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New Frontiers in Space Technology

President Obama formally announced his new directive for NASA and the goals for its space exploration program on Thursday, April 15th, and the plan has generated a fair amount of controversy over its various elements. For example, the President’s new initiative calls for scrapping NASA’s current activities involving preparation for a return to the Moon, which will result in the cancellation of the new ARES-1 rocket and the potential loss of thousands of jobs. There is also a belief, including among astronauts, that the new directive essentially grounds America’s manned space exploration efforts. The President says he is 100% committed to NASA and believes his plan will send more astronauts into space, and deeper into space. On Monday’s show, we’ll discuss the President’s plan as well as other issues impacting the current state and future potential of space technology.

We also have the distinct pleasure of having best-selling author Bill Scott join us. Mr. Scott’s books, Space Wars (2007) and Counterspace (2009), describe a fictional but realistic scenario of World War III. Bill will share his experience in space technology gained in his long career, including 22 years with Aviation Week and Space Technology magazines, where he retired as Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief. He covered advanced aerospace and weapons technology, business, flight testing and military operations, and received 17 editorial awards. Bill also served a 9-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a Flight Test Engineer (FTE) and graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School. He’s logged approximately 2,000 hours of flight time on 80 different types of aircraft. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University-Sacramento. His full bio is available at

Also joining us is Dr. Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute at the Elliott School for International Affairs at George Washington University. I’m excited about hearing his thoughts on President Obama’s new plan. You can check out another recent interview with Dr. Pace at

This is going to be an exciting show – Join Us!


April 16, 2010 - Posted by | Past Episodes

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