John Barber

John Barber has a B.S. from Washington State University and an M.S. from Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering, and over 30 years of experience in transportation and related technical fields. He began his career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, first conducting wind tunnel research of hypersonic flow fields at the Langley Research Center. Here he was a co-inventor of a laser-based interferometer used in these studies. He was later at the Manned Spacecraft Center (now the Johnson Manned Spacecraft Center) in Houston, TX, where he conducted planning for future manned lunar and planetary expeditions and participated in the Apollo Lunar Landing Program. Mr. Barber has also developed a concept for a MagLev sled which will be introduced on this program. Mr. Barber became involved in transportation programs when, after leaving NASA near the end of the Apollo Program, he joined the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA. Here he participated in a variety of studies and analyses of the application of new and emerging technologies to urban transportation, as well as feasibility, planning, environmental and operations analyses of conventional urban transit projects under consideration for funding by the United States government. He subsequently joined the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Urban Mass Transportation Administration (currently the Federal Transit Administration), where he was involved with both conventional transit technology projects and the agency’s research and development program. Here he was a participant in the agency’s magnetic levitation technology development project. Mr. Barber left the government to join private industry in the field of urban transportation system design and implementation. He has specialized in systems engineering for a variety of major urban transit projects, both in the United States and abroad, working as a member of leading industry design and construction management teams. In addition, he served as systems engineer for a European-based company seeking to commercialize a magnetic levitation system in the U.S. He also managed the preparation of project designs and proposals incorporating magnetic levitation technology, as a member of a major transit design firm working in conjunction with a leading Asian developer of magnetic levitation equipment.

Broadcast 381 (Special Edition)

John Barber returned to The Space Show for this program to update us on MagLev systems and to share with listeners his concept for a MagLev sled that might be a commercially developed project. Almost from the start of this program, questions came in from listeners concerning MagLev, including a circular system designed to accelerate 70,000 pound projectiles to space. Mr. Barber fielded all of the questions about this subject, including those by Richard who has proposed such a MagLev system at the recent Mars Society Conference. Mr.

Broadcast 128 (Special Edition)

John B. Barber is the co-founder and President of Modern Transport Systems Corp and the inventor of the magnetic levitation technology being developed by the company. During this interview, Mr. Barber explains how magnetic levitation can be applicable to assisting in the launch of winged space craft, and how such "mag-lev" would work. We discuss not only the technical side of mag-lev, but also the practical and economic side of using this technology. We also discuss its application in low gravity environments such as on the Moon and on Mars. Mr.

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