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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:47 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 23, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
TOM OLSON
returns to discuss the upcoming business plan competition for the NewSpace Conference later this summer.
For over a quarter-century, Mr. Olson has been a business systems engineer and analyst in the Communications, Aerospace, and Publishing sectors. In addition, he has worked in an investment analysis and operations capacity in the Financial Services area (cash and fund management). A serial entrepreneur, he helped found Exodus Group as a way to bridge the gap of understanding between entrepreneurial space tech startups and Angel/VC/Institutional investors seeking new opportunities.

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He has served on the organizing committee for the “Space Investment Summits”, an event bringing together interested investors and entrepreneurs for knowledge sharing and professional networking. Currently he is an adviser to, and investor in, three tech startups.

2. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (April 25, 2-3:30 GMT)
OPEN LINES
program. All topics are welcome. Given the press conference on this day regarding the potential asteroid mining venture with James Cameron, Google, and others, I am expecting heavy phone traffic. Please be succinct and let’s limit the length of calls to allow time for all callers. After announcements & suggested topics, I will open the lines. This should be about 7:20 PM PDT.

3. Friday, April 27, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
DR. LEWIS FRAAS
comes to the program to discuss his MiraSolar concept for LEO. On Thursday afternoon or evening, I will upload to the blog two of his papers on this subject for you to review before the interview. You can also visit his website at http://jxcrystals.com. Check the lower right corner for MiraSolar information.
Dr. Fraas has been active in the development of Solar Cells and Solar Electric Power Systems since 1975. He led the research team at Boeing that demonstrated the first GaAs/GaSb tandem concentrator solar cell in 1989 with a world record energy conversion efficiency of 35%. He received the patent of the year award from Boeing for this work. He has over 30 years of
experience at Hughes Research Labs, Chevron Research Co, and the Boeing High Technology Center working with advanced semiconductor devices. Dr. Fraas joined JX Crystals in 1993, where he has led the development of advanced solar cells and concentrated sunlight systems. At JX Crystals, he pioneered the development of various thermo photovoltaic (TPV) systems based on the new GaSb infrared sensitive PV cell. In 1978 while at Hughes Research Labs, he published a pioneering paper proposing the InGaP/GaInAs/Ge triple junction solar cell predicting a cell terrestrial conversion efficiency of 40% at 300 suns concentration. This 40% efficiency has now been achieved and this cell is the predominant cell today for space satellites. It is now entering high volume production for terrestrial Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) systems. Dr Fraas holds degrees from Caltech (B.Sc. Physics), Harvard (M. A. Applied Physics), and USC (Ph.D. EE). At Caltech, he studied Physics with Prof. Richard P. Feynman. Dr. Fraas has written over 200 technical papers, over 50 patents, and a book entitled Path to Affordable Solar Electric Power & The 35% Efficient Solar Cell (2005). He is co-editor of a Wiley book entitled Solar Cells and Their Applications (2nd Edition) published in 2010.

4. Sunday, April 29, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
DR. JOHN JURIST
returns to discuss his high altitude bail out and crew escape research.
Dr. Jurist was simultaneously a physicist and a medical researcher before becoming involved in business. He has degrees in biophysics and nuclear medicine earned while he was at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Jurist has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Medical School’s Division of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Space Science and Engineering Center. In the former, he studied human factors in space flight during Apollo and what was then called Apollo Applications and organized a metabolic bone disease laboratory for translational research. In the latter during the early 1970s, he was team leader of the group that transmitted the first medical imaging over communications satellite links in a precursor to telemedicine. In the business arena, he created and ran a biomedical engineering consulting firm, was president of a highly successful outpatient surgical center, and founded a nonprofit medical research institute and ran it for four years — it now has an eight figure annual research budget. Dr. Jurist is a proven expert on running a business and evaluating a business plan. He is now applying his experience to the developing NewSpace industry as an early investor in several small NewSpace corporations, supported R&D in others with corporate grants, and has partly funded academic propulsion and robotics research groups at multiple universities. Among other professional organizations, he is currently a Life Member of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots, an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, an Emeritus member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society. His teaching and research activities revolve around his present positions of Adjunct Professor of Space Studies in the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND and Adjunct Professor of Biophysics and Aviation at Rocky Mountain College.

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