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Jonathan Goff

About Jonathan Goff

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.

More EGT Musings: ISRU Propellants

One of the ideas I had been thinking of blogging about was the thought of augmenting EGT asteroid deflection with in-situ derived propellants. The gravitation attraction force is usually the bottleneck in how fast you can do an asteroid deflection, … Continue reading

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Random ULA Thoughts

[Disclaimer: My current company and former company have both done work with ULA. In fact, we just started another small IRAD project with ULA. We’ve also done work with SpaceX in the past, but our current work with ULA is … Continue reading

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Minor Blog Upgrades

This is sort of a cheat for meeting my blog-a-day quota for this last month, but I wanted to note a few minor tweaks I’ve made to the blog. I’m not really savvy with all the coding experience needed to … Continue reading

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Additional EGT Musings: Gravity Tractor and Enhanced Gravity Tractor Overview

[Editor’s Note: When I posted the Enhanced Gravity Tractor article earlier in the week, I didn’t have time to really dig into the concept the way I had originally intended. Josh Hopkins suggested on Twitter that I could cheat and … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts: Fasting With a (Secular) Purpose

As a practicing Mormon, one part of our religious practice is a monthly fast. But I’ve been finding that many people also do fasting for non-religious dietary or health reasons. This short blog post is directed at people fasting for … Continue reading

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Enhanced Gravity Tractor Paper at the IAA Planetary Defense Conference

I’ve noticed that very few people seem to understand the concept of the Enhanced Gravity Tractor planetary defense technique that the ARM Option B approach plans on demonstrating. A friend recently forwarded me a great paper describing this concept that … Continue reading

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Taong Boondocks Post on Service

For today’s installment of my month of blogging, I did a post on Taong Boondocks (my other blog) about Service and the Atonement. Advanced warning–it’s an LDS religious philosophy piece, so if religion isn’t interesting to you I should be … Continue reading

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Light Reading Recommendations for House CJS Appropriators

Some tweeted comments from the recent House Commerce, Justice, and Science budget markup meeting gave me some ideas for light reading for our esteemed House Appropriators. Specifically, Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) of SpaceNews tweeted that: CJS subcommittee chair Rep. Culberson: bill … Continue reading

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Upcoming Milestones and a Month of Blogging

I just realized the other day, that we’re rapidly approach the 10 year anniversary of my first post on Selenian Boondocks. The big day will be on June 16th, 2015. In celebration of that milestone, I’m going to try to … Continue reading

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Up in ARMs for No Good Reason

While there has been some slightly more positive discussion about the NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission since my previous blog post and SpaceNews Op-Ed, there have still been a steady stream of criticisms and suggestions of alternatives to the ARM mission … Continue reading

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