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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:28 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, July 16, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
DR. BRYAN LAUBSCHER
returns to update us on the space elevator and the coming conference..
Dr. Laubscher is a PhD in Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics. After a career as a project leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory that included research and development of astronomy projects, space missions, satellite instrumentation, optics, novel electrodynamic detection techniques, high power lasers, and classified projects Bryan became interested in the Space Elevator. Bryan’s current Space Elevator activities include being the General Chairman for the annual Space Elevator Conference held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA.

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Pursuing the R&D of the Space Elevator has led him to start Odysseus Technologies, LLC a small company based in Washington state with the goal of developing high strength carbon nanotube materials. In August 2010, Odysseus Technologies competed in the NASA Centennial Strong Tether Challenge. Although the tether was not strong enough to win prize money, it was strong enough to beat the other two teams. Odysseus Technologies, LLC is planning to compete in the 2011 challenge. Bryan now lives in Olympia, WA with his wife Carla.

2. Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
MICHAEL CIANNILLI
from NASA comes to speak with us about lessons learned from the Columbia accident and the NASA HSF experience. This program is co-hosted with LEONARD DAVID of Space.com.

Michael Ciannilli is a NASA Test Director at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In this role he oversaw the processing and checkout of the Space Shuttle from landing thru launch, including leading the entire launch team through launch countdown operations. During the Space Shuttle Program, Mike was also a Landing Recovery Director and was responsible for ensuring the readiness of the ground teams for landing operations. In this capacity, he was responsible to lead emergency management and recovery operations in the event of a launch or entry accident.  Additionally, Mike is the Project Manager of both the Space Shuttle Columbia Research and Preservation Office and the Space Shuttle Challenger Office. Ciannilli leads the Media Integration Team at KSC and also participates in extensive media and education outreach activities around the world. Currently, Mike is helping to lead the Communications, Command and Control operational development for potential future programs. Prior to joining NASA, Mike began his space program career as a member of the United Space Alliance team as a Fuel Cell Systems Engineer. He also served as a Test Project Engineer and Orbiter Processing Engineer with the responsibility of leading the engineering teams for vehicle and ground systems during processing and launch countdown. Ciannilli was also the Launch Countdown Simulation Lead, responsible for designing, conducting and leading the launch team through numerous countdown simulations.  Mike attended the Florida Institute of Technology and received a degree in Space Science. His hometown is Syracuse, NY.

Leonard David
, Research Associate for Secure World Foundation, has been writing about global space activities for some 50 years. He is an award-winning journalist and is SPACE.com’s Space Insider Columnist, a correspondent for Space News newspaper, a contributing writer for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace America magazine and also serves as a consultant to the Coalition for Space Exploration. Leonard’s activism has focused on the outer space arena, from planetary defense and curbing orbital debris to use of satellites for providing enhanced stewardship of planet Earth.
Leonard has been a consultant to NASA, other government agencies, the aerospace industry and media outlets. In the mid-1980’s he served as Director of Research for the National Commission on Space, a U.S. Congress/White House study that appraised the next 50 to 100 years of space exploration. Leonard’s interest in space matters has led to his co-authoring of Extreme Flight: Rocket Science in 2006. As a Contributing Essayist, his writings can be found in the National Geographic`s Encyclopedia of Space published in 2004. Leonard is a co-author of the book Chaos to Cosmos – A Space Odyssey, published by the Denver Museum of Nature & Space in 2003. He also served as editor-in-chief of the National Space Society`s Ad Astra and Space World magazines and the newsstand publication, Final Frontier. Leonard was honored to receive the internationally recognized Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Award for Best Space Submission at the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in England in 2006 and in Paris in 2003. Also in 2006, he received the Orbit award for Space Media from the Space Tourism Society. Later that year, he won the 2nd Annual Space Journalism award for best article on human spacefaring for January-September 2005 and in 2001 won the National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award for Media. Leonard attended Mesa Junior College and San Diego State University, earning a High Degree of Interest in the future of space exploration. In 2010, he received a Journalism Fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

3. Friday, July 20, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
RAND SIMBERG
AND BILL SIMON return to honor this day in history with their Evoloterra Ceremony (www.evoloterra.com).

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.

Bill Simon
is currently a sales engineer doing business development and sales for high-technology companies. His experience includes over 14 years as a manufacturer’s representative in Southern California specializing in complex RF and microwave components, composites and instrumentation. From 1988 to 2008 Bill started and ran a corporation that designed and manufactured high-performance CCD cameras for low-light imaging used in applications such as astronomy. In addition to managing company operations, he was involved in the electronic and mechanical design of the products, and was awarded two patents for an innovative thermoelectric cooling system. In 2008 Bill participated in the design and fabrication of the NASA/JPL Goldstone radar receiver for the 70-meter antenna as part of the Goldstone Solar System Radar project. Bill is also a technical writer, editor, and illustrator as well as web site designer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

You can listen to the shows under www.TheSpaceShow.com
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