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CAPTAIN’S LOG 06 April 2016

April 21, 2016

LIFTOFF FOR ARIZONA

How will a company form from scratch when it needs a huge investment to go all the way to orbital launch services? By faith. This designer brought a family through many years of uncertain employment as a contract designer by faith. Jobs could end without warning but faith is eternal. I am a Christian, and I have never been let down by my provider. I should have been homeless but I am still prospering even while launching a new space venture while living on Social Security. I believe in miracles.

My faith requires me to examine myself, not others. An employer should hold himself to high standards while being patient and accepting of employees. Now that still expects employees to deliver some job performance but requires management to make corrections with respect. A word to the wise is sufficient so a private word should help everyone to reach goals. I publish other blogs that challenge me to understand my “owners manual” (the bible) better. Still that ancient text is very timely and revealing. I find keys to solving problems and I have plenty of problems to solve. More importantly I find solutions that must be from a mysterious source when I am powerless to fix the problems. It can’t be luck when it is such a long trail of impossible deliverance. Experience breeds confidence in faith.

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Well if I want to hear from above I have to ask for something really hard to achieve. But we are witnessing the days when space access needs new solutions and those are becoming common now. Investors are witnessing more success and builders are bringing new technologies. We need to hear from the people who are building the future today.

Exodus Aerospace had a date with the Space Access 2016 Conference in Phoenix Arizona. With a target date of April 7-9 the need was to load the trailer and relocate to Apache Junction Ariuzona ASAP. Mother nature had other plans and a blizzard was threatening our April departure. So on the last day before the storm I opened the trailer up and loaded all the heavy cargo. Then we had time to load smaller items after we shoveled ten inches of snow from the path!

We left late at night but only moved to the city RV park. There we got to bed early and were ready to beat Denver traffic…almost. A driver in the third lane cut off the truck that cut me off to cross three lanes to the exit. The pulsing of anti skid brakes and squeal of trailer brakes almost drowned out my horn and an unscriptural description of the other drivers. From there south we had a good ride and no cargo broke loose. We overnighted in Surgarite Canyon State Park as usual, then crossed New Mexico the next morning. Cibola National forest was the last stop before Arizona. Part of the joy of new space is life in a camper which simulates space travel pretty well. Alone in the wilderness surrounded by the stars is always great. Having a cozy capsule for the dog and I is a comfort and saves money on motels.

This conference did not achieve the hope of introducing team members to new space players. But we have witnessed some new assets coming on line that may help our venture. After three days of meetings the rest of this trip will be to relax and put in supplies. The Phoenix area has a few more retail locations than Wheatland Wyoming! There is also time to visit our airframe vendors and refine our design directions.

Life in the trailer is a study in compact capsule living. No one should consider going to Mars until they have lived in a self contained 16 ft. travel trailer! Arizona offers a hostile environment at temperatures rise. And traveling on the road stops in remote locations without electric or plumbing connections. But at least an earth vessel allows us to do an EVA without pressure suits!

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SPRING SNOW BEFORE WE LOADED THE TRAILER IN WYOMING

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THE SNOW MELTED LONG ENOUGH TO LET US LOAD UP

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WE GOT GOING EARLY TO BEAT DENVER TRAFFIC

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MADE LANDING NEAR RATON NM

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WHERE I PRACTICE MY BEAR SPRAY QUICK DRAW

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AND ENJOY A BEAVER DAM ON THE TRAIL

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THEN GOT A VERY EARLY START AGAIN

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TO WESTERN NEW MEXICO AND A NATIONAL FOREST CAMP

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WITH GREAT MOUNTAIN TOP VIEWS AND SOLITUDE

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ZERO DARK HUNDRED HOURS PACKING LUNCH FOR …

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ANOTHER EARLY DEPARTURE FOR THE ALIENS

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AS WE EVADE OTHER ALIENS

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ARRIVED IN APACHE JUNCTION, UNLOADED AND RELAXED

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AND PREPARED A DISPLAY FOR THE CONFERENCE…

TO BE CONTINUED

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