:: Michael Laine’s career spans a variety of disciplines and specializations. It starts directly out of high school, by enlisting for four years in the United States Marine Corps. While there, he learned many tangible skills, like operational management, logistics, and interpersonal communications. But perhaps the most important experiences during those formative years were the expansion and refinement of intangible abilities like leadership, perseverance and team-building. Mountain Warfare school, working at both the Officers Candidate School and the NCO Staff Academy and being meritoriously promoted certainly added to some colorful years. He was fortunate that the US stock market crashed during his enlistment and that his commanding officer was very interested in personal investing. His commander taught a 20 year-old the intricate details of capital management and diversification and at the end of service to his country, Laine left the USMC to work in Finance.  Laine would begin his seven years of Investment Management with a small, exclusive boutique in Portland. There, he was part of a team of only 17 full-time professionals – to handle the finances of just 16 high net worth clients (plus various ancillary clients). This was an illuminating experience as Laine was the most junior person on the team by 20 years. At 25 years old, Laine had de facto control of $4M of other people’s money, and an advisory capacity on another $40M.  While he had to do a lot of ‘grunt’ work, this was the place he learned critically important skills like diversification, long-range and contingency planning, and risk mitigation strategies. This was also the time in Laine’s life where he became fascinated with large infrastructure projects like phone, rail transportation and energy systems. The complex intricacies and interdependencies of these super-systems would fuel him for the rest of his life. These systems have a profound impact on the world we live in, and are tightly woven with threads of technology, politics, living conditions, economics (regional and personal), law, policy, research, engineering, public outreach, and education. As a result, Laine has a personal interest in all of these facets of super-systems.  Next, in 1995, after returning from Boston University (where he focused on Organizational Behavior) he did two things. He bought a 6-story commercial office building and started an Internet company. The Internet company started quickly and failed slowly, six years later. His company was extremely good at large database management, and as a result they built the first online shopping system for a major grocery store chain and developed the largest online yellow-pages directory of its kind. The lessons learned during this period were important: know when to cut your losses, build an extraordinary team, and that leveraged technology can – and does – change the world.  Finally, in 2001 (a detail not lost on him) Laine shifted careers to the one he’d been dreaming about for years: the commercialization of space. Initially Laine started a consulting firm, and then was brought on full-time to NASA’s Institute of Advanced Concepts team that was researching the development of the Space Elevator. He has been the commercial force behind of the Space Elevator project for the last 10 years. In that time, his team pioneered work in super-materials (ultra-strong, ultra-conductive carbon nanotubes), and built 18 robots that climbed into the sky on tethers held aloft by balloons (9 tests sanctioned by the Air Force, Navy and Federal Aviation Administration). His team has developed professional research relationships with more than 50 world-class universities and government research centers – including Harvard, Stanford, U. Washington, U. Texas, U. British Columbia, McGill, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and our first research partner was the United States Air Force Academy. For our efforts we were regularly featured in the press, and because of this, the public’s imagination caught fire. As a result, there are currently over 9,000,000 Google/Bing references to our project and a global community working on a program that many consider still to be science fiction. At this point, the project has its own self-generated momentum.  Laine is an accomplished public speaker, having delivered thousands of lectures, briefings and presentations on the topic – from generating enthusiasm for science and discovery in 8th grade classrooms to addressing congressmen; lecturing at universities to briefing military generals; delivering papers to NASA to being interviewed on National Public Radio, and speaking at all manner of agencies within the Washington, D.C. beltway. Laine worked with NASA and as a founding Director of the Spaceward Foundation to create a set of $4M prizes for technology development. He also serves in an advisory role to the International Space Elevator Consortium and the Leeward Foundation. Recently, Laine became President of the International Space University’s US Alumni Association. He attended the Space Studies Program in Barcelona in 2008 and is currently enrolled in ISU’s Executive Masters in Business Administration program.  Laine’s experience in building teams, developing research programs, creating technical roadmaps, business operational planning, and bridging the gaps between the commercial and technical teams plays a critical role in the development of this advanced technology-focused venture capital fund. His experience taking an ‘out of this world’ concept and refining it into ‘down to Earth’ profits serve us well.

3. Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (March 23, 2-3:30 GMT)
Henry Vanderbilt
returns to talk about the upcoming Space Access Society meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from April 12-14 at the Grace Inn. Get more information at the SAS website, www.space-access.org.
Henry Vanderbilt thought space was cool from the start. At age six he was watching a Mercury launch on TV when someone explained that the Atlas rocket cost ten million dollars and they threw it away each flight, and he realized that nobody was likely to pay for him to go. Fast-forward twenty-four years, when an early computer conferencing system (BIX) lured him into writing about space. That quickly led him to a lateral leap from itinerant techy into a job in space politics at the L-5 Society. He soon discovered that grand schemes for what to do in space were a dime a dozen, but everybody was waiting for someone else to solve the problem of how to get there affordably. He found like-minded people, got involved in efforts to solve the transportation problem, discovered that the ball kept being dropped because everybody had day jobs, and ended up founding Space Access Society in 1992 to focus totally on promoting radically cheaper space transportation. He semi-retired from running SAS in 2006, cutting his role back to organizing the annual “Space Access” conferences (sometimes described as “Hackers” for rocket people) in order to take a day job with one of the leading startup rocket companies. Four years later, he’s back at SAS full-time, trying to help make the most of the insurmountable opportunity of the new NASA exploration policy. See http://www.space-access.org for details of the next Space Access

4. Friday, March 23, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
returns to discuss policy, space commerce, and ideas for the future.
Phil Chapman was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in Sydney. He learned to fly during National Service with the RAAF, while he was an undergraduate in physics at Sydney University. After graduating, he spent 15 months during the International Geophysical Year studying the aurora australis in Antarctica, including wintering at a remote two-man camp. He then moved to Boston, MA, where he earned a master’s degree in aeronautics & astronautics at MIT and a doctorate in physics before being selected by NASA as one of the second intake of scientist astronauts (and the first foreign-born astronaut). After astronaut training, including jet pilot training with the USAF, he served as Mission Scientist for Apollo 14 and as a member of the Space Station Study Group, working on modifications to the second Skylab workshop so that it could become a permanent space station. He left the program to work in the space industry when Skylab was canceled, because he thought the decision to build the shuttle was a major mistake. Since then, his principal research interests have included the Solar Power Satellite (SPS) (with Peter Glaser at Arthur D. Little), geophysical aspects of climate change, laser propulsion, lunar transportation systems and economical launch vehicles. In the early ‘Eighties, Dr Chapman was President of the L5 Society (now the National Space Society); the most notable achievement on his watch was the successful campaign to prevent US ratification of the Moon Treaty. He is also a founding member of the Citizens’ Advisory Council on National Space Policy, which has prepared position papers for several US Presidents and was partly responsible for President Reagan’s decision to develop ballistic missile defenses (which led to the collapse of the USSR).In 1989, Dr Chapman organized and led a private expedition by sea from Cape Town to Enderby Land, Antarctica, investigating mineral resources before the moratorium on prospecting took effect. Email: philchapman@sbcglobal.net See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._Chapman for more detail.

5. Sunday, March 25, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
returns to talk about his recently published book, “Fifty Years On The Space Frontier: Halo Oribts, Comets, Asteroids, And More.”
Dr. Robert W. Farquhar is an Executive for Planetary Exploration, KinetX, Inc. He has his Ph.D in Astronautical Sciences, Stanford University (1969),an M.S .in Engineering, UCLA (1961), and his B.S. Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois (1959). His experience includes Co-Investigator, Stardust-NExT Mission, 2007-Present; Mission Director, New Horizons Mission, 2002-2006; Mission Manager, MESSENGER Mission, 1999-2006; Mission Director, CONTOUR Mission, 1998-2002; Mission Director, NEAR Mission, 1990-2001; Program Manager, NASA’s Discovery Program, 1989-1990; Flight Director, ISEE-3/ICE Mission, 1983-1987; Study Manager, Halley’s Comet Mission, 1981; Mission Definition Manager, ISTP Program, 1978-1990; Flight Dynamics Manager, ISEE-3 Mission, 1972-1982; Mission Definition Manager, Lunar Polar Orbiter, 1973-1975 and Study Manager, Cometary Explorer, 1972-1975. He has received numerous awards and honors and he has been on the following committees: Charles A. Lindbergh Chair (National Air &Space Museum) 2007, AIAA Fellow 2004, NASM Trophy for Current Achievement 2002, NASA Medal for Exceptional Engineering Achievement (NEAR) 2002, Tycho Brahe Award (The Institute of Navigation) 2001, Laureate Award for Space (Aviation Week & Space Technology) 2001, Space Pioneer Award (National Space Society) 2001, Baltimorean of the Year (Baltimore Magazine) 2000, The John V. Breakwell Memorial Lecture 1998, Member of International Academy of Astronautics 1996, Laurels for 1996 (Aviation Week & Space Technology), Asteroid #5256 named Farquhar 1992, NASA Medal for Exceptional Engineering Achievement (ISEE-3/ICE) 1988, Distinguished Visiting Professor (Japan’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science) 1987, Fellow of American Astronautical Society 1986, Letter of Commendation from President Ronald Reagan 1984, Dirk Brouwer Space Flight Mechanics Award (American Astronautical Society) 1984, Moe Schneebaum Memorial Award (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) 1984, Laurels for 1982 (Aviation Week & Space Technology), Mechanics and Control of Flight Award (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) 1981, Distinguished Alumnus Award (University of Illinois) 1980, NASA Exceptional Service Medal (ISEE-3/ICE) 1979, Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration (National Academy of Sciences) 2003-2005. In addition, he has over 100 selected publication in various reviewed journals.

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