Dr. Donald Rapp

I have 63 years of post-doctoral experience. I am a true generalist. I am 50% scientist and 50% engineer. I have worked on an extremely wide variety of technical problems over the years and I have wide knowledge of things technical. I have a solid grounding in chemistry and physics and did fundamental work in these sciences for many years, publishing numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals. In the second half of my career, I worked on more applied problems, particularly in space technology and space mission design. I have been a recognized leader in ISRU technology. I am an expert in requirements, architectures and transportation systems for space missions, with particular emphasis on impact of in situ resource utilization, and water resources. I have surveyed the wide field of global climate change and its relationship to energy consumption and I am familiar with the entire literature of climatology. I am also knowledgeable on energy systems and thermodynamics. I am known far and wide in the NASA community as for my abilities to plan, organize and lead studies of broad technical systems. My services have been often sought in writing and reviewing major proposals for space ventures. I was proposal manager on two major winning spacecraft proposals (Genesis and Deep Impact) that brought in $500 million. I also wrote a number of winning smaller technology proposals.

More than 70 publications in refereed journals, plus numerous informal in-depth reports. One paper received more than 1,800 citations, and another received more than 800 citations. More than a dozen of my papers received more than 100 citations. (A paper is influential with > 10 citations).

Broadcast 2457 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Donald Rapp. We discussed using indigenous resources to facilitate HSF to Mars, then the great climate change debate based on facts not agendas. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 960 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Donald Rapp was the guest for this Space Show program to discuss his book, "Assessing Climate Change: Temperatures, Solar Radiation, and Heat Balance." This was a factual discussion of Earth's climate, climate change history over time, the Little Ice Age as a baseline, the hockey stick graph, and much more. Dr. Rapp takes a hard look at the climate talk and you will not want to miss what he has to say. He then defines the real problem as one of having sufficient energy for Americans and the world in the future.

Broadcast 929 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Donald Rapp was the guest for this Friday Space Show program. Dr. Rapp authored two new books, both of which were discussed on this program. During the first three-quarters of the show, we discussed his book, "Human Missions To Mars," and what it will take for humans to go to Mars. For the remaining part of the program, we discussed his book, "Assessing Climate Change," and here we facilitated an important discussion about the science behind climate change and global warming. Some listeners may find this to be a controversial show regarding both topics, so please be advised.

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