Light Blogging

I spent the evening tonight reading over most of the TeamVision lunar exploration architecture paper. It was an interesting read, and I’ll try to comment on some of the ideas it gave me over the next couple of days. There’s a lot of good thought in it, particularly for their nearer term stuff, though I think some of the longer term stuff was kinda out there.

Unfortunately I don’t know how much time I’m going to have in the next few days to write up my thoughts. The paper was a whopping 61 pages, and there were several thoughts I got from it that probably should be developed separately instead of trying to kludge them all together into one writeup. I printed off a copy (double sided with 4 pages per side of paper…man that ends up being tiny writing), and took a bunch of notes in the margins.

Work’s going to be a bit crazy over the next several days though. After solving the valve-twitch issues last week, we ran out of LOX on Monday before we could get to actual dynamic throttling. So, while we were waiting for another shipment of LOX to show up, we did a whole bunch of dryruns, and found and solved several more issues with our servo-control setup. The system as a whole is working a lot more robustly now, and we’re feeling a lot more confident. We got in a bunch of LOX today, and tomorrow morning we will be out early making hot flamey stuff.

So, blogging should be rather light over the next several days…which if previous times I’ve said this mean anything, expect about 10 posts between now and Monday…

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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 the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup that he sold to Voyager Space in 2019. Jonathan is currently the Product Strategy Lead for the space station startup Gravitics. 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.
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 the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup that he sold to Voyager Space in 2019. Jonathan is currently the Product Strategy Lead for the space station startup Gravitics. 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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