So That’s What They’ve Been Up To

I know most of you read Hobbyspace, so you’ve already seen this, but I thought this picture was just dang cool:
One of the fun things about being a rocket geek in Mojave, is the number of other companies also doing cool things out here. For instance the site just to our west is run by InterOrbital, and just to our east is AirLaunch’s big 24klbf test stand. XCOR is to our southeast a bit further (about 1/3 of a mile), and Scaled’s test stand is past them another third of a mile or so. One day back in November or December we got to see rocket engine firings from two other companies in addition to ours all within about an hour of each other. Lots of fun.

I would’ve said something earlier, but I wouldn’t want to steal XCOR’s thunder. And XCOR has the added PR challenge of having to get approval from both ATK and NASA before saying anything public about their progress. Anyhow, we wish them the best of luck on this project.

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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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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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One Response to So That’s What They’ve Been Up To

  1. Rob Wilson says:

    Hi Jon,

    It *is* just dang cool. I wonder if there’s any chance of a methane engine finding it’s way back onto the Orion CEV?

    Cheers,
    Rob.

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