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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:30 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 30, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
, Executive Director of The Mars Society comes to update us about their coming conference and more.
Susan Holden Martin accepted the position of Executive Director of The Mars Society in June 2012, and continues in her role as Editor-in-Chief of the organization’s flagship publication, The Mars Quarterly. She has previously served as the Mars Society’s Director of Strategic Planning, and Director of Public Relations/Media. She has over 20 years of experience serving in senior leadership roles, and as a writer and editor, for state and national non-profit membership organizations.



She holds a MBA in Human Resources Management/Leadership from Franklin Pierce University and a JD (Juris Doctor) from the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. Her enthusiasm for space science comes from several family scientists, including her great uncle, the late Doyle Northrup, Ph.D. (MIT), and her uncle, the late Robert Leonard (Lockheed Martin/Hubble Space Telescope). Susan served as an officer and director of The Mars Foundation from 2006-2010; and as the founding Editor-in-Chief of Mars Exploration Magazine, a publication of Explore Mars, Inc., while also serving as that organization’s corporate secretary during organizational start-up in 2010.

2. Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (August 1, 2-3:30 GMT)
comes to the program. Mr. David is the CEO of NewSpace Global, LLC (www.newspaceglobal.com).
Prior to founding NewSpace Global, Richard worked as an investment fund attorney for a large, international law firm in London and New York. Richard earned his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley where he served as Editor (External Relations) for the Berkeley Technology and Law Journal (BTLJ). For the past 10 years, Richard has traveled the world actively tracking the NewSpace industry. He is the Co-Founder, CEO and COO of NewSpace Global LLC.

3. Thursday, August 2, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
returns for important new updates.
Tim Pickens is a Commercial Space Advisor and Technical Consultant, an inventor, entrepreneur, innovator, engineer and educator. His business, Pickens Innovations, specializes in commercial space, technical product development and solutions, and business consulting for space and technical companies. He most recently served as Commercial Space Advisor and Chief Propulsion Engineer for Huntsville, Alabama-based Dynetics. Pickens is known for applying a lean philosophy to develop creative solutions and innovative partnerships to provide responsive, low-cost products and services. His 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry, specializing in the design, fabrication and testing of propulsion hardware systems, has earned him a reputation as one of the industry’s leaders in these areas. Dynetics brought Pickens on board in December 2009 as part of the purchase of the space company he founded, Orion Propulsion Inc. Pickens grew Orion to be a $6.4 million company with 40 employees within !ve years, working in all areas of the business to run a lean and innovative start-up. With his expertise and vision in the space industry, particularly in the commercial arena, Pickens was responsible for developing innovative space product solutions for Dynetics and expanding the company’s commercial space business. Pickens’ most recent role at Orion was as CEO, while he simultaneously served as program manager for the development of the reaction control thrusters for the Bigelow Aerospace Sundancer module. These thrusters operate combusting hydrogen and oxygen produced from waste byproducts, a technology that o”ers the state of the art in space-living recycling. Before founding Orion, Pickens served as lead propulsion engineer at Scaled Composites on SpaceShipOne, winner of the $10 million X PRIZE. He also worked for small hardware-rich aerospace companies in Huntsville. Pickens’ passion for rockets began when he was a small child in Huntsville and continued into his adult life as a serious hobby. He led multiple amateur rocket design efforts in his garage for community service and recreational clubs and worked as an independent aerospace consultant at night and on weekends. He had a long-time interest in studying applied engineering and science, but the desire to own and operate a space company would drive him to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A sought-after presenter for his genuine, inspirational and humorous delivery style, Pickens is recruited to speak at conferences all over the country. He shares his views on commercial space at space conferences; gives advice at business forums to entrepreneurs who seek his unique small business success secrets; inspires people at motivational conferences to pursue their ambitions; and presents at various events about technology and innovations for which he cites many examples from his professional career and garage creations. Pickens has been featured in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN online articles, and on The Daily Show. Features include his serious company innovations, as well as his fun home hobby efforts such as rocket trucks, rocket bikes and suitcase rockets. He is currently building/testing a jet pack belt that can be seen from time to time#ying in Alabama lakes. He appeared on an episode of “Mad Scientists,” a show about scientists and inventors on the National Geographic channel, in November 2011.

4. Friday, August 3, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Cristina Chaplain
of the GAO comes for a discussion about DOD Space, NASA, and Missile Defense.
Cristina T. Chaplain is the GAO director for Acquisition and sourcing management. The GAO- Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office) is part of the legislative branch of government. It is known as “the investigative arm of Congress” and “the congressional watchdog.” GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.

5. Sunday, August 5, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. James Schier
of NASA comes to the program.
Dr. James Schier is Sr. Space Communications Architect in NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Office at NASA Headquarters. He leads agency-wide systems engineering trade studies and analyses; defines the systems engineering and architectural management approach; and coordinates technology, standardization, and development activities defining the evolution of NASA’s space communications networks (Space Network/Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, Near Earth Network, and Deep Space Network). In 2006-2007, he led the definition of NASA’s lunar communication and navigation architecture as part of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate’s Lunar Architecture Team and co-led the corresponding effort on the Mars Architecture Team. Previously, he led agency studies for the Moon and Mars from 2010-2030 as part of NASA’s Space Communications Architecture Working Group. He also leads the multi-agency civil government space communications definition of the Transformational Communications Architecture (TCA). He joined NASA in 2004 after 25 years in industry. He worked for Northrop Grumman supporting the National Reconnaissance Office’s Deputy Director of System Engineering where he was responsible for system-of-systems architecting and engineering for interoperability. He also led system engineering tasks on commercial satellite systems including Iridium and Thuraya. Mr. Schier was Avionics Manager and Chief System Engineer on the International Space Station at Grumman. Prior to this at TRW, Mr. Schier managed flight software development on the MILSTAR Communications Payload and received a Silver Snoopy award for his work on Spacelab-3 Materials Processing in Space experiments in crystal growth. In his spare time, he is a docent providing guided tours and lectures to the public on our future in space at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. He believes in the Gospel according to Gene Roddenberry and the ability to save Tinker Bell if you clap hard enough.

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