MSS May and June 2005 Update

Hey guys, this is just a quick update on what we’ve been doing at my day job, since it’s been way too long since we posted our last update. We’ll be adding pictures as we have a chance to take them and upload them. I had been delaying things a bit until we had an assembled engine to show, but we got sucked into other work enough that I just kept putting it off until our Business Development guy, Michael Mealling, offered to write the blog post if I’d just send him a summary. Hopefully I’ll do a better job of keeping the updates more frequent in the future.

For those who haven’t been following the MSS blog, we are currently developing a 500lbf vernier engine for use in a Vertical Takeoff/Vertical Landing rocket vehicle. I’ve been the one in charge of most of the CAD work, the igniter development work and the engine design and fabrication work (though our intern, Ian, has done a lot of the actual shop work for the engine and igniter work), and my coworker Pierce has mostly been in charge of the trailer and remote test site work.

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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