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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:05 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, October 29, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
and PERRY EDMUNDSON regarding his commercial space cruise ship concept.

Professor Madhu Thangavelu is with the Department Of Astronautical Engineering within the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a graduate thesis adviser and lecturer for a graduate seminar in Extreme Environment Habitat Design as part of the USC School of Architecture.



He has been the Conductor of the ASTE 527 Space Exploration Architectures Concept and Synthesis Studio in the Department of Astronautical Engineering in the School of Engineering at USC, as well as the Space Projects Director for the Calearth Institute located in Hesperia, California. Dr. Thangavelu is also an Advisory Board Member for the Los Angeles Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a creative consultant to the aerospace and entertainment industries on concept synthesis for complex space architectures, and the recipient of the Lunar Base Design Award from the National Space Foundation.
Dr. Thangavelu is also the co-author of The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Colonization which was published in 1999 second edition in 2007. He is the invited author of “Living on the Moon” a chapter in The Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, a major reference work by John Wiley and Sons, published in 2010, updated in 2012. He is on the team that won the NASA NIAC award for USC Engineering and Architecture Schools in 2011. He was also part of the first graduating class from the International Space University held at MIT in 1988. His space expertise includes space system architectures – conception, design and creation of complex space projects, such as space stations, lunar and Mars missions to facilitate human activities in space and other extra-terrestrial environments, extra-terrestrial bases to facilitate development and colonization of the moon and planets, architectural designs to facilitate human activities in extreme environments of the Earth – in such naturally uninhabitable environments as underground and underwater dwellings, Antarctic bases, submarines, deep-sea oil drilling platforms, etc., visualizing future applications for space technologies, and building science.

Perry Edmundson
completed this project as a graduate student in Dr. Thangavelu’s class at USC, ASTE 527, Space Exploration Architectures, Concept Synthesis Studio, Final Project Presentation from December 13, 2011.

2. Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (October 24, 2-3:30 GMT)
Paul T. Breed
Paul T. Breed’s company is Unreasonable Rockets ( see http://unreasonablerocket.blogspot.com). Paul T Breed grew up in Alaska where his father ran a bush airline. He learned to fix and build things at a young age out of necessity. He has an engineering degree from Harvey Mudd college and has been working as an embedded systems engineer for 25 years. He has been working with his son, Paul A. Breed, 21, building a rocket for the Lunar Lander Competition. 95% of the work for Unreasonable Rockets is by this father and son team.

3. Friday, November 2, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
returns to discuss exploring the lunar far side from the Earth-Moon L2.
As one of Lockheed Martin’s most forward thinking principal investigators, Josh Hopkins leads a team of engineers who develop plans and concepts for a variety of future human exploration missions, including visits to asteroids and Lagrange points. He is responsible for the Plymouth Rock mission study for human exploration of Near Earth Asteroids using the Orion crew exploration vehicle. In a similar capacity he previously led Lockheed Martin’s technical team to determine mission capabilities for the Altair lunar lander. During his 14 years with Lockheed Martin, Hopkins has focused most of his efforts developing space transportation systems and launch vehicles. He began as a trajectory analyst, first on the Athena commercial launch vehicle program, and then in a similar role for the Atlas V launch vehicle. Later, he became responsible for vehicle sizing and system design for a variety of reusable launch vehicle design projects for NASA and the United States Air Force. He has since helped design a variety of expendable and reusable launch vehicles, government and commercial crew transportation spacecraft, and robotic and human exploration vehicles such as lunar landers.
Hopkins has been recognized as an innovative leader in the space industry, receiving the AIAA Summerfied Book Award in 2003 and the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Stellar Award in 2007. Mr. Hopkins has his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois.

4. Sunday, November 4, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
of UND SpSt and UND SpSt graduate student ANNIE WARGETZ return who will be discussing her research regarding dietary impacts on crew performance levels in Confined and isolated habitat and the application of this research to human spaceflgiht.

Annie Wargetz is a passionate space cadet who is currently a graduate student working towards a Master of Science in Space Studies at the University of North Dakota.  She is focusing on the history, policy, psychology, and physiology of human spaceflight and will be defending her thesis in the spring on how to select and train a crew for a long-duration planetary mission.  She is a research assistant in the Human Spaceflight Laboratory at UND and volunteers as the Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator for the UND Observatory.  She also recently accepted the role of Advisor for the Astrosociology Research Institute and has joined the Outreach Committee at UND’s chapter of the American Meteorological Society.  Annie has presented her poster on crew accommodations design for the Human Spaceflight Laboratory’s Planetary Exploration Initiative at several conferences, including the recent North Dakota EPSCoR conference.  Annie gained more than eight years of experience in education/public speaking in the software industry before deciding to pursue her dreams of a career in space and its related industries.  Prior to that, Annie graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, where she focused on corporate communications, public relations, and advertising and minored in mathematics.  Annie speaks English, French, and Spanish and hopes to someday soon be fluent in Russian, and also aspires to become the next “Carl Sagan” who gets the public excited about space once again.  You can find Annie on Twitter as @SETIgal1124. This summer, Annie worked with Dr. Vadim Rygalov at the UND Department of Space Studies to research the effects of food and nutrition on human performance levels in extreme isolated and confined environments, the topic for which she is present on today’s show.

Vadim Y. Rygalov, Ph.D. in Physics & Mathematics, is a biophysicist and has worked in the area of Closed Ecological Systems (CES) studies and Bio-Regenerative Life Support since 1979 after his graduation with MS in Ecological Biophysics from Krasnoyarsk State University (KSU), Central Siberia, USSR. He is also an Associate Professor, UND John D. Odegard School of Aero-Space Sciences, Space Studies Department Consultant for KSC NASA Space Life Sciences Lab. During his education in KSU in 1969 – 1977 he was participating in a series of pilot researches related to investigation of human physiological and psychological limits. He received his Ph.D. for work ‘Systems Analysis of Environment/Organism Optimal Interaction: Sea Macro-Algae Growth and Development’ in 1987 from Institute of Biophysics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Krasnoyarsk, USSR) and Pacific Research Institute of Oceanography & Fishery Sciences Ministry of Fishery Industry USSR (Vladivostok, USSR). His current interests involve studies of closed ecological system functioning and their applications for human life support in space; limits of stable human/environment interactions; human factor limits & control algorithms in high risk operations, etc. He is also interested in applications of developed technologies for human life support in unusual (primarily extreme) environments: years 1999 – 2004 he spent at the Space Life Sciences Lab KSC NASA working with Low Pressure Space Greenhouse prototypes.

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