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November 7, 2012

I enjoy getting back to design work.  There is a lot of administration going on, and I still find time to put the nuts and bolts together in the virtual Computer Aided Design (CAD) world.  After building a model airplane, I am now facing bigger parts for giant scale, and I have the same need for detail.  To make parts fit, I need an accurate model of those parts in the 3D world.  So I find products and drawings, or scale photographs.

Many hours are spent getting the bits together, and more to get the fits together in the airframe.  I have a catalog of model airplane parts in my files now.  If any of you are dreaming in the CAD world, I may have some models you can use.  The vendors would love to see me help you to find their products.

This is one form of investment that may be harder to find than cash.  We need industry for jobs, and someone has to invest sweat long before actual materials are purchased.  A solid design and prototypes are a huge step to make life easier for potential investors.  I established the OrionCraft group on Facebook to inspire new space ventures.  My project may spawn new patents for new participants.  It may eventually get Exodus Aerospace incorporated.

I have communications about the business plan, and lots of potential projects.  These all follow the big prototype flight.  All the hours now are directed to that goal.  I will take the work done to Arizona in December, where we will review the designs and fix my mistakes.  This feasibility study will progress in the shop and in the CAD designs at the same time.  A Hardline design will reflect all the details, nuts, and bolts for documentation.  We will have a good start for future refinements.

This is still a feasibility study for now, and a variety of components may be considered.  After the fit is studied vendors may deliver real hardware to replace our first notional installations.

The early phase of these designs are like a big plastic foam model, largely generalized locations and shapes for structures to allocate locations as hardline parts become available.  Adjustments will be made for balance, and mechanical parts and clearances.  As the first vehicle will be a model airplane, it may use smaller equipment, but space is allocated for heavier variants to follow.  That is why you see turbines in these illustrations.  There are big differences in the servos and other gear for those applications.

This servo should be an option if a manufacturer wants to apply our designs to a heavier mission.  I will target making hardware installations modular, so a turbine or ducted fan propulsion may be optional.  Our model airplane is our marketing tool for builders with varied missions and customer needs.  We will be demonstrating a few ways to meet those goals with one basic model.  The scale is right to open the door to multiple possibilities.

Commercial and military customers are witnessing a market growth so many qualified manufacturers are using small innovative shops like ours to generate new solutions.  We have a few new tools to showcase on our way to our space access mission.



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