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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 7, 2014 8:11 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, April 7, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Randa and Rod Milliron
of Interorbital Systems come back to the show to discuss their recent successful launch.



Randa Milliron is the CEO and co-founder of Interorbital Systems (IOS), a private-sector rocket manufacturing and orbital space launch corporation based in Mojave, California.  Randa holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in African Languages from Duquesne University. She is a doctoral candidate in Communication at Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin, Germany, and has undertaken additional formal studies in Chemistry. Randa’s current scientific involvement at Interorbital Systems includes experimentation in the development of heat-resistant composite materials. She also coordinates marketing, all regulatory and launch licensing issues, as well as documenting all rocket engine and launch vehicle systems testing.

Roderick Milliron
, President, Co-Founder, and Chief Scientist of Interorbital Systems holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, with graduate work in Chemistry at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Germany. Mr. Milliron has over two decades of experience in the Aerospace Industry– as an engineer with Grumman Aerospace and General Dynamics–before founding Interorbital in 1996. At IOS, he has designed and successfully designed, prototyped, and fired space-capable rocket engines using both cryogenic and storable liquid propellants. He is responsible for the entire design of both the Sea Star microsat launcher and the Neptune manned orbital rockets. Rod’s goal is to provide the transportation system to affordably access Low Earth Orbit, the Moon and beyond — and to play a role in exploring and colonizing the Solar System.

2. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7-8:30 PM PDT (April 9, 2-3:30 GMT)
Robert (Bob) Zimmerman
returns for space news updates and current information. Check out his website, www.behindtheblack.com.
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 who has written four books on the history of space exploration, all of which are still in print. This first book, GENESIS: THE STORY OF APOLLO 8, was published in 1998, and is now available as an ebook from either his webpage (https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000002014/Genesis-The-Story-of-Apollo-8-The-First-Manned-Mission-to-Another-World.html) or from amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Genesis-Apollo-Mission-Another-ebook/dp/B00A1EZJ6U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1352034864&sr=1-1&keywords=Genesis%3A+The+Story+of+Apollo+8), or any ebook vendor. 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 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, April 11, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
returns regarding his new book “Crowded orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space.”
Clay Moltz joined the National Security Affairs faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in June 2007. Since November 2008, he has held a joint appointment with the Space Systems Academic Group at NPS. He currently teaches Space and National Security, Nuclear Strategy and National Security, International Relations, and Northeast Asian Security. Prior to his appointment at NPS, he served for 14 years in various positions at the Monterey Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies, including: deputy director from 2003-2007, director of the Newly Independent States Nonproliferation Program from 1998-2003, and founding editor of The Nonproliferation Review from 1993-98. He was also a faculty member in the Monterey Institute’s Graduate School of International Policy Studies. Dr. Moltz is the author of The Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests (Stanford University Press, 2008). In addition, he is co-author of the book Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation (2002, 1st edition, and 2008, 2nd edition). His co-edited books include: Preventing Nuclear Meltdown: Managing Decentralization of Russia’s Nuclear Complex (2004) and The North Korean Nuclear Program: Security, Strategy and New Perspectives from Russia (2000). Dr. Moltz has also published some 20 book chapters and more than 25 articles in such journals as Arms Control Today, Asian Survey, Brown Journal of International Affairs, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Journal of East Asian Studies, Space Policy and World Politics. His Op-Eds have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Space News, Korea Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. Dr. Moltz received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies and a B.A. in International Relations (with Distinction) from Stanford University.  Dr. Moltz worked previously as a staff member in the U.S. Senate and has served as a consultant to the NASA Ames Research Center, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment. He held prior academic positions at Duke University and at the University of California, San Diego.

4. Sunday, April 13, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
program. All STEM and space calls welcome. First time callers are welcome.

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