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CAPTAIN’S LOG ENTRY EARTH DATE 19 MAY 2013

May 19, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO RETURN…FOR THE BIRDS

Now that we have the building team lined up we needed to re-connect with the University of Colorado.  They have a lot of ties to our venture in Wyoming, and common interests and assets.  Colorado is one of the premier aerospace education centers available, and they are only three hours from our Wheatland location.

You may recall that I sought to connect with E-space in Colorado, but they were filled to capacity.  Tim Bendel of Frontier Astronautics offered Wyoming as a business friendly alternative.  But Tim too is a Colorado graduate, and offers his test facility to students from Colorado.  Again, I covered a test of their Hysoar hybrid earlier here.  So the University of Colorado has propulsion testing at the missile silo here in Chugwater, and Tim is already working with the faculty there.

My visit to Colorado last year included photos of the Dream Chaser models  in the University of Colorado’s work bay area.  I am a fan of the Dream Chaser, and Colorado has valuable airframe experience coming from that project.  Our orbiter bears a slight resemblance to that craft, and perhaps we can offer an alternative reusable booster for a future system.

Finally my winter trip back from Arizona included a stop at Denver’s Front Range Airport, a contender for a spaceport future.  That is an all new facility with big new runways, a great location for commercial space by horizontal launch.  So the two state corners are becoming a hot spot for the Wright stuff; which is wings to space.

I spent four days in Colorado this week to maintain our announced interest in doing a senior design project at the University of Colorado.  This produced one meeting that suggests that our project may be well received.  I took the trailer so dog and I had time to enjoy the nature trails and wildlife near the Boulder County fairgrounds campsite.  Now we are home, un-packed, and ready to get back to work.

With interest from Colorado we are building the smaller models for now, with tests for staging being the focus.  We don’t need expensive models yet, and the students can offer another level of aerodynamic sophistication.  Before we build bigger systems we can have some analysis for improvements ready.

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PACKING FOR THE ROAD…AGAIN!

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AND UNLOADING IN COLORADO

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 ON THE NATURE TRAILS IN A BUSY METRO AREA

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STILL FIND FRESH SIGNS OF BEAVER ACTIVITY

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AND LODGES

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SPRING LIFE SIGNS

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 SEA MONSTERS

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TEASE MONSTERS…PRAIRIE DOGS TEASING MY DOG

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 OSPREY

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DUCKY

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 HERON

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GOONEY BIRD

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PEEK AT THE PEAKS

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SAVOR THE SUMMITS

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SERENE SCENES

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 SAVOR THE DAY

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HEY…WHAT DID I COME HERE FOR?

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OH YEAH…LITTLE MODELS OF BIG DREAMS (DREAM CHASER THAT IS!)

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PERHAPS THEY CAN DO GREAT THINGS ON A SIMILAR BIRD

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 Left to right: Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Zachary Krevor, Univ. of Colorado’s Eric Hall and Ryan Starkey, and Sierra’s Merri Sanchez, perform a post-landing inspection of Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser scale model following its successful drop flight. NASA photo / Tony Landis

THIS ARTICLE RELATES THEIR SERVICES TO DREAMCHASER:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/Features/dream_chaser_model_drop.html

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 DR RYAN STARKEY SUPPORTED THE DREAMCHASER MODEL TEST SO WE ARE PREPARING MORE STEPS TO THE FUTURE NOW.  WILL WE RECOGNIZE THE BIRD WHEN THE STUDENTS ARE DONE WITH IT?

All images © 2013 David Luther

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