Dave Ketchledge

Dave Ketchledge who served as a submarine Nuclear Reactor Operator, a Control Systems Test Engineer for the Nimitz Class Carriers in digital instrumentation and as an instructor in core physics and material design. Dave has over 30 years in nuclear power field in Engineering. His other works include a pair of books in Aerospace Engineering in Aerodynamics, Propulsion and RLV design. He has been a keynote speaker at the U of I AIAA chapter. For rocketry in 1993 he created the first Flight Dynamics software in Vertical Trajectory Systems which appeared in the Tripoli Journal in a 18 page article. Dave also contributed to the National Association of Rocketry on the design of multiplexed telemetry systems and in a report on Finite Element Mechanics for structural design. Dave holds two awards for his work with Computational Aerodynamics on Lifting Bodies from the NAR technical conferences. As a Nuclear Systems Engineer he is involved in radiation monitoring systems and in core instrumentation for reactor safety.

Broadcast 2043 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dave Ketchledge. Topics: Mars Lander Choices. 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.

Broadcast 1656 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dave Ketchledge. Topics: Using nuclear power to do a humans to Mars mission. 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.

Broadcast 1537 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dave Ketchledge. Topics: Nuclear power reactors, facts, radiation & issues related to the Fukushima accident, plus space nuclear propulsion. Please note that 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.

Broadcast 1207 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dave Ketchledge. Topics: "Rocket Science," nuclear power, space policy, space education. Dave Ketchledge was our guest to discuss his new book on CD, "Rocket Science." You can order this book and find out more about it by visiting his website, www.rocketengineer.bravehost.com/. During Segment 1, Dave talked about the need for space engineering and rocket education, how his book fills this need, and what it means for future engineers in all disciplines, not just those related to space.

Broadcast 507 (Special Edition)

Dave Ketchledge was the special guest for this Space Show program. Mr. Ketchledge has written a comprehensive and valuable book, "The Next Shuttle" and we discussed this work in detail. Mr. Ketchledge went into the specifics about lifting bodies, why they are not being used when the technology is available, he spoke about the Andrews Space Technology Alchemist Gryphon TSTO theoretical RLV and the Northrop Grumman variation of Alchemist.

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