Dr. Mindy Howard, Monday, 6-10-13 June 11, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: anti-gravity stress maneuvers, Astronauts4Hire, brain wave training, centrifuge, Dr. Mindy Howard, ESA, g force breathing exercises, hi-tech medication, HSF to Mars, Inner Space Training, Inspiration Mars, Mars one, MindSpa, NASA, peak space experience, psychological commercial astronaut preparation, space participant flexibility, suborbital space flight, Virgin Galactic, XCOR
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Dr. Mindy Howard, Monday, 6-10-13
Guest: Dr. Mindy Howard. Topics: Addressing the mental and emotional challenges that may be experienced during commercial space flight. 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. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information.
We welcomed Dr. Mindy Howard to the program for our 1 hour 30 minute discussion about the psychological issues and training for commercial astronauts. During our first segment, Dr. Howard introduced us to many of the issues that will be faced by commercial astronauts, including psychological aspects. Our guest described her business, Inner Space Training (see http://innerspacetraining.com) and the benefits that her training offers commercial astronauts, especially if the training is engaged a few months in advance of the actual spaceflight. Dr. Howard was asked if in her research she noticed differences among potential commercial astronauts based on age, gender, physical fitness, or other metrics. In addition, our guest explained brain wave theory and the use of the MindSpa device for the training. Dr. Howard was asked about training in Holland and Europe as well as here in the States, plus individual and/or group training. As for her Inner Space Training program, it lasts one day but “homework” follows for several weeks to a month or two in advance of the actual flight, especially using the MindSpa tool which you use and learn in the formal part of the one day training program.
In our second segment, we talked about commercial astronaut peaks, performance, and flow. We also addressed more issues regarding training for a long duration flight such as Inspiration Mars. Dr. Howard did go into some detail about peak experiences, especially when I suggested that the entire flight to Mars might be a peak experience. However, when properly defined, the entire Martian trip would not be a peak experience though it would likely be very exciting. I also asked her how she might modify her training to include the longer Mars flight. Toward the end of the program, we talked about the business need for the space tourism programs to make this type of training mandatory to help assure all participants/customers have a successful flight experience. Dr. Howard provided a few examples in support of my suggestion that this type of training be required & included by the space companies.
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Suborbital Conference Interviews, Friday, 3-2-12 March 2, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: : Dr. Angie Bukley, Astronauts4Hire, Brian Shiro, Chuck Lauer, Dr. Sean Casey, International Space University, NOAA., Rocketplane Global, SOFIA, space tourism, suborbital research
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Suborbital Conference Interviews, Friday, 3-2-12
Guests: Dr. Angie Bukley; Brian Shiro; Chuck Lauer; Dr. Sean Casey. Topics: International Space University (ISU), Astronauts4Hire, suborbital flight, Rocketplane, research projects, SOFIA. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. 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. This program consists of five taped interviews conducted at the Next Generation Suborbital Conference held in Palo Alto, CA from Feb. 27-29, 2012. Each interview is about 30 minutes in length. There is approximately 10-15 seconds of dead air between interviews. The first interview is with Dr. Angie Bukley who is the Dean at the International Space University (ISU). Dr. Bukley discusses ISU, the upcoming summer session at Melbourne, Florida, and much more. The second interview is with Brian Shiro who is the President of Astronauts4Hire and a former student at both the UND SpSt program and ISU. Brian currently is with NOAA in Hawaii. We talk about Astronauts4Hire, suborbital flights and research and more. The third interview which took place on Wednesday was with Chuck Lauer. Chuck announced that Rocketplane was back! He went over the basics of their plans, the flight experience, spaceship plans, and more. Chuck was followed by our discussion with Elizabeth (Liz) Kennick who is the new Project Leader for Teachers in Space with The Space Frontier Foundation. Liz explains the program from top to bottom and the programs in place to do effective outreach to both teachers and students. Our final interview was with Dr. Sean Casey. He updated us on the NASA SOFIA Program and talked about his own suborbital research project plans. He also provided us with some comparisons of a sounding rocket versus the new generation of suborbital vehicles in terms of G-force, the quality of the ride, protecting instruments or being able to use off the shelf instruments and more. Please post your comments regarding any of these interviews on The Space Show blog URL above. If you want to email any of our guests, send it to me at email@example.com and I will forward it to the person of your choice.