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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:29 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, August 27, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
returns to discuss the upcoming Personal Spaceflight Symposium in Las Cruces, NM from Oct. 17-81, 2012. Check their website for more information and registration, http://www.ispcs.com.
Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes has served as director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) since 1998. Additionally, in 2007 she was appointed director of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. Both programs under her leadership are headquartered at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The NMSGC is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program which is administered by NASA.



NMSGC programs are statewide and include all three research universities in New Mexico. EPSCoR supports aerospace research throughout New Mexico. Technical areas include but are not limited to low-earth orbit vehicle and testing programs, micro-gravity research, deep space exploration and sensor networks. Other technical areas are radio astronomical observation, solar observation, and space communications. The EPSCoR program is focused on enabling the growth of competitive research programs that stimulate economic growth in New Mexico. In 2005 Dr. Hynes co-founded and has served as chair of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, another strategic effort to engage the research universities in this growing business. Held each October in Las Cruces, ISPCS is now the industry’s leading venue for the visionaries and builders delivering the promise of spaceflight for mankind. The annual Symposium features informative sessions, networking opportunities and provides attendees with the latest news, trends, best practices, and case studies that foster and help bring personal and commercial spaceflight to reality. Dr. Hynes also founded and serves as Executive Director of the Space Development Foundation, whose mission is to support summer internships for students from across the globe in businesses related to personal and commercial spaceflight In 1991, as Director of the Center for Aerospace Science, Technology and Education (CASTE), Dr. Hynes began her long involvement in what is now Spaceport America. The Center was established early in the state’s spaceport development efforts as a focal point for research and education related to inland spaceport development. That effort culminated in January 2009 when the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) received its vertical launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation. The license represents a critical step to moving forward with Spaceport America, the nation’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. Dr. Hynes is a graduate of New Mexico State University where she earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration, an M.S. in Higher Education Management and a B.S. in English. She currently serves as a NMSU Development Officer and Chair of the NMSU Leadership Institute. At the behest of the NMSU president she also headed a planning committee that lead to the establishment in 2003 of the prestigious NMSU Teaching Academy. Biography 2 Patricia Hynes Dr. Hynes has been actively involved in numerous industry and public affairs leadership roles. She is a member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and also a member of the Board of the National Space Grant Alliance, an organization that advances the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. From 2002 to 2004 she served on the Executive Committee of that organization, charged with enabling the coordination of 52 Space Grant programs across the nation. Since 2006 Dr. Hynes has also served as Treasurer of the National Space Grant Foundation.

2. Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (August 29, 2-3:30 GMT)
OF JPL comes to the program.
Dr. Anita Sengupta is a Senior Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the Entry Descent and Landing Advanced Technologies group. She has been developing entry and propulsion systems for Mars, Venus, and deep space missions for the past decade. She is currently Principal Investigator for the MSL supersonic parachute qualification program and terminal descent engine plume impingement program, principal investigator for the Orion Vehicle Drogue Parachute Subscale Test Program, and leading a nano satellite architecture study for a Europa orbiter mission. Previously she was the entry system lead for a Venus lander mission concept, systems engineer for a Mars Ascent Vehicle technology development program, lead systems engineer for a Mars Sample return mission concept, and Co-Investigator of several plasma propulsion development programs including the extended life test of the Deep Space 1 ion engine which led to the qualification of the ion engines for the Dawn Mission. Prior to joining JPL she worked in industry on the Delta IV Launch Vehicle, X37 Vehicle, Space Shuttle, and Commercial Communication Satellites (XM-radio). She received her PhD and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she is currently teaching Spacecraft Design in the Astronautics Department. She received her BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University

3. Friday, August 31, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
of Mars One comes to the program. This discussion is being co-hosted with Dr. John Jurist regarding technical, human factors, and medical issues pertaining to long duration human spaceflight and humans to Mars ventures.
Bas Lansdorp (1977) has never been one to let bold ventures intimidate him. A born entrepreneur, he sees potential and opportunity when others shy away. He utilizes an articulate vision and genuine enthusiasm coupled with infectious powers of persuasion to get his point across. These attributes have allowed him to easily reach out to the heavyweight aerospace companies, experts and researchers to get – and hold – their attention. Organizing a manned mission to Mars has been Bas’ dream for many years. Before starting Mars One, he was the co-founder of Ampyx Power. Despite the success of Ampyx Power, he decided to leave when someone gave him the idea that merged all the pieces of the Mars dream together: a mission to Mars can be financed by building it into a global media spectacle. After all, who would be able to look away from an adventure such as this one? Who wouldn’t be compelled to watch, talk about, get involved in the biggest undertaking mankind has ever made? The entire world will be able to follow this giant leap from the start; from the very first astronaut selections to the established, independent village years later. The media focus that comes with the public’s attention opens pathways to sponsors and investors. Bas has been working on Mars One with partner Arno Wielders since January of 2011: “Our plan to go to Mars has evolved quite a bit since we started. Right now, just about everyone we speak to is amazed by how realistic we have kept it. The next step is introducing the project to the world and securing sponsors and investors.”

4. Sunday, September 2, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
comes to the program to discuss his new book, “Exploring Mars.”
G. Scott Hubbard has been recognized as an innovator and leader in science, technology and management for more than 30 years – including 20 years with NASA. He currently is a Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University and also holds the Carl Sagan Chair at the SETI Institute. From 2002 to 2006 Hubbard was the director of NASA’s Ames Research Center with an operating budget of $700 million and responsibility for 2,600 people. In 2003 he served full time as the sole NASA representative on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), where he directed impact testing that demonstrated the definitive physical cause of the loss of the Columbia. In 2000 Hubbard served as NASA’s first Mars program director and successfully restructured the entire Mars program in the wake of mission failures. He is the founder of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, establishing it in 1998. He conceived the Mars Pathfinder mission with its airbag landing and was the manager for NASA’s highly successful Lunar Prospector Mission. Earlier in his career, Hubbard led a small start-up high technology company in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Hubbard has received many honors including NASA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal. He was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and also was awarded the Von Karman medal by the AIAA. He has authored more than 50 scientific papers on research and technology. Hubbard received his undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University and his graduate education in solid state and semiconductor physics at the University of California at Berkeley. He continues his 40-year interest in music by regularly playing guitar in a jazz group. Professor Hubbard’s research interests include the study of both human and robotic exploration of space with a particular focus on advanced technology and national policy. In this area, Prof. Hubbard has an ongoing engagement with robotic Mars missions, both as a member of National Academy of Science review groups and as a frequent consultant to NASA projects. He is engaged in the field of astrobiology through identification of techniques that may serve to detect the “fingerprints of life,” either through in situ experiments or the examination of returned samples. He also advocates the understanding of regional climate change and its economic impact, including the use of space-borne sensors to collect relevant data. Prof. Hubbard is an expert on the emerging entrepreneurial space industry and conducts research that examines proposed business cases.

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