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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Oct 6, 2014 3:02 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, October 6, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
, President & CEO of Ecliptic Enterprises returns to the show (www.eclipticenterprises.com).
Rex has enjoyed a distinguished career as a space-mission engineer and system architect on more than a dozen space missions, and for over 15 years has been a champion of expanding commercial activities in space, especially the emerging commercial deep-space mission arena.



As Ecliptic’s CEO and President, he is responsible for Ecliptic’s financial results and for coordinating the firm’s overall corporate strategy, business-development, partnering and branding initiatives.  He works closely with Ecliptic’s VP of Marketing on most major marketing initiatives, and also helps shape R&D planning and selectively contributes to various technical contracts.  In 2008, Rex was Deputy Project Manager for the commercial lunar lander mission the Spirit of Southern California, an official Google Lunar X-PRIZE entry from the Southern California Selene Group team.  Before Ecliptic, Rex was Chief Mission Architect at BlastOff! Corporation working on commercial lunar missions and, before that, Chief Mission Architect at SpaceDev, a commercial space-exploration and development company.  Before SpaceDev, he was manager of the Space Systems Division at Microcosm, Inc., a small space-mission engineering firm.  He worked at JPL for 11 years as a mission and systems engineer, holding lead engineering roles on the pioneering, ion-propelled Deep Space One project, the New Millennium Program of advanced spacecraft, the Lunar Observer pre-project, the Voyager Neptune encounter, and the ultra-low-cost Caltech/JPL SURFSAT project.   Also at JPL, Rex managed several initiatives addressing low-cost deep-space missions using microspacecraft.  Before JPL, he was a research engineer at Utah State University on small, low-cost satellites, and in 1986 taught the first space systems design class at the university.  For five years he was a mission and systems engineer at Hughes Space and Communications on several telecommunications satellites, and for two years a Crew Systems engineer at Lockheed on the Hubble Space Telescope.  In the latter capacity, he was co-organizer of a proposed Lockheed corporate astronaut office and also served as a space-suited test subject for Hubble in-orbit servicing simulations.   Rex was co-recipient of the 2002 AIAA Space Systems Award for key contributions to the NASA/JPL New Millennium Deep Space One mission.  In 1999, he was co-recipient with three other engineers of a Laurel Award (the aerospace “Oscar” nomination) from Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine for playing a key role in the salvage of the HGS-1 comsat, using a method that made HGS-1 the first commercial spacecraft to reach the Moon’s distance.  Through a firm he founded in 2012, IZUP LLC, Rex also provides technical and business consulting services at the intersection of space technology, commercial space development and the investor community, including lecturing and writing on these topics to various audiences.  Rex has an M.S. in Aeronautics at Caltech and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University (Ames).

2. Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7-8:30 PM PDT (October 8, 2-3:30 GMT)
returns on the Russian space program (see www.russianspaceweb.com for more information).
Anatoly Zak – writer and illustrator specialized in the history of space exploration. Native of Russia, he attended School of Journalism at Moscow State University. Upon moving to the United States, he earned journalism degree from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is a publisher of RussianSpaceWeb.com, a unique and unmatched online resource for news, historical information, photography and imagery on space program in the former USSR.  Zak also contributed reporting, illustrations and commentary on space to BBC, the Air & Space Smithsonian, CNN and many other mass media organizations around the world. His computer visualizations were used by NASA, European Space Agency and their major contractors including Boeing and Alenia among many others.  Back in Moscow, he worked as a contributing editor for the Astronomy and Cosmonautics series of Moscow Polytech Society and later as an aviation and space reporter for the Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the first independent daily in Russia. He visited all leading Russian space centers including Baikonur Cosmodrome and interviewed many legendary personalities in the Soviet space program, including Boris Chertok and Alexei Leonov.

3. Friday, October 10, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
comes to the program to discuss rocket history and his excellent website & podcasts, http://spacerockethistory.com.
Mr. Annis is a life long space enthusiast.  He has undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and History. He also has a Masters degree in Library Science.  He is a registered professional engineer in the state of North Carolina.  Most of his career has been spent in engineering and the rest in teaching.  Currently, he produces a weekly podcast on the history of space exploration called Space Rocket History.

4. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
program featuring a panel discussion on the recent NRC Pathways Human Spaceflight Study which has been discussed on earlier Space Show program. The panel will include Dr. Jim Logan, Dan Adamo, and Dr. John Jurist. Dr. Livingston will serve as the host/moderator for this Classroom program. You can freely download the report at www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18801. Please remember that Space Show Classroom question/comment rules are in place for this show which means your questions/comments have to be relevant to the discussion, short, succinct, and to the point.

Dr. Jim Logan held numerous positions in his twenty-year career at NASA including Chief of Flight Medicine and Chief of Medical Operations. He served as Mission Control Surgeon, Deputy Crew Surgeon or Crew Surgeon for twenty-five space shuttle missions and Project Manager for the Space Station Medical Facility, a telemedicine-based inflight medical delivery system for long duration missions. A founding board member of the American Telemedicine Association, Dr. Logan has consulted for as a variety of international and domestic healthcare organizations as well as the RAND Corporation and the Department of Defense. Board certified in Aerospace Medicine and recipient of NASA’s Distinguished Speakers Award, his lecturing activities have taken him to thirteen countries including the Peoples Republic of China.  Dr. Logan has been a Provost for International Space University in Strasbourg, France and has been featured on the Public Broadcast System (PBS), CanadaAM, The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and numerous radio talk shows. He recently completed a medical fellowship in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and now resides in Austin, Texas.

Dan Adamo
is a graduate of the University of Rochester (BS Optical Engineering, 1975) and the University of Houston, Clear Lake City (MS Physical Sciences, 1981).  From 1979 to 2008, he was employed as a contractor at Johnson Space Center. Throughout that interval, he was involved with space mission trajectory simulation, design, and operations.  Beginning in 1990, he supported 60 Space Shuttle flights from Mission Control’s Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO) Console.  In July 2008, he retired from regular employment to pursue astrodynamics research and consulting tasks full-time.  He regularly participates in educational outreach activities.

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.

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