All posts by SpaceGhost

‘Hollywood in Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes awarded Orion Program Manager’s Commendation

Mike Paul Hughes Orion Program Manager
In a post on the Hollywood in Space Facebook page yesterday, Mike Paul Hughes announced he has been awarded the NASA Orion MPCV Program Manager’s Commendation for his contribution to the first integrated forward bay cover tent on the 10th engineering development unit airdrop cluster development test of the capsule parachute assembly system. The award was presented by Mark Geyer, Orion/MPCV Program Manager.

Congratulations, Mike!

Mike Paul Hughes will join fellow co-hosts of Hollywood in Space Aline Zimmer and Steve Lee at the red carpet premiere of the Hollywood in Space sizzle reel on February 26 in Los Angeles. A limited number of tickets are still available.

Mike Paul Hughes: From ‘Asteroids’ Video Game To Real Life Asteroids and Lasers!

'Hollywood In Space' host Mike Paul Hughes, New Year's Eve, 2014.
‘Hollywood In Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes, New Year’s Eve, 2014.

When I was 16, I pumped a lot of quarters into the “Asteroids” video game at the pizza shop on Saxer Ave. Loved blasting asteroids with lasers. Now I’m in Santa Barbara to visit our laser imaging system vendor. These lasers will fly to asteroid Bennu on our ‪#‎NASA‬ Osiris-Rex mission. So I will get to shoot a laser at an asteroid for real. – Mike Paul Hughes ‪#‎truth‬ asteroids arcade game‪#‎Irony‬. P.S. You can play a simulation of the original ‘Asteroids’ game at Working with real lasers and asteroids is optional, but recommended.;)

Would Oblivion’s ‘Bubbleship’ Actually Fly If Built In Real-Life?

Mike Paul HughesCheck out the real-life flight physics for the ‘Oblivion’ ‘Bubbleship’ that our ‘Hollywood In Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes calculated for!

Mike was so intrigued and inspired by the ‘Bubbleship’ when he saw ‘Oblivion’ that he took it upon himself to do the math to see if a real-life Bubbleship could actually fly!

Mike thought…

So for grins I derived the linearized dynamic equations of motion for the Oblivion bubble ship. Very feasible system given ultra high Isp rocket engines and very sporty adaptive control techniques, perhaps H-infinity…”

And guess what?

Mike concluded that the flight physics/math (see below) says that a REAL Bubbleship could be built TODAY! It really will fly! (The only limitation would be the rocket engines…today’s technology limitations would only allow them to burn for about 15-30mins at the scale depicted on the Bubbleship, but still! Wouldn’t it be awesome to fly a real Bubbleship?)

– See more at:

Oblivion Bubbleship flight physics.

‘The Martian’ Film Script Goes Into Space On Orion!

In the latest example of how Hollywood and #NASA are forever intertwined, a page from “The Martian” movie script actually made it into space aboard the recent ‘Orion’ test launch that ‘Hollywood In Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes attended at the Kennedy Space Center!

The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle completed a 4-hour test flight on December 5. While the capsule included other personal objects (a common tradition for space missions), executive producer Aditya Sood was thrilled ‘The Martian’ could be represented in a journey beyond Earth. The page includes a drawing doodled by the film’s director Ridley Scott of an image of Matt Daman’s character standing on the surface of Mars.

“NASA really rolled out the red carpet for us. In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people involved in the Orion project and one of the things was Ridley’s drawing on the cover page of ‘The Martian’ script. This is a movie about people who are really passionate about science and space-travel, so that was a really great moment for us.”

‘The Martian’ is based on Andy Weir’s self-published novel that became a huge hit in 2012. The movie stars Damon as Mark Watney along with Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Here’s an official synopsis:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Here’s an image of Scott’s drawing:

The Martian

Read more at: #SciFi #Space

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Liftoff! Hollywood In Space Launches!

'Hollywood In Space' host Mike Paul Hughes, New Year's Eve, 2014.
‘Hollywood In Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes, New Year’s Eve, 2014.


We’re a LAUNCH! The ‘Hollywood In Space’ phase one web site has blasted off on the 6th day of 2015! And from an out of this world party on New Year’s Eve a few nights ago, ‘Hollywood In Space’ host and Hollywood In Spaceaerospace rockstar Mike Paul Hughes greets you and brings in the New Year looking forward to the endless possibilities for us all in 2015!

What/Who is ‘Hollywood In Space’ you ask?!?!?!?!

‘Hollywood In Space’ is a new show launching in 2015 that stars Mike Paul Hughes, Steve Lee and Aline Zimmer, three bonafide rockstars of the aerospace engineering world! Yep, SPACE engineers who literally have worked on the latest, greatest space related missions, including ‘Orion‘ and the Mars Rover missions!

Mike, Steve and Aline use their aerospace engineering knowledge and expertise to analyze “if/how” the amazing Hollywood movie Sci-Fi spacecraft and tech might, (Or might not), work in the real-world now or, in future! ‘Hollywood In Space’ is directed by Robin Berg, Executive Produced by Gregory Markel w/Technical Direction by Kevin Ryniker.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube for updates!

NOW, it’s time for you to meet our amazing cast!

Hollywood In Space Mike Paul Hughes Steve Lee Aline Zimmer
Mike Paul Hughes, Steve Lee and Aline Zimmer star in ‘Hollywood In Space!’

Mike Paul Hughes
Mike Paul Hughes

Aerospace rock star engineer and former punk rock bassist Mike Paul Hughes brings tremendous personality, savvy, curiosity and expert insight to the series HOLLYWOOD IN SPACE.

For the past two decades Mike has worked in the area of Guidance, Navigation and Control systems for spacecraft and entry systems. He received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal for leading the attitude determination and control team for NASA’s comet busting Deep Impact mission in 2005. Mike has worked seven years on the Orion Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle team where he served as the Entry Descent and Landing System Phase Lead and GN&C Systems Lead and recently was honored with the NASA Spaceflight awareness award. He has worked on robotic missions to Mars, Jupiter, Europa, comets and asteroids, as well as serving in mission control for Space Shuttle Discovery. His engineering background spans the entry system disciplines, including aerodynamics, parachute dynamics, pyrotechnics, mechanisms, loads analysis. He has background in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum Mike Paul Hughesmechanics, general relativity, astrophysics, and astronomy. Mike has published numerous papers on spacecraft controls, attitude determination, and aerodynamic decelerators. He is current senior member with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, (AIAA) and the American Astronautical Society (AAS). Mike is a Pennsylvania State University Scholar, receiving his BS with honors and distinction in Aerospace Engineering, and his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is currently manager of Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineering for Space Exploration Programs at Lockheed Martin in Colorado.
Additionally, Mike, is now in his spare time when not solving the problems of space travel, a songwriter, composer and producer for his band “Stone Soup Soldiers”, who record music for TV shows and Indie film. Mike is a self-made man who chose to pursue the dream of being an aerospace engineer at 22 and is a tremendous role model for the viewers, fans, teens and children who watch ‘Hollywood In Space.’

Steve Lee
Steve Lee

Guidance, Navigation and Control, Senior Manager, Mars Science Lab, Curiosity
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Steve is a nationally recognized engineer and personality due to his long involvement in the Mars Program. He has been featured on several national television shows, including the hit NOVA special, Ultimate Mars Challenge. In addition to being a navigation expert and a radar systems expert, Steve is a passionate teacher and communicator. He has held technical and leadership positions on the USA’s highest profile missions including: Curiosity Rover, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Hubble Space Telescope (Shuttle servicing mission 3A, STS-103), and Terra Mission to Planet Earth. Steve holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Dr. Aline Zimmer
Dr. Aline Zimmer

Systems Engineer, Project Systems Engineering and Formulation Section
NASA – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Zimmer has both bases covered. She has a lifelong interest in science fiction combined with an outstanding scientific education. She received an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Dr. Aline ZimmerInstitute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. She now works for the Project Systems Engineering and Fomulation Section of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Dr. Zimmer is an expert in orbital mechanics and spacecraft systems, applied to deep-space human spaceflight and robotic exploration.