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Dr. Andrew Rader, Tuesday, 1-20-15 January 21, 2015

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 Dr. Andrew Rader, Tuesday, 1-20-15


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Guest:  Andrew Rader.   Topics: We discussed his videos, aerospace engineering lectures and much more from his website.  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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

 We welcomed Dr. Andrew Rader to the show to discuss his aerospace engineering lectures and other material on his website, http://www.andrew-rader.com as well as his YouTube channel.  You can access all his material, his YouTube channel and his book through his website.  During our one segment one hour discussion, Andrew talked about his Mars cooking video regarding his eating bugs.  We had quite the discussion about this.  Crickets anyone?  Next, we talked about going to Mars and he introduced us to his YouTube channel which has 74 videos and more on it.  His aerospace engineering class lectures are there too and very popular with students, especially those wanting to see if aerospace engineering might be the path for their studies.   Joe asked our first email question about the necessity for a flyby or human orbital mission of Mars prior to humans landing on Mars.  We then discussed Mars, why a one way mission, and the Moon vs. Mars.  Other topics included spacecraft and rockets in general, Apollo, robotic missions, and more about human spaceflight.  At one point I asked Andrew how he stated the purpose for our going into space.  Bethany asked Andrew to explain what was meant by the term ecliptic. In response, Andrew offered a short explanation using basic orbital mechanics.  We talked about several specific videos on his YouTube channel including the Sagan Darkness video, the Ambien Space Music videos and the Star Trek and Darth Vader videos.  I asked him what he liked best and he said it was systems engineering because he liked putting and seeing how everything works together.  Human factors came up and he made an interesting statement to the effect that if we require 21st century medical care on our space missions, the technology itself may be an impediment to the mission.  We talked about the multi-systems failure risk being the biggest risk in his opinion and the steps taken to mitigate this risk.  I also asked about crew failure risks including medical and psychological issues.  Andrew offered us interesting observations about crew risks and issues so don’t miss what he said.  As the show was drawing to a close, we talked about his introduction to spacecraft videos.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach Andrew through his website or me.

AIAA CASE, Laura McGill, Friday, 9-7-12 September 8, 2012

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AIAA CASE, Laura McGill, Friday, 9-7-12


Guest:  Laura McGill.  Topics: AIAA Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) Conference, systems engineering, testing, modeling, & lessons learned.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://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. We welcomed to the program Laura McGill, the Deputy VP of Engineering for the Raytheon Missile Systems Division of the Raytheon Company and also the General Chair of the AIAA CASE Conference which is being held at the Pasadena, CA Convention Center from Sept. 11-13, 2012.  Please follow along with us at the conference website, www.aiaa.org/CASE.  During our one hour program, Ms. McGill not only took us through the full conference program, but she helped us to understand systems engineering in all aspects of complex aerospace systems.  As you will hear, the conference sessions and the tracks delve into complex aerospace engineering issues in some detail, ranging from system development and integration, testing, modeling, simulation and verification to studying and understanding system failures, late term failures, and even program failures.  The CASE conference is new for AIAA and runs a full 2.5 days side by side with the AIAA Space 2012 Conference.  Your registration for either Space 2012 or CASE enables you to attend and participate in all the events of the other conference.  In addition, some events are shared such as keynote addresses, socials, lunches, and networking opportunities.  In discussing systems engineering with Laura in terms of the conference agenda, it was easy to see the application of what our guest was talking about as well as the conference sessions to all aspects of the aerospace industry, including suborbital, lunar development, space tourism, and even commercial airline usage. In fact, CASE speakers include experts from American Airlines, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747 projects.  A question regarding the AIAA App for smart phones came for management of this year’s conference.  You can get information about the App and download info for your smartphone at www.aiaa.org/Secondary.aspx?id=4582. Scroll down to the section “Conference Mobil App.”  Toward the end of our hour discussion, our guest went over conference pricing, logistics, and hotels.  Note that there is special pricing for undergraduate students, graduate students, and for those that are retired.

Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  If you want to email Ms. McGill, send your note to me and I will forward it on your behalf.