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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:44 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, April 16, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
returns to discuss the new Citizens in Space Program.
Edward Wright is chairman of the United States Rocket Academy and project manager for Citizens in Space. Formerly known as Teachers in Space, Citizens in Space now includes university students, informal educators, and backyard hobbyists as well. As project manager for Citizens in Space, Edward Wright is responsible for recruiting, selecting, and training citizen astronauts; promoting citizen science; and overseeing the development and integration of approximately 100 citizen-science experiments to fly on suborbital flights.



Previously, Edward Wright worked in the computer software industry for 20 years and was president of X-Rocket, LLC, which operated a high-performance MiG-21 jet fighter. His experience in citizen science projects includes collecting observations of Western lowland gorillas and New World cats. He is single, with one horse, and lives in Plano, Texas.

2. Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (April 18, 2-3:30 GMT)
of Parabolic Arc returns to discuss what is happening in the space industry today.
Douglas Messier is Managing Editor of ParabolicArc.com, a daily blog that covers commercial space and much more. He is a skilled writer and analyst with more than two decades of experience in covering space exploration and conveying complex scientific and policy issues to the public. Over his varied career, Doug has held a number of positions: analyst at a Fortune 500 company; software tester for a start-up company; manager of distance education at a small, for-profit university; science editor and curriculum developer; biographer of a Mormon missionary; and scriptwriter who has pitched stories to Star Trek. He is the author of Carl: The Biography of William Carl Condie, a 222-page privately published biography of a beloved grandfather. Douglas resides in Silicon Valley, where he serves as Director of Testing, Communications and Social Outreach for an entrepreneurial software company. He is a graduate of the International Space University Summer Session Program and the George Washington University, where he studied under John Logsdon at the Space Policy Institute. He has an undergraduate degree in journalism.

3. Friday, April 20, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
returns to the program to discuss Wernher von Braun and more space history.
Ed Buckbee is the author of the book by Apogee publishing, “The Real Space Cowboys.” Mr. Buckbee is a noted author, lecturer, space expert and director emeritus, and has been associated with the U.S. space program for four decades. Buckbee began his NASA career in 1959 when America’s first Mercury astronauts were selected. He attended the launches of Alan Shepard and John Glenn and was present when the Apollo astronauts lifted-off for the moon landings. He continues to be associated with America’s space program. Ed has met and worked with all the astronauts who flew the early Mercury and Gemini space missions and Apollo moon walkers. In 1970, he was selected by Von Braun to be the first director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Buckbee is the visionary who assembled and managed the world’s largest space and rocket exhibition and founder of the highly successful U.S. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge programs. Over 500,000 students and teachers from seventy countries have been inspired and motivated by attending programs Buckbee developed.

4. Sunday, April 22, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
of XCOR comes to the program.
Doug Jones is a co-founder of XCOR where he contributes to rocket engine designs from concept to hardware, and designs control systems, test stands and thermodynamic cycles, while occasionally also serving as flight test engineer on rocket planes. At XCOR Doug is known as the Rocket Whisperer for his innate ability to detect minute anomalies in a propulsion system.  Before joining XCOR, Doug coordinated the assembly, testing, inspection and data analysis of kerosene/LOX engines up to 5,000 lbf for the Rotary Rocket Company. Earlier, he designed, built, and tested a 400 lbf nitrous oxide/propane engine, its test stand, and a high altitude balloon system for Vela Technology. He is experienced in analog and digital circuit design, is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Rocket Test Group (RTG), and the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE). Doug has also leaped out of perfectly good airplanes, performed original comedy on stage, driven a taxicab, and been a labor organizer, among other misadventures.

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