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CAPTAIN’S LOG 13 MAY 2016…MARS??

GOING TO MARS?  REALLY??  ON FRIDAY THE 13TH?

People are recruiting volunteers to go to Mars…on a one way ticket.  If you are considering that invitation do consider taking a simulated Mars mission.  That is what I offered to our interns at the University of Wyoming.  How could we do that?  My experience of over two years living in a 16 ft. box offers some insight.  In my quest to meet builders who can fabricate space qualified vehicles I have been using my travel trailer to advantage.  It has moved from Mojave to Michigan and a few trips to Texas and Wyoming  on the quest and it has been educational.

So we can actually set up camp in a remote mountain camp and support our design work on the computers with the self contained generator and life support of this trailer.  Some pioneers may chose tent shelters even as a Mars base may have multiple dwellings.  But many features of civilization are available with a kitchen and head facilities.  This could be an interesting venture for our new Meetup groups.  We can have recreation and get some work done at the same time.

When I left our interns in Colorado and Laramie Wyoming I went on a test run, a reconnaissance mission for our simulated Mars mission.  Between Laramie and Wheatland on Highway 34 there is a game area in the mountains.  The Tom Thorne/Beth Williams wildlife management area is perfect…sort of.  It is situated at altitude so you have a partial high altitude low oxygen environment.  There are few trees on the mountains and the landscape is a bit barren.  The roads are challenging, and weather can deliver a bit of interest.

So we left Laramie and passed the usual prairie and antelope along highway 34.  There was a cloud over the mountains as we passed from the high plains down through the 8,000+ ft. pass to the canyon below.  That is typical for the warm air to be agitated by the mountains and then turn out crank weather for the valley below.  At the entrance to the game area we dropped into low range four wheel drive for the truck trail in.  We were greeted by an unusual sign that set the tone for the mystery ahead.

A blank white sign had a hand scrawled message:  “Stephen Dell Jester was murdered here 2016.”  Now I know Stephen, he is my electrician in Wheatland, about 25 miles away.  Later I learned that he has some strange acquaintances and this was just a prank.  But there was no cell signal to confirm that on our first night.  Just a foggy grey mystery night shaping up in the Wyoming Wilderness.

As we pressed on through the narrow road with my wide load we found the river flowing over the bridge.  Spring runoff was heavy, but I locked the rear differential and plunged in.  We made it with no problem, and continued on…to another flooded ford!  Again we hit the gas and plunged through the torrent successfully.  Weaving through the narrow passage through trees and branches led uphill to a lake and three campsites.  The only level one was number three, high above the lake on a ledge.  This seemed a perfect spot for a Mars landing.  Perhaps we will name it “Murphy’s Landing” after this trip.

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THE MAJORITY POPULATION OF WYOMING

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STARTING IN

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AND DIVING IN

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OUR FIRST WARM GREETING

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OUR LANDING SITE; PUNCTUATION BY THE N.R.A.

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CAMPING AREA “C”

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AND THE PREVIOUS TENANT OF OUR CAMPSITE…

WINTER IS HARD ON COYOTES TOO!

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REMOTE…LIKE MARS.

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VERY REMOTE…

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STILL DARING US TO EXPLORE OFF THE LEASH A BIT

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QUIET SOLITUDE

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PERFECT FOR SKINNY-DIPPING (OR FURRY DIPPING IF YOU PREFER)

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WE HIKED DOWN THE ROAD BACK INTO THE VALLEY BELOW

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CHECKING OUT THE RUNOFF FROM A HIGH WATERFALL

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WHERE I NOTICED A BROKEN PIECE OF METAL…THAT FIT MY HITCH LOCK KEY!

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THE TRAILER HASN’T ROLLED OFF THE CLIFF INTO THE LAKE…YET.

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WHY YES, THERE IS SOMETHING MISSING.  THIS IS THE SECOND ONE OF THESE TO BREAK ON ME NOW.

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SPARE PARTS…DON’T LEAVE EARTH WITHOUT SOME…LOTS OF THEM!

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SKID PAN IS A BIT BENT TOO…PROBABLY FROM ARIZONA THOUGH.

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LICENCE PLATE NEARLY RIPPED OFF TOO…NEW SCREWS MOVED TO THE BOTTOM HOLES.

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OLD ARMY HABITS PAY OFF ON MARS

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A TRUCK CAME IN…WAS THIS THE INSANE CAMPGROUND ELECTRICIAN KILLER?

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THEY SET UP AT THE LAKE SO I GOT OUT THE SUPER ZOOM CAMERA…

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NAH, JUST A KID OUT FISHING WITH HIS GIRL…IN SHORTS?  PERHAPS THEY ARE CRAZY.

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COUNTY 13 ON PLATE IS NEAR DOUGLASS.  EITHER THEY ARE WAY MORE USED TO THE COLD UP THERE OR THEY WENT TO COLLEGE IN LARAMIE AND EDUCATED THEIR BRAINS OUT?  SEE THE GOOSE BUMPS?

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EVEN THE GOOSE SAYS: “TAKE HER TO A NICE MOVIE NEXT TIME YA SILLY GOOSE!”

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WE ENJOYED A QUIET NIGHT…WITH THE DOOR LOCKED, BEAR SPRAY AND A MACHETTE NEAR BY.

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WHILE MY FEROCIOUS GUARD DOG ENJOYED A SOUND NIGHT’S SLEEP.  (AND HOGGED THE BED)

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WE SURVIVED TO A MISTY SATURDAY THE 14TH.

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FOREBODING…

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GRIM, THREATENING…

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SO WE STARTED HOME

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AND RE-CROSSED THE FLOODED BRIDGE.  NOTICE THAT WHITE WATER?

A CURB THERE

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WHICH BENT BOTH RIMS AND FLATTENED THE TIRES.  ONLY ONE SPARE…

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SO A FAST 50 MILE RUN TO WHEATLAND GOT THE RIMS BEAT OUT, BUT I DID HAVE A KILLER TIRE TO REPLACE.  SEE THE BARE CORDS?  BAD NEWS GOOD NEWS; IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE!

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SOON WE HAD THE WHEELS DOWN AND THE JACKS GOING UP FOR THE ROAD AGAIN.

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WE SQUEEZE BETWEEN THE TREES TO HOME PORT,

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UNLOADED THE LAUNDRY AND GROCERIES

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AND SALVAGED MY LAUNDRY WITH SPRAY AND WASH!

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AND SOME DAY WE MAY MOW THE LAWN

Well if I haven’t scared off all of our potential interns and partners yet we may have to do this again with a bigger crew.  And you may visit another mountain range then, the Snowy Range offers free camping south west of Laramie.  In 2013 I went there as a shakedown trip before another Arizona run.  SHAKEDOWN BREAKDOWN offers another look at the adventure of engineering design in the field.  By the way I called the same RV repair service when I was in Laramie this time too!

While there are problems in every enterprise, the crew of the enterprise is the key to the plot.  That is the reason for the mobile office, to move relationships in face to face meetings.  We can’t hire everybody and move them to some glorious office in a metropolis with traffic jams and high crime rates.  I hope you’re not disappointed.  For now I hope to increase the amount of time my computers can spend at your location.  We can work from home with limited time as long as we have relationships than can grow trust and eventually equity in the venture.

We will be cultivating new relationships in Colorado and Wyoming through our Meetup dot com group: Laramie Aerospace Meetup.  We will talk to the Experimental Aircraft Association in Cheyenne, and Tripoli rocketry groups as well.  I hope to tour firms in Wyoming and Colorado, universities, and related ventures.  We just launched this “Horizontal In Line Launch Staging (HILLS)” project on the STEMN space project website too.

There is a Missile Silo in Chugwater Wyoming with two new space ventures blazing trails to the new frontier.  In fact, Frontier Astronautics is a great field trip we will put together soon.  this can stir a lot of interest with aviation and rocketry interests.  Aero and Space need to start talking to each other again!  Perhaps we can get a tour of Sierra Nevada’s Dreamchaser project in Colorado too?

This trailer was modified to provide a complete self contained field office for our search for new space solutions.  It was 5 years old in 2012 and now it has 4 more years of service.  Things go wrong per Murphy’s law, but we can go on with a little effort, and a little duct tape.  The purpose to find vendors and partners is paying off.  Now we are ready to build one small step with flight hardware.  But investors want to see more than technology.  A viable productive team is a major part of their decision process.  And investment is another area where innovation is ongoing in this “Space Corner” of Wyoming and Colorado.

The prototype shown here is number five (P5) in a series.  We will focus on demonstrating some of the technologies on prototype P4 as an affordable high value flight demonstration.  Staging and a safe landing is important to building confidence and new technologies.  Prototype P5 may deliver a lot more exciting performance with another round of investment.  First we demonstrate basic design, analysis, and fabrication on P4.  Then we present solid blueprints and studies t o entry level funding sources.  Don’t worry, P4 will be simpler, easier to deliver, and still exciting.  Trade studies will flesh out the specifics as we move ahead.

We will eventually be able to work on site with vendors, make presentations at space conferences, and display at air shows like Airventure.  Bring some of your volunteer hours to the mission and we can upgrade our incorporation papers to deliver equity in the venture.  This will deliver interest from industry, government, and investors.  this is one of the few growth segments in our economy today.  Are you ready to boldly go?

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PROTOTYPE P5

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CAPTAIN’S LOG 15 MAY 2016

 

REENTRY

With the cargo loaded and secured we left Phoenix on May 5, 2016.  We proceeded to get lost, a flat tire, and a quiet night somewhere (??) in the Mongolon Rim country of Arizona.  National forests let you stay almost anywhere for free camping, so who cares where the “right” spot is?  A half day drive took us to a favorite south east of Gallup New Mexico.  The Cibola National forest offered a mountain top rest with great views by day and stars by night.

Another half day took us to Storrie Lake State Park with lots of waves as winds gusted to 50 mph; just like Wyoming!  Easy half day drives relieve the stress of driving and allowed us to enjoy the natural beauty of the west as we traveled.  The next stop took us to the Sugarite Canyon State park near the Colorado border.  Dog and I love snooping around the beaver dams and bear tracks there.  Dog lurks in her car “cave” back seat all night to guard us.  I have a can of bear spray in case she ever does see one!

The longest leg took us through Denver traffic to Longmont Colorado.  The Boulder County fairgrounds camp is another favorite stop over because it offers meetings with partners in the University of Colorado and area businesses.  We met intern Will Pfouts and Shadowair drones owner Jim Macdonald at this stop.  We also got engineer Chris Mento by phone to firm up plans for aircraft development.

By Wednesday May 11 we were ready to head north to Laramie Wyoming for two more nights.  The road north from Colorado passed through high population areas aqnd high altitude areas.  We fought grades and gusts as we moved north into the true high plains country.  Laramie is situated at 7,000 feet and greeted us with wind and cold.  We got water and sewer connections but we had to bring the hose in to prevent freezing!  Thursday brought calm warm weather though so dog got some sun bathing in.  I got the barbecue so we can keep eating too!  We have a good trailer repair man here so the water pump and refrigerator got some work done too.

On Thursday the 12th dog and I greeted Jordan Edson and David Case from the University of Wyoming.  We hope to foster interest in the “space corners” of Wyoming and Colorado on Meetup dot com.  There are schools, space ventures, and field trips of interest coming up in the future.  Now our business meetings are complete and we will start working on a hardline airframe design in the coming weeks.

 

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CLEAN AND ROLLING NORTH

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ARIZONA RIM COUNTRY IS WOODED AND MUCH COOLER THAN PHOENIX!

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UNLESS YOU GET A FLAT TIRE JUST BEFORE NIGHT FALL!

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BUT I DID GET A GOOD USED TIRE IN HERBER ARIZONA THE NEXT DAY

AND CONTINUED ON TO THE CIBOLA NATIONAL FOREST

EAST OF GALLUP NEW MEXICO

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WHERE I CLIMBED A ROCKY KNOLL FOR A SHOT OF THE RED CLIFFS

NORTH OF HIGHWAY 40

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CLIMBINMG AT ALTITUDE WORE US OUT FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S REST

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AND DOG GETS HER NIGHT OF GUARDING CAMP FROM HER “CAVE” IN THE CAR

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FOLLOWED BY A BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE…

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FOLLOWED BY SLEET AND MUD BEFORE WE COULD GET ON THE ROAD!

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WE WENT ON TO STORRIE LAKE STATE PARK IN CENTRAl NEW MEXICO

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IT WAS WINDY AND COLD…JUST LIKE HOME IN WYOMING!

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BUT HALF-LAB HAD TO GET HALF-WET ANYWAY

(BUT HALF COON DOG DID CHASE OFF A COON IN COLORADO LATER!)

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ANOTHER HALF DAY DRIVE TOOK US TO SUGARITE CANYON

NEAR THE COLORADO BORDER

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WE RESERVED A GREAT CAMP SITE AMONG THE JUST LEAFING TREES

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EXPLORED TRAILS AND BEAVER DAMS THERE

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YUP…BEAVER FER SURE!

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AND LATER, OTHER INTERESTING CRITTERS

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ROLLING NORTH IN COLORADO NEVER FEELING TOO BIG

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TO THE BOULDER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN LONGMONT COLORADO

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WHERE WE MET WITH JIM MACDONALD OF SHADOWAIR AND INTERN WILL PFOUTS

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MEETINGS AND HIKES WERE PRODUCTIVE BUT WE HAVE MORE

MEETINGS IN LARAMIE SO OFF WE GO

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AFTER A FREEZING NIGHT IN THE KOA CAMP IN LARAMIE,

DOG FINALLY GOT TO WARM IN THE SUN!

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LARAMIE IS NEAR THE MOUNTAINS AND EVEN THE HIGH PLAINS ARE AT 7,000 FEET!

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DAVID CASE (LEFT) AND JORDAN EDSON JOINED US IN LARAMIE

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WE WILL NEED INTERNS TO GET WORK DONE FOR THE PROTOTYPE

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NOW WE HAVE COMPLETED ALL BUT ONE PART OF OUR MISSION…

WE LOAD FOR A SPECIAL PLACE AHEAD

CAPTAIN’S LOG 06 MAY 2016

PREPARE TO MARCH ORDER

My time in Arizona is winding down after the Space Access 2016 conference. My time lately has been used to shop, hike in the desert trails, and get a new pair of glasses. My Windows computer crashed and was revived with Windows 8 instead of the 8.1 that forced itself on my and messed up the whole computer. We also blocked any future invasion of Windows number ten. As a final defense I began training our new Macbook Pro to carry on in future operations.

We also replaced the now defunct Starband satellite dish with a Verizon Jetpack hot spot. It should work wherever there is cell coverage. It has not been too reliable in the Phoenix area though. When I get back to Wheatland this pitiful Libre Office suite will also be replaced with the real Microsoft Office.

While living in the trailer I had the opportunity to do repairs and cleaning on this mobile field office and rolling cubicle. Arizona hosts a multitude of trailer repair and supply retailers. Naturally the SUV also wanted attention so a flat tire got a patch job. Then the vehicle got the first major cleaning in over a year…just in time for a rain storm.

While in the Phoenix area I visited the vendors who are prepared to help fabricate our prototype. Mace Aviation fabricates advanced composites, and offers skills from Space Ship One and the Lockheed Skunk Works. Performance One Aviation delivers composite aircraft assembly for high performance composite aircraft. I took time to photograph construction details that may suggest direction for our design crews.

I also visited our model builder to see progress. We had been hindered by the former builder’s medical problems. We should be back on schedule with that build now. That design previewed the detail needed for the next prototype design including center of gravity projections. It generated a lot of blueprints and laser cut parts. No wonder it is taking a while to build!

As we travel north we will visit partners in Boulder and Laramie for a couple of days each. This should allow a leisurely and productive trip. Later I will visit Frontier Astronautics to plan propulsion and guidance ideas. Now we begin packing for liftoff!

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BACK IN THE PARK WHERE THE TRAILER FIRST BECAME HQ IN 2012

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ENJOYING THE TRAILS AGAIN

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AND VIEWS OF APACHE JUNCTION AND SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN

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WITH ALL THE LOCAL COLOR

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THIS EQUIPMENT IS GONE INTO HISTORY NOW..

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REPLACED BY THIS!

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AND THIS MACBOOK WILL REPLACE THE DESKTOP FOR CAD WORK SOON

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WHILE THE TRAILER IS REPAIRED

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AND CLEANED

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AND A TIRE GETS PATCHED TOO

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THE VEHICLE GETS WASHED AND WAXED..

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INSIDE AND OUT.

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JUST IN TIME FOR A RAIN STORM!

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VISITING MACE AVIATION OUR FABRICATION TEAM

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AND PERFORMANCE ONE FOR ASSEMBLY

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COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTION

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AND SOME OF THE “KITS” THEY BUILD

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DON LANDRUS OUR MODEL BUILDER

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AND TWO STAGES SHAPING UP

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BACK IN CAMP ANTICIPATING THE ORDER TO LAUNCH!

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PROVISIONS FOR THE JOURNEY

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AND MOTIVATION

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BEATING THE HEAT!

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ONE LAST LOOK BACK AT APACHE JUNCTION

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THE WAGON IS HITCHED UP AGAIN

CAPTAIN’S LOG 20 APRIL 2016

SHOWTIME AGAIN

During my stay in Arizona my home state of Wyoming voted in the Democratic primaries. I sent an absentee ballot for Bernie Sanders. I saw both parties diving into the pig pit of corporate donations with despair. There comes a time when the pendulum must swing to the side that has been neglected longest. Workers are taking a hit and I was reminded of how bad it can get during my drive through Colorado.

In southern Colorado there is a monument to the Ludlow massacre. 102 years ago today a chapter of shame was recorded against American corporate greed. We are again seeing capitalism becoming a new form of slavery. We can expect this age of information to make a difference as many are learning about corruption in our government that protects corporate greed in the 21st century. Godless capitalism is just as bad as godless communism. Be sure that people will awaken and make adjustments. It is already happening in the face of massive campaign corruption. Will it ever be so bad as to see sixty six men women and children massacred again? It may be time to start thinking about responsible management.

As we frame a new corporation we should heed the warning and plan to care for employees. A company is the group to whom we will relate for many years. We should remember that enterprise is more than a starship, it is a fellowship. Initially we seek volunteer help but we want that to become equity in the venture. As we present value to investors this should become long term employment with tangible rewards. We welcome new founding partners and encourage investors to consider the value of happy workers. Loyalty is becoming a valuable asset in this day.

The Space Access 2016 conference brought a few bits of news and possible assets to our venture. We hope to follow up new connections and partnerships. But our old connections in Wyoming and Arizona are also adding more value each year. Getting funded is the first step to take care of our partners. Frontier Astronautics is pioneering new avenues to funding in Wyoming now. That brings us to a new direction for Exodus Aerospace. I want to incubate new space industries in our “Space Corners”. Our part of Wyoming and Colorado hosts XL Space Systems, Speedup, Frontier Astronautics, Exodus Aerospace, and Sierra Nevada Corporation. The Universities of Wyoming and Colorado offer many assets. With volunteers our own venture can now design a basic prototype.

This won’t be an orbital vehicle, but a solid working aircraft. The systems and airframes to demonstrate flight and staging are enough. We will deliver enough basic design for a modest vehicle with such assets as we can apply initially. Modest performance limits problems with control and thermal issues. With basic design we can deliver data for performance projections. All this offers a proposal to initiate investment with a modest price tag.

There are enough patented and new technologies to assure investors ownership of real value. These are all scalable to orbital applications in another stage of investment. It is imperative to deliver flying hardware in operation early on. The vehicles may be small and uncomplicated, but they must demonstrate an undeniable future for space launch technology. From blueprints and engineering analysis investment stages with real value in future launch services.

We are not initially funded and manned with all the professional help we will need. But the design is not far removed from modern home built aircraft technologies. Our volunteer engineers and vendors can observe mistakes and suggest refinements. Interns can feel free to contribute fresh ideas, with no fear of making mistakes. We will all make mistakes and make the solutions to reach the goal. In the process we welcome other skill sets in management and marketing to join the venture. Creative funding ventures are in the works.

THE ROAD TO THE VISION started with remembering workers of the past…

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THE UNITED MINE WORKERS MAINTAIN A MEMORIAL TO A MASSACRE

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THE LUDLOW MASSACRE WOULD BE FORGOTTEN BUT FOR THIS

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THIS IS NOW A DESOLATE PLACE NEAR THE NEW MEXICO BORDER

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LITTLE REMAINS OF THEIR MEMORIES HERE

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BUT THE EMPTINESS AND GHOSTS OF THE PAST

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OUR SPACE CONFERENCE IS NOT EMPTY THOUGH

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INNOVATORS GATHER TO WATCH THE FUTURE GROW HERE

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AND THE GOVERNMENT HOPES TO SEE THE FRUIT.

EVEN IF IT IS FRUITY.

GEE, WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE LAUNCH THAT ROCKET?

BROKEN WINDOWS? MELTED PAVEMENT?

I JUST LOVE THESE VERTICAL LAUNCH GUYS!

(THEY WILL MAKE OUR CASE)

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WE DID GET TO SEE SPACEX LAND ON THE BARGE THOUGH

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WHILE I DID EXPRESS A LITTLE SKEPTICISM

IF YOUR BIC DOESN’T FLICK…BOOM!

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TIM BENDEL OF FRONTIER ASTRONAUTICS HAD SOME NEWS FOR US

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100% HTP IS PRODUCED ON TIM’S WYOMING SITE BY XL SPACE SYSTEMS

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BUT THIS MAY BE THE BEST PRODUCT:

SEED FUNDING TO GROW PAYCHECKS FOR EVERYONE.

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TIM IS ALSO PLANTING AN EQUITY CROWD FUNDING SITE TAILORED TO NEW SPACE.

WE HAVE A VIABLE NEW SPACE CORNER IN WYOMING.

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BACK IN CAMP WE REST UP AND ENJOY HIKES IN THE DESERT.

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WHERE THE NATIVES WATCH WE WHO INVADE.

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WHILE OTHER INVADERS WATCH US BOTH. YES, ALIENS SURELY LAND IN ARIZONA!

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BUT WE HAVE HEROES TO SAVE US…

IF YOU CAN ENDURE THE SILLINESS!

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AND THE GHOSTS OF REAL HEROES BYGONE.  I THOUGHT I HAD SNAPPED A B-25 UNTIL I ENLARGED THIS…  FOUR ENGINES! A FLYING B-24 IS VERY RARE.

MESA’S FALCON FIELD HOSTS A NUMBER OF OLD WARBIRDS SO THE VALLEY OFTEN REVERBERATES WITH THE SOUND OF HEAVY RADIAL ENGINES.

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THE WHOLE WORLD IS TURNING ALIEN…MEN’S WEAR?? MAYBE ON FIRE ISLAND!

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ARIZONA RETAIL STORES HELP US TO RESUPPLY.NOW WE HAVE TIME TO MAKE REPAIRS

WE WILL CONTINUE TO FINISH OUR WORK IN ARIZONA AT THE VENDOR SHOPS WHO WILL BRING THE PROTOTYPE TO LIFE. THIS IS A PLACE FOR THE AERO IN AEROSPACE.

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AND THERE IS STILL TIME TO EXPLORE THE SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN HIKING TRAILS AND THE LAND OF THE LOST DUTCHMAN MINE.  Note:  what a shame so many come to the conference and never discover Arizona assets and natural beauty!

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MORE HAPPY TRAILS TO COME…

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ON THE WAY TO THE NEW FRONTIER.

CAPTAIN’S LOG 06 April 2016

LIFTOFF FOR ARIZONA

How will a company form from scratch when it needs a huge investment to go all the way to orbital launch services? By faith. This designer brought a family through many years of uncertain employment as a contract designer by faith. Jobs could end without warning but faith is eternal. I am a Christian, and I have never been let down by my provider. I should have been homeless but I am still prospering even while launching a new space venture while living on Social Security. I believe in miracles.

My faith requires me to examine myself, not others. An employer should hold himself to high standards while being patient and accepting of employees. Now that still expects employees to deliver some job performance but requires management to make corrections with respect. A word to the wise is sufficient so a private word should help everyone to reach goals. I publish other blogs that challenge me to understand my “owners manual” (the bible) better. Still that ancient text is very timely and revealing. I find keys to solving problems and I have plenty of problems to solve. More importantly I find solutions that must be from a mysterious source when I am powerless to fix the problems. It can’t be luck when it is such a long trail of impossible deliverance. Experience breeds confidence in faith.

Tabernacle Trails Blog.

Well if I want to hear from above I have to ask for something really hard to achieve. But we are witnessing the days when space access needs new solutions and those are becoming common now. Investors are witnessing more success and builders are bringing new technologies. We need to hear from the people who are building the future today.

Exodus Aerospace had a date with the Space Access 2016 Conference in Phoenix Arizona. With a target date of April 7-9 the need was to load the trailer and relocate to Apache Junction Ariuzona ASAP. Mother nature had other plans and a blizzard was threatening our April departure. So on the last day before the storm I opened the trailer up and loaded all the heavy cargo. Then we had time to load smaller items after we shoveled ten inches of snow from the path!

We left late at night but only moved to the city RV park. There we got to bed early and were ready to beat Denver traffic…almost. A driver in the third lane cut off the truck that cut me off to cross three lanes to the exit. The pulsing of anti skid brakes and squeal of trailer brakes almost drowned out my horn and an unscriptural description of the other drivers. From there south we had a good ride and no cargo broke loose. We overnighted in Surgarite Canyon State Park as usual, then crossed New Mexico the next morning. Cibola National forest was the last stop before Arizona. Part of the joy of new space is life in a camper which simulates space travel pretty well. Alone in the wilderness surrounded by the stars is always great. Having a cozy capsule for the dog and I is a comfort and saves money on motels.

This conference did not achieve the hope of introducing team members to new space players. But we have witnessed some new assets coming on line that may help our venture. After three days of meetings the rest of this trip will be to relax and put in supplies. The Phoenix area has a few more retail locations than Wheatland Wyoming! There is also time to visit our airframe vendors and refine our design directions.

Life in the trailer is a study in compact capsule living. No one should consider going to Mars until they have lived in a self contained 16 ft. travel trailer! Arizona offers a hostile environment at temperatures rise. And traveling on the road stops in remote locations without electric or plumbing connections. But at least an earth vessel allows us to do an EVA without pressure suits!

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SPRING SNOW BEFORE WE LOADED THE TRAILER IN WYOMING

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THE SNOW MELTED LONG ENOUGH TO LET US LOAD UP

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WE GOT GOING EARLY TO BEAT DENVER TRAFFIC

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MADE LANDING NEAR RATON NM

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WHERE I PRACTICE MY BEAR SPRAY QUICK DRAW

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AND ENJOY A BEAVER DAM ON THE TRAIL

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THEN GOT A VERY EARLY START AGAIN

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TO WESTERN NEW MEXICO AND A NATIONAL FOREST CAMP

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WITH GREAT MOUNTAIN TOP VIEWS AND SOLITUDE

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ZERO DARK HUNDRED HOURS PACKING LUNCH FOR …

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ANOTHER EARLY DEPARTURE FOR THE ALIENS

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AS WE EVADE OTHER ALIENS

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ARRIVED IN APACHE JUNCTION, UNLOADED AND RELAXED

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AND PREPARED A DISPLAY FOR THE CONFERENCE…

TO BE CONTINUED

STANDING DOWN; STATION KEEPING

WYOMING WINTER TRANSITIONS

This season is slow but far from inactive.  Fall passed into winter, but the birds are a bit confused.  this has actually been a mild winter which is welcome as I am not making the voyage to Arizona this year.  I have lots of work to do and living here is affordable.  I buy gasoline only once every two months!  Little things bog us down as I spent two weeks fixing a leaky shower…that is seeping again.  Another week went into house cleaning.  I clean every six months, whether we need it or not.  Between snows I cook meals that can be frozen for coming road trips.  Turkey is cheap during holidays and a market lamb fills out the freezer space.

Good food is not the only need for health.  As I approach my 69th year I need to stay in motion.  That job is supervised by Sergeant Dog, with 2-3 hours of walking daily.  Add to that a 10 item workout and I find my time hard to manage each day.  But walking time is also good prayer time, and that is a key to a venture that rides on faith more than visible means.  Incorporation paperwork took some time too.  Paperwork takes time but it may deliver great opportunities.  Exodus Aerospace is now a Wyoming LLC corporation.  This enables us to seek opportunities and so we are now cultivating new applications and markets.  Now I only need to learn to use the New Macbook Pro computer and get CAD designs moving again.

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A LITTLE LINGERING WARMTH BEFORE THE CHILL

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THE DEEP CHILL!

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AT LEAST SOMEONE ENJOYS THIS STUFF!

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AND THE THRILL OF THE HUNT!  (Bunny runner!)

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BURNING THE SACRIFICE

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LEG OF LAMB AND MEATLOAF

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HOME MADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

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OH…THERE’S MY CAR!

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LOTS OF SNOW ON COLLINS PEAK

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BUT THE BIRDS THINK THIS IS SPRING…

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AT LEAST WHEN COMPARED TO LAST YEAR!

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THE YEAR IN SWEAT:  IRREGULAR MONTHS DURING CORPORATE FORMATION

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SOON THE SNOW AND ICE WILL TURN INTO A RESERVOIR FOR SPRING PLANTING

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THE APPLICATIONS GO OUT

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PLANTING THE SEEDS OF EXODUS AEROSPACE

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ARMY CONCEPT SOLICITATIONS

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AND POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS MAY SPROUT…

WE HOPE TO BE READY TO MAKE OUR ARIZONA RUN FOR OUR FAVORITE CONFERENCE:

Space Access ’16 Conference Registration Open

April 7th – 9th, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix North

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ONE FRANTIC TRIP…WHAT COMES OF IT?

I made a trip to Arizona because my brother was ill.  Fortunately he recovered and went home to Michigan.   So a long trip still offered time to get some business done too.  First I responded to confirmed evidence that Microsoft is already force downloading Windows number ten…by buying a Mac.  My CAD software cost me many times the cost of the PC so I will not let a 900 lb. gorilla turn off my design tools.

I have been proposing to incorporate a very expensive venture and this is not an easy path.  They have said that if you want to make a million dollars in aerospace, you should start with five million dollars.  Make that five hundred million dollars of somebody else’s money, who will probably break your legs if they think you are cheating them.  We have to sell as if our life depends on this being the only real future of aerospace.  Well that is what I think this is, so that is what we are doing.  Investors can’t afford not to invest in this technology.  Horizontal In Line Launch Staging (HILLS) is the future of orbital launch services.

We need a crew that can build a high tech high performance prototype.  My few engineers can point us in the right direction now.  But we have to show investors a group of experienced builders with the experience and facilities to deliver a space plane.  That’s why I have been working with vendors in the Phoenix area.  Performance One Aviation provides assembly services to builders who pay over a million dollars to own high performance turboprop or jet aircraft.  Other vendors in the area have had their hand in building space planes and military prototypes.  On my last trip I visited the jet and rocket engine suppliers.  I took time to meet the airframe people again to assure a path to flight.

If we intend to fly unmanned launch vehicles we need to provide a good portable ground station for command and control.  We may provide a custom made trailer for the crews and equipment.  Dunesport Trailers can build a version of their toy hauler that with custom work stations properly balanced for towing.  Crews can have sleeping facilities, comforts, and a comfortable climate at any flight location.  Did I mention that aerospace is not cheap?

We are looking at programs that require test flights and may lead to production.  Such ventures expect to see a complete plan for development and manufacturing in volume too.  Amateur rocketry may put up one rocket but we may have to build dozens that are highly reliable.  We may get a lot of help from our Wyoming community if we make a professional case.  To this end We are gathering professionals now.

We had time to enjoy the scenery in Arizona before I returned to Wyoming with more pieces for the mission.  Then I made a trip to Laramie to talk to the lawyers about incorporation.  That too is a scenic trip with lots of wild game on the road.  But this big country also has room for another wild game…from the space cowboys!

IT’S OFFICIAL:  OUR NEW WEB PAGE  FOR EXODUS AEROSPACE

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DON AND DOG ON THE EVENING TRAIL

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HARVESTING MEMORIES

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UNTIL THE CITY SLEEPS

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AND THE DREAMS AWAKEN AGAIN

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AT THE BUILDERS

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WHO CAN MAKE IT FLY

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AND BUILDERS FOR GROUND SUPPORT

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GIVE US ROOM TO GROW

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IN COMFORT

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UNTIL IT IS TIME TO RETURN TO WYOMING

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PASSING ALIENS!  (WALKING STICK)

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UP THE SALT RIVER CANYON YOU SAW AT NIGHT IN THE LAST POST

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IN THE LAST BLOG YOU COULDN’T SEE THE ROAD ACROSS THE CANYON

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OR THE EDGE IT CLINGS TO

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WHICH IS SERIOUSLY CLOSE TO A BIG STEP…DOWN…DOWN…DOWN

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INTO THE ABYSS!  (WHY WE DRIVE SLOW!)

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THEN DOG GETS A COUPLE OF NICE MOTEL NIGHTS

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PASSING THE NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY FACILITY AGAIN

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AND MORE WESTERN SUNSETS

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RETURNING US TO LARAMIE PEAK IN WYOMING

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AND HOME IN WHEATLAND

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MANY BUGS LATER

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THEN WE AIMED WEST TO LARAMIE AND THE LAWYERS

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PASSING THE GAME RESEARCH AREA

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AND PLENTY OF WILD NEIGHBORS

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ON THE HIGH PLAINS

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AND IN THE MOUNTAINS

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SO WHERE WILL WE FIND MANUFACTURING FACILITIES HERE?

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THE ANSWER MAY BE ON THE ROAD AHEAD…

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RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE!

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