Man, it seems like just a couple months ago that I was regularly beating Clark to the punch on many of the interesting space scoops. Anyhow, my company’s VP for Business Development, Michael Mealling, went to the industry briefing for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Services Demonstration (COTS) last week seeing if anyone wanted us to trick-up their capsules with one of our powered landing kits (shortly after we actually get one of our own flying…any day now, really).
So I’m sitting at work last week doing some research on some parts we needed to get when he pops on the jabber chat client telling me about the cool stuff going on there in Houston. Apparently they said some rather interesting stuff, particularly regarding what they wanted to do with certain annoying, bloated, wasteful parts of the ESAS architecture if commercial enterprise can deliver quick enough with COTS. He figured that this was interesting and important enough that he needed to launch a new website, cotswatch.org, to keep their feet to the fire on these issues. He wanted me to link to it and make sure that Hobbyspace.com and other sites picked up the story. He told me that he was going to put his notes from the meeting up on the site to let others know what was up. So I check the site, and see that he hadn’t put the notes up yet, so I figured I’d wait till he did.