More Excuses, Excuses

Two more reasons I haven’t been blogging much lately:

Methinks I may be past-due for an MSS update…

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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.
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.
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12 Responses to More Excuses, Excuses

  1. kert says:

    So when will these pretty shock diamonds result in a majestic liftoff ?

  2. Jonathan Goff Jonathan Goff says:

    Kert,
    Well, the 750’s are for vehicles after 0.1B (which is still using the 500lbf engines we developed a few years ago). Since 0.1B is reusing old engines, we should hopefully have it in the air before we’re done with developing the 750’s. As for when we’ll have a vehicle with 750s in the air? Realistically that’s several months down the road, even if we decide to do a single-engine 750 based vehicle first.

    ~Jon

  3. Wow. Is that a truck-mounted test stand? Are you guys, like, Gypsy rocketeers or something? Cool.

    Do you sneak up onto an unused soccer field and fire away and then drive off before neighbors have a chance to call the cops?

  4. Visisted your Masten site.

    Neat.

  5. ian says:

    Two reasons? You mean two videos of one reason? Ha, the Cuban nitpicking on language…

  6. Jonathan Goff Jonathan Goff says:

    Rod,
    Yeah, the teststand is mobile. Our original test site back before we moved down to Mojave in 06 was about a 2hr drive from our shop in Santa Clara. 2hrs on windy mountain roads, and the test site got a good deal of rain, sleet, and snow in the winter. We wanted a stand where we could get the thing built, tested, and debugged back at the shop, so we weren’t trying to build a complex rocket system 2 hrs from the nearest hardware store. It’s served us well.

    That said, while we haven’t done the “sneak out on a soccer field at night” trick, we did haul the trailer about a thousand miles down to Las Cruces, NM for the X-Prize Cup in 2006 to do some demo firings. Wasn’t as cool as actually flying something there, but it helped land us some investors and a customer.

    ~Jon

  7. Aaron Williams says:

    Whats all the green stuff on the ground? Doesnt look like the Mojave I remember. And where was this engine a year and a half ago?

  8. Jonathan Goff Jonathan Goff says:

    Aaron,
    We’ve had really weird weather this year. Last month we had a blizzard here, we’ve had at least a half dozen days of rain, so all told we’ve gotten a lot more water here in Mojave than usual, so the whole test area is green (except for where we drive the trucks). By summer it will just be a patch of dirt again, alas. But we’re enjoying it for now.

    A year and a half ago, we hadn’t even come up with the idea for this engine. Took longer than we had wanted to get the parts in (had to switch machine shops at one point, and then still ran into lots of delays and stuff), and by the time it got in we were really focused on 0.1b, throttle valve upgrades, etc. So this engine has been sitting around waiting for the trailer to be ready for several months. We’ve sorted out a lot of the manufacturing issues though, so we’ll probably have revs 2 and 2A of this engine on the test stand within the next couple of weeks.

    ~Jon

  9. Will you also have a mobile launch facility when the time comes?

  10. Jonathan Goff Jonathan Goff says:

    Roderick,
    We don’t really need a mobile launch facility. The vehicle is capable of taking off from an unprepared concrete pad. We might eventually need to do something a little bit more robust, but for vehicles in our size, you don’t need big launch facilities.

    ~Jon

  11. Danny Farnsworth says:

    Jon,

    That is a beautiful reason to be light on blogging. Wow. Keep up the good work.

    Oh, and 380 ppm (and rising) CO2 content in the atmosphere is doing a lot to help plant growth. Some folks over at NASA did an experiment with sugarcane and doubled atmospheric CO2 content and had over 40% increased plant biomass versus the control group. I think, where hard temperatures or low precipitation would barely prohibit plant growth, increased CO2 may give plants the edge to overcome the temperature and precipitation barriers. Of course, Mojave is still Mojave, and you’re probably right that it will be brown and dead again soon. 🙂

    -Danny

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