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…
THE UNITED MINE WORKERS MAINTAIN A MEMORIAL TO A MASSACRE
THE LUDLOW MASSACRE WOULD BE FORGOTTEN BUT FOR THIS
THIS IS NOW A DESOLATE PLACE NEAR THE NEW MEXICO BORDER
LITTLE REMAINS OF THEIR MEMORIES HERE
BUT THE EMPTINESS AND GHOSTS OF THE PAST
OUR SPACE CONFERENCE IS NOT EMPTY THOUGH
INNOVATORS GATHER TO WATCH THE FUTURE GROW HERE
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)
WE DID GET TO SEE SPACEX LAND ON THE BARGE THOUGH
WHILE I DID EXPRESS A LITTLE SKEPTICISM
IF YOUR BIC DOESN’T FLICK…BOOM!
TIM BENDEL OF FRONTIER ASTRONAUTICS HAD SOME NEWS FOR US
100% HTP IS PRODUCED ON TIM’S WYOMING SITE BY XL SPACE SYSTEMS
BUT THIS MAY BE THE BEST PRODUCT:
SEED FUNDING TO GROW PAYCHECKS FOR EVERYONE.
TIM IS ALSO PLANTING AN EQUITY CROWD FUNDING SITE TAILORED TO NEW SPACE.
WE HAVE A VIABLE NEW SPACE CORNER IN WYOMING.
BACK IN CAMP WE REST UP AND ENJOY HIKES IN THE DESERT.
WHERE THE NATIVES WATCH WE WHO INVADE.
WHILE OTHER INVADERS WATCH US BOTH. YES, ALIENS SURELY LAND IN ARIZONA!
BUT WE HAVE HEROES TO SAVE US…
IF YOU CAN ENDURE THE SILLINESS!
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.
THE WHOLE WORLD IS TURNING ALIEN…MEN’S WEAR?? MAYBE ON FIRE ISLAND!
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.
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!
MORE HAPPY TRAILS TO COME…
ON THE WAY TO THE NEW FRONTIER.
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.
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!
SPRING SNOW BEFORE WE LOADED THE TRAILER IN WYOMING
THE SNOW MELTED LONG ENOUGH TO LET US LOAD UP
WE GOT GOING EARLY TO BEAT DENVER TRAFFIC
MADE LANDING NEAR RATON NM
WHERE I PRACTICE MY BEAR SPRAY QUICK DRAW
AND ENJOY A BEAVER DAM ON THE TRAIL
THEN GOT A VERY EARLY START AGAIN
TO WESTERN NEW MEXICO AND A NATIONAL FOREST CAMP
WITH GREAT MOUNTAIN TOP VIEWS AND SOLITUDE
ZERO DARK HUNDRED HOURS PACKING LUNCH FOR …
ANOTHER EARLY DEPARTURE FOR THE ALIENS
AS WE EVADE OTHER ALIENS
ARRIVED IN APACHE JUNCTION, UNLOADED AND RELAXED
AND PREPARED A DISPLAY FOR THE CONFERENCE…
TO BE CONTINUED
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.
A LITTLE LINGERING WARMTH BEFORE THE CHILL
THE DEEP CHILL!
AT LEAST SOMEONE ENJOYS THIS STUFF!
AND THE THRILL OF THE HUNT! (Bunny runner!)
BURNING THE SACRIFICE
LEG OF LAMB AND MEATLOAF
HOME MADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
OH…THERE’S MY CAR!
LOTS OF SNOW ON COLLINS PEAK
BUT THE BIRDS THINK THIS IS SPRING…
AT LEAST WHEN COMPARED TO LAST YEAR!
THE YEAR IN SWEAT: IRREGULAR MONTHS DURING CORPORATE FORMATION
SOON THE SNOW AND ICE WILL TURN INTO A RESERVOIR FOR SPRING PLANTING
THE APPLICATIONS GO OUT
PLANTING THE SEEDS OF EXODUS AEROSPACE
ARMY CONCEPT SOLICITATIONS
AND POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS MAY SPROUT…
WE HOPE TO BE READY TO MAKE OUR ARIZONA RUN FOR OUR FAVORITE CONFERENCE:
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
DON AND DOG ON THE EVENING TRAIL
UNTIL THE CITY SLEEPS
AND THE DREAMS AWAKEN AGAIN
AT THE BUILDERS
WHO CAN MAKE IT FLY
AND BUILDERS FOR GROUND SUPPORT
GIVE US ROOM TO GROW
UNTIL IT IS TIME TO RETURN TO WYOMING
PASSING ALIENS! (WALKING STICK)
UP THE SALT RIVER CANYON YOU SAW AT NIGHT IN THE LAST POST
IN THE LAST BLOG YOU COULDN’T SEE THE ROAD ACROSS THE CANYON
OR THE EDGE IT CLINGS TO
WHICH IS SERIOUSLY CLOSE TO A BIG STEP…DOWN…DOWN…DOWN
INTO THE ABYSS! (WHY WE DRIVE SLOW!)
THEN DOG GETS A COUPLE OF NICE MOTEL NIGHTS
PASSING THE NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY FACILITY AGAIN
AND MORE WESTERN SUNSETS
RETURNING US TO LARAMIE PEAK IN WYOMING
AND HOME IN WHEATLAND
MANY BUGS LATER
THEN WE AIMED WEST TO LARAMIE AND THE LAWYERS
PASSING THE GAME RESEARCH AREA
AND PLENTY OF WILD NEIGHBORS
ON THE HIGH PLAINS
AND IN THE MOUNTAINS
SO WHERE WILL WE FIND MANUFACTURING FACILITIES HERE?
THE ANSWER MAY BE ON THE ROAD AHEAD…
RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE!
HARVEST: THE CROPS ARE COMING IN
I looked up at the night sky early this morning and saw an old friend…the constellation Orion. Other signs point to the end of summer and our growing season in Wheatland Wyoming. Like the farmers and ranchers around us we have been nurturing products all summer with hope for a great harvest. Most of the real work is being done online with a team forming to design and build a solution for the aerospace future. We may be close to a harvest on that crop now.
Life for me is still rural Wyoming with fringe benefits from local farmers I bought a lamb and had it dressed for about $6.00 per pound. So now there are lamb roasts, chops, ribs, and loafs. Dog and I are NOT losing weight in spite of miles of walking daily! While neighbors were cutting hay, I bought a lawnmower (after three years!) and began harvesting my prairie patch. Shoulder high weeds were a challenge, but the little whacker chopped a path through. Next year we may try to plant some real grass!
My plans got changed when my brother John suffered an embolism and I made an express run to Arizona. He is recovering now, and I may recover from this high speed run soon too. My friend and partner in entrepreneurial schemes Don Eyermann put me up for a few days. I can do some business while I am in the Phoenix area too. We have partners here who may deliver segments of the vehicle fabrication and assembly. So this is a practice run for liaison missions in the future production run.
There are a number of mysterious sightings flying around our command center lately, so no one knows where the market will take us. The future of Exodus Aerospace is up in the air.
WHEATLAND HARVEST MOON
LARAMIE PEAK VIEWS
SMOKE HAZE FROM WESTERN WILD FIRES
THE BUZZARDS ARE BACK…MOVING SOUTH
THE LAMB IS PROCESSED
AND WE ARE COOKING NOW!
LAMB LOAF AND SHOULDER ROAST
AND THE HARVEST
IT IS FINISHED
READY TO ROLL SOUTH; LIGHT FAST LOAD
NEW MEXICO RAIN
AND THE SUN BREAKS OUT
WARM RECEPTION TO ARIZONA
FOR A WHILE…SALT RIVER CANYON IN THE RAIN
STAY CLOSE TO THE ROCKS ON THE RIGHT, NOT THE CLIFF ON THE LEFT!
TRUCKS COMING DOWN THE OTHER CANYON WALL TO THE BRIDGE
DON FIXING SANDWICHES IN MESA ARIZONA
WHILE DAVE PULLS KP
AND DAY ENDS IN ANOTHER ARIZONA SUNSET
MY FIELD OFFICE
AND DON’S CAVE
FOR THE FUTURE
WYOMING: GATEWAY TO THE NEW FRONTIER
I BOUGHT A CAR AND A TRAILER IN 2012 AND SET OUT TO DISCOVER NEW SPACE ENTERPRISE. Frontier Astronautics of Chugwater Wyoming offered important assets, and the state of Wyoming is totally business friendly. Chugwater is a bit lean on retail stores so the next town, Wheatland, became my new home. The RV parks of Wheatland are home to many workers on the move. RVs are the modern covered wagon. Although I grew up in Michigan, I have family out here so this is home to me now.
We are moving to incorporate but it takes careful planning NOT to be one of the many broken space ventures that litter the landscape. We have some well experienced talent coming on board for the voyage now, so we do have some promise. For design the promise is this: CHANGE. The designs are already obsolete as marketing and engineering bring their red pens to the blueprints!
We have some marketing direction now, and there are places to use a small vehicle for small ventures. But horizontal launch has a big price tag for small ventures. Reusable demands reliable, which is good in the long run but less so up front. Most small launchers push for simplicity so they have some cost advantages. We need a value proposition that leads to bigger profits to follow this prototype.
Launch providers today are mostly expendable, including most rocket stages on air launch systems. Government tends to favor retro systems because there is no pressure to innovate. Vertical systems are spectacular, like steam engines, but not a direction for the future. That leaves the private sector to see the need. What will be the “Wright stuff” to make this happen? Those who invest in the small vehicle need to see the big picture of the future need. If we move our patents together with other new technologies we may be able to paint that big picture.
For those of us involved in the planning sessions that picture is already taking shape, so Join us for a look at the Wyoming Stargate!
BIG HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
DEEP IN THE PLANNING SESSIONS AT…
EXODUS AEROSPACE WORLD HEADQUARTERS (OUR 100 YEAR OLD HOME)
LARAMIE PEAK; LANDMARK OF THE OREGON TRAIL; FIRST MOUNTAIN OFF THE PRAIRIE
ON THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY
WHERE EVEN THE CARS ARE LONG IN THE TOOTH!
AND PIONEER TRADITION DIES HARD…
WHERE THE RIDERS ARE ROUGH
THE PIONEER SPIRIT FOLLOWS THE TRAIL TO THE VISION
OF A BETTER PLACE FOR THE FUTURE…
EXODUS AEROSPACE NEW WORLD HEADQUARTERS!
MY KIND OF CUBICLE!
AND UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
LET US DREAM OF THE FUTURE,
HITCH OUR WAGON TO THE STARS…
AND PREPARE TO BOLDLY GO
I went to the Space Access Conference to recruit partners for this venture. I have two potential partners now, and we have identified two or three new partners since then. The newest entries have some real aerospace credentials, and one even helped with my NASA efforts n the past.
I have responded to NASA solicitations in the past. I joined two aerospace professionals to bid on the methane thruster competition, but then NASA cancelled the competition. That was later awarded to Xcor so we might wonder where the competitive bidding went. Later we entered a competition asking creative inventors for game changing ideas. The response we got might be paraphrased as “We at NASA already know everything there is to know about aerodynamics”. Did Anyone mention to them that aerodynamics had major influence on Space Ship Two and the last Spacex mission?
At the space conference I observed that NASA asked for papers on reusable launch systems but the offer was only open for about a month. I was assured of another chance for the actual contract coming shortly. So I asked my team to watch the federal solicitations page for that announcement. I deliver a spreadsheet with program goals and this was a top priority, highlighted in red with bold yellow text. In Trek-speak that translates as “Red Alert…shields up!”
I finally checked the announcements and found that we MISSED THE RELEASE DATE. Realistically the requirements for submission might be met by a company with enough office staff to run like crazy and get proposals, costs, and reports turned in. So “new space” ventures with small teams and funding may not have been invited by design. This solicitation was issued on May 15, 2015 and is due by July 13 2015 so we had few credible assets for this target.
There are groups who may be able to launch a 60kg satellite in three years, but who can get all this paperwork done well on short notice? We are not damaged by technology, we may be crippled by bureaucracy…which I can’t even spell let alone operate. Here are some targets for the submission:
The following page limitations are established for each portion of the proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.
|Volume||Proposal Part Required||Page
|SRR Level Package||150||4||2|
|Small Business Utilization||15||4||2|
|Signed Model Contract||None||1||2|
Seriously my venture was never in a position to generate this effort. But then is any newspace venture able to do this? A pretty well heeled venture could get people to generate such a proposal if they risked a lot of man-hours of effort to do the proposal. This part of a new venture is the hard part; the investment of free labor hours.
Now we address the idea of launching a new venture in space. Someone has to lead the way by preparing a technology, a business plan, and marketing efforts. Customer interest may attract investment but it has to be good enough to deliver 20 times their investment at a predetermined time. The whole package requires your investment in sweat and cash. Partners may expect equity in return for sweat: actual labor. So the leader has to go first.
I have invested over $40,000 in cash. Labor for only the drafting work (not counting marketing, administration, and various education) is already over $160,000. I hope I have demonstrated a little commitment in this effort. Perhaps I can hope to inspire a similar investment from my team. Over the years I have seen mixed results in this area. I was taught: “But Jesus said to him, No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Many have joined, but few have shown up for work on Monday. Breaking news: if you want equity, send SWEAT!
NASA is not our market. Just ask your Native American friends about government contracts. We have more potential for a certain commercial market that our small vehicles can pioneer for now. We may explore a government offering for practice, but I am not willing to hang all of my hopes on those.
LIFE AT HOME IS GOOD
FATTENING, BUT GOOD!
WHERE THE GRASS IS GREENER
STILL A LITTLE SNOW ON THE MOUNTAIN
UNTIL THE SPRING RAINS GREEN THINGS UP
WE STILL VISIT THE FRONTIER ASTRONAUTICS SILO
FOR EXPERIMENTS…LIKE THE CHILI POWERED ROCKET!
WE STILL NEED BIG IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE
AND LITTLE TREATS FOR TODAY
THE ONLY SURE PAYCHECK: SUNSETS
Well, dreams are great but space is a really mean business environment. NASA wants a competent builder with good finances and leaders with a record of success. They know that the market is littered with the wreckage of new space ventures. Even well funded efforts are passing through the expected path of crash and learn. I see lots of little spaceplane teams with some credentials. Others have built on vertical launch with good new technologies to demonstrate. Most of our little efforts do not have the mean spirited business men who can fire the deadwood or even figure out who it is. If we think ourselves to be beggars we may think that we can’t be choosers. But unless your team has the passion for sacrifice they will not see the summit of this mountain. Fiscal acrophobia is not permitted!
Honestly, small teams with a few good men may not have enough horsepower to make the climb. Any vehicle requires a multitude of disciplines to cover propulsion, airframes, guidance, thermal protection, and aerodynamics. Yes, you vertical guys have to watch aerodynamics too! Then you have to move prototypes to production methods, and manage the business of making money for employees and investors. Hey-I just got a phone call from a money broker offering a half-million dollars to us. That won’t even pay for the design effort…and they want to get paid back on time! Space is an environment that kills dreams on the way to low earth orbit. Good luck to you Mars tourists!
Exodus Aerospace can use the winged development to serve some small markets in the atmosphere. Unmanned markets are expanding but they have not discovered all the opportunities out there. We need to see a payoff for investors who create our first small prototypes. Vertical launch can’t loiter in the atmosphere or slow down long enough to explore the opportunities. Conventional unmanned airframes also miss some performance potential. While the dinosaurs have some time here, the little creatures can scurry under their feet…into the future. Big aerospace and government may be impervious to innovation but we can be content to make small steps in the little things.
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Luke 16:10New Living Translation (NLT)