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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Feb 4, 2013 9:18 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, February 4, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
comes for updates regarding the lunar space elevator project. Visit his website for more information, www.liftport.com.
Michael Laine, MBA, (Expected ‘13) – President, LiftPort Group



Laine has been involved with Space Elevator research since the 2001 NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts study. Laine manages a talented and diverse team from academia, government, commercial and military communities. Laine helped in the creation of the NASA Centennial Challenges related to this idea, and years later, it was his former team-members (at LaserMotive) who won the competition. Laine’s team at LiftPort has created carbon nanotubes in a small lab, discovered and tested a new CNT+metal alloy, and built robots that have climbed a mile into the sky on Ribbons held aloft by large helium balloons. Laine’s business acumen and management, coupled with his media, marketing and outreach skills have transformed this project from an obscure NIAC paper study to a real world program with tangible results. Laine’s company, LiftPort Group, is experiencing a renaissance. It recently shifted gears to focus on a Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure. Laine’s mandate to his team has three elements:

1) “Sputnik-like” simplicity – the minimum workable system possible.

2) Purchase Order Technology – if you can’t order the components, you can’t use it in the design specification.

3) Single Launch Solution – recognition that we are only going to get one shot at this.

Echoing President Kennedy’s commitment, Laine and LiftPort believe we can create an Elevator on the Moon “…before this decade is out.” Laine is the President of the US Alumni Association for the International Space University, and on the boards of both the Leeward Space Foundation and Space Literacy Foundation.

2. Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PST (February 6, 3-4:30 GMT)
comes to the program to discuss his KicSat program.For more information, please check out these websites:www.kicksat.net; www.spacecraftresearch.com; and the original Kickstarter page for KickSat www.kickstarter.com/projects/251588730/kicksat-your-personal-spacecraft-in-space.
Zac Manchester is a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering at Cornell and founder of the KickSat project. His research interests are in spacecraft dynamics and control but his passion is the democratization and expansion of access to space. Zac is currently spending the academic year at NASA Ames Research Center.

3. Friday, February 8, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
comes who will share with us a new project to chart the future of space exploration on the basis of understanding the many difference conceptions of it that people hold. He has developed a comprehensive space survey which you can take by visiting http://convergentsystems.pbworks.com/w/page/16444389/FrontPage.  You can download the survey ias a word document at http://convergentsystems.pbworks.com/w/file/62227159/Space%20email%20survey.doc. Click on the Download tab in the upper left of the page.
William Sims Bainbridge Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow of the IEET. Dr. Bainbridge is a prolific and influential sociologist of religion, science and popular culture, and serves as co-director of Human-Centered Computing at the NSF. In 1976 he published his first book The Spaceflight Revolution, which examined the push for space exploration in the 1960s. He then went on to publish Satan’s Power, which described several years of infiltration of the Process Church, a religious cult related to Scientology. In the last thirty years, Bainbridge has published more than a dozen more books dealing with space, religion, and psychology. Dr. Bainbridge’s long-standing interest in “personality capture,” using extensive personality surveys to record individual personalities in software, is reflected in works such as Experiments in Psychology (1986) which included cutting-edge psychology experimentation software written by Bainbridge. Dr. Bainbridge was instrumental in creating the NBIC Converging Technologies program, and in producing its widely read reports:
Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2001)
Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance: Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Science (2003)
Managing Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno Innovations: Converging Technologies In Society (2006)
Dr. Bainbridge has published over 200 articles and essays for various journals and encyclopedias

4. Sunday, February 10, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
returns to discuss his latest research findings regarding four Apollo astronauts including Armstrong. For more information, visit his website, www.femsinspace.com.
Dr. William Rowe is a board certified internal medicine doctor specializing in work on the cardiovascular advantages of young females in space. He is the author of many peer and non-peer reviewed articles on this and other subjects. Dr. Rowe is a specialist in gender differences for astronaut selection, human physiology in space, when to best take spacewalks and more. His website, www.femsinspace.com, is a wealth of information for his papers and scientific information. Dr. Rowe also addresses issues relating to Mars colonization and has received awards from Marquis Who’s Who. He is quite the adventure traveler as well.

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