Skylab’s perilous and dramatic mission, life on Venus, the religion of Cosmism and Brexit all get discussed this month. Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson are joined by astronomer and writer Dr Stuart Clark to chat about our relationship with the night sky. The Space Boffins also talk to David Hitt, the author of Homesteading Space – the Skylab Story, and Arfan Chaudhry from the UK Space Agency about new UK space programmes…
Spanning from the earliest experiments with rocketry to the future of private spaceflight to robotic probes hurling through the dark void of the solar system, the series captures the human experience of space exploration – the “what was it like”.
In this virtual conversation, authors behind those books, with series editor Colin Burgess, share the “what was it like” of Outward Odyssey – how the series came together and the unique experiences that went into chronicling humankind’s greatest adventure.
In this episode, Charles Lewis, retired NASA man-systems engineer, and David Hitt, co-author of Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story, interview the filmmakers behind Saving Skylab: America’s First Space Station documentary, Matt Alsup and Wes Pellerin The documentary is available to view at http://www.savingskylab.com.
As NASA and SpaceX prepare for the first launch of astronauts from U.S. soil since the last flight of the shuttle nine years ago, the AIAA Los Angeles Section hosts authors from the Outward Odyssey series of spaceflight history books for a panel discussion of the preparation, risk and excitement that go into first flights of new vehicles. From the daring test pilots who risk their lives in cutting-edge planes to pave the way to space, to the first launches of new vehicles from Apollo to the Shuttle, to the dawning of the new era of commercial spaceflight, panelists will share stories from history on the eve of a new chapter of history beginning.
Chris Petty (Rocket Planes), Francis French (Apollo), Amy Shira Teitel (Apollo), John Youskauskas (Shuttle & Extravehicular Activity), David Hitt (Skylab & Shuttle).
In this episode, Matt Alsup, digital marketing manager and co-director of Saving Skylab: America’s First Space Station, talks with David Hitt, co-author of Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story, about the documentary. Hitt also talks about the astronauts and other insightful stories related to the Skylab missions. The documentary is available to view at http://www.savingskylab.com.
Saving Skylab: America’s First Space Station is a short documentary telling the story of how an electric lineman’s tool manufacturer in Centralia, Missouri helped save the first American space station from catastrophe.The film is being produced by Hubbell Utility Solutions, Power Systems Division and was released on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
What’s it take to say you have the best burger in town?
There’s a couple of approaches – there is, for one, the slow and bureaucratic and sometimes biased democratic method where some third party has a vote or a judging or a contest or something and reaches a conclusion. Which is fine for those who like taste handled by committee.
David Hitt is the co-author of two books on spaceflight history: “Homesteading Space,” with astronauts Owen Garriott and Joe Kerwin, and “Bold They Rise,” with Heather R. Smith. A native of Huntsville, he currently supports NASA’s Space Launch System as a member of the strategic communications team.