Space4U Podcast

Space4U Podcast: Bob Walker, Space Policy Advisor

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In this episode: We meet Bob Walker, former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District, former chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology, former chairman of the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry, and current founder/CEO of Moonwalker Associates. As a longtime advisor to presidents…

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Space4U Podcast: Glen Asner & Stephen Garber, Historians & Authors

Origins of 21st Century Space Travel
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In this episode: We meet historians and authors, Glen Asner and Stephen Garber from the Historical Office, Office of Secretary of Defense and NASA’s History Division. Glen and Stephen share insights into their new book, Origins of 21st Century Space Travel: A History of NASA’s Decadal Planning Team and the Vision for Space Exploration, 1999-2004…

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Space4U Podcast: Ashlie Smith, Physical Science Teacher

Ashlie Smith
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In this episode: We meet physical science teacher Ashlie Smith from Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls. Ashlie was the recipient of the 2017 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The award is presented by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Space Foundation every year. Ashlie is…

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Space4U Podcast: Shawn Cochran, Raytheon Space Systems

Shawn Cochran
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In this episode: We meet Shawn Cochran, a senior manager for Civil and Environmental Space in Raytheon’s Space Systems, a mission area within Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Prior to joining Space Systems, Shawn was the chief scientist for the Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System. He was also the head of the Mission…

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Space4U Podcast: Michael Soluri, Documentary Photographer

Michael Soluri
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In this episode: We meet photographer Michael Soluri. Michael tells us how he got started in photography and is currently documenting behind-the-scenes NASA human and robotic space exploration missions. He explains the trust NASA and individual astronauts have in him, enabling him to tell their story through non-scripted photography. Michael documented the New Horizons mission…

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Space4U Podcast: Alex Wagner, AIA Vice President – Strategic Initiatives

Alex Wagner
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In this episode: We meet Alex Wagner, the Aerospace Industries Association’s Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and the Senior Advisor to the President. Alex joined AIA after serving nearly seven years in the Department of Defense, most recently as Chief of Staff to the 22nd Secretary of the Army. Previously, Alex managed Uber’s global policy development team.…

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Space4U Podcast: Bill Barry, NASA Historian

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In this episode: We meet Chief NASA Historian, Dr. Bill Barry. Bill became NASA’s sixth Chief Historian in September 2010. He began work at NASA in 2001 after retiring from a 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force.  Initially, he worked in NASA’s international relations office, and then served as the NASA European Representative at the…

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Space4U Podcast: Emily Boster, Mars Mission Engineer

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In this episode: We meet Mars Mission engineer from Lockheed Martin, Emily Boster. Emily is a Senior Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Government Affairs. She previously led the system configuration team for Deep Space Exploration mission proposals including Discovery, CLPS, and others. Prior to that, she served as a mechanical design engineer for the InSight…

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Space4U Podcast: Ed Rosenthal, Florikan Founder

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In this episode: We meet the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Florikan ESA, Ed Rosenthal. Ed grew up on a farm in Canada, but the last thing he wanted to do was go into agriculture. In 1971, he found himself working for a polymer company in Canada, where he learned the ins and…

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Space4U Podcast: Chris Blackerby, Astroscale Chief Operating Officer

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In this episode: We meet Chris Blackerby, Astroscale Group COO & Director, Japan. Previously, Chris served as the NASA Attaché for Asia, the senior space policy official in the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, from 2012-2017. In that capacity he identified multiple opportunities for cooperation in the region; served as strategic space advisor to the U.S. Ambassador…

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