The Space Show Broadcast 999 (Special Edition)

The Space Show
August 15, 2008

Guests: Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Pat Patterson, Dr. Billie Reed

Guests: Dr. Pat Patterson, Jim Marshall, Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Billie Reed, Chris McCormick, Christian Lenz. This program consists of three sets of interviews from the August 2008 SmallSat Conference located on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Our first discussion includes Dr. Pat Patterson of Utah State University and Jim Marshall, the Director of Business Development for the Space Dynamics Lab (SDL), plus others from the SDL who explain their projects as well as talk about being a student, intern, or PI in the program. We discuss the business structure of the SDL, its relationship to Utah State, and the space projects going on at the lab. Many of the projects were on display and where we can, we describe exactly what we see. You can learn more about the SDL and Utah State by visiting

The second discussion features Dr. Billie Reed who runs the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), which is part of the Wallops Island Federal Launch Center. Check them out at Billie updates us on new developments with MARS, range and tracking requirements for all spaceports, suborbital as well as orbital vehicles, vehicle recovery, and much more. You will find this to be a most educational, informative, and fun discussion. It's also comprehensive regarding the subject of spaceports and launch vehicles.

The third and final set of interviews features Chris McCormick, CEO of Broad Reach Engineering along with Christian Lenz of the company. We talked about their product line, small sats, NOAH, data sales and gathering, markets, launch vehicles and rides, business plans, ITAR, transitioning from the public sector to the private sector, and much more. We also learned that Chris has done some teaching at UND (where I also teach), but in a different department and has worked with UND students on Project Starshine and other ventures. In fact, as you will hear, some of these projects will hopefully soon start to fly. Check the company out at If you have questions for any of our guests, please send them to me at and I will forward them to the correct person.

Listen to the show (66 MB MP3)

The Space Show Broadcast 999 (Special Edition)

About our guests...

Dr. John Jurist
Dr. John Jurist was simultaneously a physicist and a medical researcher before becoming involved in business. He has degrees in biophysics and nuclear medicine earned while he was at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Jurist has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Space Science and Engineering Center. In the former, he studied human factors in space flight during Apollo and what was then called Apollo Applications. In the latter during the early 1970s, he was team leader of the group that transmitted the first medical imaging over communications satellite links in the precursor of what is now called telemedicine. In the business arena, he retired before the age of 50, created, grew, and ran a very successful biomedical engineering consulting firm, took over a surgical care facility with instructions from the board to prepare it for bankruptcy, and within 1 year, converted it into a successful operation. He also formed a nonprofit medical research institution and ran it for four years -- it now has an eight figure annual research budget. Dr. Jurist is currently a Life Member of the Aerospace Medical Association. Dr. Jurist is an expert on running a business and evaluating a business plan. He is now applying his expertise to the developing new space industry. With respect to rocketry and space technology, he is one of the dozen or so people who had invested in XCOR Aerospace as well as other startups, supported research in others by corporate grants and recently funded the propulsion research group at the Space Science and Engineering Laboratory at Montana State University. Hear what it is like to be an investor from the investor point of view as Dr. Jurist talks about expectations, reality, and everything in-between.

Dr. Pat Patterson
Dr. Pat Patterson is currently the manager of the Small Satellite and Associated Technologies group within Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (USU/SDL), and is the Chairman of the annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. He has also held positions as the Director of the Innovative Science and Engineering Division as well as the Director of Business Development at USU/SDL. He also served on the AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee for a three year term. Since the early 1990¬ís he has been involved in research, operations, and management associated with small spacecraft and sounding rockets. The research for his Ph.D. dissertation was done based on data collected during the flights of the Coupling of Dynamics and Aurora (CODA) I and II missions. His doctoral research investigated the effects of disturbances caused by sounding rockets on the measurement of atomic oxygen using the resonant fluorescence technique in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere.

Dr. Billie Reed
Dr. Billie Reed is the executive director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). The VCSFA, a subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, was established in July 1995, to promote industry and economic development and to enhance scientific and technology education, primarily through the operations of MARS. As executive director, Dr. Reed is responsible for executive management of spaceport design and development, development and negotiation of agreements, permits, and licenses, oversight of space launch operations at MARS, and new business development in the aerospace sector. Dr. Reed also holds an appointment as assistant professor of Engineering Management in the College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University (16 years). He served in the United States Navy for 20 years as a commissioned officer in nuclear powered submarines and he has over 37 years of participating in and supervising advanced technology development, application, and operation of military, industrial, and civil systems. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master's Degree in Engineering Management, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management.

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