Archive for May 2019

Ed Rosenthal - Florikan Founder

May 31, 2019 @ 8:34 am

In this episode:

We meet the Founder Chairman of the Board of Florikan ESA, Ed Rosenthal. 

Ed Rosenthal grew up on a Canadian farm, 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 outs of its manufacturing, injection and molding processes.

Ed and his wife Betty founded Florikan ESA in 1982 and they set out to help growers and farmers and make farming more efficient.

Florikan is a Controlled Release Fertilizer manufacturing company with a legacy of business success and awards for ethics. Florikan has received 13 major awards for ethical business practice, product innovation, job creation and environmental leadership; one of the few companies in the country with such a vast array of recognition over 35 years. In 2017, Florikan was inducted into the Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame® 

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Basil Hero - Apollo Author

May 21, 2019 @ 7:28 am

In this episode:

We meet author Basil Hero, an award-winning former investigative reporter with NBC News television stations. He recently released a new book, The Mission of a Lifetime, Lessons From the Men Who Went to the Moon, where he gets first-person insights on the amazing journeys that changed humanity and exploration forever. From childhood, and throughout his career as a media entrepreneur, Basil has maintained a lifelong fascination with space exploration and the men who went to the Moon.

In this Space4U podcast, he shares how he got the Apollo legends to share even more powerful insights on their Moon missions and how it changed them, their families and the world.


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Chris Blackerby - Astroscale Chief Operating Officer

May 17, 2019 @ 8:24 am

In this episode:

We meet Chris Blackerby, Astroscale Group COO & Director, Japan. 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 US Ambassador to Japan and senior US Government officials; acted as an official intermediary between NASA and its partners in Asia in negotiating agreements and resolving disputes; and participated in numerous outreach events highlighting NASA activities. 

Chris explains why the public should care about space debris and the actions Astroscale is taking to prevent more space clutter. 


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Alice Bunn - UK Space Agency International Director

May 10, 2019 @ 8:02 am

In this episode:

We meet Alice Bunn. Alice Bunn is the International Director at the UK Space Agency (UKSA), responsible for international engagement through multilateral and bilateral frameworks, capturing the wider societal benefits of space programmes and harnessing the inspirational effect of space for skills and education. She also leads security and resilience of the UK’s infrastructure and space applications.

Alice is vice chair of the Council of the European Space Agency; sits on the Board of Directors at the Space Foundation; and is a member of the Imperial Space Lab Strategic Advisory Board; co-chair of the World Economic Forum Future Council on space technology; and is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Alice shares with us what the USKA is up to and the plans for the future.

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Erin Roethlisberger - Mars Insight Engineer

May 3, 2019 @ 9:03 am

In this episode: 

We meet Erin Roethlisberger, the Mission Operations Systems Lead for the InSight Mars Lander with Lockheed Martin Space. In this role, she is responsible for successful operations of the spacecraft in flight and throughout the landed mission. Previously, she worked on the interplanetary mission experience on GRAIL and Juno missions as a Systems Engineer, and for MAVEN, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Odyssey, GRAIL, Juno, OSIRIS-Rex performing Real-Time Operations.

Roethlisberger shares with us what it is like to work on a mission to another planet, the challenges she faced and how she has grown professionally and personally working in the aerospace field. 

Introductory and closing music: Paint the Sky by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Miss Judged

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