I’d like to thank everyone who commented publically or by email to my “Readers Survey”. The support means a lot. I guess sometimes it just really helps knowing that you’re actually making a difference, even if only a modest one. So, in case I’ve left you on pins and needles, Selenian Boondocks will keep on going so long as I still have any time for that. With Tiff now into her last month of pregnancy, and work being its normal roller coaster, and a little boy turning two next month…

By the way, for anyone who’s been following along, Tiff got the cerclage out yesterday, so it’s a normal pregnancy from here! First time for everything I guess…

Oh, and on another note, the alternative thesis topic I want to propose is shaping up a lot better than I thought. I’ve found a relatively local company that does the process I was interested in, it turns out they’ve done some similar work for different customers in the past, and seemed quite willing to work with me on this (even as a poor starving college student).

But while I will likely be getting very busy, real soon now, I’m still going to try getting my next couple of topics out for discussion: lunar surface rendezvous, potential near-term lunar markets and what is needed to open them up, probably another essay about DIRECT, and some musings I’ve been having about the importance of backup plans.

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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 Thanks

  1. Josh says:


    i didn’t see the reader survey thread until now (been busy freelancing). You have one of the most compelling forums on the Internet, keep up the good work. “Amateurs talk about tactics, professionals talk logistics”. You’re writing has become sharper, smarter and more compelling over the years.

    A dedicated domain is a good idea but not essential. Content is king. Another idea is to put a “blog book” together. I’m @ work so don’t have the link, but will post again – I found a service that makes full-color hardcover books, including a rip-from-blog feature. You could put a couple dozen of your best posts, some commentary and pictures together and sell the book for a little extra cash without to much added effort.


  2. Habitat Hermit says:

    That sounds like good news all around, happy to hear it. Josh is right: content is king so don’t fret over domain names and such. In my completely uninformed opinion you should go for your alternative thesis topic as it sounds like it enthuses you (never underestimate fun).

    As for posting here it is in all your readers interest that you don’t burn out; if you need to “abandon” us (and hearing about all the stuff going on in your life at the moment I would think so) then that’s what you should do: post when “you feel like it”, not when “you feel you should” 🙂

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