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NEW HORIZONS

January 28, 2015

COURSE CHANGES

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.

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MOON ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN WITH NEW YEARS SNOW FROSTING

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SUCH VISIONS INSPIRE THE VENTURE

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TO ENVISION…ALMOST MARS

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LOADING THE MODEL AND SUPPLIES FOR A NEW HOME

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WHERE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS MAY CONTINUE AT DON EYERMANN DESIGN STUDIO IN MESA AZ

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TO BECOME THE Highly Optimistic Prototype (HOP)

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AND DOG WAS A BIG HELP WITH THE MOVING

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DAILY TRAILS ARE PEACEFUL

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AND DREAMS BRING VISIONS OF…

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DESIGN

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 BEING DONE IN A FAMILIAR PLACE…AIR VEHICLE INTEGRATION INC. LOCATED IN MY HOME TOWN; PLYMOUTH MICHIGAN, WHILE…

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 AVIONICS AND TELEMETRY DESIGN MAY BEGIN AT ECLIPTIC ENTERPRISES CORPORATION IN PASADENA CA 

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 AND THEN…

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 AIRCRAFT FABRICATION

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 MARICOPA ARIZONA IS HOME TO A CLASSIC SHOP

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ANDY ESTES OFFERS METAL AIRFRAME EXPERTISE

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HONED ON REAL CLASSICS

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AND COMPOSITE FABRICATION FACILITIES ARE ALSO ON TAP AT PERFORMANCE ONE AVIATION…

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WHERE OUR SECOND FLIGHT MODEL WAS BUILT IN 2011

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IN NEW MEXICO SMALL JETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW WITH GENERATORS AND SOPHISTICATED CONTROLS

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 THIS IS NOT A MODEL AIRPLANE ENGINE

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WYOMING’S FRONTIER ASTRONAUTIC’S ROCKETS HAVE EXTENSIVE FLIGHT TIME ALREADY IN THE VTOL LUNAR LANDER COMPETITION 

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ABLE TO THROTTLE AND RE-START AS NEEDED

SO ARE WE READY TO…

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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!)

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 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)

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SKIP INITIAL CONCEPT IMAGE

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