I hate bumping one of Ken’s posts off the top of the blog, especially right after he posted it, but I figured I needed to mention this.
Basically, it looks like I won’t be at the XP Cup Expo after all. This is unfortunate because I had been hoping to meet some of you in person, and I might have had the chance to meet Elon Musk and a few other major players in this industry, and it would have been cool showing off some of the stuff we’ve been working on. But alas.
I had noticed a week or two ago that the main day for the expo was going to be a Sunday. This poses a bit of dillema for me personally, because I’ve always believed in the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy. I was thinking that maybe I could come down, man the MSS booth on Thursday through Saturday, then duck out on Sunday. But that would be kinda weird and pointless–driving halfway across the nation just to not go to the thing you were going to. My coworkers Pierce and Ian couldn’t make it at all due to the few college classes they’re taking at the moment (so they can graduate next summer), and we wanted one of the engineering team to be there in case people had technical questions about the projects we were working on. Anyhow, I was kinda concerned about what on earth I was going to do, so I finally brought it up with Dave and Michael (since Michael was in town this week to work with Dave on some financial stuff for the company–and also to see our remote test site).
That’s when Dave mentioned that the only day that our stand would really need manning was going to be Sunday. He knew my standards as well as I do, so we decided that it didn’t make sense for me to come this time. It’s nice having a boss who helps you stick to your guns. Anyhow, he’ll be there, and he can probably answer most of the technical questions better than I could anyway (and he’s less likely to blab on and on about stuff that we should be talking about…) He’s been the one doing the big picture design, trajectory analysis, aerodynamics and reentry analysis stuff for XA-1, and can also discuss most of the rest of the subsystems, since he’s managing the whole project.
Hopefully someone can take some good videos of the flights for those of us who won’t be there this time. Also, hopefully next year they’ll have more of the events on other days so I can participate. As for those of you who were hoping to meet me there, hopefully we can find another opportunity to meet in person. I might not be able to make it to Space Frontiers conference, but I will most definitely be at the Space Access conference next spring.
I guess that’s all I have to say about that.
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