Though we had ice on our ropes and the temperature was nicely below freezing today, we got in the water and started to learn how to work with an inflated suit in the water. I built a crude raft to hold a SCUBA tank (feeding Ben Wilson breathing and pressurization gas) and that had some use, but we might not need it in future tests. Face-down, Ben felt fine. We believe we have a carbon-dioxide problem to sort out, and that is close to top priority now. All in all, though, a good day out, learning to work around and in water. Our partners, Copenhagen Suborbitals, are a maritime operation, launching and landing at sea, and the more time we have in the water, in any capacity, is good. Thanks to Bruce Mataya on the radio with Ben Wilson (in the suit), Washoe Magruder and Kit Macallister for shooting photos and video, and Project Director Nicholas Walleri, guiding us along.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Recently accepted an invitation to do a talk for the Rose City Astronomers in 2014, regarding my book (Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization (Springer, 2012) and other writings on human space settlement (my fifth such talk in the past two years); what an honor, as it's one of the largest and most active astronomy clubs in the US. it'll be a big show at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. I am going to have time to craft a great presentation. I'm also doing a presentation on the project here at PSU, in the new year -- more on that later.
And recently a re-edit of the original Destination DIY radio show on the pressure suit project at 99% Invisible, a radio station in San Francisco.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
-- Ray Bradbury
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
p.231 of Szathmary, E. and J. Maynard-Smith. 1995. The Major Evolutionary Transitions. Nature 374:227-232.
Well, maybe. There's a lot going on in that sentence
I wonder what evolutionary transitions -- I mean really big ones, like the origin of molecular coding or sexual replication -- are or can still occur in Earth life-forms?
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Photos from the recent Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Presentation. Featured are Ben Wilson, in the suit, and Alexander Knapton, running the suit controller. I am awfully fortunate to have such great hands, on hand! I'm in one photo, rather excited about the whole thing!