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CAPTAIN’S LOG 06 MAY 2016

May 5, 2016

PREPARE TO MARCH ORDER

My time in Arizona is winding down after the Space Access 2016 conference. My time lately has been used to shop, hike in the desert trails, and get a new pair of glasses. My Windows computer crashed and was revived with Windows 8 instead of the 8.1 that forced itself on my and messed up the whole computer. We also blocked any future invasion of Windows number ten. As a final defense I began training our new Macbook Pro to carry on in future operations.

We also replaced the now defunct Starband satellite dish with a Verizon Jetpack hot spot. It should work wherever there is cell coverage. It has not been too reliable in the Phoenix area though. When I get back to Wheatland this pitiful Libre Office suite will also be replaced with the real Microsoft Office.

While living in the trailer I had the opportunity to do repairs and cleaning on this mobile field office and rolling cubicle. Arizona hosts a multitude of trailer repair and supply retailers. Naturally the SUV also wanted attention so a flat tire got a patch job. Then the vehicle got the first major cleaning in over a year…just in time for a rain storm.

While in the Phoenix area I visited the vendors who are prepared to help fabricate our prototype. Mace Aviation fabricates advanced composites, and offers skills from Space Ship One and the Lockheed Skunk Works. Performance One Aviation delivers composite aircraft assembly for high performance composite aircraft. I took time to photograph construction details that may suggest direction for our design crews.

I also visited our model builder to see progress. We had been hindered by the former builder’s medical problems. We should be back on schedule with that build now. That design previewed the detail needed for the next prototype design including center of gravity projections. It generated a lot of blueprints and laser cut parts. No wonder it is taking a while to build!

As we travel north we will visit partners in Boulder and Laramie for a couple of days each. This should allow a leisurely and productive trip. Later I will visit Frontier Astronautics to plan propulsion and guidance ideas. Now we begin packing for liftoff!

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BACK IN THE PARK WHERE THE TRAILER FIRST BECAME HQ IN 2012

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ENJOYING THE TRAILS AGAIN

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AND VIEWS OF APACHE JUNCTION AND SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN

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WITH ALL THE LOCAL COLOR

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THIS EQUIPMENT IS GONE INTO HISTORY NOW..

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REPLACED BY THIS!

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AND THIS MACBOOK WILL REPLACE THE DESKTOP FOR CAD WORK SOON

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WHILE THE TRAILER IS REPAIRED

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AND CLEANED

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AND A TIRE GETS PATCHED TOO

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THE VEHICLE GETS WASHED AND WAXED..

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INSIDE AND OUT.

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JUST IN TIME FOR A RAIN STORM!

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VISITING MACE AVIATION OUR FABRICATION TEAM

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AND PERFORMANCE ONE FOR ASSEMBLY

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COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTION

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AND SOME OF THE “KITS” THEY BUILD

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DON LANDRUS OUR MODEL BUILDER

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AND TWO STAGES SHAPING UP

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BACK IN CAMP ANTICIPATING THE ORDER TO LAUNCH!

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PROVISIONS FOR THE JOURNEY

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AND MOTIVATION

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BEATING THE HEAT!

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ONE LAST LOOK BACK AT APACHE JUNCTION

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THE WAGON IS HITCHED UP AGAIN

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