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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:20 pm
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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, 2007, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-23.30 GMT)
Robert Zimmerman
is a well known and respected space historian and author. He also wrote a weekly UPI column which can be found by doing a Google for “Zimmerman bibliography” and click on “A Zimmerman Bibliography”. Mr. Zimmerman is also an award winning author and his latest book, “LEAVING EARTH: Space Stations, Rival Superpower, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel” is a must read! His work is published regularly in such magazines as ASTRONOMY, THE SCIENCES, 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. Before writing his newest book, LEAVING EARTH, Mr. Zimmerman authored two books, GENESIS, THE STORY OF APOLLO 8, published by Four Walls Eight Windows in 1998, describes 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 Greenword Publishing Group 2000). This is a detailed reference book describing what was accomplished on every space mission beginning in October 1957 with Sputnik and continuing through December 1999. Mr. Zimmerman also won an Emmy Award for the best space history for the general public by the American Astronautical Society awarded on Nov. 16, 2004.

2. Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 7-8:30 PM PDT (October 31, 3-4:30 GMT)
Marc Boucher
is an entrepreneur, technologist, explorer and bon vivant. He came into his own when spurred on by his brother, he decided to start his first business in 1991 and hasn’t looked back since. Boucher is the founder of aTerra Technologies, co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive, co-founder of the Mars Institute and has ideas about starting other new ventures. aTerra Technologies focuses on Internet technologies, in particular data gathering and aggregation, vertical search, web development and is best known for developing original content properties and web crawlers. In 1996 the Canadian Internet Awards Committee awarded Boucher’s @Canadas.net web site, “Best Online Site” (Canada) for the year. Boucher created Canada’s first search engine, Maple Square, in 1995. In 1998 he was asked by then partner AOL Canada to accompany them as their partner representative to testify before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) New Media and the Internet hearings. SpaceRef Interactive grew out of an idea Boucher and co-founder Keith Cowing had at a meeting in Washington, DC, in early June 1999. On October 1, 1999, SpaceRef launched with little fanfare but soon became a hit. In June of 2000 SpaceRef announced it had licensed SpaceRef content to the Discovery Channel. Today SpaceRef is one of the leading online space news sites comprising 14 web sites in its network and growing. SpaceRef has also begun to modestly sponsor research by first donating the Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse to the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) in 2002. In addition SpaceRef has been managing webcams for the HMP since the summer of 2000. Boucher himself has had the pleasure to participate in the HMP as an Exploration Research Co-Investigator for five field seasons and has been to the high-Arctic base three times, once in the summer of 2000, then 2002 and in 2005. The Mars Institute is a non-profit research institute co-founded by Boucher in the fall of 2002 at the World Space Congress in Houston. With his colleagues Dr. Pascal Lee, Dr. Stephen Braham, Dr. Charlie Cockell the vision of creating an institute dedicated to the exploration of Mars became a reality. The Institute is now an important participant in the NASA Haughton-Mars Project and continues to develop research proposals for the exploration of Mars. Boucher lives in Abbotsford, beautiful British Columbia, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. When not working Boucher spends time enjoying life with his fiancée and relaxes by reading, golfing, hiking, traveling and adding to his modest collection of Japanese woodblock prints.

3. Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 9-10 AM PDT (17-18 GMT)
David Sandalow
comes to the program. Mr. Sandalow is the author of the new book, “Freedom From Oil: How The Next President Can End The United States Oil Addiction. David Sandalow is Energy & Environment Scholar and a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. He is a former assistant secretary of state and senior director on the National Security Council staff.

4. Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 2-3:30 PM PDT (22-23:30 GMT)
Documentary filmmaker Jeff Roth comes to the program to discuss his new documentary film, “The Wonder of it All” (www.thewonderofitallfilm.com/main.html). Jeff attended California State University Northridge where he earned his Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in film production. He started working on TV movies as an intern in the camera department and worked his way up to be a camera assistant on TV sitcoms.” I wanted to learn how the set worked, so I thought that being in the camera department would at least allow me to stay on the set. My dream has always been to tell a story that I believed in. From the time that I was 10 years old, I would go to Universal Studios and sit on the tram and dream about being a director. When the idea for this project came up, I was thrilled to have the chance to tell the story of the remarkable men who became moonwalkers. This is a humanstic story that I feel needs to be told. It has been a labor of love.

5. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 9:30-10:30 AM PDT (17:30-18:30 GMT)
Col. Stephen D. Hargis comes to the program for the 40th Anniversary of the USAF Space Test Program Colonel Hargis is the Commander, Space Development Group, Space Development and Test Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Kirtland AFB, NM. He is also the Director of the DoD Space Test Program (STP). The STP was established is a multi-user space program whose role is to be the primary provider of spaceflight for the entire Department of Defense space research community. STP evaluates early operational capabilities, demonstrates new space systems and technologies and reduces risk by flight testing prototype systems and components. Prior to being assigned to Kirtland AFB, he was the Commander of the Wideband SATCOM Systems Group of the MILSATCOM Systems Wing (MCSW), Los Angeles AFB, CA. He was responsible for the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) Program and the Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS) Program with over $4.3B worth of satellite systems in production and on-orbit that provide critical wideband communications in support of national defense strategic and tactical needs. While in the MCSW and prior to becoming the Wideband SATCOM Systems Group Commander, he was the Program Manager, Command and Control System – Consolidated (CCS-C) Program. His team conducted acquisition planning, source selection and execution of $184M MILSATCOM satellite control network replacement. Prior to being assigned to Los Angeles AFB, he was Chief, National RCS Test Facility (NRTF), Holloman AFB NM. He ensured Radar Cross Section (RCS) testing of vital national assets was successfully conducted from multiple remote locations and awarded and executed an $80M O&M contract for the $275M RCS test facilities. He was a top 25% graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB AL. Research Paper: Comparison and Analysis of Satellites, Manned Aircraft, and UAVs in the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Role. As Chief, Strategy & Plans, Joint Endurance UAV SPO, WPAFB OH, he planned the transition of $1.2B DARPA Global Hawk & Dark Star UAV programs to the USAF. As Engineering Inspector at HQ AFMC/IG, WPAFB OH, he evaluated acquisition, depot, science and technology programs and processes. As Deputy Chief, USAF Advanced Composites Program Office (ACPO), McClellan AFB CA, he developed, manufactured, and fielded advanced composites technology. As an Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Engineer, King Fahd Int’l Airport, Saudi Arabia, he performed battle damage repair engineering on F-16 and A-10 aircraft during Operation DESERT STORM. As an ACPO Project Engineer he led development of advanced aircraft structures credited with saving pilot lives. As Program Manager, Aircraft Windshield Systems Program Office, WPAFB OH, he led $3M annual program developing improved aircraft windshield systems. His Enlisted career included assignments at Vance AFB, Oklahoma, Bitburg Air Base West Germany, University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma, and Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas. Col Hargis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton. He is a private pilot, Eagle Scout, and member of AIAA, SAMPE, and life member of AFCEA and AFA.

6. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 7-8:30 PM PDT (November 2, 3-4:30 GMT)
Dr. Burton Lee comes back to discuss the new Space Angels Network (www.spaceangelsnetwork.com). Burton H. Lee, Ph.D. MBA, is Managing Partner of Innovarium Ventures, located in Washington DC. Innovarium Ventures provides senior strategic, financial and technical advisory services to technology startup companies, venture capital and private equity firms, angel networks, investment banks, major corporations and state economic development agencies in the areas of venture financing, corporate and technology strategy, competitive positioning, engineering design and architecture, new product development, technical due diligence, and emerging technology trends. He is chairing the upcoming Space Venture Finance Symposium, to be held in Dallas on May 24 in conjunction with the National Space Society’s annual ISDC conference. Complete program information on this important milestone event within the commercial space finance sector can be found at www.isdc2007.org/finance. Dr. Lee’s professional experience spans 15 years in strategy consulting, high tech industry, government and venture-backed startups working in corporate development and strategy, business development, technology commercialization, and advanced computing and space systems research. His management and technical experience includes senior positions with leading organizations such as GE Global Research, Hewlett Packard, DaimlerChrysler AG and NASA in the United States, Europe and Japan. His business and technical expertise spans the advanced computing/IT, commercial space, aviation, nanotech, alternative energy, clean tech, robotics and related global innovation sectors. Burton’s space background includes 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 serving as co-founder and COO of Orbital Recovery Systems, a commercial reentry capsule services provider. In 1990, Dr. Lee founded the Southwest Regional Spaceport (recently renamed Spaceport America) when he proposed the original concept 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. Today, Dr. Lee is Senior Strategic and Technical Advisor to the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, and concurrently serves as Technical and Legislative Advisor to the Personal Spaceflight Federation, an industry association which includes RLV developers and operators, spaceports and space destinations seeking to make commercial human space travel a reality. Burton also sits on the MIT Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program Advisory Committee, and is a member of the FAA AST Comstac Working Group on Launch Operations and Support. In 2006, Lee was appointed a Senior Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., where he worked on national IT sector innovation policy for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. He is also an active angel investor and a serial entrepreneur. Burton holds a PhD in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering from Stanford (2002), an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from Cornell (2004) and an AB in Physics from Brown University. He also attended the International Space University and is a graduate of the inaugural class held at MIT in 1988. Burton’s international experience spans over 10 years of professional and education-related positions in Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, Japan and Jamaica. Additional professional and academic awards, credentials and background for this speaker are available at his profile on www.linkedin.com/in/burtonlee.

7. Friday, November 2, 2007, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Author Ken Davis comes to the program, author of “Don’t Know Much About The Universe.” Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times best-selling author of Don’t Know Much About History, Don’t Know Much About Geography, Don’t Know Much About The Civil War, and Don’t Know Much About The Bible. People magazine has said that “Reading [Davis] is like returning to the classroom of the best teacher you ever had.” A frequent visitor to classrooms and teacher groups, Davis has appeared often on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, National Public Radio, and many other television and radio shows. He is a contributing editor to USA Weekend, which features his Don’t Know Much About quizzes on a variety of subjects. Find out more about him at www.dontknowmuch.com/index.php/books/the_universe/#title and www.dontknowmuch.com.

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