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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:40 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 30, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
CHARLES MILLER
, President of Exigent Space LLC which provides client based services a the intersection of commercial, civil, national security space, and public policy, returns. Mr. Miller is also a strong proponent of public/private partnerships for lowering the cost of space access.

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Mr. Miller is a former NASA Senior Advisor for Commercial Space where he advised senior NASA leaders on commercial space options and strategies. At NASA he served as program executive for NASA’s Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research program, and manager of the NASA Commercial RLV Technology Roadmap study. He was a team member in the study that led to the creation of the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT). Mr. Miller then managed OCT’s emerging commercial space activities, including assessments of commercial opportunities in orbital debris mitigation and removal, propellant depots, orbital transfer vehicles, satellite servicing, and commercial lunar robotic opportunities. Mr. Miller is the co-founder of Nanoracks LLC, a disruptive entrepreneurial venture that is operating now at the ISS with more than a half dozen customer payloads, generating revenue, and has at least 50 customer payloads in its backlog.  Mr. Miller is the co-founder and former President and CEO of Constellation Services International, Inc. (CSI).  Mr. Miller also has served as a consultant to the U.S. Air Force, DARPA and many commercial firms in the area of commercial space and reusable space access.  Mr. Miller was the founding Chairman and President of ProSpace where he served from 1996 to 1999. Under Mr. Miller’s leadership, ProSpace was instrumental in the passage of space-related legislative initiatives, including the Commercial Space Act of 1998, funding for NASA’s X-33, Future-X and Space Solar Power programs, and the U.S. Air Force’s RLV Technology Development program.  Mr. Miller has received several awards for his work in the aerospace field, including the “Vision in Action” award from the Space Frontier Foundation, the “Space Pioneer” award from the National Space Society, and the “Exceptional Leadership” award from the California Space Development Council.  Mr. Miller studied engineering at the California Institute of Technology and has a BS in Business Administration (Finance) from the California State University of Chico.

2. Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PDT (October 2, 2-3:30 GMT)
DR. JAMES HANSEN
returns to discuss his book about Astronaut John Young, “Forever Young: A Life of Adventure in Air and Space.”
Dr. James R. Hansen is Professor of History and former Director of The Honors College at Auburn University in Alabama. An expert in aerospace history and the history of science and technology, Hansen has written numerous books and articles covering a wide variety of topics, including the early days of aviation, the history of aerospace engineering, NASA, the Moon landings, the Space Shuttle program, and China’s role in space. He has special expertise on the history of the American astronaut corps, having authored the life stories of Neil Armstrong and John Young and directed a doctoral dissertation (now a published book) on the first class of women astronauts in the U.S. space program. Dr. Hansen’s book, First Man (Simon & Schuster, 2005) was the first and only authorized biography of Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon. The book spent three weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and garnered major book awards, including the American Astronautical Society’s Eugene E. Emme Astronautical Literature Prize, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award, and CHOICE magazine’s Outstanding Academic Book of 2006. A two-volume Japanese translation of First Man has been published, with translations also into German, Chinese, Turkish, French, and Croatian. In November 2012, the book was re-released by Simon & Schuster as First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, The Essential Biography. This edition of the book included a new Preface written by Dr. Hansen following Mr. Armstrong’s death in August 2012. In 1995 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration nominated Dr. Hansen’s book Spaceflight Revolution for a Pulitzer Prize, the only time NASA has ever made such a nomination. His book From the Ground Up (1988) won the History Book Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His scholarship has also been honored with the Robert H. Goddard Award from the National Space Club and certificates of distinction from the Air Force Historical Foundation. His other recent books, The Bird is on the Wing (Texas A&M University Press) and The Wind and Beyond (NASA) explore the role of aerodynamics in the progress of the airplane in America. The latter is a six-volume series prepared by Hansen and a team of his graduate students for NASA, volume two of which, Reinventing the Airplane, appeared in late 2007 (volume three is forthcoming in 2011). In 2005 The Wind and Beyond won the Society for the History of Technology’s inaugural Eugene Ferguson Prize for Outstanding Reference Work. His 2009 book, Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, was published by the University Press of Florida and has been called by several reviewers “the definitive study” of the Challenger accident. The book also won the AAS’s Emme Prize and AIAA Gardner-Lasser Award, making Hansen the only two-time winner of both awards. Dr. Hansen’s newest book, Forever Young: A Life of Adventure in Air and Space, tells the story of legendary NASA astronaut John W. Young, Apollo 16 commander and first commander of the Space Shuttle. The book was published by the University Press of Florida in early 2012. Dr. Hansen’s scholarship has been connected to NASA for over thirty years, resulting in numerous NASA publications. Early in his career he served as Historian-in-Residence at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. He later served on a number of important advisory boards and panels, including the Research Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum, Editorial Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Institution Press, and Advisory Board for the Archives of Aerospace Exploration at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is also a past vice-president of the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton, Virginia. For the past five years he has served on the National Air and Space Museum Trophy Selection Board, which selects the NASM’s “Current Achievement” and “Lifetime Achievement” awards, the most prestigious awards in all of American aerospace. Dr. Hansen has also had a stellar career as an expert on golf course architecture and its history, publishing numerous articles and giving scholarly and public presentations on the subject in the United States, Canada, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England. Three of his presentations were at the World Scientific Congress of Golf, which until recently met every four years at the University of St. Andrews. Hansen was also an active invited participant in the national summits between the golf industry and various U.S. environmental organizations that produced the landmark document, Environmental Principles for Golf Course in the United States (1996). At Auburn University he teaches an Honors College seminar on the history of golf course architecture. For the past 13 years he has been a golf course rater for Golfweek magazine’s listings of the Top 100 courses in the United States and around the world. He is currently writing the life story of America’s legendary golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. Entitled Driving the Green: Robert Trent Jones and the Making of Modern Golf, the book is to be published by Gotham Penguin in 2014. His experience as an academician and public speaker has been wide-ranging, routinely serving as keynote speaker, panelist, and lecturer on a wide variety of topics in the history of science and technology. He has given talks and other presentations at various universities, high schools, museums, government agencies, conferences, public libraries, historical associations, bookstores, book clubs, military bases, NASA laboratories, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, and many other venues. His recent appearances include presentations given at the Paris Air & Space Museum, Le Bourget Airport, Paris France; Université du Maine in Le Mans, France; National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts (AIAA) national meeting, Denver, CO; and Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. Hansen has been a special favorite of different clubs and organizations, such as the Prologue Society of South Florida, devoted to hearing writers and historians of local, national, and international stature. Dr. Hansen is very experienced and adept dealing with broadcast media, including the major television and cable networks and National Public Radio. He has done live or taped interviews for CBS’s The Morning Show, The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and by network affiliates in Montgomery, Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, and Columbus, Georgia. He has also done interviews with Canadian, French, Dutch, Danish, German, Indian, Italian, Chilean, Turkish, and other national television and radio networks. Following the death of Neil Armstrong in August 2012, he was interviewed by newspapers, magazines, and television networks from more than two dozen countries from all around the world. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dr. Hansen graduated summa cum laude and with High Honors from Indiana University. He earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 1981. Jim has taught history at Auburn University since 1986. Both his teaching and his scholarship have received numerous awards from the University including the Teaching Excellence Award in the Humanities, an Alumni Professorship, the Outstanding Teacher in the Core Curriculum, and the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Creative Research Award. In 2005, he was inducted into the College of Liberal Arts’ Academy of Teaching and Outstanding Scholars. Students who have earned graduate degrees under Hansen’s direction at Auburn currently hold positions at the University of Central Florida, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Air and Space Museum, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Air Force Air War College, and with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2010 Dr. Hansen was inducted as an Honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa. As head of the Honors College at Auburn University from 2006 through 2011, Dr. Hansen directed one of the most dramatic expansions of an Honors College in the history of American education. Prior to serving as Honors Director, Jim served for four years as chair of Auburn’s Department of History. He was, in fact, the first elected chair in the history of the University.& geophysics from the University of Paris, and a PhD in astronomy and space sciences from Cornell University.

3. Friday, October 4, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
ROBERT WALKER
from the UK. Mr. Walker, an inventor, has written several very interesting space and Mars articles which we will be discussing. You can find his articles at www.science20.com/robertinventor.  His YouTube channel is www.youtube.com/marsandspace.
Robert Walker is an inventor & programmer for Tune Smithy, Bounce Metronome, Virtual flower, Lissajous 3D, and Activity Timer. I trained as a mathematician originally. Went on to study philosophy then to do post graduate research into set theory and foundations of mathematics. Then got involved in inventing board games, one of them was accepted for publication by Gibson’s Games, large UK games company, but they were unable to publish it because of technical difficulties, unable to make the pieces at a suitable price, major disappointment. I then got involved in programming music after I invented a particular type of fractal tune based on self similar sloth canon sequences. It’s related to the Danish composer Per Nørgård’s “infinity sequence” though not identical. Through these tunes I got involved in music software programming, first in order to hear what the tunes sounded like myself – but then added more capabilities and began to sell the software commercially. I added microtonal capabilities originally just to explore more tunes, but then got a lot of interest from microtonal composers, as it gave an easy way to compose and play microtonal music on many synthesizers and computers. At present my main focus is on Bounce Metronome, another music program valued by musicians for its ability to play complex polyrhythms, rhythm cycles etc., and for its visual “bounce” effect inspired by the motion of a conductor’s baton. I have had a long term special interest in astronomy, and space science since the 1970s. I have also researched into cellular automata, recreational mathematics, and non periodic tiling’s, etc. This column could be about any of those topics, or more.

4. Sunday, October 6, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Adam Crowl
from Australia. Mr. Crowl contributed to “Starship Century with his chapter, Starship Pioneers.
Adam Crowl was born in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia in 1970. His first memory of TV is watching the BBC documentary on the Viking landings (1976) and (black & white) episodes of Space 1999 and Star Trek. At age nine he learnt of a star-probe named “Daedalus,” and was given a little book, Road to the Stars by Iain Nicholson, which opened his eyes to serious interstellar travel research. Since then Adam earned a B. Sc at the University of Queensland; raised a family; has retaught himself mathematics and physics while semi-completing an engineering/computing degree; written essays on SETI for the late Chris Boyce, on fusion propulsion for “Centauri Dreams, gas-mining Uranus” for Discovery News, and joined Project Icarus. Currently he is Team Leader for Project Icarus’s Main Propulsion Module.  His contribution to Starship Century: “Starship Pioneers.”  You can find out more about Adam Crowl: http://crowlspace.com  & http://icarusinterstellar.org.

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