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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:23 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, June 18, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
, commercial pilot for XCOR, returns. Visit www.astronautspeaker.com for more information.
Colonel Rick Searfoss shares with only a handful of people in history the sublime joys of actually flying in space. In his career he has led many different teams, including commanding the most complex science research space mission ever, the STS-90 Neurolab flight on Columbia. He also piloted two other space flights, including a joint Russian-American mission to the Mir space station. Prior to becoming an astronaut Colonel Searfoss was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Air Force, with over 5500 hours flying time in 68 different types of aircraft.



A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, his recent test flying work includes flying the EZ Rocket technology demonstrator aircraft as test pilot and Director of Flight Operations for XCOR Aerospace (www.xcor.com). Rick is currently the only dual qualified liquid-propellant rocket pilot in the world and also now serves as Chief Pilot for the newly formed Rocket Racing League (www.xracing.com). As the Chief Judge for the $10 million Ansari X Prize, Rick built and led the judging team that developed the verification methodologies and protocols to validate the successful accomplishment of all the X Prize requirements. He has also held executive level positions in the aerospace industry and consults regularly for numerous entrepreneurial space companies such as the Zero Gravity Corporation. Rick stays very active on the corporate speaking circuit as a high-content expert speaker on the topics of leadership, teamwork, innovation, and peak performance (www.astronautspeaker.com). His extensive leadership experience and work with some of the most innovative companies of the new millennium enable him to fulfill his mission of sharing the teamwork, leadership, and innovation lessons of human space flight while bringing the wonder of Space to Earth for all to enjoy. Colonel Searfoss completed a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the USAF Academy in 1978, a master of science degree in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology on a National Science Foundation Fellowship in 1979, and USAF Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. His numerous awards include the Harmon, Fairchild, Price and Tober Awards as the number one overall, academic, engineering, and aeronautical engineering graduate in his USAF Academy class, Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory Excellence in Turbine Engine Design award, USAF Squadron Officer’s School Commandant’s Trophy as top graduate, Tactical Air Command F-111 Instructor Pilot of the Year, Outstanding Young Men of America, Air Force Commendation Medal and Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. An avid model rocketeer and science fiction reader as a youngster, Rick grew up enthralled with flying and space in the amazing days of Apollo and America’s push for the moon. He now passionately supports private space ventures as essential to truly open the final frontier. Rick resides in California with his wife and daughters, who have always graciously and patiently supported his flying and space habits!

2. Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (June 20, 2-3:30 GMT)
comes to the program. Walt was pilot of Apollo 7. For more information, visit www.waltercunningham.com.
On October 11, 1968, Walt Cunningham occupied the lunar module pilot seat for the eleven-day flight of Apollo 7 – the first manned flight test of the third generation United States spacecraft. With Walter M. Schirra, Jr., and Donn F. Eisele, Cunningham participated in and executed maneuvers enabling the crew to perform exercises in transposition and docking and lunar orbit rendezvous with the S-IVB stage of their Saturn IB launch vehicle; completed eight successful test and maneuvering ignitions of the service module propulsion engine; measured the accuracy of performance of all spacecraft systems; and provided the first effective television transmission of onboard crew activities.  The 263-hour, four-and-a-half million mile shakedown flight was successfully concluded on October 22, 1968, with splashdown occurring in the Atlantic – some eight miles from the carrier ESSEX (only 3/10 of a mile from the originally predicted aiming point). Prior to his assignment to the Apollo 7 crew, Cunningham was the backup Lunar Module Pilot to the crew of Apollo 1. When the Apollo 1 spacecraft burned up on the pad, killing the entire crew, Cunningham, Schirra, and Eisele were Mr. Cunningham’s last assignment at the Johnson Space Center was as Chief of the Skylab Branch of the Fight Crew Directorate. In this capacity he was responsible for the operational inputs for five major pieces of manned space hardware, two different boosters and 65 major on-board experiments that comprised the Skylab program. The Skylab program also utilized the first manned systems employing arrays for electrical power, molecular sieves for environmental control systems, and inertia storage devices for attitude control systems. He worked as a scientist for the RAND Corporation prior to joining NASA. While with RAND, he worked on classified defense studies and problems of the earth’s magnetosphere. Mr. Cunningham joined the Navy in 1951 and began his flight training in 1952. In 1953 he became a Marine Corps fighter pilot and served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps until August 1956 and in the Marine Corps Reserve program until 1975. His present rank is Colonel, USMCR (Retired). He has accumulated more than 4,500 hours of flying time, including more than 3,400 in jet aircraft and 263 hours in space. Currently, Mr. Cunningham is a successful businessman, investor and Director of numerous public and private companies. He is author of The All American Boys, the human side of the space program. He is a radio talk show host and frequent lecturer throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is a civic leader, is listed in all major Who’s Who publications and is a recipient of numerous national and international honors.  In addition, Mr. Cunningham has forty-five years of diversified management experience accumulated at the highest levels during separate careers in private industry, government service and the U.S. military, with notable achievements in each.  His expertise includes Venture Capital, Real Estate, and Offshore Pipeline and Consulting Engineering Industries: General management and leadership, specializing in Organization, planning, and management control systems, evaluation of operating companies and new technologies, financial analysis and evaluation of investments, public relations and governmental affairs, operations research and systems analysis, and small business start-ups, writing, professional speaking.  He has concluded assignments around the world including North America, Scandinavia, the Far East, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.

3. Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
comes to the program. Mr. McDonald is author of Truth, Lies, and O-rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster. Please visit his website for more information, http://ethicskeynotespeaker.com.
Dr. Allan J. McDonald received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 1959 and an M.S. in Engineering Administration from the University of Utah in 1967; retiring in 2001 from ATK Thiokol Propulsion after a 42-year career with the company. He was the Director of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Project at the time of the Challenger accident and led the redesign of the solid rocket motors as Vice President of Engineering for Space Operations. He has several patents related to rocket propulsion, published over 80 technical papers that have been presented in national and international conferences, and received numerous professional awards. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Montana State University in 1986, was selected as Montana State University’s Centennial Alumnus in 1987 by the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, is a Fellow member and a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Orbital Technologies Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin.  Dr. McDonald has recently published a book through the University Press of Florida titled: Truth, Lies, and O-rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster with Dr. James R. Hansen, author of the New York Times bestseller FIRST MAN – The Life of Neil A. Armstrong. (Simon & Schuster 2005).

4. Friday, June 22, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
returns. We will be discussing the rebirth of the Space Cynics blog and the upcoming New Space Business Plan Competition.
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. 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.

5. Sunday, June 24, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
returns. We will be discussing Cis-Lunar economic development, returning to the Moon for commercial opportunities, the recently held GLEX conference and more. Visit www.spudislunarresources.com to read his papers and to check out his blog.
Dr. Paul D. Spudis is Principal Investigator in the Planetary Geology Program of the NASA Office of Space Science, Solar System Exploration Division, specializing in research on the processes of impact and volcanism on the planets. Served on NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Sample Team (LAPST), which advises allocations of lunar samples for scientific research, the Lunar Exploration Science Working Group (LEXSWG),that devised scientific strategies of lunar exploration, and the Planetary Geology Working Group, which monitors overall directions in the planetary research community. Served on the Committee for Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX), an advisory committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Synthesis Group, a White House panel that in 1990-1991, analyzed a return to the Moon to establish a base and the first human mission to Mars. Member, Presidential Commission on the Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy, 2004. Deputy Leader of the Science Team for the Department of Defense Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994. Principal Investigator, mini-SAR experiment on Indian Chandrayaan mission to the Moon, 2008. Team member, mini-RF technology demonstration experiment, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to the Moon, 2008.

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