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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:31 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 17, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
, who will discuss venture capital investment in the emerging commercial space industry, returns. Burton will be making a similar presentation with us as he did at the New Space Conference Boot Camp. Please refer to The Space Show blog before the program for Dr. Lee’s Power Point slides as we will follow that presentation during the program (http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com).



Burton H. Lee Ph.D. MBA is Managing Partner of Innovarium Ventures, a senior strategic, financial and technical advisory services firm based in Silicon Valley. He also serves as Lecturer in the Stanford School of Engineering, where he teaches and conducts research in the area of European entrepreneurship and innovation (http://me421.stanford.edu). His areas of expertise include venture finance and investment; startup business & technology strategy and market positioning; technology road mapping and due diligence; corporate development and M&A; technology transfer and commercialization; and innovation policy. Dr. Lee’s professional experience spans 15+ years in the global innovation sector, including senior executive positions with venture-backed startups, angel investor groups and venture funds, strategy consulting firms, high tech corporations, federal S&T agencies, and government innovation agencies. Recent clients include the Office of the Prime Minister of Ireland, where he served as a member of the Irish national Innovation Task force; the European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry; National Science Foundation (NSF); National Institutes of Health (NIH); NASA Ames; and Panama’s City of Knowledge Science Park and angel network. His management and technical experience also includes senior positions with leading organizations such as GE Global Research, Hewlett Packard, Daimler Chrysler AG and NASA in the United States, Europe and Japan. Lee’s technical expertise spans the advanced computing/AI, software, space, aviation, nanotech, alternative energy, clean tech, and robotics sectors. Burton’s space background includes serving as co-founder and Principal at Space Angels Network; an early tenure as Manager of the Stanford Small Satellite Program; working at NASA Kennedy Space Center as a Shuttle Thermal Protection Systems research engineer; advising NASA Ames on new venture development and spinouts, and winning the Space Industrial Fellowship and Nasa Graduate Research Scholarship at Johnson Space Center. In 1990, Dr. Lee co-founded Spaceport America (originally named the Southwest Regional Spaceport) when he proposed southern New Mexico as a reentry capsule recovery site to New Mexico State University, authored the initial strategic and business plans, and raised $1.4 million in “seed” funding from Congress for spaceport feasibility, environmental and safety studies in collaboration with Sen. Pete Domenici. During 2005 – 2006, he worked closely with the New Mexico Economic Development Department as chief economist on the New Mexico Spaceport Economic Impact Study while at Futron Corporation. His objective job impact estimates were presented to the State Legislature in 2006 and played a key role in securing legislative approval of $100M in state appropriations for the spaceport build out. Lee’s international experience spans over 10 years of professional and education-related positions in Ireland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, Japan, Jamaica and Guyana. Burton holds a PhD in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering from Stanford (2002), and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from Cornell (2004). He attended the International Space University as a graduate of the inaugural class held at MIT in 1988. Additional professional and academic awards, credentials and background for this speaker are available at his LinkedIn profile @ http://www.linkedin.com/in/burtonlee.

2. Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (September 5, 2-3:30 GMT)
returns for all the space news that is fit to discuss on The Space Show.
Robert Zimmerman is a well known and respected space historian and author. He posts regularly at his new website, http://behindtheblack.com, on space, science, and other matters relating to cultural and political issues. Mr. Zimmerman is also an award winning author. His most recent book, THE UNIVERSE IN A MIRROR: THE SAGA OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE AND THE VISIONARIES WHO BUILT IT (Princeton University Press) was just released in paperback. The book tells the poignant tale of the men and women behind the telescope, and how many had to sacrifice careers and family to get it built.
It also describes in detail the importance of Hubble both scientifically and culturally. More than any other instrument sent into space, the Hubble Space Telescope reshaped the human perception of our place in the universe. Robert’s previous book, LEAVING EARTH: SPACE STATIONS, RIVAL SUPERPOWERS, AND THE QUEST FOR INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL, is a must read! It describes in detail the history of manned space flight, post Apollo. Thus, it includes a lot of information about the Soviet/Russian space program that is unknown to most Americans. In 2003 American Astronautical Society awarded LEAVING EARTH the Eugene Emme Award as that year’s the best space history for the general public. Mr. Zimmerman has also authored GENESIS, THE STORY OF APOLLO 8 (published by Four Walls Eight Windows in 1998), telling the family and political tale behind the first human journey to another world, and THE CHRONOLOGICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DISCOVERIES IN SPACE (published by Oryx Press, now ABC-CLIO, 2000), a detailed reference book describing what was accomplished on every space mission beginning in October 1957 with Sputnik and continuing through December 1999. His work is published regularly in such magazines as SCIENCE, ASTRONOMY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, INVENTION & TECHNOLOGY, FORTUNE, AD ASTRA, AMERICAN HISTORY, STARDATE, and many other major magazines. In 2000 he was co-winner of the David N. Schramm Award, given by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society for Science Journalism. He can be reached at zimmerman at nasw dot org.

3. Friday, September 21, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
, the Director of Launch Services in Florida for SpaceX, returns.
Prior to hiring on with SpaceX, Brian Mosdell was Chief Launch Conductor (CLCDR) for the Delta program (October 2003 through February 2008). As such he had ultimate responsibility for launch conduct and countdown execution for Delta II and Delta IV launches at both Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AFB. Prior to accepting the CLCDR role he was the launch site lead propulsion engineer for Delta IV. Duties included design of Propellant and Pneumatic systems for Launch Complex 37, construction management and activation testing for that pad, and finally Delta IV launch operations. Brian was fortunate enough to have “pressed the button” on the first 2 DIV launches. Prior to Delta IV, I worked Titan Centaur, Delta II, and Delta III. Joining SpaceX for the construction and activation of Launch Complex 40 has brought him full circle to where he started. Brian started his career in the space program working the construction and activation of Launch Complex 40 Centaur ground systems in 1991. This opportunity will allow Brian Mosdell to do what he loves the most, working launch pad construction and activation for budding program. This will be his 4th such endeavor having worked Launch Complex 17 modifications for Delta III.

4. Sunday, September 23, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
and JEFF KRUKIN return to discuss the new Exodus Consulting. Tom and Jeff established Exodus because of their passion for extending the human economy into space compels us to help others who share that passion. And their passion for helping entrepreneurs and businesses grow is equally powerful! To this end, they seek entrepreneurs and firms developing technology, products and services for use in space. These could also be space-related, such as power systems, bio-regenerative systems, tourism, media, software and other supportive solutions. Space-scalable is another category that excites us.

Jeff Krukin’s space career began with boyhood evenings in the back yard gazing at the Moon. He has been an IBM Systems Engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation, Chairman of Pro Space and award-winning Director of its annual March Storm Congressional lobbying event, and now an aerospace & defense consultant. He provides leadership, marketing & communications, strategic planning, and business and economic development services. Clients have included Caterpillar, Blue Force Technologies, Strategy Analytics, North Carolina State University, SpaceWorks Engineering, the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance, Presence Displays, and the State of North Carolina. He has been a frequent conference speaker in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and has been interviewed for newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. Jeff is a published author since 1979, and most recently wrote the second edition of his industry primer, NewSpace Nation: America’s Emerging Entrepreneurial Space Industry. He was the lead author of The Aero/Space Economy in North Carolina: A Preliminary Assessment of Current Performance and Future Prospects, and a key contributor to North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Workforce Development in the Aviation and Aerospace Industries. He has written numerous articles, Op-Eds, and white papers, as well as book chapters. Current organizational involvement includes the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Commercial Space Group, and the Suborbital Transportation Working Group of the US Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). He created The Human-Space Connection concept to re-frame the conversation about space exploration within a human-centric context. With his diverse experience and Master’s Degree in Future Studies, Jeff brings a unique and insightful perspective to space exploration, settlement, commercial development, and its economic value. His website is www.jeffkrukin.com.

For over a quarter-century, Tom 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.

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