Broadcast 494 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

14 May 2006 Dr. Brian Weeden
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Capt. Brian Weeden, USAF, was the guest for this special Space Show Mother's Day program. Capt. Weeden joined us from deep inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, CO where he spends his time tracking space debris in the Space Control Center. During this interview, Capt. Weeden talked to us about Cheyenne Mountain, about being on ICBM alert during 911 at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, and the nuts and bolts about space debris in all orbits up to and including GEO. We talked orbital mechanics and its importance, we talked about the military in space and the possibility of weapons in space, and much more. Capt. Weeden suggested that people interested in learning about orbital debris and items in the catalog being tracked that they log onto www.space-track.org and you can access the catalog that his department puts out. You have to create a password but the site access is free. Also, if you have a problem identifying items in the catalog, feel free to send him an email at brian.weeden@gmail.com. You will not want to miss this show and this realistic discussion on many very important and interesting topics.

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