Sunday, April 13, 2014

Several hours in the suit today, over an hour pressurized, and one 40-min stretch simulating a flight to 14,000 feet and then return to ground. Suit held pressure, coolant was fine, no big C02 buildup, sim software worked beautifully and Kit and Amy worked the control cabinet and the radio, following a draft flight plan. All well! Exhausted.

The Stars

"You never see the sky until you've looked upward to the stars for safety. You never feel the air until you've been shaken by its storms. You can never understand the ocean until you've been there alone in its solitude. To appreciate fully, you must have intercourse with the elements themselves, know their whims, their beauties, their dangers. Then, every tissue of your being sees and feels, then mind, body and spirit are as one." -- Charles Lindbergh, 'The Spirit of Saint Louis'

Friday, April 11, 2014

Homo floresiensis

Wrapping up the week with a page for the Atlas of Human Prehistory on the poorly-known and mysterious Homo floresiensis. Few more weeks to go (?) and then I can take a rest!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Carbon Dioxide Scrubber Test

Ugh, one of those tests when you don't get to do the test because of various previous oversights, all of them mine. Thanks anyway for Alex Knapton and WH Magruder for tonight's work. Photo: Alex at the new control panel -- at least that is working well.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Back to Pressure Testing!

We are back at it! Great test day today, got useful C02 poisoning data for one test subject, installed one constant-volume elbow joint (huge leap ahead in pilot mobility) and saw Robby's flight simulation program that will now allow us to do flight simulations, e.g. 3-hour visor-down, pressurized tests simulating actual flight durations. Today's team, Ben Wilson, Robby Kraft, W Magruder, A Knapton and me (taking photo). Wahoo, back to pressure tests after several months' building the new control panel and Kazbek seat!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Pressurization and Seat System

Complete for resumption of pressure testing this month!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Burbank, CA

Stunning, gripping and hypnotizing sunset out the jet window tonight, flying down to Burbank. Slashes of multiple, saturated colors painted in irregular stripes stacked on the Pacific horizon.

Looking forward to tomorrow's talk, meeting with the dean and Dr. R. Smith, and seeing Dad up here from the South!