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Ed Wright, Monday, 4-29-13 April 30, 2013

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Ed Wright, Monday, 4-29-13


Guest:  Ed Wright.  Topics:  Citizens in Space update & information on the upcoming Space Hackers Workshop in Mountain View, CA.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://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 Ed Wright back to the program for updates regarding Citizens in Space (www.citizensinspace.org) and the upcoming Space Hackers Workshop to be held in Mountain View, CA from May 4-5.  You can visit the Space Hackers Workshop website through the Citizens in Space website or by going to http://spacehacker.eventbrite.com for details, registration, etc.  During the first part of our 90 minute program, Ed updated us on how Citizens in Space has evolved, their training program, the broadening of citizen scientists, the use of the XCOR Lynx vehicle, and much more.  I believe that after you hear how the program has evolved and progressed, you will agree with me that this is an outstanding program, both for citizen science and enabling people to go to space and do more than just be a passenger.  During this first section, we covered the program, goals, the changes, and the desired outcomes in detail.

In our second segment, we switched to focus on the Space Hackers Workshop in Silicon Valley, Mountain View, CA from May 4-5.  If you register online, there is a savings so if you are going, online registration is your best bet.  This workshop, the first of many to be held around the country, will feature advanced technology, hardware, and hands on instructional opportunities regarding building your own space science experiment.  Ed talked extensively about the quality of cameras now available at very affordable costs and the Beagle Board Black control board (http://beagleboard.org).  I suggest this workshop for anyone interested in technology, building hardware, doing space projects, and more.

Ed detailed the workshop in our discussion but if you have questions for him, you can email him through me or by using edward.v.wright@rocketacademy.org. Also, if you attend the workshop, I want to hear from you about it on The Space Show.  Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.