John Jossy

John Jossy is a certified Space Cadet.  He can trace his budding interest in space development back to the early 1970s when as a teenager he watched Star Trek, saw 2001: A Space Odyssey and voraciously read Analog Science Fiction and Fact.  In high school, as an amateur astronomer he built two telescopes by hand and wrote a report on space solar power satellites in his senior physics class. 

John holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Science with a minor in Astronomy from UC Berkeley.  In 1980 he was hired as a Product Assurance Engineer at Varian Microwave Power Tube Division where he worked on a Department of Energy program to develop a 200 kilowatt continuous wave microwave tube called a gyrotron used in nuclear fusion research.

All through the 1980s John continued his hobby as an amateur astronomer and began photographing celestial objects and selling them at art shows.  In 1986 he traveled to New Zealand to photograph Halley’s Comet. 

During the 1990s he joined Project Astro, a program of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific fostering collaboration between amateur astronomers and K-12 teachers to bring space science lesson plans into the classroom.

He became hooked on space advocacy after reading the High Frontier and has been a Senior Associate of the Space Studies Institute since its early days, as well as a member of the National Space Society.

From 1990 to 1993 he published a bi-monthly newsletter called Space Colonization Progress.  From 1993 – 1994 he was Technical Editor for the Space Faring Gazette, the newsletter of the Golden Gate Chapter of the National Space Society.

John participated in the Alliance for Space Development’s March Storm in 2016 traveling to Washington DC to meet with members of Congress advocating space development initiatives.

He is currently Director of Corporate Quality Systems at a leading orthodontic medical device manufacturer utilizing the largest 3D printing operation in the world.

 

Broadcast 3188 John Jossy

We welcomed John Jossy to the show for a two segment two hour discussion on a wide range of space and space related topics.  During the first segment of our program, John talked about some key areas of his background including ordering a telescope kit form Edmund Scientific, grinding his own mirrors and making two reflector amateur telescopes.  The subject of grinding mirrors for a telescope caught on and was discussed later in the program with some of our callers.  Also in the early part of the first segment, we talked about the research sources John constantly visits and uses to not only

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