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1765 (Special Edition)||Listen to the show!|
|Aired on May 1st, 2012|
|Guests: Robert Dickman, Dr. Christain Feichtinger|
|Guests: Bob Dickman, AIAA and Dr. Christian Feichtinger, IAF. 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. Please note that there were telephone line audio problems during this program. We welcomed both General Dickman and Dr. Feichtinger to the program to discuss this important conference, The Global Space Exploration Conference sponsored by both the AIAA and IAF. For full conference information, visit their website, http://glex2012.org. Here, you can register, make hotel reservations and plan which programs, tracks, and special events interest you. The conference is May 22-24, 2012 in Washington, DC at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. Our two guests started our discussion with an overview of the conference and the roles of both the AIAA and IAF in sponsoring the event. We then focused in on the conference theme which is global space exploration and we discussed the Keynote/Plenary speakers and panels. These are listed on the website but a few received special attention. First, there was the discussion with the Heads of the national space agencies for a global perspective on space exploration. We then talked about human exploration, Mars and other destinations in terms of global exploration, plus the panel entitled "Enabling A Political Consensus." Other conference topics we focused on during this hour long program dealt with commercial space, NewSpace, public/private partnerships, and conference logistics. Our guests made sure to point out the Masters with Masters session followed by the Young Professional Reception, both of which are Monday evening. The Masters session is for young professionals, 35 or younger, and is a superb networking event designed for the young space leaders who will go on to be our space leaders in the near future. You can read about this event at http://glex2012.org/social-events. Our guests pointed out the two general events open to everyone, the Tuesday Welcome Reception and Poster Session plus the Wednesday Off-Site Reception at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. The conference is multi-track so you will need to choose which programs and discussions you want to hear. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. If you have conference specific questions, you can use the Contact page on their website, http://glex2012.org/contact.|
|About our guests...|
Bob Dickman is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a professional membership technical society with more than 35,000 members in 79 countries. AIAA organizes the Space Exploration conference as well as many other technical conferences for the aerospace industry. His career spans the space business from basic research in particle physics to command of the 45 Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral, FL. He served as the Air Force’s Director of Space programs, the Department of Defense Space Architect and the senior military officer at the National Reconnaissance Office. He retired from active duty in 2000 as a major general. From 2002 to 2005, he was Deputy for Military Space in the office of the Undersecretary of the Air Force. He was the National Space Club’s Astronautics Engineer of the Year, was selected as one of Space News ‘“100 Who Made a Difference” and is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the National Reconnaissance Office’s Technical Advisory Group.
Dr. Christain Feichtinger
Christian Feichtinger, 48, was born in Graz, Austria. He joined the European Space Agency in 1997 as its Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration (HME) Programme Representative in Moscow. He became Head of the ESA Permanent Mission in the Russian Federation in 2007 and from 2009 – 2011 was ESA's Senior Advisor on Exploration. An engineer by background, Dr Feichtinger graduated from the Graz University of Technology and earned a PhD in Space Experimentation. During the early 1990s and within the Institute of Applied Systems Technology of Joanneum Research, Graz, he became Technical Manager of the first Austro-Soviet manned space mission to MIR “AUSTROMIR” and the follow-on missions “AUSTROMIR-E” and “AUSTROMIR MED-F”. He became an integrated member of the ESA EUROMIR-94 and EUROMIR-95 Mission
Management Team at ESTEC as Liaison Officer to Russian prime contractor RSC Energia, eventually becoming resident in Moscow as the EUROMIR-95 Flight Operations Manager at Russian Mission Control Centre. As incoming Executive Director, he will replace Philippe Willekens who leaves the IAF after six successful years at the end of December. Mr Willekens returns to the European Space Agency to join the Director General’s Cabinet. The President of the International Astronautical Federation, Prof. Dr Berndt Feuerbacher expressed delight at the appointment, "Dr Feichtinger has demonstrated huge capabilities as a manager and a scientist during his career. He has an excellent knowledge of the international space community and its activities. I am very happy that he is bringing his outstanding talent to the Federation at this important period of our growth. This appointment puts Dr Feichtinger in a key position to shape the future of international astronautics. I wish him all the best in his new responsibilities."
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