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1411 (Special Edition)||Listen to the show!|
|Aired on August 19th, 2010|
|Guest: Dr. S. Pete Worden|
|Guest: Dr. Pete Worden. Topics: Space policy, NASA Ames, space biology, small sats, inspiration. We welcomed back Dr. Pete Worden, Director of NASA Ames for this special one hour program. We started our discussion with a focus on US space policy and our future in space. Dr. Worden supported the presidential plan and since Congress does not yet have a final, approved policy, we did not address the congressional ideas to date. Dr. Worden explained in detail why the presidential plan was good for our space policy. In providing us with this perspective, we talked about the history and the future of human spaceflight and what it means to us all. This is a must listen to discussion. We did talk about the potential of going to CR (continuing resolution) but as you will hear, nobody supports uncertainty. Our discussion took on the heavy lift issue and its importance to leaving Earth. We also talked about the comments made by former NASA Administrator Dr. Mike Griffin at the recent Mars Society Meeting regarding the Delta V needed to go to a nearby asteroid versus Mars or Phobos. Pete had much to say about this, has crunched the numbers and as you will hear, disagrees with Mike's comment made at the Mars Society Conference. In addition to talking about the Delta V to go to an asteroid, we talked in general about doing a flyby and landing on a NEO as well as Mars. We switched topics and talked next about suborbital research flights and the NASA CRuSR program which is now managed out of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The NewSpace part of the space industry came up for discussion and you will hear Pete say that he is an enthusiastic supporter of NewSpace. I then asked Pete if he had changed his position on SSP. The answer was no but it was very positive toward researching, developing and using beamed energy. This again is a must listen to discussion including business plan and economic analysis of terrestrial energy capabilities versus space solar power systems. I brought up the new research by Dr. Fitts et al showing muscle atrophy and deterioration on long duration space flight even with exercise and Dr. Worden commented on the role of Ames in this and similar research and how important it was and is to our future in space. This took us into an area of listener questions about variable gravity LEO research stations, mammal gravity research on the ISS and more. We then talked about other AMES projects including biofuel research for green aviation, growing algae for fuel and more. Toward the end of the discussion, we talked about solar sail technology and the AMES participation with Marshall in the NANOSAIL-D project. Here, we went over launch availability for small satellites, cubesats, and the issues surrounding this common problem. Pete expressed a great interest in small satellites and cubesats with an increasing role to play in our future, even for individuals. In our final minutes, we talked about NASA AMES and Google Sat with Android cell phones and sounding rockets, STEM education, inspiration for our youth and future trends. Finally, Dr. Worden was asked to comment on recent comments made by Dr. Stephen Hawking about leaving Earth as an imperative and possibly meeting up with and communicating with ET. If you have questions or comments for Dr. Pete Worden, he can be reached through the NASA AMES website (www.nasa.gov/centers/ames or you can send it to me at email@example.com and I will forward it to his office.|
|About our guest...|
Dr. S. Pete Worden
Dr. Simon Pete Worden (Brig. Gen., USAF, ret.) is the new NASA Ames Research Center Director. Prior to becoming Director, Dr. Worden was a Research Professor of Astronomy, Optical Sciences and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona where his primary research direction was the development of large space optics for national security and scientific purposes and near-earth asteroids. Additionally he worked on topics related to space exploration and solar-type activity in nearby stars. He is a recognized expert on space issuesóboth civil and military. Dr. Worden has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific technical papers in astrophysics, space sciences, and strategic studies. Moreover, he served as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions. In addition to his former position with the University of Arizona, Dr. Worden served as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on space-related issues. During the 2004 Congressional Session Dr. Worden worked as a Congressional Fellow with the Office of Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), where he served as Senator Brownback's chief advisor on NASA and space issues. Dr. Worden retired in 2004 after 29 years of active service in the United States Air Force. His final position was Director of Development and Transformation, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. In this position he was responsible for developing new directions for Air Force Space Command programs and was instrumental in initiating a major Responsive Space Program designed to produce space systems and launchers capable of tailored military effects on timescales of hours. Dr. Worden was commissioned in 1971 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He entered the Air Force in 1975 after graduating from the University of Arizona with a doctorate in astronomy. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Dr. Worden served in every phase of development, international negotiations and implementation of the Strategic Defense Initiative, a primary component in ending the Cold War. He twice served in the Executive Office of the President. As the staff officer for initiatives in the George Bush administration's National Space Council, Dr. Worden spearheaded efforts to revitalize U.S. civil space exploration and earth monitoring programs. Dr. Worden commanded the 50th Space Wing that is responsible for more than 60 Department of Defense satellites and more than 6,000 people at 23 worldwide locations. He then served as Deputy Director for Requirements at Headquarters Air Force Space Command, as well as the Deputy Director for Command and Control with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations at Air Force headquarters. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Worden was responsible for policy and direction of five mission areas: force enhancement, space support, space control, force application and computer network defense. Dr. Worden has written or co-written more than 150 scientific technical papers in astrophysics, space sciences and strategic studies. He was a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions.
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