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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:16 pm
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, June 29, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
James Pura
and Ryan McLinko come to discuss the upcoming NewSpace Conference at NASA Ames from July 17-20, 2009.

James Pura is a graduate of MIT and co-chair for NewSpace 2009 living in Southern California.

Ryan McLinko is the co-chair for NewSpace 2009. Ryan is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the degree of Aerospace Engineering. Starting in the fall, he will begin pursuing a Masters degree in the same field also at MIT. At each of the summers during his tenure at MIT, he has interned with various organizations and companies: the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Project, InfoScitex Corporation, United Launch Alliance, and SpaceX. This experience is to be utilized in plans to assist the newspace launch vehicle companies, such as SpaceX and Orbital, in reducing the cost of putting people and payload into orbit. His primary area of interest is in structural design and analysis as well as systems integration, particularly of components onto a structure. On the side, he is heavily involved in various organizations and projects. Organizations of primary involvement include the Space Frontier Foundation, the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. As part of the SFF, he is both this year’s conference co-chair as well as an advocate. As part of SEDS, he has maintained the position of Vice Chair for the past few years. As part of the AIAA, he has led the MIT chapter for the past couple of years as President. Most of his time, however, is spent in various engineering side projects, such as the MIT Satellite Team, Mars Gravity Biosatellite Project, MIT Rocket Team, MIT Power Beaming Team, UAV Team, and Space Architects Group

2. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 1, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Paul Mueller
returns to discuss the ESRA rocket competitions just completed in Utah. He is joined by winning students Adam Vore and David Stechmann.

Dr. Paul Mueller is the Chief Engineer for the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association, the organizer of this event. He holds his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University. He was an engineer on the Space Shuttle program and has 95 hours flying backseat in F-16s. He is an adjunct assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at Utah State, and has been the advisor to their hybrid rocket project for the past ten years.

David Stechmann is the student lead for the rocket program at the University of Washington. The team developed their “ACES” rocket over the past two academic quarters. This rocket used a sophisticated air- brake system designed to limit the rocket’s peak above-ground altitude to 10,000 feet. The ACES rocket flew reasonably well at the 4th Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, but electronic problems prevented the air-brakes from working and allowed the rocket to exceed the desired altitude. Nevertheless, the judges were impressed enough with the design, students’ technical paper, and oral presentation to award them the Jim Furfaro Award for Technical Excellence, and Second Place overall.

Adam Vore is the student lead for the “Gold Rush” rocket project at California State University-Long Beach. There are two rocket programs at “the Beach”, Prospector and Gold Rush. The Prospector program is run by Dr. Eric Besnard with help from John Garvey of Garvey Spacecraft Company. It is part of the California Launch Vehicle Educational Initiative (CALVEIN) program and has been in existence since 2001. It has conducted 11 engine static firings and 10 test flights. The Gold Rush program is advised by Charles Hoult, and adjunct faculty member with over 40 years’ experience in sounding rocket and military programs. It was started more recently, and emphasizes student design of rockets. The Gold Rush rocket flew flawlessly at the 4th Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, and CSULB won the competition on their first attempt.

3. Friday, July 3, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Stuart Eves
from Surrey Satellite in the U.K returns. Dr. Stuart Eves is a Principal Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in Guildford in the UK. He spent 16 years with the UK Ministry Of Defense, doing various space-related jobs, before joining SSTL in January 2004. During his time with the MOD, Stuart initiated the TopSat satellite programme, which is now on-orbit conducting its Earth-observation mission. Indeed, TopSat has been so successful that the engineering model of the satellite now forms part of the recently re-vamped space gallery at the Science Museum in London. Stuart has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in constellation design, and has been a fellow of the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society for more than 15 years.

4. Sunday, July 5, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)

Noted author Andrew Chaikin returns to discuss his new books, “Voices From The Moon” and “Mission Control, This is Apollo.” Andrew Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than 25 years. He is active as a lecturer in public and private venues, and frequently visits schools of all grade levels to talk about space-related topics. Chaikin is best known as the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, first published in 1994. This acclaimed work was the main basis for Tom Hanks’ HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy for best miniseries in 1998. Chaikin spent eight years writing and researching A Man on the Moon, including hundreds of hours of personal interviews with each of the 23 surviving lunar astronauts. Apollo moonwalker Gene Cernan said of the book, “I’ve been there. Chaikin took me back.” A new edition of the book, with an after word entitled, “A People Without Limits,” was being published in the fall of 2007. Chaikin co-edited The New Solar System, a compendium of writings by planetary scientists, now in its fourth edition. He is also the author of Air and Space: The National Air and Space Museum Story of Flight, published in 1997 by Bulfinch Press. He collaborated with moonwalker-turned-artist Alan Bean to write Apollo: An Eyewitness Account, published in 1998 by the Greenwich Workshop Press. Chaikin co-authored the text for the highly successful collection of Apollo photography, Full Moon, which was published by Knopf in 1999. His most recent book, Space: A History of Space Exploration in Photographs, was published in 2002 by Carlton. He is currently writing a narrative of Mars exploration entitled, A Passion for Mars, to be published by Abrams in the fall of 2008. From 1999 to 2001 Chaikin served as Executive Editor for Space and Science at SPACE.com, the definitive website for all things space. He was also the editor of SPACE.com’s print magazine, Space Illustrated. Chaikin is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and is a frequent guest on CNN. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, Charlie Rose, and the NPR programs Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. He has been an advisor to NASA on space policy and public communications. A former editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, Chaikin has also been a contributing editor of Popular Science and has written for Newsweek, Air&Space/Smithsonian,World Book Encyclopedia, Scientific American, and other publications. A graduate of Brown University, Chaikin served on the Viking missions to Mars at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was a researcher at the Smithsonian’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies before becoming a science journalist in 1980. He is an amateur musician and songwriter; he has also been an occasional space artist, and is one of the founders of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.

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