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October 22, 2011 - by Reflections from ISPCS

Just finished another great space conference.  The International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight in Las Cruces, NM, provided opportunities for networking, hearing knowledgeable speakers, and catching up with some colleagues. 

Lately, I have had a few opportunities to speak about at least one of my favorite subjects:  Space.  Where is America in the commercial space race, and how can we do better? 

The wind has picked up, the leaves are falling and the sun is obscured from view once again – the rainy season has returned to Seattle at last, and after a short and sunny summer break the Rocket City Space Pioneers’ (RCSP’s) lunar rover development is in full swing!

I am an aerospace engineer at Andrews Space Inc., a proud member of RCSP and the company leading the development of our mission rover. We are partnering with students at the University of Washington again this year to improve our as-of-yet-unnamed intrepid explorer.

September 30, 2011 - by Trade Study Purgatory: Part 2

In “The Divine Comedy,” Dante Alighieri travels through “Inferno,”Purgatorio,” and “Paradiso.”  Working through a trade study isn’t quite like walking into an inferno, but it sure isn’t paradise.  Maybe it’s the equivalent of being stuck in Purgatory.  So what is a trade study?  A trade study is a set of analysis in which selection criteria and weighting factors are chosen so that selected design approach matches the answer your boss wanted.  Yes, that’s my comical definition, but it’s a trap that we have all fallen into (including myse

The author of this blog is Mike Soutullo, Structures and Thermals, Aerospace Chief Engineer at Teledyne Brown Engineering.  I would like to thank Mike for contributing this week.

September 9, 2011 - by Thruster Rewind

The author of this blog is Anthony Brinkley, a propulsion engineer at Dynetics. I would like to thank him for contributing this week.

Rocket City Space Pioneers Team Leader Tim Pickens is at it again! He has received national media coverage from some of his home inventions, and his latest venture is an upcoming television show highlighting his space work and hobbies. Tim gained national media attention in 2005 with his rocket bike, which actually employed the same hybrid rocket technology as the suborbital spaceplane, SpaceShipOne, winner of the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE, whose propulsion systems he helped design.
Mike Graves and I had a wonderful opportunity to be part of International Space University this week in Graz, Austria. We were invited to give a presentation on small launch vehicles and small satellites. We also talked about our Rocket City Space Pioneers Rideshare Program as an alternative to save money on accessing space. Unfortunately, we ended up supporting the class via WebEx, which meant we would not get to experience the awesome setting of Austria!


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