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NEW HORIZONS

COURSE CHANGES

Exodus Aerospace is still not incorporated and suffered a setback in building the last model airplane.  But the last of three patents arrived, and we have decided to move ahead.  Arizona brought me holidays with my family and time for administrative action.  I have identified some partners and a number of consultants and suppliers.  That has been the object of years of travel and meetings.  Now it is time for the payoff.

The model will get built at the same time a prototype will be in design.  This time we have customers and markets to appeal to so we will be getting costs for professional designers and fabrication.  I may stay in Arizona initially so I can get input from builders here to share with designers in Michigan.  AVI is an aeronautical design firm that arrived in my home town, Plymouth Michigan.

Now my days are spent seeking the facilities and regulations involved in a prototype flight.  Most of this is on the internet, but the builders are available right here in Arizona.  Other suppliers are available along my usual migration routes.  I may be able to sustain the endless summer!  At least a have some time to spend here while we get organized.

Other parties are contributing business planning and organization now.  There are markets available for  this first small venture and we are putting the plan in motion now.  Watch for more details and investment opportunities to follow.

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MOON ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN WITH NEW YEARS SNOW FROSTING

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SUCH VISIONS INSPIRE THE VENTURE

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TO ENVISION…ALMOST MARS

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LOADING THE MODEL AND SUPPLIES FOR A NEW HOME

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WHERE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS MAY CONTINUE AT DON EYERMANN DESIGN STUDIO IN MESA AZ

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TO BECOME THE Highly Optimistic Prototype (HOP)

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AND DOG WAS A BIG HELP WITH THE MOVING

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DAILY TRAILS ARE PEACEFUL

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AND DREAMS BRING VISIONS OF…

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DESIGN

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 BEING DONE IN A FAMILIAR PLACE…AIR VEHICLE INTEGRATION INC. LOCATED IN MY HOME TOWN; PLYMOUTH MICHIGAN, WHILE…

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 AVIONICS AND TELEMETRY DESIGN MAY BEGIN AT ECLIPTIC ENTERPRISES CORPORATION IN PASADENA CA 

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 AND THEN…

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 AIRCRAFT FABRICATION

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 MARICOPA ARIZONA IS HOME TO A CLASSIC SHOP

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ANDY ESTES OFFERS METAL AIRFRAME EXPERTISE

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HONED ON REAL CLASSICS

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AND COMPOSITE FABRICATION FACILITIES ARE ALSO ON TAP AT PERFORMANCE ONE AVIATION…

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WHERE OUR SECOND FLIGHT MODEL WAS BUILT IN 2011

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IN NEW MEXICO SMALL JETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW WITH GENERATORS AND SOPHISTICATED CONTROLS

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 THIS IS NOT A MODEL AIRPLANE ENGINE

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WYOMING’S FRONTIER ASTRONAUTIC’S ROCKETS HAVE EXTENSIVE FLIGHT TIME ALREADY IN THE VTOL LUNAR LANDER COMPETITION 

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ABLE TO THROTTLE AND RE-START AS NEEDED

SO ARE WE READY TO…

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ESCAPE TO THE CAPE? 

THE SPACE FLORIDA COMMERCIAL SPACEPORT 

NASA has tasked Space Florid with operating the old shuttle landing strip as a commercial space port.  We are talking to Space Florida, NASA, and FAA representitives about a pioneering horizontal launch demonstrator test program.  The mission needs FAA definition and we need to target that for avionics development.  Who wants to have some time in Florida next winter?

Perhaps we will see the whole Horizontal In Line Launch Staging (HILLS) family developed here:

HOP       Highly Optimistic Prototype

SKIP       Stage Key Initial Prototype

JUMP    Junior Un Manned Prototype

LEAP      Launcher Evolution Advanced Prototype

So now we are just a HOP, SKIP, and a JUMP away from one giant LEAP for bad acronyms!  (and great puns…my revenge on NASA!)

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 SPACE FLORIDA MAY BE ABLE TO HOST TEST FLIGHTS

PIONEERING LAUNCHES ON THE SHUTTLE LANDING STRIP

 Horizontal launch seems simple enough until you propose to perform an unmanned mission.  Then the regulatory issues become a bit unclear.  Satellite launchers don’t need to risk a pilot so we want to fly by computer.  That is standard in vertical launches.  How do we approach the FAA to operate a large dangerous unmanned aircraft that will transition to supersonic conditions in normal airspace?  Will this be a launch type license or an unmanned system operation?  How will air and shipping lanes be managed if a launcher needs up to 500 miles to gain altitude?

There is some good news because we may have a pilot at a computer if the auto pilot is erratic.  This may allow us to manually rescue a mission that might otherwise require a range officer to destroy the launcher.  Even if they do have a destroy case, it would not endanger the launch facility as vertical launch does.  We would only leave a boiling hole in the ocean instead of a smoking hole in the launch pad.  Perhaps this and reusable reliability can reduce insurance costs in the future.  Satellite providers may appreciate being able to bring their hardware home if there is an issue on the launch.  We may even be able to offer an “eject and parachute” option for payloads.

At this time Space Florida’s shuttle runway looks like the best place for development flights.  Even the regulatory investigation is a pioneering effort now.  The actual aircraft is rather tiny and only suborbital in performance.  But this will have full features for guidance development work.  It will test aerodynamic controls, turbine engines, and rocket engines in flight.  It is designed for durability more than performance so hardware can make multiple flights, testing one stage at a time.  We have no mission requirement beyond developing safe reliable operations.  Later ventures may pursue the higher analysis for orbital services on a foundation of discovery we can provide with this vehicle.  This is our mission vehicle:  The Staging Key Initial Prototype (SKIP)

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SKIP INITIAL CONCEPT IMAGE

EVACUATION WEST TO BALMY PALMS

MICHIGAN GOT MOSQUITOES; TEXAS GOT BANDITOS

Texas turned out cold rainy and dreary.  Our business plans ran into cold receptions and traffic jams in all the big cities in Texas.  My trailer repair guy showed up, did some work, and left me with a massive power outage.  The repair backfired, so I had to pack and move the trailer to a big indoor shop.  Once the repairs got done I was motivated to leave Texas early and headed right out onto the highway from the shop.  I left three days before my rent ran out just to see the warm deserts of Arizona again.  Christmas with my family was calling.

I was able to use my camp time to repair and organize life in the trailer after a summer off at home in Wyoming.  Repair expenses were partially offset by lower gas costs, and I may be reimbursed by at least one of the repair dealers later.  I re-started my daily workout routine which uses only light weights for a better pattern of healthy living.  I indulged some less healthy adventures in home cooking as we stocked the pantry again.

I did find alternative solutions for the space venture while I was working in camp.  I have identified aeronautical design, aircraft fabrication, propulsion, and guidance sources.  We are recruiting potential corporate leadership and vendor sources now.  Exodus Aerospace will be born soon.

A small unmanned suborbital space plane is of little value at first, but the tools and teams we develop will scale for greater ventures to come.  We will connect investors to real customer value in stages, even as we connect to orbit in stages.

For now I am enjoying the holidays with my friends and family in Arizona.  We will be growing a bigger Exodus Aerospace family along the way too.  The model airplane will be transferred to a new builder, and we will meet part of the fabrication team while we are here too.  The trailer is an important part of this venture as we can bring the effort together from several states as we grow.  It has been a long road as the older posts show, but it is paying off now.

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RESUPPLIED FOR ANOTHER WEEK

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ROAST FOR SUPPER EVOLVES INTO SOUP ON THE ROAD

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BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PREPARATIONS:  BEAN SOUP COMING

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NAUGHTY BUT GOOD; LIMIT ONCE A YEAR FOR THIS CARDIAC KILLER.

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THIS KIND OF EMPLOYMENT DOESN’T WORK IT OFF EITHER!

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OUR TRAILER WIRING CREW COMES UP SHORT; IT PULLED TIGHT ON A CORNER AND SHORTED OUT EVERYTHING

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ON THIS FINE DAY THE CIRCUITS ALL BLEW SO WE PACKED OUT TO A GOOD SHOP

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AT LAST IT GETS DONE RIGHT…FINALLY!

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FOR A PRICE…

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BUT OTHER COSTS ARE DROPPING

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I ESCAPED TO A DREARY RV PARK IN WEST TEXAS

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LOOKS LIKE AN OIL OR MINING CAMP ON THE FRONTIER

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GROUND WAS NOT LEVEL, AND THE BED FELL OVER…ROUGH NIGHT FOR US!

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TEXAS ENGINEERING:

PAYDAY IS FRIDAY AND IT FLOWS DOWNHILL…???

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MORE TEXAS ENGINEERING:  WE NEED A BIG SIGN…

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BUT WHERE ARE WE GOING TO PUT THE GAS CUSTOMERS?

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LET’S HIT THE ROAD!

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AND WE RODE OFF INTO THE SUNSET

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TO A NICE CAMP IN LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO

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AND A FRESH RUN TOWARDS THE ARIZONA SCENERY

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DOWN THE MOUNTAIN TO A NIGHT LANDING IN APACHE JUNCTION ARIZONA

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WHERE THE NEIGHBORS LIT UP THE LANDING LIGHTS FOR US

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ESTABLISHED UNDER MY PALM TREES IN OUR FAVORITE PARK AGAIN

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BALMY STROLLS AT SUNSET

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AND ADVENTURE HIKES IN THE MORNING

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LEADING TO HAPPY DREAMS AT DAY’S END!

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DRY DOCK AGAIN

Well I am beginning to believe that a lot of resistance suggests that I am doing something right.  If so, I must be doing really great now.  When I left Lampassas for Austin I was under a major deluge of rain.  On the way I noticed that my electric trailer brakes and the right turn signal weren’t working.  Google maps misguided me, then I finally found the RV park…and a nail in my tire.

Fortunately an RV repair man came in the office when I was checking in.  He put a plug in my tire for free and offered to come back for the other repairs later.  At least I won’t have to haul the trailer to a shop with no brakes.  So even without brakes, I DID get a break!

With all this trouble I will be busy getting repairs.  I am finding rewards as we locate the team to build a new space venture.  I think we are building towards some real progress now, so hang on for more news to follow.

BREAKAGE, ILLNESS, AND DAMAGE

  1. 10 BELOW ZERO IN WYOMING
  2. BOTH MIRRORS BROKEN AT HOME
  3. SHOWER FAN BROKEN
  4. BLIZZARD IN TEXAS
  5. DEFECTIVE PROPANE TANK
  6. FROZEN WATER TANKS
  7. WATER PUMP FAILED
  8. FORCED TO LEAVE FIRST CAMP EARLY
  9. MAIL SENT TO WRONG ADDRESS
  10. VENT CRANK BROKEN
  11. TAIL LIGHT BURNED OUT
  12. DIRT AND SALT SPRAY
  13. TRAILER LIGHT AND BRAKE WIRE
  14. TWO  NEW BATTERIES NEEDED
  15. ELECTRIC BRAKE FAILURE
  16. ELECTRIC JACK WIRED BADLY BY RV SERVICED
  17. BACK PAIN FOR SEVERAL DAYS
  18. NAIL IN TRAILER TIRE
  19. ROOF LEAK
  20. LAPTOP COMPUTER DAMAGED BY WINDOWS 8.1
  21. STARBAND WEB FAILURE: WINDOWS 8.1 BUG?  No, the satellite service was down.
  22. RV PARK WIFI FAILURE  too many trees?
  23. MODEL BUILDER UNABLE TO FINISH JOB due to illness
  24. NEED TO GET A NEW MODEL BUILDER

RECOVERING: PRAISE THE LORD!

  1. WARM WONDERFUL WEATHER IN TEXAS
  2. MET RV REPAIR MAN IN AUSTIN
  3. HE FIXED FLAT TIRE FOR FREE
  4. CLEANED AND SWEPT TRAILER
  5. LAUNDRY DONE
  6. RESUMED WORKOUTS TO HELP BACK
  7. LONG WALKS IN THE FIELDS WITH DOG
  8. GOT TO MEETING IN HOUSTON (LATE)
  9. NEW VENTURES FORMING FAST

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RAINY STORMY LANDING AFTER FLAT TIRE & BRAKES OUT

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LOOKING BETTER NOW

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THE RV PARK IS A CENTENNIAL FARM

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LOTS OF OPEN SPACES AND EASY LIVING

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AND DOG LOVES EASY LIVING!

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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE SPACE CAMP AGAIN

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SO I DID GET TO HOUSTON FOR A MEETING WITH WES KELLY AGAIN

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TWO COMPUTERS ON DECK FINALLY CONNECTED TO THE WEB

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LEARNING HOW TO LIVE ON THE ROAD AGAIN

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NOW WE GET STARTED ON REPAIRS

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AND A LITTLE CLEANING IS DUE TOO!

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BUT FIRST THE THURSDAY COOK-OUT

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AND THE ROAST IS REDUCED TO SOUP NOW

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EVENING WALKS ON THE FARM

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A BIT OF A FARM MUSEUM NOW

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LOTS OF ANTIQUES

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RETIRED FOR THE NEW CROP; CAMPERS

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TRAVELERS FROM BYGONE YEARS

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AND LESS BYGONE YEARS TOO

COOL RECEPTION

TEXAS…The adventure

Adventure; well, that’s one word for it.  I protected the trailer from freezing until the weather station promised one day of above freezing temperatures.  I was packed and ready to roll on Saturday November 15th.  We were a little late leaving because I had been getting up every 3-4 hours to fire the heater under the trailer.  Then we started hitting traffic after we entered Colorado.  Everyone else was fleeing to southern destinations and an accident slowed us all to 30 miles per hour.  Then I discovered some damage to my trailer electrical cord.  I gave up and landed at a motel in Longmont Colorado.  The rest of the trip rendered the trailer frozen and resigned us to motel stops.  One bonus was a tail wind and low gas costs to offset the motel costs.  We sailed south at 70 miles per hour on that cold Alaska wind.  The cold gave way to a full blizzard in the Texas panhandle and we gained a few hundred pounds of ice.  Texas finally thawed the trailer and the crew as we met Team Prometheus in Lampasas Texas.

Monroe King is team Prometheus and we may have a similar view on space access.  I hope we can complete a team with three legs: ideas, funding, and know how.  We may be making some steps towards the goal.  I hope to illustrate some new ideas towards those goals soon.  Some of my life experiences seemed as rough as this trip, but they gave me tools for the mission.  As a car salesman I was not using my main skills, but those new skills may help me build this new vision.  This hard voyage was not what I hoped for, but it may yield more assets for this goal.

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LOADING UP

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A ROAST FOR THE ROAD

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LAST ANTI-FREEZE VIGIL

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TREES SQUEEZE AND MAILBOX DODGE

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LAST DOG WALK STOP ON THE HILL

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 A QUICK VISIT TO FRONTIER ASTRONAUTICS FOR PROPULSION INPUT

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SOME POTENTIAL MOTIVATION

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MORNING DE-ICING AT THE MOTEL

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COLD BUT FAST THROUGH COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO

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SO WHY A BLINDING BLIZZARD IN TEXAS?

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THE SNARLING BEAST OF ICY FANGS

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ICE SPINNERS

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ADDED EXTRA WEIGHT, AND THE TANKS ARE FROZEN NOW!

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BUT LAMPASAS IS WARMER, AND WE THAWED OUT

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HAD SOME LONG CHATS WITH MONROE KING

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OUR HOST STUART, ANOTHER AEROSPACE ENGINEER, SPOILED US WITH TEXAS BBQ

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WHILE KYLE AND MONROE CHURNED OUT THEIR PROJECTS

 Now I see the potential to build another step towards the goal.  The model airplane is under construction, and I need to look to a more advanced demonstration.  We have potential for propulsion, airframes, avionics, and Texas offers places for unmanned flight testing.  With this potential I need to set up the computers for some new design work.  So now we are off for the only camp we could find or afford in prime season in Texas.  Now we’re setting course for Austin Texas and later visits to Triton Launch Systems in Houston.

SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER…NOT!

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MY OLD HIGH SCHOOL, PLYMOUTH MICHIGAN

 

SCHOOLS OUT FOREVER?

That was an interesting song, but really a bad idea.  School is back in session and it will stay that way forever.  You can learn at school, but make sure the student loans will really pay you back.  For some of us bad decisions put us in a different school; hard knocks.  I have seen that we can get answers here, but it is a long slow process.

Once we have a job and a family learning is done on your own time.  The internet offers a lot of information, but as Abraham Lincoln noted; it isn’t all accurate.  Still one can observe what others are doing and select from the more successful ventures for ideas.  One may gather experience from their career path if it follows technology and manufacturing.  Again some firms demonstrate how to use technology to self destruct.  The time you spend learning mistakes doesn’t add to your credibility so you wait for the right answer

Now if you ask the right questions, you might get some right answers.  With few credentials you may have good answers and no buyers.  The only way to sell the good stuff is to make it work; you have to have the hardware working.  Guys with credentials can make it work better, but they want to see the cash.  If you can get it working moderately well it might be enough to interest more support.

Finding others who actually build stuff that works can help if the price is not severe.  If it is their dream you may find a receptive audience.  For me school has been back in session on the horizontal launch vision.  This summer has been invested in generating new ideas for new ventures.  Wyoming farms enjoyed lots of rain, and we enjoyed a good crop year in space technology too.

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The harvest is in.  We have a bumper crop and it will be delivered to Texas soon.  We have some potential to build hardware there, but part of the answer may be here in Wyoming too.  I have to spend some time at Frontier Astronautics in Chugwater Wyoming.  I need to learn a bit more about propulsion from Tim Bendel and his crew there.  I will be going to rocket school.  http://frontierastronautics.com/

In Texas I will add classes in airframes and new space business.  With a variety of new designs we are targeting some serious hardware.  This summer was spent on the computer, with little time for the natural beauty of Wyoming.  I am happy to report that Siemens NX software has made the effort rewarding.  Now I have to plan and pack for another road trip and some time in the mountains along the way.

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WINDS OF CHANGE?  DUST STORMS TRYING TO BLOW US OUT OF TOWN

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LEAVES BLOWING EVERYWHERE!

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WHILE A POWER OUTAGE DROVE ME TO FIND A CLOTHES LINE

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NATURE SUGGESTED WE GET OUT OF DODGE, SO THE TRAILER LEFT THE BACK YARD

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WHERE IT NOW FITS TIGHTLY IN THE LOADING ZONE

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THE WIND HAS BEEN HARD AND COLD FROM THE NORTH

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THE COOL MOON AND WEATHER REPORTS INDICATE A WINTER STORM COMING

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SO I PROTECTED THE TRAILER FROM FREEZING

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SOME OF THIS FOAM WILL BE USED ON OUR MODEL AIRPLANE TOO!

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I HAD HOPED TO LEAVE SOON, BUT I CAN STILL GET WORK DONE HERE

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ME TRYING TO LOOK ROCKET SCIENTIST

(DOG THINKS I LOOK LIKE THE GUY BEHIND THE MEAT COUNTER)

…WELL, TO HER I AM!

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KEEPING WARM UNTIL THE WEATHER CLEARS FOR LAUNCH

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THERE’S A ROCKET GUY SKY…A COZY SUNDAY NIGHT?

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DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT!

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THE LAST DYING BREATH OF INDIAN SUMMER

BEFORE THE DEATH BREATH OF WINTER.

Hey-it just nicks the corner of Wyoming?  Pray in the warm California west winds!

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TIS THE SEASON TO BE FREEZIN…

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THE WYOMING NAVY

My wardrobe includes a Navy surplus black shirt which is a wool-polyester blend.  It welcomes sunshine and holds the warmth on these cold days.  It has big button down pockets and looks like I spent the whole day ironing.  This is the last place I can get good made in America quality.  So, while Wyoming doesn’t have vast seas, I break this out when the moisture does appear.  For Wyoming operations a big hat keeps the snow and rain off my glasses.  Hence, this is the “Wyoming navy” look.  But then Tim Bendel of Frontier Astronautics likes the “Wyoming Space Mafia” look of the black hat too, so we are in uniform now; ready to set sail..for warmer climates!

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 TIM BENDEL…

AND THE DREAMER

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MAYBE I CAN FINISH THE ROCKET DREAMS I STARTED BACK IN MICHIGAN!

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THE NEXT GENERATION

We are moving into a new generation of space design.  I see parallels between fact and fiction at times.  We can see different philosophies in Star Trek as we do in real life.  Captain Kirk is a boldly go Captain of industry who will enter with emotion more than logic.  It usually leaves him in a wrestling match, either with a Gorgon or an Orion Slave Girl.  Spock on the other hand will analyze the problem until funds run out and no hardware ever gets built.  So now we are navigating between the Experimental Aircraft Association and the NASA X-plane programs.

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So ten years ago Burt Rutan took a kit plane legacy into space with little heavy investment while NASA has decades of dead X-planes lying around.  NASA does have some expensive flying hardware…now decommissioned; and more (expensive ones) in the works.  But the commercial versions of Virgin Galactic are also having trouble (?) scaling the hybrid rockets for real profitable service.  Some analysis will be required by Mother Nature and the laws of physics.  We need a new generation to see reusable designs serving orbital launches.  Clearly there is something wrong with Kirk, who we first meet destroying a classic antique (300 years old?) Corvette.

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I’m not sure “The Next Generation” of Star Trek is our example either.  Captain Picard is a Frenchman…with an English accent, and a taste for Earl Grey TEA.  He is in Star Fleet because the French don’t TRUST him!  There is something wrong with this old boy too!

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DO WE REALLY NEED AN EXPENSIVE SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM ?

LET’S GET BACK TO REUSABLE HORIZONTAL LAUNCH TECH!

Now we have to design a next generation launcher with a bargain price tag.  We are identifying issues and solutions with the digital tools of our generation.  Some hope to mate these upper stages to an existing aircraft.  At some point we will have to analyze balance, structures, and aerodynamics with these digital tools.  However an existing aircraft to modify is not in our digital database.  Whatever parts we need to use are either from the pencil drawing era or locked in a secret vault on the Klingon (manufacturer’s) home planet.  Kirk may have us boldly go to wrestle with the seat of the pants hot rod shop modifications on the fly.  Spock wants to analyze all the bolts and structures in digital detail and a small nation’s budget.

Vertical launch structures may consist of a fuel tank as outer skin and structure all in one.  That is the rocket guy’s perfection for low mass.  A pop can tolerates a great load if you stand on it in the upright position.  It is even stronger when the pop is still in an un-opened can.  But if you step on its side it is WEAK.  Vertical launch rockets need help when their side loads are greater than a cross-wind.  On the X-34 the tanks are aiding with the loads, but some structure is added to help with loads that cross out to the wings.  That still did not have to deal with landing gear attachment and runway loads.  Its fuel tanks are empty when it lands on its light gear.  A traditional aircraft may use stressed skin construction where structures are used to prevent that thin skins from buckling under side loads.  Spars are heavier in the wings, and across the fuselage in the wing roots.

Space launch science retains hope that tanks will contribute somewhat to reduce traditional air frame structures whenever possible.  We should expect some new solutions to include tanks, composites, stressed skin, and bulkheads only as needed for the mission.  It is hard to guess at these before we can actually do some digital analysis.  We start by entering the largest mass items in the picture, so we see the great stress sources.  Fuel and engines are in the CAD now, and some structural estimation is possible.  If my images suggest structural solutions we could use suggestions and estimated strength potential for early concepts.  Then we have to position systems for balance and service needs over the operational life of the vehicle.

Other groups are planning similar prototypes, and we don’t know how much they can get funded, built, or flying.  Xcor is fielding a little demonstrator but may have bigger plans growing.  They will be validated to investors if they fly a small launcher now.  Others are planning modified commercial aircraft as launchers.  Their performance and cost potential is limited by the lifter not being rocket boosted.  We have targeted a unique advantage if we build all the potential the system has to offer.  A compromised prototype may miss the chance to develop and demonstrate all the advantages needed for the top paying satellite markets.

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COMPETITION IN THE WORKS..but with limited performance and markets

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ADVANCED STATE OF PROGRESS…may still be improved on?

This vehicle is small, so it may miss advantages of tanks in structure seen in the X-34.  These tanks are shaped conformal to the airframe, and may not be optimal for thin walls and light weight.  The aerodynamics have advanced after NASA wind tunnel work, and their propulsion experience may their greatest asset.  I see the wide bottom shielding the thermal issues from the upper airframe.   Most commercial aircraft do not have that advantage so they may be limited in reentry from ambitious altitudes.  This Lynx vehicle is too small to employ any high performance turbine engines though.  For this vehicle it is better to leave that penalty behind.

Another technology we have proposed is unmanned guidance systems, and that could be part of small prototype demonstrations as well.  Is it possible that a small prototype could deliver a lot of valuable lessons for future orbital ventures?  I know that smaller size does not always mean lower price, but it may deliver technologies for a full size vehicle.  Williams FJ44 turbine engines might offer a step from the Xcor Lynx towards a larger design.  Perhaps smaller rocket and airframe ventures would like to collaborate on that middle step.  These are old images of a scale vehicle which could be unmanned, but needs a good test site.  Un-manned rocket planes might make the authorities jumpy.  Perhaps the military needs to be a participant in the early planning.

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We are looking at small vehicles for big solutions.  Now we need to establish a small group that is willing to target smaller, faster, cheaper steps to the future!

 

SLEEPY SUMMER SLOWLY AWAKENING

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ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE

It has been a long pleasant summer in Wyoming.  After a hasty trip to Houston we are organizing capacity for more design work.  Siemens NX CAD is beginning to deliver the first drawings as my skills are refreshed.  http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/nx/for-design/

 

 

NX CAD AERO

 

 

I find the old familiar tools after I learn where the new menus have relocated them.  After using a simple system I am both happy and overwhelmed to find so many variables available again.  We have been able to develop conceptual designs, but now we need more elaborate tools and features.  Then we need to reliably deliver finished drawings in a professional format.  We are on the way.

 

We added the services of Will Green, an engineering student in Pennsylvania.  He has done some model airplane construction so we turned him loose on another untested idea.  He has a capable CAD system and should have fun with a free hand on a new concept.  Building small ideas one piece at a time can lead to bigger things to come.

 

Our second generation models are still under construction in Arizona.  Ideas from the Pennsylvania project may evolve into third generation powered models as well.  These are needed for marketing efforts in unmanned systems.  Without having a working market in that field yet we continue to market basic CAD services for now.

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Sometimes the best way to your dreams is to help others to realize theirs.  Perhaps our friends at Triton Systems will be able to use our preliminary models to advantage.  Their new website reflects some of our conceptual models and new momentum towards the market. Even the web page is still under development but it shows that a dark horse entry in new space is awakeningThe final site will reveal a lot of heavy credentials and leadership towards competitive systems.    http://stellar-j.com/Stellar-J-TritonSystemsLLC-p2-1.htm

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But that is a long-term project with a lot of analysis yet to be delivered.  All dreams take time, but time will tell that the dreamers are alive and building.  Innovation in small stages is acceptable, but never neglect the open door if bigger things may be presented along the way.

 

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