Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Congratulations to Our Team Member!

Today our new team member, Trent T. of Seattle, was accepted to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Scientist-Astronaut traing program; it is described below:

"For those holding a B.S. Degree from an accredited university, the PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification Program at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a five-day, fully immersive training program that will provide the skills required to effectively conduct research on the next generation of commercial space vehicles as part of Project PoSSUM. Upon graduation, you will be fully trained and qualified to participate in PoSSUM graduate specializations, become a PoSSUM educator, or to fly to space as a PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut!"

From Pacific Spaceflight that now makes two young aviators-in-training, the first was Alexander K., now a pilot-in-training at the Hillsboro Air Academy. In the photos below, Trent in a recent pressure test, and below that, Alexander K. when I visited him in central Oregon during some of my own flight training!

I'm very proud of these buddies of mine! They're the generation who will begin to explore again beyond Low Earth Orbit in the large project of human space settlement beyond Earth. Best luck, fellas!

Monday, January 9, 2017

My Tech Talk at Oregon Institute of Technology

They've now posted the talk given in mid-2016, titled "Private Development of a Low-Cost, Lightweight, Launch-Reentry Pressure Suit". I think if it plays on this page, half the images are cut off, so best to click here for the direct link.

Balloon Work on Snow Day!

My buddy Trent helped me do some routine work on the balloon this weekend. Beautiful snowy and windy weather!