Dr. James R. Wertz

Dr. Wertz is the President of Microcosm in Torrance, CA, and an Adjunct Prof of Astronautics at USC.  At Microcosm, he is responsible for the main business areas of space mission engineering, reducing space mission cost, and spacecraft and launch vehicle development, and has taught “Space Mission Analysis and Design” in over a dozen countries worldwide, including many government organizations and corporations in the US.  At USC he teaches “Reducing Space Mission Cost.”  He is the editor and a principal author of the books Space Mission Analysis and Design (=SMAD, the most widely used text and reference in astronautics worldwide), Space Mission Engineering (= SME, the current follow-on to SMAD), Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control, Reducing Space Mission Cost (aimed at changing the way business is done in space), and Mission Geometry; Orbit and Constellation Design and Management.  Dr. Wertz is a Fellow of both the British Interplanetary Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Wertz received his PhD in physics at the University of Texas in Austin, his SB in physics at MIT, and his MS from George Washington University.

 

Broadcast 1975 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. James (Jim) Wertz. Topics: Reducing space mission launch costs, changing space industry attitudes. 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 1948 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. James (Jim) Wertz: Topics: Methods for dramatically reducing space mission costs, schedules, & launches. 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 1770 (Special Edition)

Guests: Open Mic at the Reinventing Space Conference 2012. Topics: Responsive space, low cost space access, Army satellite program, university projects, students & education, Dream Chaser, Women in Aerospace Southern California Chapter. 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 1322 (Special Edition)

Guests: Responsive Space Live Audience. Topics: Responsive Space issues, affordable space, Israel and small states, Apollo 13, PR, California space issues. This was our annual live audience Responsive Space program from the 8th Responsive Space Conference in Los Angeles. There were no breaks in the show. We started the program with a discussion led by Dr. Jim Wertz who opened the conference with the admission that this might be the last Responsive Space Conference. Thus, we discussed the significance and the progress so far of the responsive space programs and concerns.

Broadcast 1146 (Special Edition)

Guests: Responsive Space #7 Participants including Dr. Jim Wertz, Reda Anderson, Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Richard Van Allen, Ron, Nicola Sarzi Amade, Christine Purcell. Topics: Responsive Space, GPS, business education for space engineers. This Space Show program was live with live video streaming at the Westin Hotel for the Responsive Space Conference #7, April 28, 2009. We started the program with Dr. Jim Wertz coming to the microphone to talk about the status of responsive space, a report card analysis of responsive space, and much more. The discussion with Dr.

Broadcast 1134 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Jim Wertz. Topics: Responsive Space Conference, low cost missions and spaceflights, launch economics, rocket parts. Dr. Jim Wertz, President of Microcosm, Inc. was our guest for this program to discuss the upcoming Responsive Space Conference to be held at the Westin Hotel near the Los Angeles Airport, April 27-30, 2009. Please note that during this program, Dr. Wertz offered a special conference registration price for regular and student Responsive Space registration, but you have to call Julie at Microcosm, Inc.

Broadcast 754 (Special Edition)

Dr. Jim Wertz, CEO of Microcosm, Inc., was the guest for this special Space Show program to discuss Operationally Responsive Space (ORS). The discussion with Dr. Wertz began with his working definition of ORS. I believe this program will provide listeners with a comprehensive discussion of the subject, possible commercial applications and drivers, DOD needs and applications, R&D, technology, engineering, and even time tables for product development. Costs and budget issues were discussed, both for NASA, DOD, and our total commitment to space. Dr.

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