Good Luck to SpaceX and Future Leaders
Space X is making big headlines after their huge flight success. We are proud for them. We and other GLXP teams have been base lining Falcon 9 for our primary payload delivery system, so we want to see them do well. It is good for us, and good for America. We continue to enjoy the success of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successful flight to ISS and back to earth for inspection. Elon Musk recently commented as to how good the hardware looked after making that very historic flight to ISS and back home. Now they are talking about lowering cost even more by reusing 1st stages of Falcon 9 by returning them to Earth in a VTOL orientation and landing in south Texas. They have been working hard to get the permits and clearances to do operations out of Brownsville, Texas. We wish them luck!
Last week I got to meet a new group of NASA Propulsion Academy students who will be supporting RCSP engineering challenges this summer, or for 10 weeks. The students briefed their RCSP lead/mentor Ray McCormick and me about a week ago. The students were given an assignment to lead a detailed Rocker Suspension system for our rover. They are also looking at drive motors and gear boxes. The students presented challenges and ideas related to our moon rover. They had some great ideas and were good at answering questions. Several of we Dynetics team mentors asked them a few questions to make them think about all the “what-ifs”. All and all, these guys had some great ideas and responded to our questions in a way that assured us that they have done their homework and will do a lot more. We are looking forward to seeing what they design for our rover this summer. Stay tuned!