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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon May 12, 2014 9:50 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7-8:30 PM PDT (May 14, 2-3:30 GMT)
The guest is CHRIS LASTER, the coordinator of the Russell Space Center, a program that he created in 1998. The program is carried out by the Russell Elementary School in Smyrna, GA. See http://russellroadrunners.typepad.com/space.
Chris Laster is an elementary school teacher at Richard B. Russell Elementary School in Smyrna, Georgia.



He currently teaches remedial math to 4th and 5th grade students and is the coordinator of the Russell Space Center, a program that he created in 1998. Students in the Russell Space Center program train throughout the school year for a 27-hour simulated Space Shuttle mission that takes place near the end of the school year. He also created an elementary science lab program that served as a model for several other area schools.  Chris has won several teaching awards including being selected to the USA Today All-Star Teaching Team in 2003, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) National Educator Achievement Award in 2003, and the Georgia Science Teacher of the Year in 2002. He is also a US Navy veteran and a registered radiologic technologist.  Chris has his AS in Diagnostic Imaging, Wallace State College, a BS in Elementary Education, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, and an
MS Geoscience, Mississippi State University.  His teaching experience includes1992-2005 Russell Elementary School, Smyrna, Georgia; 2009-2012 Crestline Elementary School, Hartselle, Alabama; and 2012-Present Russell Elementary School, Smyrna, Georgia.

2. Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
of Schafer Corporation. Our guest is the SVP for Aerospace and Strategic Business Development.
Franklin Van Rensselaer, Jr. is Senior Vice President of Schafer’s Aerospace Sector and also Schafer’s Strategic Business Development initiatives. Van Rensselaer has had a long career in the aerospace industry that includes both public and private experience. He was involved with NASA programs working for or with NASA for the majority of his career and his experience runs the gamut from concept through actual flight. He has extensive experience with startup companies, as well as large aerospace companies.  In his last private corporation position, Van Rensselaer was Vice President of the NASA business for the Government Communications Systems Division of Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida, which included developing over $300 million of new business. He reported to the President of the Division. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Site Executive for Raytheon’s St. Petersburg, Florida, facility and also Director of Space Programs within Network Centric Systems Division, reporting to the President of the Division. In that capacity, he was responsible for over 1,000 individuals, mostly engineers, and also for developing the NASA business. Before joining Raytheon, he was Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Space Data International, an early stage company that developed a high-speed transmission system for transmitting very large exploration date files from ships far out in the oceans over the NASA TDRS satellites and down to processing centers in Houston. Prior to forming his own company, he was Corporate Vice President of Business Development for Fairchild Space and Defense. His responsibilities included satellites, Hubble engineering support, and other space related hardware. Prior to that, he served as NASA Space Systems Director for Martin Marietta responsible for all of the NASA business, including large satellites, experiments, propulsion systems, and manned systems for the Space Shuttle. He also was Vice President of the Commercial Titan venture. Before joining Martin Marietta, he was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President–Programs for Orbital Sciences Corporation during the early stages of the company’s development. He was instrumental in helping raise $50 million in the capital market, setting up the first Program office, negotiating a $45 million contract, and managing Orbital’s first program, the Transfer Orbit Stage.  Before moving into the private sector, Van Rensselaer held various management positions with NASA during a 20-year period. He began his career with NASA right out of college at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) as a propulsion engineer working with the Von Braun team developing the Saturn V moon rocket. He then moved to Johnson Space Center and led a team of flight controllers responsible for the Saturn V real time flight operations reporting to the Flight Director in the Mission Control Center. He and his flight control team received numerous awards for real time actions during the missions for Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo/Soyuz Test Program. Frank then returned to MSFC and was Deputy Director for the Inertial Upper Stage joint program with the Air Force as well as the Operations Director for the Space Lab, a joint NASA and European Space Agency program. He culminated his NASA career at NASA Headquarters as Director of the Expendable Equipment Division, responsible for the Space Shuttle External Tank, Solid Rocket Booster, and all Shuttle propulsion stages flying out of the Shuttle cargo bay. He was a charter member of Senior Executive Service. Van Rensselaer earned an M.S. in Management from MIT as a NASA sponsored Sloan Fellow; a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a B.S. in Management Engineering, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

3. Sunday, May 18, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
. All space and stem callers are welcome. First time callers are encouraged to call.

You can listen to the shows under www.TheSpaceShow.com
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