Thursday, November 17, 2016

Good Memories!

Had occasion to recall my visit to Copenhagen Suborbitals in Fall, 2013; one of the most exciting days of my life, a pressurized capsule egress test! In the photo, my buddy Kristian von Bengtson is watching over me as I just hauled myself out of the Tycho capsule's 88cm-diameter hatch! I haven't taken much time to explain the excitement of that 15 or so seconds that it took me to squeeze out of the hatch while the suit was pressurized!

A memorable, 15-second adventure! Video clip; I start out about just before five minutes in.  Today's suits are 1/3 the weight and bulk of that early model, and would be significantly easier in an emergency hatch egress!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Alvord Desert Dawn

A good photo showing Ben being put into the suit by Paulina J. around dawn, in the Alvord desert.

More frequent updates at twitter.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Yet Better Progress

The other night an incredible feeling, we had suit pressure up to that of an Apollo Lunar Suit (A7L model). Very exciting and what we've learned takes us forward, this week I'll implement fine adjustments that will put us ready to fly! Frequent updates at twitter.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Robert Louis Stevenson

"Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ray Bradbury

“If teachers and grammar school editors find my jawbreaker sentences shatter their mushmilk teeth, let them eat stale cake dunked in weak tea of their own ungodly manufacture.”

-- Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Convergent Evolution diagram

The fascinating phenomenon of convergent evolution is depicted in this diagram for my students and eventual readers in a forthcoming book. For more see McGhee, G. 2011. Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful. Cambridge, MIT Press.