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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:47 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, September 23, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
comes to the program to discuss his chapter in “Starship Century,” The Heavy Generation. We will also be discussing his books and other work. Visit his blog at davidbrin.blogspot.com.



David Brin is a scientist, best-selling author and tech-futurist. His novels include Earth, The Postman (filmed in 1997) and Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War. A leading commentator and speaker on modern trends, his nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. Brin’s newest novel EXISTENCE explores the ultimate question: billions of planets are ripe for life. So where is Everybody? David’s main thread: how will we shape the days and years ahead — and how will tomorrow shape us? – See more at: http://www.davidbrin.com/about.html#sthash.ihhaKZlN.dpuf

2. Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PDT (September 25, 2-3:30 GMT)
returns to discuss his new children’s book, Mars issues and his work at the Mars Institute and NASA Ames.
Dr. Pascal Lee is Co-founder and Chairman of the Mars Institute, a senior planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, and the director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. He did his undergraduate work in physics, and holds a MS in geology & geophysics from the University of Paris, and a PhD in astronomy and space sciences from Cornell University.

3. Friday, September 27, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
, editor of “Starship Century.” Visit jamesbenford.com for more information.
Dr. Benford was born in Alabama in 1941. “As my father was in the military, I have lived in several different locales, including abroad. I studied physics at the University of Oklahoma, and in 1969 received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at San Diego.  In the next 26 years I worked at Physics International. There I developed skills in intense beams, pulsed power and high power microwaves. In 1983, I was given responsibility to investigate the use of pulsed power technology for high power microwave generation. Over the next nine years, I developed an extensive research capability and Physics International became the major company in the field of HPM. I developed a variety of microwave sources at very high power levels, built the largest high power microwave experimental facility in the country, and developed a research group working in the areas of microwave source physics, microwave beam propagation and microwave effects on electronics. This eventually lead me to begin the world’s first high power microwave product line. In 1990, I founded the High Power Microwave Division of Physics International with responsibility for an annual budget of about three million dollars and supervision of fifteen physicists and technical support personnel. In 1993-1995, I was program manager of ORION, the largest and most complex HPM system ever built.  In 1996 I founded Microwave Sciences, Inc. With the added flexibility gained, the company has been a successful means of:

  • Broadening my participation in HPM research and development, including contracts in the US and internationally, including private companies, governments and universities (see list of clients at the Microwave Sciences page).
  • Increasing efforts in HPM education
  • Writing the second edition of my comprehensive book, High Power Microwaves
  • Advancing space applications of microwaves, especially propulsion
  • Developing and supporting Heimdall, the HPM System concept code, now in version 4.01″

Dr. Benford is active in HPM source development, testing facility operations, and advanced applications. “My current interests include phase control of high  power arrays by phase-locking of oscillators or master oscillator-driven high power amplifiers. My past experience includes work on electromagnetic launchers, pulsed power design, system studies, and the use of electron beams for many applications.”

4. Sunday, September 29, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
returns to discuss this years Personal Spaceflight Symposium in Las Cruces, NM. For more information, see http://www.ispcs.com.
Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes has served as director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) since 1998. Additionally, in 2007 she was appointed director of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. Both programs under her leadership are headquartered at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The NMSGC is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program which is administered by NASA. NMSGC programs are statewide and include all three research universities in New Mexico. EPSCoR supports aerospace research throughout New Mexico. Technical areas include but are not limited to low-earth orbit vehicle and testing programs, micro-gravity research, deep space exploration and sensor networks. Other technical areas are radio astronomical observation, solar observation, and space communications. The EPSCoR program is focused on enabling the growth of competitive research programs that stimulate economic growth in New Mexico. In 2005 Dr. Hynes co-founded and has served as chair of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, another strategic effort to engage the research universities in this growing business. Held each October in Las Cruces, ISPCS is now the industry’s leading venue for the visionaries and builders delivering the promise of spaceflight for mankind. The annual Symposium features informative sessions, networking opportunities and provides attendees with the latest news, trends, best practices, and case studies that foster and help bring personal and commercial spaceflight to reality. Dr. Hynes also founded and serves as Executive Director of the Space Development Foundation, whose mission is to support summer internships for students from across the globe in businesses related to personal and commercial spaceflight In 1991, as Director of the Center for Aerospace Science, Technology and Education (CASTE), Dr. Hynes began her long involvement in what is now Spaceport America. The Center was established early in the state’s spaceport development efforts as a focal point for research and education related to inland spaceport development. That effort culminated in January 2009 when the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) received its vertical launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation. The license represents a critical step to moving forward with Spaceport America, the nation’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. Dr. Hynes is a graduate of New Mexico State University where she earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration, an M.S. in Higher Education Management and a B.S. in English. She currently serves as a NMSU Development Officer and Chair of the NMSU Leadership Institute. At the behest of the NMSU president she also headed a planning committee that lead to the establishment in 2003 of the prestigious NMSU Teaching Academy. Biography 2 Patricia Hynes Dr. Hynes has been actively involved in numerous industry and public affairs leadership roles. She is a member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and also a member of the Board of the National Space Grant Alliance, an organization that advances the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. From 2002 to 2004 she served on the Executive Committee of that organization, charged with enabling the coordination of 52 Space Grant programs across the nation. Since 2006 Dr. Hynes has also served as Treasurer of the National Space Grant Foundation.

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