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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Mar 4, 2013 9:08 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, March 4, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
returns to discuss the upcoming Space Access Society meeting, commercial and NewSpace.
Henry Vanderbilt was a space-struck kid watching a Mercury launch on TV when someone explained that the Atlas rocket cost ten million dollars and they threw it away each flight. It precociously dawned on him that nobody was ever likely to pay for him to go to space. He kept on reading about it anyway. Twenty-four years later, an early computer conferencing system (BIX) lured him into writing about space.



That soon led to a lateral move from industrial electronics to a job in space politics at the L-5 Society’s HQ. He quickly discovered that grand space development schemes were a dime a dozen, but everybody was waiting for someone else to figure out how to get there affordably. He met like-minded people, got involved in efforts to solve the transportation problem (among these the late-eighties Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy meetings that led to DC-X), saw that the ball kept being dropped because everyone had day jobs, and ended up founding Space Access Society in 1992 to focus exclusively on promoting radically cheaper space transportation. He semi-retired from running SAS in 2006, cutting his role back to organizing SAS’s annual “Space Access” conferences (sometimes described as “Hackers” for rocket people) to take a day job doing logistics and project management for a leading startup rocket company. (Disclaimer: He now holds a modest amount of stock in XCOR Aerospace. He avoids letting it go to his head.)

2. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PST (March 6, 3-4:30 GMT)
, Research Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs &Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University.
Dr. Hertzfeld is an expert in the economic, legal, and policy issues of space and advanced technological development. Dr. Hertzfeld holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from Washington University, and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Temple University. He also holds a J.D. degree from the George Washington University and is a member of the Bar in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Dr. Hertzfeld joined the Space Policy Institute in 1992. His research projects have included studies on the privatization of the Space Shuttle, the economic benefits of NASA R&D expenditures, and the socioeconomic impacts of earth observation technologies. He teaches a course in Space Law and a course in microeconomics through the Economics Department at G. W. Dr. Hertzfeld has served as a Senior Economist and Policy Analyst at both NASA and the National Science Foundation, and has been a consultant to many U.S. and international organizations, including a recent project on space applications with the OECD. He is the co-editor of Space Economics (AIAA 1992). Selected other publications include a study of the issues for privatizing the Space Shuttle (2000), an analysis of the value of information from better weather forecasts, an analysis of sovereignty and property rights published in the Journal of International Law (University of Chicago, 2005), and an economic analysis of the space launch vehicle industry (2005). Dr. Hertzfeld has also edited and prepared a new edition of the Study Guide and Case Book for Managerial Economics (Sixth Edition, W.W. Norton & Co.).

3. Thursday, March 7, 2013, 9:30-10:30 AM PST (17:30-18:30 GMT)
, Founder and CTO of SpaceIL. For more information, visit their website at www.spaceil.com.
Yonatan Winetraub, Founder and CTO of SpaceIL, is an Electrical Engineering master student and, graduate of space studies of the International Space University held at the NASA. He gained hands-on experience in space technologies by working as a satellite system engineer for the Israeli Aerospace Industries. Yonatan believes that it is important to nurture the next generation of space researchers and therefore taught high-school students space engineering.

4. Friday, March 8, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
returns to discuss Yuri’s Night 2013.
Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (2002), his Master’s of Space Studies degree from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France (2003), his Master’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University (2005) in University Park, PA, and his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences (focus: Bioastronautics) from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2010) in Boulder, CO. He has worked with the X PRIZE Foundation (2003, 2004 & 2006) developing the follow-on event to the $10 million ANSARI X PRIZE called the X PRIZE Cup, which aimed at bringing competing spaceship builders to New Mexico annually to compete in different flight categories. Ryan participated as a crewmember in The Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) four times on crews 25 (2004), 44 / ExBeta (2006), 56 / ExGamma (2007), and 58 / FMARS Training (2007). From his MDRS experiences, he was selected for a 100-day Mars mission simulation in the High Canadian Arctic on Devon Island, Nunavut at the Mars Society’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS). On the FMARS Crew 11 Long Duration Mission (F-XI LDM), he facilitated the Human Factors studies for the crew of 7 as well as being a crew engineer. His CU-Boulder start was in the summer of 2005 researching portable life support systems (spacesuits) with Dr. Klaus on a NASA-funded project. Ryan’s Ph.D. thesis was titled “Characterization and Measurement Standardization of Lunar Dust Abrasion for Spacecraft Design and Operations”. Ryan’s dust research was awarded a 2007 NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) award. Ryan was the recipient of the 2006 AIAA Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award, a three-timeAchievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar 2006-2009, and was a 2009 John A. Vise Memorial Scholarship recipient. Ryan helped re-start and stabilize the CU-Boulder chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (CUSEDS) in 2005, and was an advisor for both SEDS Canada and Mars Society Canada’s Exploration Mars (ExMars) Program. Ryan was named Executive Director of Yuri’s Night in July 2010, a USA 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the aim of connecting thousands of people around the world to celebrate and honor the past of human spaceflight, while building a stairway to the future. In 2011 Yuri’s Night broke records with over 600 events in 75 countries around the world for the 50th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight. In November 2010, Ryan started working at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Postdoctoral Associate working with Prof. Dava Newman in the Man-Vehicle Laboratory. Ryan’s primary role for the start of his MIT career was as Event Director for MIT’s 150th Anniversary Exploration Symposium named “Earth, Air, Ocean and Space: The Future of Exploration”. In his free time he plays hockey and sails as much as possible, enjoys skiing, SCUBA diving, hiking, and making short comedic films.

5. Friday, March 8, 2013, 12-1 PM PST (20-21 GMT)
returns to discuss his book “Space Chronicles” now released in paperback.
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. Tyson obtains his data from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as from telescopes in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and in the Andes Mountains of Chile. In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the Future of the US Aerospace Industry. The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations (for Congress and for the major agencies of the government) that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration, and national security. In 2004, Tyson was once again appointed by President Bush to serve on a 9-member commission on the Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy, dubbed the “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” commission. This group navigated a path by which the new space vision can become a successful part of the American agenda. And in 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious Advisory Committee, which will help guide NASA through its perennial need to fit its ambitious vision into its restricted budget. In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. He is a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine under the title “Universe.” And among Tyson’s seven books is his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; and Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-written with Donald Goldsmith. Origins is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series Origins, in which Tyson serves as on-camera host. The program premiered on September 28 and 29, 2004. And beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appears as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA’s spinofff program NOVA ScienceNow , which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe. Tyson is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid “13123 Tyson”. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by People Magazine in 2000. Tyson is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium where he also teaches. Tyson lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

6. Sunday, March 10, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
comes to discuss his book “Aphrodesia: A novel of Suspense” and the role of smell and its relationship to space. For more information, visit his website, http://johnoehler.com.
John Oehler says:  I’ve spent much of my life overseas, beginning in 1966 with two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. My time in the Himalayan kingdom immersed me in a culture of Hindu gods and Buddhist monks, gave me breathtaking opportunities to trek into the high mountains, and ignited my passion for foreign lands. On the last day of my service there, in a palace converted to a hotel, I married Dorothy Zeller, the lady who is still my wife.  After Nepal, Dorothy and I went to graduate school at UCLA, received Ph.D.’s in geology, and spent our next three years working in Australia. We traveled extensively by Land Cruiser through the harsh beauty of the Outback and, on occasion, spent hours winching or digging our vehicles out of “sticky” situations. Several Australian colleagues provided inspiration for characters in my books. When we returned to the United States, Dorothy and I went to work for a major oil company, first in research, then in international exploration. The latter took me to about fifty countries and fueled my writing with quirky characters, exotic settings, and cultural contrasts.  Upon retiring from the oil business, Dorothy went to work at the Johnson Space Center where she studies Mars and is a member of the Science Team which analyzes data from the NASA’s Curiosity rover. I took a different route and now devote myself to writing.  I’ve written three novels so far: APHRODESIA, PAPYRUS, and TEPUI.  APHRODESIA is a mystery/suspense novel centered on the world of perfumes. It was a quarter-finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (ABNA) competition and is my first novel to be published.  PAPYRUS is a thriller that ignites from the spark of discovering secret writing on Queen Tiye’s last message to her youngest son, Tutankhamun. It was a semi-finalist in the 2009 ABNA competition and will be my next published book.  TEPUI is an adventure/thriller starring a burn-scarred botanist who treks into the remote Venezuelan highlands in search of a living fossil but finds something far more wondrous — and dangerous. It was a quarter-finalist in the 2010 ABNA competition and won 1st Place in the 2004 Adult Genre Novel competition of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. It will be published in early 2013.  You can see more about each of these stories, including photographs and background details, at my website:  http://johnoehler.com.  Readers will soon discover that I have an abiding love of animals, especially dogs. Daisy, a three-legged Bloodhound plays an important role in APHRODESIA. And Bentley, an Old English Sheepdog, adds humor to TEPUI. I have not yet reached the point that Dean Koontz has, where a dog is given its own point of view, but that might not be far off.  Besides animals, I have strong interests in art, history, and science, as well as a thirst for challenging experiences. Writing gives me a chance to combine all of these into page-turners that, I hope, will keep readers thinking long after they finish the final chapter.

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