Franz Gayl

Franz Gayl was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. His father was from Germany and his mother was American. Franz dropped out of high school at age 16 and enlisted in the Marine Corps on his 17th birthday. He left as a Sgt in 1979 and attended the Univ of MN studying political science. He then returned to the Marines as an officer in 1983 and served as an infantry officer, retiring in 2002. During his career he attended the Naval Postgraduate School earning an MS in Space Systems Operations. After retiring as a Major he returned to the Pentagon as a civilian science and technology advisor to one of the deputy commandants, where he works today. In recent years Franz earned another MS in national resource strategy at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (at NDU) and he is a graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course. He has also worked as a Service Chief's intern at DARPA for 5 months and served as a Marine science advisor in Al Anbar province for 6 months, 06-07. Franz is functionally fluent in German and working hard at learning Mandarin. He has one patent to my name. He has been working in support of NSSO on the space transportation tech roadmap, and am concurrently supporting the USMC Expeditionary Energy Office with the development of an energy tech road map. His greatest joy right is in attending the Singularity University GSP11.

Broadcast 1655 (Special Edition)

Guests: Dr. Lucy Rogers, Franz Gayl. Topic: Removing Orbital Debris. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed back Franz Gayl and first time guest Dr.

Broadcast 1408 (Special Edition)

Guest: Franz Gayl. Topics: SUSTAIN, Marine Corp and space, Commercial and dual use space development. We welcomed Franz Gayl to the program to discuss the SUSTAIN Technology Roadmap and its pending release. In our first segment, Franz spent considerable time explaining the SUSTAIN project, the purpose of the technology roadmap and possible results once it is released. We also talked about the need for new technologies to be multipurpose, multifunction, and dual use because of escalating costs. This was a theme throughout our discussion as you will hear.

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