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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Sep 3, 2012 7:59 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, September 3, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
returns to discuss his new cubesat projects which I found out about at Small Sat this year.
Gil Moore has spent 59 years in the space program, so far. He started out at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in 1947, as a student employee of New Mexico State University, installing instruments in captured German V-2 and U.S. Navy Viking and Aerobee rockets for the pioneering space scientists of that day. He was privileged to be a flunky for such luminaries as James Van Allen, Wernher von Braun, Homer Newell and Fred Whipple. He also worked alongside some of Robert H. Goddard’s employees, who moved to White Sands after Dr. Goddard’s death in 1945.



Following graduation from New Mexico State, Moore spent 13 years in supervising teams of engineers who launched sounding rockets all over the world to study the effects of solar storms on the earth’s upper atmosphere. This field is known as solar-terrestrial physics. He then spent 25 years working for Thiokol Corporation in northern Utah, continuing with solar-terrestrial physics rocket launches around the world, and then transitioning into earth-orbiting satellite experimentation. As an adjunct professor of physics at Utah State University for the past 30 years, he, assisted by his wife, Phyllis, has helped several generations of university undergraduate students to build and fly dozens of “Get Away Special” experiments in NASA’s Space Shuttles. Moore joined the astronautics department of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1995 to help establish a program to allow cadets to build and fly their own satellites on surplus military launch vehicles. Upon retirement in 1997, he and Phyllis developed Project Starshine to involve tens of thousands of children in over 40 countries in deploying a series of mirrored spherical satellites from Space Shuttles and expendable launch vehicles, once again to keep track of the way that storms on the sun influence the density of the earth’s upper atmosphere and, thereby, the orbits of low earth orbiting satellites.

2. Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (September 5, 2-3:30 GMT)
TONIGHT. All space topics welcome. First time callers welcome.

3. Friday, September 7, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
of Raytheon comes to speak with us about the upcoming AIAA CASE Conference in Pasadena, CA from Sept. 11-13, 2012. Visit www.aiaa.org/CASE for more information.
Laura McGill is Engineering deputy of Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS). Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2011 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 71,000 people worldwide. A principal engineering fellow, McGill was formerly deputy director for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles and Special Programs. From 2009–2011, she was chief engineer for the Air Warfare Systems (AWS) product line, a $2 billion portfolio of programs including air-to-air missiles, precision-strike air-to-ground weapons and Tomahawk cruise missiles. She had previously been named chief engineer for the Strike Weapons product line in 2006, which expanded to include air-to-air programs in 2009 with the formation of AWS. From 2004–2006, McGill was chief engineer for Tomahawk cruise missiles, leading all technical activities for development, production and operational-support programs. She originally joined the Tomahawk Program Office in 1992 as the Avionics program manager, which led to assignments as Block III Performance Team lead for the All-Up Round Systems Engineering Integration Agent, Flight Test program manager, Block III chief engineer, SSGN DEMVAL program manager, Block IV Torpedo-Tube-Launch program manager, and manager of Development Programs. McGill began her career at General Dynamics as a test integration engineer at the corporate wind tunnel in San Diego, where she developed and conducted aerodynamic testing for commercial and military aircraft. She also supported establishment of a wind tunnel facility for the Taiwan Air Force as part of the Indigenous Fighter Development Program, developed test-integration plans for the Atlas II Launch Vehicle, and led the Lean Operations Task Force to institute manufacturing process improvements on critical programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Washington, where she was assistant chief of operations for the Kirsten Wind Tunnel. She also earned a master’s degree in aerospace systems through a General Dynamics engineering development program. McGill is an adjunct lecturer for Raytheon’s onsite Master of Science in Systems Engineering program with Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and also serves as an instructor for the company’s Systems Engineering Technical Development Program.She is a lifetime fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of its board of directors. She is AIAA’s current vice president–Standards and former vice president—Technical Activities.

4. Sunday, September 9, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
and VICTOR CUMMINGS come to the show to discuss their space elevator screenplay, “High Lift.”

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. 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.

Victor Cummings attended Towson State College under state senatorial scholarship studying theater arts. A year later, Victor traveled to New York to attend the Circle in the Square Professional Workshop a graduate level training program for theater. Victor went to the Naval Science Institute in Newport, Rhode Island, and then graduated from the University of New Mexico Naval ROTC in 1985. He served in the USS Iwo Jima, LPH2 in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, and returned to the Naval Science Institute for officer’s training that year. He served as a lieutenant at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command as a systems analyst in Washington DC before returning to civilian life in 1989. He completed a master of information systems management degree in 2003. As a civilian, he has worked as a systems analyst and software engineer. He has been employed as an independent consultant as well as for Battelle Memorial Institute, Sprint, IBM, J.P. Morgan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GSI and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. He has taught computer subjects at the U.S. Naval War College, Naval Command College and at Devry University as an adjunct professor. Victor who is a natural storyteller has been told for many years that he should write. He has written two one act plays starting as a teenager, a series of theater reviews for the Los Alamos Monitor and began screen writing about six years ago. He has written three screenplays. High Lift was his second. Victor met Bryan when Bryan taught one of his astronomy labs in college and later attended Radio Astrophysics class with him. He now lives in Columbia, SC with his wife Lana, and divides his time between Java software engineering and screen writing.

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