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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:40 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, April 28, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
and DR. NICOLA SARZI-AMADE come to discuss the upcoming ISDC 2014. See http://isdc.nss.org/2014.



John Spencer is a space architect with over twenty five years of award winning design experience. He has built a career that is a balance between the design and finance professions. He is a pioneer in what he calls “The Design Frontier.” He creates, designs, and develops his own space tourism, Mars, and future themed simulation and attraction projects and serves as a conceptual designer for some of the world’s largest corporations.  He has won two awards from NASA for his architectural designs for the International Space Station now in Earth orbit and created the first interior designs on the SpaceHab Module which has flown into orbit over a dozen times. He is the Founder (1995) and President of the not-for-profit Space Tourism Society (STS) and is considered a founding father of the Space Tourism Industry. He is the author of Space Tourism – Do You Want To Go, with Karen Rugg,published by Apogee books in September, 2004. The book premiers his design for the world’s first orbital super yacht named Destiny.  As a real estate developer and master planner, he coined the term “Experience Park” in the early eighties. Some of his original concepts and designs include “The Science Fiction Hall of Fame” for the Queen Mary site, the first “Star Trek” theme park, and the “FuturePort Park.” His 1982 “Space Resort” design and development project (take a 3 day simulated cruise into low Earth orbit) matured into the “Space World” theme park built in Japan. It opened in April 1991. He coined the terms “SimExperience” and “Simnauts” to describe the new generation of totally immersive orbital space cruise and Mars exploration and recreation simulation experiences he is currently designing. He is the president and chief designer for Red Planet Ventures (RPV) a design, licensing, and development company focused on Mars themed ventures. He is quoted in over 50 magazines, newspapers, and TV shows including The Today Show on the growing space tourism industry.  His websites are:  www.spacetourismsociety.org and www.redplanetventures.com.

Dr. Sarzi-Amade is Vice President of Business Development of Scorpius Space Launch Company, where he is responsible for finding new applications for the Scorpius launch vehicles and the all-composite cryogenic tanks. He is also a systems engineer in the Space Systems Division of Microcosm, Inc. where he provides technical expertise in areas like mission engineering and spacecraft design. Dr. Sarzi-Amade designed a Mars rapid round trip mission and developed new mission architecture concepts for human Mars missions. Dr. Sarzi-Amade is a member of the Space Systems Technical Committee of the AIAA, and is the Chairman Elect and Membership Co-Chair for the AIAA Los Angeles – Las Vegas Section. He is also the Director of Chapter Development and on the Board of Directors/Executive Committee of the Space Tourism Society. He is also a certified private pilot.  Dr. Sarzi-Amade is one of the authors of the book Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD, and co-author of several technical publications in astronautics and systems engineering. Dr. Sarzi-Amade has a Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and M.S. degrees from Politecnico di Milano and the University of California, Irvine.

2. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7-8:30 PM PDT (April 30, 2-3:30 GMT)
, President of Astrox (www.astrox.com). We will be discussing hypersonic vehicles. See his Op-Ed in The Space Review, http://thespacereview.com/article/2490/1.
Dr. Ajay P. Kothari, President and CEO, founded Astrox in 1987. Dr. Kothari has been the project leader on a number of projects for the NASA, Air Force, Navy, Army, as well as McDonnell Douglas Corporation (now Boeing). The Astrox-West Division located at Colorado Springs, CO is headed by Dr. Christopher Tarpley.

3. Friday, May 2, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
comes who has created the film “So You Want To Be An Astronaut.”
David J. Ruck was raised in Whitehall, Michigan, by John and Marilyn Ruck.  From early on, he showed a love for the Great Lakes, and – basically – anything to do with water.  He also loved to explore the woods near his parents’ house, built tree houses, dug fox holes, and tried very hard to get lost.  His father brought home a video camera in the early 90’s and it was shortly thereafter that David was hooked on capturing things on film.  He went on to Grand Valley State University and received a BS in Film & Video in 2004.  In 2007, he received his MS in Communication.  In 2013, David completed the three-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree at the American University in Washington, DC.  It was at AU’s flagship program in filmmaking that David honed skills in storytelling, cinematography, and then began to venture off to begin his career as an educator, filmmaker, and explorer.  He currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland, where he and his producing partner, Anne Menotti, are working on several documentaries and other projects for clients.

4. Sunday, May 4, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
comes to the show to discuss his new book, “Innovation The NASA Way.”
Rod Pyle is a producer, writer and director of documentary programming for The History Channel and Discovery Communications, as well as an author of non-fiction books. Notable work includes “Modern Marvels: Apollo 11″ for Hearst Communications and “In Their Own Words: The Space Race” for First Person Audio. Rod was formerly the Vice President of Communications for the World Space Foundation, a space-advocacy association based in Los Angeles and closely aligned with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. While there he was the senior editor and contributor to their two publications, “The Astronautics Journal” and “Foundation News.” Both publications highlighted the Foundation’s significant work in solar sail technology and plans for a NASA-supported Lunar Polar Base on the moon. Rod is a frequent contributor to other publications, including Dreamwatch, a UK-based science fiction magazine.  Rod spent two years as a visual effects consultant on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and was a visual effects producer for Joe Dante’s Warlords: Battle for the Galaxy for Paramount Studios. He co-produced and was the lead researcher for Patrick Stewart’s Nine Worlds, a CD-ROM released by Paramount Interactive, and was editor and webmaster of the product’s award-wining website for three years.  Rod was formerly employed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA, where he served in various capacities for over 10 years. During his tenure, he produced Launchlink, a public celebration of NASA’s Space Shuttle in conjunction with NASA and FOX-TV, as well as authoring numerous handbooks. He was also a liaison to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for numerous unmanned planetary programs including Voyager’s 1 and 2.  Current efforts include a WWII feature documentary entitled “War Without Mercy”, to premiere in 201, as well as the completion of a compilation of historical interviews for The Hoover Insitution at his alma mater, Stanford University.  His recent book “Missions to the Moon,” is available now. Published by Carlton Books, UK, it will be published in the US by Sterling. Reviews are currently underway.  His book “Destination Moon” was released on November 1, 2005, and is being reprinted for 2009. Rod produced “Beyond the War of the Worlds” which is currently playing on The History Channel. His company, Cinema Pacific Ent., recently completed 13 episodes of “Feng Shui Living” for the Veria Network.  Upcoming projects include a book on the exploration of Mars for Prometheus Books and a major educational outreach program in conjunction with NASA, as well as a series of space-themed books for the iPad.

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