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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Dec 2, 2013 10:04 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, December 2, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)

Aerospace historian SCOTT LOWTHER comes to the show. Scott writes and edits Aerospace Projects Review.Check out his websites for his work, designs, plans, and such at: http://aerospaceprojectsreview.com/ and http://www.aerospaceprojectsreview.com/blog.



Scott received his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State U in 1996, and got my first job in the industry at Orbital Sciences designing the thrust structure for the X-34B. But the X-34B was cancelled the week after I got there, so they cancelled me shortly after. From there I went to work for Pioneer Astronautics/Rocketplane in Colorado, then United Technologies/Chemical Systems Division in California, then ATK/Promontory in Utah. I’ve been interested in aerospace design and history for as long as I can remember, and have focused my attention on the things that *didn’t* get built: the concepts that failed, for whatever reason, and the concepts that formed the evolutionary line from conception to completion for successful aircraft and spacecraft.  He started writing and editing Aerospace Projects Review in the late 1990’s in response to hearing some shocking tales of company archives being thrown out, shredded and incinerated. While I have an overall general interest in all things unbuilt, I have a few particular loves, such as the X-20 Dyna Soar and the nuclear bomb powered Project Orion.

2. Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PST (December 4, 3-4:30 GMT)
returns for current space news and topics. Bob will also compare and contrast some of his earlier Space Show comments and predictions from when he was first a guest on the program.
Robert Zimmerman is a well known and respected space historian and author. He posts regularly at his website, http://behindtheblack.com, on space, science, and other matters relating to cultural and political issues. Mr. Zimmerman is also an award winning author. His most recent book, THE UNIVERSE IN A MIRROR: THE SAGA OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE AND THE VISIONARIES WHO BUILT IT (Princeton University Press) tells the poignant tale of the men and women behind the telescope, and how many had to sacrifice careers and family to get it built. It also describes in detail the importance of Hubble both scientifically and culturally. More than any other instrument sent into space, the Hubble Space Telescope reshaped the human perception of our place in the universe. Robert’s previous book, LEAVING EARTH: SPACE STATIONS, RIVAL SUPERPOWERS, AND THE QUEST FOR INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL, is a must read! It describes in detail the history of manned space flight, post Apollo. Thus, it includes a lot of information about the Soviet/Russian space program that is unknown to most Americans. In 2003 American Astronautical Society awarded LEAVING EARTH the Eugene Emme Award as that year’s the best space history for the general public. Mr. Zimmerman has also authored GENESIS, THE STORY OF APOLLO 8 (first published in 1998 and now available as an ebook from amazon.com and all other ebook distributors), telling 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 ABC-CLIO, 2000), a detailed reference book describing what was accomplished on every space mission beginning in October 1957 with Sputnik and continuing through December 1999. His work is published regularly in such magazines as SCIENCE, SKY & TELESCOPE, ASTRONOMY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, 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. He can be reached at zimmerman at nasw dot org.

3. Friday, December 6, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
returns to update us with his latest Maslow Windows analysis for what is coming for the space industry. Visit his website for the show at http://21stcenturywaves.com/2013/11/21/bruce-returns-to-the-space-show-on-december-6.
Bruce Cordell is an educator and consultant who writes and speaks on future trends in space exploration and technology. He is co-founder of 21stCenturyWaves.com, which monitors global trends in the economy, technology, and geopolitics. Formerly a program manager with General Dynamics Space Systems in San Diego, he worked closely with NASA and the USAF on lunar bases and human missions to Mars, space transportation and resources, and national defense.  His degrees are from UCLA (M.S.) and the University of Arizona (Ph.D.) in planetary and space physics, and he was a Weizmann postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. While a physics professor at the California State University, Bruce met Krafft Ehricke and participated with him in a public panel discussion on space at the Fleet Science Center in San Diego.  Soon after he joined General Dynamics where Bill Rector asked him to help position the company to participate in manned lunar and Mars missions.  Bruce organized a 10-member international team of subcontractors in support of General Dynamics.  With ESA-veteran Otto Steinbronn, he developed a concept for a world space agency – “Interspace” – that featured equal management authority for the major global space powers and broad opportunities for participation for all others.  Always fascinated by manned Mars missions, Bruce published the first systematic study assessing the potential for significant natural resources on Mars that could support human colonization.  In the mid-1980s, Dr. Cordell developed a ground-breaking concept for interplanetary commerce featuring retrieval of water from the moons of Mars for transportation and industrial uses in the Earth-Moon system. He led the first study showing its economic advantages and technical feasibility.  In 1996, Dr. Cordell published “Forecasting the Next Major Thrust into Space” in Space Policy, in which he sketched his new theory — based on long-term trends in the economy and technology over the last 200 years — that logically explained our romance with President Kennedy’s 1960s Apollo program and our retreat back to Earth orbit over the last 40 years.  And more importantly, he was able to forecast that the decade from 2015 to 2025 will be the analog of the 1960’s.  With several colleagues and friends this work has intensified over the last several years including the founding of 21stCenturyWaves.com and the introduction of the “fractal Maslow Window.”

4. Sunday, December 8, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
of Communications Concept at the Cape returns. Jim will be discussing some of the research he has completed for a new documentary on animals in space.
Jim Lewis of the Deep Space Communication Network.  Jim Lewis is Vice President and General Manager of Communications Concepts, Inc. and Managing Director of Deep Space Communications Network.  Jim founded in CCI in 1978 and DSCN in January 2005.  He has over 30 years direct professional experience in the audio visual production industry. He has produced and directed over 175 film, video and web projects for a variety of clients including government agencies (EPA, U.S. Navy, NASA), corporations (ILS/Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Orbital Sciences, Sea Launch, Harris, Spacehab, Piper Aircraft, Canaveral Port Authority, United Space Alliance), travel and leisure companies (Greyhound Leisure, Disney Cruiselines, Delaware North KSC Visitor’s Complex), sports (ESPN, Sunshine Network, Fox Sports, ABC), and entertainment (Real TV, NBC/Hearst Broadcasting, MTM and Univision).  Jim’s projects have won numerous awards including ADDY Awards, FMPTA Crystal Reel Awards including Best Corporate Video in the state of Florida and an Emmy for CCI’s work on the John Glenn Shuttle Launch.  Jim is very active in the local community having served on the Space Coast Office of Tourism Board and the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as a Trustee.  He chaired major fund raising events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Hospital Foundations, Special Olympics and the American Cancer Society.  In his spare time Jim enjoys photography, motor sports, and travel to special events.  To contact Jim email him at jlewis@cciflorida.com.

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