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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 4, 2012 3:23 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (June 6, 2-3:30 GMT)
BRIAN SHIRO
and DR. FRIEDMANN FREUND come to discuss the Sun and its impact on Earth geophysics including the use of space resources for analysis.

Brian Shiro’s lifelong ambition is to explore space and in doing so help improve life on Earth.  He is a Geophysicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, providing operational expertise with earthquake seismology and tsunami warning.  His diverse background includes jobs working in upper atmosphere physics, carbon nanotubes, satellite radar mapping, geochemistry, glaciology, geodesy, biophysics, impact cratering, microgravity science, seafloor mapping, and high performance computing.  He has led and participated in ten remote field expeditions to remote locations including Antarctica, Alaska, Canada, and the tropical Pacific.  Brian was a Highly Qualified NASA astronaut applicant in 2009.  Subsequently, he served as crew Geophysicist on a month-long simulated Mars mission at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Devon Island, Canada and as Commander on a two-week mission at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. 

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In 2010, he co-founded Astronauts for Hire (A4H), an organization dedicated to creating the next generation commercial astronaut workforce.  Through A4H, he has completed Research Specialist Astronaut training, which involves such activities as high gravity centrifuge training, zero gravity parabolic flight, emergency egress training, and spatial disorientation assessments.  Shiro holds a B.A. with triple majors in Integrated Science, Geology, and Physics from Northwestern University, a M.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, and a M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota.  He is also a graduate of the International Space University and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaii.  In his spare time, Shiro is a marathon runner, SCUBA diver, private pilot, and outdoor extreme sports enthusiast.  He lives in Hawaii with his wife and two young children and blogs about his experiences towards becoming an astronaut at http://www.astronautforhire.com/.

Dr. Friedmann Freund is a NASA Senior Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center, Earth Science Division, Code SGE, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000; Senior Scientist, Carl Sagan Center, SETI Institute 189 Bernardo Ave. Mountain View, CA 94043; Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, San Jose State University, San Jose CA 95192-0106 Since 1985 at NASA Ames Research Center, from 1985 to 1987 as NRC Senior Associate. Since 1989 Principal Investigator at the Carl-Sagan-Center, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA. Since 1989 Adjunct Prof., Physics Dept., San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.Prior to USA: Tenured Professor of Geoscience, University of Cologne, Germany 1970-1987; Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Göttingen, Germany 1967-1969Multiple guest scholarships at the University of Namur, Belgium, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France, University of Paris-Jussieu, Stanford University, Cornell University, and University of Maryland Baltimore County:   Research Interests: With a background in crystallography and a lifelong interest in defects in crystals, specifically in defects introduced by the interaction of gases such as H2O and CO2 with oxide materials and with silicate minerals. I was lucky to discover something that had been totally overlooked in the scientific community: a redox conversion whereby oxygen anions donate an electron to the solute species, which derive from the dissolution of H2O and CO2 in the solid state. This is a fundamental process by which the biogenic elements H, C (and N and S) become chemically reduced in the solid matrix – a process of enormous consequence for understanding as to how complex organic molecules can be generated and how they led to the Origin of Life.  The other aspect of the same redox process is that essentially all rocks in Earth’s crust contain oxygen anions in the valence state 1- forming peroxy defects. I discovered that these peroxy defects generate highly mobile electronic charge carriers when rocks are stressed. These charge carriers have remarkable properties such as the capability to spread out of the stressed rock volume. They travel fast and far – meters in the laboratory, tens of kilometers in the field. They can generate electric currents deep in the Earth’s crust millions of amperes strong. As they flow, they emit electromagnetic radiation.  When they arrive at the Earth’s surface they produce a plethora of effects, including massive air ionization leading to perturbations in the ionosphere. The charge carriers are implicated in anomalous animal behavior prior to major earthquakes. The discovery of the previously unknown but fundamentally important electronic charge carriers catapulted me into earthquake (EQ) research, more precisely into the study of pre-EQ signals.  There are many different pre-EQ signals. However, prior to the discovery of these elusive  charge carriers in rocks, nobody had been able to come up with a physically sound explanation as to how these pre-EQ signals might be generated. This has now changed to the better.  In the not-so-distant future, provided funding becomes available, we expect to be able to forecast major EQs weeks and days in advance – minimizing infrastructure damage and minimizing loss of life.  Until then I’ll be working on deciphering how the sun affects seismic activity, how the sun’s activity as transmitted via the ionosphere influences human health and human behavior – giving a new meaning to the word “Living with a Star”.

2. Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 2-3 PM PDT (21-22 GMT)
Larry Williams
returns about COTS, SpaceX, and more.
Lawrence is a technology executive with a unique combination of international experience in technology, regulation, strategy, and business. Lawrence has helped found numerous technology start-up ventures, successfully built organizations, completed private equity financing, and worked with two of the world’s greatest innovators and entrepreneurs, Elon Musk and Craig McCaw. In 2012, Lawrence founded Capture10, a business development and strategy firm that helps companies identify, pursue and capture new billion dollar markets within the technology and aerospace industry. The firm provides strategic guidance to clients on how to secure domestic and international government contracts through direct sales, distribution agreements, partnerships, shaping procurements and navigating regulatory processes. Lawrence most recently served as the Vice President for Strategic Relations for Space Exploration Technologies (“SpaceX”), which is developing a family of new, low-cost satellite launch vehicles. His responsibilities included developing SpaceX’s strategic relations, which included developing corporate partnerships and overseeing the company’s government affairs, marketing and communications. While at SpaceX, Lawrence has assisted the company’s efforts in expanding its revenue base from around $10 million to over $3.5 billion, specifically leading the effort of diversifying its customer base into NASA and the international market. His accomplishments included assisting in the completion of multiple multimillion dollar contracts with international customers, negotiating a major investment in an international satellite manufacturer and reversing a sole-source contract granted to a competitor, which ultimately resulted in SpaceX receiving a $278M competitively awarded contract to provide cargo services to the International Space Station. Most recently Lawrence led the effort to secure the financing for a $75M technology development agreement to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. Prior to SpaceX, Lawrence served as Senior Vice President for Business Development for the satellite communications company ICO Global Communications, a global communications company that is using satellite and terrestrial networks to deploy third-generation (3G) wireless services. Prior to ICO, Lawrence was a founding team member in charge of securing market access for Craig McCaw and Bill Gates’ “Internet in the Sky” system, Teledesic. As Vice President of International and Government Affairs, he led the team that secured the world’s first license to build, launch and operate a broadband low-Earth orbiting satellite system, and secured international approval at the International Telecommunication Union’s World Radio communication Conferences in 1995, 1997 and 2000. His government experience includes having served as a special assistant to the administrator of the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a member of the Presidential transition team for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Ray Thornton on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

3. Friday, June 8, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
NADER ELHEFNAWY
returns regarding his Space Review articles including the one dated March 26, 2012 titled “Why we fall for the hype: contextualizing our thought on space warfare.” See www.thespacereview.com/article/2052.
Nader Elhefnawy has published widely on international affairs, space and culture. He holds a Ph.d in Literature from the University of Miami, where he has previously been a Visiting Professor, and holds a B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University. He recently published his first novel, Surviving the Spike.

4. Sunday, June 10, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
DR. BILL ROWE
returns for space medicine updates. Check out his website at http://www.femsinspace.com.
Dr. William Rowe is a board certified internal medicine doctor specializing in work on the cardiovascular advantages of young females in space. He is the author of many peer and non-peer reviewed articles on this and other subjects. Dr. Rowe is a specialist in gender differences for astronaut selection, human physiology in space, when to best take space walks and more. His website, www.femsinspace.com, is a wealth of information for his papers and scientific information. Dr. Rowe also addresses issues relating to Mars colonization and has received awards from Marquis Who’s Who. He is quite the adventure traveler as well.

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