Headlines > News > This Week On The Space Show

This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:40 am
More share options

The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, August 18, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Jeremy Straub
& Dr. Ronald Marsh of the UND Dept. of Computer Science come to discuss the student led project Open Orbiter which is an effort that is developing the full spectrum of systems required to develop, launch, and manage a CubeSat space mission; however, our goal is to create a system that is very affordable ($5000).



Jeremy Straub conducts research into the autonomous control of robots for air and space applications at the University of North Dakota, where he is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science.  His work spans the gauntlet between technical development and answering policy questions of technology development and use.  Jeremy has published over twenty journal articles and over 75 full conference papers.  He has also authored more than 55 national or international conference presentations and more than 80 at local or regional ones.  He’s also a full member of Sigma Si and several national honors societies.

Ronald Marsh received his B.S. in Physics at North Dakota State University in 1985, his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at North Dakota State University in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and joined the Computer Science Department at the University of North Dakota in 1999. He is currently Chair of Computer Science at the University of North Dakota. His main scientific interests include computer graphics, image processing, and target recognition.

2. Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 7-8:30 PM PDT (August 20, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Vadim Rygalov
and Dr. John Jurist return to discuss their research and recent conference paper on high altitude jumps and astronaut escape issues. Check The Space Show blog Monday evening as I will upload the Power Point presentation used two weeks ago when Dr. Rygalov presented this material to the conference in Tucson.

Vadim Y. Rygalov, Ph.D. in Physics & Mathematics, is a biophysicist and has worked in the area of Closed Ecological Systems (CES) studies and Bio-Regenerative Life Support since 1979 after his graduation with MS in Ecological Biophysics from Krasnoyarsk State University (KSU), Central Siberia, USSR. He is also an Associate Professor, UND John D. Odegard School of Aero-Space Sciences, Space Studies Department Consultant for KSC NASA Space Life Sciences Lab. During his education in KSU in 1969 – 1977 he was participating in a series of pilot researches related to investigation of human physiological and psychological limits. He received his Ph.D. for work ‘Systems Analysis of Environment/Organism Optimal Interaction: Sea Macro-Algae Growth and Development’ in 1987 from Institute of Biophysics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Krasnoyarsk, USSR) and Pacific Research Institute of Oceanography & Fishery Sciences Ministry of Fishery Industry USSR (Vladivostok, USSR). His current interests involve studies of closed ecological system functioning and their applications for human life support in space; limits of stable human/environment interactions; human factor limits & control algorithms in high risk operations, etc. He is also interested in applications of developed technologies for human life support in unusual (primarily extreme) environments: years 1999 – 2004 he spent at the Space Life Sciences Lab KSC NASA working with Low Pressure Space Greenhouse prototypes.

Dr. Jurist was simultaneously a physicist and a medical researcher before becoming involved in business.  He earned degrees in biophysics and nuclear medicine while he was at the UCLA School of Medicine with his dissertation work performed in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery.  Dr. Jurist has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Medical School’s Division of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Space Science and Engineering Center.  In the former, he studied human factors in space flight during Apollo and what was then called Apollo Applications and organized a metabolic bone disease laboratory for translational research.  In the latter during the early 1970s, he was team leader of the group that transmitted the first medical imaging over communications satellite links in a precursor to telemedicine. In the business arena, he created and ran a biomedical engineering consulting firm, was president of a successful outpatient surgical center, and founded a nonprofit medical research institute and ran it for four years.  Dr. Jurist is experienced in evaluating a business plan and in running a business.  He has applied his experience to the developing NewSpace industry as an investor in several small NewSpace corporations, supported R&D in others with corporate grants, and has partly funded academic propulsion, robotics, and biodynamics research groups at multiple universities.  Among other professional organizations, he is currently a Life Member of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots, an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, an Emeritus member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society.  His teaching and research activities revolve around his present positions of Adjunct Professor of Space Studies in the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND and Adjunct Professor of Biophysics and Aviation at Rocky Mountain College.

3. Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)

NASA Astronaut and veterinarian DR. RICK LINNEHAN visits to continue our discussion on animals in space and in support of long duration human spaceflight missions.

EDUCATION: Attended Alvirne High School, Hudson, New Hampshire from 1971 through 1974. Graduated from Pelham High School, Pelham, New Hampshire, 1975. Attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire, graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Microbiology. Received the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Honorary Doctorates of Science from the University of New Hampshire (2002), Suffolk University (2002) and Ball State University (2009). Received the degree of Master of Public Administration (MPA) from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 2009.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine, the Association of Space Explorers, and the Explorers Club. Adjunct Professorships at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and the Texas A&M University Colleges of Education and Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas. Board member, Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute (CIMWI), Santa Barbara, California. National Space and Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) User Panel member.
SPECIAL HONORS: Navy Group Achievement Award, Navy Commendation Medal, four NASA Space Flight Medals (1996, 1998, 2002, 2008), NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (1999), NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2002), NASA Distinguished Service Medal (2009), AVMA President’s Award, The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Award and The University of New Hampshire Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni Awards.
EXPERIENCE: After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in June 1985, Dr. Linnehan entered private veterinary practice and was later accepted to a two-year joint internship in zoo animal medicine and comparative pathology at the Baltimore Zoo and The Johns Hopkins University. After completing his internship, Dr. Linnehan was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and reported for duty in early 1989 at the Naval Ocean Systems Center, San Diego, California, as chief clinical veterinarian for the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program. During his assignment at the Naval Ocean Systems Center, Dr. Linnehan initiated and supervised research in the areas of cetacean and pinniped anesthesia, orthopedics, drug pharmacokinetics and reproduction in direct support of U.S. Navy mobile marine mammal systems stationed in California, Florida, and Hawaii.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in March 1992, Dr. Linnehan reported to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, in August 1992. At JSC, he completed one year of astronaut candidate training, qualifying him for space shuttle flight assignments as a mission specialist. Dr. Linnehan was initially assigned to flight software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL). He was subsequently assigned to the Astronaut Office Mission Development branch, working on payload development and mission development flight support for future space shuttle missions. He first flew as a mission specialist in 1996 on STS-78, the Life Sciences and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS) mission. In 1998, he served as the payload commander on the STS-90 Neurolab mission. In 2002, he was a member of the four-man Extravehicular Activity (EVA, also known as “spacewalk”) crew on STS-109, the fourth servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2008, he was lead EVA crew member on the STS-123/1JA mission to the International Space Station. A veteran of four space flights, Dr. Linnehan has logged more than 58 days in space, including six spacewalks – totaling 42 hours and 11 minutes.
In August 2009, Linnehan returned to Houston and the Astronaut Office after completing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and was subsequently assigned as JSC representative to the Texas A&M University’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, College Station, Texas, on a NASA Interagency Personnel Agreement (IPA). Dr. Linnehan’s IPA activities targeted collaborative, advanced biomedical research projects as well as K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational initiatives in direct support of NASA/JSC and the Texas A&M University System. Presently, Dr. Linnehan is assigned to both the Astronaut Office and JSC Space and Life Sciences division, working advanced Exploration/EVA projects and directly supporting the development of next-generation physiological/exercise countermeasures and related hardware for future long-duration human space missions
SPACEFLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-78/LMS (June 20 to July 7, 1996). The Life Sciences and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS) mission was flown aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. The 17-day flight included studies sponsored by ten nations and five space agencies, and was the first mission to combine both a full microgravity studies agenda and a comprehensive life sciences payload. STS-78 orbited the Earth 271 times, covered 7 million miles in 405 hours and 48 minutes and was the longest duration space shuttle mission of record.
STS-90/Neurolab (April 17 to May 3, 1998) was Dr. Linnehan’s second Spacelab mission. During the 16-day flight, the seven-person crew aboard Space Shuttle Columbia served as both experimental subjects and operators for 26 individual life science experiments focusing on the effects of microgravity on the central and peripheral nervous systems. STS-90 orbited the Earth 256 times and covered 6.3 million miles in 381 hours and 50 minutes. Both the LMS and Neurolab missions served as models for future life sciences studies to be conducted aboard the International Space Station.
STS-109/HST Servicing Mission 3B (March 1 to March 12, 2002) was the fourth Hubble Space Telescope-servicing mission and Dr. Linnehan’s third flight aboard Columbia. The crew of STS-109 successfully upgraded the telescope’s systems over the course of five consecutive spacewalks, leaving it with a new power control unit, improved solar arrays, the new Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), and an experimental refrigeration unit for cooling the dormant Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS). With his teammate Dr. John Grunsfeld, Dr. Linnehan performed three of the five spacewalks totaling 21 hours and 9 minutes. STS-109 orbited the Earth 165 times and covered 3.9 million miles in just over 262 hours. STS-123/1JA (March 11 to March 26, 2008) aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour was a night launch and landing and the 25th shuttle/International Space Station assembly mission. Endeavour’s crew delivered the Japanese Experiment Logistics Module – Pressurized Section (JEM), the first component of JAXA’s KIBO Laboratory. The crew also delivered the final element of the station’s Mobile Servicing System, the Canadian-built robot, “DEXTRE,” also known as the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM). As lead space walker, Linnehan performed three of five total spacewalks during the mission, logging 22 hours and 02 minutes of EVA time and served as IV1 for the remaining two spacewalks. The STS-123 crew also delivered Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman and returned to Earth with the European Space Agency’s Léopold Eyharts. The mission was accomplished in 250 orbits of the Earth, traveling over 6 million miles in 15 days, 18 hours, 10 minutes and 54 seconds.

4. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
returns who will update us on New Horizons which is nearing Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, plus he has a new Uwingu program to tell us about.
Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, consultant, and author. He is serving as an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute and has his own aerospace consulting firm, with current and former clients including Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the Odyssey Moon Google Lunar X-Prize team, Boeing Aerospace, and the Johns Hopkins University. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Stern served as NASA’s chief of all space and Earth science programs, directing a $4.4B organization with 93 separate flight missions and a program of over 3,000 research grants. During his NASA tenure, a record 10 major new flight projects were started and deep reforms of NASA’s scientific research and the education and public outreach programs were put in place. His tenure also featured an emphasis on cost control in NASA flight missions that resulted in a 63% decrease in cost overruns. In 2007, he was named to the Time 100’s list of most influential people.  His career has taken him to numerous astronomical observatories, to the South Pole, and to the upper atmosphere aboard various high performance NASA aircraft including F/A-18 Hornets, KC-135 zero-G, and WB-57 Canberras. He has been involved as a researcher in 24 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including 9 for which he was the mission principle investigator; and he has led the development of 8 ultraviolet and visible/infrared scientific instruments for NASA space missions. Among Dr. Stern’s mission lead roles is NASA’s $720M New Horizon’s Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission, the largest PI-led space mission ever launched by NASA. Prior to his service at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Dr. Stern served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI’s) Space Science and Engineering Division from 2005-2007. Previous to that, from 1998 to 2005, he was the Director of the Space Studies Department at SwRI, and from 1994 to 1998, he was from 1994-1998 the leader of the Geophysical, Astrophysical, and Planetary Science section in SwRI’s Space Sciences Department. During his SwRI tenure from 1991 to 2007, Dr. Stern grew SwRI’s planetary group from three people to one of the largest in the world, with a total project value exceeding $250M. Prior to founding SwRI’s Colorado operations in 1994, he was the leader of SwRI’s Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences group at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. From 1983 to 1991 he held positions at the University of Colorado in the Center for Space and Geosciences Policy, the office of the Vice President for Research, the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA). Before receiving his doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1989, Dr. Stern completed twin master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and atmospheric sciences (1980 and 1981), and then spent six years as an aerospace systems engineer, concentrating on spacecraft and payload systems at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Martin Marietta Aerospace, and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado. His two undergraduate degrees are in physics and astronomy from the University of Texas (1978 and 1980).  Dr. Stern has published over 200 technical papers and 40 popular articles. He has given over 300 technical talks and over 100 popular lectures and speeches about astronomy and the space program. He has written two books, The U.S. Space Program After Challenger (Franklin-Watts, 1987), and Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged Edge of the Solar System (Wiley 1997, 2005). Additionally, he has served as editor on three technical volumes, and three collections of scientific popularizations: Our Worlds (Cambridge, 1998), Our Universe (Cambridge, 2000), and Worlds Beyond (Cambridge, 2003). Dr. Stern’s research has focused on studies of our solar system’s Kuiper belt and Oort cloud, comets, the satellites of the outer planets, the Pluto system, and the search for evidence of solar systems around other stars. He has also worked on spacecraft rendezvous theory, terrestrial polar mesospheric clouds, galactic astrophysics, and studies of tenuous satellite atmospheres, including the atmosphere of the moon.  Dr. Stern has served on numerous NASA advisory committees, including the Lunar Exploration Science Working Group and the Discovery Program Science Working Group, the Solar System Exploration Subcommittee (SSES), the New Millennium Science Working Group, the Pluto Science Definition Team (SDT), and NASA’s Sounding Rocket Working Group. He was chairman of NASA’s Outer Planets Science Working Group from 1991 to 1994. He served as a panel member for the National Research Council’s 2003-2013 decadal survey on planetary science, and on the NASA Advisory Council (2006-2007). He is currently serving as the chair of the Suborbital Applications Researcher’s Group (SARG) of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF).  Dr. Stern is a fellow of the AAAS and the IAA, and a member of the AAS and the AGU; he w as elected incoming chair of the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences in 2006.  He has been awarded the Von Braun Aerospace Achievement Award of the National Space Society, the 2007 University of Colorado George Norlin Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the 2009 St. Mark’s Preparatory School Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a member of the board of directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Dr. Stern’s personal interests include hiking, camping, and writing. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings.

You can listen to the shows under www.TheSpaceShow.com
Source and copyright by The Space Show.

No comments
Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this article!
Leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.
© 2014 The International Space Fellowship, developed by Gabitasoft Interactive. All Rights Reserved.  Privacy Policy | Terms of Use