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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:01 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 30, 2008, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-23:30 GMT)
John Powell
of JP Aerospace returns to the program. John is the author of the new Apogee book, “Floating To Space: The Airship To Orbit Program.” John Powell is also the President and Founder of JP Aerospace. John Powell and the JPA team has been giving NASA competition. His work has included a wide variety of development projects and flight systems including, Orbital transfer vehicles, micro-satellites, rockets, balloon based rocket launch systems and high altitude airships. JP has over eighty flight missions under his belt. The JPA team have made the edge of space their playground. Mr. Powell is both a pilot and submarine builder and lives in Placerville, California.

2. Tuesday, July 1, 2008, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 2, 2-3:30 GMT)
Charles Chafer
comes back to the show. Charles M. Chafer is an internationally recognized high technology entrepreneur and pioneer of the commercial space age. He is Chief Executive Officer of Space Services Inc., the world’s leading provider of public participation space missions. Mr. Chafer was a founding partner of Team Encounter, LLC., a fully integrated aerospace, entertainment, and event marketing company with a mission to provide a global, mass market audience with unique and public participation space missions and events. He made significant advances in solar sail technology, conducted a series of history-making “Cosmic Calls,” and pioneered the practice of partnering with multinational corporations in a series of real space missions. Mr. Chafer co-founded Celestis, Inc., and led the team that garnered worldwide notice for the first launch of a post cremation memorial spaceflight — carrying the ashes of several celebrities, space scientists, and enthusiasts into orbit. He also served as President of the Celestis Foundation, the non-profit affiliate of Celestis, Inc. that makes cash awards to promising space ventures, organizations, and to individuals who are contributing to the advance of space commerce and space development. Before co-founding Celestis, Mr. Chafer created a satellite-based, interactive videoconferencing network for telemedicine and distance learning in Texas and West Virginia combining medical schools, vocational schools, NASA, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and state governments. During the 1980s, working for former Mercury and Apollo-Soyuz astronaut Deke Slayton, Mr. Chafer managed marketing and government relations for Space Services Inc. of America (SSI). SSI was the first company to successfully launch a privately funded rocket into outer space (Conestoga 1 – 1982). Before joining SSI, Mr. Chafer served an appointment to the faculty of the Georgetown University Graduate School where he co-authored Space Exploration and the Social Sciences, a NASA funded book nominated by the agency in 1982 for the prestigious Blue Pencil award for the best US government manuscript. On February 18, 2004 Mr. Chafer testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation at a “field hearing” in Houston. He has also testified before Congress on commercial space issues, participated in White House working groups on space policy, is regularly profiled in international print and visual media, and has published numerous articles in the field. He is the recipient of the Interactive Video Association innovation award in 1990, the 1996 National Space Society Pioneer Award for Space Business, and the 1997 Space Frontier Foundation “From Vision to Reality” award for his commercial space leadership.

3. Friday, July 4, 2008, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Replay from The Space Show television series
recently completed in Florida. The first hour features Dennis Wingo with a different strategy to return the Moon and keep the VSE alive. The second hour features Don Beattie with a completely different view of what NASA must do to have a robust civil space program. Play the program as an archive directly from the website. It is available as is any archived show.

Dennis Wingo is the author of the recently published book, “Moonrush: Improving Life on Earth with the Moon’s Resources.” He is also the CTO of Orbital Recovery Corporation and president of Skycorp, Inc. He is a 22-year veteran of the computer, academic, and space communities and was an integral force in the use of commercial systems for use in space and flew the first MacIntosh on the Space Shuttle as experiment controller. Orbital Recovery Corporation is developing a way to extend the life of satellites by up to ten years or more and SkyCorp Inc. has developed a patented approach to the development of highly capable spacecraft manufactured on orbit on the Space Shuttle or International Space Station. SkyCorp has also qualified payloads for flight to the station via the Russian Soyuz vehicle, one of which was used in the filming of a commercial last year for the American retailer Radio Shack. Mr. Wingo received his degree in Engineering Physics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he won honors for his academic publications and for his unique approach to small satellite development.

After graduating from Columbia College and receiving a commission in the U.S. Navy, Don Beattie began a first career as a carrier pilot serving on active duty from 1951 – 1956 and in Ready Reserve squadrons until 1967. While serving, he flew eleven different type prop and jet aircraft. Upon leaving the Navy, he returned to graduate school at the Colorado School of Mines receiving a M.S. degree in 1958 with majors in Geological Engineering and Geophysics. Hired by Mobil Oil after graduate school, he began a second career supervising a geology field party mapping the large Mobil concessions in little known, jungle and rain forest regions of Colombia, South America., including the mountainous area along the Panama/Colombia border. During the rainy season, he was wellsite geologist on a number of wildcat wells drilled in remote locations of the Llanos and northern Colombia. His final position before leaving Mobil, was District Geologist for Northern Colombia. While working in Colombia, he learned that NASA was recruiting geologists to help plan Apollo lunar exploration. He was accepted for a job at NASA Headquarters and began work in September 1963 in the newly formed Advanced Manned Missions Office. In this position he participated in planning for Apollo and post-Apollo missions. From 1965 to 1973, he managed NASA offices that had responsibility for the development of experiments, training, and simulations for these missions. In his final position, he was NASA Headquarters Program Manager, Lunar Surface Experiments. At the end of the Apollo Program, he transferred to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was appointed Director, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Division. This appointment coincided with the first “oil shock” and Division programs grew dramatically for the next three years. A major initiative was R&D for renewable energy. Hundreds of demonstration projects were installed in the next three years on buildings throughout the U.S. For the two major national energy studies conducted at this time, The Nation’s Energy Future released in 1973, and Project Independence released in 1974, he led the Solar and Geothermal energy panels. In 1975, the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) was formed by President Gerald Ford combining energy research programs from many government agencies. Beattie was appointed as Deputy Assistant Administrator (later as Assistant Administrator) for Solar, Geothermal and Advanced Energy Systems. The latter responsibilities included managing high energy physics and magnetic confinement fusion programs previously under the direction of the Atomic Energy Commission. President Carter, at the beginning of 1978, further consolidated federal energy programs by establishing the cabinet level Department of Energy (DOE). Beattie was appointed as Assistant Secretary (acting) for Conservation and Solar Applications reporting to DOE Secretary James Schlesinger. He held this position until August 1978 when President Carter’s nominee for the position was finally approved. As a senior manager at NSF, ERDA, and DOE, he testified frequently before House and Senate committees explaining and defending programs and budgets. He returned to NASA in August 1978 as Division Director – Energy Systems Division. This office was responsible for managing all the energy R&D programs underway at Lewis Research Center (LeRC), Marshall Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center, Langley Research Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. These programs were carried out by using funds transferred from other agencies such as DOE and AID. Advanced technology projects were built and demonstrated for solar and wind energy, electric and hybrid vehicles, magneto hydrodynamics, and fuel cells. For example, LeRC managed contracts that built and operated the world’s largest, multi-megawatt, wind turbines on the island of Oahu and along the Columbia River. Leaving NASA in 1983, Beattie joined BDM International, an engineering services company, as Vice President Houston Operations. His office provided advanced technology projects for the domestic and foreign oil and gas industry. In 1984 he started his own consulting business. Clients included many Fortune 500 companies such as: General Electric, Boeing, Raytheon, Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, Chevron, and Rockwell. He also started a small company, ENDOSAT, to develop a high altitude, long duration UAV. He is the author of articles published in scientific journals, and author of History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies, MIT Press, Taking Science to the Moon, Johns Hopkins University Press, and ISScapades: The Crippling of America’s Space Program, Apogee Books, 2007.

4. Sunday, July 6, 2008, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Bryan Laubscher
and Dr. Marin Lades come to the program to discuss the upcoming Space Elevator Conference in Redmond, Washington.

Bryan E. Laubscher received his Ph.D. in physics in 1994 from the University of New Mexico with a concentration in astrophysics. Bryan has just left Los Alamos National Laboratory to pursue new adventures in the Redmond, WA where his wife lives. In 2006, Bryan spent a year on Entrepreneurial Leave to Seattle. There, he started a company to develop the strongest materials ever created. These materials are based upon carbon nanotubes – the strongest structures known in nature and the first material identified with sufficient strength-to-weight properties to build a space elevator. At LANL, he is a project leader and has worked in various capacities for 17 years. His past projects include LANL’s portion of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey , Magdalena Ridge Observatory and a project developing concepts and technologies for space situational awareness. Over the years, Bryan has participated in research in astronomy, lidar, non-linear optics, space mission design, space-borne instrumentation design and construction, spacecraft design, novel electromagnetic detection concepts and technologies, detector/receiver system development, spectrometer development, interferometry and participated in many field experiments. Bryan led space elevator development at LANL until going on entrepreneurial leave in late 2005.

Dr. Martin Lades, has an interdisciplinary physics Ph.D. with a dissertation on pattern recognition and neural networks from the Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Germany, and an M.S. in physics on applied optics from the Friedrich-Alexander Universitaet Erlangen, Germany. His research work includes pattern recognition research at LLNL and software development in bioinformatics. He has managed R&D, IT, and information security efforts and co-founded a VC funded tissue engineering startup running FDA trials. Martin joined the Space Elevator community 2004 attending the SE conference in D.C. He is currently working on optical design and control system questions for the 2008 Kansas City Space Pirates entry in Spaceward’s Power Beaming competition. He was working with the same team in 2006 and 2007, for example contributing the KCSP mirror targeting device for 2007. Martin’s passion is to coalesce the forces for Space Elevator development and support their communication infrastructure.

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