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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Aug 1, 2016 3:36 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, August 1, 2016, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Space Education and STEM with Gregory Cecil.



Gregory Cecil formally worked on the Space Shuttle Fleet thermal protection system as a Senior Aerocomposite Technician. While there, he earned his Masters in Aeronautical Science: Space Operations Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. After the end of the program, Greg became a middle school science teacher and currently teaches in St. Petersburg Florida. Greg owns his own company called AeroSTEM Consulting. Greg provides Aerospace STEM consulting for schools and companies, conducts workshops for STEM teachers, and gives presentations on subjects related to STEM and Human Space Flight. Building off of his experience and education in the space industry, Greg is able to draw connections between industry and academia. Greg is the only Florida State Certified Educator AND Nationally Certified Aerospace Technician in the nation. Greg has kept active in space related issues even after his aerospace career ended. Greg owned and operated the former blog, RV-103.com dealing with Human Space Flight issues. Greg served as an Aerospace Education Consultant for SpaceTEC, an organization that trains aerospace technicians nationwide, assisting in composing a National Certification Exam for Composites, and wrote a blog for them. Greg served as a member of former Congresswoman Sandy Adam’s Space Advisory Committee. Greg has been interviewed on various media outlets about Human Space Flight including 60 minutes, Smithsonian Air and Space magazine, Weekly Reader/Career World, USA, etc. Greg has escorted his students to Kennedy Space Center culminating in a sleep over under Space Shuttle Atlantis. There, to his student’s delight, they found a picture of him taken by Michael Soluri and part of the Atlantis exhibit. For two years running, Greg has had his students send their self-designed experiments to the “edge of space” via high altitude balloon courtesy of JP Aerospace. This year a total of 16 experiments were sent up. Greg has served as a consultant and appeared in the movie, “I Want to be an Astronaut,” and appeared on the panel for the first Earth based screening at the Human to Mars Event, moderated by science reporter Miles O’Brien. Greg’s full profile can be found on LinkedIn under Gregory N. Cecil, M.A.S.

2. Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 7-8:30 PM PDT (August 3, 2-3:30 GMT)
Electric propulsion and different fuels discussed with Patrick (Paddy) Neuman.

After reading lots of science fiction as a kid, Patrick Neumann decided to push the limits of science fact by enrolling at the University of Sydney to study aerospace engineering and physics after finishing high school.  As part of his undergraduate project work, he developed the idea of using a pulsed cathodic arc plasma source as a spacecraft thruster.  This idea for a solid fueled electric thruster was developed through his master’s and doctoral work, resulting in his PhD thesis.  The main thrust of his PhD was the measurement of certain efficiency metrics for various fuels under a range of conditions, culminating in the determination that magnesium could, under the right conditions, be more efficient than any flight rated thruster, develop appreciable thrust and require only modest amounts of power to run.  Since then, he has set up a company to commercialise his developments, with the eventual goal of using it to power spacecraft through the inner solar system.  An avid brewer and historical re-enactor, Patrick is currently based in Sydney and is happy to talk about his work to all interested people.

3. Friday, August 5, 2016, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
THE GEM Unification Theory & gravitation finally answers with Dr. John Brandenburg.

John E. Brandenburg is a theoretical plasma physicist who was born in Rochester Minnesota, and grew up in Medford Oregon. He obtained his BA in Physics, with a Mathematics minor, from Southern Oregon University in 1975 and obtained his MS in 1977 and PhD in Plasma Physics both from University of California at Davis in 1981. He presently is working as a consultant at Morningstar Applied Physics LLC and a part-time instructor of Astronomy, Physics and Mathematics at Madison College and other learning institutions in Madison Wisconsin. Before this, he worked at Orbital Technologies in Madison Wisconsin, as Senior Propulsion Scientist,  working on space plasma technologies, nuclear fusion, and advanced space propulsion. He is the principle inventor of the MET (Microwave Electro-Thermal) plasma thruster using water propellant for space propulsion.  He has previously worked on SDI, the Clementine Mission to the Moon, Rocket Plume-Regolith Interactions on the Moon and Mars, Vortex theory of Rocket engine design, combined Sakharov-Kaluza-Klein theory of Field Unification for purposes of space propulsion and Mars science. He is a lifetime member of the AIAA.  He also performed an architecture study for a Human Mars Mission using solar electric propulsion.  Before coming to ORBITEC he was teaching and performing research at the Florida Space Institute of the University of Central Florida, at Aerospace Corporation in Chantilly Va., and earlier at Research Support Instruments (RSI) in Lanham Maryland. During the Reagan years he worked at Mission Research Corporation and Sandia National Laboratories on SDI and plasmas for controlled fusion and directed energy weapons. He has authored the popular science books “Death on Mars,” (2014)  “Life and Death on Mars” (2010), “Beyond Einstein’s Unified Field” (2011) and “Dead Mars, Dying Earth” (1999) with Monica Rix Paxson, which won the Ben Franklin Silver Medal award for best Science/Environmental  book in 2001.  He has written two science fiction novels under the pen name “Victor Norgarde”: “Morningstar Pass, The collapse of the UFO Coverup” and “Asteroid 20-2012 Sepulveda” He is the recipient of the William Gerald Award in 2006 from the Harlem Children Society for his work with underprivileged students, and the 2012 Devi Bhargava Award at Madison College for working with students with disabilities.

4. Sunday, August 7, 2016, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
NewSpace Global LLC industry updates from Dick Rocket.

Dick Rocket is CEO and Co-Founder of NewSpace Global. Rocket has spoken at numerous venues worldwide including Stanford University, the Swiss Embassy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), PayPal, FedEx, Harvard Business School, Brentwood School, Harvard-Westlake School and the 2014NewSpace Global Investor Conference. Rocket holds a JD from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently an industry advisor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Commercial Space Operations program. Prior to launching NewSpace Global, Rocket worked as an investment fund attorney in New York for an international law firm. Rocket has appeared on NBC, CNBC, Fox News, and the John Batchelor Show, and has been interviewed for several domestic and international publications including Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch, The Economist and others.

You can listen to the shows under www.TheSpaceShow.com
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