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Podcast Available of Radio Panel on Space Committee Report; Pulham Participates

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Podcast Available of Radio Panel on Space Committee Report; Pulham ParticipatesCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2009) -- Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham participated with other space experts in an Oct. 5 Internet radio panel discussion about the potential implications of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee report, which is expected to be released later this month. The discussion on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston can be accessed via podcast on The Space Show website by clicking here.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) hosted the panel, which comprised, in addition to Pulham:

  • Frank Culbertson: Former NASA astronaut who completed three space shuttle missions, and managed NASA's "Shuttle-Mir" program, overseeing nine dockings of the shuttle with the former Russian space station. Culbertson is now vice president of business development at Orbital Sciences Corporation.
  • Scott "Doc" Horowitz: Former NASA astronaut who completed four space shuttle missions and served as NASA's associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Horowitz also held a senior executive position with ATK Thiokol, the makers of the space shuttle solid rocket boosters.
  • John Klineberg: Former director of both the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and former CEO of Loral Space Systems.
  • Jim Muncy: President and founder of PoliSpace, an independent space policy consultancy, and former staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee's Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. A long-time leader in the space advocacy community, Muncy held a number of legislative and advisiory positions, as well as co-founding the Space Frontier Foundation in 1988 and serving as its chairman of the board for six years.

The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, chaired by retired Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine, was established by the Obama administration to evaluate U.S. human space flight programs and develop alternatives to ensure that future human space flight plans are safe, innovative, affordable, and sustainable. The Executive Summary report was released in September and the final report is expected to be released later this month.

The panel discussed the possible future direction of the U.S. space program, as well as the immediate steps NASA might take in fiscal year 2010.

AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 36,000 individual members worldwide, and 92 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit