You Might Be a Rocket Nerd If…

1. You’re doing your laundry and find a AN cap in the washer when you take the clothes out.

2. You then think “that’s an AN929-2J…what’s that doing there?”

3. You then think “wouldn’t it be funny to write a blog entry about how ‘You Might Be a Rocket Nerd’ for finding an AN929-2J in your laundry?”

4. When you go to blog about it you start wondering if the part number really is an AN929, thinking “there’s no way I remembered that correctly–I’m not that much of a nerd”, so instead of just calling it an AN cap, you go and look it up on Aircraft Spruce.

5. When you find it on Aircraft Spruce, you realize that, yes, you did have the part number for some random piece of AN plumbing memorized.

6. You are still reading this post.

[Update:
7. You realize that most people don’t actually know what an AN fitting is, and that even if you called it a cap to a 37 degree flare tube fitting that almost nobody else would get it….]

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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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2 Responses to You Might Be a Rocket Nerd If…

  1. PhysBrain says:

    In regards to number 7… Ah, now that makes much more sense. Here I was thinking that for some reason you had a baseball cap with some obscure part number stamped on it. I thought it might be some odd inside joke amongst you rocket nerds.

    As far living and brething something so much that it pervades your brain on a very deep level… well, that I can identify with that. I know much more about numerical methods for solving the Navier-Stokes equations than I ever thought I would. I just hope that it stays there long enough for me to defend my research.

    Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing your rocket fly at the X-Prize Cup.

  2. bill says:

    And yet there is another question which might be, “I wonder which pipe in my rocket is missing this fitting?”

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