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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 7, 2008 4:54 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, April 7, 2008, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-23:30 GMT)
Dr. Jim Wertz
, CEO of Microcosm comes to the show. Dr. Wertz will be continuing our discussion regarding the upcoming Responsive Space Conference, the need for Responsive Space, and low cost space access. As President of Microcosm, Dr. Wertz has technical and management responsibility for work in Microcosm’s main business areas: space mission engineering, low cost space launch systems, autonomous navigation and orbit control, satellite orbit and attitude systems, space sensor design, and space software development. Under the direction of Dr. Wertz, Microcosm has become a principal creator of practical solutions to reduce both space mission cost and launch cost. In addition to his management functions, Dr. Wertz continues a technical leadership role and remains an internationally recognized authority in orbit and attitude determination and control systems, satellite autonomy and sensor measurement theory, and space mission cost reduction. His experience includes virtually all mission phases: concept exploration, hardware design and development (both at the system and component levels), integration and test, launch support, and mission operations. He is the editor and principal author of:

• Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control (D. Reidel, 1978, 858 pg.), the standard reference work in this field now in its 13th printing.

• Space Mission Analysis and Design (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1st edition, 1990; 2nd edition, 1992; 3rd edition, 1999, 969 pg.), the most widely used astronautics text and reference in print.

• Reducing Space Mission Cost (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996, 617 pg.), volume aimed at changing the way business is done in space.

• Mission Geometry; Orbit and Constellation Design and Management (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, 934 pg.), first of a 3-volume series intended as the new standard reference in Spacecraft Orbit and Attitude Systems.

Dr. Wertz holds multiple patents in orbit and attitude systems. He has taught courses worldwide in “Space Mission Analysis and Design,” “Orbit and Attitude Systems,” “Design of Low-Cost Space Missions,” and “Constellation Design, Management and Economics.” He has provided professional systems and mission engineering training at JPL, JSC, GSFC, LaRC, ESA, ESTEC, CNES, CSA, AFRL, SMC, and numerous corporate venues in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Dr. Wertz is an Adjunct Professor of Astronautics at USC, a Fellow of both the British Interplanetary Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Wertz received his Ph.D in physics at the University of Texas in Austin, his B.S. in physics at MIT, and his M.S. from George Washington University.

2. Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 7-8:30 PM PDT (April 2, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Ethan Siegel
is currently an astrophysicist at the University of Arizona, researching theoretical cosmology. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Florida in 2006. He currently plays Ultimate Frisbee and is learning Ballroom Dancing. He has section hiked hundreds of miles along the Appalachian Trail under the trail name Meatwad. His favorite holiday is Halloween. The most beautiful place he’s ever been on Earth is Lake Nemi in the countryside of Italy. The most unusual job he ever held was working for a lingerie store on Broadway in his hometown of New York City. He loves learning about nearly anything and is a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign. He can be contacted on the Q & A page. He currently resides in Tucson with his significant other, Jamie, and their puppy, Cordelia. His full CV is at http://startswithabang.com/?page_id=20. In addition, check out his blog and his Oscar awards to select winners in the space industry, all at http://startswithabang.com/.

3. Sunday, April 13, 2008, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Al Harrison
and Dr. Jim Pass come to the show.

Albert A. (Al) Harrison received his BA and MA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. In 1967, he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, and in 1979 he advanced to Professor of Psychology. Now Professor Emeritus, he is the author or co-author of approximately 100 papers in a wide range of journals, his books include Living Aloft: Human Requirements for Extended Spaceflight (with Mary Connors and Faren Akins, NASA, 1985), From Antarctica to Outer Space: Life in Isolation and Confinement (with Yvonne A. Clearwater and Christopher P. McKay, Springer-Verlag, 1991), After Contact: The Human Response to Extraterrestrial Life (Plenum, 1997) and, Spacefaring: The Human Dimension (University of California Press, 2001). His most recent book, “Starstruck: Cosmic Visions in Science Religion and Folklore” describes how new scientific findings about our place in the universe are encouraging people to find new answers to old existential questions. Al was a member of NASA’s Space Human Factors Engineering Science and Technology Working Group and is a member of the Permanent SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is currently involved in planetary defense (protecting the Earth from asteroids and comets) and is currently chairing a subgroup of the Academy’s Space Architecture Study Group. In December, 2003 Al was PI of a NASA-sponsored conference on new directions in behavioral health, and has recently edited a special supplement on this topic for Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine (June, 2005). He is former deputy US editor of Systems Research and Behavioral Science and a science advisor to Bigelow Aerospace. He may be reached at aaharrison@ucdavis.edu. He is now Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UC Davis, Davis California.

Dr. Jim Pass received his Ph.D. in sociology in 1991 from the University of Southern California (USC) with a specialty in deviance. He became increasingly uninterested about the topic as he neared graduation. Being interested in both sociology and space exploration, he put the two together after reading Allen Tough’s web article entitled “Positive Consequences of SETI Before Detection” in which he made a comment about creating something called social astronomy or astrosociology. Dr. Pass immediately purchased the domain, Astrosociology.com and began the eight-month long development of the definition and purview of astrosociology. He is currently working full time toward the development of astrosociology; serves as consultant to 4Frontiers Corporation and on the editorial board of the journal Astropolitics. Progress in the development of astrosociology remains strong, though uneven due to the indifference and criticism of many of the entrenched leaders of the sociological community (who happen to control the national organization, the American Sociological Association (ASA)). Nevertheless, the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA), a large western regional organization, has allowed for two sessions. One session is strictly a panel comprised of astrosociological papers (including one by Dr. Albert Harrison). The second session will present Kathleen Connell’s film about the legacy of the Apollo program followed by a discussion. A third session, chaired by Dr. Marilyn Dudley-Rowley, will include a paper about the importance of bringing space into social science classrooms. Within the space community, we were successful in establishing the Astrosociology Working Group (AWG) within the AIAA. Kathleen and Marilyn were recent guests on The Space Show and are members of the AWG. Dr. Pass’ mission is to bring the social sciences into the space age (kicking and screaming) in an organized form that makes formal collaboration with the space community possible for the benefit of space exploration.

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