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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:11 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, November 12, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
of ULA comes for Atlas and Delta updates and more.
Dr. George F. Sowers is vice president of Business Development for United Launch Alliance (ULA) headquartered in Denver, Colorado. In this role,Sowers is responsible for strategic planning, advanced technology development, advanced concept development and new business acquisition efforts. Before joining ULA, Dr. Sowers was director of Business Development & Advanced Programs for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Space Transportation line of business located in Denver, Colo.Dr Sowers previously served as director of Mission Integration for the Atlas launch vehicle program.In this role, he was responsible for all activities to integrate and fly satellites on Atlas launch vehicles. This included interface requirements development, mission design, dynamics and systems analysis and flight software development.



Prior to this assignment, Dr. Sowers was the Chief Systems Engineer and director of the Systems Engineering and Integration Team (SEIT) for the Atlas V development program. This group was responsible for systems requirements development and verification, systems test, systems integration and systems analysis. Dr. Sowers served on the Atlas V development program from near its inception through the first flight in 2002. Dr. Sowers began his career in the aerospace industry with Martin Marietta in 1981 on the Titan program as a flight design engineer. He left the company in 1983 to obtain his PhD. Upon his return to Martin Marietta in 1988, Dr. Sowers assumed a number of increasingly responsible positions on the Titan program culminating in the role of Deputy Chief Engineer. Dr. Sowers received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Georgia Tech in 1980, and obtained his PhD in physics from the University of Colorado in 1988.

2. Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PST (November 14, 3-4:30 GMT)
returns to tell us about new space efforts in Silicon Valley including the founding of the Silicon Valley Space Center.
Dr. Casey is the co-founder of the Silicon Valley Space Center, a non- profit business accelerator focused on connecting entrepreneurs with the NewSpace Industry. For the last 15-years, Dr. Casey served as a senior scientist with the Universities Space Research Association for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The SOFIA program is a joint mission between NASA and the DLR. On SOFIA, Dr. Casey’s responsibilities included coordination of the design and development of the first-light science instruments and leadership of science instrument integration for early SOFIA science. Dr. Casey did his undergraduate work at Knox College in Galesburg, IL and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Dr. Casey’s personal research interests include the study of interstellar dust grain composition and their resultant optical absorption and emission properties. As a research scientist, Dr. Casey has worked at both NASA Goddard, Ames, and the Dryden Flight Research Center. While at Chicago and Goddard, he did a considerable amount of observing aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, a predecessor to SOFIA. Dr. Casey also holds dual MBAs from the Berkeley Haas and Columbia Schools of business and serves as an adviser and co-founder for several NewSpace start-ups in Silicon Valley.

3. Friday, November 16, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
of Mars Drive is back with us regarding his recent Space Review articles and ideas on human missions to Mars.
Frank Stratford was born during the closing days of the Apollo era in Australia, a nation without a space program. His interests and skills were focused on the subjects of space exploration since the age of 8 when the space shuttle first started operating. Frank started work at an early age and following 15 years running his own business in landscaping and horticulture, he went onto gain senior level management experience within the automotive parts industry with his own company Dynamic Fuel Solutions before moving into the IT sector as Financial Services Compliance Officer at United Electrical Engineering today. Parallel to this, he had been active within the non-profit sector leading teams of social workers and acting as a volunteer counselor and adviser. His intense interest in space and Mars lead him to leadership roles at ‘Red Colony’ and the ‘Mars Society’ where, in 2005, he founded ‘MarsDrive’ and has been working diligently at overcoming the issues that hold humanity back from a potential future in space. Along with organizing for such events as ISDC 2006 and 2007 or lecturing at Mars Society conferences, he has also contributed many thought-provoking articles on Mars and space exploration, some of which can be found in publications like “Australian Sky and Telescope”, “Metro UK”, “The Space Review” and “Red Colony.” On the subject of what we can do to get into space, Frank has stated, “The future of our expansion into space and onto Mars is really up to each of us as individuals. If there remains no generation to step up to make the decision to go, who will?” As CEO of MarsDrive, his vision is to see people everywhere enjoy the wonder of their own space adventures, including such programs as orbital space tourism, a Moon base and a crewed Mars mission and colony within the next two decades.

4. Sunday, November 18, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
for this program. All space topics welcome. First time callers are especially welcome. No lurkers, please. Don’t hog the toll free line, let’s give everyone a shot at calling the show.

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