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Broadcast 1483 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on December 26th, 2010
Guest: Dr. Stan Rosen
Guest: Dr. Stan Rosen. Topics: Using space to improve life on Earth and revolutionary space applications. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and rate this program on the new Space Show blog, During our nearly two hour discussion, Dr. Rosen referred to his Power Point presentation, "Potentially Revolutionary Space Applications" which you can find posted on The Space Show blog above under the title "Dr. Stan Rosen Presentation Material For Sunday, 12-26-10." At the same location, you will also find his Ad Astra Spring 2009 article, "How Space Can Improve Life On Earth." I urge all of you to have opened his Power Point presentation as you listen to this program as Dr. Rosen takes us through his listing of potentially revolutionary space applications and we discuss most of them during our discussion. During his introductory comments, Dr. Rosen described the differences between space applications as compared to space spinoffs so that we would not confuse the two topics. Dr. Rosen received many listener questions about policy, influencing Congress, policy makers, and the general public regarding the potential economic and wealth building value of space development. As you will hear, he was asking for ideas and suggestions on how we in the space industry, including the space enthusiasts, can do a better job of getting our understanding of space across to those that enact policy and make investments. We also talked about the role of public and private partnerships in becoming space fairing. In addition to discussing the space applications, we talked about the leadership role the U.S. has played in the past regarding satellites, rocket launches, and other space activities. As you will hear, Dr. Rosen discussed how we have lost our lead in some of these areas and how we are being seriously challenged in other areas as other nations become space-fairing and seem to view space differently than we do. One of the many important observations Dr. Rosen provided us had to do with how we might utilize the Moon and lunar resources. Here, Dr. Rosen was talking about the half a degree lunar platform that can provide unique Earth and near-Earth space observations. The half a degree angle results in very high resolution, plus these capabilities would be human tended on the lunar surface driving further needs for our astronaut corp along with economic launches. Later in the second segment, Stan fielded a question asking about the time line for this economic development and he said it was already underway. You do not want to miss this discussion. Other issues that came up included heavy lift and the question of focusing on a destination or something else. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions for Dr. Stan Rosen, please post them on The Space Show blog URL above and you can email them to me at and I will forward them to Dr. Rosen.

About our guest...

Dr. Stan Rosen
Dr. Stan Rosen has had extensive experience in commercial, military and civil organizational and program management activities during a career spanning over 40 years. Since December of 2008, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University, serving as a Professor of Acquisition Management. Prior to taking this position, Dr. Rosen was a management consultant, both independently and with Toffler Associates, the executive advisory firm formed by Alvin and Heidi Toffler that helps companies and governments create their future in the fast emerging "Third Wave" economy. Formerly, Rosen was Director of Strategic Development and Integration for Boeing Satellite Systems. In this capacity, he was responsible for development of Boeing's strategy for succeeding in the global satellite market, serving a wide variety of U.S. Government and international commercial customers. Prior to the acquisition of Hughes Space and Communications by Boeing, he led Hughes' ballistic missile defense architecture development and was Strategic Planning Director for the Hughes Defense Systems and Hughes Space and Communications organizations. Before joining Hughes, Dr Rosen held scientific, engineering, program management, and strategy and policy development positions with the U.S. Air Force, during which time he worked on a wide variety of NASA, Air Force and classified space activities. His service included time on the staff of the Committee on Science and Astronautics of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as duty with the German Aerospace Research and Test Establishment. His last position in a distinguished military career was Director of Long Range Planning, Space Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command. He retired from active duty in 1990. Dr. Rosen earned a BS from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He has served in various volunteer capacities with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, including chairman of the national Space Systems Technical Committee and the Los Angeles Section, national board member and Vice President of Public Policy, and is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. He is a former chairman of the board of the California Space Authority, is Immediate Past President of the national Association for Strategic Planning, and is currently on the board of the National Space Society. He is certified as a Strategic Management Professional.

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