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
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.
RESUPPLIED FOR ANOTHER WEEK
ROAST FOR SUPPER EVOLVES INTO SOUP ON THE ROAD
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PREPARATIONS: BEAN SOUP COMING
NAUGHTY BUT GOOD; LIMIT ONCE A YEAR FOR THIS CARDIAC KILLER.
THIS KIND OF EMPLOYMENT DOESN’T WORK IT OFF EITHER!
OUR TRAILER WIRING CREW COMES UP SHORT; IT PULLED TIGHT ON A CORNER AND SHORTED OUT EVERYTHING
ON THIS FINE DAY THE CIRCUITS ALL BLEW SO WE PACKED OUT TO A GOOD SHOP
AT LAST IT GETS DONE RIGHT…FINALLY!
FOR A PRICE…
BUT OTHER COSTS ARE DROPPING
I ESCAPED TO A DREARY RV PARK IN WEST TEXAS
LOOKS LIKE AN OIL OR MINING CAMP ON THE FRONTIER
GROUND WAS NOT LEVEL, AND THE BED FELL OVER…ROUGH NIGHT FOR US!
PAYDAY IS FRIDAY AND IT FLOWS DOWNHILL…???
MORE TEXAS ENGINEERING: WE NEED A BIG SIGN…
BUT WHERE ARE WE GOING TO PUT THE GAS CUSTOMERS?
LET’S HIT THE ROAD!
AND WE RODE OFF INTO THE SUNSET
TO A NICE CAMP IN LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO
AND A FRESH RUN TOWARDS THE ARIZONA SCENERY
DOWN THE MOUNTAIN TO A NIGHT LANDING IN APACHE JUNCTION ARIZONA
WHERE THE NEIGHBORS LIT UP THE LANDING LIGHTS FOR US
ESTABLISHED UNDER MY PALM TREES IN OUR FAVORITE PARK AGAIN
BALMY STROLLS AT SUNSET
AND ADVENTURE HIKES IN THE MORNING
LEADING TO HAPPY DREAMS AT DAY’S END!
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
- 10 BELOW ZERO IN WYOMING
- BOTH MIRRORS BROKEN AT HOME
- SHOWER FAN BROKEN
- BLIZZARD IN TEXAS
- DEFECTIVE PROPANE TANK
- FROZEN WATER TANKS
- WATER PUMP FAILED
- FORCED TO LEAVE FIRST CAMP EARLY
- MAIL SENT TO WRONG ADDRESS
- VENT CRANK BROKEN
- TAIL LIGHT BURNED OUT
- DIRT AND SALT SPRAY
- TRAILER LIGHT AND BRAKE WIRE
- TWO NEW BATTERIES NEEDED
- ELECTRIC BRAKE FAILURE
- ELECTRIC JACK WIRED BADLY BY RV SERVICED
- BACK PAIN FOR SEVERAL DAYS
- NAIL IN TRAILER TIRE
- ROOF LEAK
- LAPTOP COMPUTER DAMAGED BY WINDOWS 8.1
- STARBAND WEB FAILURE: WINDOWS 8.1 BUG? No, the satellite service was down.
- RV PARK WIFI FAILURE too many trees?
- MODEL BUILDER UNABLE TO FINISH JOB due to illness
- NEED TO GET A NEW MODEL BUILDER
RECOVERING: PRAISE THE LORD!
- WARM WONDERFUL WEATHER IN TEXAS
- MET RV REPAIR MAN IN AUSTIN
- HE FIXED FLAT TIRE FOR FREE
- CLEANED AND SWEPT TRAILER
- LAUNDRY DONE
- RESUMED WORKOUTS TO HELP BACK
- LONG WALKS IN THE FIELDS WITH DOG
- GOT TO MEETING IN HOUSTON (LATE)
- NEW VENTURES FORMING FAST
RAINY STORMY LANDING AFTER FLAT TIRE & BRAKES OUT
LOOKING BETTER NOW
THE RV PARK IS A CENTENNIAL FARM
LOTS OF OPEN SPACES AND EASY LIVING
AND DOG LOVES EASY LIVING!
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE SPACE CAMP AGAIN
SO I DID GET TO HOUSTON FOR A MEETING WITH WES KELLY AGAIN
TWO COMPUTERS ON DECK FINALLY CONNECTED TO THE WEB
LEARNING HOW TO LIVE ON THE ROAD AGAIN
NOW WE GET STARTED ON REPAIRS
AND A LITTLE CLEANING IS DUE TOO!
BUT FIRST THE THURSDAY COOK-OUT
AND THE ROAST IS REDUCED TO SOUP NOW
EVENING WALKS ON THE FARM
A BIT OF A FARM MUSEUM NOW
LOTS OF ANTIQUES
RETIRED FOR THE NEW CROP; CAMPERS
TRAVELERS FROM BYGONE YEARS
AND LESS BYGONE YEARS TOO
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.
A ROAST FOR THE ROAD
LAST ANTI-FREEZE VIGIL
TREES SQUEEZE AND MAILBOX DODGE
LAST DOG WALK STOP ON THE HILL
A QUICK VISIT TO FRONTIER ASTRONAUTICS FOR PROPULSION INPUT
SOME POTENTIAL MOTIVATION
MORNING DE-ICING AT THE MOTEL
COLD BUT FAST THROUGH COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO
SO WHY A BLINDING BLIZZARD IN TEXAS?
THE SNARLING BEAST OF ICY FANGS
ADDED EXTRA WEIGHT, AND THE TANKS ARE FROZEN NOW!
BUT LAMPASAS IS WARMER, AND WE THAWED OUT
HAD SOME LONG CHATS WITH MONROE KING
OUR HOST STUART, ANOTHER AEROSPACE ENGINEER, SPOILED US WITH TEXAS BBQ
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.