CAPTAIN’S LOG 15 MAY 2015
We left Apache Junction Arizona late on Wednesday May 13 after a good meal at Dirtwater Springs with Don Eyermann. Our first stop was projected to be 4 hours by Google Maps, but my trailer rarely gets over 60 mph so we pulled in to a campsite at midnight. There are many national forest roads near Show Low Arizona and the pine woods offered a much cooler starry night. We look like some alien craft at night, and the dark woods were a quiet break from the constant noise of land and air traffic in Arizona. I will miss the roar of radial engines of the warbirds though.
Our late loading effort left some cargo misplaced and hard to access but we settled in for a good night of rest after a starlight walk. Dog stayed out listening to the creatures of the night for quite a while. Sunrise revealed our campsite and the empty woods around us. Dog got to run off the leash to sniff and hunt for a while. Then we were off to New Mexico.
CAMPING IN CRITTER WORLD
READY FOR BEDDIE
AND READY FOR THE NEW DAY
OFF THE LEASH AND FREE
GREAT BLACK HUNTER
BURNING UP THE ROAD
READY TO PULL OUT
FOREST ROADS AREN’T PERFECT BUT CAMPING IS FREE
NEW MEXICO REST AREA…VERY BASIC
BYOTP…YES THOSE ARE SOILED BVDS BACK THERE
GOOGLE MAPS SENT ME ON A DUBIOUS SHORTCUT; NARROW FOR A TRAILER LOAD
WHICH TOOK ME TO THE MALPAIS NATIONAL MONUMENT
MALPAIS IS SPANISH FOR BAD PLACE OR BADLANDS
IMPOSSIBLE TO WALK OR BUILD ROADS ON MANY MILES OF LAVA FLOWS
EXCEPT WHERE STOPPED BY A WALL OF ROCK CALLED THE NARROWS
AN OCEAN OF LAVA FORCES THE ROAD TO FOLLOW THIS TILTED PLATE
MODERN HIGHWAY 40 FINALLY BLASTED THROUGH TO…
ALBUQUEQUE…ALL BU Q Q?
AND THE ROUTE 66 RV PARK
AND REST FOR THE ROAD WEARY
HAVING AN EXTRA DAY THE DAWN OFFERED TIME FOR REPAIRS
THE PREVIOUS NIGHT WAS A BIT CROWDED WITH OUR LOAD
SO THE LOAD WAS MADE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND SECURED
JUST BEFORE THE THUNDERSTORMS AND 30 MPH GUSTS ROCKED THE BOAT
AND WE GOT TOTAL RELIEF FROM ARIZONA TEMPERATURES
TOTAL GRIEF RELIEF
NOW WE NEED TO LOSE THOSE RAINY DAY BLUES! (AND ENJOY A SNOOZE!)
CAPTAIN’S LOG 13 MAY 2015
Having completed activities in warmer climates we are ready to return to Wyoming to launch Exodus Aerospace. Fellow entrepreneur Don Eyermann is using the CAD computer for an electric three wheeled vehicle design while I pack for the trip. http://www.erv1.com/
The car hasn’t been washed for 6 month since we left during a 10 below and blizzard conditions. The trailer was washed so the car got the treatment this time. Dog and I made a few more trips into the desert trails before we left too.
Stops are planned for national parks and aerospace products along the way. The first leg is short to allow an easy drive. As it turned out we were late packing and made the park a little late so the short trip leg was a good plan.
TAILS ON TRAILS
APACHE JUNCTION VISTA
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN MOODS
WAS THIS A COYOTE OR A DOG? THE DESERT STILL KILLS
CAR WASH NEEDED…BADLY
WAXING INSIDE AND OUT
DON MULTI-TASKING MEALS AND DESIGNS
READY TO ROLL
ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR LAUNCH
ONE LAST DESERT TRAIL ON THE WAY NORTH
SPACE ACCESS 2015 IS OUR CHANCE TO GO FOR LAUNCH
The Space Access conference is a big reason for my trip to Arizona. Preparations and anticipation are growing. I spent days preparing displays and had to replace my printer in the process. Just another casualty of the war on poverty! Dog and I still had a few more days to enjoy the trails before our return to Wyoming later. The Month of May adds insects to the snakes of April though. Bees and tiny biting flies reminded me of Michigan!
The conference delivered some serious progress to our venture, but another venture suffered a serious setback. Charles Pooley of Microlaunchers passed away before the conference. This photo tour covers a lot of hopeful ventures and opportunities. We will share more about our directions when we have firmed up our plans and incorporation.
I expect to leave Arizona on the 13th of May and we have a few important stops along the way. By the end of the month we may have an interesting team assembled. This trip began early due to the ten degree below Wyoming weather in November. Cold weather and blizzards followed us all the way to Texas. Mechanical and medical problems complicated the entire six months of this adventure. In the end we have many new friends in the new space movement. The movement lost a friend who helped many along the way, so we hope we can do so in our endeavors as well.
BURIED IN PREPARATIONS
POSTERS FROM 2013 (BOTTOM) AND 2015 (TOP)
LITTLE FOUR PEAKS AND BIG FOUR PEAKS
SHADOW-SELFIE AND PATIENT DOG
MY SHADOW AND ME
TRAIL’S END SUNSET
AND A LUNAR REMINDER OF THE CONFERENCE COMING
EARLY REGISTRATION GATHERING
OUR DISPLAY TABLE
3D PRINTERS ON THE JOB
THE CONFERENCE STARTS
SURPRISE GUEST…ADAM IS A FOLLOWER OF OUR ORIONCRAFT GROUP ON FACEBOOK
AND A REGULAR; JEFF GREASON OF XCOR
MITCHELL BURNSIDE CLAPP OF DARPA
ELECTRIC FUEL PUMPS NOW MATCH TURBOPUMPS!
REX RIDENOURE OF ECLIPTIC, AN AVIONICS SUPPLIER
AND ON THE JOB
MICHAEL CARDEN OF XL SPACE SYSTEMS, THE H202 PROVIDER IN WYOMING
BOB STEINKE OF SPEEDUP, ANOTHER WYOMING SPACE VENTURE
BOB ALSO PRESENTED ELECTRIC PUMP POTENTIAL
TIM BENDEL OF FRONTIER ASTRONAUTICS WITH AN AFFORDABLE PRIVATE SPACEPORT
I COMPLAINED ABOUT MISSING AN RFI FOR REUSABLE SUBORBITAL SYSTEMS SO I WAS INFORMED THAT THE HEAD OF THE APPROPRIATE NASA DEPARTMENT WAS SITTING RIGHT BEHIND ME. NO PROBLEM; THE SOLICITATION FOR MONEY HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED YET.
DAVE MASTEN PRESENTED THE SPIRIT OF THE VENTURE.
PERHAPS THE BEST PART OF THIS CONVENTION IS THE MEAL TIME MEETINGS. CASUAL GATHERINGS ALLOW US TO MEET THE OLD GUARD AND THE NEW WAVE OF INNOVATION.
AND ANOTHER BADGE JOINS THE COLLECTION
Exodus aerospace can identify real markets and real talent to build on. There are a few days of packing, and a long road ahead to the future. Now we move from paper airplanes and models to the real world of new space business. In my last blog I remembered my own mortality. I have invested most of my energy and resources in a vision for a better future. Now we are reminded that others before us have shared this desire so we hope that some of these goals will be realized in our lifetime. We will still need young visionaries to carry that hope to completion. Exodus Aerospace expresses the hope to leave the planet for this new frontier. The leadership we may develop should have the support they need to become the next stage in that journey.
CHARLES POOLEY, RIP
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU…
Starting a business is often hard, and more so when you start into aerospace. This is not like starting a sandwich shop. Software ventures don’t need massive design and fabrication costs. Partners and investors know how hard aerospace is and they are hard to find. While I am working to do this I have mundane medical and maintenance needs. The desert offers reminders of the shortness and cruelty of life. My own health suggests that time is limited for mortal man. To the eyes life is heartless and harsh, but my Christian faith has eyes to see hope in the shadow of death.
A RAINBOW IS OFTEN BROUGHT TO US WITH A STORM
THE SIGNS ARE INTIMIDATING
BUT CAN OFTEN JUST BLOW OVER
LEAVING AN EMPTY THREAT
FOR THIS RABBIT THE COYOTE THREAT WAS REAL THOUGH
WHICH ONCE OFFERED A REAL THREAT
I have worked for several years to design and patent a system that may solve problems. I have worked alone, and spent my own money up to this point. Now the job will be too much for a single hand, and we need to incorporate. To this goal I am inviting partners to share equity in the venture. At times the efforts don’t seem to be producing results and my faith is challenged. Over time it seems like a running gun battle with setbacks and counter offensives. Slowly the evidence of progress is coming in. In the old days of naval warfare one might not see how much damage the enemy was taking because of the distances. One would be keenly aware of the damage done by the enemy because of its immediate close impact. By faith they would praise the lord and pass the ammunition until a victory was won. So we press on and continue to build here.
DON LANDRUS IS TAKING IN THE BLUEPRINTS FOR THE MODEL HE WILL BUILD. I THINK WE FOUND AN INSPIRED MODEL BUILDER HERE.
WHO ELSE KEEPS A PILOT IN THE GARAGE?
OR A HOUSE FULL OF AIRPLANES?
AND I MEAN FULL!
EVEN HIS OWN FULL SCALE MODEL
DON’S OWN CANARD TYPE DESIGN
YES, HE HAS BUILT A FEW MODELS!
WORKING CAN BE OPPRESSIVE AS THE HEAT COMES ON
BUT I BUILT THE MODELS IN EVEN MORE HEAT IN THE PAST!
SO I REBUILT THE OLD CORK BOARD WITH NEW PARTS
THIS TIME REINFORCED WITH OAK BRACES
AND RETURNED IT TO SERVICE ON THE BACK WALL
MAJOR CLEANING AND CARPET REPLACEMENT
THE TOOL ROOM IS IN FULL SERVICE ON DECK
THE NEW JUTE RUG AND RUNNER IN PLACE
AND THE SCREEN CLOSURES ALLOW COOL RUNNING IN HOT WEATHER. THE TOY HAULER MAKES A USEFUL OFFICE CONVERSION PLATFORM.
SO WHILE THE STATION APPEARS TO BE UNDER CONSTRUCTION…
Oh, I’m afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive…
We have a few weeks before the Space Access 2015 conference in Phoenix. I hope to generate more participation at that event. Then we will be ready to retreat from the land of heat and reenter the cooling breezes of Wyoming. Will we be ready to incorporate in that tax-free environment?
I TRY TO REMEMBER TO CLEAN UP BEHIND MY DOG…
This prevents the kind of accidents that inspired Forrest Gump to report that “It happens”. Well, it still happens. We make plans, and watch our step, but we still feel the slippery slopes in life. As I plan to pursue a business venture I am being prudent to ensure that I can deliver a good work day. Arizona offers competitive camping prices, trailer repairs, and medical care. I am getting all the maintenance done while I am here.
After the Space Access 2015 Conference in May I will again go on the road for the mission. We will be ready, but it is usually not a perfect road. Being able to turn to the next trouble spot is critical to mission completion. We are building a flexible team and a flexible plan to meet the need. Space dock is putting the tools in place.
HIKES AT DAY’S END PREPARE US FOR ANOTHER DAY
SOMETIMES WE SEE BEAUTY LIVING WITH THE BEAST…FLOWERS AND CACTUS
AND ORDINARY SIGHTS MAY ASSUME…
A VARIETY OF HUES AND MYSTERY…SOMETHING SINISTER?
THE FUTURE CAN BE CLOUDED BUT…
STILL HAVE ONE LAST WARM GLOW OF GLORY
BY EVENING WE ARE PLANNING THE NEXT DAY
WHICH IS GREETED WITH EFFORTS TO BE STRONG
TEN POUNDS IN THE GYM IS HEAVIER THAN TEN POUNDS AT HOME, RIGHT?
LET’S GET THE RIGHT MEDS (FOR DOG TOO!)
AND GOOD PROTEIN FOR THE PERFECT SPRING AND…
REAL EASY LIVING!
A GARDEN OF EDEN DAY, RIGHT? WELL…
OH YEAH…HE’S WARMING UP NOW. THE EVIL ONE STILL LIVES HERE.
THERE’S SOMETHING SINISTER WATCHING US.
I’M BEING PULLED IN FOR AN EXAMINATION AT THE MAYO CLINIC
A SORE FOOT (PLANTAR FASCIITIS) HAS HINDERED THE PERFECT HIKING EXPERIENCES
SO WE HAVE A NIGHT SPLINT AND…
DAD’S OLD MOBILITY SCOOTER TO HELP ME HEAL.
LEADING TO GREAT BUNNY HUNTS IN THE DESERT…EEEEE-HA!
BUT I AM STILL BEING WATCHED
I’M BEING PUSHED BACK INTO THE MAYO CLINIC…
FOR CATARACT SURGERY! (Yes that’s me squealing like a girl)
FINALLY I ESCAPE ON A MINI-TRANSPORTER
TO (RELATIVELY) NORMAL LIFE ON EARTH
AS MEN (AND DOGS) IN BLACK
DO YOU THINK THAT I AM MAKING ALL THIS UP? NEWS FLASH: THEY’RE COMING FOR YOU TOO!
Dad told me that growing old isn’t for cowards, and now I see it happening to me! There is a curse in the Garden of Eden, and our sins take a toll on our flesh. There is a form of alien (demonic) life that pulls us down, and we can’t miss all the works of the dark side of the force…old age! The approach of death doesn’t have to mean that we have to fear it though. There is life on the other side for those who discover the key. Some of you already know that one name earns persecution from all the other beliefs. That name sees more oppression and death than all the others. But they keep on believing even more when persecuted, since the Roman times and earlier. Why do they persevere? Because they experience their hope; it makes them solid. I AM is greater than IS! (or ISIS or ISIL or whtever)
Elvis has left the room, and I will follow but we want to leave a few young folks on the board, so we are recruiting for Exodus Aerospace. We are also pioneering a new path to prosperity that fits a new market environment. New Space has opportunities that old space is unable to access. Think Alexander against the Persians. Old doesn’t have to mean dead. Don Quixote lives on in new space!
The bitter winter road here left some hidden damages. Some minor water leaks were ongoing before that freeze, and got worse afterwards. So old signs of water damage now became distinct flows and moldy wood and carpets. We got repairs under way and included a few medical repairs. Dog and I are getting old together.
There has been no time for design work but the model is moved to a new builder. More effort is aimed at business plans for now, so we are developing our team. We have delegated a little authority so we can get more done in this time. We may have a meeting in person soon as the Space Access 2015 conference is on schedule again this year. http://www.space-access.org/updates/sa15info.html
CABINETS AND PANELS REMOVED
OLD PLUMBING GOING OUT
MOLD RETARDING PAINT MATCHES WOOD TRIM
OH YEAH…THE WATER HEATER CRACKED TOO.
THE NEW WATER HEATER
AND NO MORE OUTDOOR LIGHTING
AND ANOTHER FLAT TIRE BEFORE
EXTERIOR WASH AND DETAILING.
REMEMBER THE BLIZZARD DIRT?
BRIGHT AND CLEAN BACK IN THE PARK
AND MAYO CLINIC FOR ME…CATARACT FIX COMING
I am told that an RV is of the same family as a boat. BOAT spells break out another thousand. The old wagon is priceless when I have a way to deliver my office to locations for design and fabrication. It is expensive to tow but a bargain for housing on site. After the Space Access Conference I will begin moving north along the highway 25 trail. We have a line of vendors that who can offer CAD data and measurements for early design work. The internal components can provide size and mass information for the aeronautical designers.
Before we can keep the designers busy our team will be busy seeking their paycheck. We are not building a space system so we don’t need that huge budget. A small prototype may have low performance in flight but it could have big performance in the market. Small opportunities can still be big fun.
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.
MOON ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN WITH NEW YEARS SNOW FROSTING
SUCH VISIONS INSPIRE THE VENTURE
TO ENVISION…ALMOST MARS
LOADING THE MODEL AND SUPPLIES FOR A NEW HOME
WHERE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS MAY CONTINUE AT DON EYERMANN DESIGN STUDIO IN MESA AZ
TO BECOME THE Highly Optimistic Prototype (HOP)
AND DOG WAS A BIG HELP WITH THE MOVING
DAILY TRAILS ARE PEACEFUL
AND DREAMS BRING VISIONS OF…
BEING DONE IN A FAMILIAR PLACE…AIR VEHICLE INTEGRATION INC. LOCATED IN MY HOME TOWN; PLYMOUTH MICHIGAN, WHILE…
AVIONICS AND TELEMETRY DESIGN MAY BEGIN AT ECLIPTIC ENTERPRISES CORPORATION IN PASADENA CA
MARICOPA ARIZONA IS HOME TO A CLASSIC SHOP
ANDY ESTES OFFERS METAL AIRFRAME EXPERTISE
HONED ON REAL CLASSICS
AND COMPOSITE FABRICATION FACILITIES ARE ALSO ON TAP AT PERFORMANCE ONE AVIATION…
WHERE OUR SECOND FLIGHT MODEL WAS BUILT IN 2011
IN NEW MEXICO SMALL JETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW WITH GENERATORS AND SOPHISTICATED CONTROLS
THIS IS NOT A MODEL AIRPLANE ENGINE
WYOMING’S FRONTIER ASTRONAUTIC’S ROCKETS HAVE EXTENSIVE FLIGHT TIME ALREADY IN THE VTOL LUNAR LANDER COMPETITION
ABLE TO THROTTLE AND RE-START AS NEEDED
SO ARE WE READY TO…
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!)
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)
SKIP INITIAL CONCEPT IMAGE