Month: February 2019

The New Vulcan Centaur Rocket – Mark Peller, ULA Program Manager for Major Development

Mark Peller
Mark Peller

Mark Peller is the program manager for major development at United Launch Alliance (ULA), and in this position is responsible for development of Vulcan. Mark is with us today to discuss ULA’s future launch system, the Vulcan Centaur rocket.

Vulcan is ULA’s future launch system that builds upon ULA’s extensive Atlas and Delta heritage to provide a competitive product offering to serve a broad spectrum of markets. As the program manager, Peller has overall responsibility for developing the launch vehicle and the supporting capabilities required across the supply chain as well as ULA’s production and launch operations to meet the program’s objectives.

Peller began his career with Rockwell International in 1990 as a propulsion engineer supporting the Space Shuttle program. He joined The Boeing Company in 1996 when it acquired the aerospace and defense businesses of Rockwell. Peller moved to the Delta program in 1997 and held various technical and program management positions throughout the development and initial fielding of the Delta IV launch system.

Peller continued his work on the Delta program at ULA after the company was formed in 2006. In 2009, he was appointed the product line chief engineer for Delta, where he had overall technical responsibility for the Delta II and Delta IV launch systems. During this period he oversaw 24 successful Delta launches, including the first launch of the Delta IV Heavy configuration from the West Coast. In 2013 Peller transitioned into the role of the director of the ULA Hardware Value Stream where he was responsible for managing the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) contracts with the U.S. Air Force, and leading the product teams supporting launch vehicle development, procurement, and production.

Peller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mechanics from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Irvine. He is a licensed mechanical engineer in the state of California.

For more information, visit https://www.ulalaunch.com/

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BEACH PARTY with The Surf Dawgs – interview with Bernie “Bombers” Bomberg

Bernie Bomberg - The Surf Dawgs
Bernie Bomberg

Bernie “Bombers” Bomberg Plays rhythm guitar & keyboards for The Surf Dawgs, a rock instrumental band. Despite the word “Surf” in the band’s name, they’re from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band has been performing in the upper Mid-West area since 2001 and recently released their 8th album, Beach Party. Bernie, who was inducted into the Mid America Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 with a Lifetime Achievement Award, joins us today to talk about the band’s incredible music journey.

For more information, visit thesurfdawgs.com

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Coffee: BEHIND THE BEANS with Steve Hall, co-founder of Tinker Coffee Co.

Steve Hall, Tinker Coffee
Steve Hall, Tinker Coffee

A lot of our audience, including me, are huge coffee fans. But many of us don’t know much about exactly how coffee came about, how to brew the best cup or how to find the best roast. We decided to change that by going onsite to a local roastery and learn how the pros do it. In this episode we interview Stephen Hall, co-founder of Tinker Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster located in Indianapolis, Indiana and learn everything from where coffee comes from to how to make the best brew.

For more information, visit TinkerCoffee.com

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ALAN PARSONS – Musician, Songwriter, Audio Engineer & Record Producer

Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons is an English audio engineer, songwriter, musician and record producer best known for his work on The Alan Parsons Project. He began his career at the age of 19, where he worked at Abbey Road, assisting in the production of the last two Beatles albums. In 1974 he received his first (of more than a dozen) Grammy nominations for his work on Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. Through his work on The Alan Parsons Project, which was formed in 1975, Alan has had several top 40 hits including Eye in the Sky, Games People Play and Don’t Answer Me.

Alan joins us today to talk about his incredible career, including his recent Grammy nomination, his new album “The Secret” releasing April 26, 2019 (his first album in 15 years), as well as his upcoming tour. We also discuss his experience watching the Great American Total Solar Eclipse in 2017 and his upcoming free concert on July 13, 2019, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11.

For more information, visit alanparsons.com

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