Drop by, try out a space suit glove and watch the star party!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Taking this week largely off this project to complete my Atlas of Human Prehistory.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015
"Hi all, thanks to a lot of checklist development, suit modifications, repairs and basic labors, last night we had one of our best-ever tests. I am writing up a brief to record it, but basically we had good pressure, minimal leaks, good arm mobility with no glove-creep due to new and completely functional longitudinal expansion prevention cables, good comms, excellent function of helmet hold-down cable clamp, and AK got his C02 numbers again so that after three more tests w/out C02 scrubbers we will start using C02 scrubbing medium and knock down those levels. With the new flexibility allowed by the arms I was able to manage all gas settings etc myself, with no help from outside: that includes operating the helmet hold-down assembly, which is a big step ahead. Excellent work, guys!"
Monday, February 23, 2015
In 1997 I was lucky to be asked aboard John F Haslett's sailing raft expedition, replicating native Ecuadorean sailing vessels of the first quarter of the 16th Century AD, as described by Spanish conquistadores. I was put in charge of designing and building the sails, 742 square feet of native cotton reinforced by heavy hemp bolt-ropes around the perimeter, and hand-stitched at various stress points with massive needles and artificial sinew. Here we were replicating and then sailing, for nearly 1,000 miles up the coast of Pacific South America, one of humanity's fundamental exploring technologies, the sailing vessel. Today, I work on a rather different fundamental technology, one that allows even exploration by humanity beyond the boundaries of the Earth's atmosphere. Drawing posted here shows essential designs, I will be releasing larger, high-res versions of these through the Spring and into Winter.