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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:06 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 30, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
returns to discuss space news, space current events, and you name it!
Robert Zimmerman is a well known and respected space historian and author. He posts regularly at his new website, http://behindtheblack.com, on space, science, and other matters relating to cultural and political issues. Mr. Zimmerman is also an award winning author. His most recent book, THE UNIVERSE IN A MIRROR: THE SAGA OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE AND THE VISIONARIES WHO BUILT IT (Princeton University Press) was just released in paperback. The book tells the poignant tale of the men and women behind the telescope, and how many had to sacrifice careers and family to get it built.



It also describes in detail the importance of Hubble both scientifically and culturally. More than any other instrument sent into space, the Hubble Space Telescope reshaped the human perception of our place in the universe. Robert’s previous book, LEAVING EARTH: SPACE STATIONS, RIVAL SUPERPOWERS, AND THE QUEST FOR INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL, is a must read! It describes in detail the history of manned space flight, post Apollo. Thus, it includes a lot of information about the Soviet/Russian space program that is unknown to most Americans. In 2003 American Astronautical Society awarded LEAVING EARTH the Eugene Emme Award as that year’s the best space history for the general public. Mr. Zimmerman has also authored GENESIS, THE STORY OF APOLLO 8 (published by Four Walls Eight Windows in 1998), telling the family and political tale behind the first human journey to another world, and THE CHRONOLOGICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DISCOVERIES IN SPACE (published by Oryx Press, now ABC-CLIO, 2000), a detailed reference book describing what was accomplished on every space mission beginning in October 1957 with Sputnik and continuing through December 1999. His work is published regularly in such magazines as SCIENCE, ASTRONOMY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, INVENTION & TECHNOLOGY, FORTUNE, AD ASTRA, AMERICAN HISTORY, STARDATE, and many other major magazines. In 2000 he was co-winner of the David N. Schramm Award, given by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society for Science Journalism. He can be reached at zimmerman at nasw dot org.

2. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 9:30-10:30 AM PDT (16:30-17:30 GMT)
of AIAA and Dr. CHRISTAIN FEICHTINGER, IAF Exec. Director re Global Space Exploration Conference, May 22-24 in Washington, D.C.
Bob Dickman is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a professional membership technical society with more than 35,000 members in 79 countries. AIAA organizes the Space Exploration conference as well as many other technical conferences for the aerospace industry. His career spans the space business from basic research in particle physics to command of the 45 Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral, FL. He served as the Air Force’s Director of Space programs, the Department of Defense Space Architect and the senior military officer at the National Reconnaissance Office. He retired from active duty in 2000 as a major general. From 2002 to 2005, he was Deputy for Military Space in the office of the Undersecretary of the Air Force. He was the National Space Club’s Astronautics Engineer of the Year, was selected as one of Space News ‘“100 Who Made a Difference” and is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the National Reconnaissance Office’s Technical Advisory Group.

Christian Feichtinger, 48, was born in Graz, Austria. He joined the European Space Agency in 1997 as its Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration (HME) Programme Representative in Moscow. He became Head of the ESA Permanent Mission in the Russian Federation in 2007 and from 2009 – 2011 was ESA’s Senior Advisor on Exploration. An engineer by background, Dr Feichtinger graduated from the Graz University of Technology and earned a PhD in Space Experimentation. During the early 1990s and within the Institute of Applied Systems Technology of Joanneum Research, Graz, he became Technical Manager of the first Austro-Soviet manned space mission to MIR “AUSTROMIR” and the follow-on missions “AUSTROMIR-E” and “AUSTROMIR MED-F”. He became an integrated member of the ESA EUROMIR-94 and EUROMIR-95 Mission Management Team at ESTEC as Liaison Officer to Russian prime contractor RSC Energia, eventually becoming resident in Moscow as the EUROMIR-95 Flight Operations Manager at Russian Mission Control Centre. As incoming Executive Director, he will replace Philippe Willekens who leaves the IAF after six successful years at the end of December. Mr Willekens returns to the European Space Agency to join the Director General’s Cabinet. The President of the International Astronautical Federation, Prof. Dr Berndt Feuerbacher expressed delight at the appointment, “Dr Feichtinger has demonstrated huge capabilities as a manager and a scientist during his career. He has an excellent knowledge of the international space community and its activities. I am very happy that he is bringing his outstanding talent to the Federation at this important period of our growth. This appointment puts Dr Feichtinger in a key position to shape the future of international astronautics. I wish him all the best in his new responsibilities.”

3. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (May 2, 2-3:30 GMT)
returns for planetary defense updates and a discussion about 2011 AG5… the highest probability impact we have in the “system”.
Rusty Schweickart is the current Chairman of the B612 Foundation which has as its goal to significantly alter the orbit of an asteroid in a controlled manner by the year 2015. Mr. Schweickart is also well known as an astronaut having joined NASA as one of 14 astronauts in October 1963, the third group of astronauts selected. He was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 9 from March 3-13, 1969, logging 241 hours in space. This was the third manned flight for Apollo and the first manned flight for the lunar module. Rusty did a 46 minute EVA to test the portable backpack used on the lunar surface. He was also the backup commander for the first Skylab mission in the spring of 1973. After Skylab, he went to NASA HQ in Washington, DC as Director of User Affairs in the Office of Applications where he was responsible for transferring NASA technology to the outside world. In the time between NASA and his chairmanship of the B612 Foundation, Mr. Schweickart has been associated with various technologies as President and CEO of Aloha Networks and the Executive Vice-President of CTA Commercial Systems, Inc. and Director of Low Earth Orbit Systems. Space Show listeners are urged to read Rusty’s full bio which can be found at http://www.well.com/~rs/rls-bio.html to learn more about his contributions to the world of space development and commerce.

4. Friday, May 4, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
comes to the program to discuss commercial space activities and more.
Mr. Ken Davidian has worked for the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) in Washington, DC since 2008 and is currently the AST Director of Research and Program Manager for the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. Since 2010, Mr. Davidian has been the Chair of the International Astronautical Federation Entrepreneurial & Investment Committee and the American Astronomical Society Vice President of Strategic Communications. Between the years of 2008-2011 Mr. Davidian led AIAA Commercial Space Group. In 1983, Mr. Davidian started his career at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, OH, working for the Space Propulsion Technology Division in the area of analytical and experimental research on the performance of liquid rocket engines. Between 1997 and 1999, Mr. Davidian was assigned by NASA to work as the Assistant Director of Operations for the Summer Session Program at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Upon his return to NASA, Davidian worked in the Plans and Programs Office. In 2001, Davidian left government service and entered the private sector in many positions. He has worked for Paragon Space Development Corp. as a consultant in the role of Director of Operations for CargoLifter Development near Berlin, Germany, as Director of Operations for the X PRIZE Foundation in St. Louis, MO and then again for Paragon as corporate Program Manager in Tucson, AZ. In 2004, Davidian moved to Washington, DC to work on NASA’s prize program, Centennial Challenges. He started as a contractor and then reentered civil service when he was hired by NASA Headquarters in 2007, as the Program Manager for Centennial Challenges. Davidian received his BS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1983, and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1987. He attended the International Space University Summer Session Program in 1989.

5. Sunday, May 6, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Space Show Classroom
program. Will be archived on the Classroom blog along with traditional Space Show archive sites. We welcome DR. DR. TOM LANG AND DR. ADRIAN LEBLANC to discuss the NASA microgravity/bisphosphonate study with those conducting the study. DR. JOHN JURIST is co-hosting with me and serving as technical advisor for this program.
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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