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Science, entertainment and inspiration await you at Your Online Coffee Break! Software guru, astronomy & space enthusiast Chuck Fields interviews scientists, writers, business leaders, directors & producers, musicians and more--all in a short & sweet format to fit into your busy schedule. Take your next break with us to get inspired, geek out, or learn something new.

    126. GALAXIES: Inside the Universe’s Star Cities – with Dave Eicher

    126. GALAXIES: Inside the Universe’s Star Cities – with Dave Eicher

    GALAXIES: Inside the Universe’s Star Cities by Dave Eicher is out now!

    In this episode we first briefly recap the successful launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. Then we dive into our conversation with Dave Eicher to talk all about Galaxies!
    Dave Eicher is one of the most widely recognized astronomy enthusiasts in the world. He has been with Astronomy magazine for 34 years, beginning as an assistant editor and working through associate, senior, and managing positions. He has been the magazine’s chief editor since 2002. Dave joins us today to discuss his latest book, Galaxies: Inside the Universe’s Star Cities. In this episode we first briefly recap the successful launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. Then we dive into our conversation with Dave Eicher to talk all about Galaxies!
    About Dave Eicher
    A native of Oxford, Ohio, Dave grew up around Miami University, where his father was a professor of organic chemistry. Rather than turning to chemistry, however, Dave was attracted to the stars as a 14-year-old when he spotted Saturn through a small telescope at a star party. Comet West really turned him on to observing, and Dave soon went far beyond to explore clusters, nebulae, and galaxies from his dark backyard — he soon was hooked on viewing deep-sky objects.
    In 1977, Dave founded and began editing the magazine Deep Sky Monthly. Five years later, the publication moved with Dave to Milwaukee, turned quarterly, and was renamed Deep Sky, which was issued regularly until 1992. In addition to his book writing, Dave has written or edited hundreds of articles on all facets of astronomy, science and hobby. In 1990, the International Astronomical Union named a minor planet, 3617 Eicher, for Dave in recognition of his service to astronomy.
    Dave become president of the Astronomy Foundation, the telescope industry and astronomy outreach group, in 2011.
    Dave has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, and other media outlets to promote the science and hobby of astronomy. He has written planetarium shows for Adler Planetarium in Chicago and film scripts for NASA.
    In his free time, Dave has studied Civil War history; he has written eight books on the subject, including The Longest Night (Simon & Schuster), Dixie Betrayed (Little Brown), The Civil War in Books (University of Illinois Press), and Civil War High Commands (written with his father, John, Stanford University Press).
    Dave is also enthusiastically interested in minerals and meteorites and has a collection of more than 1,500 specimens representing Earth and a smattering of asteroids in this branch of planetary science.
    An accomplished rock and blues drummer, Dave enjoys jamming with his colleagues at Kalmbach Publishing Co., and the focus is on blues and blues-rock, centering on the styles of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, the Allman Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and others. Dave is also a big fan of the Green Bay Packers, and during the football season, you will often find him in Lambeau Field.
    He lives in Waukesha Township, Wisconsin, near Big Bend, with his wife, Lynda, and son, Chris
    For more information about David, visit https://www.davideicher.com
    To check out Astronomy Magazine, visit Astronomy.com
    Dave’s new book is out now: Galaxies: Inside the Universe’s Star Cities: https://myscienceshop.com/product/book/81404
    Thanks to Jeremy Miller (https://www.jeremyrossmiller.

    • 27 min
    125. SpaceX Crew Demo-2: Returning Human Spaceflight to the U.S.

    125. SpaceX Crew Demo-2: Returning Human Spaceflight to the U.S.

    SpaceX Crew Demo-2 launching soon, and we're SO EXCITED!

    For the first time since 2011, astronauts are set to once again launch from U.S. soil aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon–and we're SO EXCITED! The SpaceX Crew Demo-2 mission is set to launch from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:33 pm EDT Wednesday, May 27, 2020 (with a backup launch date of May 30th). Veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be on this mission to the International Space Station.
    In this episode we present our Zoom meeting with NASA Social Alumni Danielle Spinola, Jason Fields, Jordan Eichenblatt, Jeremy Miller and Chuck Fields, where we discussed this historic mission, shared concerns, expressed excitement and the amazing journey of America's human spaceflight program.
    NASA Launch America: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/dm2/
    Commercial Crew Program: http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew
    About our panelists:

    * Jason Fields https://www.fmofm.com/
    * Danielle Spinola of Tupelo Honey Teas https://www.tupelohoneyteas.com/
    * Jeremy Miller https://www.jeremyrossmiller.com/
    * Jordan Eichenblatt of Hifive Creative https://www.hifivecreative.com/ and Cholo Dogs https://www.cholodogs.com/
    * Chuck Fields (host) of SpaceTech Software https://www.spacetechcorp.com

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    124. TORY BRUNO, CEO of United Launch Alliance discusses Vulcan Centaur

    124. TORY BRUNO, CEO of United Launch Alliance discusses Vulcan Centaur

    ULA President & CEO Tory Bruno discusses the new Vulcan Centaur

    In this episode we welcome Tory Bruno, the president & CEO of United Launch Alliance. Tory joins us by phone to discuss how his interest in model rockets at the age of nine years old let to him pursuing a career in aerospace engineering, beginning at Lockheed Martin until he joined ULA in 2014. Tory discusses how ULA has achieved an incredible (and unsurpassed) 100% mission success rate, as well as the development of the new Vulcan Centaur rocket, which is set to launch in 2021 on its first mission with sending a lander to the Moon!
    About Tory Bruno
    Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno is the president and chief executive officer for United Launch Alliance (ULA). In this role, Tory serves as the principal strategic leader of the organization and oversees all business management and operations. ULA is the nation’s most experienced space launch company with more than 137 successful consecutive launches since 2006 and a 100% mission success rate.
    About ULA's Vulcan Centaur
    ULA is transforming the future of space launch, making it more affordable, accessible and commercialized with its new, next-generation rocket. Vulcan Centaur is superior in reliability, cost, weight and capability, and provides a solution for the nation’s most critical need: reliable access to space. Vulcan Centaur will do it all – affordability with higher performance – while continuing to deliver on ULA’s unparalleled reliability and precision.
    For more information, visit https://www.ulalaunch.com
    Special thanks to Wayward Plane of LaunchRats.com for discussing her space journey in this episode!
    Interview with Tory Bruno recorded May 7, 2020.
    Music: Cylinder Eight (http://chriszabriskie.com/cylinders/) by Chris Zabriskie (http://chriszabriskie.com/); licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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    • 30 min
    123. Country singer & songwriter Savannah Nider

    123. Country singer & songwriter Savannah Nider

    Rising country singer & songwriter Savannah Nider

    Country singer & songwriter Savannah Nider recently released her empowering, inspirational single, “We Are Us”, and the response has been incredible. Her amazing voice has been compared to Carrie Underwood and Trisha Yearwood. Savannah was born & raised in Pawnee City, Nebraska, so she’s a small-town girl with a big voice that’s making waves now on the Nashville scene.
    About Savannah
    Savannah Nider was born and raised in Pawnee City, Nebraska, a small town in the southeast corner of the state with about 900 people. She grew up passionate about family, sports, speech, and of course… music. At a young age, her big voice turned the heads of some prominent industry figures. At 15, Savannah was given the opportunity to work along side Geno LeSage, Steve Cox, and Kenny Royster who were involved in the careers of Grammy award-winning artists including Collin Raye and many others.
    Savannah lost her biggest fan, Grandma Linda, to pancreatic cancer shortly after launching her career. She made a promise to herself and her grandmother that music would not just be a dream, but a priority.
    She completed her college education in 2014, married the man of her dreams, and moved to Nashville in early 2019. Soon after her move, Savannah began to make musical connections that would launch her career. Joie Scott, a well-known songwriter in Nashville, influenced Savannah’s songwriting ability and co-wrote her first song “Until Always,” which she performed at her own wedding. She was also introduced to Bryan Cole, a talented producer out of Pittsburgh, PA who took a special interest in Savannah’s unique story, sound, and powerful voice.
    She recorded her latest EP, produced by Bryan Cole and Grammy Award winner Steve Marcantonio, in November of 2019 with her family and friends watching the magic outside the studio glass.
    This small-town girl with the big voice will be making waves on the Nashville scene. She feels nothing but humility, love, and support from her family, both here and gone, and will use music to make them proud.
    For more information, visit https://www.savannahnidermusic.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/savannahnidermusic/
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    122. OrbitsEdge – Data Centers in Space!

    122. OrbitsEdge – Data Centers in Space!

    Sylvia France is the President of OrbitsEdge, Inc., a startup company on Florida’s Space Coast that helps companies collect and process huge amounts of data in space. This amazing company is working to create robust data centers in space–above the cloud, helping to reduce bottlenecks in data processing. Commercializing space needs more than launch capabilities and satellite communications.
    Today’s satellites are not designed to handle the huge amounts of space-born data. An in-orbit data infrastructure is necessary to drive growth and space commercialization. OrbitsEdge’s core mission is to provide the missing piece, an in-orbit virtualized data infrastructure at the edge of space, that’s agile and adapts to new demands turning data into actionable insights. In the last decade, especially the last few years, low-cost reusable rocket technology has completely disrupted the projections of space industrialization.
    Getting satellites into space is getting cheaper and easier every day. For cloud computing on Earth, the initial problems were processing capacity and data security. With the maturation of the Cloud, these problems have been resolved. Now latency and bandwidth are the most common challenges. The Orbital Data Bottleneck encounters similar patterns: processing power, memory capacity, with bandwidth and latency being the most severe. While Low Earth Orbit provides the best case scenario for satellite-Earth latency because of its proximity, there is also the future of data growth itself.
    Along with the growth of data, a remarkable increase in the number of satellites (such as Cubesats) are being launched with thousands planned in the following years. Being small, many may lack the processing and memory options that OrbitsEdge SatFrame™ 445 LE will provide, creating an Above-the-Cloud™ web service for data processing and analytics for satellites unable to meet the demands themselves. The OrbitsEdge SatFrame is designed to protect a micro data center from the harsh conditions of space, especially radiation shielding and thermal regulation which requires a special design – especially considering the heightened thermal regulation demands of any data center.
    About Sylvia France, President of OrbitsEdge
    Started in Silicon Valley, working on the early GPS mapping systems, Sylvia has remained a dominant force in tech startup culture with 30+ years of extensive executive experience in all aspects of traditional and digital marketing. She is a self-proclaimed “Space Baby” as her father was integral in early space exploration and honed her skills creating new market opportunities for her clients such as Apple, The Home Depot, Verizon and Bozell.
    About OrbitsEdge™ Inc.
    Headquartered in Titusville, Florida (Space Coast), OrbitsEdge™ Inc. accelerates the commercialization of space by providing Low Earth Orbit (LEO) EDGE micro-data centers that allow organizations to economically access and rapidly analyze vast amounts of data in space. OribitsEdge creates solutions using existing industry-standard technology, off-the-shelf analytics software, and proprietary technology. OrbitsEdge removes the barriers to rapidly enter the space market by providing specialized aerospace expertise to a wide variety of organizations.
    For more information, visit www.orbitsedge.com
    Thanks to Danielle Spinola of Tupelo Honey Teas (https://www.tupelohoneyteas.com/) for sharing her space journey in this episode!
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    121. DOUG E DOUG – Actor, Writer, Director, Producer & Jamaican Bobsledder!

    121. DOUG E DOUG – Actor, Writer, Director, Producer & Jamaican Bobsledder!

    Doug E Doug (Douglas Bourne) has an incredible 30-year career as an actor, comedian, director, producer, and a writer. He is well-known to movie viewers for his starring role as Jamaican bobsledder “Sanka Coffie” in the movie Cool Runnings. Doug recently released his first book, called “The Fall of ’87: A Dope Novel”, a stand-alone mystery about a young black man in Brooklyn who embarks on a spiritual odyssey to solve a murder.
    Doug E Doug was born in Brooklyn, New York and started off his career as a stand-up comic at the age of 17. He was seen first at the Apollo Theater by Russell Simmons, who asked Doug to write & host The New Music Report. Spike Lee also discovered Doug at the Apollo and included him in his film Mo' Better Blues, a musical comedy with Denzel Washington & Wesley Snipes.
    Early in Doug's career he worked as a summer school English teacher and writing coach, so he used these skills recently to write his new (& first) book, “The Fall of '87: A Dope Novel”.
    The Fall of '87: A Dope Novel
    Brooklyn is ground zero in a war on drugs, a world beset with temptation and opportunity. Nineteen-year-old Joe Thomas Jr. decides to solve the murder of his brother instead of selling drugs. Will Snake, a dangerous drug kingpin, let him and his family go? The Fall of '87 captures a young black man's spiritual odyssey, as he contemplates his soul's salvation or economic survival during two tragic weeks in tempter's snare of 80's Bedford Stuyvesant.The Fall of '87 is the stand-alone mystery novel from actor Doug E. Doug. If you love wit and warmth, read this engrossing, insightful, epic tale that captures the heroic voices of a forgotten generation.
    For more information about Doug E Doug’s debut novel, The Fall of ’87: A Dope Novel, visit https://www.amazon.com/dp/1652497099/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_0lkMEbVE34MZD
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