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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon May 28, 2012 8:36 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 28, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
comes to the show to discuss asteroid mining, the Chinese space policy and more.
John S. Lewis is Professor Emeritus of Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Arizona. He was previously a Professor of Planetary Sciences at MIT and Visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University, Beijing. His research interests are related to the application of chemistry to astronomical problems, including the origin of the Solar System, the evolution of planetary atmospheres, the origin of organic matter in planetary environments, the chemical structure and thermal history of icy satellites, the hazards of comet and asteroid bombardment of Earth, and the extraction, processing, and use of the energy and material resources of nearby space.



He has chaired several conferences on the economic development and colonization of space. He served on the Board of Directors of American Rocket Company (AmRoc) during the development of hybrid rocket motors for the private launch business, a process that culminated in the use of an AmRoc-designed motor to propel SpaceShipOne to an altitude of over 100 km and win astronaut’s wings for its pilots in 2004. He has served as a member or Chairman of a wide variety of NASA and National Academy of Sciences (NAS) advisory committees and review panels. He has written, edited, or translated 19 books, including graduate and undergraduate planetary science texts and popular science books, and has authored over 150 scientific publications. He has given invited lectures at M.I.T., Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and Brown Universities, Dartmouth College, the University of Maine, Wellesley College, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Williams College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, Old Dominion, University of Maryland, Wheeling Jesuit University, Georgia Tech, the College of Wooster, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, the University of Iowa, Washington University (St. Louis), the University of Colorado, Western Louisiana State University, Maharishi International University, Utah State University, Brigham Young University, Northern Idaho State University, the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Arizona State University, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of California campuses in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Berkeley, San Diego State University, the University of San Diego, California Institute of Technology, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Stanford University, NASA Headquarters, NASA Ames, Goddard, and Johnson Research Centers, the University of Paris, the University of Istanbul, Kyoto University, Peking University (Bei Jing Da Shue), the Centers for Space Science and Applied Research and for Lunar Missions of the Chinese Academy of Science, and Tsinghua University (Qing Hua Da Shue). He is a regular commentator on Chinese civil space missions on China Central Television CCTV9, Including the Shenzhou 6 & 7 manned missions and the Chang’e 1 & 2 lunar missions. Dr. Lewis is the author of the well known, respected and popular book, Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets. He is presently retired and living and writing in Anacortes, Washington.

2. Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (May 30, 2-3:30 GMT)
comes to discuss his plans for a variable gravity research station with the Space Studies Institute, www.ssi.org.
Gary C. Hudson is Co-Founder of the Transformational Space Corporation, AirLaunch LLC and HMX Inc. He has worked in the field of commercial space for 42 years with an emphasis on development of innovative low-cost systems. In 1996, he co-founded Rotary Rocket, dedicated to the development of a single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle that used a rocket-tipped rotor propulsion system. Rotary Rocket conducted three low-altitude flight tests of a full-scale vehicle. He is also the designer of the Phoenix family of launch vehicles which led directly to the DC-X. He was awarded and Aviation Week & Space Technology “Laurel” in 1994 for the DC-X program. He has been a Board Member of the Space Transportation Association, is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Space Frontier Foundation, and has presented testimony before the U.S. Congress on many occasions. In addition, he has taught at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, the Institute for Space and Astronautical Sciences of Tokyo University, and Stanford University.

3. Friday, June 1, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
returns with news and commercial space updates.
For the first 20 years of his career at Hughes, Lockheed, Utah State University, JPL, Microcosm, SpaceDev and BlastOff, Rex held technical leadership positions on twenty pathfinding, leading-edge space missions and projects as a spacecraft systems engineer, test conductor, mission engineer, mission planner, mission architect, project engineer and study leader. Notable missions include Viking/Mars, the Hubble Space Telescope, some of the first Shuttle-launched commercial communications satellites, Voyager/Neptune, Deep Space 1, Shuttle Get Away Special experiments, SURFSat and HGS-1. During the past ten years as a space entrepreneur at the helm of Ecliptic, the firm’s RocketCam product family has accumulated over 75 mission successes, including many Shuttle, Atlas, Delta and Minotaur launches, SpaceShipOne, LCROSS and SpaceShipTwo. Following his interests and passions, he has been a front-line contributor to and participant in a diverse set of space-project firsts and trends such as Mars landings, outer planet exploration, in-orbit servicing, mission salvage, secondary payloads, “faster-better-cheaper” lunar and asteroid missions, commercial astronaut corps, technology demo missions, planet-hunting missions, commercial lunar missions, new suborbital tourism and science vehicles and commercial habitable modules. Throughout his career he has presented, lectured and written about his project, mission and business experiences, garnering several major space industry awards along the way. His current focus is on growing Ecliptic and supporting the expanding commercialization of space. Rex earned his M.S. in Aeronautics from Caltech and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (Cum Laude) from Iowa State University (Ames).

4. Sunday, June 3, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
returns for space policy news and updates.
James A. M. (Jim) Muncy is the President and founder of PoliSpace. Mr. Muncy started PoliSpace, an independent space policy consultancy, in early 2000 to help space entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs succeed at the nexus of space business, technology, and public affairs. His clients include several firms in the emerging private human space flight industry and companies offering commercial services to NASA spaceflight programs. His first client was the U.S. Air Force’s Military Space Plane program. Immediately prior to establishing this consultancy, Muncy spent over five years working in the U.S. Congress. From 1997 until 2000 he served on the Professional Staff of the House Science Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. In addition to being Chairman Dana Rohrabacher’s staff designee, Muncy held the lead responsibility on issues and programs such as reusable launch vehicles, human space flight commercialization, military space technology, export control reform, range modernization, and future NASA programs. Prior to this, Muncy spent over two years on Rep. Rohrabacher’s personal staff as his Legislative Assistant for Space. Prior to joining congressional staff at the start of 1995, Muncy had spent several years as a space policy and marketing consultant for various clients including NASA, NOAA, private industry, and the not-for-profit space community. In the mid-1980’s he worked for two and a half years as a policy assistant in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Reagan, where he served as the White House’s Staff Liaison to the National Commission on Space. Muncy began his work in space policy in 1981 as a staff advisor in the Office of Congressman Newt Gingrich, where he helped Mr. Gingrich co-found the Congressional Space Caucus and promote visionary space policy legislation and initiatives. A long-time leader in the space advocacy community, Muncy co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation in 1988 and served as its Chairman of the Board for six years. Earlier he had served on the Board of Directors of both the National Space Society and the L5 Society. He is a frequent speaker and writer on space policy issues. Mr. Muncy holds an MS in Space Studies from the Center for Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar.

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