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August 03, 2015

Edgar Cayce and NDE?
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Neil Helm’s interest in whether Edgar Cayce, America’s greatest psychic, experienced an NDE, is probably related to Neil's own near-death experience when he was a child. Neil was reared close to the Montana/North Dakota border in a farm-ranch setting. He had a near-death experience at age five, when he drowned in a hot spring in central Montana. It profoundly changed his life, and Neil developed a personal relationship with God that exists to this day.

At age 17, he joined the Army Security Agency and was assigned to the U.S. team that tracked Sputnik 1 on the day it was launched. Day One of the space age was the beginning of a more than 40-year career in space science that took him to all the corners of the globe, working with space scientists, astronauts, and cosmonauts. One of his early, seminal research projects was on the use of space-based communications and GPS technologies for both disaster mitigation and search and rescue. His systems are still in use today and are credited with saving many thousands of lives. For this research and development, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
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NDE Radio: Neil Helm
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Neil Helm
Neil R. Helm is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Applied Space Research and a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The George Washington University. From 1984 to 1991, Prof. Helm was the President of Helm Communications, a Washington, DC consulting firm which provided technical systems and services, primarily in the satellite communications field. One 18-month project included being the Principal Investigator for the final integration, testing, launch, and in orbit demonstration of a DOD satellite. As PI and Technical Director, he conducted research, planned in orbit experiments, designed and procured interface equipment, led the team in the conduct of experiments and demonstrations, prepared final report, and briefed results to DOD agencies.

From 1967 to 1984, he was employed by COMSAT where he held senior technical and management positions including the Director of Marketing for the Technical Services Division. From 1971 to 1979 he was at COMSAT Laboratories, where he was responsible for the commercialization of R&D into operational systems and products. He was also active in COMSAT's experiments on NASA's ATS-6 and responsible for many of COMSAT's experiments on the NASA's CTS program. He participated with Dr. Edelson, et al, in the research into the use of large geostationary platforms.

Mr. Helm received his B.S. degree from Georgetown University in 1966. He is a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Mr. Helm is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Chair (1997-98) of its Aerospace Policy Committee. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Chair of its Communication Satellite Standards Committee. Mr. Helm is on the Editorial Board of Space Communications an international journal and has co-authored two books, and published more than 30 technical articles.