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Broadcast 1193 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on July 20th, 2009
Guests: Mike Barrucco, Fred Bourgeois, Wade Butcher, Dr. Sean Casey, Richard Core
Guests: Dr. Sean Case, Fred Bourgeois, Richard Core, Wade Butcher, Mike Barrucco for Team FREDNET. Topics: Team FREDNET and the Google Lunar X Prize. Team FREDNET was our guest for this show, talking about its open source approach to designing its Google Lunar X Prize entry. Our guests talked about the Web 2.0 tools being used on their site for open source, including their forum, and how it was bringing people together in a collaborative effort for their lunar project. We also discussed the downstream commercial value for going to the Moon, especially after the contest ends. As you will hear from our guests, there are many ways to participate in the open source with Team FREDNET, including skills and expertise including disciplines broader than just engineering, science, propulsion, orbital dynamics, etc. For example, our guests talked about the need for a logo designer, a musician to compose a theme song for Team FREDNET, policy, and other specialties. You will want to visit their website to join their forum and find out more about what they are doing. Please see Our guests also talked about the challenges of going to the Moon. I asked which was harder, getting to the Moon or making a soft landing to protect their hardware so it works and can win the contest. You might be surprised at the answer to that question. The team members talked about their financing, university partnerships, sponsorships and their non-profit status. As this show airs on July 20, the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, we talked about our efforts to return to the Moon, what was different in 2009 from 40 years ago, about leadership and the support of the American people. This is an interesting discussion. Team FREDNET members suggested that our return to the Moon and the efforts of the Google Lunar X Prize teams were wealth builders for the nation, possibly capable of creating 10,000 or more jobs. This is yet another important part of the discussion you will want to hear. If you have a question or comment for the Team FREDNET guests, send them to me and I will forward them to our guests. In addition, you can use the contact information on their website, www. During the show, they tell listeners how to reach them.

About our guests...

Mike Barrucco
Mr. Barrucco is the lead GNC engineer for Team FREDNET of the Lunar X-Prize helping the team with all aspects of mission design and project and engineering design management. As with others on Team FREDNET, Mr. Barrucco is inspired to contribute to the exploration of our solar system through the engineering design process for human, lunar, and inter-planetary missions. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. aerospace engineering with emphasis on spacecraft propulsion. As a student, Mr. Barrucco interned at the Air Force Research Laboratory researching aspects of hall effect thrusters. After graduating from Penn State, he worked as a aerospace engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory in the space navigation section on space mission designs and various satellite constellations. Mr. Barrucco is currently a full time engineer with Honeywell Aerospace and is pursuing a masters degree from the University of Southern California in Astronautical Engineering with an emphasis in space propulsion and navigation.

Fred Bourgeois
Fred J. Bourgeois, III is CEO and founder of Team FREDNET, an open source mission to land a vehicle on the Moon ( Mr. Bourgeois has been dreaming and making plans to pursue space exploration since he was two. Originally from Waveland, Mississippi, Bourgeois spent most of his childhood and pre-college years in Huntsville, Alabama, where he attended Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom High School. Mr. Bourgeois received his BSCS degree from Tulane University's School of Engineering. After attending the Tulane Graduate School, he began a career in academia teaching Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, and later for Eaton Corporation's Information Management Systems Division, and several University extension programs. His teaching for Eaton included support for clients utilizing satellite systems and networks, and command, control, and communications programs. Mr. Bourgeois worked as a contractor on classified programs at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Following his work at JPL, Mr. Bourgeois came to Silicon Valley to work for MetaWare Incorporated as a Senior Compiler Developer after which he started his own software development and consulting business, FREDNET. In 1999, FREDNET was renamed Applios Inc. (Applied Open Source Technology) and continues to provide Software Development, Systems Engineering, Networking, and Information Security solutions today. Applios' current and former clients include Lockheed Martin, NEC, AMD, Transmeta, Resilience, Sun, SJSU, many Silicon Valley startup companies, and a number of local, regional, and national Internet Service Providers. Mr. Bourgeois can be reached at

Wade Butcher
Wade Butcher is an early member of Team FREDNET and member of the business team. Originally from Mountain View California, Mr. Butcher's interest in space began as a youngster growing up in Huntsville, Alabama during the heady days of the space race. In Huntsville, he attended Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom High School where he met and became friends with Mr. Bourgeois. After receiving his BS degree in Biology from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, he began his career at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in the Department of Biochemistry where he studied the molecular mechanisms of bacterial adhesion in septic arthritis and deep tissue infection. Mr. Butcher continued these studies at the University of Pittsburgh Dental School where he also studied the pathogens causing Lyme disease and Legionnaires disease. Also at this time, Mr. Butcher became interested in the emerging world wide web and founded Mezclar Designs which provided web design and development services. Mr. Butcher then managed clinical drug trials at ASTHMA Inc. in Seattle Washington before permanently shifting away from biology to concentrate on web and software development. He has worked for Walt Disney and Fox where he has managed software development, project management, quality assurance and design teams.

Dr. Sean Casey
Dr. Casey is the co-founder of the Silicon Valley Space Center, a non- profit business accelerator focused on connecting entrepreneurs with the NewSpace Industry. For the last 15-years, Dr. Casey served as a senior scientist with the Universities Space Research Association for NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The SOFIA program is a joint mission between NASA and the DLR. On SOFIA, Dr. Casey's responsibilities included coordination of the design and development of the first-light science instruments and leadership of science instrument integration for early SOFIA science. Dr. Casey did his undergraduate work at Knox College in Galesburg, IL and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Dr. Casey's personal research interests include the study of interstellar dust grain composition and their resultant optical absorption and emission properties. As a research scientist, Dr. Casey has worked at both NASA Goddard, Ames, and the Dryden Flight Research Center. While at Chicago and Goddard, he did a considerable amount of observing aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, a predecessor to SOFIA. Dr. Casey also holds dual MBAs from the Berkeley Haas and Columbia Schools of business and serves as an adviser and co-founder for several NewSpace start-ups in Silicon Valley.

Richard Core
Richard Core is one of the Team FREDNET founders and the mission's project manager. His interest in space started while growing up on a farm in Northern Michigan. Mr. Core's career in space started while working on a BSEE degree from the University of Michigan. In college, he designed the data collection and analysis part of visual experiments in pattern recognition and countermeasures for the Willow Run Rad Labs. Later, at the AEDC Large Rocket Facility of Arnold Air Force Base, he was part of testing program for the Saturn S-IVB J-1 Engine restart inside the labs's altitude & environment chamber. Mr. Core also worked for Lockheed MSC as an Associate Responsible Engineer in the Space Systems Division on the Agena-D Vehicle program. In relocating to the Silicon Valley and joining Lockheed, Mr. Core was a Systems Analyst with the Missile Systems Division in the Office of the Chief Engineer doing Polaris test flight simulation and analysis and Atmospheric EMP simulations. While working for Lockheed, Mr. Core received an MS degree in Computer Science from Santa Clara University. Following Lockheed, Mr. Core served as the Project Lead on the first ever Desktop Color Terminal at Ramtek Corp and as a project ,manager for the automatic visual inspection of bank notes. For Peter Kiewitt Co., Mr. Core developed all of the software for a North Slope Drilling Platform that rolled on the same tractors used for the Saturn 5 vehicle and worked on several robotic inspection systems for companies like FMC and Intel. Mr. Core later founded Santa Cruz Computer, which provided project management, programming, and testing services to a host of clients including Microsoft, Intel, AMD, Belgium National Bank. In founding the company, Fred and Richard worked together and attended an early example of social networking called the BluBerger Group. While in the bay area, Mr. Core has done business startup consultation and project management all around the Bay Area. Before Fred Bourgeois called, Mr. Core moved his family back to his home town in Michigan to try to retire.

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