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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon May 14, 2012 5:27 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, May 14, 2012, 4-5 PM PDT (23-0 GMT)
comes to the show. Dr. Rosen is often considered the father of the geostationary satellite.
Dr. Harold A. Rosen has earned worldwide recognition for his pioneering work in the field of communication satellites and is widely recognized as the “father of the geostationary satellite.”



Dr. Rosen began his career at Raytheon, where he helped develop early anti-aircraft guided missiles, making many innovations in the fields of radar and missile guidance and control. After joining the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1956, and while working on the development of airborne radars, the world was catapulted into the space age by the 1957 launch of Sputnik. This set the stage for using the new access to space for improving international communications.  Using his experience in the fields of communications technology (the airborne radars had advanced transmitters and receivers) as well as guidance and control, Dr. Rosen envisioned  a small, controllable, spin stabilized satellite light enough to be launched by the primitive launch vehicles then available. He assembled and led a small, gifted group of colleagues to convert the concept into a design. He was able to convince an initially reluctant management to invest in the development of a prototype, and subsequently convince the U. S. government to fund the Syncom program, a flight program which was based on the Hughes prototype. The successful launches in 1963 and 1964 led to the first commercial satellite in 1965.  With communication satellites a commercial reality, Hughes formed a division to pursue this as a business, and he was its technical director. He became a vice president of Hughes and a member of its policy board in 1975, and went on to help build the world’s largest communications satellite business at Hughes Aircraft Company. When he retired from Hughes in 1993, he formed Rosen Motors with his brother, Benjamin M. Rosen. The company developed a prototype hybrid electric powertrain for automobiles. The two elements of the powertrain, a flywheel energy storage system and a low emission gas turbine, are presently used in stationary power systems.  His powertrain development experience engendered a strong interest in clean energy technology, which he continues to pursue as a concerned citizen.  Rosen has won numerous awards, the most prestigious of which were the NAE Draper Prize in 1995, the National Medal of Technology in 1985, the Communications and Computing Prize from NEC in 1985, the 1982 Alexander Graham Bell Medal and the 1976 Ericsson International Prize in Communications, which was presented by the King of Sweden. In 2003, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He has received numerous other awards and honors, among them the 1992 Design News Special Achievement Award, the 2003 Discover magazine Innovation Award, and the ISCe 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds over eighty patents.  Rosen received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tulane University in 1947 and his masters and doctorate degrees from Caltech in 1948 and 1951. Tulane granted him a doctor of science degree in 1975, and Caltech named him a Distinguished Alumnus the following year. He is a fellow of the IEEE and the AIAA, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

2. Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (May 16, 2-3:30 GMT)
returns regarding his space property rights proposal.
Please check it out prior to our discussion at http://cei.org/sites/default/files/Rand%20Simberg%20-%20Homesteading%20the%20Final%20Frontier.pdf
Rand Simberg is a former project manager with Rockwell International having previously worked at the Aerospace Corporation. At Rockwell, he worked on a number of advanced concepts, including solar power satellites, launch and orbit transfer systems, space tethers, and lunar resource utilization. He has been cited as an expert in space transportation by the (now defunct) Office of Technology Assessment, and has provided key input into a number of space policy reports. He was editor of the Space Activists’ Handbook (a publication of Spacepac) for several years. For the past eighteen years, he has been the President of Interglobal Space Lines, Inc., a commercial space entrepreneurial company and consultancy, specializing in low-cost space access and tourism. He has dual degrees in engineering from the University of Michigan (concentrating in astronautics) and a masters in technical management from West Coast University, in Los Angeles. Now an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, he writes regularly at Popular Mechanics, Pajamas Media, The New Atlantis, and occasionally at National Review. He blogs regularly at the Washington Examiner, and maintains his own weblog on space policy and a range of other topics at www.transterrestrial.com.

3. Friday, May 18, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
. Mr. Halvorson is the senior aerospace reporter for both Florida Today and USA Today.
Todd Halvorson is the senior aerospace reporter for FLORIDA TODAY and USA TODAY at Kennedy Space Center and has been covering U.S. and international space exploration for more than 25 years. Now in his second stint at FLORIDA TODAY, Halvorson also worked as Cape Canaveral Bureau Chief for SPACE.com and as a freelance reporter for The New York Times. He is a 1981 graduate of University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Certificates of Writing in Journalism and Fiction. Halvorson earned a Certificate in Financial Planning from Florida Institute of Technology in 1999. He and his wife, Annis, live in Titusville and have three adult children.

4. Sunday, May 20, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
returns. We will be discussing his consulting to the NASA Beamed Energy Study and beamed energy in general plus more.
Dr. Kare is a leading physicist, aerospace engineer and one of the industry’s top experts on laser propulsion and laser power beaming. A recipient of a NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) grant to study a near-term form of laser launch using arrays of relatively low powered lasers, Dr. Kare has been involved in the development of laser and space technology for more than 20 years. As a Systems Physicist in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Special Projects group, he was the project leader for Mockingbird, a conceptual design for an extremely small reusable launch vehicle, and mission planner and science team liaison for the Clementine lunar mapping mission. Prior to founding LaserMotive, Dr. Kare spent 10 years as an independent consultant to the aerospace industry and government agencies, developing and analyzing new concepts for remote sensing, space systems, and energy technology.  Dr. Kare co-founded LaserMotive in 2006, and led the overall system design and the laser transmitter design efforts leading to Team LaserMotive’s success in the 2009 NASA Centennial Challenge competition for Power Beaming. While currently engaged in other ventures, he remains actively involved with LaserMotive on a consulting basis.  Dr. Kare holds dual B.S. degrees, in Electrical Engineering and Physics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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