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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Aug 3, 2009 11:18 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, August 3, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Dr. Eric Davis
and Marc Millis, editors of “Frontiers of Propulsion Science” published by AIAA.

Marc Millis headed NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project at NASA Glenn Research Center, and continues research on gravity control and faster-than-light travel on his discretionary time. This research gained wide public attention, including a 2001 cover story in Popular Science magazine. In 2006 Millis created the Tau Zero Foundation to extend interstellar flight investigations beyond what is addressable within his day job at NASA. Millis’s other NASA work spans ion thruster designs, electronic instrumentation, and even a cockpit display to guide aircraft microgravity flights. He earned a BS in Physics from Georgia Tech and an MS in Physics Entrepreneurship from Case Western Reserve University.



Eric Davis is a Senior Research Physicist at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, and the CEO of Warp Drive Metrics. His research specializations include breakthrough propulsion physics, general relativity, and quantum field theories. He is a technical contributor and consultant to the NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program. His graduate research included the Voyager 1 & 2 and IRAS space missions. Davis has authored papers on the vacuum zero-point energy, wormholes, warp drives, and laser propulsion. He earned an AA in Liberal Arts from Phoenix College, a BS and PhD in Physics from the University of Arizona, and is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and AIAA Associate Fellow.

2. Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (August 5, 2-3:30 GMT)
Lt. Len Johnson
comes to the show regarding the St. Andrews Rocket Team ORION Project.  Lt. Leonard Johnson is a 19 year career firefighter and paramedic  and was a member of the Technical Rescue Team for 7 years.  He participated in 911 Ground Zero functions about one month after the incident occurred.  He also assisted just north of Lake Ponchatrain shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans region.  About 5 years ago he was introduced to the Team America Rocketry Challenge which is sponsored by some 40 major aerospace companies along with NASA and the NAR: National Assoc. of Rocketry.  At that point he became a volunteer teacher for the math and science rocketry program and our team was able to accomplish many great achievements and meet many famous people along the way.  Our rocket team was the only team to ever compete and get to the National TARC Finals 5 years in a row.  Along the way the St. Andrews Rocket Team ORION earned two consecutive one-year contracts with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to design, build, test and launch a high-powered vehicle to an altitude of one mile AGL while conducting experiments via the students designed payloads during various points of the flight profile.  Three of our teams students applied for the 8 week NASA – Glenn Research Summer Internship Inspire Program (STEM) and all three students were accepted into the Program.  Each NASA facility only had slots for ten students from each NASA Region. Two of our students actually worked with the Glenn Research Engineers on the Upper-stage simulator of the Ares1-X which will hopefully launch sometime later this year.  His education consists of: 1) Trade School 2) AAS: Biomedical Electronics 3) AAS: Fire Science Technology 4) Private Pilot 5) Self Taught.  Our website for your viewing and reference is located at: www.orionrocketprojectsli.com

3. Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Dr. Bernard Foing
of the European Space Agency (ESA) comes to the show to discuss Smart-1 highlights, and future lunar exploration (global robotic village and international lunar bases.  Prof. Bernard H. Foing is the Chief scientist and Senior Research Coordinator, at ESA Space Science Department. Executive Director, International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG).  PhD in Astrophysics and Space Techniques with a sounding rocket experiment (France CNRS and US New Mexico, Boulder, Harvard). ENSET and Agrégé Professor of Physics, he joined CNRS and worked 3 years with ESO and French embassy  in Chile. He has worked at ESA as visiting scientist, staff scientist, Head of Research Division, Chief scientist and Senior Research Coordinator, in ESA Space Science Department. Co-investigator of space missions instruments such as TRC, SOHO, XMM, Mars-Express, COROT, BIOPAN, Expose/ISS, ExoMars. He is the Project scientist, father of SMART-1 first European mission to the Moon, from conception in 1996 to lunar final impact in 2006. He has led studies of lunar orbiters and landers, and technology developments.  With ILEWG, he has been promoting international collaborative projects, the preparation for a global robotic village, and a human base. He is a corresponding member of International Academy of Astronautics, Distinguished Research Professor at Florida Tech. Space scientist in lunar and planetary exploration, astrophysics, he authored or co-authored more than 450 papers, and edited 16 books.

4. Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Eric Daniels
and Margaret Lau of the California Space Authority come to discuss the new program, French Aerospace Valley Association.

Mr. Daniels is currently employed as the Director, State and Local Government Relations for the California Space Authority, Inc. (CSA), a non-profit corporation founded to promote and advocate the continuing development and growth of California’s space enterprise community. In this capacity, Mr. Daniels manages the Sacramento office of CSA and oversees the advocacy and education programs designed to help foster better awareness of space enterprise among state and local elected and regulatory officials. A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Mr. Daniels earned a BA degree in History and a BA degree in Government. He began working in the State Capitol of California even before graduating, first as an intern and eventually as an administrative assistant to various legislators. Mr. Daniels served nine years as a California Assembly staff member and two years as a US House of Representatives staff member, where he served as district chief of staff. Much of his legislative and congressional career has been spent serving the needs of the Vandenberg Air Force Base area. He has, consequently, fostered a network of relationships with state legislators, congressional members, their staffers and air force personnel. Upon leaving legislative and congressional service, Mr. Daniels took the position of Executive Director and Legislative Advocate for a statewide consumer lending organization. In this capacity he directed all aspects of the association’s activities, including membership development, political action committee development, meeting planning, staffing, budgeting, bill tracking and legislative and regulatory lobbying.  Mr. Daniels broadened his knowledge of advocacy by entering private lobbying practice and taking on clients with varying interests. Among his many clients, Mr. Daniels represented the California Premium Finance Association, the California Deer Farmers Association, the California Casket Retailers Association, the City of South Pasadena, the California Printer Cartridge Remanufacturers Association and the California Space Authority which is now his fulltime employer. He has been instrumental in legislation and regulations relative to the creation of commercial spaceports in California, sales tax exemptions on aerospace development and satellite ownership, automobile repossessions, late fees on consumer credit accounts, food safety and venison testing and regulations governing printer toner recycling.  A fifth generation native of California, Mr. Daniels grew up among the ranching families of Monterey County. He has been active in numerous civic organization including Rotary International, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP), the Small Family Wineries Association and the Sacramento Historical Society.

Margaret Lau
is the Special Assistant to the Executive Director/Project Coordinator for the California Space Authority, a statewide non-profit dedicated to promoting and advocating for the continued development and growth of California’s space enterprise. In this capacity, Margaret assists in the coordination, management and implementation of activities, processes, partnerships and collaborations among the organization’s state offices and Executive Director.  With 17 years of experience in administrative support capacities at Allan Hancock College, including four years as coordinator of economic development, Margaret’s scope of knowledge, skills, and talents is both extensive and comprehensive. As coordinator of economic development, she coordinated, managed and monitored grant deliverables – most notably the college’s NASA Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award, the National Science Foundation SpaceTEC grant and Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration WIRED Initiative – in addition to developing and implementing contract education opportunities throughout the college’s service area. Facilitating the development of curricula, as well as associated outreach materials and programs, Margaret successfully engaged the support of numerous students, staff, faculty and administrators, industry partners, and members of the nationwide K-16 educational community. As a representative of Allan Hancock College, local partnerships were enhanced by her enthusiastic participation and support of the Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board Youth Council; Constructing Connections Resource Committee; Santa Maria Employer Advisory Council; Santa Maria Manufacturers’ Association; and California Space Center Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Allan Hancock College, Margaret worked in International Regulatory Affairs and in Quality Assurance for a global, multi-specialty pharmaceutical firm.  Margaret is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with a B.S. in biological sciences. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been a resident of Santa Maria, located on California’s beautiful central coast, for over 20 years. She and her husband, Bowman, are proud parents of a son, Ryan, who is away at college.

5. Thursday, August 6, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Mark Hempsell
of Reaction Engines Company in the UK comes to the show.
Mark Hempsell is the Futures Program Director for Reaction Engines Ltd. Former Spacecraft Systems Engineer for British Aerospace Space Division and Senior Lecturer in Astronautics at University of Bristol. Significant expertise in satellite programmes and space infrastructure. A past President of the British Interplanetary Society and currently Editor of the Society’s Journal.  Mark has his B.Sc in Physics from Imperial College (1978) and his M.Sc (with Distinction) in Astronomy and Astronautics from Hatfield Polytechnic (1982).  Visit their website at www.reactionengines.co.uk.

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